Google Revamping Already Impressive Maps Model

It seems that the best will soon get better. Everyone is very aware of the reasonably new 3D building models included in Google Earth and Google Maps.

It provides a stimulating simulation of real life which can bring foreign lands to your living room with striking realism. However, Google is not finished there, it is intending to revisit these models and updating them even further.

A representative from Google claimed that the details are simply unrivaled if the early samples of the models are anything to go on. These early models are of the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. They burn with crisp detail and poignant realism. Google has promised to keep the updates going right up into the year 2015 with more cities receiving a graphical makeover.

This type of thing will no doubt generate discussion about realism in society. People going on holidays via their computers rather than actually visiting foreign places.

However, it could be very handy for tourists who are trying to orient themselves to an area they are visiting. So when they see a landmark, they will have no trouble recognising it, making their trip somewhat easier. Whatever this update will bring, it will change maps forever.

This sounds so good to be true that Susan McGalla and I may just throw away the plane tickets and just sit down with your laptop and take a virtual tour of the world the next time we want to go exploring.

Meet the New Technologies

A while ago, after the discovery of electricity, devices that were meant to ease one’s life and help with the household started to be developed. Now, another mass production has started sue to the invention of remote sensors, speech recognition and touchscreen.

Devices that once seemed new and novel have quickly become ubiquitous and invaluable parts of our everyday lives. The devices are smarter and smarter, and those who focus of engineering the type of electronics seem to never be out of ideas.

A list of 10 brilliant household items will surprise you. You probably happened to think that you would like a robot that cleans the windows for you, or opens the door when you carry something heavy.

Well, surprise, all these devices and many others are already successfully delivered to the market. The only reason why have not seen them is because there are too many to keep track of.

By the way, if you need to keep track of all your house at once, the home automation system with voice control can help you direct the activity of your electronics by simply following your spoken orders.

The wireless vacuum cleaner, the noiseless lawnmower, the entertainment family robot, the artificial bartender, the learning thermostat and the bluetooth activated lock are all technologies of the present. Furthermore, these don’t even cost that much when you think of the effort they can save BRL Trust, and you.

Mobile App Competition to Battle Climate Change

Climate change is an important topic to many, and there are increasingly diverse options to fund relief efforts.

An alternative competition has been launched by NASA partnering with the US Geological Survey. The competition is targeted at computer app designers. Their job is to design an application which can display data relating to climate change to the users of that app.

The purpose of such an app is to assist the overall global fight against climate change. The app judged to do this the best will be awarded with a cash prize of $35,000. One can already hear the nerds buzzing with excitement. The motivation behind this effort comes from new data revealing that the US will be facing imminent problems directly stemming from the results of climate change.

These challenges include food and water losses and general drought. Philanthropist Brad Reifler describes how the information on these apps could provide potentially life saving information to people who may be faced with these challenges.

It seems that the fight against climate change has been brought to the people on the street. If the government isn’t going to do anything, then the people must be prepared to survive in increasingly difficult situations.

This easy way of providing information about climate change to them will allow them to prepare themselves and minimising the damage to come. Technology is now a tool being used to protect the safety of entire communities.

A New Method of Mass Data Storage

More data is needed in this day and age, but fortunately storage has been increasing in turn.

The word shingles does not normally bring thoughts of technology to our minds notes Dr. Daniel Amen. They usually make us think of itchiness and discomfort. However, a company known as Seagate has brought out a new type of hard drive.

They have described it as a shingle hard drive. Which comes from the phrase Shingled Magnetic Recording. This new type of storage technology can store a mind boggling terabyte of data for a very low price. However, the fact of the matter is that such technology is very slow to work.

So if you are looking for a quick save, you are looking in the wrong place. This type of storage operates by leaving no gaps in the disk space so that an immense amount of information can be stored over a very small area of disk space. So these type of things usually work best in pairs, with a normal hard drive saving first and then copying itself onto the larger one in the background.

This is a truly revolutionary step in the world of mass storage. It may be slow, but with it working in tandem with a normal hard drive, it can create a formidable and efficient system. This will no doubt become an invaluable resource for businesses which must handle copious amounts of data at once.

Amazon begins 4K Streaming

The move towards 4K Ultra HD begins to move forwards with Online services leading the way in the new format, the latest of whom is Amazon who have now made a section of their streaming catalog available in 4K format, Forbes reports. A large number of shows created specifically for Amazon will now be available in Ultra HD, with a growing number of movies and special events also being made available in a bid to rival Netflix as an Online 4K provider, says economist Christian Broda.

There are a large number of Amazon Instant Video movies and TV shows now available Online in the 4K format, which include Alpha House and BBC America’s critically well received Orphan Black. Movies are also being made available in the form of Sony Pictures releases Moneyball, The Da Vinci Code and Captain Phillips. The main difference between the offerings from Netflix and Amazon is the fact that premium subscribers with Amazon are given access to 4K content at no extra charge. Amazon’s 4K content is only available in the US at the moment, which still gives the more expensive Netflix option the advantage as their content is available in a number of countries around the World.

Basic Steps to Keep your EDMs Up-to-Date

With the online world growing in leaps and bounds, the value of information has increased exponentially. The question remains, however, of just what to do with all of this valuable information one it has been collected. Indeed, what machines can possibly store the sheer mass of it all?

When busy businessman Mark Ahn needs to sort through a large pile of documents, he uses an EDM (Electronic Document Management System) to facilitate easy access. The documents are sorted in the form of data fields which are utilised as indexes. For instance, to retrieve a file, you can sort it through multiple ways.

