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Old June 4th, 2015, 01:15 PM   #1
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Apple, Google, and Microsoft: Discussion, News, and More

I noticed that I've been posting too many news articles related to Apple, Google, and Microsoft in the "Gadgets & Tech" thread, which was making it somewhat unbalanced in my opinion, so I thought I might as well start a new thread for the aforementioned high-tech giants.
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Old June 4th, 2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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Mind the (g)app for real-time transit information

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Ever missed a bus? Subway? Yeah, us too. Luckily, Google Maps is making it easier to track your transportation so you can finish that last sip of coffee without worrying you’re missing your ride. Starting today in Google Maps, relevant journeys are handily arranged and summarized in the app—so it’s easy to know at a glance how long you’ll be waiting and what your other options are if you just miss that bus.

We're also making it easier to get real-time transit info in two new countries and four new metro areas. We work with 100+ partners to give you real time transit info, and today we're adding 25+ new partners in six places: U.K., Netherlands, Budapest, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. This real-time transit info will let you see live arrivals for buses, metros and subway systems—and even alert you to cancelled routes—so you can better navigate the intricate and unpredictable world of transit in major cities around the world.




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New Version of Google Earth 7.1.5.1557

MAY 25, 2015

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archi...rth-7-1-5.html

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Thank you to GEB reader ‘A.C.’ for alerting us to the fact that Google has released a new minor version of Google Earth. This release comes just under a month after the previous update, which was the first update in nearly two years.

This update actually has some release notes that tell us what has been changed:
  • The Google account sign-in process was updated from OAuth 1.0 to OAuth 2.0, given the deprecation of Oauth 1.0. Users of all previous versions of Earth will not be able to sign-in with their Google accounts after May 30th, 2015.
  • Fixes issues with the auto-update process on Mac OS X.
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Google Offline Maps Support With Navigation – New Features And Improvements

http://pressandupdate.com/google-off...-improvements/

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At the I/O developer event held by Google, one of the announcements was about bringing Maps offline support, which will come later this year. This functionality will help you to browse maps, get turn-by-turn directions and even make voice commands. The application will support these features even if you will go offline while driving your car and you don’t have data access.

Google Maps may be the best mapping application, but it lacked some functionalities and offline support was one of them. Google knows that it lags behind in this area, but recently, the company said that it will add offline support to other two products: the Chrome browser and the YouTube app, but only in a few countries.

Adding offline support to Maps is great news for millions of users who need this mapping service to travel around the world and to reach their destinations safely. The new functionality was tested on a smartphone in airplane mode and it worked just fine. The awesome thing about it is that it will support turn-by-turn navigation, but we don’t have an exact date for the official release of the new functionality.
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These are some of the new Bing mapping features revealed during Build 2015 sessions

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For developers fortunate enough to have attended Build, there was a lot of useful information regarding the future of Bing Maps extensibility. During a session titled, Leveraging Maps and Location Across Pone, Tablet, and PC in Your Windows Apps; developers were encouraged to take advantage of new mapping controls that are now built into Windows 10. Session leaders Mike Ammerlaan and Rohan Thakkar talked to the scalability of the new mapping control tool that can help developers create mapping solutions on the Universal app platform. Mapping solutions built with the tool will now be able to target phones, tablets and PC with a single map control. The new mapping SDK in Windows 10 will also support immersive 3D cities, offline road maps, and StreetSide imagery.
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1. Apple Maps May Soon Go Cross-Platform, Reveals Company Job Listing

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/new...listing-699731



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It appears Apple is set to bring Apple Maps to other platforms than its own, if new job listing on the Cupertino giant's website is any indication.

A new job listing on Apple's website has been spotted for a Maps JavaScript Engineer, whose role will be "to help make maps work seamlessly on the Web." The listing indicates the tech giant is planning to introduce a Web-based Maps service for users apart from those who are already on iOS or OS X. This listing was first noticed by Benedict Evans on Twitter.

The position is full-time and based at Apple's Cupertino headquarters. It requires for the job applicant to have a deep knowledge of JavaScript, a language used extensively to create Web-based services. Apple specifies the candidate must also have a solid understanding of HTML and CSS as well. Apple wants the candidate to have a proven track record of providing clients with excellent Web applications, apart from strong debugging and diagnostic skills.

