CNET: Google capturing spectacular million-crab march for Street View

CNET: Google capturing spectacular million-crab march for Street View. “Christmas Island, an Australian territory tucked just underneath Indonesia, is home to around 2,000 people. And crabs. Tens of millions of crabs. Each year, the females among these land crabs migrate to the sea, where they lay their eggs. It happens only once a year, but thanks to Google, you’ll soon be able to see it whenever you like.”

NZ Stuff: Scientists can now figure out neighbourhood demographics using Google Street View photos

NZ Stuff: Scientists can now figure out neighbourhood demographics using Google Street View photos. “A team of computer scientists has derived accurate, neighbourhood-level estimates of the racial, economic and political characteristics of 200 US cities using an unlikely data source – Google Street View images of people’s cars. Published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the report details how the scientists extracted 50 million photographs of street scenes captured by Google’s Street View cars in 2013 and 2014.”

The National: Take a walk in Scotland’s national park – without going outside

The National: Take a walk in Scotland’s national park – without going outside. “Panoramic footage of off-road walks through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has been posted on Google Maps. It took staff a fortnight to traverse walkways around Balloch and beyond wearing a 20kg backpack bearing recording equipment.”

Digital Trends: Ditch the 3D stitch — updated algorithm means a clearer Google Street View

Digital Trends: Ditch the 3D stitch — updated algorithm means a clearer Google Street View. “Nothing quite disrupts the ‘being there’ experience of a 360 photo like a bad stitch line. But Google Street View panoramas will soon have fewer disruptions thanks to new research by Google. On Thursday, November 9, Google Research shared a new algorithm to create more seamless stitches.”

Getting hyper-local: Mapping street-level air quality across California (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Getting hyper-local: Mapping street-level air quality across California. “We’re just beginning to understand what’s possible with this hyperlocal information and today, we’re releasing data for three additional California regions, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California’s Central Valley (the Street View cars drove 100,000 miles, over the course of 4,000 hours to collect this data!). Scientists and air quality specialists can use this information to assist local organizations, governments, and regulators in identifying opportunities to achieve greater air quality improvements and solutions.”

The South African: South African national parks now on Google Street View

The South African: South African national parks now on Google Street View. “The new trails, launched yesterday, extend the existing Street View imagery of South Africa’s wilderness areas to include all 19 national parks, 17 previously ‘un-trekked’ nature reserves and many sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in all nine provinces of South Africa.”