Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's governmental-mapping agency, has used its data to re-create the entire (almost) country in Minecraft. The massive 86,000-square-mile map uses 22 billion blocks to represent the continent's terrain, built using Ordnance Survey's own tools: OS Terrain 50 and OS VectorMap District. … Read more
It's hard to monitor polar bears in the wild. They live in remote, hard-to-access places. They're also big and bitey.
So researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey decided to kick off a new polar bear-monitoring program in an easier place than the Arctic: the Oregon Zoo.
Tasul is a resident of the zoo and she's a lot easier to get to than her kin in the wild. She's wearing an accelerometer-equipped collar for short periods of time each day while a researcher videotapes her. Data collected from the accelerometer is matched to the video, creating a database of polar bear movements.… Read more
Get ready, Google Glass may soon be as omnipresent as the iPhone. People will be seen walking down the street, grocery shopping, and riding the subway with the wearable tech sitting on their faces.
According to a new report by Forrester, 21.6 million U.S. online consumers, or 12 percent of the population, are willing to wear augmented reality eyeglasses if they come from a trusted brand. Forrester's report is based on surveys with more than 4,600 U.S. adults in April.
"Not since Apple's iPhone debuted in 2007 has a computing device attracted as … Read more
The young people these days are really into the Google, even more than the Apple or the Facebook.
That's the finding of a poll conducted for The Washington Post in which 94 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 reported having a favorable opinion of the Mountain View, Calif., behemoth, with 72 percent saying they have a "strongly favorable" view of Google.
That officially makes Google more popular with twenty-somethings than chocolate, which 90 percent of people say they "love."… Read more
Are you happy or horrified by Adobe Systems' announcement last week that the Creative Cloud and other subscriptions will be the only way to get new versions of its broad array of software?
Now's the time to weigh in with your opinion.
CNET and analyst firm Jefferies are again surveying Adobe customers to gauge their response to Adobe's different sales approach.
Click here for our newest Adobe customer survey. In it, you'll find questions about whether you plan to move to the Creative Cloud or not, upgrade from earlier versions of the Creative Suite to CS6, and … Read more
Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer took a minute during Tuesday's earnings conference call to cite Apple's success in Japan -- an important metric in a country where national brands were once invincible.
"In Japan, IDC Japan announced that iPhone gained the number one position for all of calendar year 2012, as well as for calendar Q4 2012 in both handsets and smartphones," Oppenheimer said.
He continued. "This is also the first time a non-Japanese company has achieved the No. 1 spot for an entire year...In addition, Apple was ranked No. 1 in Nikkei'… Read more
Gentlemen, what's the first thing people notice about you? Your bulging biceps? Your self-assured swagger? Your Nokia Lumia 920?
If you chose option No. 3, you fall in line with the results of a new global survey from mobile video startup Vuclip. Sixty-one percent of men, it indicates, say the first thing people notice about them is the type of phone they have. That's compared with 38 percent of women who think people's eyes go straight to their Droid Razr Maxx HD above all else. … Read more
Antarctica isn't the friendliest place on earth. It's cold. It's snowy. It's tough on researchers and tough on their research stations. The cold continent has seen its fair share of stations abandoned as they're slowly consumed by layers of snow and ice. A new research station is looking to outlast its predecessors by crawling up above the snow when needed.
The Halley VI research station is the newest addition to the family for the British Antarctic Survey. It's known as the "first fully re-locatable research station in the world." That means it's got legs and it knows how to use them.… Read more
Apparently Adobe Systems can persuade skeptics that its Creative Cloud subscription plan is worthwhile -- as long as the price is right.
That's one finding from a survey by CNET and analyst firm Jefferies this month. Nearly half of the 525 respondents already are subscribers, and of them, 59 percent said deeply discounted introductory pricing was a "major" influence in signing up for the Creative Cloud.
The Creative Cloud subscription is a monumental change to Adobe's business. Instead of persuading customers to buy perpetual licenses to Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Edge, and other members of the … Read more
It's time again to take the pulse of Adobe Systems and its Creative Cloud product and business overhaul.
In March, analyst firm Jefferies and CNET jointly surveyed people's opinions on Adobe's shift. Now we're running a new survey about Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription plan, Creative Suite 6, and Web design tools.
We'll run the survey for a few days and share results later so you can see if others share your opinions about Adobe.
Photoshop is a storied brand, and the Creative Suite that includes it and many other Adobe projects has been around … Read more