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Karen Blakeman on December 24th, 2012

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) has been tracking Santa since 1955. It all began when a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. The phone number put the children through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations hotline. The Director of Operations […]

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Karen Blakeman on July 16th, 2012

First cycle routes and now canals. Google is collaborating with the Canal and River Trust to provide a Google Map guide to the UK’s canal network called In Your Area ( It is not available as part of the standard Google Maps. The map allows you to enter your address or postcode to find the nearest canal. The map […]

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Karen Blakeman on July 13th, 2012

Google has added cycle routes and directions to its UK maps. The feature has been available on US and Canadian maps since 2010 but has now been extended to the Europe and Australia. In the UK Google has been working with Sustrans ( to include bike trails, lanes and recommended roads. Set your starting point […]

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Karen Blakeman on January 7th, 2012

I travel a lot for both business and leisure and I use public transport whenever possible. The plus side to this is that if it is a longish journey – for example Reading to Manchester – I can settle down on the train and get on with some work. The down side is that I […]

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Karen Blakeman on January 21st, 2011

Google has added estimated fuel cost to driving directions in its Google Maps.I would never have picked this up had not covered it as we gave up having our own car years ago and Google does not appear to have advertised this feature in the obvious places. If you want to go from A […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 20th, 2010 shows live aircraft traffic in the airspace above Europe, of which there has been very little over the past few days. It is a mashup of Google Maps, airport locations, broadcast air traffic data and photos of some of the aircraft. It uses data a flight information system called ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) and […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 11th, 2010

Google Street View now covers most of the UK. When I last looked at Caversham and Reading on March 9th they were not covered. Today they are! Looking at various pieces of evidence – for-sale signs, new buildings or lack of them, and the progress of exterior refurbishment – the photos in my part of […]

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