New 3D Imagery for Google Earth

While you’re probably already read that Android will soon be getting offline support in Google Maps, it was Google Earth’s new 3D imagery that impressed us most.

Google sent out airplanes with cameras attached to them and set them off to snap pictures of a designated area in multiple directions to ensure the proper modeling of buildings to be rendered in the Google Earth app. It then sent the planes to fly in a specific pattern so that every angle of said buildings would be covered. From there, a pixel map of sorts was laid on top the 3D models to achieve the proper coloring. The end result? A pretty gorgeous and realistic representation of the world around us. We’re sure there’s a significant amount of processes that Google left out of the presentation earlier but we definitely like what we see.

The search giant’s goal is to make the user feel like they are in a plane or helicopter, flying over a certain area when viewing the new 3D imagery in Google Earth. From what we did see in the presentation earlier, that’s pretty much exactly how it looks. Pictures are crisp, true to colors, and you feel like you are truly looking down on the world.

 

At the moment, Google has yet to announce this sort of 3D imagery for its Maps application but we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw just that in a future update. We can also expect to see something similar from Apple soon, but while we know that if anything, it’s going look great, but will lack the hoards of data Google has collected over the years. Aesthetics are always a factor in an app, but functionality and accuracy should be top priority for something like a maps application. We’ll just have to wait and see.






Posted by Julius Stancok | Thursday, June 07, 2012 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Will we make computer RAM using bacteria?

Will we make computer RAM using bacteria?

Scientists from the University of Leeds (England) managed to develop an inexpensive process using genetically modified bacteria, which could enable the production of computer memory without the use of current manufacturing processes and equipment, which cost billions of dollars.

 

Scientists got inspired by the life cycle and behaviour of bacterium Magnetospirillum magneticum.
What is important is its ability to create binding protein mineral magnetite, which is a form of iron oxide.
Thanks to this, bacterium is able to detect Earth's magnetic field. The scientists transferred the ability to produce this protein in other bacteria, Escherichia coli, and this was used for its production in bulk.

The next step was the preparation of the substrate on which computer memory should grow. It was formed by gold, which was using a special chemical substance created in the form of a checkerboard pattern. After immersing the substrate into the protein solution it started producing bacterial protein to bind to box board, Further immersion in a solution of the protein started to bind Nanomagnetic particles making up the magnetic domains.

They can magnetized and written to the logical value of zero or one. Scientists managed to create an array of nanomagnets, which resembles the surface of the plate of a hard drive.

The path to putting this technologhy to real use in practice is still long. Grains of magnetite are not currently strong enough magnets to apply for registration information and the dimensions of each domain (diameter of 20 microns), are too large to allow market competitive entry of data density.
Scientists are optimistic and say that the two obstacles can be overcomed.

If this technology can come to market production it can mean a breakthrough in pricing of memory storage devices. Lets hold our fingers crossed for the scientists.




Posted by Branislav Boda | Wednesday, June 06, 2012 | Comments (18) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

How to write a review to a Google Place alias new Google Plus Local

Before you can rate and review places in Google+ Local, you now must join Google+. If you already have a Gmail it’s simple and only takes few clicks. 

What is Google+ Local

Google+ Local is the new home for your public reviews and photos of local business and venues. Google also has new features that help you discover great places with the help of Zagat scores and summaries, and reviews from people you know.

How to Join Google+

Here you can sign up for GPlus.

You will also be advised to sign up once you are already on the review page. So you could surely start the other way round - at first find the place on Google Maps and then follow Google advise to Join Google+.
Signing with Google never takes more than few seconds. If you are in hurry, fill up the basics and come back later to edit any info you like.


About your Google+ Local reviews and photos

With Google+ Local, all your reviews and associated photos are visible to everyone on the web, under your name. Your reviews and associated photos are displayed to:
  • Anyone who views your profile on Google+
  • Anyone who searches for places, if they've added you to their Google+ circles
  • Anyone who views places you've reviewed
Firstly, find the place you would like to write a review about on map.google.com.au

Once you are signed in with Google+, you will see button “write a review” that will open the actual window for your review. (see next image)

Here you can start writing your review. You will find a few tips on how to write great reviews further down.

In case you are not signed in Google+ you will be prompt to do so. 


