The end of the paper map

The enchanted era of geographic gaffes is coming to an end.

Tens of millions of iPhone users last week found that they could suddenly leave their homes again without getting either lost or cross. Google was finally able to release an app containing its own mapping system. Google Maps had been sorely missed for several months, ever since Apple booted it in favor of the company’s own inadequate alternative—a cartographic dud blamed for everything from deleting Shakespeare’s birthplace to stranding Australian travelers in a desolate national park 43 miles away from their actual destination. As one Twitter wag declared: “I wouldn’t trade my Apple Maps for all the tea in Cuba.”



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Google Maps mapping the indoors


Two questions that cartographers, and Google Maps, strive to answer are “Where am I?” and “What’s around me?.”  With Google Maps’ “My Location” feature, which shows your location as a blue dot, you can see where you are on the map to avoid walking the wrong direction on city streets, or to get your bearings if you’re hiking an unfamiliar trail. Google Maps also displays additional details, such as places, landmarks and geographical features, to give you context about what’s nearby. And now, Google Maps for Android enables you to figure out where you are and see where you might want to go when you’re indoors.


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Amazing maps show where Twitter and Flickr are used around the world

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Europe and North America are the brightest spots, indicating the most concentrated use of Twitter and Flickr.

Last year photographer Eric Fischer turned a lot of heads with his Flickr set that used the site’s geotags to map various cities. Now he has posted a new set on his Flickr stream that illustrates where in the United States, Europe, and the world people tend to use Twitter, and where they tend to use Flickr.  (Pics)


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Maps: Google vs. Bing vs. Yahoo

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Mapping Comparisons

Justin O’Beirne takes a close look at the most popular online map sites to try and figure out just why Google Maps is more readable. It comes down to the finest of details: Google adds white outlines to city names that are just thick enough to conceal what is behind the text, has a finely-tuned contextual hierarchy of type sizes, and a carefully selected color scheme…

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Women are Better Navigators Than Men According to Researchers

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Women are good at recalling routes.

Men might be good at reading maps, but when it comes to recalling routes, it’s the ladies who walk away with crown, according to a new study.  According to the research, women can be better navigators than men if they have visited a place before.

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Will Google Be Adding ‘Store View’ Walkthroughs To Google Maps?


Google Store View?

New York retailer Oh Nuts experienced an odd thing the other day: a Google photographer came in and took pictures of the entire store in all directions, stopping every 6 feet. Sounds a lot like Google Street View, except inside a retail esteblishment.


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ROAMS Robot – Making 3D Maps on the Move


ROAMS Robot uses off-the-shelf components to build 3D maps of an area

At a robotics conference, a vehicle called ROAMS demonstrated a cheap approach to mobile map-making. 

ROAMS (Remotely Operated and Autonomous Mapping System) was created by researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, with funding from the U.S. Army. It uses several existing mapping technologies to build 3D color maps of its surroundings, and it was demonstrated at the 2009 IEEE conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications in Woburn, MA last week.


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‘Hyperspectral Remote Sensor’ Can Spot Natural And Man-Made Disasters

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An omniscient eye in the sky can spot natural and man-made disasters, give advance warning about forest fires, water contamination or an oil slick.  A new Tel Aviv University (TAU) technology combines sophisticated sensors in orbit with ground based sensors to create a “Hyperspectral Remote Sensor” (HRS).

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