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Timeline for the end of the Google Earth plugin in Chrome

Last September Google announced that they would eventually drop support for NPAPI in Chrome, a key technology behind the Google Earth plugin. Then in September this year, they released a 64-bit version of Chrome without support for NPAPI and by extension, the Google Earth plugin. However, it was still unclear exactly when support would be […]

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Street View

Street View coverage continues to expand. There haven’t been any major countries added to the list recently, but within countries the coverage is continuously expanding, and in many places, being refreshed. The most notable additions to Street View are being provided by the Street View Trekker, which was introduced back in 2012. It is used […]

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Google Earth imagery updates 2009 to date

In the past, Google would publish a network linked KML file that showed the outlines of imagery releases, including all historical releases going back to 2009. However, early this year they discontinued it and instead have been publishing a map on the Maps Gallery that only shows the latest release. Also, other than taking a […]

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Hawaii?s Kilauea lava flows

The imagery from Google’s November 8th update is now available in historical imagery. A significant proportion of the imagery was not put into the default imagery, so was not accessible until now. The location we will look at today is P?hoa, Hawaii. The default imagery contains a mixture of images, with the most recent addition […]

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Large artwork in Google Earth

Yesterday we talked about large artwork using GPS tracks. Although the artists did travel to the locations involved in their artwork, the record they left, and thus the actual art, was digital rather than physical. There are, however, some very big works of art that are visible in Google Earth. Here are a few of […]

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The World?s Largest Marriage Proposal

Back in 2006 we looked at a few marriage proposals visible in satellite imagery. Then in 2008 we saw a marriage proposal in Street View. Tokyo artist, Yassan lays claim to the world’s largest marriage proposal written using GPS tracks shown in Google Earth. You can see some of his work here and watch a […]

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Freefalling music video ? ode to Google Earth

From October last year, Google stopped accepting user created 3D models into Google Earth. Instead, they have been rolling out automatically generated 3D imagery. Both the 3D ‘Earth View’ in Google Maps and the mobile version of Google Earth do not show the user created models – sticking to the automatically generated 3D mesh for […]

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Fake photo of MH17 being shot down

Back in July, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. We showed you some Digital Globe imagery of the crash site, which has since, in addition to other images, been added to Google Earth’s historical imagery. It is generally believed that flight MH17 was shot down by […]

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Search in Google Earth

The mapping data in the desktop version of Google Earth is currently a separate database from that in Google Maps. The Mobile version of Google Earth was recently given a complete rewrite and now uses the Google Maps data as its source. In the past, Google would periodically update the Google Earth mapping data from […]

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Viewing maps from the Maps Gallery in Google Earth

In February this year, Google launched the Google Maps Gallery. The Maps Gallery hosts an impressive collection of maps. Although the maps can be viewed directly in the Maps Gallery, many of them are much better viewed with Google Earth, especially for maps that have a lot of detail. There are also a few, such […]

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