Technology Google will help preserve endangered historical sites in virtual reality

10:11  17 april  2018
10:11  17 april  2018 Source:   theverge.com

Gmail Security Issue Exposes Accounts to Hacks

  Gmail Security Issue Exposes Accounts to Hacks Security expert James Fisher highlighted a new threat that could expose Gmail users to hackers.The issue takes advantage of the fact Google has a “dots don’t matter” policy in how it processes email addresses. For example, it views “johnsmith@gmail” as being identical to “j.o.h.n.smith@gmail.” To Netflix, on the other hand, both of those email addresses would be assigned to different accounts on its platform.

With Tilt Brush, an artist turns his virtual world into reality . The British Museum and Google Arts Daryl’s work is just one example of the efforts being made to preserve and strengthen languages that are Today we’re introducing something we hope will help : the Endangered Languages Project, a

Pleito cave site . Credit: Devlin Gandy, Author provided. We often associate virtual reality (VR) with At nearly 100,000 acres, the preserve protects a wide range of endangered and threatened species in Using " reality capture" techniques like photogrammetry – which helps make measurements from

a screenshot of a social media post © Provided by The Verge Google has partnered with 3D laser scanning nonprofit CyArk to help preserve historical sites around the world that are at risk of irreversible damage or total erasure due to human conflict and natural disasters. The joint effort, called the Open Heritage project, will use CyArk’s laser-scanning technology to capture all the relevant data at a historical site needed to re-create it virtually, so it can be preserved and explored online either on a computer, through a mobile device, or while wearing a virtual reality headset.

“With modern technology, we can capture these monuments in fuller detail than ever before, including the color and texture of surfaces alongside the geometry captured by the laser scanners with millimeter precision in 3D,” Chance Coughenour, a digital archaeologist and program manager with the Google Arts and Culture division, said in a press release. “These detailed scans can also be used to identify areas of damage and assist restoration efforts.”

Google's phone app will boot spam calls to voicemail automatically

  Google's phone app will boot spam calls to voicemail automatically Google is taking spam calls seriously. An upcoming update to the default Phone app on Android One, Nexus and Pixel devices will send potential spam calls directly to voicemail, as spotted by 9to5 Google. The feature works like this: A potential spam call comes in, and automatically goes to voicemail. You won't receive a notification for the missed call, and your phone won't ring. However, calls will still show up in your call history and voicemail. Presumably, Google is using AI to filter these calls, much in the way it does spam messages in Gmail.

This site uses Google Maps casts you into an unknown region of the world and you have to guess where you are. The Museum of Endangered Sounds. As old things disappear, the sounds we associate with them also pass into history . Virtual Piano.

Many speakers of endangered , poorly documented languages have embraced new digital media with excitement. Speakers of previously exclusively oral tongues are turning to the web as a virtual space for The monolingual mindset stands in sharp contrast to the lived reality of most the world, which

CyArk, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, was founded in 2003 as a humanitarian and cultural outlet for technology that creator Ben Kacyra developed as co-founder and CEO of Cyra Technologies, a Bay Area company that makes a laser mapping, modeling, and CAD product used by architects, engineers, and construction firms. Kacyra says he was inspired to create CyArk using Cyra’s laser-mapping technology after seeing the Taliban destroy 1,500-year-old Buddhist statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, back in 2001. It’s that type of destruction of ancient culture that Kacyra is concerned about, and CyArk’s mission is to capture historical monuments and sites before they befall a similar type of tragedy.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by The Verge

One such site is the Ananda Ok Kyaung temple in Bagan, Myanmar, which suffered damage during an earthquake in 2016. CyArk managed to laser map the site prior to the disaster, and now an interactive 3D tour through the temple serves as one of the experiences it’s launching with alongside Google with the Open Heritage initiative. Alongside the Ananda Ok Kyuang temple are 24 other locations from 18 countries around the world. Other locations include the Al Azem Palace in Damascus, Syria and the ruins of the Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico.

Google to launch new Gmail design in the coming weeks

  Google to launch new Gmail design in the coming weeks Google is planning to launch a new design for its Gmail web interface soon. In an email to G Suite administrators, obtained by The Verge, the company says the new design will include “several new features” that will also be made available to regular Gmail accounts. Google promises a “fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web,” with features like Smart Reply, the ability to snooze emails, and offline support.

Virtual reality is helping people tour the world’s most remote and inaccessible historical sites . A Native American tribe in California got a chance to At nearly 100,000 acres, the preserve protects a wide range of endangered and threatened species in the heart of the most populous state in the US.

A Native American tribe in California got a chance to reconnect with their past through virtual reality models of inaccessible, sacred sites . At nearly 100,000 acres, the preserve protects a wide range of endangered and threatened species in the heart of the most populous state in the US.

“For many of the sites, we also developed intricate 3D models that allow you to inspect from every angle, using the new Google Poly 3D viewer on Google Arts & Culture,” writes Coughenour. “Over the past seven years, we’ve partnered with 1,500 museums from over 70 countries to bring their collections online and put more of the world’s culture at your fingertips. This project marks a new chapter for Google Arts & Culture, as it is the first time we’re putting 3D heritage sites on the platform.”

Google is also planning to release the source data of the models created by CyArk. Researchers and other interested parties will be able to apply to download the data to build applications or to analyze it for ways to help preserve and restore the real-life monuments and sites. The Open Heritage models will be available online and on the Google Arts and Culture mobile apps for iOS and Android. Those mobile apps will also support the VR tours through Google’s Daydream platform.

Google uses its search skills to help fight opioid addiction .
It's providing a location tool and vital search info.The company has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration on a prescription drug takeback tool that uses Google Maps to help users find return locations.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/science-and-technology/-136806-google-will-help-preserve-endangered-historical-sites-in-virtual-reality/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!