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Moto X USA facility now tourable on Google Maps, shipments hit 100k weekly

Moto X USA facility now tourable on Google Maps, shipments hit 100k weekly

The Moto X has been touted as a "Made in USA" smartphone, with the assembly taking place at a facility in Forth Worth, Texas. Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside took to the company's blog today to talk about this and to introduce the new ability to tour the facility on Google Maps, allowing the interested to get a look inside the new facility.

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Google Street View visits the zoo

Google Street View visits the zoo

Google has gone to a lot of interesting places with Street View in recent months, but none might as odd and perhaps not-as-exciting than a zoo, a place we've all been to at least once when we were kids, but Google wants to bring the experience to your computer screen just in case you feel like taking a field trip during your lunch break, and provide with a zoo experience you might have never been through.

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Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia may have come late to the game with Streetview-style 3D photography in its HERE Maps service, but the company is aiming to overtake Google with its second generation of mapping cars. Built using newly developed camera, LIDAR, and processing technology from 3D specialist Earthmine, which Nokia acquired last November, the updated system promises higher-resolution panoramic imagery than Google, as well as more accurate 3D buildings and sign recognition. SlashGear went out on the road in one of the prototype cars with Earthmine founder John Ristevski, to find out why Nokia's 68-megapixel mobile mapping system should be giving the Google Maps team sleepless nights.

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Google Maps for iOS and Android gets Waze integration

Google Maps for iOS and Android gets Waze integration

It seems like Google is putting that recent Waze acquisition to good use finally, as the search giant announced that they have added Waze alerts to Google Maps on iOS and Android. The maps app now includes real-time incident reports crowd-sourced and submitted by Waze users. These include road closures, construction work, and accidents.

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Google Maps local advertising added to Android and iOS apps

Google Maps local advertising added to Android and iOS apps

Google may give away software like Google Maps for iOS and Android free, but it has to make its money somewhere, and so the company announced today that the location apps will now support AdWords advertising. The updated app for iPhone, iPad, and Android now injects localized adverts at the bottom of the screen, based on what the user is searching for and where; so, if you're hunting down a cake shop, you might see a promotion for a nearby bakery.

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Google City Experts takes on Yelp with crowdsourced local reviews

Google City Experts takes on Yelp with crowdsourced local reviews

Google has launched Google City Experts, a new program aiming to take on Yelp and other local review sites by promising perks and praise for those regularly writing up their experiences at restaurants, theaters, and other locations around select cities. The scheme, which ties together Google Maps and Google+, promises "Local Insiders" access to an exclusive community, Google-branded swag, and special event invitations in return for committing to producing "quality reviews" each month.

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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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