Google presents global time-lapse views
Thanks to a new tool released by Google, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and Time magazine, the changes made to any location on Earth between 1984 and 2012 can be charted out.
As you can see above, the changes to Los Angeles aren’t all that drastic, but there are plenty crazy changes in other parts of the world:
Photos: Google Earth Engine
Finding .gifs just because easier
Not to assume that everyone out on Tumblr is fond of animated images or anything, but this announcement from Google may excite some you:
Starting today, there’s an easier way to unearth those gems: when you do an image search, click on “Search tools” below the search box, then select “Animated” under the “Any type” dropdown box.
It’s not working for us yet, but when it does…
Ever wonder what Street View looks like atop a mountain?
Well, now you know - the above views are from 22,000 feet atop the Aconcagua summit in Argentina, the highest point yet documented via Google’s Street View. As part of the company’s efforts to add to its maps offerings, it recently scoped out ranges such as Aconcagua, Everest and Kilimanjaro.
Photos: Google Street View
So long, drearily-designed Silicon Valley
Awash with cash, the technology companies that have come to define Silicon Valley are just coming to realize how much of an eyesore their offices can be.
Rather than complementing the lush rolling hills to the west and the expansive San Francisco Bay to the east, this high-tech hub has produced an unending line of dreary office parks full of two-story, cubicle-lined buildings whose main visual goal is to escape notice.
Pictured above, for example, is concept art for Apple’s gigantic new headquarters plan, dubbed “Apple Campus 2,” planned to occupy 175 acres.
Photo: Foster + Partners, cupertino.org
Want Google to put a computer on your face? The technology juggernaut is currently looking for “explorers” to test out it’s new Google Glass technology. Google’s grand hope is that one day, you’ll be just as comfortable wearing fancy glasses are you are looking down at your smartphone.
But until then, you’ll have to send over a brief application, and $1,5000, to Google.
He also translated the new Google terms of service.
Gizmodo called Miles’s translations “actually quite the public service”.
This is informative and hilarious…
Warning! Some strong language at the link. We had to truncate chels’ excerpt for the same reason (family-friendly newspaper, etc.). But, overall, these straight-talk editions are great.
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