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Google Glass Will Have Automatic Picture-Taking Mode

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project-glass-demo-600Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed one of the features of Google Glass — the upcoming headset/eyewear device the search giant is developing — in an email to followers today.

Copying a post he had shared to followers of Project Glass on Google+, Brin said he was trying out a new feature of the product that automatically takes a photo every 10 seconds. Brin said he had the mode engaged while he was driving in Montana, with the device sending all the pics to his Google+ account via instant upload.

Browsing the images later, Brin picked one he thought best captured the beauty of the Montana landscape. The image has just 512 x 384 resolution — less than a megapixel — though that that’s probably not an indication of Google Glass’s capabilities. It could be an aspect of the auto-photo mode, using lower resolutions so storage isn’t taxed that much. Here’s the photo:

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In the message, Brin emphasized that Glass allowed him to take pictures as he drove without distraction. He also talked about the vision of Project Glass. “We started Project Glass believing that, by bringing technology closer, we can get it more out of the way,” he wrote. “Whether you’re exploring a new city, hiking in the woods, or playing with your kids — Glass allows you to enjoy and share life’s moments without being tied down by technology.”

It appears only attendees of Google I/O who signed up for Google Glass received the email. On the Google+ post, however, Brin encourages followers to leave a comment and provide feedback on the project. He also promises that Google has some “great things” coming the next few months. He’ll have a tough time topping his spectacular skydive at the I/O conference.

Although it was first reported Google Glass would go on sale before the end of 2012, Brin himself has said it’ll be ready for consumers by 2014. Developers who were interested in receiving one of the prototypes were asked to commit to paying $1,500 for each one, though that figure has no bearing on what the retail price will be.

What do you think of the latest news about Google Glass? Does automatic picture taking sound like a feature you’d use? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Google to Launch New Devices, Android 4.2 at Oct. 29 Event

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Google will unveil several new devices and a software update at its scheduled Oct. 29 press event, according to a company video leaked from an all-hands meeting.

The Next Web is reporting Google has distributed an internal video that details and confirms speculations about what might be revealed at the upcoming event.

The video reportedly discusses the launch of a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet, as well as one with 3G support. It also indicates Google is working with manufacturer Samsung to release a 10-inch tablet called “Nexus 10” that will run Android 4.2 (“Key Lime Pie”), and a Nexus smartphone manufactured by LG.

Meanwhile, the new Android 4.2 mobile operating system will include a panoramic camera option and “tablet sharing” capabilities, which would allow more than one user to access the device with his own set of email and apps — similar to how a family or business can switch between user settings on a Windows computer.

Earlier this week, Google sent invitations to the press for an Android event to be held in New York City. Although the invitation didn’t detail what might occur, the tagline — “the playground is open” — suggests it will have to do with Google Play, the company’s newly-rebranded Andriod Market.

The news came as Microsoft prepares for its Windows Phone 8 launch event, which will also be held on Oct. 29 — and Apple gears up to unveil its rumored 7.85-inch iPad on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Google’s new Samsung tablet is reportedly being filed under the name “Codename Manta.” The device is expected to have a 2560×1600 pixel resolution and 300ppi, which is greater than the iPad’s 264ppi.

Meanwhile, the 4.7-inch Nexus smartphone manufactured by LG is said to tout a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, a 1280×768 display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage.

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Mashable Weekend Recap: 65 Stories You Might Have Missed

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The weekend started off with a bang, thanks to the dazzling opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. That was spectacular enough to get everyone super-ready for the athletic competition involving our entire planet.

There were plenty of stories about the Olympics, and at the same time, your intrepid Mashable team discovered so much more — happenings in the digital world, tech innovations that felt like they were from a future world, and GIFs, comics and weekend fun that seemed to be from another world entirely.

Best of all, we’ve gathered all those stories here for you, in one big easy-to-peruse package. So take a look at the latest Weekend Recap, where you can catch up with the entire weekend of delightful news and views, right here:

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Weekend Leisure

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12 Pictures of Animals Being Forced to Marry

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You Have Upset The Tetris God [VIDEO]

Sneak Peek: Justin Bieber Teases ‘As Long As You Love Me’ Video

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/30/weekend-recap-64/

10 Stylish Cases for Your Nexus 7 Tablet

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Google Introduces Project Wing

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The Internet and tech world exploded in glee when Amazon introduced their drone delivery program, Amazon Prime Air. Though the program is years from reality, it demonstrates what will soon be commonplace. Now, the world’s most famous tech company, Google, is joining the drone game. 

Google‘s semi-secret invention center Google X has just debuted Project Wing, a similar drone delivery program. Soon, the sky will be full of buzzing drones delivering pizzas to headphones. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/08/28/google-introduces-project-wing/

Google Lunar X Prize Robot Built to Find Lunar Water

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The search for water ice on the moon could be led someday by a robot armed with a 4-foot drill. With the first prototype of the lunar rover, called Polaris, comes the prospect of eventually extracting resources from the moon, asteroids or other planets through space mining.

