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A Year Of Presidential Travel, Mapped

In 2014, US President Obama travelled a bewildering over 188,000 miles (302,557km) — at least according to the best estimates of the Washington Post. This maps shows where he went.


The Bizarre, Glitchy Glory Of Wiggling 3D Map Disasters

Remember a couple of years ago when everybody was freaking out about the all of the 3D-imaging screw-ups in the new Apple Maps? Well, those surreal portrayals of the world we live in, exist in many mapping services. And as one anonymous Tumblr user shows, they’re works of artespecially when they wiggle.


6 Reasons To Switch To Nokia's HERE Maps

Whatever flavour of smartphone you’re using, chances are you haven’t strayed far from the mapping app that came installed as the default. If you’re on Android or Windows Phone (iOS coming soon), there’s a genuine alternative to consider: HERE maps, developed by Nokia and bringing more features to the table than you might imagine. Here are six key features that may persuade you to make the jump from your tried and trusted mapping solution.


Maps Show Which Body Parts In Porn Are The Most Popular Across The World

Pornhub’s always wonderful statistical analysis crack team looked at their glorious search data to answer one of life’s greatest questions: are you a boob or a butt person. After finding out which states and which countries like which part, they mapped it all out for the world to see.


Every River In The US, Coloured According To The Way It Flows

There are over 250,000 rivers in the US, some subtly serene, others tremendously tumultuous. But in this visualisation you can see them all — and the colour shows which way their waters flow.


Here's How Many Bridges NYC Would Need If Everyone Drove 

Manhattan has plenty of bridges — they’re its most recognisable landmarks, really — but exactly how many more would it need if every last person drove a car? Matt Taylor, a transit engineer, has seen this bizarro-Manhattan, and it’s not pretty.


The World As Seen By A Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They will need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific as the number of centimetres to the curb. They will also need to cover millions of kilometres worth of road.


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.


HERE Beta Will Challenge Your Google Maps Loyalty

Some apps are just the undisputed best at what they do. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine — these are apps that have hardly any fear of competition. I’d even be comfortable putting Google Maps in that esteemed category, if it wasn’t for Nokia’s Here Maps.


14 Maps That Reveal The Hidden Beauty Of Big Cities

In these decades of freely accessible online maps, it’s totally normal to be addicted to what Wikipedia describes as a “symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of some space, such as objects, regions and themes” (best Wikipedia definition ever?). And when you are in love with maps, you want them on your wall, don’t you?