Details of cities and even prison camps in North Korea became more visible on Tuesday when Google updated its Google Maps application to include information citizen cartographers have been providing it about the country through a crowdsourcing development program called Map Maker. Read more…
Good work, Google. The more this info is out there, the more people will pay attention to this issue.
Ocean Exploration: Google has released a new collection of panoramic underwater images, powered by Street View, created with high quality photos provided by The Catlin Seaview Survey. Only a few locations have been added at this time, though Google says they’ll continue to update the Ocean collection with new underwater panoramas on a regular basis. So, what do you think? (Photo via Google Maps)source
So basically, Steve Jobs wasn’t a great cartographer. But will Google save us by releasing a native app? Uhm …
“We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.”
That sounds vague. Anyway, if you’re on iOS6 and need Google Maps, here you go.
Google Maps unveiled their April Fool’s Joke a day early this year, and it’s worth a look — welcome to Dragon Warrior, USA! You can now view the world in stunning, lush, low-res 8-bit graphics. This is quite the home run gag, we must say.
That’s right; all it takes for someone to plan a robbery at your house is Google Maps. It was actually a strategy that worked incredibly well … and took months to solve. EDIT: We just did a test with this, and the results were stunning.
Hurricane Irene path:Google just threw up a pretty useful hurricane-tracker tool to follow Irene. (Here’s the article they wrote about the tool, which lets you sort between a number of different metrics.) The giant cloud imagery really puts the hurricane in sharp contrast. Currently engulfed by the storm? North Carolina. Virginia Beach is next. DC and Baltimore will miss the worst of it (though us DC folks got nailed by a heavy ten-minute storm about three hours ago). Philly, NJ and NYC are directly in the path, particularly Long Island.