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Looking to get a better feel for that Yosemite National Park expedition this summer? Google Maps is looking to go beyond the regular ol’ snapshot and offer an experience that feels more like an actual visit — only you won’t have to leave your sofa. The folks in Mountain View have added photo tours to over 15,000 sites around the globe from Italy to the aforementioned Half Dome in California. A search for your virtual destination of choice will indicate whether or not a tour is available for that particular locale. How does it work? The outfit uses user-contributed Picasa and Panaromio photos — only those listed as public — alongside some fancy computer techniques to provide a 3D tour. Along the way, Maps selects the best possible path through the highest quality images. At the bottom of each photo, contributor credit is given and Goog says when more shots get shared, these tours will improve over time. You’ll need Google Maps with WebGL to get the sightseeing started, though. If you’re looking for a quick preview, hit the video just past the break.
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In Suitland, Maryland the Smithsonian stores thousands of Antarctic meteorites so well that the samples will actually be preserved for future generations. More than 15,000 meteorites — some of which come from as far as the Moon or Mars — are kept inside of a clean room designed to eliminate any outside contaminants, and pressurized nitrogen gas is used to keep them from coming into contact with any moisture. The Smithsonian says that the entire collection is “kept under tight security and tight airlocks.” Not only does this keep the samples clean for researchers today, but the meteorites are so well preserved that they’ll still be intact decades from now so that future instruments can take even better measurements — and if you ever…
What’s a museum to do when they want to offer a richer art experience for guests but no one wants to use an audioguide? Why, give Nintendo a ring of course. Nintendo will be providing 5,000 3DSs to the French museum this March as part of the museum’s push to appeal to a more modern audience.
The Louvre is clearly gunning for appeal with the touchscreen generation, as they have also noted that an iOS app is in the works. In the meantime, guests who rent a 3DS will be able to load up special itineraries and listen to guided audio-tours in seven languages.
On top of that, Nintendo has also produced original content for the Louvre, though it’s still unclear what they have in mind. While we’ll certainly see some educational software trickle on to the devices, I’m still holding out hope for an elaborate RPG that takes players gallivanting up and down the Richilieu Wing. Sadly, the Louvre retains editorial control over what goes on their 3DSs, so we can probably kiss that epic boss battle atop the Pyramid goodbye.
With the upgrade, the Louvre’s security may have yet another thing to deal with. The museum’s previously audioguides were clunky, single-service devices emblazoned with KoreanAir logos — not exactly the kind of thing most people would be tempted to walk off with. A shiny new 3DS is an entirely different story, and I’m curious to see how many of these things the Louvre’s staff is going to be able to hold on to.
And for those of you wondering, this isn’t the first time that Nintendo and the Louvre have crossed paths: that distinction belongs to an old (and lousy) episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Since we’d rather not attempt to pick out a birthday present for the retail store that has everything, we’re breaking out the home movies to see just how far it’s come in the past decade. Here’s some footage from Macworld 2001, in which a chipper Jobs takes us behind the wood barricade for a “little private tour” of the first ever Apple Store in Tysons Corner, VA, showing off a rear-projection screen for playing commercials and debuting the hyperbolically-named Genius Bar. All said, not that much seems to have changed with the stores in the past ten years, save, of course, for the inventory — of particular note are the MP3 player and PDA sections, both populated with third-party hardware. Apple would scorch the earth of the music player market later that year with introduction of the iPod. The personal organizer still had a little time left, but surely even back then the iPhone was a twinkle in old Steve’s eye.
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HP isn’t really trying to keep its 12.1-inch EliteBook 2760p convertible tablet a secret these days, but honestly it might not matter even if the company tried — the ever-reliable FCC made plenty of pictures and documentation available in a filing by Sierra Wireless. That’s the company that supplies the Qualcomm Gobi3000 dual-mode GSM / CDMA cellular radio in this tablet, you see, which should be an attractive option for business travelers — though we don’t see any mention of it in the first three Elitebook 2760p models confirmed on HP’s website. What’s that, you say? Confirmation? Yes, indeed, as HP is already listing three versions starting at $ 1,499, with the base model nabbing you a 2.3Ghz Core i5-2410M, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and a 320GB hard drive. FCC pics below, and lots more details at our source links.
Gallery: HP EliteBook 2760p convertible tablet tours the FCC
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The Nintendo 3DS is still a few weeks away from release here in North America (March 27, to be exact), but that doesn’t mean you can’t play with it right now. Nintendo has begun a series of demo events in cities around the country where you can, in their own words, â€œbe one of the first to experience the Nintendo 3DS system before launch day.â€ What cities are involved?
Four cities get the 3DS demo, and they are:
New York at Grand Central Terminal
Chicago at the Citigroup Center
Los Angeles at Third Street Promenade
San Francisco at Pier 39
And don’t worry: there are similar events in Canada, too.
Nintendo also says that 3DS units will be at select retailers in the weeks leading up to the launch date, so don’t freak out if you don’t live in or near one of those aforementioned cities.
In other 3D news, last night I was on After Dark Radio with Bryan Alvarez (of Figure 4 Weekly fame), and we discussed all sorts of fun tech topics including, but not limited to, 3D. So if you have a spare moment!
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library has recently undergone a $ 15 million tech renovation. The technology in the library is pretty impressive: 180 video screens, two teleprompters, a green screen and 250 iPod touches have been added to make things interesting.
The iPod touches will be used to guide visitors through the library, with audio narration as people move around. Also, the iPods will allow guests to take video and pictures to remember the experience and share how cultured you are on Facebook and Twitter. How fun!
CES: part tech fest, part carnival, and all fun. Sadly we couldn’t bring you everything we saw in the booths as they’re so full and have become so immense that we’d need the entire week to take it all in; we did, however, drop by a few of the showier booths and take a handful of pics of each for your ocular entertainment. So without further ado, hop past the break and see what the likes of Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, Sharp, Panasonic, and more had to offer at CES 2011.
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New iPhone, iPad app offers self-guided, panoramic tours of homes
By Steve Huettel, Times Staff Writer Friday, October 15, 2010 As Charles Armstrong, right, takes a 360-degree iPad tour of upstairs rooms at Villa Terranova on Snell Isle, listing agent Eileen Bedinghaus shows fellow RE/MAX Metro Realtor Scott Samuels the app on an iPhone from the homeâ€™s great room. From the waterfront patio of a 12,500-square-foot Snell Isle mansion, real estate agent Eileen …
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The Week in IPhone 4 Cases: Retro Fashion
This weekâ€™s roundup of iPhone 4 cases has something for everyone. The bargain hunter will be pleased with BBP Bagsâ€™s super-affordable offering, while those with…
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Verizon iPhone on track for March 2011 debut, says analyst
Computerworld – Apple is on schedule to launch an iPhone capable of making calls on Verizon’s network early next year, most likely in March 2011, a research analyst said today, citing sources among Asian parts suppliers.
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