Google Street View Angkor Wat

Now you can tour one of the world’s greatest wonders up close with Google Street View

By on April 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

Now you can tour one of the world’s greatest wonders up close with Google Street View

As anyone who has played any of the Civilization games knows, Angkor Wat is an incredible temple complex located in Cambodia that was built in the 12th century and that still stands as one of the most amazing wonders of the world. And now thanks to the magic of Google Street View, we can see it up close without ever having to leave our houses. More →

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Google Naps vs Google Maps

Google Naps leverages the power of Maps to find a cool place to sleep in

By on March 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM.

Google Naps leverages the power of Maps to find a cool place to sleep in

Google Naps is a new service that allows tired users to find a place to sleep nearby by leveraging the power of Google’s Google Maps product. Unfortunately, it’s also a parody service that only leverages the power of Google Maps for some good fun. Google Naps will geo-locate napping spots for you automatically, as it assumes you’re browsing for places to take a nap in. The service will also let you add napping places of your own, so other tired Internet users can easily find them. More →

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Google Maps Gallery Launch

Google unveils even more new Google Maps features

By on February 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Google unveils even more new Google Maps features

Google on Thursday announced a new Google Maps-related online product that should help both companies and regular consumers enjoy a better maps experience. The Google Maps Gallery will offer let governments, business and non-profits create specialized maps using Google’s Google Maps Engine and share them online. The new maps will appear in search results and offer different experiences than Google’s own Maps service. More →

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Top 5 New Google Maps Features

Google just updated Google Maps – here are 5 awesome new features you have to try

By on February 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

Google just updated Google Maps – here are 5 awesome new features you have to try

Google Maps is one of several free Google services that have changed our lives. It’s easy to take for granted since it has become such a staple, but the world was much more difficult to traverse — virtually and literally — before Google came along and mapped it out so thoroughly. Google just rolled out a big update to its desktop Google Maps website that adds a bunch of new functionality to this already-great product, but there are a few new additions in particular that you really should check out. More →

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Google Maps Satellite Images

Tech behind Google Maps satellite imagery explained

By on February 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Tech behind Google Maps satellite imagery explained

In addition to strange-looking cars that drive around towns with huge cameras on top, Google relies on other imagery for its Google Maps and Google Earth products, with the former a prominent service accessed on millions of computers and smartphones. In fact, Apple and Microsoft also use the same company to get their imagery from space for their respective mapping products. Ball Aerospace is the maker of Maps- and Earth-related imagery satellites and it’s now started working on the Worldview-3 satellite for commercial satellite operator DigitalGlobe, BBC News reports. More →

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Google Maps ETA Calculation

Former Google engineer explains how Google Maps determines your ETA

By on December 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM.

Former Google engineer explains how Google Maps determines your ETA

The feature in most navigation apps that offers at estimated time of arrival is a nice add-on that gives drivers a general idea of when they might arrive at their destination. Of course, some services are better than others at estimating your ETA and as is often the case when it comes to anything involving crunching large amounts of data with numerous variables, Google is better than most. While the exact science Google uses to calculate its projected arrival times remains a mystery to those outside the Maps team, a former Google engineer recently offered a good general explanation of how Google Maps calculates your ETA. More →

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Google Maps Geofence Ads

Google’s secret weapon: Maps

By on May 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM.

Google’s secret weapon: Maps

Google is always on the hunt for new ways to boost revenue from search ads, the company’s primary money-maker, and it may have just begun to scratch the surface of a huge opportunity. Amid the numerous announcements made during Google I/O 2013, Google said that developers can now create geofenced ads that automatically display in Google Maps when a user is approaches a certain location. So, for example, a Starbucks ad with a coupon might pop up on the screen as a user walks or drives past a Starbucks coffee shop. According to industry watchers, this could end up being a huge deal. More →

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Google Maps redesigned

Google Maps updated for Android and iOS, launches this summer

By on May 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM.

