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  • Ask Google Maps ‘Are We There Yet?’ While in Navigation Mode

    Google Directions
    Richard
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The latest version of Google Maps (v9.12) brought several enhancements and new features such as “Your Timeline” which allows you to see your location history in a convenient timeline view, and also the ability to rename places you love with custom names that are easier to remember and find. However, adding improved capabilities wasn’t what […]
  • Popular Times Added to Google's Local Search Cards

    Google Operating System
    Alex Chitu
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Google has a new feature for local search cards. When you search for restaurants, stores, museums and other places, you can now see the busiest times of the day or week. The new "popular times" section shows when it's a good time to go to a certain place and when it's best to avoid it because it's too crowded."Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and businesses around the world directly from Google Search. For example, just search for "Blue Bottle Williamsburg", tap on the title and see how busy it gets throughout the day," informs Google.For…
  • Easily update and validate ads with new enhancements to Merchant Center data feeds

    Inside AdWords
    Rob Newton
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Your data feed is key to promoting your products on Google.com — it lets you capture the attention of shoppers by letting them know you’ve got exactly what they’re looking for. To help you seamlessly update ads and quickly get products in front of new customers, today we’re excited to announce two data feed enhancements to Google Merchant Center — one that improves efficiencies for large retailers, and one that helps small retailers get on board more easily:Online product inventory feeds: a new feed type that lets you quickly update price, availability and sale price of your…
  • Everything in its right place

    The Official Google Blog
    Google Blogs
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink. So over the next few months, we’re going to be making some important changes. Here’s more about what you can expect:A more focused Google+ experienceGoogle+ is quickly becoming a place where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them. In line with that focus, we’re continuing to add new features like Google+…
  • 7 Google Map Games

    TechSpouse.com
    Chirag Kwatra
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    In this April Fool days, Google launches new PAC-MAN games in Google Map for play. Not this only even 6 more games are available in Google’s new program system. Although this Pac-Man experience is now sadly defunct, people have been building games around Google Maps for years: trivia games, hidden object games, shooting games, building games, driving games, and even survival games. We’ve picked out seven interactive cartography games that you can play for free in your browser, on the streets of nearly any city in the world. Google Sheep View Think of it as a version of “I…
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  • Google teria interesse em adquirir empresa de cheeseburger sintético

    Renê Fraga
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    De acordo com o site The Information, o Google teria interessa em adquirir uma empresa de “alimentos impossíveis”. A Foods Impossible está desenvolvendo um cheeseburger inteiramente feito de plantas, mas que o gosto se parece com um hambúrguer feito de carne moída. O acordo entre a Foods impossível e Google estaria sendo avaliado entre US$ 200 milhões e US$ 300 milhões, mas não está claro se a Impossible Foods seria totalmente vendida ao buscador. A empresa de alimentos sintético tem apoio financeiro do ex-CEO da Microsoft Bill Gates e do executivo do Google, Tony…
  • Patente do Google revela tecnologia capaz de gravar e reproduzir nossas memórias

    Renê Fraga
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    O Google obteve o registro de uma patente que permitiria pesquisar uma base de dados de vídeos de nossas vidas, todos registrados através do Google Glass ou algum futuro wearable. De acordo com o Huffington Post, da mesma forma que o Google Glass registra o mundo em torno de nós, a partir da nossa perspectiva, a patente permitiria uma versão muito mais avançada da tecnologia ao gravar nossas vidas. “O vídeo gravado seria então enviado para o smartphone e enviado para a nuvem sobre o qual os usuários poderiam usar a voz para procurar através da biblioteca e lembranças do…
  • Google desconecta Google+ do próprio Google

    Renê Fraga
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Assim como esse título, não é fácil entender os planos do Google. De acordo com Bradley Horowitz, o Google+ caminha para ser um produto totalmente independente e praticamente desconectado do Google. E qual a razão para usar o Google+? É possível, talvez, que nem a empresa saiba neste momento. Horowitz, que vem trabalhando em três vertentes do Google+, como Streams, Photos e Sharing, afirma que chegou o momento de corrigir “algumas coisas” que parecem desnortear os usuários. Para começar, não é mais necessário criar um perfil no Google+ para usar uma conta do Google.
  • Pesquisador descobre vulnerabilidade grave no Android; mas não há motivo para pânico

    Renê Fraga
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Pesquisadores de segurança móvel da Zimperium dizem ter encontrado a “pior vulnerabilidade na história do Android” e que ela poderia infectar os smartphone por meio de uma mensagem MMS – não sendo nem necessário abrir a mensagem para ativar o malware. “Isso acontece mesmo de você ouvir o som de que recebeu uma nova mensagem”, diz Joshua Drake, pesquisador de segurança com Zimperium e co-autor do Manual do Hacker Android. “É isso o que o torna tão perigoso. Ele poderia ser absolutamente silencioso. Você pode até não ver nada”. Em resposta,…
  • YouTube para Android agora exibe vídeos verticais em tela cheia

    Renê Fraga
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Seguindo a tendência lançada pelo Periscope e Snapchat, agora é a vez do YouTube para Android oferecer suporte a vídeos na vertical. Sem as tradicionais barras pretas nos cantos do display, o YouTube para Android agora exibe vídeos verticais em tela cheia, o que contribui para uma melhor experiência ao assistir gravações neste formato. Para testar a novidade, basta atualizar o aplicativo YouTube com a última versão disponível no Google Play.
 