Apple Maps is currently available only on iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 6 and above. It is also available on the Apple OS X platform starting from OS X Mavericks and newer. If there is ever an Apple Maps-based Web service, it would practically be available for all the other users, including Windows. A Web link for Apple's mapping service already exists in the form of maps.apple.com but it currently doesn't do much apart from sharing Maps data between OS X Mavericks and iOS. This move could prove to be interesting because Apple already offers its iWork productivity suite in cross-platform browser-based forms.
2. Mystery vans said to be collecting 3D street-level imagery for Apple Maps

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/...or-apple-maps/



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It turns out that the mysterious Apple-operated vans seen trundling about the streets of several major U.S. cities in recent months have been busy gathering imagery to help bring new elements to its Maps app.

There had been speculation that the vans – spotted with various gizmos perched on the roof – may have had something to do with Apple’s rumored car project,. However, 9to5Mac’s insiders claim the vehicles have in fact been gathering images of business storefronts to replace the Yelp data that’s currently used by the app, as well as 3D street-level imagery for a feature likely to complement its Flyover offering that gives Maps users a bird’s-eye view of an increasing number of cities and famous landmarks.
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1. Google I/O 2015 - Project Tango - Mobile 3D tracking and perception



2. Google I/O 2015 - Designing for virtual reality

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iPad Pro

Apple's larger-screened iPad, coming in late 2015

http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ipad-pro/

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AT A GLANCE

The "iPad Pro" is said to be an even larger version of the iPad Air, with a display measuring in at 12.9 inches. Perhaps aimed at the enterprise market, it may feature an ultra high-resolution display and an A9 processor.
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  • 12.9-inch high resolution display
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  • White/Silver, White/Gold, Black/Space Gray
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Google Street View has an underwater version that lets you explore the world’s seabeds

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Now you can swim with humpback whales, explore coral reefs in the Pacific, or walk on a beach in Bali—all from the comfort of your desk chair.

To encourage us humans to learn more about the ocean, Google has released a tranche of new underwater images for its Google Street View application.


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The shots come from partnerships with the Catlin Seaview Survey, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Chagos Conservation Trust, and have led to some truly amazing moments. The point is that by better documenting our oceans and our affect on them, we will be inspired to learn more about them, and better protect them, Google says in its announcement.


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Last week at Google’s I/O developers conference, the company introduced an updated version of its Cardboard virtual reality system. Google also recently announced that Street View is available for Cardboard in certain locations. So it’s not much of a stretch to think that at some point soon, using just a smartphone and a piece of cardboard, we could be exploring the depths of the world’s oceans in immersive 3D.

Google was not immediately available to comment on whether this was part of their, um, roadmap.
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Here’s what you can expect from Apple at WWDC 2015

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2015/06/...-at-wwdc-2015/

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Apple TV

No new hardware? No problem.

The real rub with Apple TV lies in the experience, and we’re hearing Apple is diligently trying to bring us TV sans-cable, much like we have with Sling TV.


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HomeKit

Apple’s framework for your connected home is so close we can almost use it. Announced at WWDC 2014, HomeKit has not yet found its way to our actual homes.


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iOS

There’s no indication we’ll be able to download iOS 9 on Monday, but we’re probably going to hear about it. If anything, iOS 8.4 will be made available, which is said to have one killer feature (we’ll get there in a minute).

Whenever Apple makes iOS 9 available (which could be this Fall with new iPhone hardware), we’re likely to see a “Home” app that will allow you to interact with the HomeKit devices scattered about your house. As the Health app is your interaction with HealthKit, so will the Home app be for the HomeKit framework.

Elsewhere in iOS 9, we’re hearing Siri will get a lot handier. All reports indicate Siri is going to end up more like Google Now with a new feature called Proactive, which has card-based notifications like Google Now.
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OS X

Apple’s desktop operating system — like its mobile OS — just went through a pretty significant overhaul. Apple will probably drop OS X 10.11 on us, which could have the San Francisco font switched on by default (we hope so).

We’re also hearing Apple may have a new control center for OS X, which could be a lot like the iOS version. Not surprising if it’s true; Apple recently made Spotlight a bit more like its mobile counterpart.


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The rest of it

Apple doesn’t let us rest during WWDC. Every time someone takes the stage, it’s typically to announce something pretty great.

Apple Pay is believed to get some type of loyalty program, possibly a points system for cards or purchases at select retailers. That could lead to a new-look Passbook, too.

Apple Maps may get transit directions, and some 3D effects. Perpetually in catch-up mode with Google Maps, these are less exciting features, and likely won’t get much (if any) stage time.
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1. iOS 9 brings public transit directions to Apple Maps

http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/8/873...maps-announced

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iOS 9 will give Apple Maps users the ability to receive public transit directions, restoring core functionality that Apple's mobile operating system lost when the company replaced Google Maps with its own software in 2012. Software VP Craig Federighi just announced the long-awaited feature, which covers bus, ferry, subway, and train routes, on stage at Apple's WWDC keynote. In the United States, launch cities will include Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Transit directions will also be available internationally in London, Toronto, and Berlin.












