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New Google Earth is out but it’s not existing for mapping professionals

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geo news google google earth

Today Google released a new version of Google Earth (version 9). Unfortunately, it’s not a new standalone desktop app. This version is again designed to run in a Web browser (limited to Chrome). There is also a new Android app (and iOS coming soon). The new version features a couple of cool improvements including destination discovery, knowledge […]

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Creating a Custom Widget for Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS using the Report Class

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  app developers apps arcgis api for javascript arcgis developer blog arcgis developer community

This blog post was contributed by Artemis Fili, a Technical Lead (SDK Team) in Technical Support Services at the Esri Redlands, CA office. Esri Technical Support likes to use Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS to create powerful web applications. Web AppBuilder … Continue reading


Why is China messing with our GPS coordinates?

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  china featured gnss google maps gps

If you ever get ‘Little Red Riding Hood, a big bad wolf may eat you’ kind of lost in China, the last thing you want to use is Google Maps (through a VPN because it is banned in the country anyway!). The navigation tool that more than a billion people rely on every month to […]

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The 74 on Boston Schools and the Peters Map

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cartography education gall-peters projection map projections mercator

Education news website The 74 has its own coverage of the Boston schools/Peters map controversy (is it safe to call it a controversy?), with extensive quotes from Matthew Edney, who does not mince words. (Comparing both projections to Comic Sans? Ouch.) [Caitlin Dempsey] Previously: More on Boston Schools and the Peters Map; The Peters Map Is Fighting the Last War; The … Continue reading "The 74 on Boston Schools and the Peters Map"


How Many Fake Business Listings Are There on Google Maps?

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  crime fraud google maps industry spam

Bogus business listings on Google Maps have been a thing for a while; a new research paper, authored by researchers at Google and the University of San Diego, tries to quantify the scale and scope of the problem. The New Scientist reports: To analyse the scope of this abuse, the group looked at over 100,000 listings that … Continue reading "How Many Fake Business Listings Are There on Google Maps?"


Travel Times in Helsinki

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cities finland helsinki isochrone maps web mapping

Lauri Vanhala wanted to figure out the best place to buy an apartment in Helsinki, so he built an interactive sort-of-isochrone map of the city. He explains: “I calculated the travel time from every address to every other address in Helsinki around 7:30-8:00am (about 30 billion searches total!). Then I calculated the (weighted) average travel … Continue reading "Travel Times in Helsinki"


Iceberg Finder

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  canada icebergs labrador nautical newfoundland

Iceberg Finder tracks icebergs around Newfoundland and Labrador, based on satellite imagery and on-the-ground (so to speak) reporting. It’s a project of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, which suggests that the bergs are seen more as tourist attractions than hazards to navigation.


Maps of Delhi

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps books cities delhi india

Pilar Maria Guerrieri’s Maps of Delhi, a collection of 66 maps from the 19th century to the present day, comes out from Niyogi Books in August. Nevertheless, the wire service IANS has an article about it now: it reveals how the book came about because the author wished it had been available when she began working on her doctorate. … Continue reading "Maps of Delhi"


Map Art Exhibition in Mumbai

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art exhibitions india mumbai

An exhibition of map-related art is taking place at the Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai, India. Curated by Meera Menezes, Here Be Dragons and Other Coded Landscapes features works by 11 artists; it runs until 31 May. More from the Hindustan Times. [Caitlin Dempsey]


Remember where you’ve been and what you’ve done with Your Timeline on iOS

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

What was the name of that antique store I popped into the other day? Where was that coffee shop we discovered on our last vacation? Did I drop off the dry cleaning on Tuesday or Wednesday? Answering questions like these used to take some guesswork (and a great memory). But with Your Timeline on Google Maps, Android and desktop users could quickly revisit the things they’ve done and places they’ve been. Starting today, Google Maps users on iOS can join in on the fun and see a daily snapshot of their life as well.

More control and customization

We’ve added more ways for you to control the information that appears in Your Timeline. You can easily edit any location so you can ensure the info is as accurate as possible. You can also delete a day, a date range, or your full history at any time. In addition, we’ve added a variety of activity types so you can customize your modes of transportation and activities—from surfing to snowshoeing to horseback riding.


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Easier access to Your Timeline

You can now quickly access Your Timeline from the place cards of locations or businesses you’ve previously visited. So if you went to Point Reyes National Seashore a few days ago, the dates of your past visits will appear on the place card (only visible to you). From there you can tap directly into Your Timeline to get the dates and details of your visits and rediscover the experience.


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A monthly recap of places and activities

Sometimes you need a reminder to stop and smell the roses. So you can now receive monthly emails summarizing the cities, countries, and places you’ve visited––all in one place. To manage these email settings, open the settings tab from Your Timeline, and toggle “Timeline emails” on or off.


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Whether you use Your Timeline to remember your last vacation or what you did last weekend, it’s a useful way to see your life on the map and recall the places you went and activities you enjoyed on any given day, month or year.