Google Launches the Google Maps Gallery
Google has launched the Google Maps Gallery, which enables organizations to share and publish maps via the Google Maps Engine. Maps in the gallery are published by Google's cloud infrastructure. The gallery can be found at: http://maps.google.com/gallery/.
The Google Maps Gallery already includes many maps, including historical maps, census maps, space maps, maps with demographics and more. Some of the organizations that have provided maps include the National Geographic Society, USGS, NASA, Natonal Park Service, US Census Bureau and Natural Earth. Here are a few highlights:
- America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2013 map from American Rivers
- Earth at Night 2012 map from NASA
- Internet User (% of the population) map from the World Bank Group
- Lewis Clark Map from the David Rumsey Map Collection
- Mars Map from the Seti Institute
- Moons of Jupiter: Io map from the Seti Institute
- Railroads of North America map from USGS
- US Civil War map from the National Geographic Society
Posted on February 28, 2014
China's Web Junkies Recover in Boot CampsThe New York Times did an in-depth report on China's web junkies. The Chinese have boot-camp style treatment centers to help these desperate Internet addicts recover. Most of them seem incredibly miserable. One thing is for sure they are all going to be in great shape if they survive the boot camp. Some Chinese teens became addicted to the Internet in Internet cafes. Concerned parents then take them to these recovery facilities against their will. The head of the recovery facility, Tao Ran, says their studies indicate people who use the Internet for six or more hours a day (not for work or study) are the most likely to become addicted. Some addicted online gamers won't even take a break to use the bathroom and wear diapers while gaming. Take a look:
Posted on February 22, 2014
Squarespace Super Bowl XLVIII Ad Brings Crazy Side of the Internet to LifeSquarespace, a web publishing platform, will run an ad durring Super Bowl XLVIII. The ad brings the crazy of the Internet to life. There's a lot going on in the commercial. There are viruses, traffic counters, trolls, spam and people who want you to like photos of their babies. There is also a mayor and an epic fail. This is the 60-second extended version of the ad.
The creative concept was developed by Squarespace's in-house creative team and directed by Malcolm Venville. David Lee, chief creative officer for Squarespace, says, "We love the Internet, but I think we all agree that it can be a better place. Our purpose is to make the web a bit more thoughtful and considered, one website at a time - that's what we wanted to communicate with this spot."
Take a look:
Posted on February 1, 2014
Google Santa Tracker Releases Jingle Elves AnimationThe Google Santa Tracker released this cute Jingle Elves animation. The elves dance and sing a version of "Jingle Bells" in an undecipherable language. The tracker also recently released a Jetpack game. Take a look:
Posted on December 20, 2013
Google Launches Hummingbird Algorithm and Celebrates 15th Birthday
Google celebrated its 15th birthday today with an interactive pinata doodle. CNET says Google is celebrating 15 years of its biggest product, which is you.
Google also announced an overhaul of its main search algorithm. The new algorithm is caleld Hummingbird and it is supposed to provide an improvement in conversational search and a better understanding of the meaning of the search words you use. Search Engine Land has provided a good Hummingbird FAQ.
Here are some interesting facts about Google to celebrate the search engine giant's 15th anniversary.
- Market cap of $275 billion
- 11,600 searchers per second
- Google Street View has covered over 5 million miles
- 450,000 years of videos are viewed each month on YouTube
Posted on September 27, 2013
3% of Americans Still Using Dial-up ConnectionsThe Pew Research Center reports that 3% of Americans are still using dial-up connections. This is much lower than the 6% of American with broadband connections. The number of people on dial-up has been decreasing over time, but it has been hanging around 3% since late 2011. Hispanics at 5% are the most likely demographic group to be using dial-up internet access.
