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As you may know, Black Friday is a pretty popular day for online shopping as well as offline. With that in mind, it is no surprise that a lot of people turned to eBay to find deals and work on their holiday gift buying.
Google has added some new real estate search features to Google Maps. Earlier this year, Google expanded this functionality by letting you select "real estate" from the "more" menu. Now you can just search for "real estate" or other real estate-related geographical queries and get listings.
Microsoft announced that it has made some changes to Bing Maps. Changes include the color of the navigation bar, draggble routes, zoom bar changes, command parsing, embedding, dynamic computing, new navigation, speed, and Bing Maps will no longer stop at the international date line, but will wrap around the world continuously.
National Geographic and Weather.com are not, if we’re to be honest, nearly as trendy as something like Twitter or Facebook. Still, both entities garner a significant amount of respect (and a significant number of page views), and Bing recently received a sort of nod from each of them.
Google is rolling out the biggest set of changes it has ever made to Google Maps since it launched nearly five years ago. The changes come in a variety of manners, like refinements to color, density, typography, and road-styling. These changes are visible in the "map" and "hybrid" views around the world.
Update: The day came for the big game, but apparnetly too much interest had been generated because the game’s site has been down most of the day.
Original Article: Tomorrow (September 9), a giant worldwide game of Monopoly will commence, using the real world. That is, the real world on Google Maps. Hasbro, the creators of the classic board game, are launching the game called, "Monopoly City Streets," in which players will fight for the largest empire in the world.
Google introduced its Street View Partner Program today. This lets organizations and businesses apply to have their property featured in Street View on Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile.
Microsoft has introduced a new version of MSN City Guides in a move the company calls "one step in a long term plan to help users stay in the know wherever they are."
The new MSN City Guides makes ample use of Live Search and Live Search Maps as well as video and social media. Users can share information through Windows Live and Facebook. Microsoft says this makes event organization easy.
Google’s changing it up, and local search optimization just became very, very important.
It used to be a searcher had to be very specific about a query to bring back local results. To borrow from Search Engine Guide’s Miriam Ellis, who tips us off to the changes in the usual Google “10 pack,” or the top ten search results, a search for “chiropractor” reveals just how geographically targeted Google’s results are now.
Google has introduced the Transit Layer on Google Maps for over 50 cities around the world. The goal is to make finding public transportation info easier for citizens and tourists. When viewing applicable cities in Google Maps, if you want to access the Transit Layer, simply click the More button and select the Transit tab.
Google’s Blogger has addd a feature to the new post editor in Blogger in Draft. Blogger in Draft is a special version of Blogger where they try out new features before they release them to everyone. Kind of like Google Labs. With geotagging, you can add a location to your each of your blog posts, like with time stamps.
Google introduced today My Maps Editor for Android. It is a tool that allows you to created, edit, share, and view personalized maps on Android phones synched with the My Maps tab on Google Maps.
So what are some practical uses for this? Google Software Engineer Brian Cornell says: There are plenty of ways to put this to good use during the holiday season:
Google has introduced a new feature to Google Maps called Map Maker, which allows users to edit different regions around the globe.
From the Google Lat Long Blog, "Map Maker allows you and your peers to add, edit and moderate most features you see on maps including roads, lakes, parks, points of interest, businesses, cities and localities. You will be able to trace many of these features using satellite images; as you trace, maps are immediately updated."
Google announced today the release of a Google Earth API and browser plug-in. Google Earth is the newest edition to the company’s Maps API, which allows developers to turn their Web sites into 3D map allocations.
New features include the ability to embed Google Earth into Web sites, create lines, polygons, and placemarks in 3D. Users can also convert existing Maps API sites to 3D Earth, add or view buildings in 3D, and use Google Sky’s high-resolution images.
Google is working on a new product aimed at mapping the vastness of the ocean floor.
A group of oceanography experts gathered at the Googleplex in December to discuss plans for developing a 3D oceanographic map. The new tool is tentatively called Google Ocean and is believed to be similar to other 3D mapping applications, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The tool would allow users to see underwater topography, search for specific spots and navigate by zooming and panning.
Gigantic buildings are generally easier to see than four-inch street signs, and for that reason, it’s often easiest to use landmarks to navigate. Now, in some areas, Google can help; the company has integrated its Street View images and turn-by-turn directions.
WebProNews is based in Kentucky, where we’re relatively safe from many types of natural disasters. We felt something between a large rumble and a small rattle following Illinois’s earthquake, however, which makes it more interesting on a personal level that Google Maps is being used to track other recent quakes.
Since the writers’ strike started, I’ve found myself watching a lot less television, and to be honest, having an extra hour or so per night is quite nice. I’m sure that a lot of "Lost" fans will tune in to the season four premiere on January 31st, however, and in the meantime, a Google Map may be of some interest.
