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Explore the Great Barrier Reef and more with underwater imagery in Google Maps
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sea turtles, manta rays, jellyfish - these are some of the magnificent (and sometimes lethal) creatures that await the millions of snorkelers, divers, and ocean enthusiasts that visit our shores each year. But what if you could experience some of this wonder without ever getting wet?
Today we’re adding the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps.
The Catlin Seaview Survey used a specially designed underwater camera, the
around the world, as part of their expedition to document the composition and health of coral reefs.
With these vibrant and stunning snapshots now on Google Maps, anyone can now take a virtual dive from their desktop or mobile and
explore six of the world’s most incredible underwater spots, including coral reefs in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii.
Get up close and personal with sea turtles at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef
ou can find a
sea turtle swimming among a school of fish
follow a manta ray through the ocean
experience the reef at sunset
We’re also including other ocean sites from around the world:
on Apo Island, a volcanic island and marine reserve in the Philippines, you can see
an ancient boulder coral, which may be several hundred years old
; halfway across the Pacific, in Hawaii, you can
join snorkelers in Hanauma Bay
and drift over the vast coral reef in the
. From shore to sea, you can dive in and explore this world - without ever putting on a pair of fins!
Over 1.4 million people have also joined the
Catlin Seaview Survey
community on Google+ to enjoy underwater animal life, coral reefs and even go on live virtual dives through Google+ Hangouts.
Here’s a look at how this group of ocean enthusiasts are sharing their passion
with the world:
All of this imagery will be available at
. You can also find out much more about this reef via the
World Wonders Project
, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online.
The Catlin Seaview Survey team on location on the Great Barrier Reef, encountering a manta ray
Whether you’re a marine biologist, an avid scuba diver or a landlocked landlubber, we encourage you to dive in and explore the ocean with Google.
, Product Manager for Google Maps Australia & New Zealand
Introducing a new YouTube app for your iPhone and iPod touch
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
[Cross Posted from the
Official YouTube Blog
For all you diehard YouTube fans out there who can’t get enough YouTube on your mobile, we’ve got some great news: starting today, you can
the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from the
, bringing you more of the videos you love and more ways to share them with the people you care about.
The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience. Here’s what you’ll find:
Tens of thousands more videos:
Watch official music videos like
Taylor’s latest hit
New YouTube channel guide:
Swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to reveal a guide with your subscribed channels on YouTube, giving you instant access to everything
Find awesome videos faster:
Get to videos like “
” faster with new search tools that give suggestions while you type, and let you sort through videos or channels. Flip through related videos, comments and more info, all while watching a video.
More ways to share with the people you love:
you found on YouTube on Google+, Facebook or text message in the app, as well as from Twitter and email.
There’s even more to explore with the new YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch, available for download from the
today. We’re working on an optimized version of the YouTube app for iPad in the coming months, and stay tuned for more details.
You’ve already shown us you love YouTube on mobile—to the tune of
1 billion mobile views a day
—so we can’t wait to see what you think about this new experience.
Andrey Doronichev, head of YouTube mobile, recently watched “
One-Shot // Goodbye, beloved sister.
Explore with the Knowledge Graph carousel in NZ
Friday, September 7, 2012
[Cross posted from the official Inside Search Blog]
Last month, we showed how you can now get answers to your questions with the help of the Knowledge Graph even when the best answer is not just a single person or thing, but a collection or list of items. When looking for [cedar point rides], you see a carousel of popular roller coasters at the amusement park, drawing on our Knowledge Graph and the collective intelligence of the Web. The feature was initially available in English on google.com, and we’re now taking our first steps to make it available more widely around the world. Over the next couple days, we’ll begin showing the carousel for factual lists to our English users on all Google domains across the world.
This works for a variety of locally interesting lists like [Sam Neil Movies] and the [Cast of Shortland Street]
or more general queries like [saturn’s moons] or [dog breeds]
. The carousel makes it easy to explore the items in the list -- it stays attached to the top of the search results page so you can flip through the items easily and dive in deeper if something catches your interest. Happy exploring!
Posted by Kavi Goel, Product Manager
Calling all Kiwis! Map Maker and Cycling Directions available in New Zealand
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
From the beaches of Goat Island and the slopes of Mount Eden to the hallowed soil of Eden Park, New Zealand is filled with both natural and man-made wonders. This week we’re bringing two new features to Google Maps in New Zealand that we hope will help Kiwis better explore their world: cycling directions and Google Map Maker. Biking routes improve the overall comprehensiveness and usability of the map, while the ability to contribute your local knowledge via Map Maker will help ensure that the maps remain accurate and up-to-date.
First up is
cycling directions which starts rolling out today. Cycling Directions gives you a brand new way of getting around town. Until now the Get Directions button has helped Maps users find their way to places by car, foot and public transport, but now we can help you find the best way to ride your bike from different locations. This should be helpful if you want to bike to work or local shops, or simply want to spend more time outdoors on the weekends.
Thanks to the cycle data we received from organizations such as Wellington Regional Council, Auckland Transport, The National Cycle Trails Project, and Hastings City Council, we can provide efficient routes, allow riders to customize their trip, make use of dedicated cycle lanes and calculate rider-friendly routes that avoid big hills. If you want to get a look at bike trails, dedicated bike lanes and bicycle-friendly streets, you will be able to turn on the Bicycling layer on the right-hand side.
As an example: when I commute from Remuera in Auckland to the Google office, biking directions will show me the most convenient and efficient route that makes use of dedicated cycle lanes and avoids hills whenever practical.
Our second new feature for New Zealand is
Google Map Maker
. This service is available in over 200 countries and lets users contribute their local knowledge to make a more detailed and comprehensive map of the changing world around us. Get started by looking at your own neighbourhood. Add building footprints for all the restaurants along the beach, update the one way street that just recently became a two-way, or even map the local rugby club before heading off to a game.
Once your contributions are approved, they will appear on Google Maps,
Google Maps for mobile
to more accurately reflect your neighbourhood. To find out more and see some time-lapse mapping of the world, check out the
Map Maker YouTube Channel
The great thing is that these two new launches work very well together — if you want to add bicycle lanes or trails in your local town, just go to Map Maker and put them in.
We hope these new features in Google Maps help Kiwis get even more familiar with their surroundings — either seeing leisurely from a bicycle seat or from more detailed maps.
, Product Manager for Google Maps Australia & New Zealand
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