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You Can Explore The Colorado River In Google Street View

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Some lucky Google employees (in partnership with American Rivers) have spent some time going down the Colorado river with their imaging equipment, this much is clear. Because it seems that you can now explore the famous waterway in all its glory from the comfort of your home. No need to spend on pricey helicopter tours, or even getting a single drop of water on your nature-averse body. Click, point, and pan all you want folks, the river that carved the Grand Canyon awaits your 21st century explorer spirit.

[ Colorado River Street View ] AND [ Google Blog Post ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Map², The Folding Zoomable Paper Map, Expands To Other Cities

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We covered Map² over 3 years ago, and now they’re back in the news because they’ve expanded beyond London, with New York in the pipeline. The product is a good old paper map, like they used to make in the days before smartphones and like they still (unbelievably) make sometimes. Although this one’s got a twist: it’s divided into four quadrants that can unfold to reveal a larger, zoomed in version of that particular section. This is great if you want to start off by getting a general sense of where you’re heading, then narrow it down once you’re close. The fact that it’s folding makes it easy to pocket, and since it’s paper paper (you know, from dead trees), there’s no need for any type of cellular connection to make it work. Travellers weary of signing up for a potentially very expensive data plan while abroad will surely appreciate Map². After New York is finalized, there are plans for Berlin as well as a bunch of others. But it starts with NYC, and for a roughly $12 pledge, you can get your own.

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Woman Discovers Her Fiance’s Cheating Ways…On Russian Google Maps

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Discovering that your significant other is messing around with someone else behind your back sucks. The silver lining is that at least you found out about it now rather than later. In Marina Voinova’s case, it was her fiance (now ex-fiance) who did some canoodling with some unknown, random chick. What makes her case different is that she didn’t find out by snooping around or walking in on them or something.

Instead, she found out on the Russian version of Google Maps called Yandex Maps.

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iOS 6 Sees 29% Surge After The Release Of Google Maps

It was just last week that we were reporting on the return of Google Maps to the Apple App Store. In the article, we mentioned that a lot of people were still living with iOS 5 because of the absence of Google’s mapping solution on iOS 6. But few people had idea idea just how many people were in that boat! According to research by mobile ad company MoPub, in the five days following the release of the application, they saw a 29% increase in iOS 6 users, which they attribute to Google’s Maps being available again.

This is not entirely surprising: it was reported earlier that Google Maps was downloaded 10 million times in the first 48 hours. This is, we suspect, much to Apple’s chagrin.

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Finally: Google Maps To Return To iOS!

The horse is dead and been beaten into a pulp, we know: Apple’s Maps application is awful. It was just two days ago that we were reporting on one of its more “entertaining” failings. It’s been all the more frustrating due to the continued absence of the reigning king, Google Maps, from iOS 6. That’s about to change, apparently. AllThingD is reporting that Google Maps is to be released tonight. Finally!

Google’s mapping service had been prevented from being distributed on Apple’s platform due mainly to Google’s refusal to provide turn-by-turn voice directions on iOS devices. The search giant argued that it had invested massive sums gathering this data and wanted to provide this to Android, its own competing mobile platform. Apple balked, and went with its own, half-baked, replacement. Three months down the road, it is apparently capitulating, although the Cupertino company’s much maligned application will still be available and un-deletable on all its devices. That’s fine. We know of several people still living with iOS 5 because they didn’t want to live with Apple maps, and they’ll soon be able to update. As long as AllThingsD is right, of course, though they tend to know what they’re talking about.

[ AllThingsD ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Apple Fixes “Life-Threatening” Bug, But Could There Be More?

Apple Maps, found in all iOS 6 devices, is quite probably the company’s most infamous failure to date. It’s been plagued with glitches, bugs and general design flaws from the get go. The latest, perhaps most embarrassing hiccup comes courtesy of a few unfortunate motorists in Australia who got stranded while looking for the town of Mildura. It turns out that Apple Maps gave them a location in the middle of the desert, some 44 miles away from the actual coordinates. To be more specific, the Australian Murray-Sunset National Park in the middle of summer is a hot, and inhospitable place; perhaps worst of all, the erroneous location of Mildura was in a zone absent of cellular coverage. Some motorists got there, presumably ran out of gas, and were unable to either call for help or drive away. In some cases, they were stranded for 24 hours. Sure enough, the police got in touch with the Cupertino giant to inform them of the potentially life-threatening situation, and the latest information is that the glitch has been fixed. Great.

But the damage and loss of trust in Apple’s product remains. What if there are other such “bugs”? Of course there are those who argue that one shouldn’t rely on GPS alone and we should use common sense. But in a situation like this, one that didn’t involve driving off road, are the motorists really to blame?

Apple’s stock has been mostly stagnant since April and a string of high profile layoffs makes one wonder if this could be the start of the world’s most valuable company’s decline, or just a regular bump on the road.

VIA [ CultOfMac ]

This Is The One Thing Apple Maps Does Better Than Google Maps

Apple’s Maps application is garbage. Haha. We sure like to beat a dead horse, on the Internets, but we do it because some things stay funny even when they’re not. That is, they’re funny until someone makes a left turn off a bridge… But to be perfectly honest, the Maps application from Apple is very pretty and does at least one thing better than Google’s: it is much more data efficient. This means that you’ll use up to 7 times less data on it for the same actions on the other one. From the folks at Onavo:

Our data experts performed an identical series of activities on Google Maps and Apple Maps that included searching for several US cities, addresses and airports and zooming in and out to locate specific locations. On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB. Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.

Why the difference? Mostly because the Apple Maps app uses vector graphics that can resize infinitely without having to reload any new data. But if you’re on a limited data plan and need to use this application a lot, we suppose that it’s some kind of silver lining.

[ Full Analysis ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]