Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Google has opened up Google MapMaker to all Google Account users to edit any spot in the United States. With the philosophy of “you know your neighborhood best,” Google wants everyone to jump online to tag their favorite bike paths, coffee shops, college buildings and more….

The awe of the devastation of the Japan earthquake and tsunami has been the subject of many searches over the past week. Many searchers are also looking for imagery of the areas of Japan affected. Google has been working with their satellite imagery provider, GeoEye, to obtain new images of the areas most affected. Some of the images have been made available on the Google LatLong blog….

The official Royal Wedding site launched this week and Google custom search was incorporated much to the glee of the Google Custom Search blog….

Google unrolled a new collection of street-view images this week, their largest yet. The images were captured by the google Street View trike. While the Trike is not new, the images it has recently gathered are. The Trike was designed by Google Engineer Daniel Ratner to capture images from locations around the world otherwise unattainable by Google’s Street View car. When it launched in 2009, Google demonstrated its abilities with images from Arastradero Open Preserve, and LEGOLand. To further promote the Trike, the Street View team held a location contest asking the public to suggest where the Street View trike…

Twitter had played an enormous role in the recent protests in Africa. This was evident and a reason for why the Egyptian government shut down Internet services during the Egyption protests. An activist and active Twitterer from Iran has created a Google map of the violence and protests and shared it publicly to chronicle the protest reports on the ground as they happen. Keeping some veil of anonymity, the Twitter account is known only as Arasmus….

Google Maps has angered officials and residents of Emden, Germany, by placing their port in the Netherlands. Emden’s City Council has been trying for more than a year to get back its harbor, most of which Google Maps places under Dutch sovereignty, newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported yesterday….

After week of experimenting with a new interface, Google Maps has officially announced its release into the wild. They are calling it the widget and it replaces the ugly white buttons that used to allow you to toggle between map and satellite views….

It appears that Google is experimenting with new controls for users to navigate through maps. The not-so-stylish, white buttons for selecting Map or Satellite view as well as the drop-list for toggling photos, buzz updates and other geo-taggable features seems to be going away. In their place, styled, graphical icons that expand and retract when you hover over them….

If you live in the U.S. you’re undoubtedly aware that tomorrow, November 2nd is midterm elections day. In order to help you get out and vote, Google is providing an array of tools and services in hopes to make finding what you need easier….

If your NCAA March Madness brackets are as messed up as mine, you’ll need a distraction this weekend….