Google Maps updated for Android and iOS, launches this summer

With its I/O Developers Conference in full swing on Wednesday, Google took the wraps off its redesign of Google Maps for mobile devices. As revealed in an earlier leak, Google Maps has been updated with a brand new layout, new search features and new ways to highlight the “things that matter most.” The latest version of Google Maps for mobile devices is fully integrated with Zagat restaurant ratings, Google Offers and includes enhanced navigation with real-time updates for accidents. The update will hit the iPhone, iPad and Android devices this summer. Google also redesigned the Maps user interface on the Web to better match up with the company’s mobile offering. More →

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Google Maps Redesign

Completely redesigned Google Maps leaks ahead of I/O

By on May 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM.

Completely redesigned Google Maps leaks ahead of I/O

The days leading up to a big industry event like Google I/O are always packed with leaks and this week has been no different. Among the details trickling out ahead of Google’s big day is confirmation that a complete overhaul of Google Maps will debut during the keynote on Wednesday. Or, it would have debuted had Google not leaked it ahead of time. Droid Life managed to grab screenshots of the new Google Maps’ sign-up page when it accidentally went live briefly on Tuesday night, and they reveal what appears to be a terrific reimagining of Google’s popular mapping service. Changes include a brand new layout, new search features and new ways to highlight the “things that matter most.” Additional images showcasing Google Maps’ new design follow below and the rest of the screenshots can be viewed by following the source link beneath them. More →

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Google Maps iOS 6 Adoption

Google Maps causes huge spike in iOS 6 adoption

By on December 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM.

Google Maps causes huge spike in iOS 6 adoption

IPhone users welcomed Google Maps with open arms when it was finally released by Google (GOOG) late last week. The app quickly vaulted to the No.1 spot in Apple’s (AAPL) App Store as more than 10 million people rushed to download it during the its first 48 hours of availability. Apple executives weren’t happy. Australian citizens were. According to new data, Apple’s mapping app is so bad that it was actually preventing a number of users from upgrading to iOS 6 — and now that Google Maps is here, those users are finally ready to update. More →

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Google Maps iOS

Google Maps for iOS downloaded more than 10 million times in first two days

By on December 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM.

Google Maps for iOS downloaded more than 10 million times in first two days

The long-awaited debut of Google Maps for the iPhone was welcomed with open arms by iOS users. In a matter of hours, Google’s (GOOG) mapping application became the No.1 free app in the App Store and had Apple (AAPL) executives “seething” over its success. Jeff Huber, Google’s senior vice president of commerce and local, revealed just how well the app has done. The executive announced on his Google+ page on Monday that Google Maps for iOS was downloaded more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours after its release. “We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world,” Huber said. “Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.”

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Google Maps iOS

Apple execs said to be ‘seething’ over Google Maps praise

By on December 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

Apple execs said to be ‘seething’ over Google Maps praise

No, the Apple (AAPL) Maps fiasco wasn’t part of some grand plan to get Google (GOOG) to produce a higher-quality iOS maps application of its own. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, who’s about as well-connected to Apple as any blogger out there, senses that Apple’s executives are “seething” over the way Google Maps has received “accolades and joy” after being released for iOS this week as Apple Maps has become “the butt of jokes.” Even though Apple Maps was a big black eye for Apple, the company still doesn’t have all that much to complain about this year since its iPhone 5 had a record launch and its iPad mini is by far the most wanted tablet for holiday shoppers in the United States. All the same, the company can’t be happy to see many of its own fans happily rejoicing that they no longer have to rely on a subpar maps application.

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Google Maps Nokia Maps

Google Maps becomes No.1 iPhone app in hours… after Nokia Maps slips out of top 1000

By on December 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM.

Google Maps becomes No.1 iPhone app in hours… after Nokia Maps slips out of top 1000

It is not a big surprise that Google (GOOG) Maps became the top free app on iPhone in a matter of hours. But it is a bit weird that Nokia’s (NOK) HERE mapping app did not manage to crack the top-1000 on the iPhone’s free app chart on any day during December, even before Google Maps debuted.

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