Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality.One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance.The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind the scenes of Alexander Hamilton’s life.Today, the company announced it is opening the educational VR tours to the public through a new Expeditions App.All you need is a Cardboard or Daydream headset and an Android phone.While Expeditions was always built with classrooms in mind, the app will introduce a solo mode that allows people to explore the nearly 600 available tours on their own.
If you've always loved custom Lego builds, you really need to buy a plane ticket and head down to Singapore next month for the "Piece of Peace" exhibition that runs from July 27 to September 3.The exhibition features UNESCO heritage sites lovingly reconstructed with amazing attention to detail.These include monument replicas from the Great Temple at Abu Simel, a Nubian village in southern Egypt, as well as more modern ones like the Eiffel Tower.There's also a focus on Asian heritage sites such as the Great Wall of China and India's Taj Mahal.After just over a month in Singapore, the exhibition will pack its Lego sculptures up and head back to Japan, where it usually tours.Vicente Lai, executive committee secretariat director, told CNET the "Piece of Peace" exhibit plans to tour the region slowly, and eventually head westwards until it finally reaches Paris, France, the headquarters of the UNESCO organization.
The WWE got flipped upside down on Sunday night: Hundreds of thousands tuned in to the World Wrestling Entertainment Network to watch Jinder Mahal beat (now former title holder) Randy Orton to become the WWE Champion.That's a sentence I never thought I would write and one that probably no wrestling fan ever expected to read.But imagine how shocked you'd be if Jar Jar Binks turned out to be the last Jedi.To become the No.1 contender to Orton's WWE Championship, Mahal shockingly won a six-man match earlier this month.Mahal debuted in 2011, then after a year of doing little, he was put in the 3 Man Band faction, a comedic trio of three wrestlers who couldn't play instruments or sing (but insisted they were great musicians) and were beaten on TV each week.And yet, with no foreshadowing he became a top contender for what's arguably the company's most prestigious title.
Google has rolled out an updated version of Google Earth for Android and on the web that provides additional ways for users to explore and learn about this amazing planet we call home.The standout feature of the new Google Earth is Voyager which provides interactive guided tours courtesy of scientists, non-profits and storytellers from around the world.Interested in learning more about various landmarks?Simply click the UNESCO World Heritage Sites category to virtually visit 30 historic landmarks like the Pyramid of Khufu, the Taj Mahal or the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia.Or, perhaps you’d rather sail through Raja Ampat and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most impressive coral reefs?Google has also expanded its “I’m feeling lucky” feature to Google Earth, allowing you to be transported to a new and interesting place every time you click the dice icon (my first click took me to Lambai Island in Taiwan and then Swallow’s Nest, a decorative castle located in the Crimean Peninsula).
Microsoft plans to launch a new marketplace inside its hit block-building videogame “Minecraft,” where other businesses can sell virtual game-related goods to players.The software giant already sells its own virtual goods in “Minecraft,” a game in which players construct any object imaginable – the Taj Mahal, even entire worlds – with Lego-style blocks.Different versions of the game allow players to fight zombies with friends and...
One the keys to being a successful photographer is having a keen sense of adventure and wanderlust, and probably no photographer embodies the spirit better than Jay Dickman.From the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru to Japan s Arishiyama Bamboo Forest and the Taj Mahal in India, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer has logged more miles that many veteran airline pilots.Maintaining focus on why you are there is always paramount.Add to that the fact that you are gone from those you love, often for an extended period, and it s easy to lose sight of your goal.Preparing for the shoot beforehand is critical.Some with an altitude as high as 9,200 feet, they are some of the oldest geologic formations on earth.
Beyond the writedown, though, it's bad news in the UK tooThe Taj Mahal, a picture you might not find on Vodafone's wall for a whileVodafone struggled with declining revenues and profits in its first half of this fiscal year, despite blaming its €5bn net loss on a writedown of its Indian arm's value thanks to increased competition.The British telco, which from April this year has been counting its coins in euros instead of pounds, recorded a net loss of €5bn, which it blamed on an "impairment charge" applied to its Indian operations.Chief exec Vittorio Colao complained that increased competition in India had reduced Vodafone's "revenue growth and profitability", adding that the carrier had responded by "strengthening our data and voice commercial offers" and buying up extra spectrum.As a whole, Vodafone's underlying adjusted operating profit was €2.283bn, a negligible increase over the first half of fiscal year 2015/16's figure of €2.281bn.
