Marine iguanos and blue-footed boobies aren’t found on too many streets. But both are found in significant quantity in the unspoiled ecosystems of the beautiful Galapagos Islands, which Google announced this morning are now available on Street View.
Google and Time Magazine have partnered to create a brilliant new project called Timelapse that shows satellite imagery of earth during the course of nearly 30 years, giving us a better understanding of how our planet is transforming.
This morning Google announced that the next major version of Google Earth, available today, will support input from Leap Motion’s innovative new gesture control technology. In other words, you’ll be able to fly virtually around the planet, using your hand to guide and direct the software.
With the new Google Earth, you may never have to step out of your door ever again.
I guess it’s only appropriate that a company started by a Navy Seal and a marine is now run by an astronaut.
Google Maps is probably the gold standard when it comes to modern maps, as Apple found to its chagrin when it swapped out Google’s maps app for its own a few months ago. But even the best aren’t perfect.
Between Google Earth with its 3D imagery and realistic flyovers and flythroughs, and Google Maps with underwater “street view” panoramas in the Great Barrier Reef, there are precious few places you can’t virtually travel anymore.
So there could be something to the recent Consumer Reports review that said Apple’s new Maps application doesn’t suck. While it’s met with widespread anger and certainly lacks some data, Apple Maps shows images that are too good for some.
Jiujitsu is the art of using your opponent’s strengths against them. Apple may be applying precisely that strategy against Google in the middle of its seeming Maps debacle.
Google announced today that it’s bringing its 3D mapping tool Google Earth to Android tablets.
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Aerial photos taken over Japan reveal just how bad the devastation is across the affected regions hit by the quake and tsunami. On ABC’s site, these photos show a before and after view of areas such as the Sendai airport pictured above. By moving the center bar across the photos with your mouse, you can see just how much damage occurred.
This morning, Google released version 6 of its desktop-based 3D mapping tool, Google Earth. The update adds integrated Street View, 3D trees, and an easier way to access historical imagery.
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