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Kidnapped child returns home after 23 years with aid of Google Maps

A Sichuan man, abducted and taken to Fujian province at the age of five, has finally found his way home after spending years trying to work out where he came from.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 5:29am 1 comment

Google Maps leads abducted Chinese boy home to family 23 years later

A Sichuan man, abducted and taken to Fujian province at the age of five, has finally found his way home after spending years trying to work out where he came from. And he says he could not have done it without the help of Google Maps, Fujian’s news portal nhaidu.com reports. 

17 May 2013 - 4:09pm 1 comment

Google map shows 29 years of change

Ever wondered how much Hong Kong has changed since 1984? Google has teamed up with Time magazine, Nasa and the US Geological Survey to create time-lapse videos from satellite images of what's happened to the earth over the past 29 years.

11 May 2013 - 5:34am 1 comment

Online map-makers chart new course

Noé Diakubama, an emigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo who now lives in Paris, is one of this century's intrepid pioneers. Using online map-making tools, he created the first map of his village, Mbandaka, which he and his wife have modified over 100,000 times since 2009. Diakubama literally put Mbandaka - and the people who live there - on the map.

23 Apr 2013 - 3:51am

Google team maps Arctic town with Inuit expert's help

It has charted the world's highest peaks, the ocean floor, the Amazon rainforest and even provided a glimpse into the hermit state of North Korea. But Google's mission to map the world has steered clear of the inhospitable Arctic.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:34am

North Korea a final frontier for Google Maps

It took years and the help of amateur map-makers who once lived there or knew people who did to add gulags, streets and other details to what was long a patch of gray at the online atlas.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, January 4, 2013

Dialogue, not resignation, is key to CY row

I am convinced that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's illegal structures saga has led to a serious erosion of trust in him.

However, I do not see any need for him to step down.

4 Jan 2013 - 3:56am 3 comments

Google unveils mapping app for Apple iPhone, iPad Users

Google unveiled its mapping application for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices, restoring a popular tool that Apple replaced with its own in September.

The new Google Maps app is available in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, Google said in a blog posting on Thursday.

13 Dec 2012 - 2:02pm

Google unveils mapping app for Apple iPhone, iPad Users

Google unveiled its mapping application for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices, restoring a popular tool that Apple replaced with its own in September.

The new Google Maps app is available in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, Google said in a blog posting on Thursday.

13 Dec 2012 - 2:10pm

'Phantom island' riddle solved, says New Zealand researcher

A New Zealand researcher on Monday claimed to have solved the riddle of a mystery South Pacific island shown on Google Earth and world maps which does not exist, blaming a whaling ship from 1876.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:22pm

Scientists prove South Pacific island does not really exist

A South Pacific island that has long been identified on world maps does not exist, according to Australian scientists who went searching for the mystery landmass during a geological expedition.

The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google maps and is supposedly midway between Australia and the French-governed New Caledonia.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Google goes multilingual on Hong Kong maps with voice command

City drivers will not be lost in translation as Google rolls out a trilingual voice-command function for Hong Kong's Google Maps, enabling people to navigate streets with a smartphone.

Drivers can now "speak" to the app in English, Cantonese and Putonghua. Australia, Japan, India, and, as of a few weeks ago, the mainland, already have the voice-command system.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:25am

Users of iPhone 5 give Apple Maps application a failing grade

Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, went on sale in eight markets around the world yesterday - including Hong Kong but not the mainland - attracting crowds of Apple aficionados.

Given the flaws in the Apple Maps application, which comes bundled with the new phone's iOS 6 operating system, it could be argued that they were lucky they already knew where the Apple stores were.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:40am 1 comment

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Artist to run for Legco functional seat

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Historypin

With the great technological advances of our century, it is too easy for the current generation to forge into the future with no regard for the past. And although valuable lessons can be learned from history, teachers have struggled through the years to make dates come alive for their charges. 'The past has nothing to do with us, and we can't change it,' our children say.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

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