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Very rarely do I come across software that makes me go “WOW”

Keep in mind that I read almost everything covering new social software.

Microsoft has a project team working on a piece of software called SeaDragon.

What is SeaDragon?

Google Earth Gains More Detailed Images

Google Earth recently incorporated some images of the seabed around Britain, and the few people who heard about this tended to shrug in response.  The introduction of Street View, on the other hand, may have generated a little too much excitement.  The latest Google Earth release – detailed images of western America – may hit a happy medium.

Mobile Google Calendar
Google released a mobile version of their Calendar site, available at calendar.google.com on your mobile device.

New Google Image Search Categories

Last week a Google engineer told us “The next big thing for image search would be the ability to search based on visual concepts, such as a picture of a house on a mountain with a river in front of it.” And now, Google Images allows you to restrict your search to a specific category – albeit in an “unofficial” mode only – and one of these categories may well be powered by actual image recognition (as opposed to textual keyword analysis). Right now, the available modes are (at least) the following:

Microsoft Adds 3-D Images to Map Service
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Microsoft Live Search Maps has added a number of cities in 3-D to their service, among them New York City.

The 3-D images of New York City include aerial views of Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street and other well-known locations. The mapping service will also offer local listings, ratings, reviews and driving directions.

In addtition Live Search Maps will also offer real-time traffic information and custom maps that users can create and use for themselves or share with others.

Google Software Engineer on Google Images

I’ve asked Google some questions in regards to their image search engine. Here are the answers by Radhika Malpani, Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google.

Judges Call for Fair Use of Porn on Google

If you’re one of the many Google Image users that have not turned on safe search, you’ll likely be glad to know that the U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a previous ruling that would have forced Google to remove thumbnail images of porn taken from the Perfect 10 web site.

How Long Until Search Engines are the Biggest Affiliates
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Court Is OK With Sexy Google Images
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Thumbnail pictures of nude photographs displayed by Google do not infringe on the copyrights of the image owner, Perfect 10.

Integrating Flickr Into Yahoo Search

Yahoo! Search Blog: Famous Landmarks Get the Flickr Treatment in Yahoo! Search The Yahoo Search Blog is reporting that Flickr has recently added thumbnails of Flickr images for popular domestic and international landmark searches into Yahoo Search.

Google Maps Reverts To Pre-Katrina Images for NO
Google is coming under criticism for rolling back satellite imagery of New Orleans, replacing the images of post-Katrina New Orleans with older, pre-hurricane photos that show the city in a much cleaner condition than is the reality. In this article by The Age, Google says it is only offering the best images it has, and that there are many factors that went into the change:

Translations and Image Search

Sometimes it’s helpful to translate a word in Google into other languages you don’t speak, and then search Google Images for it.

Jupitermedia, Getty Deal Falls Apart

Jupitermedia has ended talks with Getty images concerning a possible merger. In a press release from February 22 the company confirmed they were in discussions with Getty Images only after speculative articles had been written in the business press about the proposed deal.

Google Images China Censors – Friend and Foe?

“For Internet users in China, Google remains the only major search engine that does not censor any web pages.”

The Google Team, 2004

Google Images Regains Details, Keeps Warnings

About a month ago, Google Image Search started displaying its results a little differently; the makeover yielded a cleaner, but less informative, look. There was a low-level outcry from users, and now things are back to the way they were. That’s all good and well, and an important feature seems to have made it through the shuffle intact.

The Google Images Redesign

Google has done a terribly unpopular thing, redesigning Google Images so that it presents no new information, no new features, just increases the white space. It could be one of the worst redesigns I’ve ever seen.

Google Images Cleans Up Its Act

Google Image Search has undergone a mild facelift, and the search results page is no longer cluttered with text about pictures’ dimensions, file sizes, and url sources. That information is less than a mouse click away, however – positioning your cursor over an image will cause all of the info to appear in a familiar blue box.

No Images Next to Adsense Ads

I must admit, I’ve been tempted to experiment with adding images next to Google AdSense ads.

Stock Image Licensing Guide

So you’ve landed the client and their branding project. Congratulations! Now you’ve got to get down to the business of creating their marketing collateral-everything from the logo on the letterhead to the tri-fold brochure and interactive web site.

Google Releases New Book Search Features

Google has released a major update to its Book Search in an effort to provide a more organic reading experience to the user as well as scholarly resources for readers wishing to delve deeper into the academic community’s take on a particular book.

Text vs Images

Cory Bates over at UseTube recently conducted a small usability study which focused on user experiences on 2 different pages (simple text based vs. graphical intensive). Both pages had corresponding call to actions and at the end of the study users rated their experiences.

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