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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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See Google Maps show natural gas leaks around your city

See Google Maps show natural gas leaks around your city

Supposing you live in one of the very few cities Google and the EDF have mapped natural gas leaks in so far, you may be super relieved or super baffled by the results you’re about to see. Boston, Indianapolis, and Staten Island, New York have been mapped so far. Boston, we’ve got some bad news. Indianapolis, turn your smiles on.

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Apple Maps make their way to the web via iCloud

Apple Maps make their way to the web via iCloud

Apple Maps has seen its share of issues, but Apple has slowly been working those kinks out over time. Now that Apple Maps is vastly better, it seems as though Apple might be ready to lean on it a bit more. The Find my iPhone feature in iCloud has been reported by many to be using Apple Maps — not Google Maps as it has been.

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Smarty Pins from Google brings trivia to Maps

Smarty Pins from Google brings trivia to Maps

Think you’re smart, do ya? Well, Google might have you beat (no, they do, don’t even try to argue that). Geography, with it’s ever-changing place in this world, can be a tough subject. Even tougher is finding areas on a world map, even when you know the answer. If you dare, give Google’s latest experiment Smarty Pins a shot.

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The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

Not for nothing has Google Maps become one of the most relied-upon navigation services around, but the ways in which Google tailors geographical information to satisfy territorial disputes could prove surprising. Unseen by most - since the details only change when viewed from a different location - the tweaks to border lines can grant vast swathes of land to different countries, something a new Google Maps project has highlighted.

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