How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps

Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who… » 2/27/14 7:36pm 2/27/14 7:36pm

Insane Seattle Bus Crash Captured On Google Street View

Google Street View: Is there anything it can't do? If it's not taking us inside Doctor Who's TARDIS or various automotive museums, it's catching the immediate aftermath of breathtaking charter bus accidents in Seattle. » 12/09/13 3:40pm 12/09/13 3:40pm

Take A Virtual Drive Of Circuit Of The Americas On Google Maps

I don't know if you've heard, but there's something of a race going on this weekend in lovely Austin, Texas. While you may not get to drive a Formula One car at 10/10ths on the Circuit of the Americas (unless you're an actual F1 driver, in which case, good for you), you can now experience the track on Google Maps. » 11/14/13 2:20pm 11/14/13 2:20pm

GTA 5 Map Compared to the Google Maps of Major Cities

After the enormous map for Grand Theft Auto V leaked online, the Internet has had a ball geeking out on the render of Los Santos and Blaine Counties. The geography is based on the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but to give you an idea for how big the city really is in real life , Reddit user fakeitlikeyoumakeit » 9/12/13 11:46am 9/12/13 11:46am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Maps Master

The Maps Wars are on in earnest—with Apple Maps now finding its feet after a shaky start, and Bing Maps forming an integral part of Windows Phone, Google Maps can't afford to stand still. A recent overhaul brought bringing more customization options, extra features and a brand new look. Here are 10 useful tips and… » 9/02/13 2:04pm 9/02/13 2:04pm

Unbelievable Google Street View Captures a Space Shuttle Flyover

When Google's army of Street View vehicles takes to the streets, there's no telling what those wandering eyes will see. Still it's hard to believe that a Google Street View camera captured a space shuttle flying over the New Jersey Turnpike towards New York City. » 8/29/13 9:15am 8/29/13 9:15am

Here's The Most Disturbing Thing You'll Ever See On Google Maps

There's a lot of weird shit on Google Street View. So much weird shit that we no longer even bat an eye when something happens. But when a man stands under a clown's head and moons a police van as a Google car drives by, well, you have our attention. » 8/14/13 12:00pm 8/14/13 12:00pm

Five Best Car GPS Units

If you're hitting the road this summer, you probably want a solid GPS with you to make getting to your destination a little easier. Whether you just use your phone or you prefer a stand-alone unit, there are pros and cons to each, and this week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. » 7/28/13 12:37pm 7/28/13 12:37pm

This New Google Maps Ad Is Also A Surprisingly Great Guide To Detroit

Aww, shit! Somebody made another commercial about Detroit so it's time to make a BFD out of it! Google launches a revamped Google Maps app and this ad takes us through a tour of the Motor City that surprisingly isn't cliche. » 7/10/13 1:26pm 7/10/13 1:26pm

Apple Maps Vs Google Maps: A Side By Side iPhone Comparison

We've talked plenty about the flaws inherent in Apple Maps, and where it differs from Google Maps on paper. But how wide is the disparity between the two in actuality? We stacked two iPhone 4Ses side-by-side (one running iOS 5, one running iOS 6, both on wi-fi with GPS on), and let the two mapping apps do battle. » 9/20/12 1:08pm 9/20/12 1:08pm

How Not To Look Like A Badass On Google Street View

Detroit isn't just a post-industrial wasteland filled with ruin porn, but we're not exactly surprised that this picture was taken in the Motor City. Yes, that's a shirtless guy aiming his shotgun at the Google Streetview car. » 9/19/12 3:00pm 9/19/12 3:00pm

See Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Secret Race Car Graveyard With Google Maps

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't a car collector. He's a car hoarder. Want evidence? Just turn to Google Maps to see the smashed-up race car graveyard on his massive property outside of Mooresville, North Carolina. » 4/10/12 12:00pm 4/10/12 12:00pm