Like Google, MapQuest entered the vernacular as a verb. As in: I mapquested it. The AOL-owned online map service is still the top site of its kind, but that position is threatened by Google Maps, which is, um, en route to surpass it.
Caution: More bad puns likely.
Some time ago, a number of Citysearch reviews disappeared from Google Maps, and a sort of update has now occurred. A quick summary: Google is not mad at Citysearch (or its parent company, IAC), but resolving the issue doesn’t appear to be a top priority, either.
Want straightforward news about New Hampshire’s primary? So do I. Yet within about seven seconds of turning on the television this morning, I heard someone begin a sentence with "If you buy my book . . ." In contrast, Google Maps offers a neutral representation of events.
When the Amazon Kindle first came out, we kind of laughed at it; limited by battery life and with a $400 price tag, it allowed you do nothing more than read separately purchased books. Now, we’re still not ready to embrace the thing, but it turns out that the Kindle is a little better than most people previously believed.
Wonderful. Kudos to any company that wants its customers’ feedback and offers a participatory approach. So, here’s my feedback…
Microsoft added a LOT of whizbang features to its maps.live.com maps (3D, lots of photos, and such) but they didn’t focus on the basics.
That it’s near the corner of Cedar and Shaft doesn’t help, and that Google Maps picked it up makes it a legendary prank. And if aliens happened to be flying over Hazelton, Pennsylvania around the same time the aerial photograph was taken, this is what they saw.
This announcement was determined to find people wherever they were; in different forms, it popped up on the Official Google Blog, the Google LatLong Blog, the Google Mobile Blog, and in a formal press release. And interestingly enough, the announcement was about Google gaining a sort of location-seeking ability.
Just about everybody uses Google, and the statistics that prove this are always impressive. It’s especially interesting to see government agencies tied to the search giant, though, and in the latest example of this, the EPA is working with Google Earth.
Google Maps is great, but, if we’re to face facts, it is not spot-on. Addresses appearing on the wrong side of the road, or addresses appearing in the road, can confound users. Now, however, they can take it upon themselves to correct place markers.
Windows Live Maps continues to do amazing things with its 3D view, adding an experience that in many ways matches or surpasses Google Earth, all while running in nothing more than your regular web browser. The latest new feature is the ability to add 3D models to the map, a feature Google Earth accomplishes with Google SketchUp, and Live Maps now manages with the 3DVIA Technology Preview, a new, free online application developed by Dassault Systèmes.
You’ve probably seen more than a few “used to be” towns; they “used to be” supported by coal, steel, or some other industry, but became troubled as times changed. Now, although things are nowhere near that bad, some onlookers are questioning Microsoft’s role in Seattle.
The number of countries in the world depends, as you might expect, on your definition of “country.” But for the purposes of this article, we’ll peg that number at 192, and point out that the latest expansion to Google Maps saw nearly 30 percent of them get encompassed.
It’s Friday, and odds are that you wish it was Saturday. Or that you weren’t at work – it usually amounts to the same thing. And although the powers of time travel and transportation are beyond me, there are some Google-approved maps that focus on faraway places.
The knowledge that Mountain View is located on California’s western edge may not enrich your life, but it can add context to an article. When we write about more remote places, geographical info is even more useful. So it’s quite interesting that Google will soon unveil embeddable maps.
Credit for these developments may not go to Google itself as much as to the company’s Maps users, but in either case, Google appears to be doing what it can; a new post on the Google LatLong Blog highlights various happenings related to the Minnesota bridge collapse.
Online mapping services are great, but they still have various faults and quirks – an over-reliance on u-turns, a tendency to place buildings on the wrong side of the street, and so on. Now Google is trying to address one issue by making its drivetime estimates more accurate.
Google has often had PR problems with its Maps and Earth services; the search giant has also had trouble gaining market share in South Korea. Now a problem that involves both of these issues may be resolved, although the exact solution (assuming there is one) remains unknown.
About nine months ago, there was an announcement that a Google AdWords “Click-to-Call” test had been discontinued. The message turned out to be a hoax, but a post that came out yesterday is, to all appearances, not. And so the Google Click-to-Call feature in Google Maps is no more.
The word “oracle” has a number of definitions, and they generally relate to knowledge provided by one or more deities – this would, in theory, be some solid intel.
But the Oracle company has recently turned to Google in order to get people on the correct path.
One week ago, Local.com declared that it had secured a patent “For [An] Ad-Supported 411 Local Search Model,” and the company’s stock skyrocketed as a result. Today’s announcement, which involves “Enhanced Interactive Mapping Capabilities,” is less likely to produce that effect, but it’s still interesting.
Google’s Public Policy Blog has been home to discussions about censorship, net neutrality, and national security. Now it’s promoting Carhenge, Nebraska’s “whimsical recreation” of England’s famous stone ruins. Ah, well. “All work and no play . . .”