Google offers ‘time travel’ through Street View

time-machine-1_E

Google is claiming that by using its Street View service, you can at least get an idea of how a street or monument looked a few years ago.

Google says that “time travel” is possible. At least partially. You may not yet travel back in time and look at the dinosaurs up close but Google is claiming that by using its Street View service, you can at least get an idea of how a street or monument looked a few years ago.

“Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world,” said Vinay Shet, a product manager with Google Street View team.

In some cases, where the area has significantly changed in the last few years, the new Street View feature offers incredible insight. For example you can “see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil”.

Shet added that “this new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan” or users can “experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter”.

The feature, which will be available to Street View users on personal computers from today, can be accessed by clicking a “clock icon” on the top left notification bar in a Street View web page.

While users in India can explore different regions of the world or even some famous India monuments and historical Indian sites using Street View, the feature doesn’t yet covers Indian roads. Google in 2011 started photographing Indian streets in Bangalore but the exercise was stopped after government officials raised security-related reservations. The company is still talking to government officials to resolve the issue.

 

GadgEts n MobilEs: Nokia announces Lumia 930, 635, 630 smartphones

Nokia announces three new Lumia phones

At Build 2014, Nokia’s former CEO Stephen Elop announced three new Lumia phones — Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930.

Elop will soon join Microsoft as vice president after the Nokia-Microsoft deal completes this month.

Elop said that Nokia was thrilled with the success of Lumia 520, an affordable smartphone, and hence wanted to offer more choices to consumer with Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 in the lower end of the market. He said that Lumia 630 will cost $159, Lumia 630 with dual-SIM option will cost $169 and Lumia 635, which is the 4G version of Lumia 630, will cost $189.

— See more at: GadgEts n MobilEs: Nokia announces Lumia 930, 635, 630 smartphones.

GadgEts n MobilEs: First impressions: Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia announced the new Lumia 630 on the sidelines of Microsoft’s BUILD coference.

At its Build 2014 conference, Microsoft unveiled the next iteration of its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1. The event also saw Nokia announce three new mobile phones that will run on the new OS — Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930. Windows Phone 8.1 brings a number of new features in order to catch up with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS including a centralized notification tray which Microsoft calls Action Centre, voice assistant Cortana, tweaks to the home screen and updated native apps, among others. — See more at: GadgEts n MobilEs: First impressions: Nokia Lumia 630.

Motorola’s Moto 360 is one of the first Android Wear smartwatches

Not to be confused with the Xbox of the same name, the Moto 360 is Motorola’s new smartwatch, and one of the first to be announced with Android Wear.

Android Wear is Google’s just-announced new mobile operating system spin-off, a modified version of Android designed specifically for smartwatches and other wearables.

Google mentioned Motorola alongside HTC, Samsung, Asus, and LG as its hardware brand partners for Android Wear smartwatches, and Motorola responded by revealing its own offering in full.

The Moto 360 may look surprisingly like a traditional watch, but with Android Wear built in it’s anything but.

‘A truly modern timepiece’

In its announcement blog post Motorola’s Corporate Vice President of Product Management Lior Ron called the Moto 360 “a truly modern timepiece.”

“It’s time for a watch that looks and feels great and gives you the information you need, when you need it,” Ron wrote.

He emphasized the convenience and ease of use of getting notifications, checking appointments, perusing social networks, and even just checking the time and date with the Moto 360.

And like other Android Wear smartwatches, the Moto 360 relies heavily on Google Now’s voice command capabilities. Saying “OK, Google” will open up a variety of options.

Ron said to expect the Motorola Moto 360 “in a variety of styles globally in summer 2014, starting in the US.”

Motorola’s announcement of the Moto 360 was preceded by LG’s unveiling of the LG G Watch, its own Android Wear device.

  • “Before there was Android Wear, Google Glass was Google’s favorite wearable.” – Michael Rougeau

READ ALSO: Google announces Android Wear, confirms smartwatch plans

Google announces Android Wear, confirms smartwatch plans

Google announces Android Wear, confirms smartwatch plans

 

Google on Tuesday announced Android Wear, “a project that extends Android to wearables” like smartwatches.

The announcement is aimed at  attracting developers, who can create apps for the new family of Android devices, before smartwatches and similar devices powered by Android Wear start appearing in the market.
“We’re always seeking new ways for technology to help people live their lives and this is just another step in that journey,” Sundar Pichai, who heads Android and Chrome divisions in Google, wrote on the company’s official blog.

According to Google, the smartwatches powered by Android Wear will show information “when you need it”, provide answers to spoken queries, monitor physical activity and allow access to other devices like a smartphone.

Goggle said that it was already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring consumers watches powered by Android Wear later this year.

HTC Desire 700

HTC made a splash in the market last year with the launch of its top-end smartphone, HTC One. However, it failed to translate this into sales. Nevertheless, the company continues undeterred with the launch of a smartphone with a similar design and software features as HTC One – the new Desire 700.

 

Desire 700 is a dual-sim smartphone with rather modest specs like low-resolution screen, just 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and 2,100mAh battery – at a price tag of 33,000 in the country. However, the device is available at Rs 23,000.

We tested the new Desire 700 to see whether its performance justifies the price tag of Rs 23,000. Here’s the review of the new HTC smartphone… and why it seems exorbitant even at Rs 23,000.

Read More @ Gadgets n Mobiles