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Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Google's answer to competing smart mobile brands' device location services has arisen in the form of "Android Device Manager." This system will allow you to remotely locate you device - directly ping-able with Google Maps. It also lets you set the device's Ringer off so you can find the machine easily or wipe the device if it's in a place where you've no hope of getting it back.

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Google Maps for iOS 2.0 arrives with new iPad UI

Google Maps for iOS 2.0 arrives with new iPad UI

The new Google Maps for iOS has been launched, including a dedicated iPad version and support for the live traffic reports and new search features that Android users have been enjoying since last week. The updated v2.0 software, a free download from the App Store, means an end to running Google Maps for iPhone in 2x mode on the iPad, with a new UI to make the most of the larger display of the iPad and iPad mini.

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Google Maps redesigned web interface goes live for all

Google Maps redesigned web interface goes live for all

Those in the beta program for Google Maps might have forgotten that not everyone enjoys the same access to the new version of the service, with most still using the previous version. That finally changed today, with the new design going live for everyone to use, giving access to what has - until today - been the domain of those who received an invitation.

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Google Street View visits Eiffel Tower, provides birds-eye view of Paris

Google Street View visits Eiffel Tower, provides birds-eye view of Paris

Google has expanded its Street View imagery once again, this time taking a trip to one of the most iconic structures in the world. Google trekked the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and used the Street View trolley to show what it looks like to stand on top of the Eiffel Tower and look out onto the city of love.

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Google Maps offline mapping gets dedicated button after outcry

Google Maps offline mapping gets dedicated button after outcry

Google has hurriedly updated Google Maps for Android after vocal user complaints about how offline mapping support was buried in the newest version, as well as giving confused Latitude users help on figuring out where the location-sharing service has gone. The new Google Maps, v7 for Android, arrived yesterday complete with more in-depth traffic information and a dedicated tablet UI. However, Google also changed how offline mapping was handled, with a new and cryptic way to activate it. Now, in response to a day's feedback, Google has changed it again.

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Google kills Latitude and buries Google Maps offline

Google kills Latitude and buries Google Maps offline

Google may have a new version of Google Maps to be excited about, but it's also goodbye to some old features along the way, with the search giant announcing plans to retire Latitude and hopefully shift users to Google+ instead. Latitude has a month left to live and is in fact completely absent from the new version of Google Maps, but users won't be able to avoid the shutdown by bypassing the upgrade since Google is axing server-side support - and Latitude friends lists - too. Meanwhile, offline mapping for Google Maps has been buried away as a bizarre "Easter egg" in the newest version.

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New Google Maps official: Dedicated tablet UI, traffic details, more

New Google Maps official: Dedicated tablet UI, traffic details, more

Google has officially released a new version of Google Maps for Android and, soon, iPhone and iPad, complete with a new design and the retirement of Latitude among other changes. The new app, which already began rolling out as v.7 to Android users a few hours ago, includes dedicated tablet designs for Android and iPad for the first time, but users may end up confused by the missing "offline maps" feature which is now no longer accessed in the same way.

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Google Maps update starts rolling out for Android 4.0.3 and higher

Google Maps update starts rolling out for Android 4.0.3 and higher

On May 7, we saw a leak showing the Google Maps redesign, with Google showing it off officially a little over a week later. That update has since been rolled out for desktop to those in the beta, and is now being pushed to those running Android 4.0.3 and higher. Thus far the Google Play store has been updated with the new change log, but it might be a bit before you see the actual update come your way.

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Google Street View visits Skyfall-inspired Hashima Island

Google Street View visits Skyfall-inspired Hashima Island

The Google Street View Trekker backpack is at it again, and this time it visited the abandoned Hashima Island, or more well-known as "Dead Island" or "Dead City" from the most recent James Bond film Skyfall. In the movie, the island serves as the cyberterrorists headquarters, but it's actually a real place and now we get to experience it for ourselves.

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Google Street View Trekker wearable camera stars in loan program

Google Street View Trekker wearable camera stars in loan program

Google has launched a loan program for its back-mounted Google Maps Trekker camera, the 360-degree Street View mapping tool it has used to photograph the world's highest tower and the Galapagos Islands. The new Trekker program will see third-party organizations apply to take the Trekker out into the wild, gathering up panoramic photography of normally little-seen environments that can then be added into Google Maps.

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Nokia HERE Maps calls out Google on Venue Maps

Nokia HERE Maps calls out Google on Venue Maps

Nokia is calling out Google Maps over indoor mapping, claiming that its HERE Venue Maps cover more areas and with more accuracy than any rival can muster. The software - which is available on Nokia Windows Phones and in Bing - integrates floor plans for inside stadiums, theme parks, golf clubs, and shopping malls with regular mapping data, so that the directions needn't stop when you get inside. However, it also physically visits the venues, something Nokia says differentiates it from Google Maps.

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Google Street View hits Dubai with trip up 2,717ft Burj Khalifa

Google Street View hits Dubai with trip up 2,717ft Burj Khalifa

Google has taken Street View to new heights, sending its cameras to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the world's tallest man-made structure - to snap its first ever skyscraper photography. The new images, which mark the latest of Google's diversions to interesting, difficult-to-reach, or generally off-limits locations, include shots taken from the 124th floor, at the observation deck, as well as from the 80th floor.

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