Baidu agrees to use Here maps for location services outside of China
Here, Nokia's mapping service, is going to provide content for the Android and iOS Baidu Maps app, as well as desktop maps. The agreement will allow Baidu to offer its Chinese travelers access to maps for areas outside of China for the first time, with Taiwan set to be the first country covered and others set to follow. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Google Earth aerial images can be purchased, previously only viewable with API
Google opened up a new path for businesses looking for aerial photography this week, with an addition of Google Maps for Business imagery. The service now grants customers the ability to purchase aerial photos used in Google Earth from the continental United States, reducing the need for business to collect and store their own.
2010 slideshow identifies 38 different ways of tracking iPhone users
A National Security Agency presentation from 2010, leaked to Germany's Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden, calls former Apple CEO Steve Jobs "Big Brother" and iPhone customers his "zombies." The presentation is titled Exploring Current Trends, Targets and Techniques, and as a whole discusses NSA efforts to hack into iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices. Slides on iPhone location services make reference to Apple's own famous "1984" Macintosh ad, and by extension George Orwell's novel warning about government surveillance and the manipulation of history.
Google Earth for Android update shows geotagged images on map
The Android app for Google Earth has been updated to show photographs taken by the user, inside a new Google+ Photos layer. Geotagged photos uploaded to Google+ can now be viewed in the app, with the images appearing as thumbnails in the locations where they were taken, with selected photos opening a full-screen slideshow for the album the photo is filed within.
Interface updates with improved search and layer functions
Google has updated the iOS edition of Google Earth to v7.1.1, making a few important changes. The first is the integration of Street View, a feature previously limited to Google Maps. People can access Street View in Earth dragging the appropriate icon onto any blue-lined road; double-tapping moves the view further down a road.
Find could include 600 feet-wide pyramid, complex
A satellite archaeologist has found possible locations of pyramids by using Google Earth. Angela Micol of Maiden, North Carolina, discovered the sites after ten years of satellite-based research using the Google tool. Egyptologists have already confirmed the specific sites as undiscovered, pending further investigations with on-site digs to determine if they are, in fact, pyramids.
New cities limited to iPhone 4S, iPad 2
Google has updated the iOS version of Google Earth, bringing the mobile app up to v7.0.0. Two new features have been included; the first is the addition of 3D buildings to cities, similar in style to Apple's upcoming Maps app in iOS 6. Only Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Geneva, and Rome are currently being rendered with the extra detail, though Google is promising more cities in coming weeks. The option is also limited to the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or better.
Street view goes off-road, improved accuracy for Google Maps
Google today revealed an array of new features and improvements for Google Maps. In addition to the recently announced offline maps for Android, an update on the Official Google Blog brings news that Google Maps' Street View will add views of areas inaccessible from the road. Google is also expanding its user-editable Map Maker feature and rolling out 3D models of major metropolitan areas in Google Earth.
Google Earth tech bought by Trimble Navigation
Trimble Navigation on Thursday bought Google’s SketchUp 3D modelling platform. Trimble specializes in navigation equipment for marine, mapping, and surveying industries and the new acquisition will let it bring a new level of field presence and views to these and more. It will work with Google on developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, an online place for users to find, share, and cooperate on creating 3D models.
Mapping service integrates user-generated images
Google Earth's aerial view has gotten a bit closer, as the search giant's mapping and exploration program now has a wealth of images captured by cameras based not on satellites and planes, but on kites and balloons. The new images come from the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, which developed an open source balloon mapping toolkit allowing any user with a suitable camera and the necessary balloon and kite kit to take and knit together aerial photos to create a georeferenced image suitable for use in Google Earth and other digital mapping applications.
One More Thing set for May
Google has launched an updated version of its Google Earth iOS app in the App Store. New to v6.2 is an Earth Gallery feature that allows users to browse through a curated list of maps, such as real-time earthquakes, hiking trails, and city tours. The update also allows the app to be launched with KML/KMZ file links on web pages, and can load tours from the Earth Gallery or mountain layer. Other changes include an improved Panoramio experience, enhanced stability, and various bug fixes.
Mobile apps now recognize KML data
Google has released updates for its Google Earth mobile apps on Android and iOS devices. The latest versions bring support for KML files, enabling users to view custom waypoints that were saved from the desktop software, shared between mobile devices, or posted on the mobile web.
Less patchy, more natural images from on high
Google has released its latest version Google Earth. The 6.2 update improves the presentation of satellite imagery so high altitude views appears almost seamless and less of a patchwork. Google has also added a new search interface and an easier way to share imagery using Google+.
App continues to help people see the world
Google has announced that it has reached a major milestone with Google Earth. The software, either as a desktop client, mobile app, or plug-in has now been downloaded over one billion times since its launch in 2005. To celebrate, the company is encouraging viewers to read stories of how people around the world have used Google Earth to explore their world.
