Google Maps Adds Pac Man!

Yep, I said Pac Man! Here’s a little kickback to the 1980s as Google has added the ability for users to play a little Pac Man via the Google Maps service.  Simply visit maps.google.com and click on the little PacMan box found in the lower left corner – PacMan is also available to users of Google Maps on Mobile – have fun!

Pac Man on Google Maps!

Pac Man on Google Maps!

Make your own maps with Google Maps Gallery & My Maps

Something new from the Google Maps crew today – Google my Maps. By the end of this year, all maps created in classic Google Maps will automatically upgrade to the new My Maps, but to get started right away, open up the new My Maps and “Upgrade now,” then check out the tour—found in the settings menu—for tips on creating your own custom content.

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New from Google – Maps Coordinate + Maps Engine Pro

Google has this week announced that Google Coordinate will now be included with every Maps Engine Pro subscription ($5/user/month). Recall, Google Maps Coordinate, is the mobile and web app that lets teams assign jobs and share their locations with each other in real-time. Now Maps Coordinate will be much more accessible to businesses and individuals through better pricing, easier sign up and support for any Google account (you no longer have to be just an Google Apps customer).

Last fall Google  introduced Maps Engine Pro as a new tool to give businesses and individual users an easy-to-use tool for collaborative map creation. With the combination of Maps Engine Pro and Coordinate, we’re excited to upgrade our customers’ ability to communicate, organize and make decisions with location-based insights.



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Mashing up Two of My Favorite Things… Coffee + Maps for Coffee walkingshed communities

Yes indeed, I take notice when I see maps of things I really enjoy, like beer and coffee! Enter these maps showing “walkable regions” for independent coffee shops in major Metropolitan areas like Brooklyn, Portland, and Seattle.

Seattle independent coffeeshop map

Seattle independent coffeeshop map

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The Denver Broncos Colorado 14ers Google Map Honors Super Bowl Bound Broncos

Some Google maps fun on the heels of the announcement by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper that the Colorado Rockies mountains known as the 14ers (think elevation above 14,000 ft) have been temporarily, officially renamed to honor the super Bowl bound Denver Broncos.

From the official announcement… Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a proclamation that temporarily renames Colorado’s tallest majestic mountain peaks — also known as 14ers — after individual active players on the Denver Broncos football team. The mountains will go by their new names for one day only — on Super Bowl Sunday

Feb 2 has been officially proclaimed Denver Broncos Mania Day in Colorado!

Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos 14ers Google Map

Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos 14ers Google Map

View all the peaks on this Google map to view the new, Denver Broncos 14ers – check out the map HERE – created by yours truly

Mapping the Flu – Google flu trends

Here’s an interesting resource, particularly this time of year as we enter the height of flu activity – Google flu trends. The resource shares flu maps and data based on aggregate Google search data (estimations are provided). The site has a simple layout with users being presented with a Global map of trends around the world. simply click on a country of interest to view more detailed data (estimates) – currently you’ll see that North America has a ranking of “High” – Western Canada and the western US currently have the highest rate of affliction.

google flu trends

google flu trends

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The New-er Google Maps with More imagery, more StreetView and Pegman

Remember PegMan? You know, the cool little guy that helps you navigate around Google maps? Well, google has brought back pegman (did you notice he was gone?) . Recall, he’s the little yellow guy that would drag onto a street map in order to gain access to Google Street View imagery. In addition to the return of pegman Google maps is also offering a host of new features like photo spheres (think 360 degree imagery) , Earth Tours (stunning 3D imagery of buildings), and more. See more about the latest updates in this blog post on slashgear or see the google maps blog for more .

See also here for details of the new Google Maps for desktop. Oh, and check out ALL the different Pegman icons available from Google. WOW!

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Google Trekkers tasked with capturing images of Florida’s beaches for Google Maps

Soon, people around the world will be able stroll Southwest Florida beaches virtually. It’s coming courtesy of a Google and Visit Florida photo-mapping project that documented Lee and Collier county shorelines last week.  The statewide campaign ends with a splash on Miami’s famed South Beach early next month. The end result will be 360-degree panoramic views of Florida beaches — some 825 miles of them — available to Web surfers 24/7. Think Google Street View, in which users see places they are going before they arrive, minus the streets.  The photo crews ,  called trekkers, walk the beaches carrying 15 cameras embedded in a watermelon-size orb perched just above their heads

See Four Google Trekkers tasked with capturing images of Florida’s beaches for use by Google Maps