Seems the big G has been busy - a spanking new Google Maps has just been loaded onto your desktop. Now, why is this a big deal? It brings back the little Pegman guide who disappeared in a recent update. The update also incorporates traffic data, clearly a benefit from Google having acquired crowdsourced navigation app Waze some time back.
Travel planning with Google Maps
A feature Google's pushing in the new update is 'Earth Tours', or 3D imagery from selected locations wherever you see the Earth Tour icon. This is available for viewing only on WebGL-enabled browsers like, cough, Google Chrome.
What's pretty cool is the new navigation preview which lets you see street-level images from the directions given by Google Maps, so you can have a rough idea of what an unfamiliar trail will look like. Handy when you're about to go boldy where you have not gone before.
If you chose to opt-into the new Google Maps, congratulations on discovering yet another new way to waste time on your computer at work! Or at least, lessen the chance of being late for your next appointment.