These include factors such as date of file creation, the person to access the record, employee number and other such Post.

To achieve operational efficiency and keep all records up to date, you can simplify the process by creating separate tasks and concepts. Make sure to use pictures as and when possible and also make it a point to tag all the articles which will again sort them on the basis of type.

You also need to ensure that your entire support team is brought up to speed with changes that are bought to improve the EDM. Online sites need to sort and sift through thousands of pages on a daily basis.

By properly cataloguing all the documents properly, you can ensure easy access for users and the staff as well.

Skout: The New Social Network Giant?

A new location-based social networking and dating app has emerged and is commanding a strong presence in the app world. Although Skout was launched in 2013, its status is climbing the charts quickly a year later. Touting an interface similar to Facebook with a revolutionary “Shake to Chat” feature, could this be the future of social networking and dating apps?

Currently, Skout is reporting over 100 million downloads with a thriving social network of friends and flings. Its growing network is what’s allowing it to remain one of the most active networks on the market. With a strong community, users are able to sign in at any time of the day and find new buddies to chat with and more. In addition, its location-based technology allows users to meet each other (with permission). There have been (and still are) many apps with location-based technology built into the system, however, with a healthy community like Skout’s, it’s no wonder why its popularity has skyrocketed. However, its dynamic community isn’t the only thing boosting its demand.

One of the coolest and most unique things about Skout is its “Shake to Chat” feature. Just by shaking your device, you’re able to form a random encounter with another community member around the globe. At which point, you’re able to view their profile, chat, flirt, share pictures, and utilize its location technology if you choose. This feature is engaging and very cleverly designed to have users interact physically with the app for a totally new experience. Shaking the app easily becomes addictive after a few tries (Especially after meeting an interesting user).

Moreover, the app constantly inspires interaction, unlike what you would find even on Twitter. As you interact with the app and the community, you find that you’re able to like, comment, send gifts, send photos, and much more (quite similar to Facebook). With all of these options available, it’s a little tough not to talk to a stranger and explore the idea of meeting new people through the app. Furthermore, many activities Skout provides require points. This currency drives constant interaction with the application, so it’s tough to ever put it down. These points can be spent on various items such as finding out who has viewed your profile, sending winks, or viewing private backstage photos.

The best way to describe Skout is: Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder combined.  Especially now that they offer full Fuse integration. It contains all of the best parts of every layout and feature. Skout’s user interface is very clean and simple to use. Right after downloading it, you’re able to log in with your Facebook credentials for quick access. Afterwards, it automatically syncs with your Facebook friends so you know who else uses Skout. You’re also given the option of using your phone contacts to add to your connections. Almost immediately you’re able to find new people to talk to because it’s too easy.

Skout gets 5 stars in my book because it’s easy and fun to use, has a growing community, and is addictive to use.  Just check out what people are saying on the Facebook page.

FreedomPop’s Free Talk and Text App Is a Crowd-Pleaser

Anyone who needs to make international calls on a regular basis should consider giving FreedomPop a try. In just three years, this company has gone from hopeful startup to pioneering entrepreneur in a market dominated by telecom giants like Sprint (which is rumored to be interested in acquiring the company) and AT&T. It didn’t happen by accident; FreedomPop learned how to attract loyal customers by giving their product away for free.

They spent years putting together the infrastructure and delivery channels to be able to provide customers with one of the best long-distant VoIP, SMS and mobile broadband services on the market, and they didn’t cut corners to get the service ready more quickly.

It’s the type of business that encourages fierce loyalty in its customers and compels them to try each new product as it’s rolled out. In a way, they’re like the Apple of the mobile broadband market in that their fans make them into something more than the sum of their parts. This kind of ravenous loyalty is priceless in an industry in which 90 percent of the startups never see the light of day.

Facebook says FreedomPop got started in 2011 when Stephen Stokols, the company’s CEO, left his position at Woo Media to partner up with Steven Sesar and form a new business that would establish its customer base by giving away its product for free.

The idea caught on quickly, and after about a year, the business partners were converting free users to paying customers at an increasing rate. The first month that free users became paying customers was October 2012; 5 percent of their free service users switched to paid subscriptions, taking advantage of more voice minutes, SMS messages and data downloads.

Most businesses would have been ecstatic if that number had stayed level, but the next month, 10 percent of their free service users converted to paid plans. The next month, December 2012, 20 percent of free users signed up for paid subscriptions, an obvious demonstration of satisfaction and loyalty from customers who had only known about the company for a few months.

With all of these new customers showing their love, Stokols and Sesar decided it was time to take their business to the next level. They wanted to give their customers a more complete experience, so they unveiled a branded line of iPhones that came with their signature free voice and Internet service.

The rollout was so successful that it garnered the attention of existing Apple service provider Sprint, who allowed the company to offer free service to anyone with a Sprint-ready mobile device. For a few months, it worked exactly that way; FreedomPop offered its free VoIP, SMS and data service to iPhone and Sprint users, while behind the scenes, they planned another way to gain customers.

They launched an app for iOS and Android devices so that just about anyone with a smartphone could install the Free Talk and Text app and start making calls, sending texts and downloading up to 500MB of free data. After firmly establishing their brand on iOS and Android, they got to work on their next plan, to give customers the 100 minutes free and the lowest possible prices for international calls on the market. Countries in the plan include China, Mexico and India, and prices start at $5 a month. Visit their official website for more details.