April Fools Begins: Google Maps Unveils Their Pokémon Challenge

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From your device, launch the Google Maps app and tap the Search option at the top of the screen. You'll see a new 'Press Start' option and a blue Pokéball icon. Press this and go off on your quest.

Google "Street View" Maps Polar Bear Country

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Google "Street View" Maps Polar Bear Country
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In honor of International Polar Bear Day, Google Maps has launched the ability to virtually visit wild polar bear country via Google Street View. The featured location is in the stunning tundra landscape of Cape Churchill and Wapusk National Park in Northern Manitoba.

"You have the opportunity to see polar bears in their natural habitat. There's imagery of sparring bears – this behavior that we see with male bears where they stand up on their hind legs and kind of play fight. There's images of a mom nursing a cub," said Krista Wright, executive director of the conservation group Polar Bears International, which partnered with Google on the project.

Crowdsourcing Project of the Day: Google Maps Enables Street View on Galapagos Islands and Asks Users to be "Darwin" for a Day

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If you could have full access to one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world for a day, where would you start exploring? If you paid any attention in biology class, your best bet is probably the Galapagos Islands, correct? Well, you can now take a virtual tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the shoes of Charles Darwin straight from your desk, thanks to Google Maps' latest addition to its expansive Street View database. To celebrate this update, Google has launched the website Darwin for a Day where people can collaborate to investigate and document the islands' vast range of native plant and animal life, the findings from which will be passed on to iNaturalist and the Charles Darwin Foundation for further research.

Map Quest: Apple vs. Google of the Day

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These guys put the notoriously terrible Apple iOS 6 maps to the ultimate test: walking directions on the busy streets of Hong Kong.

Google Maps For NES of the Day

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The first of what will surely be a deluge of Google April Fools Day gags: Google Maps in glorious 8-bit.

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