The never-ending quest for the perfect map. Cross-posted on the Google Lat Long Blog For the last decade we’ve obsessed over building great maps for our users—maps that are totally comprehensive (we’re shooting for literally the whole world), ever more accurate and incredibly easy to navigate.
Comprehensiveness It’s a pretty limited search engine that only draws from a subset of sources. In the same way, it’s not much of a map that leaves you stranded the moment you step off the highway or visit a new country. Over the last few years we’ve been building a comprehensive base map of the entire globe—based on public and commercial data, imagery from every level (satellite, aerial and street level) and the collective knowledge of our millions of users.
Today, we’re taking another step forward with our Street View Trekker. Luc Vincent, engineering director, taking the Street View Trekker for a trial run in Tahoe Accuracy The next attribute map makers obsess over is accuracy. Usability The final element of the perfect map is usability. May in Review. Cross-posted from the Google Enterprise blog.
Editor's note: Hangouts On Air are live video chats, interviews, or performances that are broadcast to Google+. We’ll host these broadcasts from time to time on the Google Enterprise Google+ page to give you the inside scoop on our business and products. Last week, we hosted our first Hangout On Air from the Google Enterprise Google+ page with Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management, Jeff Harris, Google Docs Product Manager, Teresa Wu, Google Docs Community Manager, and Eric Brunnett, Director of IT at Trump Hotel Collection. During the conversation, Jonathan Rochelle told us the story of how Google Docs, Google Drive and cloud collaboration came to be.
What was once an experiment to bring desktop software to the web is now a collaboration and productivity platform used by millions of people in their personal lives and at businesses, universities, non-profits and government agencies around the world. Connecting shoppers and great stores online. Online shopping is great for many reasons, but most of all it’s a convenient and fast way to turn your intent to buy that new pair of running shoes, for example, into an actual purchase.
But shoppers tell us they’re often nervous about buying from online stores they don’t know. We created the free Google Trusted Stores program to help solve this problem. When shoppers see the Google Trusted Store badge, they know in a snap they’re shopping with a reputable retailer and they can feel confident making an informed purchase. We’ve been testing the program since last fall with about 50 online merchants and more than 10 million orders. It’s working even better than we hoped, generating positive feedback from shoppers and increasing sales for merchants. Helping shoppers choose stores they can trust When shopping online, you may come across the Google Trusted Store badge.
The Google Trusted Store badge and report card Google Trusted Store badge on AdWords. Hang out – live on air – with the Google Drive & Docs team. Cross-posted from the Google Enterprise blog.
Editor's note: Hangouts On Air are live video chats, interviews, or performances that are broadcast to Google+. We’ll host these broadcasts from time to time on the Google Enterprise Google+ page to give you the inside scoop on our business and products. Last week, we hosted our first Hangout On Air from the Google Enterprise Google+ page with Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management, Jeff Harris, Google Docs Product Manager, Teresa Wu, Google Docs Community Manager, and Eric Brunnett, Director of IT at Trump Hotel Collection.
During the conversation, Jonathan Rochelle told us the story of how Google Docs, Google Drive and cloud collaboration came to be. What was once an experiment to bring desktop software to the web is now a collaboration and productivity platform used by millions of people in their personal lives and at businesses, universities, non-profits and government agencies around the world. A Tale Of Two Pwnies (Part 2) When we wrapped up our recent Pwnium event, we praised the creativity of the submissions and resolved to provide write-ups on how the two exploits worked.
We already covered Pinkie Pie’s submission in a recent post, and this post will summarize the other winning Pwnium submission: an amazing multi-step exploit from frequent Chromium Security Reward winner Sergey Glazunov. From the start, one thing that impressed us about this exploit was that it involved no memory corruption at all. It was based on a so-called “Universal Cross-Site Scripting” (or UXSS) bug. The UXSS bug in question (117226) was complicated and actually involved two distinct bugs: a state corruption and an inappropriate firing of events. Individually there was a possible use-after-free condition, but the exploit -- perhaps because of various memory corruption mitigations present in Chromium -- took the route of combining the two bugs to form a “High” severity UXSS bug.
So how was this UXSS bug abused more creatively? Find out what people are searching for with the updated Hot Searches list. People turn to search when they’re looking for answers and information, and sometimes what they want to know is on other people’s minds as well.
You can learn a lot about what’s happening around the country or catch wind of a breaking news story by looking at what others are searching for. With Hot Searches in Google Trends, you can see a list of the fastest rising search terms in the U.S. for a snapshot of what’s on the public’s collective mind. To create the Hot Searches list which is updated on an hourly basis, an algorithm analyzes millions of searches in the U.S. and determines which queries are being searched much more than usual. Now, Hot Searches has gotten a refresh that makes the list of searches more visual, groups related rising search terms together and lets you see more information about those searches. New Developer Features in the Chrome Web Store. During these last few weeks, the Chrome Web Store team has been focused on launching the store in more countries and building some new features for developers that can help them reach and engage with more users.
New Countries We recently launched the Chrome Web Store in six additional countries: Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. This means that developers can now distribute and sell their apps to millions of additional potential users. To be successful in these new markets, we highly recommend localizing your apps in as many languages as possible. This will make them more accessible to users around the world, and more likely to be promoted in the 42 countries the store is available in. New Offline Apps Collection To recognize developers who have made their apps work offline - and help users find them - we created a special collection just to highlight them in the store. Better Information in the Developer Dashboard. Make your website faster with PageSpeed Insights. Cross-posted from the Google Developers Blog.
