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February 21 2014

January 30 2014

Google Street View Says Japan Is Top Virtual Tourism Spot in Asia

The intimate looks at locations around the globe made possible by Google Street View has changed the way many of us look at the world. But according to a new piece of information revealed by Google, it turns out that our virtual tourism habits aren’t necessarily aligned with some of our real-world pursuits.

According to Street View program manager Ulf Spitzer, the top virtual tourism destination in Asia using Google Street View is Japan, with Mount Fuji at the head of the list. In fact, Japan occupies the top six most visited Street View location slots, followed by Taiwan and Singapore Read more...

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January 29 2014

The Kid in You Can Now Play With Legos From a Browser

Now you can relive a favorite childhood pastime from your browser or mobile device

Google Chrome announced Tuesday a virtual space in which users can create Lego masterpieces. The partnership with Lego, called "Build With Chrome," began in Australia in 2012, but is now available around the world.

"We think the creative freedom of Lego bricks shouldn't be limited to plastic bins," Google said on its blog.

Users can choose from an unlimited number of 10 different colored bricks in 14 sizes in addition to a couple of special pieces such as doors and windows, and they can view their works from different angles and zoom in or out. Once done, Lego masters can share their creations on Google+ and explore other designs by location on a special version of Google Maps Read more...

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January 20 2014

The Most Photographed Cities on Earth, According to Google

Selfie, landscape or portrait, we tend to take a lot of photos — and some places are more conducive to snapping pics than others.

Google released a heat map that highlights the Earth's most photographed locales. Data included in Sightsmap comes from geolocated images uploaded by individual users to the Google Maps Panoramio service, which associates images with locations in Google Maps and Google Earth. You can even begin planning a trip with the map by selecting a starting point and destination, which brings up estimated travel time and links to travel sites.

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January 17 2014

11 Places That Share Names With Internet Words

The Internet creates new and interesting things every day. Companies, words, acronyms and trends make their way into our daily lives, pop culture and even the dictionary

However, before the advent of the digital domain, many familiar Internet words that we use today already had a place to call home.

A scan of a world map shows that words you associate with the digital age share their names with places around the globe.

Image: Mashable Composite, Google, Apple

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January 03 2014

Artist Finds Beauty in Google Street View Glitches

Every digital behemoth is subject to technical errors — even the likes of Google Street View

Digital artist Emilio Vavarella sees beauty in the mapping service's colorful and jarring glitches. Since 2012 he has searched for, recorded and curated these errors into a series he titled "Report a Problem." The name is a reference to Street View's error reporting tool.

emilio vavarellaImage: Emilio Vavarella

Vavarella told Mashable that when he started the series, he considered the relationship between "technological ideology" and its unexpected outcomes and related errors Read more...

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December 16 2013

5 Valuable Google Maps Tips and Tricks

Google Maps underwent a major redesign in May 2013. Along with an updated look, the popular mapping tool gained some new features to help users navigate and optimize their productivity

In order to get the most out of Google Maps, whether searching from a computer or a phone, here are five tips to help you find your way easier and faster.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Image: Flickr, Johan Larsson

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December 15 2013

9 Things You Would Immediately Fail Without Your Smartphone

Imagine waking up one morning and noticing your smartphone is missingReally missing, not just buried under your blankets or abandoned in a coat pocket. Now imagine that happened to every single smartphone user

Sound like a bad Twilight Zone episode? Oh, it could be. But consider what it would actually mean.

One of the most common criticisms about 21st century society is our dependence on technology, particularly smartphones. It's no secret many of us rely a teensy bit too much on our mobile devices and, perhaps as a result, we're abandoning some real world know-how in favor of convenience. Read more...

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December 13 2013

Mapping the Blind Spots: Developer Unearths Secret U.S. Military Bases

If you look closely enough on Google or Bing Maps, some places are blanked out, hidden from public view. Many of those places disguise secret or sensitive American military facilities.

The United States military has a foothold in every corner of the world, with military bases on every continent. It's not even clear how many there are out there. The Pentagon says there are around 5,000 in total, and 598 in foreign countries, but those numbers are disputed by the media

But how do these facilities look from above? To answer that question, you first need to locate the bases. Which, as it turns out, is relatively easy. Read more...

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December 12 2013

Google Maps for iOS Gets Flight, Hotel Reservations

Google has updated its Google Maps iOS apps with flight, hotel and restaurant reservations

The feature is simple: If, for example, you have a flight reserved at the JFK, when you search for that airport in the app, you'll get info about your reservation

The reservations will only show if the confirmations were sent to your Gmail account, which has to be linked with the device

The same feature works on the desktop version of Google Maps as well, but now Google has pushed it to its iOS app as well

You can get the Google Maps app for iOS here

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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December 05 2013

How to Track Santa Online

Santa Claus is a peculiar fellow. Watching millions of kids around the world while they sleep? Making empty promises on elaborate gifts? Breaking into houses, damaging chimney structures and stockpiling half the world's baked goods?

Ho-ho-hold the damn phone, sir.*

Unless you're an NSA employee or experienced hacker, it's tough to know — exactly — what ol' Kris Kringle is really up to during his 11-month off-season in the Great North. Thankfully, for skeptics and fans alike, there's a sleighful of online tools that track his every move during the on-season, broadcasting his home invasions gift deliveries IRL. Read more...

