Google Earth Gets a Seamless Upgrade

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One drawback from Google Earth has always been that if you pull the view back far enough, the terrain begins to look like a scene from Minecraft. Well, no longer! With the version 6.2 update, Google Earth looks even more like the real thing.

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Google Earth's imagery is built from an amalagamation of satellite and aerial shots taken under various conditions and stitched together. This results in the "patchy" long-range view. With version 6.2, Google has introduced a new smoothing algorithm that will normalize the various individual pictures and eliminate the seams. In additon, Google Earth now features a drop-down menu that allows you to share your armchair adventures with people in your Google+ circles. [Google Blog via Electronista]

DISCUSSION

It's funny because just today I was thinking to myself, "Google Earth needs an update" but this isn't what I wanted... I want it to have the same walking/public transportation directions that Google Maps has. How hard can that be?