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Google gives virtual tour of NCAA Championship arenas to get you closer to the basketball action

The 2011 NCAA Championship promises to be as action-packed as ever, but this year Google's helping you get just a little bit closer to the action courtesy of some 3D-rendered models of the tournament's 14 arenas. Using Google Earth, fans can explore the venues, or take a virtual tour courtesy of a YouTube video (embedded after the break). Google's also set up a site for you to track the...

Google updates post-earthquake Japan satellite images for Google Earth and Maps

Google has teamed up with its satellite imagery provider, GeoEye, to create updated satellite images of Japan since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit. Google has integrated the images into both Google Earth, using a KML file, and Google maps. They've also released the high resolution images through a Picasa album, all in the vein of trying to help co-ordinate relief efforts and help...

Celebrate Presidents Day with Google's U.S. Presidents Showcase

Today's the day when the United States celebrates the birth of George Washington with Presidents Day. Google's set to help you do just that with its U.S. Presidents Showcase, which maps the birth places of the last 44 US Presidents with a little help from Google Earth. Virtual tourers can find out information on each of the 44 Commander-in-Chiefs, view which states contributed to the vote of...

Google now monitoring Earth's environment with Google Earth Engine

Google is now using its Google Earth technology, including satellite imagery and historical data, to help scientists monitor changes in the Earth's environment. Google Earth Engine, now in Google Labs, combines Google Earth's data and Google's cloud computing infrastructure into a powerful environmental analysis package. Google Earth Engine can be used to measure all kinds of data about the...

Track Santa on Google Maps and Earth as he delivers gifts around the world

NORAD, the military wing in charge of defending North America from maritime and aerospace attacks, seems to have a lot of spare time on its hands. Since 1955 NORAD has tracked Santa Claus as he travels around the world delivering presents -- and since 2007, Google has also been part of the project, integrating NORAD's data with Google Maps and Earth. Basically, once Santa gets on the move --...

Google Earth 6 adds integrated Street View and 3D trees

Google Earth just got a whole lot more realistic with the release of Google Earth 6. The new version of Google's gorgeous "digital atlas" integrates Street View and adds 3D trees, making browsing Google Earth even closer to actually being there. The trees have been added to Google Earth's existing 3D environment, while Street View has basically been dropped on top of it. You can activate...

Google Earth gets flight tracking in as close to real time as legally possible

Google Earth's most awesome new layer lets you dynamically track any airline flight over the United States in real time. Well, not quite real time. For security reasons, the FAA doesn't allow live flight tracking, so Google's info is 15 or 20 minutes behind the actual planes. Still, the data (provided by Flightwise.com and the FAA) is very interesting. The flight tracking layer adds up to more...

Town stops using Google Earth to spy on people's pools

In the town of Riverhead, NY, you apparently need a special permit to have a swimming pool. Not everybody with a pool has a permit, though, and the town has been using Google Earth to find people's unapproved pools. The city council recently decided to cancel this Google Earth spy mission, though, and only prosecute when pool violations can be seen from public areas. In some cases, satellite...

Google Earth now displays real-time weather

Google Earth has always been a great way to explore the globe, but now you can use it to explore real-time rain and snow patterns, too. By enabling the new cloud layer and radar layer in Google Earth 5.2, you can track clouds and also see precipitation on a constantly updating radar. These features are only available in the latest version of the Google Earth desktop app; they are not in the...

Apple buys Poly9, makers of Google Earth-like Poly9 Globe

Two years ago, we were not impressed with Poly9's 3D globe software, similar to Google Earth. This week, Apple begs to differ with us, deciding that Poly9 was far enough along that it's worth acquiring. To be fair, two years is an eternity in software time, and the current Poly9 Globe is a lot cooler than Poly9 FreeEarth, the app we called, "like Google Earth, but Flash-based and slower." Of...

Google Earth 3.0 released for iPhone and iPad; desktop version 5.2 now includes WebKit-based browser

First, let me just say that I don't own either an iPhone or an iPad -- but when something looks this good, I can't ignore it. It almost makes me want to get an iPad... and a sofa to sit on while I use it... Anyway, Google Earth 3.0 has been released. It's free, but weighs in at a hefty 13MB... so tether before you download it! Those of you that have used previous versions won't notice many...

Google Latitude + Google Location History = very cool and kinda scary

Google has just launched a new service -- Location History -- that keeps track of your movements. Before you get your panties and/or beard in a twist, you can delete your location history at any time. It's private, too: neither your friends or the public can see your location history. Now, with that out of the way, are you grinning like a fool at the prospect of how awesome such a tool is,...

Google Maps + Earth view further blurs line between real-life and sci-fi

Google Maps now has a Google Earth view right within the site. This new addition further blurs the distinction between Earth and Maps. It's basically just like Earth, only in your browser. When I tested the feature, navigation, tilting and panning seemed just as smooth as in Earth. The 3D-buildings layer is enabled, and as far as I was able to tell, there's no way to disable it or enable other...

Google Earth for Android now available in the Android Market

Google has released a mobile version of Google Earth for the Android smartphone platform. The application is available as a free download in the Android Market, but you'll need to have Android 2.1. The Android version of Google Earth offers much of the same functionality as the desktop (and iPhone) versions of Google Earth. Google Earth for Android lets you see satellite imagery from around...

AdSense on your desktop: Google starts embedding ads in Google Earth

Everyone cringed when Microsoft announced that Office 2010 Starter would be partially ad-supported, and it looks as though advertising in desktop apps may be something we'll just have to get used to. As Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration found out, Google Earth is now showcasing sponsored links as you search for destinations. While the ads aren't all that intrusive, they're still there....