TechBits: Ingress & Field Trip

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.