All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘maps’

Twitter Turns Tweets into Crazy Elevation Maps

Twitter has just unveiled an awesome new data visualization. The premise is simple – they took billions of geotagged tweets and turned them into an elevation map. But the execution is beautiful. Right now, there are three cities available to explore: San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul. There are also eight different styles of elevation maps that you can …

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Meet (or Don’t Meet, Optimally) a New Anti-Social App, Hell Is Other People

In Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play No Exit, one of the damned souls concludes that “hell is other people.” Nearly 70 years later, that quote has inspired a new app that helps you be as anti-social as possible. The app, Hell Is Other People, leverages Google Maps and Foursquare API to help users avoid all contact with people that they know. …

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Google Adds 1,000 New Street View Destinations To Google Maps

Google announced a huge update to its Street View imagery today, with the addition of over 1,000 new locations around the world, including locations in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada. “Planning on stopping by Singapore this summer? You can now explore more of the island’s diverse landscapes right from Google Maps,” writes Street View Program Manager Deanna …

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Bing Maps Gets Tons Of New Bird’s Eye Imagery

Bing announced today that it has made some updates to Bing Maps, including the addition of its biggest batch of bird’s eye imagery to date. They’ve added about 270 terabytes of data, which they note is the equivalent of 100,000 DVDs worth. Bing has now published a total of 1,452,958 sq km, or half a petabyte worth of bird’s eye …

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Google Buys Waze, Who Promises That ‘Nothing Practical Will Change’

Yesterday, reports emerged that Google was on the verge of buying Israel-based navigation company Waze. Today, it’s official. Google has announced that they’ve closed the acquisition. Both Google and Waze make a point to say that Waze will operate independently – for now. “The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. We’re excited about …

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Google Reportedly Wins Waze Acquisition

Numerous reports have come out indicating that Google is getting ready to buy Israel-based navigation company Waze. After hearing about Facebook getting ready to buy the company for close to a year, talks between those two companies reportedly fizzled out in recent weeks, as Google entered the conversation. Now, while still unconfirmed, this news appears to be the real deal. …

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Waze Update Adds Facebook Event Integration & More as Acquisition Rumors Swirl

With 49 million daily users, Waze has been the topic of some acquisition rumor drama over the past couple of weeks. Rumors that Facebook was in serious talks to buy the Israel-based navigation company have swirled since early May – but recent reports indicate that those have fallen apart. It appears that Google and a few other unspecified companies are …

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Facebook Not Acquiring Waze, Will Google?

Rumors about Facebook trying to acquire Waze have been circulating for close to a year at this point. The rumors picked up steam earlier this month, followed by talks of a bidding war among Facebook, Google and other unspecified companies. Some have mentioned Apple as a suitor, as it has struggled with its own Maps offering. According to reports, it …

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Google Street View Adds 9/11 Memorial, Hurricane Sandy & Central Park Imagery

Google announced on Wednesday that it has added new New York imagery to Google Maps Street View, including imagery of neighborhoods struck by Hurricane Sandy, a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, and 360-degree imagery of Central Park. “To create a space where the New York community can share memories from before, during, and after the storm, we partnered with Historypin …

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Google Launches New Online Mapping Course

Google wants you to teach yourself how to better utilize its various mapping products. Google has just launched registration on a brand new online mapping course that they say will allows interested parties to better “harness the world’s most comprehensive and accurate mapping tools.” It’s called Mapping with Google, and you can register today. The online courses will begin on …

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Google Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Waze

A couple weeks ago, reports came out that Facebook was getting ready to buy mapping/traffic app Waze for up to $1 billion. This was actually an extension of rumors that have been going on for quite some time, dating back to at least last summer. It appears that there might be a bidding war, with an Internet giant better known …

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Googlers Talk Indoor Maps For 40 Minutes [Video]

Google is doing a lot of interesting things with maps these days. Not only do they have a whole new Google Maps experience, but they continue to amaze us on a regular basis with some of their imagery. Google still has a long way to go, however, when it comes to maps, specifically indoor maps. The search giant already has …

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