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Travel Help From Google Street View
2013-11-28 04:12:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Just in time for the start of the holiday season, Google has added several international airports and train stations to its Street View service in order to give travelers a chance to virtually prepare for departure. According to Wired.com’s Damon Lavrinc, the Mountain View, California-based company has added 16 airports and over 50 train stations to Street View, allowing travelers to use the service to locate baggage claim...

Google Loans Trekker Backpacks
2013-06-28 10:35:26

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Google announced their Street View Trekkers last year in the midst of their maps war with Apple. The backpack devices are packed with cameras and other equipment and are worn by hikers to generate Street View maps of the natural world just as Google's cars map out the roads. Now the company is loaning these backpacks out to adventurers who want to document and build out a 360 degree map of an area important to them. The company has...

Bing’s Bird’s Eye Gains 270TB Of Image Data
2013-06-12 16:10:07

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the map arms race, Microsoft looks to close the gap by adding close to 270 terabytes of data to Bird's Eye imagery, as well as other updates to Bing Maps. The update was introduced on Bing Blogs on Tuesday. Beefing up Bird's Eye data might be the biggest in the Bing Maps nest. The post states that 270 terabytes of data is the equivalent of 100,000 DVDs. Microsoft offered a few examples of new images, with high-resolution...

Google Street View Explores Galapagos Islands
2013-05-24 08:43:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Galapagos Islands played a pivotal role in the development of Charles Darwin´s theory of natural selection because they are some of the most biologically unique ecosystems in the world, drawing the attention of explorers and scientists alike. Local conservation groups, scientists and the Ecuadorean Government are working to protect the Galapagos from the threats posed by invasive species, climate change, and other human...

2013-05-13 16:29:25

LOUISBOURG, NS, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canadian Minister of Labour, is pleased to announce that Parks Canada has officially launched a partnership with Google Maps to bring Street View to Canada's treasured natural and cultural places. The launch of this nationwide project coincides with the start of celebrations marking the 300(th) anniversary of...

Google Street View Becomes Trail View
2012-10-24 14:14:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Google has already taken its Street View project all over the world, giving tours of spectacular places such as the Smithsonian and Antarctica. Now, the company is taking its controversial mapping software to the mountains, allowing for users to walk hiking trails with just the click of their mouse. And what better place to go next than America's grandest treasure: the Grand Canyon. The search giant has brought its Street View...

2012-08-13 06:20:34

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's driverless cars should not be allowed on U.S. highways unless adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented and an amended bill in the California Legislature fails to deliver the necessary safeguards, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Felipe Fuentes, Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote, the amended SB...

Google Admits It Still Has Street View Data
2012-07-28 06:23:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In another eye-brow raising move, Google has admitted that it did not delete data it collected while unleashing its Street View service on the public. Google has been under scrutiny, particular in Europe and Australia, for how it went about collecting data from Wi-Fi networks as it cruised along streets, snapping photos of the streets and surroundings. The company agreed to delete the data after international pressure surrounded the...

YouTube Launches Face-blurring Tool
2012-07-19 07:59:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Google announced on Wednesday that it would begin allowing people to blur their faces on YouTube videos, saying the move was intended to help protect the anonymity of political dissidents and others. “Today, we announced a new face blurring tool that represents a first step toward providing visual anonymity in video,” wrote Victoria Grand, Director of Global Communications and Policy for YouTube, in a posting on...

Google Street View Brings Antarctica To A Computer Near You
2012-07-18 09:39:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Yesterday was the 110th anniversary of the invention of the air conditioner, so why not keep on a cool theme during the dog days of summer with a virtual trip to Antarctica? Thanks to Internet search giant Google´s controversial Street View imaging system you can now take a virtual tour of the vast icy, desolate landscape right on your desktop. While Google first included imagery from the South Pole in its 2010 Street View...