Just Undo It. How to Transform a Hoodie into Nearly Everything. — Conceptual Devices. A hoodie is not just a hoodie.
In a world full of stuff, smart items should be transformable, editable. They should engage the possibility to be transformed into something else. We do not need a new object. We rather need to get rid of some of them, to reduce the complex network of things around us. Just undo it is a collection of reversible objects that could be made from a hoodie at no cost. Related posts: 10 Incredible Melanistic (All Black) Animals. Melanism is an undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism.
The word ‘melanism’ is deduced from a Greek word that means black pigment. Pseudo-melanism, also called abundism, is another variant of pigmentation, characterized by dark spots or enlarged stripes, which cover a large part of the body of the animal making it appear melanistic. Melanism related to the process of adaptation is called adaptive. Most commonly, dark individuals become fitter to survive and reproduce in their environment as they are better camouflaged. This makes some species less conspicuous to predators, while others such as black panthers use it as a foraging advantage during night hunting. Below you will find a fascinating gallery of ten melanistic (all black) animals. 1. A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any of several species of larger cat. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends: Keyboard Shortcuts Google Chrome - The Most Useful 10.
Keyboard shortcuts; There are many we can not live without, whatever the operating system is. They help you get things done faster, saves time and effort, or a few mouse clicks There are many keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome that I love. I am trying to list the top 10 of them here, considering they are the most useful keyboard shortcuts for any Chrome user. If you have any cool shortcuts to share, which is not listed here, please drop a comment so that others can make use of it! (Thanks Dan, you made me think of this post!) You may find very basic stuff here, but hey, that’s what we all use most of often, right?
Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome – The Most Useful 10 CTRL + T = Opens a new tabCTRL+ W = Closes the current tab.CTRL + SHIFT + T = Reopens the last tab you’ve closed. I do not if power users here learned something new from this post, but for new users of Google Chrome, I am sure this will be a good starting point. Related Posts. Dev Channel Update. Polish that Turd: Web Design Rules-of-Thumb for Developers : webdev. Polish that Turd: Web Design Rules-of-Thumb for Developers. 1. Grid Align all elements to a grid. Use a framework like 960.gs if you want, but you may find that the gutters between columns are too narrow or your page elements don’t fit neatly into the pre-defined grid. It doesn’t take much effort to set up your own self-consistent set of widths in CSS. You may find it easier if you: Use a CSS Reset declaration to more easily set up predictable spacing, especially if forms or lists are involved.Use a Clearfix hack on rows to avoid weird floating anomalies.Use box-sizing: border-box on your columns and display: inline-block on horizontal list items (e.g. menus) to make padding and margin adjustments easier.
We created our own grid for Subpug 2. Choose a color palette and stick to it. Don’t be afraid to use shades of your main palette colors. 3. Create a typography hierarchy and stick to it. One font family is the easiest to get right; use two if you need the additional flexibility in your hierarchy. 4. Set your line heights. 5. 6. 7. I did it! I FUCKING DID IT! : bicycling. SSL 50's scene. A Scene and a Lot of Thanks!!!!! It actually happened. We made our $20,000 fundraising goal by 8pm EST on December 17, 2011.
I'm telling you, our friends and family are stellar. People were giving us shout-outs left and right all day. We gained about 25% of our backers in the last 24 hours of the campaign: friends of friends, friends of friends of friends, even some random Kickstarter wanderers. We also had a lot of our backers upping their pledges at the end, and at the last 30 minutes, the pledges were coming in like crazy. Now the work begins. On another note, we promised we'd release another scene from the movie when we got to 150 backers which happened late on the 16th (then we got another 43 backers by the next evening). Caltrop. Roman caltrop at Westfälisches Museum für Archäologie, Herne, Germany A caltrop (also known as caltrap, galtrop, cheval trap, galthrap, galtrap, calthrop, crow's foot) is an antipersonnel weapon made up of two or more sharp nails or spines arranged in such a manner that one of them always points upward from a stable base (for example, a tetrahedron).
Caltrops were part of defenses that served to slow the advance of horses, war elephants, and human troops. They were said to be particularly effective against the soft feet of camels. In more modern times, caltrops are used against wheeled vehicles with pneumatic tires. The modern name "caltrop" is derived from the Latin calcitrapa (foot-trap). The synonymous Latin word tribulus gave rise to the modern Latin name of a plant offering similar hazards to sandaled or bare feet, Tribulus terrestris (Zygophyllaceae), whose spiked seed case can injure feet and puncture tires. History A 16th-century Russian caltrop Modern uses
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I would like to not put a financial burden on whomever takes care of my affairs, but would also like to have some ideas about what to do (or others would do) when my time on earth is up, and after any body parts I can give have been donated. What funerary/burial methods are most "environmentally friendly? " I come from a Muslim background, and am fond of simple Muslim burials (though not practicing myself), where the body is cleaned and enshrouded in a simple cotton or linen cloth.
However, I live in the US, and this is generally not allowed without some encasement due to groundwater issues. I'm not opposed to cremation, as I don't particularly care what happens to my physical body after death. List of the poorest places in the United States : wikipedia. Pole of inaccessibility. List of the poorest places in the United States. Thesheba comments on I need some help. I found out today that my 10yo daughter is being abused mentally and physically. Part of this world, part of another.
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