All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘maps’

The New Google Maps Is Real, And Here Are All The Cool New Things It Does

It has been officially announced. Last week, a couple screen caps of an apparently upcoming Google Maps redesign leaked. While the authenticity of these was questioned, it seemed likely that they were real. Now, it’s pretty much certain than they were, as another leak has sprung ahead of Google I/O. DroidLife reported on a sign-up page for the new Google …

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Google Improves Map Accuracy in Thailand, Indonesia

Google announced today that it has improved maps in Thailand and Indonesia as part of a project called Ground Truth, which it started back inn 2008. The project is simply Google’s initiative to prove more comprehensive and accurate maps. “Through this project, we use high-quality map data from authoritative sources around the world and then apply a mix of advanced …

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Google Map Maker Heads To The UK

Google announced the launch of Google Map Maker in the UK, kicking it off with a MapUp workshop in Bletchley Park. Program Manager Satish Mavuri writes in a post on the Google Maps blog: More than 40,000 people around the world are making contributions and improving Google Maps through Google Map Maker each month. Now it’s your turn to help, whether marking …

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Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California

Thanks to a recent court ruling by a California appellate court, it doesn’t matter that you were only checking your smartphone to update Google Maps. That’s because the law, as it currently reads, bans any sort of hands-on use of phones while driving. The case comes on an appeal from the Superior Court of Fresno County. Last year, Steven Spriggs …

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Google Runs Afoul of Indian Agency over Mapping Contest

Google, who is no stranger to international dustups over its maps and street view service, has run afoul of India’s federal mapping agency over a recent project to improve upon the country’s maps. Google first announced the Mapathon back in February, saying that they were trying to create better maps for India, “a country where even paper maps have historically …

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Foursquare Adds Interactive Maps to Android App

Foursquare has just released an update to their Android app that brings better maps to the explore feature and lets users redefine the parameters of their location searching by zooming in on a specific portion of the map. “We’ve updated the app to give you a better map experience. Now when you’re on the home screen looking at friends and …

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Facebook’s Gay Marriage Support Map Looks Exactly How You’d Expect It to Look

As you may remember, Facebook was painted red on Tuesday as marriage equality supporters changed their profile pictures to a red and pink equals sign to show their support of the cause. The image was shared by the Human Rights Campaign’s Facebook page, who repurposed their normal blue and yellow logo to show support for same-sex marriage as the U.S. …

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Google Street View Takes You to Abandoned Fukushima Town of Namie-machi

Google is announcing another batch of fresh Street View imagery, this time coming from Japan. More specifically, Namie-machi, a small city in Fukushima Prefecture that’s in the Fukushima exclusion zone. That means that although years have passed since the nuclear accident that occurred as a result of the great earthquake of 2011, Namie-machi’s residents are still unable to return to …

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Google Takes You Atop the Tallest Mountains in the World with Insane New Street View Imagery

Google has taken its Google Maps team to some awesome places to capture some amazing street view imagery. Recent expeditions that come to mind include treks to the Arctic, the Grand Canyon, and under the sea. But this just might be the coolest Street View imagery yet. Starting today, you can check out some incredible Street View images from the …

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Google Splitting Up Mapping and Commerce, Former SVP Jeff Huber Joins Google X

Google is shaking things up even more today as the Wall Street Journal reports that the company is breaking up their mapping and commerce units. According to the report, Google’s mapping unit will become part of the search division, and the commerce will fall under the advertising division. The personnel blowback of this is that Google SVP Jeff Huber is …

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Google Maps for iOS Gets Google Contacts Support, Local Category Search

Google Maps for iOS has just received its first major update since launching back in December. Today’s update brings a couple of new features that will make it easier for users to find people and places inside the app. Version 1.1 now allows you to search you Google contacts inside the app. When you sign in, you’ll be able to …

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AOL’s MapQuest Launches Travel Blogging Feature

AOL has launched MapQuest Travel Blogs for the web and iOS (via a dedicated app). The feature lets users create blogs of their trips with photos, stories, reviews, etc. According to the company, the Travel Blogs will automatically map out your entire trip. “Free travel blogs are the perfect way for you to seamlessly capture all of your memories from …

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