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All posts tagged "google street view"

  • Yup, Google is now using camels to virtually map out the Arabian desert

    We've all seen the cars with those massive Google stickers tapped to the door and a 360-degree camera on the roof, right? They've captured interactive panoramic images of most things, from Russia’s Catherine Palace to Table Mountain in South Africa. Now, the initiative to virtually map the entire world has gone so far as to include the Arabian desert. How does it do this? By strapping cameras onto the humpy backs of camels, of course. The Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates is said to be one of the word's most cherished landscapes and one of the oldest as well,...

  • This company lets you listen to certain locations in 3D on Google Street View

    Google Street View is awesome. You can visit everywhere from deep inside the Amazon jungle to the top of Mount Everest -- experiencing the world's foreign beauties on a rather attractive budget from the comfort of your office chair. Still, it's missing a crucial ingredient that helps shape our experiences everyday: namely sound. Using Google Street View's API, hearing aid company Amplifon has added 3D sounds to popular virtual tourist attractions around the world. Simply go to the website, put on a pair of headphones, and hear the bells chime at the Place du Palais in Monaco or the waves...

  • Jump in a gondola and explore Venice with Google’s new Street View update

    Ah, the life of a Googler. First the Street View team was hiking the Grand Canyon, then climbing to the top of the world's tallest building and summiting Mount Fuji. Now they're floating down canals and traipsing historic streets in Venice. If you're wondering why it took so long for Google to put together a decent map of one of Italy's top tourist destinations, it seems the clue is in the streets: since Venice is criss crossed by canals and narrow walkways, Google couldn't collect comprehensive images the usual way (via car or trike). So it went on the...

  • Rinse, repeat. Google Street View car crashes into bus, flees, crashes again

    Google has been mapping out the world's roads for drivers to enjoy everywhere for years now. However, not too many people have seen the elusive Google Street View cars that roam the streets -- state of the art tech and all -- collecting the data we have all come to rely on. Yet in the busy streets of Bogor, Indonesia people not only saw a Google Street View car (perhaps many for the first time) but they were treated to a show of comical proportions. As the BBC reports, the Google car (a Subaru), crashed into not one, but two minibuses...

  • Google Street View lets you visit the Arctic Circle… without getting frostbite

    Starting yesterday, Google opened up the Canadian Arctic to Street View users. In August 2012, an extensive mapping of Cambridge Bay in conjunction with residents and the Nunavut Tunngavik group improved the coverage of a very remote and virtually unknown area. As described on the official Google blog, viewers can get an idea of what the cold north American region is like. View historical elements of Inuit culture, Arctic souvenirs in the Arctic...

  • A ‘touch’ reveals the artistic side of Google Street View

    Aside from being one of the internet's best procrastination tools -- OMG! Look, it’s my house! -- Google Street View is also said to be a nifty tool for something or other. It has in no way been connected with any form of art however. Well, that is, until now. Award winning artist, Aaron Hobson, has shown the beauty that can be found in a series of Google StreetView images he calls “cinemascapes”. Hobson introduces the series in true artist speak, musing that the images go "in search of enchanted and remote lands typically only reserved for the eyes...

  • Hanging out in the Amazon now easier with Street View

    Two women washed clothes in the dark water of the Rio Negro as a boat glided past with a camera-laden Google tricycle strapped to the roof, destined to give the world a window into the Amazon rain forest. A “trike” typically used to capture street scenes for Google’s free online mapping service launched Thursday from the village of Tumbira in a first-ever project to let Internet users virtually explore the world’s largest river,...

  • Google Street View makes ‘biggest update yet’

    Google has added extra imagery to its 13 established Street View countries in its "biggest update yet". The countries include Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Romania, Taiwan, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom. Users can now enjoy everything from the landscapes of Tuscany to popular California landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Getty Museum. Wine lovers can zoom across to Europe and see Italy’s famous Chianti region and other beautiful areas of Tuscany or the increasingly famous wine regions in South Africa's Western Cape. Across the Mediterranean in Spain, the...

  • Internet giants show support to leaders at Paris G8

    As leaders gather in Paris for the G8 summit on Tuesday, the world's most powerful internet and media giants will join them in a show of strength amid international rows over online access, copyright and regulation. Top executives from online giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft will tout the economic potential of the internet, which their host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has put on the agenda of the G8 summit two days...

  • Google Streetview presents art like you’ve never seen it before

    Google unveiled the Art Project on Tuesday, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums which enables people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. Over the last 18 months Google has worked with 17 art museums including the Tate and National Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The results of this partnership involved taking a selection of super high resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than a thousand other images into one place....

  • Google apologises for privacy lapses, promises to tighten controls

    Google has pledged to strengthen its privacy and security practices after its "Street View" mapping service gathered private wireless data, including emails and passwords, in dozens of countries. "We work hard at Google to earn your trust, and we're acutely aware that we failed badly here," Alan Eustace, Google's senior vice president of engineering and research, said in a blog post. "So we've spent the past several months looking at how to strengthen our internal privacy and security practices," he said. Eustace provided Google's most detailed description yet of the private data on unsecured wireless networks scooped up by Street View cars...

  • Google Street View makes house-hunting ‘easier’ in SA

    Following Tuesday’s launch of Google Street View in South Africa, RE/MAX of Southern Africa announced that it has become the first real estate franchise in the country to integrate the new technology into their website. Google Street View is a service linked to Google Maps and Google Earth that provides users with panoramic, photographic detail at street level, and users visiting www.remax.co.za can now see the ‘Street View’ of specific properties listed on the site. RE/MAX says that buyers are afforded an improved perspective on the properties in question, and sellers are better able to recoup the intrinsic value of appealing...

  • Google: ‘Not every day you find an elephant in Street View’

    It’s not every day that you find an elephant in Street View, or for that matter get to visit most of the new soccer stadiums in one day. But from today people can do both with Google’s newly released Street View images and 3D models in Google Earth. Seven of South Africa’s new football stadiums, including Soccer City in Johannesburg, Peter Mokaba in Polokwane and Moses Mabhida in Durban are now available to...

  • Google pedals South Africa

    Google have released new footage of their Street View trikes capturing images of key parts of South Africa, including recently completed Fifa World Cup stadium, Moses Mabhida in Durban. Google Street View trikes arrived in the country in November last year, when they started collecting imagery of historic landmarks, heritage sites, scenic panoramas and sports venues. The search engine giant teamed up with South African tourism authorities to compile a list...