December 10, 2013 |
Google is now letting users create their own Street View-like virtual tours with a new feature that has been added to the company's Views website. Now, when users post 360-degree panaromas -- otherwise known as photo spheres -- onto the Views photo-sharing website , they'll be able to stitch them together to create their "own Street View experiences. " Google has been letting users share their photo spheres publicly since late last year, and it launched the Views website this summer.
December 7, 2013 |
Christmas is more than two weeks away, but thanks to several apps and websites, people can interact with Santa Claus whenever they want. Here are four ways to use your laptop or smartphone to connect with St. Nick this holiday season. Hello Santa If you've ever wanted to video chat with Santa Claus, you can now do so using Hello Santa, a website and iPhone app . Users must schedule a chat time with Mr. Claus (he's a busy man), but once the call begins, they can talk as long as they want.
November 19, 2013 |
Google Inc. has agreed to remove an image that appears to show a dead teenager after the boy's father complained to the Internet search giant. Google, usually resistant to requests to remove images, said it would make an exception in the case of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, who was beaten and shot to death in August 2009. The slaying is unsolved. The satellite image appears on Google's Maps feature, and according to Barrera's father, shows the teen lying on the ground near the Richmond, Calif., railroad tracks where he was killed.
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November 18, 2013 |
Google says it will replace a Google Maps image after a Bay Area father said it shows the body of his teenage son, who was shot to death in 2009. Richmond resident Jose Barrera said he discovered the image, visible on Google Maps' satellite view feature, last week, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported . “When I see this image, it's still like that happened yesterday,” Barrera told KTVU-TV in Oakland . “And that brings me back to a lot of memories.” Kevin Barrera, 14, was killed in August 2009.
September 4, 2013 |
Mounted on cars, bikes and even snowmobiles, Google Street View cameras have been scouring the globe taking panoramic pictures of roads, alleys and buildings. The images have redefined the way people navigate, turning two-dimensional maps into a virtual tour guide. But Google is seeing even more possibilities for one of the most popular Web tools. The search giant wants to turn your smartphone into a Street View camera and help it take 360-degree, interactive pictures of every nook and cranny on Earth.
September 4, 2013 |
Since Google launched Photo Sphere late last year, numerous users have contributed panoramic photos to Google Maps. Photo Sphere is a special camera mode available on some Android smartphones that allows users to quickly and easily take 360-degree Street View-style images. The mode can be used in any part of the world, and if users choose to share their photo with Google Maps, the panorama will show up when others search Google Maps for that location -- even if it's one where Street View has not yet launched.