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Google Earth's New Satellite Imagery Is So Much Better

Remember how we told you that the resolution of Google Maps’ satellite images would soon be doubled? Well, today we’re seeing the first of those images pop up, and they are indeed a noticeable improvement. New York and San Francisco are the first to get the high-res 3D treatment, but we should see this update rolling out for more cities around the world in 2015.


There Is No Such Thing As An Unbiased Map

Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of the globe.


Why People Keep Trying To Erase The Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognisable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it’s also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms in the hills, in plain sight. By removing it from Google Maps.


Our Best Look Yet At How Material Design Will Transform Google Apps

Yesterday the overhauled Google Maps app rolled out for iOS and Android, giving us access to new features like the ability to book restaurants inside the app. But it also gives us a peek at how Material Design will transform the whole suite of Google-built products.


Google Maps Gets Suave Thanks To Material Design

The latest Google Maps update means your navigation is about to get fancy. The update uses Google’s new design language, Material Design, so when you open GoogleMaps on Android or iPhone over the next few days, it should look different.


Some Crazy Genius Hid A Cat In Google Maps

If you’ve been exploring the fine town of Auckland, New Zealand, on Google Maps lately, you might’ve spotted a strange shape just north of the Parnell Cricket Club. It’s a cat. (Or at least, it was cat.) Google’s not exactly sure how it got there.


These Two Guys Want To Turn The Entire Planet Into A Typeface

Last we checked in with Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee, the designer and geographer had just finished counting the number of pools in Los Angeles (43,123). Now the duo hope to bring their somewhat-insane methodology to a similarly perplexing challenge: How do we find all the buildings on the planet that look like letters from the air?


Screw Cars, Meet The Google Street View Camel

Google Street View has taken us to the ends of the world and back (in time). But now, its taking us where no Street View camera has taken us before — into the Arabian desert on the back of a 10-year-old camel named Raffia.


Google And Microsoft Are Mapping Favelas So They Can Sell Things There

The twisting sidewalks and dizzying density of Brazil’s favelas might deter most outsiders from navigating these crowded inner-city neighbourhoods, which informally house about 1.5 million of the country’s residents. Yet in the last few months, both Google and Microsoft have both been seen mapping their narrow streets and dirt paths.


This New Parking App Can Find Empty Spaces, No Sensors Required

Parking sucks, and that’s why there are apps to help your car find a vacant spot. The trouble is those solutions tend to require expensive sensors to be installed in each and every one of those potentially open spots. A new app called PocketParker instead leverages the power of passive, portable sensors — the ones already installed on your smartphone.


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