Google Maps archive

  • Google satellite imagery displays the devastation in Japan
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    Google satellite imagery displays the devastation in Japan

    By 31 March 2011

    Google has published the latest images of Japan from its satellite providers, showing the full extent of the damage in the Sendai region after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. The harrowing pictures, which will be updated into the Google Maps and Google...

  • Google Maps 5 explored
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    Google Maps 5 explored

    By 17 December 2010

    Google Maps 5 has just been released to the Android Market, meaning you can scurry out and update your Google Android devices. This isn’t just an incremental update but one that brings in a whole new range of features, as we told you when it was previewed...

  • How to reduce noise in your life
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    How to reduce noise in your life

    By 17 December 2010

    The world is a noisy place. Even when you think it’s quiet, it’s not. What can you hear around you now? The hum of a refrigerator, the whirr of your computer fan, voices across an office, phones ringing, the sound of the traffic, the low buzz of a...

  • Google Maps goes 3D for Android
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    Google Maps goes 3D for Android

    By 7 December 2010

    During the demo of the prototype Honeycomb Android Motorola tablet, Google top-bod Andy Rubin gave a sneaky peak of the revamped Google Maps for Android. The new vector-based Maps software uses meta data (so it loads much faster) and has a dynamic map...

  • Android Google Maps update walks on by
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    Android Google Maps update walks on by

    By 10 September 2010

    Google has announced some nifty updates to its Maps service on Android, including the extremely useful (for illiterate map readers at least) walking navigation function. Google Maps for mobile Beta 4.5 adds the ability to use your phone's GPS to navigate...

  • Google Stalk View: Street View nosiness
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    Google Stalk View: Street View nosiness

    By 25 August 2010

    Google Street View has turned us into a nation of stalkers. (How Daily Mail does that sound?). That is, according to results of a survey commissioned by Central Scotland Joinery, which state that over a third of Brits have used the service to look at...

  • UrbanTick: Making a mountain out of Twitter
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    UrbanTick: Making a mountain out of Twitter

    By 29 June 2010

    Mashups are not a new thing. With the amount of data floating about in cyberspace it's easy enough to grab some of it and present it in a new way. So to get Pocket-lint's attention when it comes to mashups, the results need not only to be interesting,...

  • Samsung adds more web apps to its TVs and Blu-ray players
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    Samsung adds more web apps to its TVs and Blu-ray players

    By 11 June 2010

    Samsung really is serious about its web TV apps. Big names like Netflix, Blockbuster, Yahoo and USA Today have already been on board for a while now and we recently told you how Lovefilm had got in on the act too. Now it's the turn of Facebook and Google...

  • Expedia adds Google Street View widget
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    Expedia adds Google Street View widget

    By 11 June 2010

    Expedia has added a Google Street View feature to its hotel booking service, making it easier for you to find the right hotel to suit your needs.   User reviews, images and Expedia's prices also pop up but the key selling point is that you can have...

  • Nokia and Yahoo to take on Google Maps
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    Nokia and Yahoo to take on Google Maps

    By 24 May 2010

    Yahoo and Nokia are joining forces to take on Google in the mobile web-sphere. It's a deal that will see Nokia's Ovi powering Yahoo maps and Yahoo returning the favour by taking the reigns of Ovi's email and instant messaging services. Log ins across...

  • Google Maps Navigation not coming to iPhone
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    Google Maps Navigation not coming to iPhone

    By 23 April 2010

    If you thought that Google Maps Navigation coming to the UK on android handsets was a marker that it would be hopping over to the iPhone any time soon, your hopes are likely to be dashed as the company has just gone on record saying there are no plans...

  • Symbian, WinMo get Google Maps voice search
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    Symbian, WinMo get Google Maps voice search

    By 23 April 2010

    Google has announced that version 4.1 of Google Maps for Mobile has been released for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile handsets, and that includes the "search by voice" functionality so beloved of the Android and BlackBerry apps. To use it, open up Google...