Polaris is the robot of choice for Astrobotic Technology, one of many private teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize for landing robotic explorers on the moon. But Astrobotic also wants to build a lasting business out of its lunar exploration efforts by testing the technologies needed for space mining.

“This rover is a first step toward using off-Earth resources to further human exploration of our solar system,” said John Thornton, president of the Pittsburgh-based  robotics company, which unveiled the prototype Oct. 8.

Polaris is the size of a golf cart and tall enough to wield a 4-foot drill. It can move a foot per second on its 2-foot-wide wheels and carry 150 pounds (70 kilograms) of drilling equipment and science instruments. Between its heavy drill and batteries and its lightweight wheels and chassis, the robot weighs about 330 pounds (150 kilograms).

Polaris will need to withstand frigid temperatures as low as minus 280 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 173 Celsius).

The lunar rover’s power comes from solar panels designed to point toward the sun as it peeks just above the moon’s south pole.

A lack of GPS on the moon required a workaround. Astrobotic hit upon the clever idea of having the rover match whatever it sees on the surface with pictures of satellite images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

If Polaris reaches the moon, it could be perhaps the first of many robots that scout sites for space mining operations. NASA has already begun talking with about putting its own ice-prospecting instruments on the private rover — one of nine contracts worth $3.6 million that the U.S. space agency has awarded to Astrobotic.

This article originally published at TechNewsDaily
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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/11/google-lunar-x-prize-robot/

Three 16 Year Old Girls Win Top Prize At Google Science Fair For Agricultural Research

The winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair have been announced! This is a prestigious international science fair, featuring the work of students ages 13 to 18. Though “science fair” generally makes people think of making a battery with a potato or growing cultures to find the dirtiest surface of the school, the Google Science Fair attracts teens who are working on some truly amazing projects.

The Grand Prize went to a team of three 16-year-old girls from Ireland: Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow. Their project, “Combating The Global Food Crisis: Diazotroph Bacteria As A Cereal Crop Growth Promoter,” explored different bacterial strains that could shorten the germination time of cereal crops like oats and barley. Growing food is becoming monumentally important, as climate change threatens food crops, and the increasing global population is becoming incredibly demanding.

For winning the prize, the girls will spend 10 days in the Galapagos Islands from National Geographic Expeditions, receive a $50,000 scholarship, a behind-the-scenes tour of Virgin Galactic Spaceport, a prize pack from LEGO, and one of three experiences offered by LEGO, NatGeo, and Google. The winner’s school will receive $10,000 for computers or lab equipment as well as one year access to Scientific American.

Mihir Garimella, a 14-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, won the 13 to 14 age group with “Flybot: Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns For Threat Evasion.” He replicated the visual system of fruit flies, which allows them to deftly avoid obstacles with fighter jet-like maneuverability. This technology could help develop drones that can be used to better avoid obstacles in search and rescue missions.

Hayley Todesco, a 17-year-old from Alberta, Canada, took the top prize in the 17 to 18 age group for “Waste To Water: Biodegrading Naphthenic Acids Using Novel Sand Bioreactors.” This system uses sand to filter out Naphthenic acid, which is a byproduct generated from processing oil sands and held in tailing ponds. This toxin is not readily biodegradable, and Hayley’s sand filter is able to reduce its presence by 90%. Her system could clean every tailing pond in the world 14 times faster than the method currently in use. This project also won the Local Prize, as it addresses a problem within her community. She was given $1000 in funding to develop and implement her idea.

For taking the top prize within their respective age groups, Mihir and Hayley will each receive a $25,000 scholarship, a prize pack from LEGO, and one of three experiences offered by LEGO, NatGeo, and Google. Their respective schools will also get a year of access to Scientific American.

[All images via Google Science Fair]

 

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/google-science-fair-winners-announced

Google Earth Adds Timelapse Videos of Earth Taken From Over 40 Years

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Google announced on Monday it is celebrating the 40-year anniversary of NASA’s Landsat satellites that have been continuously circling the Earth and collecting data about its surface by making its images available on Google Earth.

Images of the Earth taken by Landsat satellites, which have been orbiting the globe every 16 days since July 1972, are now available in the form of timelapse videos. Google said it has been working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Carnegie Mellon University to bring the image collection online.

“With them you can travel through time, from 1999-2011, to see the transformation of our planet — whether it’s deforestation in the Amazon, urban growth in Las Vegas or the difference in snow coverage between the seasons,” Google wrote in a post on its blog.

It is the longest-running record of the Earth’s landscape that has ever been recorded. The satellites go from pole to pole, capturing every inch of its surface and collecting data, before it repeats the same process. It allows scientists to monitor how the Earth changes over time and keep track of its health.