Tips for writing great reviews

  • Writing great reviews helps other users find the places that are right for them. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
  • Be informative and insightful: Your review should be specific and relevant to the place you are reviewing and describe what other visitors are likely to experience. Describe why you liked or disliked the place. Highlight what makes the place special and try to share something novel. From favorite dishes to secret sale racks, reviews can describe unique experiences at a location.
  • Keep it real: People read reviews to learn about real experiences from real people, so be authentic. Keep your reviews about your own, direct experience with a place. Try to describe your experience as accurately as possible, including both positive and negative aspects.
  • Be respectful: We don’t expect that every interaction you have with a place or business will be perfect. Sometimes, you’ll want to share negative feedback. Even if you’re frustrated, be sure your criticism is constructive. Business owners can use feedback to improve their business.
  • Write in style: People will pay more attention to what you say when you write your review thoughtfully. Keep it readable and don't use excessive capitalization or punctuation. Use good grammar, check your spelling, and don’t use excessive profanity. Choose the right length: people aren’t necessarily looking for formal write-ups, they want to know what’s notable about a particular place. Whether it takes an essay or a haiku -- share your thoughts and be creative.






Posted by Sarka Hornakova | Friday, June 01, 2012 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

How to add your business on Google Place

First, let me assure you it’s free, it takes only few minutes and it’s worth every second of your effort. I will explain why later.


What is Google Place

Now, let me ask you a question. Where do you go when you need to find the closest bakery, the address of the company you are going for an interview or check the quickest way to your local physiotherapist? I’m sure most of you are already screaming in your head Google Maps. And that’s exactly right. And there it is. The place called Google Place where you need to put your business that others can find you immediately and at any time.

How do I put my business on Google Maps?

Go to http://www.google.com/places and choose to Claim your business listing on Google - for free.

Then you can easily follow these steps. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to transfer your Google Places listing from one account to another so use an email you will be able to use later to edit any information.  

First you will be asked enter you phone and Google will check whether you already exist.

On the next screen you simply fill up all your details. You can come back later and edit.

At the end you will be announced to receive a postcard to validate your listing within 2-3 weeks. 

Why is it important to be on Google Places?

If there was the last call at Google airport not to miss the plane, it would be now. Only yesterday Google announced new Google place changes and its joining with GPlus and other features. It is all coming together and who is not using Google's features will miss out and not be seen.

So set up your Google Place today, engage in conversations with your customers on your Google+ and make sure you read your reviews regularly and respond to all of them.

(More on How to write a review on Google Place in next post.)
 






Posted by Sarka Hornakova | Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Comments (25) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

New Google features coming tomorrow 05/22/12

The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track: 

- Docs: Migration of documents to the newer documents editor 
- Drive: The rollout of the “opt-in” phase of Google Drive to scheduled track domains. The “opt-in” phase consists of the following: 

  • Users can visit drive.google.com where they can opt-in to Drive. 
  • As part of opting in, they will be shown an interstitial which includes this video
  • If an opted in user visits docs.google.com, the user will be redirected to drive.google.com. 
  • The “Documents” navigation item will change to “Drive.” 
 The following features are intended for release to these domains on May 22nd:

- Docs: Comments and discussions available to Government domains. 
- Gmail: Graduation of three labs: Message translation, Smart Mute and Title Tweaks.





Posted by Sarka Hornakova | Monday, May 21, 2012 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

The new version of Google documents

Here are some of the most interesting features of the new version of Google documents: 

  • Real-time collaboration: See updates from other collaborators as they edit the document. 
  • Higher-quality imports: More consistent imports from your desktop into Google Docs. 
  • Chat with other collaborators: As you make your edits, you can chat with other document editors about the changes, from within the document. 
  • Ruler: Google documents has a ruler for setting margins, indentations and tab stops. 

What else is different? 

You will probably notice that some features from the older version of Google documents are not available yet. 

 However, these features from the previous version of Google documents won't be available in the new version: 

  • Offline document access via Google Gears 
  • Edit HTML 
  • Edit CSS 
Keyboard shortcuts have also changed. Check the list of new keyboard shortcuts

Which version am I using? 

An easy way to tell if you're using the new version is if there's a ruler above the editing space. (Just make sure that the ruler is enabled from View > Show ruler) 


Transitioning from the old version of Google Documents

You might also want to learn about how to upgrade your documents to the new version of Google documents. 

  • Full-screen mode: Google has added some options to maximise your screen real-estate in the new version. You can remove certain toolbars and controls from the View menu by selecting Compact controls or Hide controls, which will hide the controls above the editing space. 
  • Greater editing space: If you're looking for even more space, it can also help to increase the editing space of your document. We encourage you to adjust the page settings if you'd like a larger editing space from File > Page setup (You may find the Landscape setting useful or the page size A4). 
  • Hiding the ruler: If you find the ruler unnecessary, you can disable it from View > Show ruler. 
  • HTML: We know that some users have used the older version of Google Documents as a lightweight HTML editor, especially for newsletters or to share with others. For this use, we encourage you to give Google Sites a try - which also allows easy sharing of a group website. 
  • Speed: The new editor is more computationally advanced and works best in browsers with fast javascript engines. If you're looking for a fast browser, we recommend Google Chrome.





