Google Earth

☀☀☀ The free Google Earth app is a virtual map that can be manually operated. Easy to navigate, the five-step tutorial explains how to observe locations around the world. Your own location can be used and you can search for any town, city, or state. If you do not have a set destination in mind, the app provides a short video tour. It was entertaining to explore. For journalists, this provides a visual aid to news stories, illustration, video and educational tours. Julia Bashaw

☀☀☀☀ The world is now literally at your fingertips. Google Earth lets you explore the globe at will. Find the Eiffel Tower. Swipe to the Golden Gate Bridge. This tool is fun and interactive, though not as good for finding directions as Google Maps. Headed to an unfamiliar place? Use Google Earth get an up-to-date idea of how it will look. Journalists can use Google Earth to illustrate their stories. You will need a strong Wifi or data connection; the 3D renderings take a while to load (some report the app even crashing). Available on iOS and Android. Cat Supawit

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