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    The Official Google Blog

  • See the world in your language with Google Translate

    Google Blogs
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate—a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You'll see the text transform live on your screen into the other language. No Internet connection or cell phone data needed. Today, we’re updating the Google Translate app again—expanding instant visual translation to 20 more languages (for a total of 27!), and making real-time voice translations a lot faster and…
  • Everything in its right place

    Google Blogs
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink. So over the next few months, we’re going to be making some important changes. Here’s more about what you can expect:A more focused Google+ experienceGoogle+ is quickly becoming a place where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them. In line with that focus, we’re continuing to add new features like Google+…
  • Rising to the climate challenge

    Google Blogs
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    In less than five months, policymakers from around the world will gather in Paris to finalize a new global agreement on combating climate change. Already, many governments are putting forth ambitious emissions reduction goals. And companies are taking action, too, by reducing their own footprints and investing in clean energy.Reaching a strong deal in Paris is an absolute and urgent necessity. The data is clear and the science is beyond dispute: a warming planet poses enormous threats to society. Public health experts recently warned that climate change threatens to “undermine the last half…
  • Through the Google lens: Search trends July 17-24

    Google Blogs
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Anyone up for a look back at the last week on Google Search? We are! Read on to find out what the world was looking for this week. Bad BloodPhew, where to start with this one. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj had a spat over VMA nominations (Taylor was nominated for Video of the Year; Nicki was not), worked through it and made up -- all on Twitter. It was a good lesson in the art of the subtweet, as well as the “sincere apology after responding to a subtweet that wasn’t directly about you” tweet. Searches about the incident topped 500,000.But Minaj v. Swift wasn’t the only music-related…
  • Five ways we’re celebrating the Special Olympics and #ADA25

    Google Blogs
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." -Special Olympics Athlete OathStanding in Soldier Field in Chicago, 47 years ago, Eunice Shriver kicked off the first Special Olympics in history--1,000 people with intellectual disabilities from the U.S. and Canada competed in track & field, swimming and diving. Even though it was a small inaugural event, its historical impact--giving a platform to the civil rights struggles of people with disabilities that were so often overlooked-- was massive. The Games were meant to give children with cognitive disabilities, in…
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    Google Webmaster Central Blog

  • #NoHacked: How to avoid being the target of hackers

    Google Webmaster Central
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    If you publish anything online, one of your top priorities should be security. Getting hacked can negatively affect your online reputation and result in loss of critical and private data. Over the past year Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked. While we are working hard to combat this hacked trend, there are steps you can take to protect your content on the web.Today, we’ll be continuing our #NoHacked campaign. We’ll be focusing on how to protect your site from hacking and give you better insight into how some of these hacking campaigns work. You can…
  • Update on the Autocomplete API

    Google Webmaster Central
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Google Search provides an autocomplete service that attempts to predict a query before a user finishes typing. For years, a number of developers have integrated the results of autocomplete within their own services using a non-official, non-published API that also had no restrictions on it. Developers who discovered the autocomplete API were then able to incorporate autocomplete services, independent of Google Search.There have been multiple times in which the developer community’s reverse-engineering of a Google service via an unpublished API has led to great things. The Google Maps API,…
  • Google+: A case study on App Download Interstitials

    Google Webmaster Central
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Many mobile sites use promotional app interstitials to encourage users to download their native mobile apps. For some apps, native can provide richer user experiences, and use features of the device that are currently not easy to access on a browser. Because of this, many app owners believe that they should encourage users to install the native version of their online property or service. It’s not clear how aggressively to promote the apps, and a full page interstitial can interrupt the user from reaching their desired content.On Google+ mobile web, we decided to take a closer look at our…
  • Google's handling of new top level domains

    Google Webmaster Central
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    With the coming of many new generic top level domains (gTLDs), we'd like to give some insight into how these are handled in Google's search. We’ve heard and seen questions and misconceptions about the way we treat new top level domains (TLDs), like .guru, .how, or any of the .BRAND gTLDs, for example:Q: How will new gTLDs affect search? Is Google changing the search algorithm to favor these TLDs? How important are they really in search? A: Overall, our systems treat new gTLDs like other gTLDs (like .com & .org). Keywords in a TLD do not give any advantage or disadvantage in…
  • App deep linking with goo.gl

    Google Webmaster Central
    27 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    Starting now, goo.gl short links function as a single link you can use to all your content — whether that content is in your Android app, iOS app, or website. Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to set up App Indexing for Android and iOS, goo.gl URLs will send users straight to the right page in your app if they have it installed, and everyone else to your website. This will provide additional opportunities for your app users to re-engage with your app. This feature works for both new short URLs and retroactively, so any existing goo.gl short links to your content will now also direct…
 
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    Google Developers Blog

  • Easier Auth for Google Cloud APIs: Introducing the Application Default Credentials feature.

