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  1. Vlog Brother Hank Green Shows Off 42 Amazing Maps of the World

    42 maps may be the answer, but what's the question?

    Maps are incredibly useful and information dense little bits of imagery, and that's why Hank Green of the YouTube channel VlogBrothers loves them. In this video he excitedly explains (as he does with most things) what is so great about maps, and shows off 42 maps he thinks are amazing. It could change how you see the world. Literally.

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  2. Fans Piece Together Grand Theft Auto V Map, Try to Wait Patiently for Release

    Is it September yet?

    Rockstar has already promised that Grand Theft Auto V will be bigger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, and San Andreas combined, but it's not just about the size: It's how they use it, and right now, it looks like players will have plenty of space should they want to get away from the rush of the city. Fans of the upcoming game have constructed a full map of the game's world well before its September release.

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  3. Fully Embrace Pop Culture With These Sweet Map Art Prints

    If you tell your parents or significant other that you "finally cleared out all the quests in the Gap of Rohan in the Rise of Isengard expansion" in The Lord of the Rings Online or that you "achieved 100% map completion on Tyria" in Guild Wars 2, chances are, they're not going to appreciate your hard-won endeavor. But what if the places you explored and conquered in those digital realms were matted and framed on your wall in the real world, rendered as maps of fine art? That's what City Prints does. If it's framed on a wall, it's legit, right?

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  4. Counter-Strike Map Maker Getting Sued Over Montreal Subway Map

    Counter-Strike maps of real places are nothing new, but getting sued over making one is a new one on us. That's exactly what seems to be happening to map builder Diego Liatis, whose recreation of Montreal's Berri-UQAM subway station is so good, the Société de transport de Montreal, which operates the city's subways, is threatening to sue him if he doesn't shut the project down, citing the fact that the map could cause panic among subway riders. That's right, Montreal subway riders -- the Société de transport de Montreal (STM) doesn't think you can tell the difference between real life and Counter-Strike.

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  5. [Updated] Apple Maps Added to List of Things That Want to Kill You in Australia

    I've never been to Australia, but I have seen the Australian anthropological documentary Beyond Thunderdome, so I think I have a pretty good handle on what things are like down under. It's basically one big Rube Goldberg device set into motion to kill you, right? Poisonous spiders, poisonous snakes, poisonous marauders hunting for gas. It can be a dangerous place, and if you have an iPhone it's even more dangerous. Police in Mildura, Victoria are warning travelers that if they use Apple Maps to get there, they could die.

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  6. Nokia Does the Impossible, Makes an iOS Maps App Worse than Apple Maps

    We thought Apple Maps was the bottom of the barrel in terms of iOS navigation, but Nokia just proved how low the bar can go with the release of Here Maps for Apple iOS. The new software manages to be more buggy and less reliable than Apple's own Maps app, which is really saying something. For anyone hoping a better solution to the whole maps debacle would come along, Nokia's Here Maps is not that knight in shining armor.

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  7. Apple’s Maps Aren’t Functional Because They’re Actually a Depressing Art Project [Video]

    The internet loves to complain about Apple fans. There are plenty of reasons why people find Apple fanboys (and girls) annoying, but the central problem generally revolves around their tendency to explain away every problem with Apple's products with some sort of non-technical excuse, shrugging off the company's missteps as strokes of artistic genius. With that in mind, even true members of the cult of Mac have been at a loss recently looking for a reason why Apple's new Maps app, which even Apple admitted isn't the best service available, is actually amazing.

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  8. Guess What? Apple’s Maps Aren’t “The Most Powerful” Anymore

    Hot off the heels of Apple CEO Tim Cook's sheepish apology to consumers over their lackluster new Maps app, Apple has retracted one of its boldest statements about the highly-criticized service. Until yesterday, Apple's description of Maps on their website called it "the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever." That sentence, which would now seem especially foolish in light of Mr. Cook's statement, has since been retracted and replaced.

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  9. Google Continues to Let Apple Hang Itself, Has No Maps App Waiting

    With the update to iOS 6, Apple finally rolled out their own mobile Maps app that would supposedly compete with what was previously offered by Google Maps. As most are well aware, the information that Apple managed to cobble together into one semi-cohesive lump has proven to be less than accurate. Some railway stations are designated as parks, parks as ponds, and ponds as unobstructed thoroughfares. In short, they border on dangerous. Google, while still maintaining something of a neutral stance, has now said that they have no app of their own on the way.

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  10. Map of “Beer” and “Church” Tweets Shows a Nation Divided

    Maybe "a nation divided" is a little overdramatic, but there certainly are some regional differences between U.S. counties with the most Tweets with the word "beer" and those with the word "church" as shown by Floating-Sheep's new map. Does your hometown take the path to salvation or to inebriation?

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  11. Nokia’s 3D Map Lets You Explore Gotham City, Sort Of

    Nokia's marketing campaign with The Dark Knight Rises has just reached new heights with the launch of its 3D map of Gotham City, and here it is in all its glory. Seriously though, that's as far as the zoom goes, so it's not actually a map like Google Maps.

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  12. Report: Apple to Drop Google Maps in Favor of In-House Maps App With 3D Feature in iOS 6

    A report over on 9to5Mac claims that the ever-present "sources" say that in Apple's next iteration of their mobile operating system, iOS 6, they will be dropping Google Maps in favor of an in-house Maps apps that has a 3D maps feature.