The company believes it may be the largest video frames ever created on the web: “If you could see the entire video at full resolution, a single frame would be 1.78 terapixels which is 18 football fields’ worth of computer screens laid side-by-side,” it added.

Although the USGS opened access to the Landsat archive for free in 2008, the Google Earth engine is now making it possible for the data to be easily accessed.

Google also launched a YouTube that details the Landsat program and how Google Earth was used to archive the photos. Check out the clip above.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/23/google-earth-landsat-satellite-images/

Etsy Bets Big on Google Shopping Ahead of Relaunch

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Beginning next week, businesses that want their products to appear at the top of Google search results will have to pay for it. Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods, will be among them.

The Brooklyn-based startup hosts shops for more than 800,000 sellers and has generated $500 million in sales so far this year. It’s investing more than $250,000 in Google Product Listing Ads through the end of 2012 “to make sure sellers aren’t negatively affected [by Google’s changes] during the holiday season,” a spokesperson for Etsy wrote in an e-mail to Mashable. All Etsy sellers with at least one active listing will be indexed — about 15 million items in all — at no additional cost to them. UPDATE: Only the listings of U.S. sellers will be indexed. Etsy could not provide an exact number.

In late May, Google announced that it would be rebranding Product Search as Google Shopping, and that organic Product Search results would be replaced by paid listings come Oct. 1 in the U.S., and in Europe and Asia next year. Results will still be ranked largely by relevance, “with bidding as an additional factor,” a Google spokesperson told Mashable. Natural results will still appear below sponsored results.

Here’s what Product Search looked prior to May (via Google):

Here’s what it looks like today (note the “Sponsored” tag):

And here’s how Google Shopping will look come Oct. 1 (via Google):

Why is Google making the change? In a blog post, Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Google Shopping, said the company believes that if merchants are paying to have their products appear, they’re more likely to keep their product information accurate and up to date.

Google is no doubt hoping that if it improves the quality of its product search results, shoppers will make Google — rather than Amazon — their first stop for online shopping. In a Forrester survey of 4,000 U.S. shoppers released in July, more than twice as many said they began researching their last online purchases at Amazon (30%) versus Google (13%).

Not all retailers are happy about the changes, of course — they are now being charged for a service they once enjoyed for free. The change may seem especially painful for small business owners, but Google says merchants can pay for listings based on clicks or on purchases made on-site, which does even the playing field.

Frank Harris, product manager for search and advertising at Etsy, says he’s been studying the traffic from Google Product Searches since May, and found that it was effective for reaching shoppers who weren’t previously familiar with Etsy. He isn’t sure if the investment will simply maintain Etsy’s current rankings or improve them, but he did say that “historically we were able to syndicate only a fraction of the marketplace, and now we’re working closely with Google to get the entire marketplace into product search.”

Shop owners will be able to track how their Google listings are performing in terms of click-throughs through an analytics dashboard (see above). If the ads perform well, it’s possible that Etsy could begin charging sellers for them later. Last year, the company introduced an ad product for its own site search, allowing sellers to purchase placements in highlighted sections on search results pages. Harris says Etsy “hasn’t decided on anything past spending a quarter of a million dollars for the end fo the year,” but said the company “will talk to the community in early 2013 about next steps.”

Google Is Testing Solar-Powered Drones To Supply 5G Internet From The Air

Google has reportedly been testing flying drones that could be capable of delivering high-speed Internet to the ground. The secretive Project SkyBender would see the solar-powered vehicles supply a 5G-equivalent connection for consumers.

The claims all stem from a report by The Guardian, which found that Google was testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico. This spaceport is the one being used by Virgin Galactic for its tourism business.

Google has taken up residence at the spaceport, where it has been using its own control center to monitor an optionally piloted aircraft, a Centaur, which is a vehicle that can operate both with and without a human on board.

The aircraft is using millimeter-wave technology to communicate, which has been touted as a way to deliver high-speed Internet, with speeds of several gigabits a second possible. This is 40 times faster than the technology used in 4G today. The only issue with millimeter-wave is that is fades quickly, something Google has been aiming to solve with these tests.

Google has its sights set on thousands of high-altitude autonomous drones being used to beam Internet to the ground. Indeed, alongside the Centaur aircraft the tech company has been flying a solar-powered drone called Solara 50, which could one day form the cornerstone of this service.

Google has permission to continue tests until July, and this isnt the only ambitious Internet-delivery project it has on the go. It is also working on Project Loon, a series of high-altitude balloons that can beam a connection to the ground.

Both are in their very early stages at the moment, though, soof coursethere are no details on when, or if, either will become commercially available. But the developments will be interesting to keep an eye on, at any rate.

And this isnt the only news coming out of Spaceport America. On February 19, Virgin Galactic are planning to unveil their new SpaceShipTwo vehicle that will take paying customers into space in the next few years, following the tragic disaster back in November 2014that saw co-pilot Michael Alsburylose his life.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/google-testing-solar-powered-drones-supply-5g-internet-air