How Google Pulled Off Its Ingenious Pac-Man Maps

How Google Pulled Off Its Ingenious Pac-Man Maps

Here’s how Google’s amazing April Fools’ Day easter egg came to be, and why it’s not sticking around.

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The Top 15 Spots to Play Pac-Man in Google Maps

The Top 15 Spots to Play Pac-Man in Google Maps

The Google Maps Pac-Man game is one of the best easter eggs in internet history. Here are the weirdest and wildest spots to play in the WIRED universe.

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Map Lab Discusses Google Maps and More on Public Radio’s “Science Friday” Today

Map Lab co-founder Greg Miller will be on public radio’s Science Friday today to talk about the future of mapping.

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Map Lab to Discuss Google Maps and More on Public Radio’s “Science Friday” Today

Map Lab co-founder Greg Miller will be on public radio’s Science Friday today to talk about the future of mapping.

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The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps

The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps

The Google Maps team refines their maps and keeps them up to date with a combination of computer vision algorithms and meticulous manual labor

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Google Maps, Now With Virtual Helicopter Rides

Fly the California coastline, without the helicopter hair

Google has announced a new 3D preview option in Google Maps. The Google LatLong blog refers to the new route preview as “helicopter view,” since it offers an aerial view (courtesy of Google Earth) of your route, a bit like taking a helicopter instead of your car.

To see the helicopter preview in action, just plug in a route and then look for the little “3D” button next to your driving directions. Don’t see a 3D button? Well, that’s the major downside at the moment — limited coverage.

As far as I’ve been able to test it doesn’t seem like the 3D preview features works much outside of popular, well-known routes (like the California coast drive featured in the LatLong Blog post).

If your route doesn’t have a 3D button, fear not, there’s nothing really new about helicopter preview, save the nice integration via the new button. Google Maps has long offered an in-browser view of Google Earth, so you can always fly over your route. It just won’t be nicely automated.

For more details on helicopter view, check out the LatLong Blog. To see it in action, try out the Carmel to Big Sur route that the LatLong team demos.

In unrelated Google news, the company is now brewing beer. That’s right, Google beer (actually brewed by the folks at Dogfish Head). There’s a promo movie about the process over on YouTube.

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