2. iOS 9 features hint at an iPad Pro future

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile...future-1296167

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Although Apple didn't make any hardware announcements during its WWDC 2015 keynote, several key enhancements introduced with the next generationiOS 9 mobile operating system would make sense on a larger, yet to be announced iPad Pro.

The biggest iOS 9 feature that's iPad Pro-ready is simultaneous multitasking, a feature that's missing from prior versions of the mobile operating system but is currently available from some of Apple's biggest tablet rivals. During his keynote presentation, Craig Federighi, SVP of Software Engineering at Apple, showed off how users can run two iOS applications side-by-side, allowing them to juggle tasks without switching or closing apps.

This PC-inspired feature in a post-PC era – along with better hardware keyboard support and an improved Quick Type software keyboard – seems primed for an iPad Pro launch.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Specs, Announcement: Device To Launch After Windows 10?

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Software giant Microsoft is slated to release a new upgraded version of its Surface Pro product line dubbed as Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Speculations about its official release and the device's full specifications have been making the rounds online, and a report from ITPro said that Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will be unveiled on July 29 this year alongside Windows 10.

ChristianToday has also reported that Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is indeed likely to be announced after Windows 10 comes out on the same date. The report noted that the launch of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will eventually change the landscape of the tablet industry usually dominated by Samsung and Apple.

Microsoft's "laplet" device is rumored to sport Intel's Broadwell processors, which will be thinner and quieter, and could have a mini version of cards. A report from Techradar, on the other hand, disclosed that Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will have Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with the usual stylus pen. The price of the device, however, will reportedly cost between $1,200 to $2,000, which is quite expensive.

The Surface Pro 4 will also reportedly have a 12-inch display with a 2160X1440 resolution, while its storage capacity will share the same specification with its predecessor, the Surface Pro 3, with a 64GB to 1TB storage capacity.

ITPro also reported that Microsoft Surface Pro 4's battery life will increase by 30 percent, with the possibility of the dual core processors being replaced by Broadwell chips. The device will also apparently have a 16 GB RAM. Microsoft said that it will continue to push more hardware upgrades to serve its consumers better as it plans to take a piece of the tablet PC market share.
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just one thing what I miss on iPad compared to MS Surface is the included keyboard. Thumb up for MS
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Bill Gates - The Captain of Microsoft



Steve Ballmer - The Marketing Weapon of Microsoft



Paul Allen - The Man Behind Microsoft

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Google Launches A New Home For Journalists With “News Lab”

http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/22/goo.../#.33rwye:xVCC





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Google today announced the launch of a new site called News Lab, a destination that aims to connect journalists with programs, data and other resources to aid in their reporting. The site will feature a number of tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and best practices on how to use Google products in reporting, as well as provide access to the recently updated Google Trends service, and more. It will also showcase Google’s numerous efforts surrounding new media partnerships and citizen reporting.

The News Lab site builds on a series of announcements that came out last week which were similarly focused on Google’s increasing efforts to play a larger role in the world of journalism. For example, in partnership with social news agency Storyful, Google rolled out YouTube Newswire – a curated and aggregated feed containing daily newsworthy events that have been published to YouTube. It also announced a series of initiatives aimed at supporting and verifying news videos on YouTube. These included WITNESS Media Lab, which will produce a number of in-depth projects on human rights issues, and The First Draft Collection, which teamed up journalism experts to train others on video verification, research and ethics.

These, too, will be housed and linked to from News Lab, which is now serving as the home for Google’s many projects in the journalism space. Here, Google will keep a continually updated list of tools and resources at g.co/newslab, and the site will feature Google’s various media partnerships and projects, including those listed above.

The site currently details some of the partnerships Google has undertaken, such as its efforts with the San Francisco-based media accelerator Matter; grassroots journalism organization Hackers/Hackers; TechRaking summits Google is holding with the Center for Investigative Reporting, and others. Plus, the site offers information on hackathons dedicated to developing new investigative tools, like the use of drones in reporting. And, as a global initiative, Google’s News Lab will also power the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe, the company says.

Meanwhile, the “Data” section of News Lab links to the recently updated Google Trends service and highlights media organizations which have used Google Trends data in their reporting. On Wednesday last week, Google rolled out a redesign of Google Trends which now brings real-time data for 28 countries to its service.

