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Google Street View trike adds historic landmarks from Italy and France to Google Maps

Google's been busy with its pedal-powered Street View trike, going where no Street View car can reach, bringing us some of the most impressive virtual tours of significant landmarks across the globe. Now Google has made available Street View imagery of some of the most historic and impressive places in both Italy and France. Have you ever wanted to take a look round the Colosseum in Rome...

Google Street View help site relaunched, now with lots more information and pretty photos

Google has relaunched its Street View help site, which is meant to serve both as a showcase of what Street View does, as well as an information hub about the service and the vehicles it uses to gather its now-famous photos. As before, the site shows where Street View vehicles are working at the moment. New sections have been added though, and they give you details about each type of...

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 Maps now shows electric vehicle charging stations

Google has added yet another bit of information to Google Maps -- the locations of EV (electric vehicle) charging stations. In the blog post announcing this addition, Google highlights that it has been supporting efforts to accelerate the adoption of EVs. Now that such vehicles have become more affordable, and since consumers have already started to (slowly) embrace them, it makes sense for...

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...

Google Maps Navigation for Android now plans routes around traffic

Google Maps has included traffic data for some time, but now Google Maps for Android takes that traffic information into account when it's giving you directions. The latest Beta version of Google Maps Navigation uses the alternative routes Google Maps has always suggested, and automatically picks the fastest one, based on real-time and historical traffic information. There's an awful lot of...

Google Maps for Android updated, Latitude and Hotpot now cozier than ever

Google Maps for Android got a small but worthwhile update today, which seems to be part of an effort to socialize Latitude while tying it in closer to Hotpot. Hotpot, which most people just call "Places" at this point since it's never referenced by name in the app itself, now allows users to post their reviews of establishments to Twitter. It's also now meshed in with Latitude much more...

MapQuest Android app with turn-by-turn directions now available

[Full disclosure: AOL is the parent company of both MapQuest and Download Squad] MapQuest for iPhone has been highly successful, and now Android users can take the app for a test drive, too. MapQuest had reported more than 1.4 million Android users visiting its mobile website every month, and those users will definitely enjoy the native MapQuest app for Android. Fire it up, and MapQuest...

Google Hotpot brings place recommendations to Google search

Launched back in November of 2010, Google Hotpot hasn't gotten a lot of attention so far. That could be about to change, however, with the addition of Hotpot recommendations to Google Search results. If you're searching for something Hotpot-friendly like sushi restaurants in your city, Google will show user reviews inline. You can also click on the Places link below Everything to limit Hotpot...

Google Latitude check-ins added to Google Maps for Android 5.1

Google Latitude, Google's location-sharing service, just added the ability to check in at a location. You can now attach place names to your location, rather than just sharing your position on the map. Users of Google Maps for Android 5.1 can take advantage of these new check-ins, which bring Latitude a bit closer to location-based social networks like Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places. ...

Google Maps kills off real estate listings

Google has announced it will discontinue the real estate listings in Google Maps on February 10th, 2011. Real estate search was introduced in 2009, and it allowed users to look for property for rent or sale directly on Google Maps. The problem is that it never had the most complete or useful collection of listings, and competing real estate search sites passed it by while the Google Maps team was...

Google Maps' little orange guy will receive a Santa hat tomorrow

Have you ever wondered if that little orange guy that you can drag around in Google Maps to enter Street View has a name? Well, he does, and it's Pegman. This modern-day Clippy is getting ready for some Christmas-themed dressing up. As of tomorrow, he'll be wearing a Santa hat -- as seen in the image above. Pegman has slowly, but surely, turned into the de facto mascot for Google Maps. On...

Google Maps 5.0 for Android introduces 3D maps and offline mode

Google has just released version 5.0 of Google Maps for Android, and it might be the most significant update in the five-year history of Google's mobile maps app. For the first time the, Google Maps mobile app features 3D maps and an offline mode, making it both cooler-looking and more useful for Android users. Maps are now dynamically drawn as vectors, instead of stitched together from static...

Google Maps 5.0 for Android goes vector for faster loading, zooming and 3D

Google Maps for Android got an update announcement yesterday that went somewhat under the radar with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Nexus S announcement. Previewed at D: Drive Into Mobile yesterday by Andy Rubin, Google's moved from the traditional downloadable map tiles to vector graphics for its mapping environment. What this means is that maps are smaller in file size resulting in quicker...

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 --...