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Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled. [Read more…]

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Google’s “Lens Blur” Brings an SLRs Abilities to Your Phone’s Small Camera

Thursday 04.17.2014 , Posted by
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Google rolled out a big new update to their Camera app for Android yesterday, and it’s going to make your pictures way, way better. What’s so snappy? They’ve added a brilliant feature that makes your phone’s camera act really, really big. It’s called “Lens Blur.” [Read more…]

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Google’s Renewed Amsterdam Office is a Total Playground

Wednesday 04.09.2014 , Posted by
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Google has created yet another well designed office, this time in the city of Amstersdam. Designed by D/DOCK, the interior speaks to the fun aspects of Dutch culture. There are bicycle carriers, emblems of the royal family and yes, even large ceiling panels resembling the popular stroopwafel dessert. [Read more…]

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Classic Paintings of London On Top of Google Street Views of the City

Thursday 02.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you walk the streets of London often enough, it’s easy to forget the massive amount of history that surrounds you. But, just looking up can send your head spinning into the past again. From the giant dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the towers of Westminster Abby and the quiet banks of the Thames in Greenwich, almost every view of the old city is filled with stories from the past. Redditor shystone recently when on an internet odyssey using classic paintings from the city’s history and matching them up with modern day views from Google Street View. [Read more…]

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We’ve Got Happy Eyes and Ears: Google Launches Interactive Music Timeline

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some news that’s sure to catch the ear of many an audiophile: just yesterday Google launched their interactive Music Timeline – a way to explore musical popularity over the last century in timeline form. The visualization breaks down the musical world into its plethora of sub-genres – be it classic rock, east coast hip-hop or progressive metal. The timeline uses aggregated data from Google Play Music to show musical popularities as they transitioned through time (like the move from classic metal, to thrash to alt metal). [Read more…]

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New App Fixes Your Flawed Personality… Don’t Take it Personally

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Technology has improved our culture in many ways and this new app pushes the limits of how far we are willing to let tech intrude on our personal lives. The free app Us+ aims to improve upon your personally by abruptly pointing out flaws during your Google Hangout conversations. The App is a sarcastic interactive art piece that asks us how far we are willing to let tech guide our lives. [Read more…]

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Van Gogh in high resolution ‘Gigapixel’ format

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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The Google Art Project is an ongoing collaboration between art museums around the world. Partnering with large, world famous museums and small community based ones, the Project is utilized in over 40 countries. At current count, over 40,000 high resolution images of fine art have been contributed to the site. [Read more…]

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All the Rivers in the Continental US: An Explorable Map

Monday 06.24.2013 , Posted by

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Just one look at Google engineer Nelson Minar’s river map of the continental US and it’s impossible to deny this is a country absolutely filled with waterways. He says he worked just a few weeks creating the extensive map, which is both beautiful for its artery-like depiction of the countries life-giving river systems, and fascinating to explore in the way it demonstrates the nation’s topography through the system’s many paths. [Read more…]

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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet

Tuesday 06.18.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is quickly transforming the world we live in, bringing us all closer together and helping us to learn about things we would never know without it. But, according to Google, for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable internet connection is still unavailable. Keeping the “affordable” part of that equation in mind, and considering all the rugged terrain around the world, running cables and placing antennas simply isn’t going to solve the problem. Enter Project Loon: the latest moonshot from Google[x] that envisions using high-altitude balloons to provide internet at 3G or faster speeds to remote and under supplied areas around the world. [Read more…]

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