  • Navigation activated on UK Android phones
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    Navigation activated on UK Android phones

    By 21 April 2010

    UK Android owners - get out the bunting. It appears that overnight the turn-by-turn navigation feature so beloved of US users has been enabled for Brits running the 4.1.1 Google Maps beta. We've got it running on a Nexus One in the UK, and Engadget claims...

  • Google Maps updated on Android
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    Google Maps updated on Android

    By 18 March 2010

    Google has updated the Android Maps application with a few extra features. There's a completely redesigned search results page, a Latitude widget, and the ability to put a map of your current location as your device's wallpaper. Version 4.1's search interface...

  • Google Maps gets cycle paths
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    Google Maps gets cycle paths

    By 10 March 2010

    Cycling's good for you - it's healthy, relatively quick, and you can get to places that greenhouse gas-belching automobiles can't. As a result, Google has decided that its Maps product should offer directions for cyclists, as well as driving, walking...

  • Google Maps gets Labs section
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    Google Maps gets Labs section

    By 12 February 2010

    The "Labs" functionality on Gmail and Google Calendar is well-liked by its users - allowing them to customise their experience by turning off and on small single-use plugins that can still be rather powerful. Now the functionality has been rolled out...

  • Google Buzz social sharing service announced
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    Google Buzz social sharing service announced

    By 9 February 2010

    In a hastily arranged press conference also streamed live online via YouTube's new live broadcast functionality, Google has announced the launch of a new social web experience called "Buzz". Taking a dig at Twitter and Facebook by saying there is currently...

  • Street View hits UK National Trust landmarks
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    Street View hits UK National Trust landmarks

    By 22 January 2010

    Google has announced that its Street View service for Google Maps has covered a little bit more ground - especially the grounds of National Trust properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 20 locations were covered, including Corfe Castle in Dorset,...

  • Musician advertises self on Street View
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    Musician advertises self on Street View

    By 15 December 2009

    A musician from Saskatoon in Canada has managed to get himself on Google Street View in an attempt to promote his new album. Nate Heagy, who also goes by the name "Fear Salesman", tracked the Google car for some time, working out its route before rushing...

  • Google's UK property portal now live
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    Google's UK property portal now live

    By 15 December 2009

    A couple of weeks back, Pocket-lint covered the rumours that Google was in talks with various estate agents to launch a property aggregator that covers the UK. Well, those rumours have proved correct, and you can now search for property on Google Maps....

  • Google offers shops QR code sticker
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    Google offers shops QR code sticker

    By 7 December 2009

    Google has rolled out a new program that'll see QR codes appearing in the windows of businesses which have been the most sought out and researched on Google.com and Google Maps. The full list is pretty comprehensive and covers 9,000 towns and cities in...

  • Google launches "Model Your Town" competition
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    Google launches "Model Your Town" competition

    By 2 December 2009

    Google has launched a competition to try and get more 3D buildings into its Google Earth software, which aims to map the entire planet. The challenge invites participants to recruit up to five friends and model your hometown. All you need to do is sign...

  • Apple looking to take iPhone's Maps app to "the next level"
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    Apple looking to take iPhone's Maps app to "the next level"

    By 30 November 2009

    A recently revealed job vacancy at Apple suggests the company has something up its sleeve for the iPhone's GPS functionality and related mapping applications. Apple is currently advertising for a a software engineer with "familiarity with anything geo...

  • Hawaii becomes 50th US state in Street View
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    Hawaii becomes 50th US state in Street View

    By 10 November 2009

    Rather neatly, Hawaii has become the 50th US state to be pictured in Street View on Google Maps. Offering imagery of Oahu and Maui, the site has categorised collections including "hometown favourites of President Obama". Although no doubt Scunthorpe,...

  • Phantom town appears on Google Maps
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    Phantom town appears on Google Maps

    By 2 November 2009

    The presence of a mysterious town on Google Maps has stumped locals, the online giant and its mapping data provider. It seems no-one can explain why "Argleton" in Lancashire, a town that does not exist, appears in the L39 postcode area just south of Ormskirk....