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It's Monday and the weekend is gone (at least, for another five days), meaning you're probably not cranking out TPS reports at work as fast as usual. Why not take a break and engage in some self-care with Google's Pup View project? If you've ever wanted to see Japan from the back of an Akita, now's your chance (at least until it's time for your afternoon meetings).

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Google's street view option comes in handy pretty often. You can see what a destination looks like to make sure you don't miss it; you can check out a neighbourhood before moving in. And with this tool, you can actually see an entire video of your map route, based on street view snapshots.

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Travelling to Gallipoli is a rite of passage for many Australians, especially around Anzac Day. But if you can't make it there, Google Street View now has an extensive collection of pictures of historic sites at Gallipoli, including the ability to explore more than 80 key locations on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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Attention culture vultures: The Google Cultural Institute has added a treasure-trove of 2000 Australian artifacts to its digital archives. The collection covers key moments in Australian and Pacific history sourced from art galleries, museums and libraries. Notable works include the first hand-built prototype of the Holden car, the interior of the "G for George" WW2 Lancaster bomber and a portrait of rock star Chrissy Amphlett.

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Normally when you use Google Street View, you'll see the most recent available image captured by the Google Street View cameras. Google has now added an option where you can see older Street View imagery, dating back as far as 2007, in some locations.

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Google designed Street View so you'd always be able to tell what your destination looks like before you get there. That's not all it's useful for though! Aside from virtual joyriding, here are some clever uses for Street View you may not have thought of.

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It's one thing to use Street View on Google Maps to work out which building you're heading to for a meeting. It's quite another to use it for a virtual tour through Shark Bay. The iconic area in WA is one of the many featured on Google's new World Wonders site, which combines street view, YouTube videos and background information.

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Google's coverage of Australia via Street View is already pretty solid, but the addition of a trike to cover non-public roads should result in better photography of off-road locations like Taronga Zoo (where the vehicle was launched this morning), and also of walking paths. Google is accepting suggestions on where the trike should map; you've got until February 8.

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The coverage of Google Street View in Australia was already pretty comprehensive when it rolled out last August, but the search giant is continuing to expand its reach. The Google Australia blog says that a recent update has added extra coverage around Port Lincoln, Tweed Heads, Cairns - and a few more areas of a little city called Sydney. Street View is never likely to cover 100% of the population, but compared with many more populous countries, including the US and the UK, Australia seems to be doing pretty well (or pretty badly if you see the whole thing as a horrendous intrusion on privacy).
Expanding Street View in Australia