Sunday, October 3, 2010

LBK Post 023 Is The High-Rez World Really Their Oyster?


Google Street View Now Available on 
All Seven Continents

Since launching in major U.S. cities in 2007, Google has gradually expanded its Street View service, which allows users to get street-level views of locations they explore on Google Maps. Now, Street View has been made available in Brazil, Ireland and even parts of Antarctica.

Google Street View expands to all 7 continents – Penguin watch


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High-Resolution Photos Come to Facebook


The new photos will allow people to upload pictures in 2048 pixel resolution and for their friends to download  those pictures. The bulk tagging ability will recognize the same person in multiple pictures, but won't link it to their profile. It uses a very minimalistic facial recognition technology. "This isn't face recognition," Sam Odio, Facebook Photos Project Manager  insisted. "Picasa and iPhoto--they'll detect a face and say, 'This is Sam,' and they'll suggest that it's Sam. We're not doing that. We're not linking any faces to profiles automatically. Right now, we want to stay away from that because it's a very touchy subject."


Catering to some 500 million users who upload more than 100 million images each day, Facebook said it is adding high-resolution image support and a new photo upload tool.

Facebook began rolling out some significant upgrades to its Photos service late Thursday, including the ability to upload and download high-resolution images up to 2048×2048 pixels in dimension, as well as bulk tagging options and a new, elegant lightbox interface for viewing images on the site.

The changes put Facebook on a level with Flickr and other image and portfolio-sharing sites; artists, photographers, models and graphic designers will have every reason to display their work on Facebook now. The new image sizes should also allow users to make quality prints.





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