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Make your own turkey trot with Google Maps

Every Thanksgiving, before I settle into the couch to watch football or load my plate with multiple servings of stuffing, there’s another tradition I have to accomplish first: a turkey trot. If you don’t already know, a turkey trot is a Thanksgiving Day run. It’s usually a casual way to log a few miles before sitting down for the big meal. There are lots of community-led, organized Turkey Trots, but plenty of people do them casually as well. I’ve done them with running clubs, alongside family an...
Tags: Google, Maps, Molly, Turkey, Google Maps


Nicaragua is the most triangular country in the world

Sierra Leone is the world's roundest country and Egypt the squarest. But you knew that.Bet you didn't know which is the world's most triangle-shaped country.That is until now, because someone's figured out that it's... Nicaragua! Circles, squares and triangles So you like triangles. And you know how to hold a tune. Then, like Alt-J, you could write a song about how "triangles are (your) favorite shape". But what if you're left-brained rather than right-brained, and prefer maps and maths over no...
Tags: Maps, Mexico, Turkey, United States, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Innovation, Vatican, South America, Alps, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Laos, Geography, Lesotho, Tom


Rachel Malarich is planting a better future, tree by tree

Everyone has a tree story, Rachel Malarich says—and one of hers takes place on the limbs of a eucalyptus tree. Rachel and her cousins spent summers in central California climbing the 100-foot tall trees and hanging out between the waxy blue leaves—an experience she remembers as awe-inspiring. Now, as Los Angeles first-ever City Forest Officer, Rachel’s work is shaping the tree stories that Angelenos will tell. “I want our communities to go to public spaces and feel that sense of awe,” she says. ...
Tags: Google, Maps, California, La, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Google Earth, Ai, Rachel, City of Los Angeles, Alicia Cormie, Rachel Malarich


Creating new tree shade with the power of AI and aerial imagery

Most of us have heard the timeless proverb, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Worldwide, there is growing discussion in cities about planting more trees as policymakers and neighbors look to increase shade on warming city streets.Extreme temperatures are becoming more common in cities where concrete and infrastructure are now creating heat islands—areas that experience higher temperatures, leading to poor air quality, dehydration and other public heal...
Tags: Google, Maps, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Google Earth, Eric Garcetti, Google Earth Engine, Rachel Malarich, Nicole LombardoRuth Alcantara


Google Maps: your holiday sidekick

The holiday season is starting—which means time with friends, family, and lots of food. And though festivities may be a bit different this year, there are still creative, safe ways to celebrate and stay connected. No matter what you have in store for the holidays, these Google Maps tips can help you stay informed, stay connected and save time. Stay informed even while running holiday errands and traveling 1. Check out how busy a place is:Popular times and live busyness information can tell y...
Tags: Google, Maps, Google Maps, Google Maps Google, COVID-19, Holly Day


Google Maps updates to get you through the holidays

This year, we’ve made it easier to find information that helps you stay safe, up-to-date, and connected. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve added nearly 250 new features and improvements to Google Maps to help you adapt to this new normal—from live busyness information for millions of places, to the ability to easily see critical health and safety information at a glance. And we’re continuing to invest in ways to keep information in Maps fresh, with over 50 million updates made to the map ea...
Tags: Google, Maps, India, Google Maps, United States Canada, Google Maps Google, Dane Glasgow, COVID-19, Germany Australia Brazil, YouTube Music Spotify Google


Actually, New York is half socialist already

As this 1895 map proves, the political argument about socialism in the United States is not new at all.The map makes the point that socialism isn't foreign or alien, but as American as the pavements (and parks) of New York.It shows 'concrete socialism' in red, and 'private enterprises' in white - each make up about half of the city. A dirty word Socialism is a dirty word in American politics. For many, it stands for heavy-handed government intervention. It is the enemy of individual freedom. I...
Tags: Maps, Politics, England, New York, New York City, America, Harvard, United States, Socialism, Innovation, Oxford, Denmark, Venezuela, Baltimore, Public Spaces, Strategic Petroleum Reserve


Tips for holiday travel and beyond

While many people will celebrate the holidays at home this year, 40 percent of Americans are still planning to travel. Here are a few ways Google can help you make informed travel decisions or revisit trips from holidays past.Stay up to date on the latest travel informationWhen you search on Google for information about hotels, flights or things to do, check to see if there’s a COVID-19 travel advisory or restriction for your destination. If there are no restrictions, you can see indicators for ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Photos, Maps, Google Maps, Yellowstone, Pacific Coast, Google My Business, Richard Holden, COVID-19


