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Online maps to be 'time capsule'

INTERNET giant Google has updated its Street View feature so users can now travel back through time and see how places have changed since the mapping service launched in 2007.

Users are now able to click on a new clock icon in the corner of the screen when using Street View, which enables anyone to explore roads and areas almost anywhere in the world.

Clicking this new icon will then allow users to move a scrollbar, changing the year and even season of the area or building they are currently looking at to see how it has changed over time.

In a post on the official Google blog, Google Street View product manager Vinay Shet said:"You can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world."

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