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Pacman invades Ingress, Android, iPhone as well

Pacman invades Ingress, Android, iPhone as well

This morning Google started April Fools Day early with a bit of the ol' Google Maps invasion. This particular fool included Pacman, the original grid-loving game chomper, and his ghostly enemies. As it turns out, Google's release of this game around the world was not just limited to the desktop browser version of Google Maps. There's Pacman Fever to be had in Ingress as well as the Android version of Google Maps as well - just not with as all-inclusive a mapping experience as you'll see on the web.

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Google’s Places API for Android, iOS brings better location awareness

Google’s Places API for Android, iOS brings better location awareness

When you tell someone where you are in the world, you rarely give out your longitude and latitude (unless your name is Walter White). That’s because you probably don’t know it, can’t find it, or just plain don’t care. Today, Google figured out longitude and latitude are cool and science-y, but not useful for consumers. With their new Places API for Android and iOS, Google is letting Developers tap into your location signal to actually let people know where you are, not your coordinates.

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Nokia HERE improves transit info, no app update required

Nokia HERE improves transit info, no app update required

While Nokia will be largely remembered for its once glorious mobile and smartphone past, it is trying to forge a new image, and it might actually be successful in doing that. One of its latest, and so far its biggest, ventures is in the area of mapping, competing head on with the likes of Google Maps. But HERE Maps isn't a desperate attempt at relevancy. It is actually a formidable contender in this not yet crowded space. And its latest news just proves how much it can go even by itself.

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Nokia HERE Maps for iPhone is out: Here’s why you want it

Nokia HERE Maps for iPhone is out: Here’s why you want it

iPhone owners have another navigation app option today, with Nokia's HERE Maps for iOS landing in the App Store complete with full - and free - offline mapping support. The app, which has been available to Android users since a beta last October, allows those who might commonly be relying on Apple Maps or Google Maps to instead download entire countries-worth of navigation data to their iPhone, meaning even with data turned off while abroad they can still get around.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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Apple’s weird minivan caught on tape — self-driving car, or mapping?

Apple’s weird minivan caught on tape — self-driving car, or mapping?

There’s lots of speculation that Apple is getting into the automotive game, with a van found to be leased tot hem roaming the streets of California with special equipment mounted to the top. Though it’s not totally clear what the van and equipment are for, some speculate Apple is getting into the autonomous car game, and is using the equipment to learn more about how humans drive. Though we’ve seen the van in pictures, a new video gets right up next to the van, and shows a tablet-like device on the inside.

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‘Local Guides’ now baked into Google Maps, could be bad for Yelp

‘Local Guides’ now baked into Google Maps, could be bad for Yelp

Do you know what a Google ‘Local Guide’ is? It’s the latest re-branding of Google’s community outreach program, once dubbed “City Experts”, which was previously led by teams of Googlers actually doing stuff in your city. The ‘Local Guides’ program was announced last month, but google is getting serious about their crowdsourced restaurant review program. The feature is now baked straight into the Maps app, and apparently resides in both iOS and Android versions of Google Maps. It also steps right on Yelp’s toes.

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Google Earth Pro drops $399 subscription, now available for free

Google Earth Pro drops $399 subscription, now available for free

Google has recently revealed that it is dropping the paid subscription from Google Earth Pro, a more robust version of its Google Earth software. The Pro service will now be available for free, previously costing $399 per year. While the standard version of Google Earth has often been more than enough for casual map and globe users, the Pro version has seen use among professionals from scientists to businesses, who have been able to take advantage of advanced features previously not available for free.

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Google’s iOS app gets Material Design, Maps

Google’s iOS app gets Material Design, Maps

Material Design sure is pretty, but if you’re on iOS — you’re not getting the full effect. You can still take advantage of Google’s new visual design with the Google Search app for iOS, which has been updated today to take full advantage of Material Design. It’s not just better looking, though. It’s also smarter, and will have you searching and re-searching faster than ever. Google has also baked Maps right into Search, giving you street view imagery and optional directions, all from the search app.

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You can now stow your own My Maps in Google Drive

You can now stow your own My Maps in Google Drive

With yet another holiday fast approaching, Google is trying to help make your vacation planning a lot easier, and keep you inside its ecosystem of services while doing so. But even if you're not dreaming of your remote island getaway, getting Google's My Maps creation tool inside Google Drive is still a convenience for any traveler, or even just a digital surveyor, as it puts all your custom-made maps in a single location, stored on Google's cloud, of course.

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