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Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google has announced a new Google Earth Timeplapse feature, created in partnership with Time, that presents satellite imagery from 32 years of the Earth's surface in animations to show in detail how our planet is changing. Google Earth has added an additional four years of maps to what was available before, and now makes use of higher-resolution images that offer greater surface details, as well as animations with consistent color and quality.

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Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google is no stranger to controversial products. The Google Glass was criticized for being a privacy nightmare made real and Google's self-driving cars still continue to be a topic for lawmakers and regulators. As far as web services are concerned, however, it was perhaps Map Maker that garnered the most flak last year, leading to its suspension and very slow return. Well, no more, as Google finally decreed that Map Maker will be no more starting next year. Most functionality will, instead be transferred to Google Maps itself.

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HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

The most recent models of cars these days are equipped with all kinds of sensors, and yet traffic services still mostly rely on just one source of data: GPS probe data. HERE, the map making service formerly owned by Nokia and now owned by a consortium of three German car makers, is aiming to change that with four new services of its own. Falling under the collective HERE Open Location Platform, the services will pool data gathered from the sensors of different cars. And these cars won’t even have to come from the same brand.

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Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Maps apps, especially Google’s, has become a household name in modern day traveling, be it within cities or between countries. But sometimes, you need more than just a clear indication of where you are or where you’re heading. You also need to know what direction you’re facing to make heads or tails of the map directions in the first place. While Google Maps already had that feature before, using an inconspicuous arrow, it is refining that using a shining blue beam instead.

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Pokemon GO Pokevision alternatives like Skiplagged and PokeMesh [UPDATE]

Pokemon GO Pokevision alternatives like Skiplagged and PokeMesh [UPDATE]

Pokevision was the first big map and radar for finding Pokemon in the game Pokemon GO. Then Niantic and Nintendo ordered them to shut down - but the name remains. Today we're running down the most updated list of alternatives to the original Pokevision - not so much because we recommend people use them - in fact we don't. Instead, this is a list of Pokevision alternatives made to show legit players that there are tools out there that could be considered Pokemon GO cheats. This isn't a tip line.

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Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Since it first hit the scene, Uber has relied on Google Maps to get its drivers to folks who need a ride, but that may not be the case forever. A new report from unnamed sources speaking to The Financial Times say that Uber is planning to drop a cool $500 million on mapping the world as part of an initiative to focus on long-term growth. With mapping cars already on the road in the US and Mexico, Uber rolling out its self-made maps could be a reality sooner rather than later, too.

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HERE WeGo maps app aims for “effortless city navigation”

HERE WeGo maps app aims for “effortless city navigation”

This week the folks at HERE Maps have changed the name of their most prominent app, HERE Maps, into HERE WeGo. This new app is centered on "working out the best way to get to where [people] want to go." This is for people who want to navigate their own city as much as it is for people that are visiting a city they've never been to before. With HERE WeGo, users are invited to type in their destination and are very quickly delivered a variety of routes and means of travel.

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Windows 10 Maps app update brings guided nav improvements

Windows 10 Maps app update brings guided nav improvements

Microsoft has announced that the latest update to the Windows 10 Maps app has landed. The update is available now for all Windows 10 customers. Updates to the guided navigation feature have been made with turn-by-turn instructions optimized for glanceability including tweaks for landscape mode orientation. Changes were made to make using windows Maps on the phone with one hand easier by moving the navigation to the bottom of the screen.

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Apple dev office opens doors in Hyderabad

Apple dev office opens doors in Hyderabad

Apple has announced the opening of a new development office in Hyderabad, India. This new office was opened to focus on the development of maps for Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple watch. The opening of the new development office will create up to 4000 jobs in according to Apple.

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USGS releases first ever global topographical map of Mercury

USGS releases first ever global topographical map of Mercury

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released the first-ever global topographical map of Mercury, something that was made in conjunction with Arizona State University, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, NASA, and the Applied Physics Laboratory. The topographical map, as one would expect, includes details on things like tectonic landforms, craters, and volcanoes, and is high-res enough for those future road trips across the galaxy.

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Waze: hackers can’t track you specifically, so stop worrying

Waze: hackers can’t track you specifically, so stop worrying

Researchers detailed a security vulnerability affecting navigation app Waze this week, and it ignited concerns about potential privacy violations and mass surveillance. Waze has been quick to respond, saying in a lengthy statement today that it has tighten up the vulnerability, but also that concerns were overblown and you shouldn’t waste your time worrying. Among other things, the vulnerability wouldn’t have allowed anyone to find you specifically.

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Let’s See Google Maps’ 2016 secret Android Pegman

Let’s See Google Maps’ 2016 secret Android Pegman

This morning an APK was explored by an intrepid developer making headway into the depths of Google Maps. There it was discovered. A new Pegman. Pegman, for those of you that do not recognize the name, is the little fellow who sits at the corner of your screen or on a map, showing you where you are in the world. Pegman is yellow, tiny, and has his own funky little arrow to show direction. Today the new Pegman has been discovered, and he, too, is funky.

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