Being a firm believer of NOT believing everything you read on the internet, as well as being a long way from April fool’s day, I couldn’t find the right words to describe my feelings when I read an article on Stuff.co.nz, detailing a new pilot program the search giant Google, was planning. According to the article, New Zealanders looking for a restaurant on the internet will find it easier to pick with a new addition to street view, Google’s controversial street imaging project.
The feature will allow the public to view interior images of shops and other businesses found on its maps. The project will kick-off in a limited number of cities in New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Blenheim and Nelson before moving to Australia, Japan, and the US, as well as London and Paris.
Google said it was inviting the most searched businesses, including restaurants, hotels, shops, gyms and vehicle repair shops, to request a visit by its photographers. Businesses have been told to warn customers and employees about the photoshoot, and Google has promised to blur out or refuse to publish any images that include bystanders.
The photoshoots will produce 360-degree images using fish-eye and wide-angle lenses as well as stills and business owners could also upload their own picture and Google said the project is on a completely voluntary basis. When will it ever end?
This week on Tech Talk Radio
Has Google gone too far this time taking street view indoors? Android phone repair cost telcos billions, Avid release Media Composer 6, Canon release the new EOS C300, A Stop Motion Video Made with a Quarter Million Jelly Beans, and Adam sets up a new PC and shares his tricks to remove bloat ware. Simon Hann, President of the eLearning Industry Association of Victoria, a fast growing community of developers, suppliers and users of e-learning products and services joins us in the studio to talk about e-learning.
Notable mention this week
Stop motion photography, or the art of taking 25 individual still frames to make a second of television, can be a very time consuming past time, especially when you're making 4 minute video clips. How can we ever forget Peter Gabriel's masterpiece "Sledgehammer". Introducing Kina Grannis' In Your Arms videoclip which was animated using 288,000 jelly beans. Years in the makings for a few moments in the sun. How it was made is very interesting.
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