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Amazing Race 13 in Google Maps

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 9:03 pm on Sunday, September 28, 2008

My wife and I have been big fans of The Amazing Race for a few years now, so I thought it’d be fun to track their route throughout the season.  Below is their map after the first leg, from Los Angeles, CA to Salvador, Brazil.  I’ll be updating the map each week with more information, photos, etc, so check back each week to see the latest updates.

The red lines/icons are areas that have already been completed (as shown on TV), the green pushpin is their current location, and the yellow lines are the future destinations for the contestants.

Be sure to zoom in on each area of the map for more details and information.

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GEH: Mobile launched

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 10:16 am on Sunday, September 28, 2008

If you’re away from home and looking for something to kill some time, we’ve got your answer — GEH: Mobile.  It’s thousands of files from our database in the palm of your hand, in the format of a simple mobile website.  It’s designed with the iPhone in mind, but should work well with any recent smartphone.  Having only been able to test on an iPhone, I’d love to get some feedback from other smartphone users (N95, etc).

The mobile site gives you quick access to about 80% of our file library (no 3D models or image overlays).  You can view the newest files, most popular file, or view them by category.  Every file has a thumbnail, and will link you to the real location on Google Maps — on the iPhone it will launch the “Maps” application and take you there.  In addition, you can sort items by date/popularity, read full descriptions and view comments made by other users.

Visit the site on your phone by going to  If you save a bookmark to your home screen on your iPhone, you’ll get a custom GEH icon as shown above.  Below are a few screenshots.

Have fun!

Over 2,000 locations in our StreetView database

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 10:40 am on Thursday, September 18, 2008

Exactly five months after it first launched, our StreetView section received its 2000th file — not bad!

File # 2000 was a good find — a clear shot of the streetview car in a mirror on the side of the road.

Of the 2000 files, the most popular (by votes) is the “burning car“, which is pretty self-explanatory.  The most-viewed file is “girl changing clothes at car“, with over 24,000 views.

We’ve got some big plans to improve our StreetView section even further, so keep sending us your great finds!


Some big updates to Google Earth

Filed under: Site News — by at 6:29 pm on Friday, September 5, 2008

It appears there are some major imagery updates that have just been released for Google Earth.  Google Earth Blog has a growing list, which includes locations from all over the world (US, Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, etc).

It seems to be quite a huge update!  Keep your eyes on Google Earth Blog or Digital Earth Blog as more locations are found.