TomTom is teaming up with Google Maps so that users can search for and send business addresses
directly from the Google Maps’ website to TomTom devices.
In fact, Google Maps local search pages have expanded their
‘Send to’ feature with the option ‘Send to GPS’. With one click TomTom users can benefit from this service
without needing to download complicated zip files. The
selected information is then transferred to the TomTom device when the device is connected
to the Internet via TomTom HOME. Drivers can then navigate to their new
destination, as well as view the location on the map of the TomTom device or
save it as a ‘favorite’ on the device for later use. This is really cool !
Google has released a new version of "Google Moon". This new version includes higher-resolution map imagery, text search, photos
and stories from Apollo landings and also a street view-style panoramas
of the moon's surface, taken by the Apollo astronauts.
When you search a thing on google maps it's now possible to see also the user generated content : Red pins appear first, that's normal-they indicates google maps data and when you scroll down to the bottom of the list there is a link titled "See user generated content", results showed by blue pins and pulled from a variety of "geo web" sources. To see different exemples of how Geo Search can help, visit google maps mania.
Google has added Mapplets to Google Maps: it's a a new feature of Google Maps that
combines the Google Gadgets API with the Google Maps API that you can embed within a Google Maps site. Standard Mapplets available are real estate search,
current weather conditions, and distance measurement. Click here to find Google Mapplets in this special Developer Preview version
of Google Maps. And a video for more info :
Two good news : Google's Picasa Web albums lets you now georeference photos from inside the browser, using Google Maps.
The process is very simple : you just click on the
"Add location" link, which leads to a Google Maps popup on
the page, then you search for a place and you tweak the exact location for a photo. See Ogle Earth's for details.
And the second good news: Google has launched the first version of Picasa Web Albums built specifically for mobile devices. You can now carry around all your snapshots and you can even keep track of photo updates from your contacts -- it's possible to leave a quick comment on their photos, using
your phone. Thumbnails and photos are automatically re-sized for your
device's screen, so pictures look good and download fast; find more info here.
ps. Have you noticed that on Google Maps you can now click & drag to change destinations along your route ? If not, see the Google video and have a look here !
New feature from Google : When you upload a video to YouTube, you can now give coordinates for the associated video, in other words, you can give lat/long coordinates of the video to point its location on Google Maps.
There is no explanation on Youtube's blog for the moment but according to Gearthblog, the idea is to create KML files associated with the locations of the videos in order to be able to show videos tied to a search for a location.
Here is a funny video of the Google Maps new feature : Street View. Try it, It allows you to quickly and easily view and navigate high-resolution, with 360 degree street level images of various cities in the US.