    Gary Lewis
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Originally posted to the Google Cloud Platform blog When you write applications that run on Google Compute Engine instances, you might want to connect them to Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, and other Google Cloud Platform services. Those services use OAuth2, the global standard for authorization, to help ensure that only the right callers can make the right calls. Unfortunately, OAuth2 has traditionally been hard to use. It often requires specialized knowledge and a lot of boilerplate auth setup code just to make an initial API call. Today, with Application Default Credentials (ADC),…
  • Chromecast drives higher visits, engagement and monetization for app developers

    Gary Lewis
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    Posted by Jeanie Santoso, Merchandise Marketing Manager Chromecast, our first Google Cast device, has seen great success with 17 million devices already sold and over 1.5 billion touches of the Cast button. Consumers now get all the benefits of their easy to use personal mobile devices, with content displayed on the largest and most beautiful screen in the house. By adding Google Cast functionality to their apps, developers can gain visits, engagement, and/or higher monetization. Here are four real-world examples showing how very different companies are successfully using Google Cast…
  • Lighting the way with BLE beacons

    Gary Lewis
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    Posted by Chandu Thota, Engineering Director and Matthew Kulick, Product Manager Just like lighthouses have helped sailors navigate the world for thousands of years, electronic beacons can be used to provide precise location and contextual cues within apps to help you navigate the world. For instance, a beacon can label a bus stop so your phone knows to have your ticket ready, or a museum app can provide background on the exhibit you’re standing in front of. Today, we’re beginning to roll out a new set of features to help developers build apps using this technology. This includes a new…
  • Connect With the World Around You Through Nearby APIs

    Gary Lewis
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Posted by Akshay Kannan, Product Manager Mobile phones have made it easy to communicate with anyone, whether they’re right next to you or on the other side of the world. The great irony, however, is that those interactions can often feel really awkward when you're sitting right next to someone. Today, it takes several steps -- whether it’s exchanging contact information, scanning a QR code, or pairing via bluetooth -- to get a simple piece of information to someone right next to you. Ideally, you should be able to just turn to them and do so, the same way you do in the real world. This is…
  • This is Material Design Lite

    Gary Lewis
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Posted by Addy Osmani, Staff Developer Platform Engineer Back in 2014, Google published the material design specification with a goal to provide guidelines for good design and beautiful UI across all device form factors. Today we are releasing our first effort to bring this to websites using vanilla CSS, HTML and JavaScript. We’re calling it Material Design Lite (MDL). MDL makes it easy to add a material design look and feel to your websites. The “Lite” part of MDL comes from several key design goals: MDL has few dependencies, making it easy to install and use. It is framework-agnostic,…
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    Official Google Australia Blog

  • Should My Kid Learn to Code?

    Johnny Luu
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    (Editor's note: This is a cross-post from the Google Research Blog)Over the last few years, successful marketing campaigns such as Hour of Code and Made with Code have helped K12 students become increasingly aware of the power and relevance of computer programming across all fields. In addition, there has been growth in developer bootcamps, online “learn to code” programs (code.org, CS First, Khan Academy, Codecademy, Blockly Games, etc.), and non-profits focused specifically on girls and underrepresented minorities (Technovation, Girls who Code, Black Girls Code, #YesWeCode, etc.).This…
  • Total Eclipse of the Cloud

    Johnny Luu
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Cross-posted from the Google for Work blog. Every day, thousands of companies switch off their on-premise servers and move to the cloud. And more than five million businesses around the world have taken that shift to the cloud by moving to Google Apps, including Woolworths, BBVA, Roche and PwC. But one big question remains unanswered: what’s going to happen to all those dark, windowless little server rooms?We teamed up with PDM International, an interior design consultancy, to come up with few ideas for how those rooms could be used today. This is what they proposed.Karaoke at…
  • Careers with code - setting up our young people for the jobs of the future

    Johnny Luu
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Technology doesn’t stand stand still. Neither do careers, or the skills that we need for the job of tomorrow. Just as careers like knocker uppers (yep it was a real job) were replaced by alarm clocks, ice cutters by refrigeration, and lamp lighters by electricity, so too are we seeing a transformation in the types of jobs we’ll need and want as a future society.And the pace of change is incredible. As few as eight years ago there were no Android or iOS developers - because there were no smartphones! Self-driving cars were just a dream. And 3-D printing of prosthetics wasn’t even…
  • Launceston looks forward (again)

    Johnny Luu
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Launceston has always been a forward-looking town. It was the first town in Australia to be lit by hydroelectricity (and the first town in Australia to have underground sewers!). It was also a regional winner of our 2013 eTowns Award, and Launceston small businesses have been quick to see the potential of the web to help them grow.We recently asked more than 150 small business owners in Launceston whether they thought the Internet would be important to their future growth - and 100% said yes. However, around one third of those business owners also said they didn’t know how to take advantage…
  • Android Developer Story: Shifty Jelly drives double-digit growth with material design and expansion to the car and wearables

    Johnny Luu
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:15 pm
    [Cross posted from the Android Developers' blog]Pocket Casts is a leading podcasting app on Google Play built by Australian-based mobile development company Shifty Jelly. The company recently achieved $1 million in sales for the first time, reaching more than 500K users.According to the co-founder Russell Ivanovic, the adoption of material design played a significant role in driving user engagement for Pocket Casts by streamlining the user experience. Moreover, users are now able to access the app beyond the smartphone -- in the car with Android Auto, on a watch with Android Wear or on the TV…
 
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    Inside AdSense

  • Introducing a new user consent policy

    John A.Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Today we’re launching a new user consent policy. This policy requires publishers with site visitors from the European Union to ask their permission for using their data.Why are we doing this?European Union data protection authorities requested some changes to current practices for obtaining end user consents. It has always been Google’s policy to comply with privacy laws, so we’ve agreed to make certain changes affecting our own products and partners using Google products.What do you need to do?If your websites are getting visitors from any of the countries in the European…
  • Demystifying AdSense policies with John Brown: Understand your traffic (Part 3)