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  13. Complete Geologic Map of Io Shows 425 Volcanoes But No Craters

    Our own moon is something of a dead, crater-ridden boulder careening around the Earth, doing little of interest in the meantime. Sure, it's got some interesting features and it probably has more than a few secrets left to be uncovered, but nothing is really going on up there. Jupiter's moons, on the other hand, tend to be a little more active. Io, for example, has a vast sulfur landscape and hundreds upon hundreds of active volcanoes. Now, for the first time, we have a full geologic map of the moon's surface, indexing all of its harsh alien glory, including 425 volcanoes and not a single crater.

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  14. The U.S. Highway System, as a Subway Map

    As any student of bus or subway maps can tell you, the two-dimensional representation of a transit system is usually far from accurate. Bus routes and tunnels are made with geographical and geological issues in mind and would just be confusing if laid bare. With that in mind, designer Cameron Booth took a similarly minimalist approach to mapping the U.S. highway system. Styled after subway maps, the result is an eye-opening look at the country, and how people get around it. See more images, and a subway-style map of the entire US, after the break.

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  15. Map of Every McDonald's in the U.S.

    McDonald's establishments are everywhere. However, they actually are, unlike how a Starbucks is everywhere until you actually crave it and then, what do you know, you are no less than ten long blocks away on foot from the nearest one somehow. Created by Stephen Von Worley with the help of AggData, the above map shows the location of every McDonald's in the contiguous United States.

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  16. Marines Trying Out iPads Instead of Pounds Upon Pounds of Maps

    Not too long ago, United Airlines decided it would be prudent to equip its pilots with iPads. Now it seems that the Marines are following their lead. Currently, when marines call in for air-strikes, they radio coordinates to pilots who look them up. Sounds simple enough, but at the moment, these pilots usually have somewhere between 60 to 80 pounds of maps they have to go through. With the use of iPads in the field however, pilots can have less map-mass to deal with and troops on the ground can have much more map-data.

    The idea has been in the works for a while now. Initially pilot, Capt. Jim Carlson, unhappy with the state of map-affairs, started messing with his personal iPad and found out that connecting pilots with ground troops was exceedingly easy. At first, higher-ups were not entirely ready to trust intel to commercial devices -- despite the fact that the maps were not classified -- but considering the recent purchase of $20,000 of tablets and tablet accessories, they seemed to have come around.

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  17. Artist Turns Old Maps Into Amazing Portraits

    With the rise of the smart phone and GPS who uses a paper map anymore, really? But, artist Ingrid Dabringer has found at lease one new use for old maps. She turns them into the backdrop for amazing portraits. Dabringer incorporates the geographical shapes of the map, the roads, waterways, and even colors into her pieces. Using acrylic paints, Dabringer draws faces and characters that she visualizes amongst the tangled web of streets and shapes. More paintings after the jump.

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  18. Trulia Crime Maps Dish Neighborhood Dirt

    Trulia, the company behind the maps that visualize apartment listings and residential rent: buy index, has tackled the task of visualizing another key issue for people looking to relocate: crime. Trulia has launched Crime Maps, a service that pulls statistics from local police departments around the country to create a heat map that shows which neighborhoods have the highest crime rates. The maps, which currently include cities from San Diego, CA to Kalamazoo, MI and dozens in between, show street intersections or specific neighborhoods where crimes took place. Searchers can evaluate the crime statistics based on what type of crime occurred or which days are the most crime heavy. Locations are clickable, giving Facebook users a chance to chime in with comments about certain locations or neighborhoods. Crime trend analysis can be as accurate as up-to-the minute, but some refer to the last week, or at least data from the last month. So, before you sign a lease or contract on your next place, checking Crime Maps could help you make sure your dream home isn't right in the middle of a burgeoning criminal hot spot. (via Lifehacker)

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  19. Find Out Where You Can Go in Under 15 Minutes With Mapnificent

    Many navigation systems can tell you how long it will take to reach your destination, and some can even help you get there. But Mapnificent goes one step further. Instead of telling you how long it take to reach your destination, it shows you destinations that you can reach in a pre-set time limit by foot and public transportation. For anyone that has ever stepped out of the office to grab a quick bite and been missing for days as a result, this tool is for you. Built on the familiar Google Maps, developer Stefan Wehrmeyer's dead simple interface allows users to find their location and then illuminating the areas they can reach. Mapnificent does much more, though, allowing you to search for destinations within the areas you can get to -- say, finding a bar within 20 minutes of your office. And if you're the sociable type, you can select multiple locations and find locations that can be reached by both parties in the selected time frame. The service is only available in certain U.S. cities, and fewer foreign locales. But an idea this good is sure to grow, and could be coming to a public transportation system near you. To see a video of the service in action, read on after the jump.

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  20. A Map of Coffee Consumption Worldwide

    You think you've got a serious coffee addiction? The Finns might consider you a lightweight: The average person in Finland consumes 12 kilograms, or 26.5 pounds, of coffee each year. And no, that's not including water weight: That's the weight of the beans it takes to brew their joe. The average coffee consumption in the U.S. is 4.2 kilograms per person, or 9.3 pounds; the worldwide average is 1.3 kilos per person (2.9 pounds). Full stat dump here. (Chartsbin via TDW)

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