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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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.
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.
We always enjoy it when Google sends its Street View cameras somewhere unusual. The latest addition to the project is underwater footage from the Galapagos Islands, which means you can now see Street View imagery with actual giant tortoises.
Google Street View is a very handy feature of Google Maps. Instant Google Street View takes it a step further, taking you to any address or place name as soon as you start typing and offering features like downloading a clean, large image of your view.
Wanna get snowblind? Google has added scenes of Antarctica to its World Wonders Project, letting you check out Street View visualisations of vintage polar exploration huts along with numerous other locations. Go forth and husky!
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.
Google actually began incorporating geo-tagged photos into Street View last year, but they've now added a new photo-viewing interface for users moving through a Street View tour of well-captured areas.
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.
Google has updated the real estate listing features it rolled out in July, making it easier to find and to search on multiple criteria. The Google Maps team is also readying to roll out the Street View cars in Australia once again.
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
When Google launched Street View for Australia back in August, the coverage was already pretty comprehensive, but the range continues to expand. Google has just added a bunch of extra photography for Geelong, Darwin and some remote areas of the Northern Territory, and celebrated with a cheesy look at some of the locations for Baz Luhrmann's oops-it's-a-flop movie Australia. Google Maps