    John A.Smith
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    Editor’s note: John Brown, the Head of Publisher Policy Communications, is sharing insights about understanding your traffic and how you can prevent invalid activity.Last week, I explained why we take invalid activity seriously and how AdSense policies protect users, advertisers and publishers. This week, I’d like to give you some tips to help you keep your account in good standing.What can you do as a publisher?Here are some best practices to prevent invalid activity on your site:Understand your traffic and site visitors by breaking down your traffic reports into meaningful…
  • Demystifying AdSense policies with John Brown: Understand your traffic (Part 2)

    John A.Smith
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    Editor’s note: John Brown, the Head of Publisher Policy Communications, is sharing insights and answering most common questions about invalid activity.In this post, I want to stress why we take invalid clicks so seriously and clarify a few questions related to traffic quality and invalid clicks.Let’s take a step back and think about the digital ad ecosystem. The relationships between Google, advertisers, and publishers are built on trust. A strong and healthy digital ecosystem needs:Users who trust the system and have a good experience,Advertisers safely investing in digital…
  • Increasing transparency of AdSense payments

    John A.Smith
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    When you check your payments history, you might notice a difference between your estimated AdSense earnings and the final amount paid to you. The difference between these two amounts is mostly caused by invalid activity on your site, such as accidental clicks, which are deducted from finalized earnings.We've received feedback from you that you want to know more about the differences between estimated and finalized earnings. Starting with May’s payment history, you’ll be able to see the invalid activity deductions that cause these differences.  For example, if your estimated earnings…
  • Mobile site or app? Learn how digiSchool made its decision

    John A.Smith
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    When it was created in 2011, French company digiSchool was a pioneer by offering free teaching content for which users would otherwise have had to pay. They were growing rapidly. However, they had to make an important decision to grow even further: mobile site or mobile app?After extensive user testing, digiSchool noticed that mobile apps were best for delivering content like quizzes, lessons, and videos, but a mobile site was better for reading the news. “Depending on the device, a user needs very specific interfaces. We had to figure out whether content worked best on a mobile site or an…
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    Google Public Policy Blog

  • How policymakers can support broadband abundance

    Google Public Policy Blog
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Posted by Staci Pies, Public Policy and Government Relations CounselNearly three years ago, Nick Budidharma, an 18­ year­ old game developer, drove with his parents from Hilton Head, S.C., to live in a “hacker home” that’s connected to the Google Fiber network. Synthia Payne relocated from Denver to launch a startup that aims to let musicians play together in real­-time online. Kansas City -- America’s first Google Fiber city -- has been transformed.Today, Google Fiber continues to make the Internet faster and more accessible to more people across the country. Michael Slinger,…
  • Google, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and vulnerability research

    Google Public Policy Blog
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Posted by Neil Martin, Export Compliance Counsel, Google Legal & Tim Willis, Hacker Philanthropist, Chrome Security TeamCross-posted on the Google Online Security BlogAs the usage and complexity of software grows, the importance of security research has grown with it. It’s through diligent research that we uncover and fix bugs — like Heartbleed and POODLE — that can cause serious security issues for web users around the world.The time and effort it takes to uncover bugs is significant, and the marketplace for these vulnerabilities is competitive. That’s why we provide cash…
  • Improving patent quality one search at a time

    Google Public Policy Blog
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Good patents support innovation while bad patents hinder it. Bad patents drive up costs for innovative companies that must choose between paying undeserved license fees or staggering litigation costs. That’s why today we are excited to launch a new version of Google Patents, which has the power to improve patent quality by helping experts and the public find the most relevant references for judging whether a patent is valid.The ability to search for the most relevant references--the best prior art--is more important today than ever. Patent filings have steadily increased with 600,000…
  • “Revenge porn” and Search

    Google Public Policy Blog
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    by Amit Singhal, SVP, Google SearchWe’ve heard many troubling stories of “revenge porn”: an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts. Some images even end up on “sextortion” sites that force people to pay to have their images removed.Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor…
  • Encouraging Innovation: Wi-Fi and LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum Bands

    Google Public Policy Blog
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    by Nihar Jindal, Hardware Engineer, Access & EnergyIn the 20 years since the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) first made spectrum available on an unlicensed basis, technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have flourished. Innovation in unlicensed spectrum has given people more opportunity to access the Internet, when and where they need it.Carriers are also innovating in licensed spectrum, deploying Long Term Evolution (“LTE”) networks that enable the delivery of data traffic faster and more efficiently than previous generations of technology such as 3G. Indeed, a…
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    Google Earth Blog

  • Latest Pluto map in Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    Earlier this month, we had a look at a map of Pluto that NASA produced and made available in KML format for viewing Google Earth. That was before the New Horizons spacecraft had reached Pluto and the image was very blurry. Now the flyby is complete and we are starting to see higher resolution images, including the first high resolution map. It still only includes about half of the surface area and is a monochrome image, but it is considerably higher resolution than the previous version. The image provided turned out to be too large for Google Earth to display properly, so we had to halve the…
  • Google Earth Blog FAQ

    Timothy Whitehead
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:39 am
    Quite a lot of the emails we get at GEB blog repeat the same questions or requests, so we thought it would be a good idea to create a short FAQ for GEB covering the most common questions and requests. Firstly, it is important to point out that we are a fan-based blog writing about Google Earth-related news and content. We are not part of Google. I am having trouble installing Google Earth. Can you help? The most common error recently has been 1603 on Windows. This is a known problem with the online installer and indicates that Google Earth is already installed. You could try just restoring…
  • Mongolia gets Street View

