[URL="http://earth.google.com/"]Google Earth[/URL] now supports the use of historical imagery -- back to 1945 in some areas -- that lets users see how certain areas have changed over time. As described by [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_earth"]Wikipedia[/URL], Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. To [URL="http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/ug_gps.html#historicalimagery"]access historical imagery[/URL], do one of the following within the Google Earth application: Click View > Historical Imagery …

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Remember [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3344.html"]last fall[/URL], when people were terrified that pedophiles were using Google Streetview to find parks and schools so they could more readily find their young victims? Apparently a California legislator has been listening to them, or someone like them. Last month, California Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon, introduced a bill to limit the amount of detail someone could see on screen using online mapping tools such as Google Earth, Microsoft Virtual Earth, and Google Streetview. It also calls for fines of up to $250,000 per day. In particular, the bill -- which has been languishing in the Committee on …

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Reports suggest that Google Earth might have put the top secret British nuclear defence headquarters, at the Faslane HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland, at risk from terrorist attack after the satellite mapping shows clear images of the facility. The images are highly detailed and even show a couple of Vanguard Class submarines docked. Newspaper reports recount how a couple of years back Google was asked to blur British military bases in Iraq as well as certain strategic military installations in the UK on grounds of national security. I am led to believe that updates to Google Earth have meant …

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The tabloid newspapers are full of it, some here in the UK even have the [URL="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2255989.ece"]Google Ocean image[/URL] on the front page. Hardly surprising when you consider that it would appear the Google mapping app has discovered the mythical underwater city of Atlantis. The image, taken from the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3919.html"]recently launched[/URL] Google Ocean application, shows a grid of lines in a perfect rectangle about the size of the country of Wales. It was spotted by British aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford, 600 miles off the west coast of Africa. It just so happens that the Madeira Abyssal Plane, off the coast of …

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Regular readers will know that I am pretty much [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3412.html"]in love with everything to do with Google Earth[/URL] although the same cannot be said about Google itself. However, even the stains left by the search giant [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3900.html"]blacklisting the entire Internet[/URL] last weekend or it trying to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20508/53/"]grab all your rights via the Chrome browser[/URL] get washed away this week with the release of [URL="http://earth.google.com/ocean/"]Google Ocean[/URL]. As part of the new Google Earth 5.0 software, Google Ocean promises to let you dive beneath the surface and visit the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. Or how about exploring the …

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Wow. Let me say that again but with added exclamation marks: wow!!! Google has officially released a Google Earth client for iPhone and iTouch users. It's available right now from the iTunes [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2767.html"]App Store[/URL], and best of it is free. Actually, scrap that, because the real best of all bit about the iPhone Google earth client is just how jaw-droppingly stunning it is. Most paid for apps on the iPhone leave you with a little taste of disappointment mixed with resentment in a kind of 'I paid how for what now' sort of a way. Google Earth for iPhone is …

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