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Google readies indoor maps on Android for holiday shopping season

Black Friday and the holiday shopping season are right around the corner. This means its time to start planning where you are going to find your deals, and the quickest ways to get yourself in the store, to the items you want, and on to the next place to get your deals. Google is ready to help, with indoor Google Maps of select retailers that will help you get in, get the deals, and get out.

Google adds Public Alerts to Maps and Search on Android

Google's Public Alerts feature, which displays important events like storms and earthquakes, has been integrated with Search and Maps for Android. This should help users stay up to date with important information involving emergencies and important events. Of course, it features plenty of information on public enemy number one, Hurricane Sandy.

Google adds natural geography to Google Maps

Google has certainly been busy updating Maps in the month of October, and now, they've rolled out a new feature that shows terrain, color gradations to depict vegetation, and labels for natural land formations. This helps Google Maps provide even more detailed information to users of its service. Google Maps users can now find great forests, mountain ranges and other natural formations more easily.

Google data centers get a Street View virtual tour

Have you ever wanted to see inside one of the many data centers owned and operated by Google? Well today you'll get the chance to do just that. Google has opened the virtual doors and is allowing the world an inside look at "where the internet lives" with a virtual tour of multiple data centers across the globe. You even can roam the halls with Street View.

Google Rolls Street View Out To Mobile Browsers

Google is officially rolling Street View out to mobile browsers everywhere. Just like on a computer, Street View allows you to get a view of what places around the world look like if you were standing right there. With the feature on mobile browsers, users can see what it would like to stand somewhere while they are actually standing there. Google offers some interesting suggestions for using Street View on a mobile browser. They suggest using it to get a feel for the ambience of a restaurant before you arrive or checking out a new shop across town to see if it's worth the treck. There is also the time-killing aspect of checking out locations you may never get a chance to visit in real life. Using Google Street View in your browser could not be much easier. Users simply point their mobile browser to maps.google.com and click the little stick man on the bottom of the screen. From there, users simply slide their finger around the screen to change the exact area in which they look. Users can also use Street View to get more information on a location such as Google+ local pages, interior panoramas, and photos shared by other Google users. I checked out the web app on my device, and it worked exactly as advertised. Let us know in the comments if you checked it out on your mobile device.

Apple CEO Tim Cook issues apology for Apple Maps

The recent release of Apple's iOS 6 saw the company ditch Google Maps in favor of their own mapping solution in order to bring features like turn-by-turn navigation and 3D flyover to its users. The result didn't turn out so well, and the company has received a lot of backlash from its users. Apple CEO Tim Cook has addressed these issues and apologized today for all the problems.

Google Maps adds underwater locations to Street View

Apple Maps may be trying to drive people through buildings and down roads that haven't existed in years, but meanwhile, Google has been busy adding underwater locations to its own Maps offerings. Starting today, Google Maps users will be able to get a look at select underwater locations such as the Great Barrier Reef through Street View. How's that for a cool addition?
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