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North Carolina judges uphold GOP-drawn voting districts
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Voting maps, drawn by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature and denounced by critics as an effort to diminish the influence of black voters, are constitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. A majority of justices said the redistricting plans crafted in 2011 for the state's congressional and legislative seats do not violate the ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:28:22 -0800

See inside NYC holiday windows with Google Maps
See inside Macy's, Bloomingdale's and other holiday window displays with Google Maps. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:36:57 -0800

Our Favorite Maps of the Year Cover Everything From Bayous to Bullet Trains
Here are some of the maps we came across this year that captivated us with their brains, their beauty, and in many cases, both. The post Our Favorite Maps of the Year Cover Everything From Bayous to Bullet Trains appeared first on WIRED . Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:16:33 -0800

Google Maps Gets Virtual Reality Support
Google Maps' first-person Street View is a natural fit for virtual reality, and the two have finally come together for anyone with an Android phone and some cardboard. The Android version of Google's popular navigation app now has a VR mode, allowing anyone with a Google Cardboard viewer to virtually walk around select cities all over the world.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:59:50 -0800

Google Maps 9.2 adds navigation voice controls, calibration tool
The Google Maps team isn’t quite done yet for the year. It has cranked out another update with a couple of nice tweaks to its navigation feature. They’re rather subtle, but if you head to the settings you’ll now find an option to re-calibrate your phone for more accurate map views and the ability to change the volume of voice instructions. Tilt gives you a more angled view of the map during ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:48:17 -0800

​Baidu taps Nokia's Here for maps outside of China
Nokia's Here maps are to power Baidu's mapping services for areas beyond mainland China. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:38:02 -0800

NASA Reveals Best-Ever Maps of Saturn's Icy Moons (Photos)
Saturn's big, icy moons dazzle in a series of new maps that show the frigid worlds in unprecedented detail. The new maps of Saturn's moons, which were created by Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston using data gathered by NASA's Cassini spacecraft over the past 10 years, shine a new light on Saturn's six major icy moons — Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea and Iapetus ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:30:33 -0800

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 The post The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps appeared first on WIRED . Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:06:43 -0800

These are the secret ingredients that make Google Maps so awesome
Google Maps has grown over the years to become one of the most important mapping and navigation online services available to Internet users, whether on desktops or mobile… and Google isn’t done improving it. Wired has taken an extensive look behind the curtain, revealing some of the secrets that make Google Maps a must-have application on smartphones, tablets and computers. FROM EARLIER: Latest ... Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:10:39 -0800

Apple Patent Applications Reveal Maps Transit Directions
Apple has been steadily improving its Maps app with each new version of iOS, but the software still can't help you catch the next train home from work. That could change soon, as two newly published Apple patent applications hint at a future version of Maps that can provide accurate mass-transit directions. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:43:23 -0800

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