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Google Maps earns multiple destinations, upcoming events, reservations tie-in

Google Maps earns multiple destinations, upcoming events, reservations tie-in

With some features rolling out the Maps Preview and some appearing only in the USA version of Google Maps, the team responsible for this navigation experience have ushered in a new set of features long-awaited by Maps users the world over. The first and most significant of these additions is the push for multiple destinations. This addition to Maps makes it possible for you to navigate from one location to a second location, then plan in advance your directions from that second destination to a third.

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Google Street View now offering tours of the Galapagos Islands

Google Street View now offering tours of the Galapagos Islands

Google first began talking about taking Street View to the Galapagos Islands back in May. This work was being done in partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD). At the time Google had said this work was being done in an effort to "continue to study and preserve the islands’ unique biodiversity" and that the images would be available later in the year.

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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 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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