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3D Lunar Lander - Time Waster

Well, we're a little late given that the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing has passed, but this version of Lunar Lander is just too cool to pass up. Grant wrote about the classic versions of Lunar Lander last month, and though this one is certainly inspired by the same event, the implementation is just a tad different. To play this 3D version of Lunar Lander you will need the Goog...

A meaningful tribute to fallen soldiers, on Google Earth

I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but one of the most moving tributes to fallen American servicemen and women you can see this Memorial Day is a layer on Google Earth. Map the Fallen shows you the hometowns and places of death of the more than 5,000 soldiers lost in Afghanistan and Iraq to date. Rather than being a crass and hollow tribute, Map the Fallen represents each of these people as more than ...

Built on Google Earth, Ships is an amazing (yet boring) Time Waster

Got the Google Earth browser plugin installed? Ever looked at Google Earth and had the burning desire to navigate the landscape by boat or blimp? Well, now you can! I know, I know. It's really not that exciting as a game. As a glimpse into the near future, though, Ships is undeniably cool. There's also something strangely addictive about tooling around the amalgamation of satellite imagery and 3D...

Google releases Google Earth API, browser plugin

Google has released a browser plugin that lets you access most of the key features of Google Earth in your web browser. No need to download and install the standalone Google Earth application. Google Earth provides more detailed imagery and navigational controls than Google Maps. You can also see 3D models of buildings and view KML files in Google Earth. You do still need to download and instal...

Bicycle powered Google Earth flight simulator

Sure Google added a flight simulator to Google Earth last year. But what fun is a flight simulator if you have to use your mouse and keyboard to navigate? Well, some. But not as much fun as flying through Google Earth while riding a bicycle, E.T.-style. Want to build your own bike-powered Google Earth flight sim? Here's what you need: A programmable SunSpot wireless sensor A bunch of...

Poly9 FreeEarth: It's like Google Earth, but Flash-based, and slower

We can't count the number of times we've wished we could embed an interactive globe on our web sites. That's probably because it's hard to figure out how to count to zero. But if you really want a Google Earth-like globe on your page, Poly9's got you covered. The company's FreeEarth bears a superficial resemblance to Google Earth or Microsoft's Virtual Earth. But unlike those applications, FreeEar...

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 ...

Google Earth gets weather, new layer layout

Google has rolled out a few new layers for Google Earth and a redesigned layer menu to help keep them tidy. Major categories get their own heading, while sub-directories are folded into, well, subdirectories. For example, Google Earth 4.2 now includes a weather layer with sub-folders for clouds, radar, conditions and forecasts, and information. The clouds information is updated hourly with data ...

Microsoft launches 3D building maker for Virtual Earth

Microsoft has partnered with Dassault Systems to launch a 3D building application for Virtual Earth. In other words, the new application called Virtual Earth 3DVIA is a direct competitor to Google's 3D Warehouse for Google Earth. The application lets you create 3D structures that can be placed on Virtual Earth maps or shared with other users. Virtual Earth 3DVIA is free to use, which makes sense, ...

Google adds YouTube videos to Google Earth

Google may have started out as a search engine, but the company now has all sorts of divisions: e-mail, maps, online video, social networking, online document creation/storage, photo sharing. Some of these services already talk to one another. You can send a Google Document via e-mail, for instance. Others remain separate. There's no way to save a photo from Gmail to Picasa Web. But if you've noti...

Google and Multiverse to announce virtual worlds built on Google Earth

Part of the appeal of virtual worlds like Second Life and World of Warcraft are that they let you escape from the real world. But who's to say there's isn't a market for virtual spaces based on real places? CNet reports that Google and Multiverse Network are set to announce a partnership that will let anyone create a virtual world/MMORPG using data from Google Earth and 3D models created with Goog...

Google gets closer to earth

Time to get virtually closer to a few more pieces to the Earth's landscape. Google Earth, which will be followed by Google Maps, has updated imagery in the US, Latin America, Africa, India, China, Australia and New Zealand. Google isn't saying exactly where to find the updates, which hit 130 countries. So if you think it is going to be easy to find the new imagery, think again. You are going to h...