Small Louisiana firm claims to have patents
Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Transcenic filed a complaint Friday in the Federal Delaware District Court claiming that Google, Microsoft and AOL (via MapQuest) have infringed on its patents. At issue are street perspective views that the companies use on their mapping websites. Transcenic is looking for unspecified, but tripled damages.
Google Earth upgraded for Android 3.0
Google started bringing some of its own non-stock apps up to speed for Android 3.0 tablets on Thursday with a new version of Google Earth (free, Market). The new version both makes full use of the bigger canvas and brings textured 3D buildings as well as pop-overs for on-map content. The tablet UI provides quicker ways to search as well as get to specific layers or the tablet's current location.
Foursquare's Crowley visits Apple
Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley drew some attention Wednesday with a check-in at Apple's Cupertino headquarters. The post itself gave no clues but saw him check in at the same time as Holger Luedorf, the company's key organizer for business development and partnerships, as well as its public relations manager Erin Gleason. The latter mentioned she was going to "the next meeting" less than an hour before ending up at Apple.
Vehicles connect to map data, traffic information
Audi has announced that it has chosen T-Mobile to provide wireless broadband for the manufacturer's range of vehicles equipped with Audi Connect features. T-Mobile SIM cards will enable the vehicles to access data for services such as Google Earth maps and navigation, Google Search content, Sirius Traffic information, news, weather and fuel prices.
Google Earth 6 now out, brings 3D trees, more
The latest version of Google Earth, 6, is now ready for download. It brings with it 3D trees and an integrated Street View feature that lets users view the Earth from space and zoom in directly to Street View, which itself has been available only on the web for years. The Pegman mascot is now located in the main navigation control to make this easier.
Google integration steps backward, however
AutoDesSys, the 3D imaging company best known for its modelling software Form•Z, have updated their 3D design program Bonzai3D to v.2.2, adding support for Abvent's Artlantis and two new languages (French and Czech) along with 75 minor fixes and improvements -- but the software has also had to modify support for Google Sketchup's 3D Warehouse and Google Earth due to changes on Google's part, meaning users will have to adapt to new ways of using these components.
Google updates Android Gmail and iOS Google Earth
Google on Tuesday updated two of its most important mobile apps, including a landmark change for Android. The company has now made Gmail a stand-alone app to give it new features without waiting for major updates to Android itself. The first update brings in early support for Priority Inbox through an "important" filter, lets users toggle quoted text and keeps important interface elements on the screen regardless of the length of the message.
Earth Addresser, iSubtitle
Photo Desktop 2.3 ($13) allows users to place any number of photographs on their desktop. With the tool users can create custom wallpaper for their computer that displays some of their best images. The 2.3 update has added support for iPhoto '09 and now allows users to create Smart-Photosets with multiple source collections. The update has also updated the photo desktop caches to require less disk space and has fixed several small issues. [Download - 5.5MB]
Stationary Pack, djay
Multisite 2.4 ($20) is a utility for iWeb that allows users to more easily create and manage multiple sites. Users can select which site they would like to edit and Multisite loads only that data into iWeb which can speed up iWeb as less data needs to be loaded at a time. The update has added support for iWeb ’09 so that page names are displayed correctly in the Multisite window and also includes several bug fixes. [Download - 0.91MB]
Sequoia, Earth Addresser
Hawkscope 0.4 (free) is a tool that allows users to access their hide drive contents from a dynamic menubar item. The update has added HTTP proxy authentication for update checks, features better handling of resources and smaller memory consumption, has added the possibility to use operating system icons if they are available and is now Java 5 compatible allowing it to run on Mac OS X 10.4 and up. [Download - 1.4MB]
Garmin eTrex H Updates
Garmin this morning used the wake of CES to introduce two uprated eTrex models as well as a companion piece of software. The eTrex Legend H and eTrex Vista H rugged navigators both have a much more sensitive GPS receiver that both gets a quicker lock-on and is more likely to get a fix when tall natural obstacles might otherwise block reception. They also carry USB ports and 24MB of flash memory to carry detailed, monochrome terrain maps sent from a PC.
Surf Google Earth
Google Earth for iPhone
Google has released Google Earth for the iPhone [not active yet]. The free iPhone software available now from iTunes, displays the same high-resolution imagery as the desktop version for over half the world's population and a third of the world's land mass. The software allows you to tilt the device to adjust the view of the mountainous terrain as well as show the Panoramio layer to browse the millions of geo-located photos. Users can also view geo-located Wikipedia articles, locate themselves on the map using the device's Location services, and search for cities, places, and businesses with Google Local Search. It is available in English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. It works on the both the iPhone and iPod touch and requires the iPhone 2.0 software. [iTunes Store link]