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Google Maps review

Google Maps brings you a wealth of features that can help you find your way in more than 220 countries, including Street View, voice search, and turn-by-turn navigation, which makes it a valuable addition to your smartphone no matter how you're traveling.

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Comprehensive yet accessible: Google Maps' greatest virtue is that it remains easy to use, despite providing complete mapping features for most places in the world, with an excellent amount of detail that often goes beyond mere street names to include images and essential information about places. It recognizes your location and allows you to effortlessly search … Read more

HyperDock for Mac review

HyperDock for Mac lets you take a quick look at the windows you have open in each program when you hover over icons in the Dock. See thumbnails of both open and minimized windows in the same place, and quickly access the programs you need with one click through this app's intuitive and convenient interface.

When you install HyperDock, it will run from the System Preferences menu. To customize your user experience, you can set Preferences for Enabling Window Previews and Activation Delay Time in milliseconds. It's also possible to select whether or not you want to include … Read more

IrfanView review

Irfan View is a compact and powerful photo editing program that gives you the tools to touch up and add effects to your photos. You can set images as your desktop wallpaper directly from the app, and put the finishing touches on all your photos with just a few clicks.

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Convenient help: When you open Irfan View for the first time, a Web page also opens displaying a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the app. The information found here can help you navigate just about any process or situation you encounter when using the app. You can access … Read more

Google Maps hack turns any Street View into an urban jungle

If you want to see New York as a wilderness area, you can watch the CGI makeover in "I Am Legend," or turn to the Urban Jungle Street View site. Urban Jungle takes advantage of a little-known part of Street View called depth data. This allows the positioning of objects in the correct 3D space, so it really looks like a tree is growing out of the middle of Times Square.

It can be hard to navigate around once you're in the Urban Jungle map because the usual Street View directional cues are absent. Also, everything that might look familiar is covered in vegetation. This is really more about the novelty of slathering Street View locations with greenery. It works best in locations with tall buildings, but feel free try it out on your own house.… Read more

Google Maps cruises the rapids of the Colorado River

Rafting down the rapids of the Colorado River and gazing up at the walls of the Grand Canyon is not something many people get to do. But now Google Maps is sharing the experience with the masses.

On Thursday, the Web giant released its newest Street View Trek, which navigates "America's most endangered river." Partnering with American Rivers conservation group, Google has mapped out the course of the Colorado River, highlighting attractions along the way, like North Canyon, Nankoweap Granaries, and the Redwall Cavern.

"Now with Google Street View, you can ride the whitewater rapids, cruise … Read more

Google Maps charts the frozen home of the polar bear

Polar bears may not have much use for pavement, but that didn't stop Google Maps' Street View from getting very up close and personal with the elusive Ursus maritimus.

In honor of International Polar Bear Day, Google released on Thursday its first Street View maps of a remote area of Canada's tundra. In capturing images of polar bears in and around the town of Churchill, Manitoba, Google has created a "baseline record for imagery associated with geospatial data," Krista Wright, executive director of the conservation group Polar Bears International, wrote in a guest blog for Google. … Read more

Behold Google Street View's Taj Mahal imagery

It's said that roughly 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal in India every year. Now, tourists don't need to get a plane ticket to witness the wonders of the ancient white marbled mausoleum.

Google Street View just unleashed its latest mapping project, which covers not only the Taj Mahal but also 29 other Indian landmarks. Armchair explorers can wander the grounds of Humayun's Tomb, gaze at the intricate details of Red Fort's sandstone walls, or trek around the ancient temples at Muvar Koil.

"These Indian heritage sites have historically been admired by those lucky … Read more

YouTube to wipe site clean of 'fraudulent' video views

It isn't exactly a secret that with a certain amount of cash, people can pay for views, followers, and likes on their accounts and profiles on social networks. This is something Facebook and Twitter have battled for years. Now, YouTube is cracking down too.

The video-hosting service announced Tuesday that it is carrying out periodic audits of videos in an effort to rid its site of "fraudulent views."

"YouTube isn't just a place for videos, it's a place for meaningful human interaction. Whether it's views, likes, or comments, these interactions both represent and … Read more

Google's Street View lands in the Philippines

Google has made the landmarks of the Philippines more accessible to people around the world.

The Web giant announced Tuesday it has begun capturing Street View imagery from the southeast Asian nation, launching first in the capital of Manila, with an eventual expansion into the country's more than 7,000 islands. Google offered a preview of the service through 360-degree photos captured from within Manila's walled city of Intramuros.

Google's backpack-attached Street View Trekker camera captured the full glory of historic churches and forts, including The San Agustin Church, Baluarte de San Diego, Plaza San Luis Complex, … Read more

Chase the Stig around 'Top Gear' Google Street View track

If you've ever wanted to take a spin around the "Top Gear" test track in the UK, but don't qualify as a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, now's your chance. The famous airport-based track has just debuted on Google Street View.

An added bonus to the series of photos is that the Stig accompanies you along the way, starting off with a drag race from the starting line. Just look for the white Mercedes SLS AMG Black with the gull wing doors and the helmeted mystery man behind the wheel. The Street View Opel four-door doesn't stand a chance.… Read more