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Forget Hiking! Google Maps Hits the Grand Canyon

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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Spoiler Alert… for anyone who wants to be surprised by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, don’t look at this! Google announced today that it has gotten into the hiking game… and they’re making it a lot easier for those who would rather go there by armchair. Today they released an extensive trail based tour the majestic Grand Canyon. Just like Google Street View, you can now cruise down over 75 miles of trails including the famous Bright Angel and Kaibab Trail. It’s a far sight easier than pulling on those old hiking boots. [Read more...]

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Graphic: Google’s Panda and Penguin Shake Up the Net

Thursday 01.10.2013 , Posted by

Over the past 12 years, Google has done its best to keep the black sailed marauders of the SEO world from taking over their search engine with bad links from junky websites. Google works hard to ensure that their algorithms continue to make these black-hat SEO practitioners stay in the dark. While they make minor changes yearly, every so often the search engine behemoth makes a major update that heavily affects SEO. Two of the recent updates are the animalistic algorithms of Google’s not-so-cuddly Panda, and slippery Penguin shakeups. [Read more...]

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Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

Friday 12.14.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is almost over and what an amazing year it has been. Google has created an amazing re-cap highlighting the most memorable and the most “Googled” events of the year. It’s pretty uplifting to see that inspirational and incredible things, such as historical space leaps, Olympian athletes, people uniting to make a change, and a young boy with cerebral palsy walking to his parents for the first time, beat out the Kardashians. Unfortunately Honey Boo Boo still made the cut…Enjoy the video nonetheless! [Read more...]

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A Case for Space: The Office Cubicle Expands

Wednesday 11.07.2012 , Posted by

The days of stuffy work environments, über boring decor, and closed off working spaces are going the way of the dinosaur. As technologies evolve and work needs change, companies are acknowledging the need for more adaptable workspaces as well. Companies like Google, Facebook, Pandora and Urban Outfitters are spearheading the charge in creating an encouraging space to foster creativity, innovation, contemplation, and collaboration — creating an intensely valid case for space.  [Read more...]

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Technofaces: Portraits of Technology’s Most Famous

Saturday 11.03.2012 , Posted by

In this technological age, the logos for the top internet and social media sites have become as recognizable as the McDonald’s golden arches. Graphic Designer Alejo Malia has created a line of illustrations that feature each of technology’s big boys in a caricature of their product. Which one is your favorite? Check out more of Malia’s designs on his website. [Read more...]

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The Google Data Centers: A Rare Inside Look

Thursday 11.01.2012 , Posted by

The people at Google are fond of pointing out the power of their massive network of data centers. For many of us though, the only peek we get at that power is the massive amount of Youtube videos we watch and the way we manage to “Google” just about anything we can think of. This then, is a look inside the physical workings of what makes the Google side of the internet tick. It’s a lot more colorful than you’d expect and just as large as you can imagine. [Read more...]

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How to Improve Google Adwords Quality Scores

Friday 10.05.2012 , Posted by

Google always wants to make sure that the most qualified pages are showing up in their queries. This makes sure the people using their search engine get the most relevant sites regarding content, combined with the best navigation and overall ease of use. Its quality score is an estimation of how relevant your landing page, keywords, and ads are to the keyword you’re targeting. It also relates to the people viewing your content, where your ad will be located on the page, and how much Google is going to charge you for your ad location.  [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #248> Illustrating Great Heights

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by



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New Google Trekker Camera: Tracking Maps Off-Road

Friday 07.06.2012 , Posted by

Check out Google’s latest gadget: the Street View Trekker! It’s a backpack-mounted, panorama grabbing camera that will be used to map off-road trails. The device runs on two lithium batteries for an entire day and weighs under 40 pounds. Luc Vincent, the Engineering director, has already taken it skiing and has hopes of taking it to the Grand Canyon, Venice, and numerous other places in the future. With Google Earth, it will allow people to take virtual of tours of places they may never have the endurance, ability, or time to see. Google is also working towards having all of their maps offline, so they can be accessed even when a device is out of range for 3g or Wifi service. [Read more...]

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Game Changer: Camera Creates 3D Rooms in Minutes

Wednesday 04.11.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to the task of creating 3D images of interiors, complete with furniture and a myriad of colors and textures, the job until now has been highly labor intensive. Now, a new system called Matterport is doing that same job in only a matter of minutes, and making it almost as easy as using a point and shoot camera. The devise, based closely on the Xbox Kinect (in fact the prototype was literally this), uses twin lenses on a hand held unit which connects to a laptop. By simply walking around the room and “painting it,” a mass of depth and color information is collected and interpreted into a 3D environment. [Read more...]

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