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Windows 8 Weather app updated with interactive maps and ski resort info

Microsoft has been updating all of its built-in Windows 8 apps recently, from Mail to Bing News, but one was missing: Bing Weather. This weekend the software maker started to push out an update for its Weather app in Windows 8. The update includes new weather maps and ski resorts tabs that provide …

Microsoft Adds 3D Imagery Of 15 New Cities To The Bing Maps Preview App For Windows 8.1

In December, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft had met its earlier promise to bring rich 3D imaging of several cities to Windows 8.1 through a new Bing Maps Preview application. Today, Microsoft extended that work to include 15 new cities.<p>Why the gap between release and new content? The company …

Microsoft Quietly Shutting Down MapPoint in Favor of Bing Maps

It's the end of a product line that dates back to the 1980s, when maps were stored on floppy disks, CD-ROMs and hard drives.<p>For years, Microsoft has supported its older MapPoint technology in addition to its online Bing Maps product, but that duality is coming to an end.<p>The company has posted a …

Apple Maps Data Is Now Improving Every Day

In September 2012, Apple launched iOS 6 with Apple Maps as a default mapping replacement for Google Maps. When Apple Maps was introduced, it was plagued with errors so CEO Tim Cook issued an apology. Cook said that Apple Maps “fell short” and he recommended alternatives like Bing Maps, Waze and …

Microsoft chases after Google in new, huge Bing Maps update

Microsoft’s Bing Maps team just announced a major update, introducing “street side views” (Bing’s answer to Google’s street view) to 64 new cities and 3D maps to 29 new cities.<p>In addition, the company announced that new “high-resolution aerial imagery” (Bing’s answer to Google’s satellite view) “is …

Kickstarter-funded journalists found an ISIL training camp using Google Earth and Bing Maps

A group of crowd-funded citizen journalists seem to have located a training camp for the militant group ISIL using only online mapping services and some old-fashioned detective work. Bellingcat, which raised almost £51,000 ($85,000) to do its own unique form of journalism, was founded by Eliot …

Google Earth

Microsoft adds over 50 new U.S. cities to Google Street View-like Bing Maps service

Picking out a vacation destination can be tricky, but computers can make that task a whole lot easier by giving you a look at any cities or spots …

Apps

Bing Maps gets traffic-based routing in Canada

Microsoft spent years developing its Clearflow technology, which provides routing based on real-time traffic data in Bing Maps. Previously only …

Our Favorite Maps of 2013

These impressed us for both what they illustrated and how they did it.<p>The digital maps we loved in 2013 didn't simply illustrate novel or useful information (how people travel, where they live, what it means to live without much money). They did it in ways we'd never seen before, manipulating time, …

New Google Maps Looks Spectacular

Following weeks of rumors that a Google Maps redesign was imminent, the search engine giant announced a new look on Wednesday, and to sum it up: it's …

Google Maps gets offline mode, lane assist, and more

Google has just deployed a huge update to its Map application which brings offline mode, lane assistance, and Uber integration.<p>Updated for both …

Google Maps updated, gets Uber Integration and more

Google Maps is getting a pretty big update today, adding a significant number of new features, including Uber integration.<p>If you need transit or walking directions and have the Uber app installed on your device <i>(in select cities)</i>, then the Uber option will appear and offer you the estimated trip …

Google Maps

Understanding Google's Android location tracking

Is Google following your phone everywhere it goes? Sure — but only if you let it.<p>Every now and again a story hits the blogosphere reporting how …

This Chrome extension will brighten your day every time you open a new tab

If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, do yourself a favor and install this extension right now. Just do it:<p>Earth View from Google Maps<p>The extension, released earlier this month by Google, displays a beautiful satellite photograph from somewhere in the world every time you open a new tab. …

Google Maps

Google Satellite Images of Buildings that Look Like the Letters A through Z

While browsing around on Google Maps satellite view (as many of us have done at some point or another) art director Yousuke Ozawa came across a …

Google is giving non-profits its latest satellite maps

Non-profit groups don't often have the luxury of using satellite maps to gauge their progress clearing landmines or saving trees. Getting fresh imagery is typically expensive, if it's an option at all. Google's recent acquisition Skybox wants to fix that with Skybox for Good, a new program that …

The 20 Scariest Google Street View Sightings

The 20 Scariest Google Street View Images<p>1. The Aliens Have Landed<p>2. Pigeon People in Japan<p>3. An Angel Ascending to Heaven<p>4. These Creepy Masked …

Use Earth View to spruce up Chrome's New Tab page

Tired of looking at a nearly empty New Tab page with a search box and a few links? Check out this extension that'll show you images from all over the world, instead!<p>Chrome's New Tab page is almost as empty as the search giant's official homepage. However, there have been many extensions over the …

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Timelapse: incredible satellite footage shows Earth in ultra HD

This timelapse video shows the daily rotation of planet Earth in 4K resolution using images taken from a Russian weather satellite<p>The footage was created using images taken between May 15th to May 19th, 2011, by a Russian geostationary <b>Elektro-L weather satellite.</b><p>The <b>Russian</b> satellite Elektro-L is …

Southern Hemisphere

The last unmapped places on Earth

Have we mapped the whole planet? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, there are mysterious, poorly charted places everywhere, but not for the reasons you might think.<p>In 1504, an anonymous mapmaker – most likely an Italian – carved a meticulous depiction of the known world into two halves of conjoined ostrich …

Google Earth

See 25 Incredible Images of Earth From Space

Alberta, Canada, Oct. 10, 2014.<br>DigitalGlobe<p>1 of 25<p>There's something to be said for being on the ground when news plays out, but sometimes it's the …

Space

The secret of Google Maps' accuracy revealed

The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards …

Follow that sleigh: Santa's flight path visualized

LONDON — If you've ever wondered how Santa Claus visits millions of houses in one night, this video might clear things up.<p>NATS, the UK-based global …

Google Maps Rolls Out Improved High-Res 3D Imagery For NY And SF

Google’s 3D imagery for New York and the San Francisco Bay Area is getting a major makeover today. The company’s 3D imagery in Google Maps and Earth has always been pretty good, but it was never perfect. Today’s update is a clear improvement over Google’s previous imagery set, but it also still …

3-D Map Of Earth Shows Real-Time Weather

One of our 15 favorite recent data visualizations<p>Like the planet itself, some data is constantly changing—so a static visualization will always be out-of-date. Cameron Beccario’s animated globe displays real-time data, at least to within three hours. Each time a user loads the web page, it shows …