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Google Earth gets 3D navigation with Leap Motion

Google Earth gets 3D navigation with Leap Motion

This week Google Earth has been demonstrated with 3D navigation in collaboration with the device known as Leap Motion. This device's makers have discussed several high-level collaborations in the recent past, most notably with computer manufacturer HP. This new collaboration with Google Earth allows the device to have access to the environment with a sort of "fly-through" action that's demonstrated in a video today.

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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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Google Drive gets Earth support, Gmail gets more search parameters

Google Drive gets Earth support, Gmail gets more search parameters

Google has pushed out some new features for Drive and Gmail, bringing in the likes of Google Earth support and additional search parameters. The updates were launched about an hour apart via the Google Drive blog and the Official Gmail Blog. Users of both services have access to the new features, no additional steps necessary.

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Google Earth 7 gets tour guide and 3D imagery features

Google Earth 7 gets tour guide and 3D imagery features

Earlier this year, Google released tour guide and 3D imagery for Google Earth mobile. The features allow users to view cities in 3D, and to go on guided tours of over 11,000 faraway places from the comfort of their handheld. As of today, those features are now available on the Google Earth 7 desktop application.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 13, 2012

Another Monday is in the bag folks, so give yourselves a pat on the back. We're starting things off tonight by having a look at the latest iPhone rumors. Current whispers are telling us that pre-orders for the next iPhone will become available on September 12 - the same day that Apple is expected to reveal it - and that it'll become available at AT&T later on in the month. We also caught a glimpse of the reported logic board in the next iPhone, and it seems that this new logic board is leaving room for a larger battery and LTE capabilities.

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Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Those residing on foreign shores hoping to experience a piece of England without buying an expensive plane ticket can do so with new high-resolution images courtesy of Google Maps. Google has added a couple of new features to Maps, including the ability to use Street View on Downing Street. Users can now peruse the outside of number ten, the famous residence of the country’s prime ministers, and Google has also started to roll out new high resolution map images for various countries across the world.

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Google Earth app update brings 3D imagery to iOS

Google Earth app update brings 3D imagery to iOS

The race is on between Apple and Google for best maps or realistic view solution, and today Google beat Apple to it with its new 3D city flyover features available now on iOS. Users should notice the Google Earth app on iTunes has been updated to version 7.0.0. The features were originally shown off at Google I/O before rolling out on Android late last month, and now iOS users will be able to see the same 14 regions including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Geneva, Rome and others.

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Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

This week Google has released the first public build of Google Earth's 3D flyover features, and at the Google I/O 2012 developer event, we got the chance to take a peek at a relatively massive set of four HDTV units combined to bring on one giant vision of the future. This 3D mapping feature is currently out for Google Earth on Android and will be coming soon to iOS as well, as our Google hosts note in the video below.

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Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

This week the Google Maps team has shown off what they've been working on for some time with their brand new 3D enhancements to Google Earth, this part of "The Next Dimension" event they held earlier today. What we saw, and what you're about to see in video form, is how Google is hoping to keep the vast majority of the world spellbound by their technology with a level of realism we've not yet seen in a mapping program. Have a peek at what some are calling "The GTA of Maps" in the following clip.

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Google Earth now features balloon and kite sourced images

Google Earth now features balloon and kite sourced images

Google is now using images captured using both kites and balloons by individual users. The images started turning up in Google Earth last week, and Google says the resolution captured using the sources is impressive. Google notes that The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science has been hard at work making this sort of data collection easy and cheap.

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Massive networks of stripes appear in Chinese Desert

Massive networks of stripes appear in Chinese Desert

Talk about your morning weird. Some people studying Google Earth for some reason managed to run across some very weird patterns in the Chinese desert that have a bunch of folks stumped. The patterns look like stripes that were etched or dug over the top of the landscape in the area. Some of the lines appear to be made from a silver/white material.

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Google Earth Goes Global with 1 Billion Downloads

Google Earth Goes Global with 1 Billion Downloads

Released to the public free-of-charge in 2005, Google Earth has had more impact on how we view our earth than any cartographer could have imagined. It seems fitting that the software would reach 1 billion downloads on America's Columbus Day, as discovering America then may represent our in-depth analysis of the world now.

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