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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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Google Street View data collection gets UK deletion order

Google Street View data collection gets UK deletion order

It's been a year since UK officials re-opened the privacy case involving Google and its Street View mapping feature, and the Information Commissioner's Office is letting Google off the hook as long as they delete any remaining data within the next 35 days. However, failing to do so could result in legal action.

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Google Street View updates with over 1,000 new locations

Google Street View updates with over 1,000 new locations

Google announced a huge update for its Street View feature in Google Maps. Over a thousand new locations around the world are getting Street View imagery for the first time, including parts of Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the US. Singapore, specifically was given a fairly large addition, allowing users to explore more of the city and its various hot spots.

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Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

As it was tipped just days ago by Israeli news sources with the inside line, so too does Google make their acquisition of the Waze team official. This acquisition has Google bringing in a team of creators that've made the Waze app a highly-used collection of real-time travel and traffic information bits, lighting the fire under rumors quite recently that it was more than just Google after their ownership. Google has made clear their intent to keep the Waze community - the users currently making the Waze app work - a part of the system as well as the developers behind the scenes.

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Street View being used by authorities to pinpoint tax evasion

Street View being used by authorities to pinpoint tax evasion

Google has been accused by many of violating privacy with Street View, and those accusations may increase as the service is used by taxing authorities to find individuals guilty of tax evasion. Such is the case in Lithuania, where more than 100 cases have already been discovered, and where authorities are actively pouring over Maps in search of more violators.

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Google Street View pays tribute to 9/11, Hurricane Sandy

Google Street View pays tribute to 9/11, Hurricane Sandy

Google has added a handful of new Street View imagery to Google Maps today. The update focuses on New York City, including Central Park, the new 9/11 Memorial, and neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy. A lot has changed since Google last added a big update to New York, but these additions should bring most of the imagery back up to date.

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