Released to the public free-of-charge in 2005, Google Earth has had more impact on how we view our earth than any cartographer could have imagined. It seems fitting that the software would reach 1 billion downloads on America's Columbus Day, as discovering America then may represent our in-depth analysis of the world now.
Google announced today that an updated Google Earth is now available that is optimized for Android tablets. The updated Google Earth will take full advantage of the bigger screens found on the various Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets that have or are about to launch this year.
Never underestimate the desire of geeks to be geeky. A group of Japanese pals got together and set up their own virtual skydiving sim using blue plastic, white spray paint, and Google Earth. The plastic became the sky background with white clouds painted on it.
Google has pushed out Google Earth 6, the latest version of its interactive digital atlas. Version 6 gets native Street View support for pavement-level browsing, along with digital 3D trees - more than 80 million trees in places such as Athens, Berlin, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo already "planted" - and better support for historical imagery.
As we mark the last hours of the final day of September, we're left with only one thing to do: The Daily Slash. So, welcome to tonight's edition. In our story from around the Web, it looks like Time Warner's CEO is chiming in about Apple TV's pricing, and he's not a fan. And then, just as we do every night, we'll wrap up what's been going on in the R3 Media Network.
Google Earth, while perfectly usable and helpful in its own right for the common user, is something that should be experienced, and not just used. That's why Google created Liquid Galaxy, which is a set-up consisting of eight 55-inch LCD displays, which show you Earth in all of its digital glory. Google shows off the technology and system at certain trade shows that it attends. If you've ever seen it, or had a chance to use the system, then you know it's pretty fantastic. And now Google has open sourced the entire project, opening it up for everyone. But if you can't build your own, no worries -- Google will let you buy it, too.
Consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog claims that the FBI and the DEA are making extensive use of Google Earth according to federal spending records. What those spending records don’t say is exactly what the agencies are using Google Earth for.