A new iOS 14 feature allows you to check for speed and red-light cameras on iPhone Maps — here's what you need to know

Apple's Maps app for iPhone can now notifies drivers when red-light and speed cameras are approaching. NurPhoto/Getty Images Apple has announced that Apple Maps for iPhone will now include warnings about speed cameras and traffic cams as part of the iOS 14 update.  Cameras will automatically appear on the Maps app's navigation screen, alerting drivers to speed and red‑light cameras as well as potential slowdowns. Apple Maps' speed camera tool is automatically enabled but, at present, o...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Maps, UK, US, Trends, Siri, Ireland, Reddit, Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, United States United Kingdom, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Navigation Apps


A normal tourist map, "but everything is negative"

Your standard tourist map is irrepressibly positive about its location—but not this one.Norwegian activist/artist Markus Moestue reveals the dark and shameful sides of Oslo.He hopes his 'Critical Tourist Map' will inspire others to reveal the dark side of their cities. "Only negative stuff about Oslo" Tourism is a conspiracy of euphemisms. Visitors only want to see the best parts of the places they visit. And the places they visit only want to show them their nicest bits. But now, Norwegian...
Tags: Maps, Activism, Prison, Iraq, Africa, Immigration, Sustainability, History, War, Earth, Afghanistan, Terrorism, Innovation, Serbia, Amnesty International, Libya


40,000 Early Modern Maps Are Now Freely Available Online (Courtesy of the British Library)

Most of us do not, today, live in desperate need of maps. On the internet we can easily find not only the current maps we need to navigate most any territory on Earth, but also an increasing proportion of all the maps made before as well. You can find the latter in places like the David Rumsey Map Collection, which, as we wrote last year here on Open Culture, now boasts 91,000 historic maps free to download.  It will surely add even more, as humanity seems to have only just begun digitizing its...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Maps, London, Instagram, College, New York City, History, Earth, Britain, University Of Chicago, Flickr, Seoul, British Library, King, Lascaux


Documentary on NYC's new real-time interactive subway map

"The Map" looks at the history of the famed MTA subway map in New York City and describes their process in creating a live map that shows train locations, temporary reroutes, and other real-time updates. I was very pleased to see the clip from The Warriors, because that is what I think of when I ponder Massimo Vignelli's amazing and controversial 1972 design. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Maps, Design, News, New York City, Transit, Mta, Massimo Vignelli


Your Phone's Navigation App is Probably Smarter Than You Think

You probably use your smartphone to get from point A to point B, but have you fully explored all the features and options available along the way? Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze all have navigation modes that are smarter and more versatile than you might have realized. From changing direction mid-route to avoiding…Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Maps, Science, Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, Navigation


Cryptid world map

CashNet posted a weirdly wonderful map of popular local monsters from all around the globe. I have no idea why this was the sort of content that someone felt the need to make for a website about financial planning, but it happened. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Maps, News, Sasquatch, Cartography, Dragons, Chupacabra, Fantasy Cartography, Cryptids, Cashnet, Delightful Cryptids


End gerrymandering? Here’s a radical solution

Slicing up the country in 10 strips of equal population produces two bizarre maps.Seattle is the biggest city in the emptiest longitudinal band, San Antonio rules the largest north-south slice.Curiously, six cities are the 'capitals' of both their horizontal and vertical deciles. Sweeping re-alignments One way for a political party to manipulate the outcome of elections is to 'gerrymander' electoral districts: manipulate their boundaries to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome (see ...
Tags: Europe, Florida, Maps, California, Democracy, France, Government, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, History, Chicago, Vienna, Atlantic, United States


An update on our efforts to help Americans navigate COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges and emphasized how important it is for each of us to do our part to help find solutions. I’m sharing an update here on how Google is contributing to keep people safe and helping to get American businesses back up and running. Contributing to economic recovery efforts As I’ve written earlier, to help small businesses gain easier access to badly-needed capital, we founded the $170 million Grow with Google Small Business Fund alongside ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Maps, Small Business, Search, Google Maps, Illinois, Google.org, Ruth Porat, Google Cloud, Opportunity Finance Network, Papi, Grow With Google, COVID-19, COVID, New Jersey Office of Innovation


