Google Maps archive

  • Six serious reasons why Google Maps Navigation is pure win...
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    Six serious reasons why Google Maps Navigation is pure win...

    By 28 October 2009

    Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 will not just be setting the cat amongst the pigeons but is probably more akin to handing a rocket launcher to our feline friend as well. From demonstration, the turn by turn satnav system has got several advantages...

  • Google to add free turn-by-turn navigation functionality to Maps on Android 2.0 phones
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    Google to add free turn-by-turn navigation functionality to Maps on Android 2.0 phones

    By 28 October 2009

    Google has just thrown somewhat of a spanner in the works for satnav hardware and software companies as it has revealed it is to offer free turn-by-turn navigation functionality to its Maps product that will be offered in Android 2.0 devices. "Maps Navigation"...

  • VIDEO: Google Earth Building Maker unveiled
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    VIDEO: Google Earth Building Maker unveiled

    By 13 October 2009

    Google's Earth and Maps applications are fantastic, but they have a slight problem - they're flat. The vast majority of locations have some form of terrain data - but that data comes from satellites which can't work out individual buildings. Some cities,...

  • VIDEO: Google Maps intros "report a problem" feature
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    VIDEO: Google Maps intros "report a problem" feature

    By 8 October 2009

    Google has announced a new way to keep its Maps up to date with the introduction of the "report a problem" functionality.  Google Maps users can now highlight changes to their neighbourhoods ("after all, the best expert on where you live is you") and...

  • Apple quietly buys online mapping company Placebase
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    Apple quietly buys online mapping company Placebase

    By 1 October 2009

    Apple appears to be up to something. The company very quietly purchased Placebase - an online mapping startup - back in July. It was announced in a tweet, but labelled as "all hush hush" by Fred Lalonde, the founder of openplaces.org. However, Seth Weintraub...

  • Google Maps team-up for online Monopoly City Streets
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    Google Maps team-up for online Monopoly City Streets

    By 8 September 2009

    The classic board game Monopoly has been given a tech makeover thanks to a team-up with Google. Hasbro and Google have joined forces to make a worldwide online Monopoly game to promote the launch of Monopoly City, a modern 3D version of the board game....

  • Google Maps get POI icons and labels
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    Google Maps get POI icons and labels

    By 5 August 2009

    The Google Maps team has announced it has added new icons and labels to its online maps that offer more detail for users. Designed as a help either to orientate users in a particular location, for getting the feel for a neighbourhood, or just browsing...

  • Google Maps gets some perspective
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    Google Maps gets some perspective

    By 31 July 2009

    Google's added some rather impressive new controls to its API that allows the use of 3D viewpoints and perspective. The results are pretty spectacular, as can be seen in the demo above. Google says: "With a perspective map, the map is projected on a viewport...

  • Google Maps for Mobile hits version 3.2
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    Google Maps for Mobile hits version 3.2

    By 23 July 2009

    Google has announced that it's releasing a new version of its mapping software for mobile phones - version 3.2. The new edition adds compatibility for layers - info that has long existed in the desktop version of the software. Google says: "Layers make...

  • Vodafone reveals initial #ukhols results
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    Vodafone reveals initial #ukhols results

    By 20 July 2009

    Vodafone has released the first set of results from its Google Maps/Twitter mashup that allows Brits to post where they're going on holiday this summer. According to #ukhols map, New York, Vancouver and Paris are currently the favourite holiday destinations...

  • VIDEO: Google Maps gets "favourite places"
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    VIDEO: Google Maps gets "favourite places"

    By 16 July 2009

    Google Maps has announced it has teamed up with "local experts" around the world to share some "favorite" places. Watching the video above will give you an overview of the new feature that asks experts in their field for hints on places to go. San Fran...

  • Google Maps adds "My Location" button
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    Google Maps adds "My Location" button

    By 10 July 2009

    Google has announced that it's adding the "My Location" feature found on the mobile variant of Google Maps to the full-on browser version. If you log in to Google maps with a supported web browser (Chrome 2.0+, Firefox 3.5+, or anything else that supports...

  • VIDEO: Google announces "My Tracks" for Android phones
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    VIDEO: Google announces "My Tracks" for Android phones

    By 13 February 2009

    Google has announced the launch of another 20% time project, the new "My Tracks" application for Android-powered phones. Aimed at hikers, bikers and runners, My Tracks records tracks of outdoor activities using the phone's built-in GPS. These track maps,...

  • Queen updates official website
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    Queen updates official website

    By 12 February 2009

    The Queen has revamped her official website 12 years on from its launch. The new online property sees a more wizzy design as well as more content including video and historical documents. "The official website of the British Monarchy" also has extensive...

  • Comment: Google Latitude - a step too far or advertisers dream?
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    Comment: Google Latitude - a step too far or advertisers dream?

    By 6 February 2009

    This week saw the launch of a new service from Google that allows you to track your friends via Google Maps either on your mobile or PC. Google Latitude at first seems like fun: it's a great idea. You're in the pub, you see your mate walking down a nearby...

  • Google charts UK snow fall
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    Google charts UK snow fall

    By 5 February 2009

    Google's Lat Long blog has caught up to the fact that the UK appears to be in the grip of a cold snap and has highlighted some "My Maps" showing snow accumulation, and reader pics of snow scenes. We brought you news on Monday of Twitter user Ben Marsh...

  • Google offers transit layer in Maps
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    Google offers transit layer in Maps

    By 15 January 2009

    Google has launched a new transit layer on Google Maps in more than 50 cities around the world. The London layer shows the Tube superimposed across London, but as it's map-based, and tied to real geographical locations, it looks a lot different to Harry...

  • Google maps Tour de France in Street View
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    Google maps Tour de France in Street View

    By 7 July 2008

    Tour de France fans will be pleased to know that Google has mapped the course of the race in its Maps application - and has linked this to Street View for an even more realistic view of the route. The map shows you the route stage by stage and offers...

  • Google launches Map Maker for the masses
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    Google launches Map Maker for the masses

    By 25 June 2008

    Google has unveiled Google Map Maker, a new product that allows users to contribute and edit Maps data for regions around the world. People can use Google Map Maker to locate, draw, label and provide attributes for local map features via what's being...

  • EU concerned over Google Street View
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    EU concerned over Google Street View

    By 16 May 2008

    Google has already had a head-to-head with the Pentagon over some of the photographs on Google Maps, and now it seems the EU has the same concerns. European Authorities have raised specific concerns about Google Street View, which is an extra on Google...

  • Google helping refugees
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    Google helping refugees

    By 11 April 2008

    Google Maps now includes close-up views of UN refugee camps and aid projects. The technology, which it is claimed was for first designed for use as video game backdrops, has now been adapted to show the plight of refugees around the world. And it is hoped...

  • Pentagon censors Google Maps
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    Pentagon censors Google Maps

    By 7 March 2008

    The Pentagon has made Google remove images of an Texas army base shown in detail on the "Maps" section of the internet giant's site. In a thoroughly unsurprising move, the US defence department has now banned Google from filming inside, and making detailed...

  • EU takes on TomTom
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    EU takes on TomTom

    By 2 March 2008

    TomTom's plan to buy its main map supplier, Tele Atlas, may be scuppered by the EU. According to Reuters, European authorities have sent a formal "statement of objections" to the SatNav system manufacturer. TomTom - which is now the world's biggest maker...