Desperate for Some Midday Shut-Eye? Google Naps Has You Covered

It happens to the best of us: you stayed up late getting down on a Tuesday night, and come Wednesday, you can barely keep your eyes open. Desk napping is far too risky, so what's a comatose professional about town to do? Why, pull up Google Naps, of course. Read More >>

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Angkor Wat Might be the Prettiest Street View Yet

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, is the latest addition to Google Maps' already considerable portfolio of beautiful places you can explore using Street View. It's one of the most stunning places on the entire planet, and Google stepped up its game accordingly. Read More >>

Google Maps Stays Neutral by Only Showing Your Side in Border Disputes

Border disputes are going on in many places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world's foremost online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing you the border you most likely want to see based on where you're Googling from. Read More >>

Now You Can Help Search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

The Boeing 777 that seemed to disappear into thin air last weekend has still not been found after five days of search and rescue. Now a crowdsourcing company has started a campaign where anyone can pore over satellite images to find traces of Flight 370 or its 239 passengers. Read More >>

The Coolest Cartography in Google's New Maps Gallery

Google just launched a Maps Gallery: a centralised atlas of maps created by governments, non-profits and other organisations. Though it's still a nascent project, there's already a lot of interesting finds in there. Read More >>

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It's Ridiculously Easy to Troll Google Maps With Fake Listings

Trust the listings you find on Google Maps? You shouldn't, because it's easy to fake them. That's what Google Maps exploiter Bryan Seely demonstrated for me. And while trolling politicians with dick jokes is never not funny, there's also a whole sub-community of scammers turning Google Map's little bugs into cold, hard cash. Read More >>

A Google Maps Pin May be the Geekiest Mural Ever

The Google Maps pin is iconic: bold and simple, yet incredibly memorable. And emblazoned on the side of a Danish building in twinkling metallic form, it certainly lets you know you have found the right location. Read More >>

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The New Google Maps Has Been Released

The new version of Google Maps for desktop that was introduced at last year's I/O is finally coming out of preview and into just plain old "view" today. Welcome to the future. Read More >>

This is What Happened When Google Raced Top Gear in a Street View Car

Street View cars may be packed with technology, but how do they do on a race track? This video shows what happened when the guys at Google decided to go race the folks at Top Gear. Read More >>

Adding More Layers is Apple's Patent-Suggested Plan For Fixing Maps

It's slowly getting better, but try as it might, Apple just can't top Google's Maps service when it comes to digital cartography  That's not to say it isn't still keeping up the chase though -- a newly uncovered patent points towards a raft of new features Apple has planned for the troubled service. Read More >>

You Can Now Ride a Gondola Down The Canals of Venice in Google Maps' Street View

From the Piazza San Marco to the 409 bridges spanning its 150 canals, Venice is now available to be explored through Google Maps' Street View option in all its romantic, watery glory. Read More >>

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Britain's Spectacular (and Sometimes Mysterious) Hill Figures

It's become a popular pastime to dig up weird and wonderful topography using Google Maps. Shipwrecks, for example. Or massive airplane graveyards. But it can also be used to study a uniquely British tradition, the humble hill figure (or not so humble, if you're familiar with the Cerne Abbas Giant). Read More >>

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You Don't Have to Enlist to Tour a 50-Year-Old Sub on Street View

Google Street View is slowly becoming the window to a world that most of us may never get to see in real life. And if you've already explored every last nook and cranny of CERN's Large Hadron Collider via Street View, you can now poke around the retired HMS Ocelot; a 50 year old retired Oberon-class submarine. Read More >>

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How a Lost Boy Used Google Earth to Find His Way Home After 25 Years

Last year, we heard the amazing story of Saroo Brierley, the Indian "lost child" who used Google Earth to find his way home after 25 years. This stirring video produced by Google features Brierley telling the story in his own words. It's pretty crushing. [YouTube] Read More >>

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Google Maps Adds Multiple Destinations, Events, and Reservations

Getting to one destination and then having to input your next destination manually? Who has the time? Years of your life have been wasted with this arduous task. But now, finally (or, rather, once again) you can add multiple destinations all at once in Google Maps. Read More >>

You Can Now Explore the Galapagos Islands With Google Street View

The Galapagos are some of the most biodiverse places on the planet, and it was key in Charles Darwin's findings in forming the the scientific argument of evolution. You may never get to travel to the volcanic archipelago in person, but now thanks to Google, you can explore it through 360 degree imagery on Street View. Read More >>


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