Ars Technica: Google Maps adds color to help you hone in on points of interest

Ars Technica: Google Maps adds color to help you hone in on points of interest. “Google is rolling out a new look for Points of Interest (POI) on Google Maps. These are the little business location icons that pop up when you’re browsing the map or viewing search results. Google says it has updated Maps to ‘better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on).’ You probably don’t care about local gas stations when you’re looking up subway locations, so Maps will be smarter about which icons it shows you.”

Search Engine Land: Google Maps enables creating & sharing lists on desktop version

Search Engine Land: Google Maps enables creating & sharing lists on desktop version. “Android Police reports Google is now rolling out the ability to create and share lists of places on the desktop version of Google Maps. This feature originally launched on mobile in February and now seems to be rolling out to the desktop interface. It allows searchers to keep track of saved places and share lists with others via text, email and popular messaging apps.”

Google Blog: Space out with planets in Google Maps

Google Blog: Space out with planets in Google Maps. “Twenty years ago, the spacecraft Cassini launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to uncover the secrets of Saturn and its many moons. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer. For extra fun, try zooming out from the Earth until you’re in space!”

Google LatLong: Street View goes to the “top of the world”

Google LatLong: Street View goes to the “top of the world”. “Here at Parks Canada, we have a lot to say about Quttinirpaaq National Park. We could tell you it’s the northernmost park in Canada, or that it lies roughly 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the North Pole. We could tell you it’s home to 4000-year-old archeologist sites or that it’s the second-largest national park in the country. But, we don’t need to tell you anymore. Now we can show you, with our new Street View collection.”

The Guardian: Google Maps leaves visitors to Australian lighthouse town in the dark

The Guardian: Google Maps leaves visitors to Australian lighthouse town in the dark. “There is nothing particularly special about Adam Gilliver’s house on the Victorian coast, except that it sits a bit further back from the road compared with the homes of his neighbours. And that Google Maps thinks it’s a lighthouse.”

Sydney Morning Herald: How Google got lost in the Blue Mountains

Sydney Morning Herald: How Google got lost in the Blue Mountains. “Residents of an otherwise sleepy rural cul-de-sac have been experiencing a very peculiar issue, particularly on holidays and long weekends. Hundreds of confused sightseers, following Google Maps directions to what they thought was a picturesque tourist destination, have ended up in Valley View Road in Dargan, New South Wales.”

The Guardian: Google Maps must improve if it wants cyclists to use it

The Guardian: Google Maps must improve if it wants cyclists to use it. “Google Maps added a directions function for cyclists in 2010 in the US and Canada, and two years later across Europe. And while there are dozens of other apps now offering a similar service, Google Maps is the default for many. But the app seems to be falling behind expectations.”