Explore “from cave paintings to the internet” on Google Maps

HistoryOfInformation.com has just put out a very powerful new map that lets you explore famous locations in history around the world.  You can select a category, such as “art”, “music”, “telegraph” or dozens of others, then see pins placed on the map to show noteworthy events related to that category — going back many thousands of years.

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Check it out for yourself at www.historyofinformation.com/maps-simple/ or learn more about it over on Google Maps Mania.

Google Maps coming back to Windows Phone “soon”

google-mapsLate yesterday, Google cut off in-browser access to Google Maps for Windows Phone users. The reason, according to Google:

“IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users.”

While they still have no plans to build a native Maps app for Windows Phone, this block is expected to be lifted soon to at least give those users access to it via the browser.

More details on this story are available over on TechCrunch.

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