Google has launched a new feature that puts you behind the wheel of Street View.
Well, Google doesn't literally give you the keys to one of its camera-rigged vehicles, but the Web giant is now letting photographers create personalized Street View experiences that can be shared with others. Google suggested in a company blog post Monday announcing the new feature that the tool could be used to share hiking trails or create virtual tours of a local shop.
Travelers who get lost at airports or train stations can now call on Google Street View to help them find their way.
The ubiquitous mapping service has extended its coverage to 16 international airports, more than 50 train and subway stations, and a cable car platform in Hong Kong. A Google map displays the locations of all the new Street View transit spots.
You can take a virtual panormamic tour of the Waterloo station in London, the terminals of the Tokyo International Airport, the check-in counter at the Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain, and even the inside of a plane at Dubai International Airport.… Read more
Thanks to the Google Trekker, places that are inaccessible by car can be captured and mapped in Street View. The Trekker's latest conquest? Venice, Italy, home to such famous sights as St Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, and the Doge's Palace.
To capture the water city in all its glory, Google sent the Trekker out on foot, on gondolas, and on Venice's famed water taxi service, the vaporetto. Though Venice is renowned for its maze-like layout, the Street View implementation means you're never too far from a map to work out exactly where you are. … Read more
Twitter's long-awaited IPO went off without a hitch today, soaring above the official price the company set last night, finishing at $44.94 and giving the company a market capitalization of $24.48 billion.
Executives at Facebook can only look at Twitter's first day on Wall Street with envy. While Mark Zuckerberg's company is now flying high, its May 2012 IPO has become a cautionary tale in Silicon Valley for how not to go public. And clearly, Twitter studied the playbook and avoided making the mistakes that caused such a public relations nightmare for Zuck and Co. … Read more
With its IPO scheduled for tomorrow, Twitter plans to price its shares at around $27, according to CNBC.
Earlier this week, the social networking giant said it planned to ask for between $23 and $25 a share. But CNBC reported this morning that the company has upped the amount to $27.
That's if, CNBC cautioned, "market momentum" holds for Twitter's shares. The company has been on its IPO road show, hawking its shares to Wall Street investors.
Twitter said last month it expected to sell 70 million shares initially, but later the company indicated it might … Read more
Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most famous US cemeteries -- it's where John F. Kennedy, William Howard Taft, and more than 400,000 veterans have been laid to rest. Now, Google is setting out to map this massive burial ground, according to The Washington Post.
Using the Street View Trekker backpack, which is equipped with a 15-lens camera system that pops out of the top of the wearable pack and constantly records images, Google employees are walking the paths of the cemetery collecting images.
For those who haven't visited, the cemetery offers stark scenery -- rows … Read more
The court decided the law violated federal rules, which prohibit putting a discriminatory tax on digital sales. It's the first time a high court has thrown out a law like this -- 18 other states have similar laws. In New York, the court upheld the law, spurring Amazon and Overstock.com to petition the Supreme Court.
There's to be no stone unturned, apparently, by the team at Google Street View. The most recent awesome landmark to get a virtual tour courtesy of its off-road cameras is a sacred site for many car fanatics: the Lamborghini Museum at the company's headquarter town of Sant'Agata Bolognese in the north of Italy.
The Street View page allows users to access a 360-degree tour of 16,000 square feet of museum across two floors, including famous cars such as Miura, Countach, Diablo, and Murcielago, as well as prototypes, limited editions, one-off models, racing cars, V12 powertrains, and marine engines.
Also in the museum, you'll be able to see the Reventon, which was limited to just 20 models, as well as two museum-exclusive cars: the Estoque and the Sesto Elemento. … Read more