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As you may know, Microsoft and Nokia signed a deal last month, aimed at creating a “third horse” in the smartphone race (alongside Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms [kind of insulting to RIM, no?]). As part of the deal, the two companies indicated that Nokia Maps would become a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services, and would be integrated …
Google said today it has added new Street View imagery to historic sites in Italy and France. Along with seeing the exterior of archaeological sites like the Imperial Forum and the Colosseum in Rome, Street View has added interior views of those landmarks as well. The Google Blog offers more details. “In few clicks you can navigate through centuries of …
Google said today it has expanded its 3D imagery in Google Earth to include the entire procession route for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London on April 29. Google says the new 3D imagery covers the procession route will allow users to get a “royals’ eye” view of the same sights that Prince William and …
Restaurant information company Zagat has relaunched its website to include more free content and increased recognition of its user reviews.
“Zagat has always been a brand powered by people and passion. Having listened to our users, we’ve re-envisioned Zagat.com,” said Nina Zagat, Co-Founder, Zagat Survey.
MapQuest has unveiled a new Android app that comes with voice-guided/turn-by-turn Navigation, voice search, a map toolbar (making it easily find restaurants, gas stations, etc. with one click), walking/driving directions, recommendations for the best routes, rotating maps, and live traffic flow/incidents.
MapQuest announced the availability of both walking directions and transit directions on its service.
It’s interesting that it has taken this long for MapQuest to get such features, though to be fair, MapQuest did have walking directions available on its MQ4Mobile and Mobile Web apps for a while. But now they’re available on MapQuest.com.
MapQuest’s embrace of user-generated content from a topographical perspective continues with the release of additional editions of MapQuest Open.
By aggregating its data from the OpenStreetMap service, MapQuest Open allows users to interact with their applicable map, which would, according to MapQuest’s blog entry, “indicate rapid change in geographic locations, points of interest and routing.”
"Bing Maps just got more useful for developers, bus and train commuters and education advocates everywhere," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews. She is referring to a series of announcements Microsoft made today regarding Bing Maps.
The company released two new Bing mapping apps, made additions to the Bing Transit Map, and released the final Windows Phone 7 SDK which features Bing and Microsoft Advertising.
Update: Quiksee has confirmed the acquisition. The company says on its blog:
We are delighted to announce that Quiksee has been acquired by Google!
We’ve learned a lot from our previous work at Quiksee, and we look forward to bringing our experience, creativity and insight to Google. Both Google and Quiksee share the same innovative vision, and while we can’t share any future product plans, we look forward to the opportunity to contribute and do great things together in the future.
Czech privacy officials said Tuesday they have stopped Google from gathering new images to update its Street View mapping service.
The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) turned down for a second time Google’s application to collect personal information in the central European country of 10.5 million, saying the process could break the law.
Rand McNally has relaunched its travel website, offering new travel and destination content, video travel guides, and travel services.
RandMcNally.com now features upgraded maps and directions, information on more than 15 million points of interest, more than 2,000 destinations, and offers more than 8,000 video travel guides.
Google has launched a new major version of its 3D modeling tool SketchUp: version 8. This comes ten years after the launch of version 1.
Google says there are over a million people using SketchUp. "That’s a pretty humbling number of 3D model makers," says SketchUp Product Manager John Bacus.
Google announced a new feature for businesses in Google Maps in the U.S. today. The feature lets businesses include sponsored map icons that appear on the maps themselves. The feature actually began in a pilot program earlier this year in Australia.
Microsoft has launched some new Bing Maps integration with Hotmail. When Hotmail users create a new email message, they can insert Bing Maps data.
When a user selects "Maps and Places", a task pane opens, which lets you add new locations or interact with previously defined locations. It will default to the address you have in your Windows live profile. If you add a new place, you can store it in a Bing Maps collection and pick it from a list later.
Microsoft has launched an update to the Bing Maps interface today aimed at improving readability and aesthetics.
The new interface uses cool colors, which Bing says creates a more visually appealing backdrop, helping content "pop" on the map, and provides clear differentiation for pushpins, labels, and traffic overlays.
There are new labels with larger fonts for major streets. This eliminates the need for bolding, and less attractive glows while allowing users to quickly find locations in a relevant format, Bing says.
The Red Touch-Screen Entertainment Platform Upgrades Include an Open Tab Service, Next Gen Google Maps and the First-Ever Digital In-Flight Shopping Platform. With this latest upgrade, travelers access to a host of new amenities, including next generation, enhanced terrain view Google Maps, an open tab service for the airline’s one-of-a-kind on-demand menu and the first ever seatback in-flight digital shopping platform.
Google has released Google Maps for mobile version 4.4, and this comes with a new dedicated "Places" icon designed to make it easier to find nearby places with updated Place Pages.
The icon appears on Android-powered devices in the app launcher along with all of the other apps. This way you can go right to Places from the homescreen if you choose to add it.
Mapquest recently rolled out a complete redesign, but it didn’t stop there. This week, the site made some additional adjustments, such as Full Map View and zoom via mouse scroll.
With Full Map View, users can now collapse the left pane to view a map that’s as wide as the browser window. "This is a great option for those of you that are visual and like to see as much map as possible," says Mapquest’s Ann Koerner.
Google announced today that it has completely updated the Google Maps data on the touchscreens of airplane seats on Virgin America.
MapQuest announced that it has expanded its live traffic coverage. It now includes over a quarter-million miles of roads in major North American cities.
MapQuest is now including "key" arterials and city streets. The goal of this is to provide users with more information to make better decisions about alternate cross-town routes.
OnStar and Google have reached a deal that will let OnStar users search for and find places using Google Maps and send those destinations to the Turn-by-Turn Navigation service in their vehicles.
OnStar eNav will be available on Google Maps at the end of June. Users can access the destinations at any time and get OnStar directions to the destination from wherever they are.
Today both Google and Bing released some health-related map applications. These releases coincide with the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosting their Community Health Data Forum event.
Google’s contribution includes a Google Fusion Tables project and customized map showing information from HHS. For example, you can see a map of "heart friendly" and "people friendly" hospitals.
Google is experimenting with a new feature in Google Maps that allows a small portion of users to view specific prices for selected hotel listings.
By searching for hotels on Google Maps, users will be able to plug-in dates they plan to stay and see prices on selected listings.
Google has partnered with Rails-to-Trails (RTC), a nonprofit focused on creating a network of trails from former rail lines, to add biking directions to Google Maps.
Google Maps now has biking route details for more than 150 U.S. cities covering more than 12,000 miles of trails and bike lanes. Google says it plans to continue to add new trail information to Google Maps and is requesting feedback from riders via the "Report a Problem" tool.
Microsoft is rolling out the largest imagery update to Bing Maps to date, adding 6.7 million square kilometers of new imagery, a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.
The update includes new aerial imagery for the Russian Federation, Australia, Mexico and most places in the US where there is existing black and white imagery. "There is also a notable addition of Bird’s Eye Imagery for Sweden," the rep says.
Local business search is becoming more of an area of great focus by search providers as time goes on. Google, especially, has been working overtime on providing new features that can help users find local businesses of interest. AOL’s MapQuest has been working on improving its own business search functionality, which we talked to the company a little about.
At TED, Microsoft unveiled some new features for Bing Maps. "This work builds on the idea of spatial search that Microsoft discussed in December when the company launched its new version of Bing Maps," a representative for Microsoft tells WebProNews.
Some of the new features are available today, but some you will have to wait on a little bit. Microsoft highlights the following new features: