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Google did something great for the United States when they decided to make the Moto X smartphone on US soil, but now anyone in the world can visit the factory that Google's latest smartphone is made in.
The Mountain View-based everything giant opened the doors to its Moto X factory in Fort Worth, Texas, unveiling a bunch of 360-degree panoramic images of the Flextronics factory that pumps out over 100,000 Moto X smartphones each and every week. Sensitive information is of course blurred out, but you can still check out the factory which looks quite cool.
The images coming in from Google's Trekker backpack loan program are simply breathtaking. Adventurers, historians, and people from all over the world are taking advantage of the company's generosity and are capturing Street View-like images of some of the most spectacular and amazing places on earth.
Today, Google added images from the 800-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland, to the company's Street View product in Google Maps. The imagery is part of the company's UNESCO World Heritage series and takes us inside the 187 mile long, 1,000 foot deep salt mine. The imagery that has been posted includes three hand carved full-size chapels and a massive cathedral that is carved from the natural gray salt deposits.
Today, Microsoft announced on its Bing Blogs page that it has added an additional five million square miles of satellite imagery to its Bing Maps service. The update amounts to 316TB of aerial imagery from around the world being added to the service. In the image below, each yellow dot represents the new imagery that was added.
This is the first major update to Bing's imagery since June 12 of this year when the company added 270TB worth of high resolution satellite imagery of tourist location, including Rome, Milan, Stravanger, and Kaanapali. Today's update marks the largest addition to the search engine's map service since it was first launched. Head over to Bing.com and check out some of the new imagery, and if you spot something cool, be sure to post a link to it in the comments.
In between all of the IFA 2013 news, Yahoo has chosen to unveil its new logo. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has tried to provide some fresh visual interest in the Yahoo brand, so let's hope that the new logo helps.
As you can see, it retains its color, in a way, as well as keeping the exclamation point. The video above shows the work that went into the new logo, but I don't know if I'm convinced so far. Sure, a logo doesn't make a company, but it goes a long way for first impressions. What are your thoughts on Yahoo's new logo? Let us know in the comments.
Google dominates so many services it's not funny, but Microsoft isn't going down without a fight when it comes to search engine wars. The Redmond-based software giant is very much committed to Bing, and it seems like that is a relationship that will keep on keeping on.
Since 2005, Bing has cost Microsoft's Online Services Division a hefty $11 billion, but the company are still continuing to maintain it, and pump money into the search engine. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher says that all of Microsoft's board members, including recently appointed activist shareholder firm ValueAct, think that Bing is a key part of Microsoft's future in online revenues.
I guess we'll see going into the future, but Microsoft's recently acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division might just have a helping hand in the future of Bing, or vica versa.
Have you ever ordered a paperback or hardcover book from Amazon and wished that you could get the digital copy for your Kindle in the same purchase at a discounted price? If so, an announcement today is sure to make you quite happy. Amazon today announced a new initiative called Kindle Matchbook that will allow customers to include the Kindle edition of physical books in with their order at a highly discounted price.
Customers will now be able to pick up the Kindle edition of their book for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or for free anytime they purchase the physical copy of the book. Amazon has made this feature retroactive as well, and any books you have purchased since Amazon first opened its online bookstore now qualify for this deal. This means that you can go back through your Amazon purchase history and pick up the Kindle edition of your favorite books at a highly discounted price.
"If you logged onto your CompuServe account during the Clinton administration and bought a book like Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus from Amazon, Kindle MatchBook now makes it possible for that purchase-18 years later-to be added to your Kindle library at a very low cost," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish."
It appears that YouTube has been quietly changing its logo across the various social networking platforms it uses to promote its content. Additionally both the Android and iOS apps now feature the new logo. We're still not sure though, if this is an official permanent logo update as YouTube.com still features the old bubbly style logo.
The new logo as seen above appears to be more Windows 8 friendly and looks like it would fit in perfectly with the live tiles on any Windows 8 home screen. Additionally the logo does appear to more closely align with other Google-owned services such as Chrome and Drive, which both are quite minimalist and features double drop shadows. I have sent a request to YouTube for more information and will update this post as soon as I know more.
Finally! Google is switching Google+ Hangouts to HD video, which should result in a large increase in quality. The news comes from Google's Senior VP, Engineering for Google, Vic Gundotra, reports GigaOM.
Google is switching from H.264 to VP8, which should result in better quality video, with Google's VP of Engineering, Chee Chew, stating "it will be cleaner, better video." One of the main benefits of VP8 within Hangouts in HD is it is capable of doing more, at better quality, with less horsepower. H.264 would not be capable of handling HD streams from 10 users, as it would require too much processing power.
Everyone's favorite crowdfunding website Kickstarter will be heading to the land down under in the coming weeks! That's right, Kickstarter is coming to Australia and New Zealand and is expected to be ready for Aussie and Kiwi campaigns by the end of September.
Kickstarter is preparing some training events in Sydney and Melbourne on the first and second of September. The crowdfunding website extended an open invitation to all Aussies and New Zealanders wishing to use the service in a post on the website that read: "We'll be in Australia the next few weeks hosting Kickstarter Schools with Australia-based creators interested in Kickstarter. If you have a project in mind and want to run it by us, or if you just want to learn more about Kickstarter, we hope you'll join us!" Those looking to attend these events can head over to the Kickstarter source listed below.
I'm a daily user of feedly, and by daily, I mean that I have a tab with feedly open in it on my desktop as much as I do Gmail and Facebook. Feedly has just unveiled a new feedly Pro service, which has some cool features and a new $5 per month fee.
What do you get for $5 per month? You get Article Search, which lets you search within your feedly feeds, Evernote capabilities built into feedly Pro, which let you one-click save to any of your Evernote notebooks. Premium Pocket lets you one-click save to a pocket and Premium Support, which is quite self-explanatory: you get 'bumped to the front of the support line.'
If you want to pay yearly, you'll get it discounted to $45 per year which gives you three months for free.