Google Realtime Global-Incidents Map

Global_incidennts_map_2You have two choices to check the world for problem spots, manmade or natural. The manmade, as you'll see, far outnumber the natural events.

The first, The Global Incidents Map, a Google map mashup, shows realtime terror and danger incidents around the world. You can select by previous day or week. Not a bad idea for the globe trotter or vacation planner. Listed below is a short, scary sample of yesterday's events around the world.

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Lonely Planet Launches Social Networking & User-Generated Travel Videos

Lonely20planet20slovakia20orly_2Lonely Planet, the famed travel media company, has teamed up with Reality Digital to launch an online travel community on April 2 based around social networking and location specific professional and user-generated videos.

Lonely Planet.tv offers their users the opportunity to integrate home travel movies with professional content. This new site merges social networking features and user-generated content with videos from Lonely Planet Television. That content is further linked to geographical locations via Google Maps. A traveler interested in going to the Galapagos, for instance, can click on a map  and see all videos recently uploaded about the famous archipelago or you can see three-minute video guides of Berlin, an encounter with jumping cats in a Burmese monastery, or an 8-minute-and-34-second rumination on the bleakness of the Falkland Islands.  Lonely Planet TV is launching with six channels of about 50 professionally produced videos. Posted by Jason McManus.

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Google Maps add Real-time Traffic

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Google Maps now shows real-time information about traffic for many US cities (like Kansas City, New York). To check traffic situations, switch to the map or hybrid mode and click on the new traffic tab. Google Maps will add a layer that colors the roads in green, yellow, red, or gray. The colors represent how fast the traffic is moving:

* Green: more than 50 miles per hour
* Yellow: 25 - 50 miles per hour
* Red: less than 25 miles per hour
* Gray: no data available


Quicktime Virtual Guides to Italy's Great Cities

Florence_sunsetI wish I had these state-of-the-art interactive Quicktime guides to the great cities of Italy on my last trip to Florence and Rome. These ItalyGuides provide Quicktime movies of the great cultural and architectural landmarks, photo galleries, interactive city maps (including Google maps of Rome and Siena), free audio tour downloads for your iPod, MP3, or GP Garmin. Cities included in this series are Rome, Venice, Florence, Sienna, Pisa, and Naples. The Virtual Tour of Florence, for example, provides Quicktime Videos of all the great landmarks, as well as free downloads of Micheangelo's David, the Piazza della Signoria, and more. Totally cool! Posted by Casey Kazan.

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