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Google releases updated maps for 10 European countries and regions

Google releases updated maps for 10 European countries and regions

Google has released updated maps for a variety of European regions and countries as part of the "Ground Truth" project, which launched in 2008. This is part of Google's goal to provide high-quality maps that are as accurate as possible, ensuring that people "get exactly the information they need." This brings the total number of maps built via Ground Truth to 40.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. Today we saw images of what may be the rear housing of the iPhone 5S - yes, already. There aren't too many differences between it and the rear housing for the iPhone 5, but there are enough to make the images noteworthy. The high-end HTC M7 is rumored for a Q1 2013 release, and it appears that HTC wants it to get on shelves before Samsung launches the Galaxy S IV, while Samsung's iPhone 5-bashing Galaxy S III commercial was named that most viral tech ad of 2012.

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Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Though the Nintendo Wii U is indeed a stationary sort of gaming machine, that's not stopping the folks at Google Maps from making an app for the platform - with augmented reality, no less! This app allows you to not just find your way around your city before you head out of your house, it allows you to check out Street View with a fully interactive look-around mode from your Wii U GamePad. This means you can bring up the Street View images from downtown Rome and use your Gamepad screen like a window, moving it around yourself looking up, down, left, right, all around and see what the original Street View camera saw - like magic!

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Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Android Police noted on Wednesday that Mexico had appeared on the list of countries with Google Maps Navigation support. Soon after, Google announced via @GoogleMexico on Twitter that Maps Navigation is now available for Android in Mexico. Users can grab the beta app via the Google Play Store.

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Australian scientists undiscover small Pacific island

Australian scientists undiscover small Pacific island

With the modern age of satellite mapping and Google Maps, you might expect that the map of Earth's landmass, including islands, around the globe is correctly and accurately mapped. However, it appears that errors in mapping do occur as evidenced by a group of geologists from the University of Sydney who undiscovered a small Pacific island. The small island is in the Coral Sea and is called Sandy Island.

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Google launches indoor maps on the desktop

Google launches indoor maps on the desktop

Google Maps has been providing users with indoor maps of malls, airports, and other popular hot spots for the past year or so, but it's only been available on Android devices, until now. Google announced via Twitter that indoor maps have finally arrived on the desktop. Now you can explore malls and airports from the comfort of your own web browser.

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Google Maps and Earth get new high resolution imagery

Google Maps and Earth get new high resolution imagery

Google has added new high-resolution imagery to various places on Google Maps and Earth, giving users sharper, more detailed views of select locations. As of now, 164 cities and 108 countries/regions have improved images, including Washington and Austria. This is part of Google's regular updates that it pushes out, and includes aerial, satellite, and 45-degree imagery.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here again, but before we dive in, we need to recap the day's news. First and foremost, our review of the HTC DROID DNA went live just a little while ago, so if you've been thinking of picking that phone up, be sure to have a look at our review to see what we think of it! We found out today that Apple and Samsung have been permitted to add new devices to their lawsuit, so expect Samsung to go after the iPhone 5 while Apple tries to collect damages on a number of Samsung devices. Speaking of Samsung, the company is rumored to show off a new handset with a 5-inch 1080p display at CES, so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that.

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Google Maps for iPhone and iPad near “finishing touches”

Google Maps for iPhone and iPad near “finishing touches”

Those of you waiting for the return of the official Google-powered mapping in app form to iOS for your iPhone and iPad may not have long now with a report saying they're putting the "finishing touches" on the software. This report comes from the Wall Street Journal where they've got an anonymous source inside Google noting the near-complete build status. This person with "direct knowledge" of the innards of Google's Maps segment notes that they're note entirely certain that Apple will approve of the app once it's ready for action - but we can't imagine such a situation, in all fairness.

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Google distributing standalone iOS Maps app, says source

Google distributing standalone iOS Maps app, says source

A person familiar with the situation told the Wall Street Journal that Google is currently testing a standalone iOS Maps app. Allegedly, the app is getting its final touches before heading for iTunes store approval. The source doesn't know when the app will be heading for the app store, but says that it is currently being test by "individuals outside the company."

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Google services blocked by Chinese government

Google services blocked by Chinese government

Alas, Google has been stuffed behind China's Great Firewall once again as the country prepares for the election of its new leader, Xi Jinping. Anyone who tries to access Google, Gmail, Maps, or many other of the company's services will find themselves with a whole lot of nothing. In addition, overall Internet speeds were low throughout the country.

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Google Maps for iOS approval not likely, claim sources

Google Maps for iOS approval not likely, claim sources

We've known for quite a while now that Google was working on their own Google Maps app for iOS. We've seen leaked screenshots, and we've even heard rumors that the app is expected to arrive within the end of the year. However, according to multiple sources working closely with Google, the app will have a tough time getting past Apple's approval wall.

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