Google Maps Goes Round (‘n round, n round..)

Take that, Kyrie Irving!…

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Perhaps in a bid to win over Flat-Earthers, when zoomed out in Google Maps, you’ll see a round Earth instand of a flat map.

Cheers!
quincy
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View Your friend’s battery status with Google Maps’ location sharing

Because Sharing is Caring!…google-maps-battery

Google Map’s Location Sharing just received an update that allows you to view your location sharer’s battery status.

Why? Well, if your friend’s battery goes dead, the phone, and it’s location information, is sure to follow. At least, armed with this foreknowledge, you’ll know why they went off the grid and not take it personally.

Cheers!

quincy

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An Interactive Newspaper

The future of printed press?

While vacationing in Zürich, I had the privilege to visit its Landesmuseum, the Swiss National Museum).

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Of the great many exhibits here, one that most impressed me was this interactive journal; a digital journal, projected onto plain paper, that changes and reacts as you scroll through it.

 

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Reading can be a tactile and even olfactory pleasure. For any one who’s sat curled up in an armchair, or tucked away between the aisles of bookstore,  book in lap..scent of aged paper wafting in their nostrils… fingers gliding across a page, their anticipation builds as one nears the bottom of the page, readying for that page turn.

The format of book appeals to us bibliophiles who appreciate the weight of a printed page. It equally appeals to we tech-savvy research moles, who prefer to navigate across the web, in order to pull together a larger narrative.

Cheers,

quincy

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Self-driving Racecars

 

 

Last week, Roborace ran their self-driving racecar during England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This marks the robo-car’s second public performance, having appeared previously in Paris, where it completed an unassisted lap.

The car boasts a look that is reminiscent of the Batmobile, and a Tron Lightcycle, (with a little bit Roomba, added in). It’s lack of driver cockpit gives the car an exceptionally low profile, that suggest an ability for sharp, high-speed turns. This, however, has yet to been seen; the Roborace’s top speed at Goodwind was only 125 kph (or ~78 mph).

Equally anticipated is date when the vehicles truly race. When asked how soon until two driverless vehicles share the same racetrack, Roborace’s chief strategy officer, Bryn Balcombe, replied, “I think.. we are not far away.”

Cheers!

quincy

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The Google Assistant

Although I really do wish it had a better name, (like Jarvis or Jeeves) I am becoming a fan of the way Google Assistant aggregates my agenda, relevant emails, and upcoming bills all in one spot.

It’s pretty cool…if you can get past the spookiness of seeing how much Google knows about you.

This feature, previously avail to beta testers, is rolling out to Andriod users today (with iOS platforms expected to follow soon).

For more, follow this link to TechCrunch post.

Cheers

quincy

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Measure Distances with Google Maps

Want to know how far that hike is?

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To Measure Distances in Google Maps 

  1. In Google Maps search for or navigate to the desired area.
  2. RT + CLICK on the starting point and select Measure distance.
  3. CLICK on the the endpoint (repeat this step for multiple turns/points).

Cheers!

quincy

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Samsung phones randomly sent photos to contacts

A Samsung phone user says his Galaxy S9 plus sent his entire photo library to a contact in the middle of the night while he was asleep. Apparently, the only evidence of the mass photo sharing was in his T-Mobile logs.

For more, read post in TechCrunch

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