Posted by Sarka Hornakova | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Seagate reached 1Tbit per square inch density for harddrives

Seagate announced the demonstration of the new technology of hard drives using Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recordingon, HAMR, which reached a density of stored data 1Tb/square inch, and significantly outperformed the density of hard drives using current technologies.
The first discs using this technology could reach capacity of 6 TB.

 

The HAMR technology uses a more magnetic stable recording medium which can achieve higher density of stored data for which is it more difficult to be changed by magnetization of the storage medium.
When saving, HAMR uses laser to locally heat the medium at the position where the data is stored


The new record density was achieved with HAMR technology (when compared to the previous technologies) by improving the recording material and the improvements made in optical recording headers.

Modern magnetic disk drives are using Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technology for the last few years, with which data is stored without heating the medium and areas preserving the individual bits are magnetized vertically.
The available maximum of disks using PMR technology is 744 Gbit / square inch at the 500 GB 2.5 "drives in the plate by Toshiba. 3.5" drives from Seagate 1 TB plates have a density of stored data 620 Gbit / square inch.

Estimated maximum of PMR technology is only one terabit / square inch, which, according to Seagate should be achieved in several years.

Company has not specified at what stage of development are the HAMR technology hard drives and how the from demonstrated is far from usage in mass-marketed discs. Seagate only stated that the HAMR hard drives will reach the market in this decade.

Seagate anticipates that the company's first drives using HAMR technology will have a data density of slightly more than 1 Tbit / square inch and 3.5" models will have a capacity of 6 TB, 2.5" 2 TB models.

In subsequent years, the density should increase to 5 to 10 Tbit / square inch and within ten years from the start of using HAMR and 3.5 "drives will be able to get to the potential maximum capacity of 30 TB to 60 TB and 2.5" disk capacity from 10 TB to 20 TB.




Posted by Branislav Boda | Friday, May 11, 2012 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook® 3.1 Rollout


Version 3.1 of Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook® is rolling out over the next 2-3 weeks with the following new features:

  • New registry key for hiding the Synchronization Status dialog for new users 
  • Disabled services are now indicated in the Synchronization Status
  • "Error reported" fix 

Editions included: 
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education 

Languages included: 
US English Only 
How to access what's new: 

1. Update Google Apps Sync

- If you installed Google App Sync: Updates are checked for and downloaded to your computer automatically.
- If your administrator installed Google Apps Sync: Updates are downloaded to your computer automatically, if your administrator enables automatic updates.

You can also download the latest version at any time from the Google Apps Sync download page.

2. For the update to go into effect:

If you have Windows XP: Restart your computer.
If you have Windows Vista: Restart Microsoft Outlook®.

For more information: 
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=153463 
https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gappssync 





Posted by Sarka Hornakova | Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

New features coming with Groups Redesign


Coming when: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

SUMMARY

Users on Google Apps domains with rapid release will see the totally new and redesigned version of Google Groups that offers a new and improved user interface, collaborative inbox, take and assign functionality, full multi-domain support, advanced search operators, new ways of viewing group content, and much more.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

You will see a horizontal blue bar toward the top of the groups page saying, “The old Google Groups will be going away soon. Switch to the new Google Groups.” Upon clicking Switch, you will see the new Google Groups.


What are Google Groups?

A group is a online environment for discussing items related to a specific subject, such as soccer or GMail. A group can contain multiple topics. Topics are different discussions related to the group's subject. Topics in a group about soccer might be “What are the rules of the game?” or “Soccer game this Saturday.” Topics can contain multiple posts. Posts are replies from readers to the topic.

Google Groups is a Google product allowing you to create online and email groups. Google Groups is free of charge and available at www.groups.google.com. Following are some things you can do with Google Groups:

  • Engage in discussions about a specific subject.
  • Create a question and answer customer support group for a product, such as a piece of software you're company has written.
  • Organize meetings, conferences, or social events among members of a group.
  • Find people with similar hobbies, interests, or backgrounds.
  • Read group posts through email, the online interface, or both.
  • There are two types of Google Groups user roles: Participants and administrators. Participants subscribe to groups and participate in group discussions. Administrators create new groups and manage group members, discussions, and other settings. A role's permissions determines what a user can do within a group.





Posted by Sarka Hornakova | Wednesday, May 09, 2012 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Introducing AdWords Express

Google AdWords Express has launched in Australia and New Zealand, offering local businesses the quickest, easiest way to advertise on Google Search and Maps.

AdWords Express may help you win clients that you may have perhaps previously decided not to work with due to a focus that was too local or a budget too small.

With reduced setup times (just a few simple steps) and an easier than ever to use interface, it can be a great way to introduce small businesses to the possibilities of online advertising.

AdWords Express vs. AdWords



To learn more about AdWords Express, visit www.google.com.au/adwords/express.








Posted by Sarka Hornakova | Thursday, May 03, 2012 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

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