    Timothy Whitehead
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:39 am
    Google has recently added Mongolia to the list of countries with Street View. Read more about it on Google’s LatLong blog. There have also been some major additions in Malaysia on the Island of Borneo. Previous major additions this year were Madagascar and Canadian parks in May and Greenland in February. Extent of Street View in Mongolia. Extent of Street View in Malaysia Street View changes between June 22nd, 2015 and July 25th, 2015 (new Street View in red). Larger version here. Street View captured Lake Khuvsgul Ice Festival. Fly there in Google Earth with this KML file The post…
  • Getting Landsat 8 imagery into Google Earth

    Timothy Whitehead
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    When Landsat 8 imagery was made available on Amazon AWS our first question was: ‘how easy will it be to view it in Google Earth?’. This is our experience trying to answer that question. The Landsat 8 satellite has a number of different cameras that capture imagery in different wavelengths. For details of the various sensors see this article. What we want to do is try to get a true colour image into Google Earth, which involves combining the three colour bands (2,3 and 4) and the panchromatic band (band 8) to provide extra detail (a technique known as pansharpening). The first step…
  • Google Earth’s ‘background’ imagery

    Timothy Whitehead
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    As we have discussed before Google Earth shows different imagery depending on the zoom level and whether or not you are in ‘historical imagery’ mode. We have also talked about how the ocean bathymetry data changes in ‘historical imagery’. When you are looking at the whole globe in ‘default’ mode, the imagery used for the land was cleverly created by taking Landsat imagery captured over a period of time and automatically removing cloud and snow cover by combining multiple images of each spot. As you zoom in, this transitions to higher resolution satellite or…
 
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    Real Estate Made Simple

  • Have You Talked To Your Agent Lately?

    Henry Mccarthy
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Many sellers neglect to check on their chosen estate agents, since they think that these people will just follow through with their promises without any supervision. After all, the main reason why you are working with an agent is to alleviate yourself from the burden of having to market your property and look for buyers, right? Unfortunately, there are times when you need to keep close contact with your agent. If your house has been on the market for a while now without any potential buyers in sight, then it’s about time to ring up your estate agent and ask them the real deal on your…
  • Smart Saving Tips For First Home Buyers

    Henry Mccarthy
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Saving money for a home can sometimes be like a Looney Tunes show where Wile E. Coyote always fails to capture the Road Runner. This happens just when the Coyote thinks he’s gotten a hold of Road Runner, only for Road Runner to slip through his grasp. While that story arc is funny in cartoons, it can also feel very depressing in the real world. A common scenario is this: Buyer needs x amount of deposit to purchase a house. They need three years to reach x. But after three years of saving, the property increases in value, and the minimum deposit is now x + y. To reach that, buyer needs an…
  • How To Find The Right Buy-To-Let Mortgage For You

    Henry Mccarthy
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Before we go on a step-by-step breakdown of finding the best buy-to-let mortgage to your needs, you have to understand the similarities and differences between residential mortgages and buy-to-let mortgages. First of all, buy-to-let mortgage lenders want investors to guarantee that the monthly rent they will charge is about 125 per cent more than the monthly interest payment on the loan you are going to take out. This means that a monthly interest payment of £500 requires monthly rental income of at least £625. Secondly, you have to pay standard deposit fee rate of 25 per cent or more,…
  • What Should You Write In Your Tenancy Agreement?

    Henry Mccarthy
    25 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Rental properties are all over the place here in the UK. Because of high property prices in the capital cities and the countryside, more people (especially the younger chaps) are choosing to shack up in a rental flat for the meantime. If you’re going to rent for the first time, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you sign that lease contract. This is important so you won’t end up on the losing side of the deal! Remember that you also have rights as a tenant, and just because your landlord allows you to live in his property doesn’t mean he gets…
  • A Crash Course On Selling Property Part 2

    Henry Mccarthy
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:55 pm
    In ‘Part 1’, we discussed five steps to consider if you are interested in selling your house. Here are other things to keep in mind during the sale process: 6) Accept and negotiate I have two rules when considering offers: First, no matter how much you need the money, don’t take the first offer you’re going to get. It’s always prudent to set a timetable that will allow you to entertain other offers so you can compare and select the best deal available to you. Second, if you get an offer which you really don’t like, reject it right away! This saves time and effort for…
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  • A journey of 5,000km begins with a single steppe

    Lat Long
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    With more than 250 sunny days a year (that’s about 100 more than you’d get in bright Portland), Mongolia is known by many as the "land of the eternal blue sky.” Now you can take in some of these beautiful Mongolian blues with new Street View imagery, which takes you across 5,000km of the country’s steppes, deserts, icy lakes and rushing rivers. Last fall we strapped a Street View camera onto a four-wheel drive pickup truck to begin capturing 360-imagery from rugged Mongolian roads. Since then we’ve also gone off-road to capture images of the country’s most beautiful places with…
  • Your Timeline: Revisiting the world that you’ve explored

    Lat Long
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been -- whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a given day, month or year. Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time. And if you use Google Photos, we’ll show the photos you took when…
  • The Trekker Loan Program turns two!

    Lat Long
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Two years ago, we started the Trekker Loan Program, where we invite partners to help us gather Street View imagery of many breathtaking places around the world. Since then, we've added imagery from a vast variety of locations -- from natural wonders right in organizations backyards to hard-to-reach sites we would never have been able to access by ourselves.Now with a tap of your finger or the click of your mouse, you can hike through the glorious mountainside in Spain with Generalitat de Catalunya, walk the pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo in Japan with the Mie Kumano-kodo Society of Commerce…
  • California dreamin’ with Street View

    Lat Long
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    What better place to venture this summer than sunny California? Starting today, you’ll be able to explore hundreds of new locations across the Golden State with Street View in Google Maps. So whether you’re sipping cabernet sauvignon in Napa, dipping in the Pacific Ocean, or hiking through the redwoods, you’ll get a peek of what awaits you along Route 101.California boasts more than three thousand wineries across the state, and is known for its varietals ranging from buttery chardonnays to big-time zins. Aspiring sommeliers, wine enthusiasts or just those who love a good view can now…
  • Google Earth turns 10 today

    Lat Long
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    When Google Earth was first introduced 10 years ago, it immediately stole my heart. Beyond the freedom to fly anywhere in the world, I was captivated by the ability to paint and visualize geographic data on this incredible global canvas.Drawn to datasets backed by real human stories, I started making my own maps with KML a few weeks after Earth’s release in 2005. For my master’s degree, I used Google Earth to build a virtual representation of a high-tech biological research reserve. Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on the Google Earth Outreach team, turning my passion…
 
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  • Search Ads on Google Play and new app promo tools roll out to advertisers and developers

    Rob Newton
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    People turn to their phones billions of times a day for I want-to-know, I want-to-go, I want-to-do, and I want-to-buy moments. And in these intent-rich moments, they often turn to apps to get what they need. Runners may search for a “mileage tracker” app as they start training for a marathon, foodies may look for “restaurant” apps to check out the trendiest new places in town, and frequent fliers may search for “top games” to play before a long flight. In fact, search is one of the biggest drivers of app installs in the Play Store.That’s why we’re investing in new ways to help…
  • Easily update and validate ads with new enhancements to Merchant Center data feeds

    Rob Newton
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Your data feed is key to promoting your products on Google.com — it lets you capture the attention of shoppers by letting them know you’ve got exactly what they’re looking for. To help you seamlessly update ads and quickly get products in front of new customers, today we’re excited to announce two data feed enhancements to Google Merchant Center — one that improves efficiencies for large retailers, and one that helps small retailers get on board more easily:Online product inventory feeds: a new feed type that lets you quickly update price, availability and sale price of your…
  • Introducing more powerful Dynamic Search Ads, built for your business

    Rob Newton
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Whether it’s “hotels near me” or “nearby hotels,” people often search for the same things differently. So reaching your customers in the moments that matter can sometimes be a moving target. In fact, of the billions of searches made on Google every day, 15% of them have never been seen before.1 Couple that with shifting product inventory and content hidden deep within your website, people don’t always find what they’re looking for. That’s why three years ago we introduced Dynamic Search Ads (DSA).Today, we’re excited to announce that DSA has been enhanced and retooled from…
  • See the future of video by looking behind you: Introducing 360 degree video ads

    Rob Newton
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Video is already the most effective medium for connecting with consumers thanks to the power of sight, sound and motion. But what if there were a way to let people become even more immersed in your video ads? To help advertisers deliver richer experiences, we’re introducing 360 degree video ads on YouTube.360 degree video ads let you engage your audience in an entirely new way. Available today in Chrome and the YouTube app on Android and iOS, viewers can explore every angle of your videos by dragging their mouse or moving their phone to shift their POV 360 degrees – up, down, left or…
  • Introducing Manufacturer Center - a tool to help brand manufacturers provide authoritative product information to online shoppers

    Rob Newton
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    With more than 100 billion searches per month, Google answers a significant number of the world’s product and shopping-related queries. And online shoppers expect product information, such as images, descriptions and variants, to be accurate, rich and consistent. Manufacturer product data is critical to deliver this experience. Today we’re launching Google Manufacturer Center: a tool that helps brand manufacturers accurately represent their products to shoppers across google.com, Google Shopping and other Google services. By uploading authoritative product data to the tool, manufacturers…
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  • Google's Visual Translation Supports 20 New Languages

    Alex Chitu
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Google bought Word Lens last year and brought a very useful feature to Google Translate: real-time visual translation. Use a phone or a tablet running Android or iOS, point the camera at a sign or text in a foreign language and Google will translate the text almost instantly, while preserving all the other details. It's like using a magic camera that translates text and lets you read street signs, restaurant menus, user manuals, newspaper articles even if they're written in foreign languages.Visual translation now supports 20 additional languages. "You can now translate to and from English…
  • Popular Times Added to Google's Local Search Cards

    Alex Chitu
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Google has a new feature for local search cards. When you search for restaurants, stores, museums and other places, you can now see the busiest times of the day or week. The new "popular times" section shows when it's a good time to go to a certain place and when it's best to avoid it because it's too crowded."Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and businesses around the world directly from Google Search. For example, just search for "Blue Bottle Williamsburg", tap on the title and see how busy it gets throughout the day," informs Google.For…
  • Google Photos Search Filters

    Alex Chitu
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Google+ Photos has a few search filters that are pretty useful. You can find them if you click the small arrow from the search box: Auto Backup, Hangouts, Google Drive, Posts, Auto Awesome, Videos and more. The nice thing is that most of them are also available in Google Photos.Google Photos has a search page that shows a few filters: Creations (replaces Auto Awesome), Google Drive, Video, Recently Added. Here are some searches you can use to bring back the filters from Google+ Photos:#AutoBackup - shows all the photos automatically backed up from your mobile devices and desktop…
  • Google+ Profiles, No Longer Required

    Alex Chitu
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    After so many years of promoting Google+ and integrating it with other services, Google realized that Google+ doesn't mean a lot for many Google users and it started dismantling Google+. Google Photos is now a standalone service and other Google+ features will follow suit. In a blog post, Google announced that Google+ profiles will no longer be required and YouTube will be the first service that will make this change in the coming weeks. "A Google Account will be all you'll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. Your underlying…
  • Gmail's Mobile Site Promotes Inbox App

    Alex Chitu
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    I'm not sure if this is new, but I've noticed that Google now promotes the Inbox app when opening Gmail in the mobile browser. "Get Inbox by Gmail, a new email app from the Gmail team," suggests the interstitial page, which still lets you "go to the mobile Gmail site".Here's a screenshot from an iPad:And another screenshot from a Nexus 5:Google used to promote the Gmail app.
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  • Google Maps Street View Cars Are Using Aclima Sensors to Map Air Pollution

    Richard
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Google wants to help improve the air the people breathe, that’s why the company has teamed up with Aclima to equip its street view cars with air quality sensors that will allow them to “collect data necessary to make urban areas easier on the lungs”, Davida Herzl told TechCrunch earlier today. In case you didn’t […]
  • Ask Google Maps ‘Are We There Yet?’ While in Navigation Mode

    Richard
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The latest version of Google Maps (v9.12) brought several enhancements and new features such as “Your Timeline” which allows you to see your location history in a convenient timeline view, and also the ability to rename places you love with custom names that are easier to remember and find. However, adding improved capabilities wasn’t what […]
  • Google Maps for Android Now Lets Users Rename Places by Adding Custom Names

    Richard
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    The Google Maps team has finally introduced one of the most requested features of all time, and that is providing users with the ability to add custom names to their favorite places that are listed on the map. Obviously, places allowed for editing must appear on Google Maps, otherwise the editing feature won’t work, because […]
  • Google Map Maker Will Reopen in August

    Richard
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Map Maker was temporarily disabled for editing back in May due to a large number of attacks to spam Google Maps, most noticeably the undesirable image of the Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo. But worry no more, because apparently Google has finally found a solution to this ongoing problem. The tech giant recently […]
  • MapQuest Launches the New Developer Network

    Richard
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Yesterday, AOL subsidiary MapQuest announced the launch of the new developer network in a blog post on the company’s Dev Blog. According to one of the blog’s authors, Jonathan Harahush, the MapQuest team has been working hard on a significant number of infrastructure upgrades over the last couple of months, thus allowing them to finally […]
 
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  • Quick Look at Microsoft’s new Arrow Launcher beta for Android [Video]

    Cam Bunton
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    A couple of days ago, Microsoft pushed out a beta version of a new Android launcher out to testers. Arrow Launcher aims to give you all the most important people and apps as efficiently as possible. Apps are on one screen, notes and reminders on another, and contacts on a third. It’s still in its early beta stages, but Arrow Launcher reminds me a little of Yahoo’s Aviate launcher. It’s not the most customizable launcher ever developed, but it does seem efficient and I can see, with time, it’ll be really productive. I’ve put together a quick video to give you an…
  • Opinion: The flawed reality of Google Contributor — paying for fewer ads, not a cause

    Tom Maxwell
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Yesterday I wrote about the general availability of Google Contributor, a service through which consumers can choose to be billed an amount between $2-10 on a recurring monthly basis in exchange for seeing less display advertisements around the web. Contributor is an interesting service that I likened to the Patreon and Kickstarter crowdfunding platforms, but that could make the web browsing experience a little less frustrating. Here’s how I concluded that post: While Contributor doesn’t reduce the online media business’ reliance on pageviews for revenue, it could, if popular,…
  • Xbox Music’s ‘Groove’ name-change hits Android in redesigned app

    Cam Bunton
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Xbox Music changed its name to Groove at the beginning of this month, and today, the rebranding has made its way to the music app on Android’s Play Store. It’s free to download, and is available right now. Along with the new look and name, the app has had a couple of new features added. More devices can now download tracks for offline listening thanks to newly added compatibility. Music stored in your OneDrive folders will automatically show as music in the new Groove app. What’s more, you won’t need a paid subscription to make use of the app, although you will need…
  • Render purportedly shows form factor of rumored LG Nexus, might be ‘Angler’

    Stephen Hall
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    OnLeaks, otherwise known as Nowhereelse.fr’s Steve Hemmerstoffer, has today shared an image of what he claims is a rough render of what the backside of an upcoming LG Nexus will look like. He hasn’t provided any information on any details or specifications of the phone, however. We can assume that the top hole is where the main camera sensor will be, and the square gap to the left of that is likely to be where flash and perhaps a laser autofocus module will be located. We know that Google is adding standard support for fingerprint sensors in Android M, so the second hole could…
  • StubHub Android app adds Uber integration for requesting rides to events

    Jordan Kahn
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    StubHub is rolling out an updated version of its Android app today that adds integration with Uber for requesting rides to events. With the udpated app, users can now request a vehicle directly from within the app when purchasing event tickets or setup a reminder to do so for an upcoming event. Once you’ve booked a ride with Uber, StubHub automatically provides the location of the event venue to the driver: After completing a ticket purchase on StubHub, fans will now be able to set a reminder to arrange transportation through Uber when the event is imminent. Users who purchase tickets…
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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 is now on sale in Hong Kong