Some scientists devote themselves to curing diseases.Others are researching an end to famine or global climate change.And some spend their time making nightmare machines, deep learning algorithms that utilize Artificial Intelligence to tap into humans deepest and darkest fears.Like Google s Deep Dream, only with way more dangling, bloodied flesh.MIT teamed up with Australia s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO to create the nightmare machine in an attempt to study what terrifies us as a species, utilizing a pair of deep learning algorithms for maximum terrorizing impact and applying them to otherwise benign images like the Taj Mahal, an Ikea catalog and, naturally, Kermit the Frog.It s not easy being a nightmare hellscape.
Clean up its city to keep it pristinePollution from open rubbish fires is turning India s iconic white marble monument brown, leading to calls for better waste management.Door-to-door waste collection in Agra, the city where the Taj Mahal is located, often bypasses poor neighbourhoods.As a result, many households burn food scraps, paper and other rubbish in the street.A recent study by Sachchida Tripathi at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and his colleagues found that waste burning in Agra deposits 150 milligrams of fine pollution particles per square metre of the Taj Mahal annually.This may explain why other interventions to reduce discolouration have had little impact.
The idea behind using a mouse or trackpad to move an on-screen cursor is that it builds on a concept we re all familiar with: pointing at an object to indicate what we re referring to.But for disabled users — and, more specifically, for amputees without the use of their hand — this simple interface element is easier said than done.That is where the work of three German design students, Lucas Rex, David Kaltenbach and Maximilian Mahal, comes in.That becomes even more significant when you consider that the majority of hand amputees lose their hands in accidents involving heavy machinery.After that, they have to be re-educated to do office jobs, which invariably means using computers.While prosthetics have come a long way, they re still far from resembling an organic hand — which is what 90 percent of computer interfaces are designed for.
But don't worry, the methodology is suspect to say the leastThe tech industry feeds off its reputation for being innovative but, according to Forbes at least, it may not be warranted.In fact, it what appears to be a distinctly anti-tech list, just eight out of the 100 companies listed are tech companies and there is no mention of Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber and other household names that have brought enormous changes to society in recent years – although it does include their Chinese counterparts in Baidu and Tencent.If you were to believe Forbes, by far the most innovative industry in the world is pharmaceuticals – with an extraordinary six of the top 10 companies from that industry.The list also seems to think that credit companies are hugely innovative – a little unusual since they are pretty much doing the same thing they have always done.It also includes plenty of companies that have notably done poorly in the past year, a good example being fast-food company Chipotle.
Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images If you book a hotel through an online travel site, do they have an obligation to tell you if the workers at that hotel are on strike?A curious document obtained by Gizmodo makes it sound like an absolutely disgusting place for guests to stay.The Trump Taj Mahal spent the better part of this summer fighting with its workers over health and pension benefits.The hotel was opened in 1990 by Donald Trump and still has his name on it, but was sold to billionaire Carl Icahn, a man rumored to be in the running for Secretary of the Treasury should Trump win the presidency in November.He brought in scab workers, and judging by one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission FTC , those workers were overworked and didn t have time to care about how filthy the entire hotel had gotten.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wrote a letter Thursday to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs by participating in the longest strike by Atlantic City's main casino workers union.Icahn told the workers that officials of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union knew that the company had made its final offer, but rejected it anyway, knowing a strike would result.The central issue has been restoration of health insurance and pension benefits that the previous owners got a bankruptcy court judge to terminate in October 2014.Icahn said the company's final offer to restore health care, albeit at a lower level than what workers at Atlantic City's other seven casinos, was negotiated with union President Bob McDevitt."Why have they incited you, the union workers at the Taj, to destroy your jobs and your livelihood rather than accept the prior offer that we made at McDevitt's suggestion?"Icahn told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has lost nearly $100 million on the Taj Mahal over the past 18 months.
Generation Y, the millennial generation, is all about experiences.All the while, I watched as my friends uploaded images of themselves in front of the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower and on the rims of Icelandic fjords.For my exposure to foreign cultures and lands, I relied on TV shows and the occasional Snapple bottle top to satiate my negligible need for world exploration.Turns out, Tuscany is a beautiful place — and far greener than I had expected.Walking up to the DB11 for the first time, I couldn't believe I was looking at a production car and not a concept.The hood, for example, which is the largest single piece of aluminum on any production car, wraps over the front and gives it a sleek, sporty but hunkered-down look.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn't just a businessman, he's a business, man, and new data from Foursquare shows that his campaign is taking a toll on his business — specifically, Trump-branded casinos, hotels, and golf courses.Because Foursquare collects so much location data when its users "check in" to locations, it can estimate foot traffic fairly accurately.Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley called its data the company's "superpower" in an interview with Business Insider.That data suggests that foot traffic to Trump properties has been falling for the past year, and it got worse for Trump in the past six months.In July, for example, foot traffic was down 14% on an annual basis.In June, it was down 17% year-over-year.Summer is peak season for the kind of casinos and resorts that bear the Trump name.According to Foursquare, the properties that have been hardest hit by a drop in foot traffic are some of his marquee properties: Trump SoHo, the Trump Tower in Chicago, and the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City— which just announced it will be closing in September this year.
