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- Liquid Galaxy, an Eight-Screen 'Holodeck' for Google Earth
Using Street View can be a lot of fun and can be a really immersive experience. Using Google Earth takes it one step further with the possibility to view any place on Earth, and on the Moon and Mars as well. But even with the biggest high-def monitor, in fact even with two of them, you're not going to get close to the experience of Google's Liquid Galaxy, an eight-screen contraption which completely surrounds the user with Street View and Google Earth data from a modified Google Earth Client. The project started out as a tool for visualizing Street View imagery in completely immersible way. Several Google engineers got to work, linked several computers to eight screens and managed to get them to work together streaming Street View imagery. After every thing came together, they also set out to create a deck to support the screens and be presentable and mobile enough to be carried around to whatever conference Google may need to show off its geo projects. This was done in time for the Google I/O 2009 conference in San Francisco where it made quite an impression. Watching StreetView images fly by can be fun, but now that the hardware part was pretty much completed, the developers wanted to take it a step further, so they got a software engineer from the Earth team to get involved. He built a modifi...
- A Day Before Launching, Vevo Secures Content from EMI
Vevo is just a day away from launch and it's still making some rather big announcements, though not entirely unexpected ones. The music-video joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Music has just added its third media partner, EMI, which will provide the site with content from the label's artists, as well as those from indie labels represented by the company's distribution services. The label will not joint as an equity holder like the initial two, but rather just as a content partner. “Our agreement with EMI Music marks a milestone in our mission to provide fans everywhere with the world’s best premium music video programming, when, where and how they want it,” Rio Caraeff, president & CEO of VEVO, stated. “We look forward to collaborating with EMI on introducing our users to new professionally-created entertainment products through a truly interactive platform. VEVO is about much more than just high-quality videos; it is also about original programming and strengthening the connection between artists and fans through a dynamic and engaging experience.” For now, this leaves Warner Music Group as the only major label to be left out of the project. There were talks that it too was negotiating with the site along with EMI, but it looks like the negotiati...
- .net Magazine Presents Awards
It's that time of the year again. Renowned websites, publications and famous magazines are issuing tops after tops, awards after awards for the entertainment and joy of curious masses. Everyone around the world is interested in finding out 2009's top performers in the web design and development sector.Last week, the 15-year-old .net Magazine announced the winners of its highly respected and recognized annual awards given to celebrate the best in web design and development. Voting for these awards was opened to the public until October 12. After that date, the first three in each of the 17 categories went to a panel of 50+ industry judges who selected this year's winners.The final and official results will be unveiled tomorrow, December 8, in the next issue of .net Magazine. Meanwhile, a preview of the winners was presented on the awards' website.So, the winners are as follows:Web Application of the year: Dropbox wins over Spotify and Google Docs.Best Community Site: Twitter wins over Vimeo and Facebook.Best API Use: tweetdeck.com/beta wins over bit.ly and Twitpic.Best Interactive Site of the Year: Nvidia Speak Visual campaign wins over BBC Blast and Coca Cola Happy Me campaign.Blog of the Year: Smashing Magazine wins over CSS-Tricks and Tuts+ Network.
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