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Google Maps Goes Underwater, Apple Maps Drops Furniture Store in River

Steven Blum
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The Google Maps team have truly outdone themselves in the latest update to Google Street View. While Apple Maps can't even figure out where you are, Google Maps is exploring one of the world's greatest treasures: the Great Barrier Reef.

An update to Google Street View allows users to swim past schools of fish, travel through ancient volcanoes, follow a sting ray and make friends with a sea turtle, all from the comfort of their computer or Android device.

In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, the amazing update to Street View also allows users to explore Apo Island in the Phillipines, Oahu's Hanuama Bay and Maui's Molokini crater. 

Google has partnered with the Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific study of the world's reefs, in order to make these images available to millions of people through Street View. 

They haven't decided to blur fishes faces out of privacy concerns, as you can see here:

"HUMANS? I am forever traumatized."

Not to be outdone, Apple Maps has placed a furniture store in a river:

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    Nick N. Sep 26, 2012 Link

    There are tech companies that are content to rest on their laurels, releasing incremental updates once a year to a limited product line, whose idea of innovation is to add more icons to a tired UI, and whose business plan involves attempting to litigate the competition out of existence.

    And then there's Google.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 26, 2012 Link

    Dammit I freakin LOVE Google.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 26, 2012 Link

    Oooh I can't wait 'till Google underwater shows that furniture store. That's got to be an amazing way to shop for furniture.

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  • Robert Jansen Sep 26, 2012 Link

    Lol @ Dvoraak =)

    Has anyone been able to reproduce that movie @ Street View?

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    Nick N. Sep 26, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak: +1 and lol

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  • Patrick R. Sep 26, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak I suddenly had scenes from the Little Mermaid flash before my eyes. Haha

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  • Steven Blum Sep 26, 2012 Link

    I swear, AndroidPIT has the best commenters on the web. I'm loling every day, dudes.

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  • B Fish Sep 26, 2012 Link

    @Nick - Love this comment! I want to use it against some of the Apple Fanboys that continually spew their nonsense.

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  • Rutger Sep 26, 2012 Link

    @Dvoorak:
    They are experts in Waterbeds! ;-)

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    Nick N. Sep 27, 2012 Link

    @B Fish: You're welcome to quote my comment, if you wish, as long as I'm credited, thank you!

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    Maldor Sep 28, 2012 Link

    Apple has done the possible again!

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  • paul rodham Oct 1, 2012 Link

    wow

    the apples maps are great for going places.

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  • CJ Brown Oct 1, 2012 Link

    It won't be long before we can virtually tour Monuments around the world using Google :)

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  • D Hoyland Oct 4, 2012 Link

    HI, If you live in the UK try this, http://taxi.ba.com/ ,just enter your Post code and watch.

    Dave

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  • stanley perez Oct 4, 2012 Link

    That's right apple don't fuck with google

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