When you can't get your Street View cars into a locked down country, the only way to map the place is to ask for help from the crowd.
Using your smartphone's GPS map functions to find your way in the real world, in real-time is a skill that some of us still haven't mastered, no matter how simply the visual information is presented. But now, thanks to augmented reality, using GPS maps can be simple process even for the cartography-challenged.
A mystery has unfolded in the South Pacific recently. An island shown on a Google Earth map of the area was nowhere to be found when scientists went looking for it as part of a geological study of the area.
After the re-election of President Obama, the media reported on a few racially charged incidents involving those opposed to his presidency. Those feelings spilled out online in the form of racist tweets, and a group devoted to data visualization aggregated those tweets and managed map their locations.
While we've reviewed Apple's latest hardware offering, we're still in the process of getting to know iOS 6. Spoiler: it's got some pretty frustrating changes, most notably Apple swapping out iOS staple Google Maps for its own proprietary Maps app. It's an inferior offering and today Apple is apologizing for it.
I'm a huge fan of maps offering arbitrary information, such as this wind map. Well, another map has joined the fray. The Book Depository Live tracks books being sold across the globe, in real time.
NASA has its eyes in the sky keeping track of all kinds of climate and weather happenings. One interesting (and kind of scary) thing the agency tracks is where lightning strikes around the world. NASA has kindly put the data in maps that show the trends so we know where and why lightning is likely to hit next.
Ever wondered how your favorite news sources stack up against one another? Click here to see an interactive map put together by Forbes comparing news outlets and stories shared by state.
Facebook engineering intern Paul Butler put together this nifty map using social graph data. He took a ten million friend pair sample size and created a visual representation of human relationships....
I can't tell you how many times I've used Google Street View to look for a specific storefront only to spend precious time fruitlessly clicking arrows and squinting at low-res zooms. I'd much rather use Microsoft's Street Slide, a new search tool that lets you quickly and easily see everything on an entire street, for several blocks, at once.