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Twitter user @nycsouthpaw was onboard the notoriously lengthy Hawaiian Airlines nonstop flight from New York-JFK to Honolulu yesterday, when he noticed a little something special within the seatback entertainment moving map:
I like that the airbus maps show notable shipwrecks. Edgy move. pic.twitter.com/21kiYAojjL— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 27, 2014
The folks and cameras over at Google Street View can’t stop exploring, and now they’re taking a page from The Little Mermaid—they’re going under the sea. There were some announcements earlier this summer, as the map mavens headed to check things out over in Belize and the Philippines in honor of UNESCO Marine World Heritage Sites; however, now there’s another option as well.
It’s not just Google behind things with the latest expansion, as it sounds like a few of Uncle Sam’s scientists are also leading the effort. Equipped with fisheye lenses—ha, of course—photographers and videographers are now busy mapping the underwater world that is the Florida Keys.
If we had to go and pick a favorite state then California would be close to the top. However, it looks like we might have a bit more difficulty picking a winner, as now there’s a plan to split up the Golden State into a few smaller nuggets.
There’s all kind of political implications, thoughts, and opinions surrounding the idea, but instead of taking sides or discussing the feasibility of the idea—we just kind of want to point out that this has become a thing. Basically a venture capitalist thinks that state is too big, and that by splitting things up into smaller states there would be more effective government and management of the new geographic units.
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City guides, maps, or whatever you want to call them can come in pretty handy as you make your way through a foreign land, and that’s especially the case when the WiFi or cellular connectivity is at a minimum. Jauntful is now arriving on the scene with exactly that, as they’ve got printable and shareable guides to your favorite spots across the globe. If their name sounds familiar it does to us as well; however, as far as we know there’s no connection to your pals over here at Jaunted.
It's just a preview as of now, but how it works is that you just start typing away your favorite restaurants, attractions, and other picks to check out. They’ll go ahead and start filling things out right on a map, and once you’re done it will be available for download and to share. You’ll be able to watch as your friends check-off spots they’ve visited based off your recommendations, so you can remind them to visit places they missed—or they can fill you in on experiences that really missed the mark. There’s the ability to add notes as well, so feel free to add it all the details and reminders that you just need to share.
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How many miles did you fly last year? What about different airlines? Total number of hours spent in the air? If you can't answer any of these questions, listen up because there's a slew of ways to easily track all these fun travel statistics with only a few clicks of the mouse.
Right now is the ideal time to begin logging your flights for this fresh year so that, come December, you'll have all sorts of fun stats to share at holiday parties and on social networks. "I flew 70,000 miles and visited 32 different airports in 9 countries this year" sure beats, "Yeah, I traveled a lot."
With this is mind, we put flight tracking websites to the test:
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Yesterday, we told you why you should be making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta this time next year. Now, you need to understand the layout of the region to fully appreciate the amount of opportunities you will have within a short distance.
For the sake of this discussion, we'll consider the city itself, including the Zona Hotelera (north side), El Centro (center city), and the Zona Romantica (south side), as one point on the map (although we may break it down further in a later post). You can see that Puerto Vallarta is located pretty much in the center of the Banderas Bay, which, by the way, is huge - 62 miles of coastline in total that stretches from Punta Mita in the north down to Yelapa in the south. Using the city as a center point, let's split the region in two and take a closer look.
We've all been theretraveling in a foreign city enjoying the sights, but having to pull out the paper map or Google Maps to re-orient. Not only is the action embarrassing and a tell-tale sign that you're a tourist, but it increases the risk that you'll become the victim of petty crime.
Fear not, for the folks at Design Hype have created metal cuffs embossed with public transport maps of a handful of cities. Now, when jumping from Uptown to Downtown Manhattan, you merely need glance at your wrist to determine if the A, C or E train is the one to hop on for your desired destination.
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When it comes to airlines and social media stuff, it seems like KLM is always on the shortlist for carriers who actually utilize it in a useful and slick manner. We’ve mentioned before how they kill it on Facebook, and now it looks like they’re just going for a place in the airline social media hall of fame with something called "Must See Map."
Basically the idea is to rely on your friends and internet pals to help you plan your trip in one way or another. Head over to the map website, select where you’re going and then give the itinerary a slick name. After that you’re free to start adding your own tips and notes to your online map. We did a little sample visit to Paris and we added the Eiffel Tower as a must-see—haha.
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Not our map, but a sample
Does that seem like a lot? It is or it isn't depending on how much you yourself fly, but this number, our personal 2012 total for miles flown, represents a year of new adventures.
The number comes courtesy of the free website FlightMemory.com, where anyone is welcome to sign up for an account to then enter travel itineraries for detailed stats. We recommend getting on that now, before 2013 plans command your attention from the fun of 2012.
Miles tracking on FlightMemory is as involved as you want it to be; ranging from the basics (airports, dates, airline, flight number) to the advanced (airplane type, registration, seat number and class), all resulting in sweet, sweet statistics to
brag about share at the dining room table or at the airline lounge bar. Our particular favorites are how many times we've circumnavigated the Earth (4.51x), total different airports (28) and average flight length (2,294 mi, 4:39 h).
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We've already talked about the problems with Apple Maps and how we miss Google Maps as a standard feature on our iPhone. The former has renamed cities, created new land masses and even directed us down some thru roads that ended abruptly with a dead end sign. Even Apple sacked the guy who created the application last month.
Now, Australian police have gotten involved with their hatred for the navigation app. No, you wont get arrested for using the maps, but you might get lost and they don't want that to happen.
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Another day, another slew of inaccuracies discovered in iOS 6 Maps. The app, which comes new with the software update on iPads and iPhones but deletes Google Maps, is so crazy bad that it's become the butt of late night comedian monologue jokes, even spawning a particularly hilarious mocking Tumblr.
And it's not just getting driving directions wrong or putting a park where there's actually a parking lot. iOS 6 Maps has managed to make the world appear to be melting in 3D view, reverted some cities to their occupied names from World War II and, well...they're just generally confused about Australia (examples here & here).
Last week, social photo-sharing network Instagram released Version 3 of their crazy popular app, rife with new features and improved functionality. One such addition is the "Photo Map," which automates populates a Google Map with the images you have taken and geo-tagged. This means that, last week, your Instagram newsfeed liked look like a listing of who's adding how many photo to where on their map.
Instantly the traveler bragging and jealousy began. "Who in my network has the most diverse Photo Map?" "Who has the least?" Poor newcomers to Instagram probably felt more than a little miffed to view their maps, sans all the fun locations they'd hit earlier in the year and shared prior to becoming wrapped up in the addictive app.