Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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

A couple of updates to one of the most popular mapping products….

Easily enable stalking by anyone your network. Just kidding. (Sort of)…

More cities added to compete with Google’s Street View and Bing’s Streetside imagery….

The other day I reported on how Google and Bing are competing for attention when it comes to querying the Winter Olympics, which begin TODAY in Vancouver, British Columbia….

Visiting MapQuest.com will now mean automatic location detection for Android users with GPS-enabled devices. As long as GPS hasn’t been disabled for m.mapquest.com, users will be prompted to use “Current Location” instead of needing to manually type in an address. The update is for devices using Android 1.1 or higher. There is support for Google Gears, but it will still work on Android 2.0 or higher, which does not use Google Gears. Lately, data has been showing that Android has been growing at a nice pace. It’s smart for entities such as MapQuest to innovate for the increasingly popular mobile…

Through MapQuest’s relationship with CitySearch, over 700,000 new business listings have been added to the online mapping service. The listings include popular categories such as restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, shopping, and spas. In addition to the listings, MapQuest has added greater editorial content for their business listings. Such content includes ratings and reviews, coupons, business hours, and restaurant menus. MapQuest and CitySearch entered into their partnership in August of 2008….

Google’s had StreetView for awhile and Bing recently introduced Streetside imaging to their maps. Now, MapQuest is entering the ring with their street-level imaging, which they’ve dubbed “360 View.” 360 View isn’t available everywhere, so MapQuest is providing coverage maps, similar to what a wireless communications company might provide to show you where you can get a signal. MapQuest also took great care in pointing out that you don’t have to download a non-standard media player (cough, cough Silverlight)….

Here are the new ones: ATM’s (Now Over 72,000!) Parks Stadium Arenas and Athletic Fields Tourist Attractions (Includes 1.5M Locations!) Court Houses City Hall Libraries MapQuest has also updated existing categories. Those in rural areas – you might find coverage for your area now. Rest Areas Bus Stations Train Stations Commuter Rail Stations Park and Ride’s Ski Resorts Wineries (Over 500 To Search!) Highway Exits Tourist Information Centers…

Earlier this week, Google updated the look of its mapping service and now MapQuest has done the same. The goal is to improve readability and give more accurate details such has a building’s proportional footprint compared to the streets around it. Additionally, MapQuest says they’ve added new imagery for terrain and vegetation for Levels 4-9. Here’s before and after screenshots of Philadelphia, per the official MapQuest blog:…