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Google Maps for Android updated to bring Latitude home, keywords to Hotpot ratings

Barely one month after an update that brought Latitude and Hotpot closer than ever, Google's updated Maps for Android again to further sweeten the deal. This time around, Latitude seems to have gotten the most attention, but Places a.k.a. Hotpot hasn't been left entirely out of the mix. For Latitude, Google's added a feature for setting a "home" location, as well as the ability to check into...

Google Latitude for iOS adds check-in, Places goes multilingual

Android users have been able to post Latitude check-ins via the Google Maps app for some time. Now, Google has brought the same functionality to its Latitude app for iOS. Being able to check-in at specific locations gives the app a much more social feel, and it's nice to be able to do more than track your friends' positions on a map. Google has also delivered a massive internationalization...

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 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...

Creepy app uses Twitter and Flickr data to track anyone on a map

When you post a photo online -- especially from a phone with a built-in camera -- you're likely sharing more than the picture itself. The same is true for updates you post on Twitter. Location data is commonly included, and crafty types can do all kinds of creepy things with that information. A good example of what's possible is Creepy, a desktop app which lets you track a Flickr or Twitter...

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 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...

Bing shopping mall maps help you find the food court

Bing has just announced mall maps, taking maps to the hyper-local department store level. Not only are mall maps "US-only," but nearly all of the current offerings are located in Microsoft's home state of Washington. There are actually a couple of New York malls in the list -- as well as a single one from Boston, Massachusetts. Bing gives you a fully browsable "you are here" mall directory that...

Google Maps Navigation now available in Australia and New Zealand

Voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation is now available for Google Maps for Android in Australia and New Zealand. This feature works if you have a smartphone running Android 1.6 or newer. Maps Navigation is integrated with Google Search and even Google Voice Search -- meaning that you don't even have to know your destination's name, you can just search for it either by typing or speaking....

Google Maps 4.7 for Android adds Hotpot features

Google has announced that Google Maps for Android now supports Hotpot, Google's new local recommendation engine. You can now rate places and write reviews from your phone. This is made easy by a rating widget that you can add to your homescreen. You can also rate and review places straight from any Place page -- these are in the process of being rolled out into Google mobile search results for...

MapCrunch lets you teleport to random and interesting Street View locations

Did you know that there's Street View in Antarctica? I had no idea until MapCrunch showed me! You know those websites that show you large panoramas of all sorts of interesting places? MapCrunch takes Google's Street View and nimbly converts it into just such a website. All you have to do is hit the large green button labeled Go!, and MapCrunch instantly updates the large Street View display with...

Google finally admits Street View vehicles collected passwords, promises privacy fixes

Google has admitted that its Street View cars have collected entire passwords and emails while mapping the world and collecting information about open Wi-Fi hotspots on their way. Google's Senior VP of Engineering and Research, Alan Eustace, mentioned this today in a blog post dedicated to how Google plans to deal with privacy controls inside the company. Google has been accused by many...

Bing Maps adds public transportation directions

Bing Maps has added another nice feature, adding public transportation routes to 11 major U.S. cities. It's a good first step for Bing, though there's certainly a lot of work left to do to catch up to Google Maps -- which covers more than twice that many in California alone and a total of 446 cities around the globe. In cities with coverage, Bing now includes routes for bus, rail, and subway....

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...

Video Tour: World Factbook Dashboard by IBM is data visualization heaven

If you love data visualization, this one's going to blow your mind: I just found an incredible IBM demo, called World Factbook Dashboard. It basically takes a ton of demographic and economic data (from the CIA World Factbook, I presume) and presents it in several beautiful ways that (mostly) make instant sense. This is one of those rare cases where screenshots simply would not do, so I rolled up...