Finland is the 'most sustainable' country, say expats

How 'green' is life in your work country?That's the question InterNations asked its network of expats.The United States ended 30th out of 60 countries. InterNations, the world's largest expat network, has delivered a global ranking with a twist. For the first time, it's asked its members to rate the environmental and sustainability qualities of their work countries. The best country for a sustainable life abroad: Finland. The worst: India. The U.S. lands exactly in the middle, at #30.The ranki...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Europe, Maps, UK, London, Sweden, Greece, Indonesia, Australia, France, China, Germany, Russia, Singapore, India


Housebound? This map lets you travel through time

If you love travelling, a pandemic like this is not the greatest of times.But here's a way to go somewhere else without even leaving the house.This interactive tool lets you travel up to 750 million years back in time. Travels in the fourth dimension Berlin in deep time. Left to right: in the Neocene Period (20 million years ago), Berlin is on a vast plain that includes what would become the Baltic Sea; in the Devonian (400 million years ago), it's on the southern edge of a turtle-shaped cont...
Tags: Maps, Berlin, New York City, Time, Earth, Morocco, Geology, Innovation, Time Travel, Baltic Sea, Long Island, Time Machine, Ian, Southern Africa, Pangaea, H G Wells


Stay informed and get around safely with Google Maps

People turn to Google Maps for accurate, fresh information about what’s going on in the world—especially so during the pandemic. Activities like picking up something from the store, going for a walk, or grabbing a bite to eat now require a significant amount of planning and preparation. At any given time, you may be thinking: “Does the place I’m headed to have enough room for social distancing?” or “What safety precautions are being taken at my destination?”Today, as part of our Search On event,...
Tags: Maps, Google Maps, Dane Glasgow, COVID-19


The Navajo Nation addresses its residents with Plus Codes

At the Navajo Nation Division of Community Development, we have a total IT staff of two. There are many challenges the Navajo Nation faces, and many of them are at the community level, and I work to find technical solutions to help solve some of these challenges. For example, we’re facing a potential undercount in this year’s Census due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so I’m helping to provide statistical information and making that information easy to access for members of the community, too. A few y...
Tags: Google, Maps, Navajo Nation, Google Maps, Navajo, Diversity and Inclusion, Rural Utah Project, Norbert Nez, Navajo Nation Division of Community Development


The horror of the air war, in one stark map

Despite Göring's assurances they wouldn't get through, Allied bombers rained destruction on Germany in World War II.This 1947 map takes stock of the devastation: Berlin and Hamburg half destroyed, some smaller cities wiped out.The history of the air war over Germany is a chilling reminder of the peculiar horror of mechanized warfare. Demoralising the enemy "If just one English bomber reaches the Ruhr, my name is no longer Hermann Göring, but Hermann Meier," the Luftwaffe commander boasted in Au...
Tags: Europe, Maps, London, Germany, Berlin, History, War, Cologne, Britain, Royal Air Force, Innovation, Raf, Hitler, Richard Harris, Coventry, Usaf


Ask a Techspert: How do satellite images work?

When flying, I am firmly a window seat person. (And I can’t wait to start flying again… or at least get out of my apartment.) Not because I’m annoyed by the beverage cart hitting my elbows (though I am), or because I like to blankly stare out at the endless sky (which I do), but because I enjoy looking down at the streets, buildings and skyline of my destination as we land. It’s thrilling to watch cars move, see skyscrapers cast shadows on the street or check out the reflection of the sun in a b...
Tags: Google, Maps, London, Google Earth, Seattle, Matt, Ask a Techspert, Peter Schottenfels, Matt Manolides Matt, Lake Sammamish Washington


GPS Tracking Reveals the Secret Lives of Outdoor Cats

We track sharks, rhino, and bears, so why not Boo Boo Kitty, Peanut, and Pumpkin? The Long Island feline residents volunteered—or more accurately, were volunteered—by their human companions to participate in a domestic cat movement study as part of the international Cat Tracker project. Each beast was outfitted with a GPS tracker-enhanced harness, which they wore for a week. (Many cat owners will find that alone something of an achievement.) In total, almost a thousand households in ...
Tags: Google, Maps, UK, Science, Technology, College, US, Data, Nature, K-12, New Zealand, Long Island, Facebook Twitter, United States Australia, Roland Kays, Secret Lives of Outdoor Cats


