Sometimes it’s hard not to see all the crap that’s going on in the world now, all the crap that’s been going on in the world for the past 30 years and wonder what the hell is going on in the Middle East/Arab/Persian diaspora that has made them so cranky for this long. Vox has put together a great collection of 40 maps, showing the history of the Middle East and the Islamic empire from the beginning of recorded time until now to put things in perspective.
Some amateur monster hunters found what looks like the outline of some kind of prehistoric beast swimming under the waters of Loch Ness in Scotland on Apple Maps, so obviously it’s Nessie. It sure does look compelling, and public satellite maps are always accurate and never ever have weird artifacts show up through incorrect image stitching. Not ever.
For over 120 years, National Geographic has not only been documenting the world through gorgeous photography, but through stunning maps. Now, with a partnership with Google, you can explore 500 National Geographic maps spanning decades and decades of NG cartography.
Mapping our world is big business, and it’s important business— from understanding our planet, to keeping tabs on population to just knowing the best way to get around, we’re always looking at new and better and faster ways to collect data on our surroundings. And with small, cheap flying drone technology, we could have robots doing constant measuring and monitoring and surveillance for us. Like tiny little mechanical guardian angels.
If you were confused by Doctor Who already, this probably won’t help any.
Just as Apple is trying desperately to improve its own Maps application, Google just keeps pulling further and further away. And with their acquisition of social traffic mapping app Waze, it’s going to add a whole new dimension to using Google Maps.
Modern day, widely accessible satellite map technology has allowed people to discover all kinds of things, even things that weren’t supposed to be discovered. Like the above photo, which is supposedly a shot of a secret US drone base in Saudi Arabia.
Authorities in Australia have warned motorists not to trust Apple’s new Maps program, as its incorrect maps and shitty directions my cause bodily harm or death. One wrong turn on the way to grandma’s house and suddenly you’re flying off a cliff into a den of deadly alligators and poisonous spiders. It is Australia after all… that could really happen.
In the county of Hsinchu, Taiwan, the Taiwanese government has… er had… a top secret radar range to detect incoming Chinese missiles. It’s apparently been unknown to the outside world until Apple’s goofy Maps came along and showed the location of the radar range off as clear as day for all to see. Whoopsie.
It’s only been a little over 24 hours since iOS 6 dropped, bringing with it Apple’s own Maps program, and people are already getting hopelessly lost and confused by its directions. Sure it’s got Siri giving you turn by turn directions and pretty vectorized 3D graphics, but if it gets you lost, it’s not very good. It’s got one job…