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Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans

Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans

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In April, Google introduced a revamped, reimagined version of Google Earth, which included a number of new features that go beyond visualizing the planet through the use of maps and satellite imagery, to also allow users to explore the world through tours, and learn about its many wonders. Today, Google announced it’s bringing Google Earth to the classroom. The new version of Google Earth introduced a feature called Voyager, offering a showcase of guided tours from scientists, nonprofits, and other storytellers and organizations. The tours let you explore a region or multiple locales, through the use of photos, 360-degree videos, and Google Maps Street View, along with text. At launch, there were tours from groups like BBC Earth, Jane Goodall, Sesame Street, and NASA available. At th
Apple just released the first iOS 11 beta to everyone

Apple just released the first iOS 11 beta to everyone

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Are you excited about trying out the new features coming up with iOS 11. If that’s the case, Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 11. It is now available to download for everyone. You don’t need to pay $99 for a developer account to download it. But remember, it is still a beta. While the company still plans to release the final version of iOS 11 this fall, Apple is going to release regular public betas over the summer. This way, the company can iron out the bugs and test new features on a large group of users. Apple released the second developer beta just last week, so it’s safe to say that this first public beta is more or less the same build as the one in the developer channel. But remember, you shouldn’t install an iOS beta on your primary iPhone or iPad. Some thin
Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

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Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and Android users globally. “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!,” Snap writes on its blog. How to use Snapchat’s Snap Map When you open Snapchat once you have access to the feature, you can choose to share your location with all your friends, a few friends you select or you can disappear from the map at any time by going into Ghost Mode or not opening Snapchat for a few hours. Alternatively, location s
Facebook and Twitter bigger for retail in ME than globally

Facebook and Twitter bigger for retail in ME than globally

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The new study surveyed over 1,000 people in the UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia DUBAI A retail report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Middle East shows that regionally, 25 per cent more people use Facebook and Twitter to find inspiration for purchases compared to globally. Approximately 64 per cent of residents in the Middle East use the social platforms for inspiration, compared to 39 per cent globally, according to the new report by the professional services firm. The latest edition of PwC’s Middle East Total Retail Survey for 2017 also showed that 51 per cent of shoppers surveyed have never used Amazon, ahead of the platform’s arrival in the UAE this year. PwC’s latest report, released on Monday, suggests that the retail sector is witnessing seismic developments with n
Instant bank transfers are coming to PayPal and Venmo

Instant bank transfers are coming to PayPal and Venmo

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PayPal announced this morning a plan to speed up money transfers between its service, Venmo and users’ bank accounts for those with supported MasterCard and Visa debit cards. This new “instant transfers” service will be available at a rate of $0.25 per transaction, and will deliver funds in a matter of minutes, instead of the day or so it typically takes when using PayPal or Venmo. PayPal has been operating in the peer-to-peer payments business for nearly two decades, but the company has been more recently challenged by a number of newcomers, like Square Cash, for example, whose key advantage has been the ability to “cash out” to your bank account instantly. Now PayPal and Venmo will offer a similar option for debit card holders with supported cards from Visa and MasterCard. The comp
Nostalgia still marks the way forward for Nintendo

Nostalgia still marks the way forward for Nintendo

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Nostalgia sells. No one knows that better than Nintendo. Much of the company’s intellectual property is well past the 30 year mark at this point, and yet it manages to find new scenarios for its most popular franchises year in and year out, reinventing its stable of characters for each subsequent platform. This year’s E3 was another perfect example. There was no new hardware for the show and a number of the company’s biggest games were previously announced. Nintendo’s online presser rolled out trailer after trailer of familiar faces, and yet the showing was widely regarded as a triumph for the gaming giant by the online community and many in the press. The big takeaway? Give the people what they want. Well, to a point, at least. Nintendo has remained staunchly and often defiantly ind
Is video really the future of VR?

Is video really the future of VR?

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Image:  Mashable Composite: Lili Sams/Mashable; Shutterstock You probably don't have a virtual reality headset. In that case, you might be wondering why "VR" has been the buzzword for "hot, new, possibly-a-fad tech" the last couple of years, occasionally serving as an easy tech punch line now that hoverboards are finally dead. VR is even showing up as a major plot point in the new seasons of House of Cards and HBO's Silicon Valley, even though most of you out there haven't even tried it yet. The more curious among you have probably noted hearing one of the following comments in the last 12 months: "Like 3D movies, regular people just aren't that interested in VR." "Oculus failing at Best Buy is proof VR is doomed as a mainstream platform." "Gaming is the only viable futu
The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s powerful new 4K console

The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s powerful new 4K console

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A full year after first teasing Project Scorpio at its last E3 event, Microsoft finally took the wraps of its new console, now called the Xbox One X.  Decidedly less catchy than Xbox Scorpio, but it beats all of the Windows-centric Xbox 10 S rumors that were circling around the past few weeks. The tongue-twister of a console is set to arrive November 7. The company has already alluded to a number of features on-board, including backward compatibility and processing power that make it “the most powerful game console to date.” And from the sound of it, Sony can’t really argue here, there’s a ton of firepower under the hood here, designed to keep Microsoft’s mid-life console line both ahead of the competition and up to speed with the latest happenings on the living room A/V front.  It
What the new iMac can do for home consumers

What the new iMac can do for home consumers

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AT a time when computer sales are shrinking, Apple has gone big. In an Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event overloaded with announcements and product updates, it was easy to get lost in the Mac update section that was full of specs that had power users clapping their hands and the rest of us scratching our head. But here is the big news in brief: Apple has released a bunch of computers. A big bunch. Seven new Mac computers in one day. An apple a day is supposed to scare of medical practitioners but seven Apples in a day will draw a crowd. Apple also announced this week that it would be releasing the iMac Pro later this year. This is definitely not something for the home consumer, but judging by the way high-end users in the San Jose convention centre gasped a...
5 reasons you should care about the new iPad Pro

5 reasons you should care about the new iPad Pro

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Apple's Greg Joswiak speaks about the iPad Pro during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. It's time to start caring about the iPad again. Apple's iPad is no longer the sexy thing that had an entire episode of Modern Family built around it. It's rounding the bend toward a decade in the marketplace and has seen sales declines for most of the last half-dozen quarters. But something happened on Monday during the WWDC 2017 keynote. The iPad's big brother, the more powerful iPad Pro, became something else. It's still not quite a laptop, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to say it's just a tablet. No one was surprised to see a 10.5-inch iPad, a model that sits nearly between the giant 12.9-inch original and the more...