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TechBits: Ingress & Field Trip

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The Tech Guy admits he was wrong when he said Google may be using data from the game Ingress to improve its mapping services.

The space-age capture-the-flag game is based on virtual portals placed at points of interest all of the world.  Two teams fight for control of the portals, and the minds of mankind.  The game was created by a division fo Google called Niantic.  That led to talk that Google was using the location data in the game in its services.

But Niantic has another app, called Field Trip.  It shows information about historic and cultural sites based on a user's location- and there's even an option to see Ingress portals.  One big giveaway that Ingress data may be used in Field Trip is that some of the site names and photos are very similar across applications.
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