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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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Watch and listen: Sounds of Street View precedes Google’s next step

Watch and listen: Sounds of Street View precedes Google’s next step

You must assume that Google’s next update to Street View will be in the sound realm. Until they get enough mini-drones to travel the globe for us live, they’ll be relying on still images. But more than that - as proven here by hearing aid company Amplifon - they may well be moving to sound next.

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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 brings ‘Explore Nearby’ to Android, iOS

Google Maps brings ‘Explore Nearby’ to Android, iOS

Explore Nearby is a great way to waste time on the desktop version of Google Maps, and it’s coming to mobile. Google announced today that they’re bringing the feature to both Android and iOS, and it’s going to actually get better on mobile. Now, offering suggestions on what to do with your free time will get contextual as well.

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Let family track you in traffic with Google Maps creator’s app PlaceUs

Let family track you in traffic with Google Maps creator’s app PlaceUs

A new app from one of the chief creators of Google Maps, Sam Liang Ph.D, is appearing this week to allow your family to track you at all times. Contextual awareness is key to the existence of "PlaceUs," an app which allows you to tell your family you’re running late without ever taking your smartphone out of your pocket.

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Google Maps photo sphere Views becomes more social

Google Maps photo sphere Views becomes more social

Not everyone who knows about Google Maps might be aware that a lounge for Photo Spheres exists within it. But for those that are hooked on viewing the collection available on Google Maps Views, Google just announced a treat for them. It has placed +1 buttons and comment boxes in Views so that viewers can show how much they like those photos, and give the photographers a bit of social compensation for their hard work and masterpieces.

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See Google Maps show natural gas leaks around your city

See Google Maps show natural gas leaks around your city

Supposing you live in one of the very few cities Google and the EDF have mapped natural gas leaks in so far, you may be super relieved or super baffled by the results you’re about to see. Boston, Indianapolis, and Staten Island, New York have been mapped so far. Boston, we’ve got some bad news. Indianapolis, turn your smiles on.

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Google Maps for iOS update adds appointments, new Explore view

Google Maps for iOS update adds appointments, new Explore view

Google Maps for iOS is seeing an update, taking it to version 3.2. The update brings in some useful functionality, like the ability to see search results on the map or in list form. The new Maps will also work better with Gmail, where your appointments will now show up.

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Apple Maps make their way to the web via iCloud

Apple Maps make their way to the web via iCloud

Apple Maps has seen its share of issues, but Apple has slowly been working those kinks out over time. Now that Apple Maps is vastly better, it seems as though Apple might be ready to lean on it a bit more. The Find my iPhone feature in iCloud has been reported by many to be using Apple Maps — not Google Maps as it has been.

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SphereShare is the biggest photosphere app yet Android

SphereShare is the biggest photosphere app yet Android

The app and ecosystem known as SphereShare takes the universe of photospheres captured by Android devices and unlocks it for the world. Where before you’d have to dive through Google Maps officiated collection or move in with Google+ to seek them out, SphereShare is all about photospheres alone.

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Smarty Pins from Google brings trivia to Maps

Smarty Pins from Google brings trivia to Maps

Think you’re smart, do ya? Well, Google might have you beat (no, they do, don’t even try to argue that). Geography, with it’s ever-changing place in this world, can be a tough subject. Even tougher is finding areas on a world map, even when you know the answer. If you dare, give Google’s latest experiment Smarty Pins a shot.

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