At long last, Apple may soon be able to set up shop in India.India s government is expected Wednesday to approve a three-year exemption to certain rules that would clear the path for the iPhone maker and potentially some of its rivals to open their own branded stores in the country, according to Bloomberg.Although Apple offers its smartphones and other devices in India, it currently does so through retail partners, not through its own stores.India requires retailers that only offer a single brand of goods and are more than 51 percent foreign-owned to acquire 30 percent of the materials used to manufacture the goods they offer within the country.But the rules allow the government to give exemptions in case of state of the art technologies.India s various government ministries have been debating for months about whether Apple should be granted an exemption and for how long.India is the world s fastest-growing smartphone market, and Apple s sales there have been growing apace.But the company has only a tiny portion of the market and has been eager to boost its presence there through its own stores.The exemptions that are likely to be approved by the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi may benefit not just Apple but China s Xiaomi and Leshi Internet Information & Technology, both of which have asked for similar exceptions.Photo: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18, 2016, where he announced a new app design center in the country.Punit Paranjpepunit/AFP/Getty Images Tags: Apple, india, leshi internet information & technology, smartphones, Xiaomi
It s hard to imagine a retail event larger than the first Bay Area Dunkin Donuts shop opening up in Walnut Creek this Wednesday, but as of Monday, Apple is one step closer to bringing its retail stores to India.The government in Mumbai unveiled new regulations aimed at making it easier for foreign companies to do business in India, with the biggest impact being on the amount of components a retailer has to use from local sources.India requires retailers to use local sources for at least 30 percent of their products components.Apple has been trying to open up its own stores in India, and also sell discount-priced refurbished iPhones in the country, but has been thwarted due to the country s stringent laws aimed at benefiting the positions of local products and manufacturers.Apple is estimated to have only about 2 percent of Indian market for smartphones.The majority of smartphones in India are priced below $150, and the Indian government fears that low-priced iPhones would decimate the market for India s smartphone makers.Apple will have to fill out an application to get the Indian government s OK on opening up its stores in the country, and it still remains unknown if Apple s products will be determined to be state of the art enough to give the company that three-year grace period before having to meet the local-source standards.Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook went to India for the first time in May, and as part of the company s efforts to boost its presence in the country, Cook said Apple would open an app development center in Bengaluru.The Munchkins and coffee should be very fresh, then.Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18.
India s Home Ministry has rejected Google s plan to include photography of the country s roads, tourist attractions, rivers and mountains in its free Street View mapping service.A panel consisting of security agencies and defense forces concluded Alphabet Inc. s Google could not offer the 360-degree imagery to users due to security concerns, said a government official who asked not to be named because the information has not yet been made public.Google India had no comment, and spokesman Gaurav Bhaskar said the company had received no communication from the government.The officials are said to have cited the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks where attackers used photographic reconnaissance to identify and target locations.Google s camera-mounted cars were to roam the cities collecting images from roads and public locations for its free Street View service.It would have resulted in more detailed street-level photography than the limited selection currently available on the service for India, such as the areas around the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Red Fort in Delhi and the Gateway of India in Mumbai.India s security agencies and defense officials have been cautious of allowing Google to have a free run to capture imagery as the country has had multiple terrorist incidents based on attackers extensively photographing their targets in advance.
The Indian government has rejected Google's plans to include India in its 360-degreesstreet-mapping service because of security concerns.The company's app and website show 360-degree-views of cities, including roads and important buildings in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru."We believe this innovative and entertaining technology will make it extremely easy for tourists to walk or drive through our most-visited cities," a government official was quoted as saying in 2013.Since then, several important historic landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites have been included on its website, such as Taj Mahal, the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Ajanta Caves.Meanwhile, Street View is available in neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.Mashable has reached out to Google for comments.
Only areas such as the Taj Mahal are currently mapped in street viewThe Indian Government has rejected Google s plans to map the South Asian country through Street View, citing security concerns.The service has faced similar backlash in Europe, including in the UK, Czech Republic and Germany, where privacy-minded citizens demanded photos of their homes be blurred as well.European authorities also ruled that citizens whose homes were being photographed by Google s bikes and cars had to be notified first.Since its launch, Google has mapped some of the world's greatest archaeological treasures from the Pyramids of Giza to the ancient city of Petra, as well as natural wonders like the Galapagos Islands and the underwater fauna off Cook Island, to raise awareness of conservation efforts.Most recently, Street View mapped the streets and sights of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic stadia before Rio 2016.Google said it had received no official notifications of the ban from the Indian Home Office.