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Google Maps Street View visits the Galapagos Islands

Google Maps Street View visits the Galapagos Islands

After visiting the Grand Canyon and capturing imagery using nifty Street View camera backpacks, Google is taking a trip to the Galapagos Islands to capture the scenery and wildlife, and is partnering up with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD) in order to make it happen.

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Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

This week the folks at the development studio known as Instrument have brought a virtual reality demonstration to Google I/O 2013, complete with a multi-display drop from the upper atmosphere down toward the earth in freefall. What this demonstration consisted of was seven 1080p displays, each of them run by their own Ubuntu PC working with a full-screen version of Chrome version 25. A motion tracker works to track the user, their arms, and the angle at which they're standing - or leaning and falling, as it were.

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The New Google Maps hands-on with personalized results

The New Google Maps hands-on with personalized results

This week Google I/O 2013's single keynote session focused not just on Chrome and Android, but on Google Maps as well. In an update that Google simply calls "The new Google Maps" and won't be available to all users until later this year. Developers attending Google I/O 2013 as well as those that get early invites to the system will be able to take part in the roll-out first: here Google begins to truly integrate their smart search results and their maps systems, here that Google's promise that the map itself will become the user interface.

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Google Maps future explored: the map is now the user interface

Google Maps future explored: the map is now the user interface

A futuristic vision of Google Maps has been shown by the company this week at Google I/O 2013, the event set for developers but aimed at the public. Google spoke up about "The New Google Maps", as they called it, complete with expansions built around the user - each individual, that is. Exploring will be expanding in this new vision, built for the Google Search user using their Google account.

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Google Maps mobile experience expands with five star rating system

Google Maps mobile experience expands with five star rating system

At Google I/O, Google discussed its Maps service, and they're coming out with an updated version for Android and iOS devices (go figure), as well as a completely new Google Maps user interface. They're previewing the new version on stage, and have announced a slew of new features coming to both mobile and web versions.

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Google Play Services expand with Maps leading the pack

Google Play Services expand with Maps leading the pack

Google's Hugo Barra is on stage right now at Google I/0 2013, and he's talking about Google Play Services, with the Google Maps API being one of the first to come into fruition. The company just launched even more location APIs for Google Maps that come with faster and more precise location awareness and geofencing capabilities.

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New Google Maps leaks again: Learning maps and more

New Google Maps leaks again: Learning maps and more

A new glimpse at the updated Google Maps, expected to be revealed at Google I/O this week, has been leaked ahead of schedule, with a hastily-pulled sign-up page for the location service spilling a batch of new screenshots. Signs of a new version of Google Maps, with refreshed graphics and new functionality, emerged earlier this month, but Droid-Life spotted the product page going briefly live just ahead of I/O kicking off, complete with signs of dynamically learning maps that tailor themselves to your needs the more you use them.

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Google Timelapse shows a changing Earth in animated form

Google Timelapse shows a changing Earth in animated form

Google has launched a new project called Timelapse that allows users to see the history of the Earth all the way back to 1984 and view how our planet has changed over the past 28 years. You can view any part of the world, just like in Google Earth, except that Timelapse automatically creates an animated timelapse GIF based on what you're looking at.

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Google Maps update previewed ahead of launch

Google Maps update previewed ahead of launch

Anyone who uses Google Maps regularly will be familiar with the sidebar, which has been a staple part of the design for quite some time. That is about to change, however, according to a couple previews leaked ahead of a planned interface update that we may very well be seeing next week or some time in the near future.

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Google Street View spreads to 50 countries

Google Street View spreads to 50 countries

It seems like only yesterday when Google Street View was only available in a small number of areas around the world, but now Google has announced that Street View has creeped its way into 50 countries, and the Street View cars have covered over 5 million miles of roadway -- that's a lot of fuel.

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Find treasure with Google’s new treasure map

Find treasure with Google’s new treasure map

Following up on YouTube's April Fool's Day prank, Google has launched one of its own. It's similar to its prank last year, when it launched an awesome 8-bit version of its Maps service. This year, Google has transformed Google Maps into a treasure map. In order to access the map, all you have to do is click on "Treasure Mode" on the top right of the Google Maps page. Then you can watch as your location is magically transformed into a treasure map.

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Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

A couple years have passed since the earthquake that devestated Japan and set off a nuclear emergency, resulting in the abandonment of Namie-machi, which is located near the coastline in Fukushima prefecture. The former residents of Namie-machi are still unable to return, but can now take a virtual walk around the place they called home thanks to Google Street View.

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