Google launched a new app today called Field Trip. The company says that it's essentially "your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you." It works as a virtual tour guide of sorts, automatically providing you with information of a particular point of interest that you come across.
Google is buying travel brand Frommer's, according to The Wall Street Journal. The search engine is reportedly purchasing the brand from John Wiley & Sons in order to bolster its search results regarding local places and attractions. In case you’re not familiar with Frommer's, it provides a detailed database of places to visit in various cities across the world, as well as hotel, restaurant, and store listings.
Google Maps just added a whole bunch of 360-degree panoramic images to Street View of some great spots in Antarctica, both inside and out. Among those great spots include places like the South Pole Telescope, Shakleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royde Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole. Google Maps had partnered with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to make it all happen.
If you're like me, you take e-mail for granted. When I'm sending an e-mail it doesn't matter how far it has to go, I expect it to be there just about as quickly as I hit the send button. If you step back and look at how far an e-mail has to travel when you are sending it, for instance, from the US to the UK the whole system is very impressive.
So you'd like to do one of two things: travel through Japan during the season when the Cherry Blossoms blast, or have a lovely time glancing upon them from afar - Google has you covered either way! With Google's Street View, you're able to see where you're going before you get there - if you use it with Google Maps. If on the other hand you'd like to explore the world through Google's special camera cars, clicking through the streets of residential and rural areas around the globe, you can do that too! A fantastic example of where Google is using Street View to the utmost visual advantage is in their 2012 guide for Japan's Cherry Blossom Season.
Google has offered the numbers it paid for two of its more recent purchases in a regulatory filing this week. The two purchases are the buy of Zagat Survey LLC and Daily Deals GmbH. According to the filing, the purchase of Zagat cost Google $151 million. That is a lot of money for a restaurant review service. Google plans to integrate the data into its Google Maps results.
Google has quietly launched a new flight search service called Google Travel. The service can be found in a separate portal here and is powered by the recently acquired travel software company ITA. The $700 million acquisition of ITA was scrutinized for several months before being approved with various conditions due to antitrust concerns that may affect the online travel search industry.
In a bid to become the fastest plane in the world, the US Military has at least temporarily lost contact with prototype Falcon Hypsersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) during its second test flight. This plane was designed as a global bombing prototype and was capable of a magnificent 20 times the speed of sound. This unmanned prototype plane was launched successfully today aboard a Minotaur IV rocket but was lost as the plane separated from the rocket in the upper bit of the atmosphere and began it's "glide" phase. All of this is according to DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the USA.
Google is in the midst of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, which recently led to a subpoena issued for former CEO Eric Schmidt to testify before the Senate in September. Unlike other antitrust probes that Google has experienced with mergers and acquisitions, this one hits at the company's core business, with the latest reports saying that investigations will focus on Android and search.
Microsoft has licensed augmented reality technology from specialist GeoVector, potentially opening the door to "pointing-based local search" being included in future mobile devices like Windows Phone handsets. The deal - financial terms of which have not been revealed - covers "spatially aware mobile computing"; GeoVector holds patents in digital watermarking, as well as overlaying digital graphics on top of a live view, such as showing cut-aways and other information.