Street View

You can now add Photospheres, Street View to your website

You can now add Photospheres, Street View to your website

Fancy adding a bit of scenery to your website? Or maybe you want to give viewers even more detailed directions to your place of business than what a map can provide. Whatever your purpose, Google's got you covered. In addition to the Google Maps Embed API that they expanded last March, the Google Maps team has now added Photospheres and Street Views to their list, allowing developers and website owners to generate HTML snippets that they can then embed in their webpages for all to behold.

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Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google's Street View has caught some interesting things over the years, some of them fueling conspiracy theories, others being less fun but no less notable. Sometimes it catches things inappropriate, however, as was the case with Maria Pia Grillo of Montreal, who was sitting on her porch when the Google mobile drove by. It caught her in a picture leaning forward with elbows on knees and a fair bit of cleavage exposed. Google blurred her face but not her chest, and that led to a legal tussle.

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Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Aside from being a navigation tool, Google Maps' Street View has also functioned as a way for some users to live vicariously and see breath-taking sights all over the world through Google's eyes. Or to be exact, through its camera's eyes. But there are just some locations where Google's now iconic Street View Car would not be able to trek or should not be allowed to, like the sandy expanse of the Arabian desert. Luckily for Google, a camel was equally fit to do the job.

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Get a virtual tour of Destiny, Google Maps style

Get a virtual tour of Destiny, Google Maps style

Bungie's Destiny is one of the most anticipated games of the year, but what are you to do if you still haven't put up a pre-order for the game or don't yet have the rig to support it? Why not take a somewhat vicarious look at the game via Destiny Planet View, which takes a page from Google Maps' and Street View's books to deliver a unique twist to the "virtual tour" concept.

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Sounds of Street View brings ambient audio to Google Maps

Sounds of Street View brings ambient audio to Google Maps

Google Maps might be the go-to for all your travel or location discovery needs, but they lack one important thing: sound. It’s hard to recreate what you might experience in a given area, but one ambitious project is giving Street View just that. Sounds of Street View brings a more ambient feel to your 'pivot and leap' browser experience.

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Explore an underwater statue grave with Google Maps

Explore an underwater statue grave with Google Maps

The Cancun Underwater Museum is the location of the collection of humanoid sculptures you’re about to see. Collected by the Catlin Seaview Survey and uploaded straight to Google Maps, this exploration is free for any user to take part in, be it with your desktop computer through a web browser or on your smartphone. At this time Google Cardboard integration is unknown.

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Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps has added a time machine, adding historical photos from earlier Street View captures that allow users to scroll back and see how locations have changed. Street Video media collection has been underway since 2007, giving Google plenty of old imagery to choose from, and allowing for an insight into how building projects and the shifting seasons affect different places.

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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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