Image: Pew Research Center
Posted on August 24, 2013
Google Mapping Mount FujiCNN was with Google as it attempted to map Mount Fuji, the world's tallest volcano. The mapping will allow people to explore the volcano from their desks at home. CNN's Diana Magnay says the weather has been perfect for the climb. Google will have to process the data before the maps go online. It could be a couple months from the when the data is recorded before it goes live. Take a look:
Posted on July 11, 2013
Google Launches Giant Balloons That Beam Internet to HomesGoogle is testing giant balloons that can beam the Internet to remote locations. The AP reports that Google is currently testing the technology in fifty homes in New Zealand. Google's Project Loon could be used to bring the Internet to parts of the world that do not have Internet access. Google Project Loon founder Richard Devaul says 4.8 billion people still don't have Internet access. Take a look:
Posted on June 15, 2013
YouTube Adds Slomo Video Effects ToolYouTube has announced the addition of a slomo tool to YouTube. The tool can be found on the YouTube Editor. YouTube says by using this new tool you will get a "smooth, slomo video that makes it look like it was filmed with a high-speed camera." They provided this example of a Times Square video slowed down to 1/8 speed. Take a look:
Posted on June 2, 2013
Google Unveils New Conversational Style Voice Command Search
Google demoed its new voice recognition technology for Chrome and Chrome OS at its Google I/O event earlier this week. Google's Johanna Wright demonstrated the new voice activated search. The technology allows you to perform searches by talking to Google in a more conversational manner. Google will understand you and provide relevant search results. Google says you can ask questions like, "OK Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?"
Google has not said when the new voice search will be available for the Chrome browser. Take a look:
Posted on May 16, 2013
Feedly Lets You Migrate From Google Reader Using Google Credentials
Google Reader will sadly vanish forever on July 1st. Feedly, a rival newsreader is welcoming new users. You can also login to Feedly using your Google credentials and it will pull in your feeds. The New York Times writes, "Simply logging into Feedly with your Google name and password instantly re-creates your Google Reader setup. All of your news sources, favorites and tags - category names that you can apply to certain articles, for ease in rounding them up later - magically show up in Feedly, ready to use."
Feeldy also explains this handy migration technique in a FAQ. You will probably want to change your passwords once you have set up Feedly as you don't want to use the same passwords for more than one service in case one of your services gets hacked.
Posted on May 8, 2013
Guardian Animated Guide Explains Future of SearchThis animated guide from The Guardian explains how Google created the leading search engine. It also shows how search will change in the future. Search is clear to us now, but the future starts to get hazy. Where exactly are we headed? The future of search may not even always involve searching as new technologies simply tell us what we are looking at without us having to go look it up. Even so, there will also be a place of search the way exists today. There are big privacy concerns as we go forward, especially as search engines try to learn more and more about us and pulls in our activity on social networks. Take a look:
Posted on April 21, 2013
Google SCHMICK Lets You Spice Up Your House on Street View
Google has launched many new products on April 1st. One of them is the Google SCHMICK, which stands for Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit. The technology lets you add some fun images to your home on Google Street View, such as aa Kangaroo or an Australian flag. A before image is above and the after image is below. It would be fun to decorate your home on Street View.
Posted on April 1, 2013
Google Launches Google Nose
Google announced the launch of Google Nose on April 1st. The new service lets users find and experience different scents. Google says its Google Aromabase has over 15 million scentibytes from around the world. Google Nose has also been added as a tab on Google.com. If you want to know what a wet dog, lemon or a ghost smells like this is the service for you. Take a look:
Posted on April 1, 2013
Google Adds Animated Gifs to Image Search
Google has added a new feature to its Google images search that lets users search for animated images. If you select the "search tools" option inside Google Images and then select "Any type" you will see a pull down menu that lets you select only animated images. The images that come up will animate after you click on them.
Google says, "Gifs have been around since 1987 and have become the de facto standard for short animations on the web, from pony glitter text to grumpy cat memes." You can also find some interest images if you search keywords like "eyeroll" or "shocked." Or you can search a film like Mean Girls or Pitch Perfect to see the animated Gifs people have created.
Posted on March 19, 2013