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Google Maps update: “Faster route now available”

Google Maps update: “Faster route now available”

This week Google fully recognizes the power of Waze in their maps apps. With Google Maps' update here and now, the 2013 acquisition of Waze has not only been integrated in a real physical way with "Faster route now available" appearances both on Android and in iOS, but Google literally makes the mark in their Google+ release. Here they say "Outsmart traffic and save time on the road", effectively usurping the classic "Outsmart Traffic" tagline for their own.

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Ricoh Theta camera update brings spherical image uploading to Google Maps and Plus

Ricoh Theta camera update brings spherical image uploading to Google Maps and Plus

Spherical panorama images have become a popular stitching activity among photo-takers, and as a result some smartphones and applications have cropped up that can make them. The process can still be tricky, however, and that's where Ricoh's Theta camera came in, making the process simple. Starting today, an apps update for the camera simplifies another process: posting images to Google+ and Google Maps.

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Google Street View visits Top Gear test track, Stig in tow

Google Street View visits Top Gear test track, Stig in tow

There's a show on television called Top Gear, one in which they investigate and race and test loads of high-powered vehicles of all types. Google found themselves in a situation where they were allowed to head to the official test track for Top Gear this year, recording their visit in a rather unique way - with a Google Street View vehicle. Here you'll see the results both from within and and outside the vehicle as it moves at a reasonable pace around the track.

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Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

It has begun - Santa has officially begun his run around the world in sleigh. Two major trackers have begun the tracking of Santa’s trip, both aiming for real Santa Tracking supremacy. Here we take a (relatively simple) look at the major differences between the tracking of Santa with NORAD and the tracking of Santa with Google.

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Google Santa Tracker joins voicemail system and North Pole village

Google Santa Tracker joins voicemail system and North Pole village

This week the teams at Google responsible for making the search engine a place for massive entertainment beyond the pale have created a Christmas wonderland for the masses. Here you’ll be able to track Santa Clause as he makes the rounds around the world and - while you’re waiting for him to approach you - they’ve created a set of animated videos and games for you to experience as well.

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Ingress Operation #13Magnus concludes: next mission begins Jan. 2014

Ingress Operation #13Magnus concludes: next mission begins Jan. 2014

The strange and wonderful game known as Ingress has exited beta and concluded its latest storyline, with the promise of another round to come in January 2014. The storyline was called Operation #13Magnus. It came to a decisive conclusion when Ingress Agents were able to physically transport the 13 Shards of self-proclaimed Enlightened Faction leader Roland Jarvis from parts worldwide to Cupid's Span Portal in San Francisco.

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Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter has been field-testing a new native app feature that shows a map of tweets occurring near the user in real time. The feature appears as a separate column in the app and shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship between the users. It's called "Nearby", and it could be Twitter's next granular advertising targeting gambit.

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National Geographic uses Google Maps to show historical layouts

National Geographic uses Google Maps to show historical layouts

With Google beginning work on their Google Maps Engine public data program, the folks at National Geographic Maps have been keen to push their own historical cartography to the public. While you've very possibly seen some of these maps before, integration with Google Maps allows the entire situation to appear a whole lot more real.

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Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

As of today, Google Maps will now let you see dynamic 3D renderings of the insides of airports and train stations. The update should help guide you through some of the most directionally confusing aspects of your travels this holiday season: transit hubs. As of this moment, the growing list of locations applies to 16 major airports and 59 train and subway stations around the world, a cable car station in Hong Kong, -- as well as 16 transit-related museums and points of interest and even the inside of your Emirates flight from Dubai, UAE.

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Google Maps revives Pegman, rolls out new features

Google Maps revives Pegman, rolls out new features

Those of you who have found the new Google Maps lacking may have reason to give it another chance. Starting today, Google will be rolling out a variety of new (and new-old) features designed to increase functionality within the desktop version of the searchable map service. For starters, Pegman for street view is back.

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Ingress beta open to all: Google’s game sticks with Android

Ingress beta open to all: Google’s game sticks with Android

This week the folks at Google and Niantic have released their cages from the "closed beta" edition of Ingress to allow this augmented reality game to all. The game remains in "beta" mode, though we're essentially seeing the entirety of this environment's gameplay live right this minute. This game will be available to iOS users in the future, but for the time being - it's all about Android.

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Google Street View visits Arlington National Cemetery

Google Street View visits Arlington National Cemetery

Google has taken the Street View cameras through a wide variety of locations around the world. Last month we saw virtual tours of the Galapagos Islands come available and it looks like the same will soon be available for the Arlington National Cemetery. The tour was created in October with the changing of the seasons, however they will not be publicly available until early next year.

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