12/12/2011, The devastation wrought by the tsunami and earthquake in Japan earlier this year might be in our distant memories by now, but I am very sure that for victims of those natural disasters, they are still reeling and picking up the pieces of their lives. Google did promise to digitally archive the areas of Northeastern Japan which were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami earlier this year, and […]
11/29/2011, We’ve constantly pointed out the fact that Google gives more love to its Maps for Android app than any other platform and this new update drives the point home even more. Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you; after all Android is Google’s baby. To celebrate Google Maps for mobile’s 6th birthday, the company has released Google Maps 6.0 for Android which introduces a couple of new features to […]
11/15/2011, Google now offers the option for you to opt out from their mapping exercises with but a simple change on your side – all you need to do is add “_nomap” to the name that you have called your domestic Wi-Fi network, and that will stop phones that use your home as a position fix in Google Maps from doing so ever again. The idea behind this backdoor option? So […]
11/03/2011, Do you know an awesome scenic route around the outskirts of the city, and you wish to share it with your friends but you have no idea how to put it down in words? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But if that seems to be a problem for you or if you feel that you need to show a custom path on a map instead of telling it in words, […]
11/02/2011, Normally you would treat your larger customers better, but it seems as though Google is going to reverse that policy by charging the heavy users of Google Maps more in the future. Currently, the service is free, but it seems that from 1 January 2012 onwards, the Google Maps API service will start counting dollars and cents when it surpasses the limit of 25,000 map “hits” made in a day. […]
10/29/2011, News is out that Apple was the company who had acquired C3 Technologies last August (and shut it down). C3 is a mapping company known for its capacity to build maps that include 3D buildings, textures and all (like Nokia does). Unlike many mapping companies that rely on a combination of satellite photos and GPS information, C3 could build maps and textured building models with planes (see video in the […]
10/28/2011, If you’ve ever wished that you could see the insides of stores that you’ve never set foot into, you’re in luck. Google has recently announced the launch of a new service called Business Photos. Using a concept that’s similar to Google Street View, but instead of giving us a 360-view of the streets, Business Photos gives users a 360-degree view of what the inside of a store looks like. Of […]
10/21/2011, Google went about quietly updating their Google Maps on Android, where the Internet search giant decided to throw in NFC support – signalling the possibility of future apps arriving with such support as well in order to take advantage of the situation. The official change would be storage related, where Maps is said to be far more efficient than ever before with regards to its method of storing downloaded map […]
10/13/2011, Great news for fans of Google Maps, Google has just announced a brand new update for desktop version of Google Maps which enables WebGL support. What this means is that it’ll be able to harness the power of your graphics card without the need to install any additional software – just run it within a WebGL-supported browser such as the latest versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
10/07/2011, If you use Google Maps in English to look up a foreign country, you might notice that locations on your maps have a large amount of labels – the location name transliterated and in its native language. While it’s great for learning how places are named in other languages, it resulted in an unnecessary amount of clutter on the map itself. Google has just issued an update that allows you […]
10/05/2011, If you’re in need for a rather unique way of advertising your product or company, Philips & Co. has a new proposition that they’re calling “Blue Marble”, and essentially what they will do for you is that they will create a QR code that can be scanned along with whatever pertinent information you would like attached with it.
09/30/2011, While Google Maps’ regular 2D view is usually more than enough for you to find your way to your destination, sometimes it’s not – especially when you’re unfamiliar with the territory, and have no idea what the buildings on the map look like. Well, it seems that folks at Google recognized this problem as an issue and has taken it upon themselves to fix it. Google announced on its official […]
09/14/2011, Google’s recently launched +Snippets service gives users the ability to quickly and easily share content found on the internet with their friends on Google+. Starting today, Google has increased the functionality of +Snippets by making it available on one of its most used web services: Google Maps. Folks using Google Maps can now easily share whatever they’re looking at with all their friends in Google+. Imagine hosting a party at […]
09/09/2011, Great news for people who love taking photographs and reviewing places they’ve been on Google Places. Google has announced a new update to Google Maps for Android that lets users attach photographs to their reviews in Places. The update which brings Google Maps up to version 5.10 will also show all your 4-5 star rated Places on the map itself, so the next time you’re in an area with a […]