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Those of us of a certain age remember a time before Google Maps. A time before the maps that came before Google Maps. A time when we unfolded large pieces of paper in a car while driving at high speed — or, worse, as a tourist in a faraway land — gazed at the mysterious symbols and hoped we knew which way we were pointed in the first place.

Those were the dark ages.

In February 2005 Google launched Google Maps. And today it's an integral part of our daily lives, to say nothing of the Google experience. At its simplest, it's a way to figure out where you are, or where you're going. But it's grown into so much more than that. Google Maps now ties into your search results. Looking for, say, Chinese food? You'll see recommendations. Or, even better, is that you might see your friends' recommendations, thanks to integration with Google+.

And what Google did from the top down with satellites it's also done from the driver's seat. Google has a fleet of cars worldwide that maps the roads and highways, ensuring accuracy and — and this is the really cool part — taking 360-degree "Street view" pictures, so you can actually see where you're going and what it will look like before you get there.

Google Maps made the transition from web browser to mobile, of course, and it's now an indispensable part of our online lives.

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Google Maps gets Wi-Fi only mode, ability to save offline areas to SD card

Google Maps gets Wi-Fi only mode, ability to save offline areas to SD card

Google is rolling out a sizeable update to Google Maps that brings a new Wi-Fi only offline mode. Once enabled, Maps will go offline when there's no Wi-Fi signal, with navigation limited to your areas you've downloaded to your device. As soon as you connect to a Wi-Fi network, the app regains full...
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Google Maps rolls out a cleaner look and adds areas of interest

Google Maps is getting a makeover in an update that's currently rolling out to its mobile apps as well as on the desktop. It will offer a cleaner look to the maps themselves while also adding new "areas of interest". In a blog post, Google stated: The world is full of information, which...
Google Maps shows its rainbow side with Toronto Pride Parade details

Google Maps shows its rainbow side with Toronto Pride Parade details

Google has announced that it will be showing its rainbow colors in support of Toronto Pride this Sunday, July 3rd. As part of Google Maps' support for Pride in 16 cities around the world, Toronto's Pride Parade will highlight the route, as well as traffic information around the area, this coming...
More-detailed satellite images headed to Google Maps and Earth

More-detailed satellite images headed to Google Maps and Earth

Google will begin using the Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques to get even better shots of the earth than before. With Landsat 8, Google will be able to capture around two times as many images as it could with Landsat 7. Back in 2003, Landsat 7 experienced a hardware failure which...
You can now sign up for the Google Maps beta

You can now sign up for the Google Maps beta test

Google has launched a signup page for Android users who want tobe a part of the Google Maps beta test. From the beta signup page: Google Inc. has invited you to a testing program for an unreleased version of the Maps app. As a tester, you'll receive an update that includes a testing...
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Hilton's HHonors app now taps into Google Maps to help you select the best room

Hilton has teamed up with Google to make it possible for you to inspect and book your ideal room on Google Maps. Exclusively available to HHonors members, Google Maps has now been integrated into the company's app, allowing guests to see details on hotel surroundings as well as what view their...
Google Maps now shows traffic alerts in India

Google Maps now shows traffic alerts in India

Google Maps now shows traffic alerts in India, following the introduction of live traffic information last June. The feature alerts you in real-time of any traffic congestions in your commute, giving you the ability to select a less congested route. Traffic alerts are bound to come in handy in...
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You can now mark your favorite locations with colorful stickers in Google Maps

Google Maps users have new options for navigating their way to their destinations. Google is adding colorful stickers that can be used to label and save addresses on the Maps app, such as home and work locations. The stickers themselves include representations of regular houses or buildings,...
Google Maps will soon help you hail a cab

Google Maps will soon make it easier to hail a cab

Google is giving you more ways to get around with the integration of ride-hailing services to Google Maps in countries across the world. Now, when you ask for directions, Maps can give you fare estimates and pickup times if a car from one of the new partner services is near you. Google has added...
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Google Maps gets a visit from Legend of Zelda's Link on the web

Google Maps is getting a nice Easter egg for the next few days on the web. The familiar peg icon that's meant to move a user into Street View has been replaced with Link from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda game series. Link's appearance in Google Maps is promoting the release of The Legend of...
Google Maps' new shortcut makes it faster to get started going

New 'driving' home screen shortcut gives Google Maps a jump-start

A new update to Google Maps is aimed squarely at making getting driving directions less of a hassle thanks to a new "Driving" shortcut that can be added to your home screen. Aside from providing quick access to navigation mode, Google says that using the shortcut will automatically serve up ETAs...
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Google lets you explore the world's largest model railway exhibition in Street View

Miniatur Wunderland is the world's largest model railway exhibition. It's the go-to event for those who enjoy putting together locomotives and managing miniature railways, and while the actual setups and landscapes crafted by attendees are nothing short of amazing, just how cool would it be to...

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