    Marc
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Tab S2 9.7 announced last week, has finally has finally made its debut in Hong Kong and Taiwan today. According to the Korean manufacturer, the Galaxy Tab S2 series is so far the company’s thinnest and lightest tablets ever produced. Apart from their differences in sizes and battery capacity, both tablets share the same specs sheet with each other. Of course, the Tab S2 8.0 will come with a smaller battery capacity at 4,000mAh while the Tab S2 9.7 with a 5,870mAh capacity instead. Other key features for these two tablets include a Eynos 5433 SoC, 3GB of RAM,…
  • Huawei Honor 7 to arrive in the UK on August 27

    Marc
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Back in June this year, Huawei unveiled their latest Honor 7 flagship back in China and is so far only available for purchase in their home country. Today, reports have confirmed that the device will be launched in UK during an official event held on August 27 next month. Of course, the handset is also expected to be up for grabs starting from the next day as well. As far as we know, UK is the first in Europe to have the availability details of this much anticipated device right now. The post Huawei Honor 7 to arrive in the UK on August 27 appeared first on .
  • How to root Ulefone Power in less than an hour

    Marc
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:59 am
    The Ulefone Power is the latest affordable high-end smartphone released by Chinese manufacturer Ulefone back in July this year. The Ulefone Power rocks a decent 5.5″ FHD display powered by a 1.5GHz 8-cores SoC along with 3GB of RAM. However, the main attraction for this device is none other than its 6,020mAh battery at the back – the biggest battery capacity among all smartphones so far. Like most other Android smartphone, we can root Ulefone Power rather easily as well. In the following tutorial, I will be guiding you guys on how to root Ulefone Power using the root genius…
  • Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event has been set on August 13

    Steve Cox
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Samsung has officially announced their next Galaxy Unpacked Event which is set for August 13 at Lincoln Center in New York. For those who aren’t be able to attend the event, the Korean company will also have it streamed live on Youtube as well. Although there is no news on which handset will be launched during the event, there are rumors suggesting that it is most likely the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or the Galaxy Note 5 which has been making its presence around the web quite recently. Do share with us if you’re interested in either of this devices! The post Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event…
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 is now available in Europe

    Steve Cox
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    The Samsung Galaxy J5 which was announced last month is finally up for grabs in the European region. Right now, the device is available via Orange in Germany at an affordable price tag of €235. Similarly, the Galaxy J5 has also made its debut on the German-based Samsung website earlier today. In case you do not know, the Galaxy J5 comes with a 5″ HD display powered by a Snapdragon 410 SoC along with a 1.5GB RAM and 8GB expandable storage. Camera-wise, the device rocks a 13MP main shooter as well as a 5MP front-facing camera completed with a 2,600mAh battery as well as Anroid 5.0…
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  • Best iPhone 6s cases with free shipping in future on Gearbest

    Chirag Kwatra
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:09 am
    Gearbest the top e-Commerce website unveiled the new Iphone 6s cases with free shipping. You can buy this product in only $3.96. Gearbest has more products in New gadgets, Best selling gadgets and more categories. The main features of “New Fluorescent Series Transparent Plastic Back Case Cover of Leopard Print Pattern for iPhone 5 5S” is Transparent plastic back cover case for protecting your cellphone from scratches, Novel and stylish fluorescent design, offering your cellphone a fresh looking, Unique design allows easy access to all buttons, controls and ports without…
  • Amazing coupon deal with CouponRani: Enjoy Unbeatable Discounts Online

    Chirag Kwatra
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    Every one of us looks for maximum discounts whenever we make a purchase. That is why EOSS, BOGO and other similar offers and sales tempt us shop more. Online shopping has become the favorite mode of shopping as we are able to save more each time we do shopping. Moreover, we can do all our shopping with just a few clicks as well. There are plenty of online stores that provide us with ample products from top notch brands at the lowest assured rates. So, why to go offline purchases when we get better goods which can be even replaced? Use of coupons, discount vouchers, promo codes etc can get you…
  • GTA 5 DLC: Stunt Races and Lamar Heist Missions for story mode revealed

    Chirag Kwatra
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    According to a recent tweet from TezFunz, the Stunt Races are likely to be added into the game with the release of San Andreas Stunt School DLC, as the placeholders are already present in the game files. GTA 5 DLC: Stunt Races and Lamar Heist Missions for story mode revealed. The famous YouTuber DomisLive (aka Dom) has revealed new and unique details the highly-rumoured Stunt Races in the game as hinted by prolific GTA 5 tipster, Funmw2 (aka TezFunz) via Twitter. Dom suggests that Rockstar could repeat the same strategy that it did with the Flight School update by introducing a whole new…
  • Real Cars Are Still Scarier Than GTA V’s

    Chirag Kwatra
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Real Cars Are Still Scarier Than GTA V’s : Videos I’m afraid of cars. The real ones, I mean. And not in some vague, existential way that makes me fear for the future of planet earth’s ecosystem or wonder what it is about human nature that compels us to fetishise giant pieces of machinery that hurl us through space with a speed and imprecision that proves deadly far too often. The simple prospect of being inside a moving car — let alone being the one responsible for its movement — is what scares me. Driving on a highway is practically unfathomable. Like any quirk or paranoia,…
  • 7 Google Map Games

    Chirag Kwatra
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    In this April Fool days, Google launches new PAC-MAN games in Google Map for play. Not this only even 6 more games are available in Google’s new program system. Although this Pac-Man experience is now sadly defunct, people have been building games around Google Maps for years: trivia games, hidden object games, shooting games, building games, driving games, and even survival games. We’ve picked out seven interactive cartography games that you can play for free in your browser, on the streets of nearly any city in the world. Google Sheep View Think of it as a version of “I…
 
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