The move to better showcase Google’s tools and resources for reporters comes at a time when a number of social media services are often found to be the place where news first breaks. These social media posts then become embedded in reporter’s stories, including Facebook updates, tweets, and now, live streams from services like Twitter’s Periscope or Meerkat.

With citizen reporters regularly turning to social media first – and not typically on Google+, the company’s own social media site – Google is working to assert the variety of other ways it has to participate in the reporting process, ranging from first-hand videos posted to YouTube to its wealth of data and information collected from the world’s searchers.

Google is smart to play up the troves of data it can offer journalists, as that’s the company’s strength. More importantly, it puts access to Google’s tools all under one roof which will make it easier for those looking for this sort of information to find it more quickly, bettering Google’s chances of having its data used in reporter’s stories.


https://newslab.withgoogle.com/
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Google, Microsoft, Mozilla Want A Faster Web

Google wants to keep you from leaving the Web by delivering a faster experience.

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Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla confirmed last week that they are working on a project called WebAssembly. This standards initiative can be found as a W3C project and on Github.

Basically, WebAssembly aims to serve compiled executable binary code instead of interpreted plaintext JavaScript. The group says its tests have shown a 20-fold increase in speed.

It is hoped by these three companies -- which all have a vested interested in making the Web as fast as possible for their own business purposes -- that this will allow the use of the kinds of applications that have historically not run well on the Web, such as rich online games or the emulation of native desktop apps.

Right now Google has the most to gain from this project, since it wants the Web to work as fast as possible to keep ads in front of users. For CIOs and IT pros, this is important because Google has shown how a change in its corporate strategy can ripple across multiple businesses. This happened earlier this year when Google decided to change search results based on how sites render on mobile devices.

As of now, the WebAssembly project supports coding in C/C++.

During this beginning, WebAssembly relies primarily on Mozilla's ASM.js -- a subset of low-level JavaScript commands. WebAssembly will take the C/C++ and compile it into ASM.js code. The logic behind this is that almost every browser will be able to recognize this code.
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Dell Venue 10 7000 review: This isn't your average Android tablet

Premium hardware, a stunning display, and stellar software help make this convertible 10-in. tablet stand out for both productivity and play.

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As a Guy Who Reviews Android Devices™, I've been faced with a strange sort of conundrum lately: When someone asks me to recommend a 10-in. Android tablet, I haven't had a good answer.

Sure, there are plenty of options out there. But it's been quite a while since there's been one that's stood out for being really great. Most of the contenders come with at least one serious caveat, be it chintzy construction, less-than-perfect performance, or software that makes you want to strike yourself with the nearest blunt object. And suffice it to say, those kinds of things take significant tolls on what a device is like to use.

You know what, though? My quandary is over. The 10-in. Android tablet is at long last back.

Meet the Dell Venue 10 7000. Yup -- a device from Dell. It might sound like an unexpected source for excitement, but if you've been paying attention over the past several months, it shouldn't come as a total surprise.

Forget what you think you know about Dell: The company's been on a rampage lately with distinctive and beautifully designed devices that put other products to shame. From the sexy XPS line of Ultrabooks to the sleek and striking Venue 8 7000 Android tablet, Dell's been showing it's serious about creating lust-worthy gadgets with spectacular user experiences.

The new Venue 10 7000 is no exception. I've been living with the tablet for the past couple of weeks, and let me tell you: This thing is an absolute delight to use. (And as anyone who's read many of my reviews knows, I don't throw those kinds of compliments around lightly.)

The Venue 10 is the bigger brother to the aforementioned Venue 8 7000, which I praised earlier this year for its exceptional design, display, and approach to Android software. The Venue 10 follows the same basic footprint and also introduces some significant new elements into the equation.

Like most nice things, it comes at a cost: The Venue 10 7000 runs $499 for a 16GB model, $549 for 32GB, or $629 and $679 for those same setups along with a keyboard docking attachment (which is a real high point, as we'll get to in a minute). A quick tip, though: You can get 50 bucks off the tablet-plus-keyboard prices if you buy the device from Dell's website with the coupon code 4S79F2CJG$974M between now and the end of July.






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Google Maps Reveal the Middle East’s Brutal Building Sites

http://www.wired.com/2015/06/arko-datto-crossings/

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WHEN MOST PEOPLE think of the Arabian peninsula, they think of the opulent man-made islands of Dubai and that city’s sparking, futuristic towers, or the World Cup stadiums rising from the desert in Qatar. But with his series Crossings, Arko Datto shifts the attention to the millions of migrant workers from throughout Asia who are building these structures.

Datto used Google Maps and Google Earth to capture the vast highways, sprawling landscapes, and grand projects that laborers have built under conditions that border on slavery.

