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Google Maps Live Traffic adds 130 new cities around the world.

Google has unleashed another update for Google Maps. They are trying hardly to attract users before release of iOS6 with new Apple Mapping service. Google has been constantly adding traffic to new cities but never on such a grand scale. Why now? They really need to have good PR to fight with Cupertino’s marketing.

Anyway the results are cool. Most of the updates focus around smaller cities in the US but finally Google is  Latin America with first-time support for Bogota, San Jose (in Costa Rica) and Panama City but has improved and expanded coverage as well in Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

This news is important for me personally as I work in a company that provides traffic info to Google among others.
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Urbagram – who said that maps can’t be beautiful?

Where is the line between cartography, art and science? What happens when artist/scientist who has no clue about making maps create one? Something beautiful. Who said that beautiful cannot be informative? Each time I look at the visualizations of  the Urbagram I hold my breath and admire. The simples way of thematic mapping – dots but made with such a minimalistic intuition…

Urbagram  is a project by Anil Bawa-Cavia where she analysed and mapped data from Foursquare for a few major world cities. “The modern metropolis can often feel like a social archipelago – fragmented islands of social activity separated by large areas dedicated to commercial workplaces, flows of vehicles, residential sprawl or industrial sites. By visualising the aggregate data produced by these social networks, we can see how social activity in a city is distributed”.

Look and enjoy:

source: Urbagram

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