Google has just re-designed, revamped and re-launched its Earth product, and it has certainly been worth the two-year wait. Earth is now built into Chrome, so there is no longer a need to download a cumbersome desktop app to access this global repository of images, videos, and knowledge cards. The Android app has been updated too, with support to follow soon for mobile browsers and iOS. So what’s new? A lot. First impressions of Earth are simple: this is a hugely impressive feat, one that truly celebrates the world – both natural and man-made – by capturing its farthest corners in finite detail. So, let’s get started. We begin with a zoomed-out view of the planet, before a short introduction from Google on some of Earth’s upgraded features. These features work in a cumulative fashion, each adding to the last and building up to three-dimensional, customizable, multimedia experience of our planet. First up, the search function. The foundation of any … [Read more...] about What’s new with Earth? First impressions of the relaunched Google Earth
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Google announced in the Google Maps Help forums that they have finally released Google Earth Pro 7.3.0 for Mac, Windows and Linux. With this release, Google Earth Free users will automatically be upgraded to the Pro version for free.This will give Free users more advanced features such as advanced data import capabilities, more sophisticated measurement tools, higher-resolution printing, movie creation, and more.Here are the changes:Earth "Free" and Pro have now been combined into a single product, Earth Pro. Windows: Windows 7 is earliest version supported. Windows: new installs default to OpenGL mode. Mac: Mac OS 10.8 is earliest version supported. Mac: application is now 64-bit. Mac: antialiasing option is now available. High-resolution ("high-DPI", "Retina") display support. New Repair Tool to reset cache data, settings, and fix application startup issues. Updated Movie Maker tool with new video formats. Improved image saving, … [Read more...] about Google Releases Google Earth Pro: Google Earth Free To Upgrade
Two things from the weekend suggest Google may be getting more serious about the social networking threat posed by Facebook. TechCrunch had news that Google is going to open up its social data information, while Google Operating System spotted a post that Google may have plans for a new social networking system based out of Google Earth. More about both, how I see it as Google taking what limited data is has as a pressure play on Facebook and some related developments, below. Google To “Out Open” Facebook On November 5 from TechCrunch covers information apparently leaked from a mini-summit Google is said to have held last week to deal with the "Facebook issue." Says TechCrunch: The short version: Google will announce a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data. They’ll start with Orkut and iGoogle (Google’s personalized home page), and expand from there to include Gmail, Google Talk and other Google … [Read more...] about Google To Pressure Facebook To “Free” Social Data & Planning Google Earth World?
Google is having a special event today featuring former US vice president Al Gore to announce its new Google Earth 5.0 software that features new underwater views of the world’s oceans (Google Ocean) and 3D views, as well as “historic imagery” that allows people to see the earth back in time through archived satellite views and aerial imagery, along with a new Google Mars 3D feature, which has additional hi-resolution photography and images of the planet. Google also blogs about it here and here. Greg Sterling and I are at the event. I’ll be live blogging as the announcements unfold, and we’ll have a more comprehensive look at the new Google Earth that will be linked to from this post. 10:00am: People are still flowing into the auditorium at the California Academy Of Sciences here in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Deafening whale noises are, well, deafening. 10:05am: Greg Farrington, Executive Director of California Academy Of Sciences welcomes. “I … [Read more...] about Live Blogging The Google Earth 5.0 / Google Ocean Event
A German design firm is claiming that Google and Google Earth have infringed its patent (USRE44550 E1) and is seeking triple damages under the notion that the infringement was intentional or willful. The firm, ART+COM (“ACI”), makes the following claims: The development history of Google Earth indicates knowledge and infringement by key Google employees Google Earth “bears remarkable similarities to ART+COM’s commercial system, which was developed nearly a decade prior to Google’s introduction of Google Earth” The claimed patent and method for rendering geographical objects (Terravision) was reportedly developed in the mid-1990s by individuals who assigned the patent to ACI, which is not a “patent troll.” The US patent was published late last year. The following is how the complaint describes Terravision: Terravision is a networked virtual representation of the earth based on satellite images, aerial shots, and altitude and … [Read more...] about German Design Firm Claims Willful Patent Infringement Over Google Earth