Though it might seem more obvious to make portraits of workers, Datto finds the results of their labor equally ominous. The somewhat abstract aerial images highlight the extent of their contributions—and the exploitation so integral to the region’s growth. It’s also a metaphor—Datto didn’t photograph the workers individually or document their living conditions because they are essentially unseen by the society so thoroughly reliant upon them.

“The work deals with the issue in a fairly abstract/tangential way,” Datto says. “The total lack of human presence in the images is symbolic of the anonymity, facelessness, and lack of representation that the migrant workers suffer.”

Datto grew interested in the issue during his frequent travels from his native India to Europe; he’s had 20 layovers in various airports in the Middle East over the past 14 years. “I started getting fascinated with the throng of migrant workers you would see huddled in groups in different parts of the airport, waiting for a trip back home,” he says.

Migrant workers from India, Nepal and throughout Southeast Asia get construction jobs through recruiters who lure them with promises of prosperity. Once there, many workers find themselves essentially held hostage by employers who hold their passports and pay for months. An investigation by the Guardian found that migrant workers building the stadiums and other infrastructures for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are essentially slaves. Another report found Nepalese working on World Cup projects died at the rate of one person every two days last year. Advocates for these workers say 62 people will die for each game of the World Cup—nearly 4,000 deaths in all.

Still, little has changed as worldwide awareness of the problem mounts. Datto is not deterred and continues to make work on migrant issues. “I want to show to the world a bitter truth that is at the crossroads of capitalism and racism,” Datto says.












































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1. Google Earth gets two new features for its 10th birthday

http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/29/g...10th-birthday/

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Can you believe that Google Earth has been around for a full decade now? To celebrate this milestone, Google unveiled a pair of striking new (and expanded) features to the planet virtualization system on Monday. The first is Voyager, which available on the desktop edition. It's designed to help you pick out and explore the coolest and newest imagery from around the world. These are organized into five categories: Street View, Earth View, 3D cities, Satellite imagery updates, and Highlight tour.

Additionally, the Earth View image collection (albeit not technically a new feature) is also getting a sizable update. Google announced that it will expand the library to include more than 1,500 stunning landscapes from every continent. What's more, you'll be able to access all of these images from either the Chrome extension or a web gallery.




2. Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet

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It’s also worth remembering that Google now has its own satellite company. Last summer, it acquired Skybox, a startup that uses cube satellites to take more frequent and higher resolution photos from the skies. According to Askay and Moore, Google hasn’t yet incorporated the Skybox imagery into Google Earth. But this will come.

On one level, the prospect of pairing Skybox with technology such as neural networks is a frightening thing—another erosion of privacy in the physical world. But it also brings enormous possibilities. Today, Google Earth is a nice way to look at the planet—not to the mention Mars, the Moon, and the heavens. But in the years to come, it will grow into something else. Virtual reality will bring new fidelity. And AI and other types of data analysis will bring a new understanding our planet.

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” Moore says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” It’s like Askay’s work at the James Reserve. But on much larger scale.



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1. Apple Maps Is Getting 1 Huge Advantage Over Google Maps

http://time.com/3939732/apple-maps-subway-exit/

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More good news for those who use public transportation

City dwellers will have a new reason to try out Apple Maps when Apple releases iOS 9 this fall.

Apple Maps will add a feature that tells users which exit they should take when leaving the subway or train station, Business Insider reports. It’s a subtle feature, but it could help travelers avoid getting off the subway on the wrong side of the street. It’s also a feature that’s not available on rival service Google Maps, which Apple users are forgoing more and more for the native Apple Maps.

Google Maps has long boasted a robust public transit guide, but it’s clear that Apple Maps is now trying catch up with its competition. Other features coming to Apple Maps on iOS 9 include Siri and Apple Watch functionality.
2. Bing Out Mapping The Area

http://www.valleynewslive.com/home/h...307477821.html



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If you see an interesting car driving around your area, it might be "Bing" getting ready to launch a new map service. Bing maps Street Side is a way explore streets from online, similar to google maps street view.

Several cars were spotted in Detroit Lakes area Monday where they are touring the area. The cars have a 360 degree camera mounted on top.

An employee says they just finished the state of North Dakota and are currently working on Minnesota.

"I'm here to map your city and your state, in order for you to find the location of whatever your trying to find. A lot of people flick me off or run up to the car. Don't run up to the car because I need to be able to see you and you see me. Just be calm," said Street Side image collector Charlene Phillips.

Each driver completes about two zip codes a day. Once the footage is complete, it is sent to Colorado where it is uploaded into the street side system.
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