Google Maps Engine users Told to Seek Alternatives

Yes indeed, out of the blue (seemingly) users of the Google Maps Engine service have been informed via messaging in an official user forum that the company has discontinued development of the service and will no longer be allowing new free sign-ups. However, existing GME project will be available for use through January 29, 2016 [Read more…]

Google Dev Video – Women Techmakers

This via the Google Developers Youtube… Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments. Google’s Steph Hannon chats about the future of Code for America and how to get involved.

Women Techmakers presents Jennifer Pahlka interviewed by Steph Hannon

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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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Google Maps for Business imagery

Indeed there’s been loads of Esri related news to share this week, however, Google has also been making some noise. This week, via the Google earth blog, the company has shared how they are launching Google Maps for Business imagery. This service is offering businesses the chance to purchase and use Google Earth imagery for the first time. From Google… “This gives organizations access to high-resolution aerial imagery covering the continental U.S. And this will help customers like government agencies get the imagery they need without collecting their own aerial photography.” – Read more on this here.

Infographic – Map of What Each state Googles More than Any Other

I just love big data analytics… case in point, Estately recently ran a bunch of Google search queries through Google analytics in order to come up with an interesting map that reveals just which search trends are hot for each State – not surprisingly, they found some interesting results!

The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online.

Some fun results include: Idaho searching for bigfoot, Arizona infatuated with UFOs, Maine seems to enjoy cat pics, and Alabama on the hunt it seems for God!

This is what each State Googles more than any other

This is what each State Googles more than any other

See more details of the results in this blog post