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Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Where exactly am I? That’s the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed its phone business, but in how it’s constructing the next-generation of mapping data that’s clever enough to give Google Maps sleepless nights. The HERE team calls it an "HD Map" - taking traditional cartography and putting it on steroids - and it’s one of the main pillars the Nokia platform of tomorrow is expected to stand on.

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It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

With respect to the Google Doodles archive of every Doodle since the year 1998, I must request that Google archive the Google Maps Pokemon Adventure as well. It’s likely Nintendo wouldn’t have people continuing to use their Pokemon characters for much longer than a week or two outside their immediate jurisdiction, but it would be so, so very nice if they would have a change of heart.

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Google’s Night Walk is an immersive evening tour of Marseille

Google’s Night Walk is an immersive evening tour of Marseille

One of the best reasons to use Google Maps is to explore areas you may not otherwise visit regularly, if at all. A new project named “Night Walk” offers up a tour of Marseille, as if you were strolling the streets and back alleys on a warm summer evening. Street art and points of interest are highlighted along the way, with an immersive audio guide bring the experience to life.

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Google Maps Pokemon adventure extended: Mew locations listed

Google Maps Pokemon adventure extended: Mew locations listed

It should come as no surprise that once the Pokemon Adventure April Fools’ Day joke created by Google Maps creators was "finished", enough interest had been generated to inspire an extension. Thanks to Google’s own non-official version of Professor Oak, every user who’d caught 5 or more Pokemon will be given the chance to continue to hunt.

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Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps isn't just driving directions and traffic any more; Google has taken another tour to off-the-beaten-path locations with new Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, adding digital renderings of over 100 local temples. Featuring more than 90,000 panoramas of the external designs, the interior, and close-ups of individual carvings, the new content saw Google take its Street View photography equipment to historic sites most would never see.

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Google Maps included fake anti-piracy town “Agloe”

Google Maps included fake anti-piracy town “Agloe”

Piracy has been around far longer than its association with digital pilfering, and efforts to protect against it varied depending on the industry. For those who made maps, the issue of having one's mapping work pirated was especially troublesome due to the difficulty in proving theft. It was this quandary that prompted the subtle inclusion of a fake city on one map in particular, something that spawned an unusual chain reaction leading to an eventual (temporary) inclusion in Google Maps.

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Google Maps Gallery gives deep data room to shine

Google Maps Gallery gives deep data room to shine

Google has launched Google Maps Gallery, a digital interactive atlas to showcase some of the ways charities, historic sites, galleries, businesses, and others have been creating custom mapping. The showcase pulls together publicly shared maps that have been created by the Google Maps Engine, and will initially feature curated content from the National Geographic Society, World Bank Group, and the US Geological Survey.

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