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Google Street View released for Canada and the Czech Republic

Huzzah! Google Street View has finally been released in Canada (and the Czech Republic). This Canadian blogger is pretty excited, since it has been a long time coming. There's something surreal about finding your own house in Google Maps, then actually looking at your front door. For people who have never used Google Street View, the functionality isn't immediately obvious. To enable it, you...

Google integrates Picasa, Google Docs, calendars, etc with Google Sites

For ages people have been wondering when Google was going to roll out the mythical "GDrive" that would allow users to upload files to a Google server and access them from a single place. Well, that still hasn't quite happened yet, because you can't exactly add Google as a shared network drive (without using third party software) and backup your files. But Google rolled out a new feature this...

Trendsmap is a slick Google Maps - Twitter trends hybrid

While it won't give you any local insight if you happen to be from just about anywhere in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Dakotas, Trendsmap is a slick, visual way to see what people are buzzing about on Twitter. This isn't just another boring Twitter-Google mashup, though. It's got some added explorational sizzle. Click on any of the tags, and the introduction window you see in the screenshot...

Open Street Map - wiki-based user created street maps

Have you ever wondered why smartphones like Blackberries and iPhones don't provide turn-by-turn directions in their Google Maps programs? The answer is probably not what you think. It turns out that the map imagery that is used in Google Maps has licensing restrictions against it, preventing it from being used for turn-by-turn directions. Although it's easy to find various mapping sites online...

Google Maps for Android gets voice and transit search

Android users can now search Google Maps using voice commands, and access Google Transit info from their mobile devices. To use the voice seach, just speak an address or a search term while you're using Google Maps for Android. Google says it currently understands American, Australian and British accents. They've also added store hours, prices, ratings and reviews to their results. Google Maps...

Google Street View gets improved navigation controls

Google Street View is an amazing tool, and it's fun to use it to take virtual walks around the world's cities, but it's not exactly known for its navigation interface. Fortunately, Google has introduced an entirely revised "pancake" navigation system that relies more on dragging and less on dozens of frustrating clicks just to walk down a street. Now, if you can see where you want to go, you can...

The alphabet, as interpreted by Google Maps

Looking for a unique font for your next gift card or ransom letter? Graphic artist/creative director Rhett Dashwood used Google Maps to discover natural and man-made (OK, mostly man-made) structures and landscapes resembling the letters of the alphabet. The project took about half a year, although it wasn't exactly a full time endeavor. All of the locations in Dashwood's alphabet were...

Google knows where you are, offers localized search results

Google has been throwing some mapped results into general searches for a while. But now they're a whole lot more likely to be relevant, because Google is triangulating your geographic location based on your IP address and other information to give you search results in your area. The end result is pretty useful. If you search for restaurants, post offices, libraries, or chain stores like...

Google Street view goes live in the UK

Google has launched Street View in the UK. Street View lets Google Maps users see photographs of streetscapes photographed by Google vehicles. At launch, you can see imagery for 25 cities in the UK including London, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Glasgow, and Sheffield and Southampton. Overall, Google Maps has pictures of more than 22,000 miles of streets in the UK. When the service launched in the US,...

iPhone 2.2 firmware is out, with Street View and podcasts

iPhone and iPod Touch users can upgrade their software to version 2.2 today. The update, which weighs in at around 250 megs, adds some highly-anticipated features. The two biggest for me are Street View in the Maps app and the ability to download podcasts from the iTunes Store. There are some smaller tweaks that you might appreciate, as well: that bug that sometimes kept messages from downloading...

Tiny Geo-coder, for all of your latitude and longitude needs

I have to confess that, until today, I was still converting latitude and longitude by Googling "convert GPS coordinates" and putting it into whatever came up first. That just changed when I found Tiny Geo-coder. It converts coordinate pairs to addresses, and vice versa. Not only that, but it has an API, so you can use it in other web projects that require coordinates. One of the first real-world...

Google launches mass transit directions for NYC

More than a year after announcing plans to roll out transit directions for New York City, Google has finally made good on its promise. Now Google Maps is at least as useful as HopStop when you're trying to get from place to place in New York, a city where taking a train or bus is often faster and easier than hopping in a car. To find public transit directions in New York, just search for...

Google Maps adds traffic predictions

Just a few days after Microsoft rolled out a new traffic prediction feature for Windows Live Maps, Google has followed suit with traffic predictions for Google Maps. Both services use historical traffic data to predict likely congestion points and travel time in the future. But there are two major differences: Windows Live Maps will suggest the best driving directions for avoiding traffic,...

MapQuest adds real-time traffic info

MapQuest has finally gotten around to adding a feature that Google Maps has had for over a year: real-time traffic info. When you search for a location or driving directions on MapQuest, all you have to do is click the traffic button in the upper left corner of the screen and all of the major roads will be highlighted with color codes showing the traffic conditions. One thing that MapQuest has...

Google Sky lands on the web

About a half a year after adding stars, constellations, and all sorts of astronomical data to Google Earth, Google has launched a web based version of Google Sky. The interface is similar to Google Maps. You can drag and drop the sky to see different items, and you can search for locations by typing in terms like "Mars," or "constellation." There are also a series of galleries highlighting some...