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November 19 2013

Google Maps to Remove Aerial Photo of Teenager Killed 4 Years Ago

Google Maps will remove an aerial image from a map of northern California that shows the body of a 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed in 2009.

A map of railroad tracks in Richmond, Calif., shows a body lying on the ground, surrounded by a police car and officers. Richmond police confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that the body in the image is that of Kevin Barrera. The photo was taken on Aug. 15, 2009, the day of the shooting, and has been used on the map since.

Google plans to remove and replace the image of the teen with new photos of the area, which is an uncommon practice for the Internet giant. Read more...

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November 12 2013

Surprise: Apple Maps Is a Hit, Google Maps Loses Ground

You probably remember the Apple Maps memes that exploded across the Internet when the app was first released as part of iOS6 in September 2012. They were legion: Columbus discovered America because he was looking for India on Apple Maps. Luke Skywalker turned off his targeting computer while attacking the Death Star because it was using Apple Maps. Heard who the Apple Maps development team was? The cast of Lost

Well, now it looks like Apple is having the last laugh. The Google Maps mobile apps, on both iOS and Android, were used by 81 million people in September 2012. By September 2013, according to ComScore, that number had fallen to 58.7 million. In just one year, Apple Maps has gained 35 million regular users Read more...

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November 06 2013

Google Maps Update Brings Street View Enhancements and Pegman

The new Google Maps continues to undergo incremental changes that promise to make it an indispensable interactive mapping solution, once the new site’s training wheels are finally removed. Google’s new update adds the ability to determine which areas on a map have Street View images available, a feature present in the classic Google Maps product that has been missing in the new version until now

Areas identified as having Street View available will, like the classic version, offer a series of blue dots indicating the presence of user-submitted images of the area. Also falling in line with the classic version, areas with yellow dots will allow you to see inside various buildings on the map. Read more...

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October 23 2013

Google Street View to Map Out 400,000 Graves at Arlington Cemetery

Those wishing to pay their respects at Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery will soon be able to do so from the comfort of their homes

Google Maps is using Street View to archive images of the military cemetery, which will be stitched together to create a virtual walking tour of the graves

Google is also collecting panoramas of the cemetery's 624 acres, The Washington Post reports.

Arlington National Cemetery is the resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their familiesAmong those buried at the cemetery are President John F. Kennedy, President William Howard Taft and 12 Supreme Court Justices. Read more...

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October 09 2013

Google Maps Update: Now Multi-Legged, Personalized And Eventful

The latest update to Google Maps will offer directions for route with stops along the way; personalized flight and dinner reservation information, similar to what Google Search currently provides; and lists of upcoming events at amphitheaters, sports coliseums and other venues.

For reservation info, you'll have to search for an airport or restaurant, and Maps will display upcoming reservations. For upcoming events, you'll search on the venue in question. At the moment, reservation information is only available to U.S. users in English. 


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October 05 2013

Google Launches Street View for Over 100 Indian Monuments

Google has partnered with the Indian Ministry of Culture and the Archeological Survey of India to bring Street View to over 100 monuments in the country, providing a 360-degree view of these structures that will be available to anyone with access to the Internet. The project began on Thursday.

"Google’s mission is to make information more accessible, and around the world Google is constantly looking for new ways to tell the stories of the world’s diverse cultures and make them available worldwide," the company said in a statement provided to Mashable. "Google hopes to help make more of India’s heritage accessible to people around the world, and to help preserve India’s unique history for generations to come." Read more...

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September 12 2013

Google Street View Unleashes 360-Degree Tour of Galápagos Islands

You can now tour the Galápagos, one of the most biodiverse places on earth, direct from your computer — with a little help from Google.

Google has launched footage it collected in May of the Pacific Ocean archipelago as part of its Street View special collections, marking this week’s 178th anniversary of Darwin’s historic first encounter with the Galápagos Islands.

The collection includes a panorama of the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding center, a tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station and underwater footage of sea lions. Viewers will see much of the Galápagos's wildlife, including marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds, Google's official blog reports. Read more...

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August 20 2013

Google Adds Waze's Crowdsourced Traffic Data to Apps

Google Maps is already using data from its newly-acquired mapping service Waze to give users access to crowdsourced traffic reports and satellite imagery.

Just two months after Google bought Waze for a reported $1.03 billion, it was announced on Tuesday that the two companies are already sharing data. From details about traffic jams and accidents to construction and road closures, Google Maps users can now submit traffic-related information to the app

This feature, which has already been made popular by Waze, will be updated in real time. It will first appear via the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the U.S Read more...

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August 15 2013

Google Maps Driver Detained, Accused of Being a Government Agent

Next time you're casually perusing Thailand through Google Street View, you might want to be grateful for the driver who got you those shots.

Villagers in northern Thailand have apologized for suspecting a Google Maps driver was secretly surveying for a criticized dam project, detaining him and making him swear on a Buddha statue that he was telling the truth, according to The Bangkok Post.

Residents of the country's Phrae province have long staunchly opposed a proposed government dam project, which environmental activists say would devastate local forests.

So when Deeprom Phongphon casually drove up and down village streets in a car with a giant camera sticking out the top — even though the car was painted in that Google Maps pattern — residents grew suspicious. Approximately 20 of them surrounded his car, forcing him to stop, and badgered him with questions. Read more...

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