How we're supporting climate action in European cities

Climate action can have the biggest impact in cities, which are responsible for 70 percent of the world's CO₂ emissions. That’s why we committed to helping more than 500 cities reduce 1 gigaton of carbon emissions annually by 2030 as part of our ambitious plan for climate action. To help reach that goal, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, with grant support from Google.org, is funding six projects. The projects will use actionable data to test new strategies that can reduce emissions an...
Tags: Google, Europe, Maps, Berlin, Sustainability, Greater Manchester, Google Earth, City Council, Copenhagen, Latin America, Nantes, Paris France, Birmingham England, Loire, Google in Europe, Rowan Barnett


A new sense of direction with Live View

Live View in Google Maps helps you keep your bearings so you can find your way around. With new ways to use Live View, we're making it even easier to orient yourself in the world whether you’re walking around, leaving a public transit station or meeting up with friends. We launched Live View last year, and since then it’s helped people get around efficiently–especially during the pandemic, when getting from place to place as directly as possible is top of mind. Thanks to augmented reality (AR), ...
Tags: Maps, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Google Maps, Empire State Building, Mirko Ranieri


How we’re giving everyone, everywhere an address

We’ve gone behind the scenes to look at how we map the world, use imagery to capture the meaningful details around us, and all the ways contributed content and AI make Google Maps a more helpful tool—from planning your trip to deciding where to go.Today, we’ll dive into how we are working to make sure everyone in the world has access to an address using our free, open-source digital address-making system called Plus Codes.Addresses help us find people and places, and they help people and things ...
Tags: Google, Maps, India, United States, Brazil, Johannesburg, Google Maps, Sao Paulo, David Martin, Sao Paulo Brazil, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Plus Codes, Maps 101, Google Johannesburg, Rural Utah Project


Hand-Colored Maps of Wealth & Poverty in Victorian London: Explore a New Interactive Edition of Charles Booth’s Historic Work of Social Cartography (1889)

Mapping has always been contentious, no matter where you look in time. Maps preserve ideological assumptions on paper, rationalizing physical space as they render it in two dimensions. No matter how didactic, they can become political weapons. In the case of Charles Booth’s visually impressive Maps Descriptive of London Poverty, we have a series of maps whose own assumptions can sometimes seem at odds with their ostensible purpose: to improve the living conditions of London’s poor. Booth’s “col...
Tags: Google, Maps, New York, London, College, Bloomberg, History, Brighton, London School Of Economics, Lse, Craig, John Snow, Facebook Twitter, Booth, Josh Jones, Charles Booth


How four British migrations defined America

Early British settlement of the American colonies came in four distinct waves, from different places.Puritans, Cavaliers, Quakers, and Borderers had their own ideas of what America should be.Some of the cultural fault lines in today's America can be traced back to those differences. Four 'folkways' How many Americans are of British descent? It's a surprisingly difficult question to answer. Is that because, in an age of hyphenated identities, the founding one is still the default? Or has that ide...
Tags: Maps, England, Identity, Scotland, Virginia, America, Society, History, Culture, Atlantic, Britain, Pennsylvania, United States, Ireland, Innovation, East Anglia


Navigate safely with new COVID data in Google Maps

More than one billion people turn to Google Maps for essential information about how to get from place to place–especially during the pandemic when safety concerns are top of mind. Features like popular times and live busyness, COVID-19 alerts in transit, and COVID checkpoints in driving navigation were all designed to help you stay safe when you’re out and about. This week, we’re introducing the COVID layer in Maps, a tool that shows critical information about COVID-19 cases in an area so you c...
Tags: Google, Florida, Maps, Wikipedia, India, World Health Organization, South America, Google Maps, COVID-19, Johns Hopkins The New York Times, Sujoy Banerjee


All of Jimi Hendrix’s gigs in one beautiful flash

Legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix died exactly 50 years ago today.From September 1966 to his death, he performed over 450 times.This spectacular 'gigograph' shows the geographic dimension of his short but busy career. Last night at the Samarkand Your browser does not support the video tag. On September 17, 1970, Jimi Hendrix awoke at the Samarkand Hotel in Notting Hill, London, in the basement flat where his German girlfriend Monika Dannemann was staying. At around 2 p.m., they had t...
Tags: Death, Music, Maps, England, London, California, Jimi Hendrix, Atlantic, Chelsea, Innovation, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Richard, East Coast, Rod Stewart, St James