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
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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
It’s Christmas Eve, and you know what that means. Santa Claus is busy delivering toys to boys and girls around the world. Where is Santa Claus right now? Below, our annual round up of ways to find Father Christmas, from tracking Santa on Google Earth to monitoring him from your iPhone. NOTE: If you’re looking for the latest information on Santa tracking for the current year, see our Your Guide To Santa Trackers page. NORAD’s Santa Tracking Monopoly I’ve been writing about Santa tracking for five years now. Back in 2005, there were a variety of Santa tracking services out there. Since then, most of them have given up and simply point to NORAD Tracks Santa. That’s fine — NORAD does a great job. NORAD is the joint US-Canadian missile tracking organization. But for more than 50 years, NORAD has also been tracking Kris Kringle due to a misprinted phone number. Since 2007, NORAD partnered formally with Google to produce an entire suite of Jolly St. Nick … [Read more...] about The 2010 Santa Tracker Review, From NORAD To Google Earth
Where’s Santa Claus? When will he arrive? Those are questions millions of children around the world are wondering this Christmas Eve. To help, two wonderful services stand ready as usual: NORAD Tracks Santa and Google Santa Tracker. We here at Search Engine Land also stand ready, as usual, with our own tradition: the annual review of both services and how to get the most out of them, whether you’re accessing them from the web or a smartphone, or even by making an old-fashioned voice phone call. The Santa Trackers & How They Got Started Once again, here are the two major Santa tracking services we recommend for 2015: Both are dependable and safe Santa trackers that will serve you well. Here’s some brief background about each of them. NORAD stands for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint US-Canadian military operation. This year, NORAD is celebrating its 60th anniversary of tracking Jolly Old St. Nick. It all began in 1955, thanks to a mistake. A … [Read more...] about Where’s Santa Claus? Your 2015 Guide To NORAD Tracks Santa & Google’s Santa Tracker