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Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Aside from being a navigation tool, Google Maps' Street View has also functioned as a way for some users to live vicariously and see breath-taking sights all over the world through Google's eyes. Or to be exact, through its camera's eyes. But there are just some locations where Google's now iconic Street View Car would not be able to trek or should not be allowed to, like the sandy expanse of the Arabian desert. Luckily for Google, a camel was equally fit to do the job.

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My Maps: customize your Google Maps experience

My Maps: customize your Google Maps experience

A little-known system called My Maps has just been updated by Google for Google Maps. What you’re able to do - and what I’ll be showing you here - is take what Google has made with Google Maps and add your own special markers, trails, and directions. You can take what you’ve made, then, and share with friends, coworkers, and associates.

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Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Nokia's HERE mapping app is coming to iPhone and all Android devices, a native app to take on Google Maps and Apple Maps as the Finnish firm refocuses on software and services. The HERE Maps app follows a deal with Samsung to put the navigation system onto Tizen-powered smartwatches, complete with offline maps and turn-by-turn instructions for driving, walking, and public transportation, even when you don't have a data connection.

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Get a virtual tour of Destiny, Google Maps style

Get a virtual tour of Destiny, Google Maps style

Bungie's Destiny is one of the most anticipated games of the year, but what are you to do if you still haven't put up a pre-order for the game or don't yet have the rig to support it? Why not take a somewhat vicarious look at the game via Destiny Planet View, which takes a page from Google Maps' and Street View's books to deliver a unique twist to the "virtual tour" concept.

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Sounds of Street View brings ambient audio to Google Maps

Sounds of Street View brings ambient audio to Google Maps

Google Maps might be the go-to for all your travel or location discovery needs, but they lack one important thing: sound. It’s hard to recreate what you might experience in a given area, but one ambitious project is giving Street View just that. Sounds of Street View brings a more ambient feel to your 'pivot and leap' browser experience.

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Explore an underwater statue grave with Google Maps

Explore an underwater statue grave with Google Maps

The Cancun Underwater Museum is the location of the collection of humanoid sculptures you’re about to see. Collected by the Catlin Seaview Survey and uploaded straight to Google Maps, this exploration is free for any user to take part in, be it with your desktop computer through a web browser or on your smartphone. At this time Google Cardboard integration is unknown.

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Google Maps brings ‘Explore Nearby’ to Android, iOS

Google Maps brings ‘Explore Nearby’ to Android, iOS

Explore Nearby is a great way to waste time on the desktop version of Google Maps, and it’s coming to mobile. Google announced today that they’re bringing the feature to both Android and iOS, and it’s going to actually get better on mobile. Now, offering suggestions on what to do with your free time will get contextual as well.

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Google Maps photo sphere Views becomes more social

Google Maps photo sphere Views becomes more social

Not everyone who knows about Google Maps might be aware that a lounge for Photo Spheres exists within it. But for those that are hooked on viewing the collection available on Google Maps Views, Google just announced a treat for them. It has placed +1 buttons and comment boxes in Views so that viewers can show how much they like those photos, and give the photographers a bit of social compensation for their hard work and masterpieces.

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