Desperate for Some Midday Shut-Eye? Google Naps Has You Covered

It happens to the best of us: You stayed up late getting down on a Tuesday night (read: re-watching True Detective and eating Seamless until 5am), and come Wednesday, you can barely keep your eyes open. Desk napping is far too risky, so what's a comatose professional-about-town to do? Why, pull up Google Naps, of… » 4/06/14 5:00pm 4/06/14 5:00pm

Google Maps Stays Neutral By Only Showing Your Side in Border Disputes

Border disputes are still going on in a bunch of places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world's favorite online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing you … » 4/02/14 2:40pm 4/02/14 2:40pm

Now You Can Help Search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

The Boeing 777 that seemed to disappear into thin air last weekend has still not been found after five days of search and rescue. Now a crowdsourcing company has started a campaign where anyone can pore over satellite images to find traces of Flight 370 or its 239 passengers. » 3/12/14 1:00pm 3/12/14 1:00pm

It's Ridiculously Easy to Troll Google Maps With Fake Listings

Trust the listings you find on Google Maps? You shouldn't, because it's dumb easy to fake them. That's what Google Maps exploiter Bryan Seely demonstrated for me this morning. And while trolling politicians with dick jokes is never not funny, there's also a whole sub-community of scammers turning Google Map's little… » 2/26/14 1:23pm 2/26/14 1:23pm

PSA: Your Phone Logs Everywhere You Go. Here's How to Turn It Off

You probably know your phone can pinpoint your location for GPS, local search, or the weather. Hopefully, you also know that means your phone keeps track of everywhere you go, all the time. Don't be alarmed—it's the trade you make for the features you get. If it makes you uncomfortable, here's how to opt-out. » 12/19/13 8:58am 12/19/13 8:58am

Insane Seattle Bus Crash Captured On Google Street View

Google Street View: Is there anything it can't do? If it's not taking us inside Doctor Who's TARDIS or various automotive museums, it's catching the immediate aftermath of breathtaking charter bus accidents in Seattle. » 12/09/13 3:53pm 12/09/13 3:53pm

You Can Visit 44 National Parks From the Comfort of Google Street View

Want to see Old Faithful in all its glory but don't have the time to actually get there? You can at least visit from the safety and convenience of your own computer because Google has mapped more than 44 different U.S. and Canadian National Parks and monuments. » 11/20/13 11:00am 11/20/13 11:00am

You Don't Have to Enlist to Tour a 50-Year-Old Sub on Street View

Google Street View is slowly becoming the window to a world that most of us may never get to see in real life. And if you've already explored every last nook and cranny of CERN's Large Hadron Collider via Street View, you can now head on over to the UK and poke around the retired HMS Ocelot; a 50 year old retired… » 11/04/13 9:20am 11/04/13 9:20am

How a Lost Boy Used Google Earth to Find His Way Home After 25 Years

Last year, we heard the amazing story of Saroo Brierley, the Indian "lost child" who used Google Earth to find his way home after 25 years. This stirring video produced by Google features Brierley telling the story in his own words. It's pretty crushing. » 10/16/13 9:30am 10/16/13 9:30am

You Can Now Explore the Large Hadron Collider on Street View

Google Street View is a great way to explore parts of the world you've never visited. And thanks to Google's European team, it's now one of the easiest ways to explore a facility you're not exactly allowed to just stroll through whenever you want. Google's panoramic cameras were given access to CERN's Large Hadron… » 9/26/13 9:11am 9/26/13 9:11am

GTA 5 Map Compared to the Google Maps of Major Cities

After the enormous map for Grand Theft Auto V leaked online, the Internet has had a ball geeking out on the render of Los Santos and Blaine Counties. The geography is based on the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but to give you an idea for how big the city really is in real life , Reddit user fakeitlikeyoumakeit » 9/12/13 11:14am 9/12/13 11:14am

You Can Now Explore the Galapagos Islands With Google Street View

The Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, and it was key in Charles Darwin's findings in forming the the scientific argument of evolution. You may never get to travel to the volcanic archipelago in person, but now thanks to Google, you can explore it through 360-degree imagery on Street View. » 9/12/13 10:22am 9/12/13 10:22am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Maps Master

The Maps Wars are on in earnest—with Apple Maps now finding its feet after a shaky start, and Bing Maps forming an integral part of Windows Phone, Google Maps can't afford to stand still. A recent overhaul brought bringing more customization options, extra features and a brand new look. Here are 10 useful tips and… » 8/31/13 11:00am 8/31/13 11:00am

Unbelievable Google Street View Captures a Space Shuttle Flyover

When Google's army of Street View vehicles takes to the streets, there's no telling what those wandering eyes will see. Still it's hard to believe that a Google Street View camera captured a space shuttle flying over the New Jersey Turnpike towards New York City. » 8/28/13 6:28pm 8/28/13 6:28pm