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Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center

Remember the long-unrivaled Google Earth program being a resource-intensive and clunky desktop or mobile application? Pepperidge Farm remembers, and apparently all of that is officially just a memory. Starting today, Google Earth has been relaunched as a more-widely accessible web application for Google Chrome. Now, ANYONE can access the full Google Earth product, at NO charge, without needing to download and install bulky software or a mobile application (however, a new mobile app for Android has just been released, with versions for iOS and mobile browsers coming at a later date). Continue reading Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center

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Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementations, and the current and possible future legacy of virtual reality technologies.

1) “Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution” by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson [http://amzn.to/2hmSakM]
2) “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality” by Katie Drummond [http://www.theverge.com/a/virtual-reality]
3) YouTube’s Virtual Reality Channel [https://goo.gl/SUwfXr] Continue reading Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58

Google Releases “App Maker,” a Simple, Drag-and-Drop Application Creator

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Late last week, Google announced the launch of App Maker, the company’s attempt to enter the low-code, drag-and-drop app building creator (Microsoft previously released a similar creator called PowerApps, and other start-ups that offer similar services). In the same fashion as prior basic app developing initiatives, Google’s App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to pick up and swiftly develop simple apps that can serve a very specific purpose inside any group, organization or company. Continue reading Google Releases “App Maker,” a Simple, Drag-and-Drop Application Creator

Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!

If you’re in the same camp as me that uses Google Maps to navigate everywhere, AND you don’t drive an Android Auto-compatible car, HAVE I GOT A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS FOR YOU! Go download the Android Auto app (for Android 5.0 or higher) it right now to use it on your phone, and it’s freaking awesome! Continue reading Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!

Watch the 2016 Google I/O Keynote Right Here

Today, at 1pm ET/10am PT, Google’s (likely) going to tell us about Android N details, Android VR, Chrome, self-driving cars, chatbots, and all that other fun stuff they have in store for us this year — and beyond.
Continue reading Watch the 2016 Google I/O Keynote Right Here

Got An Old Laptop? Turn it into a Chromebook for FREE!!

Think about this for a second: it’s entirely possible that your five-to-ten year old laptop (you know, the one that’s currently gathering dust in your desk drawer) has more horsepower than a Chromebook with the highest-of specs the market RIGHT NOW! This is good news, as this means that you can take that old laptop out of retirement and make it run a lightweight operating system like Chrome fairly quickly and efficiently. Continue reading Got An Old Laptop? Turn it into a Chromebook for FREE!!

Now You Can Use A USB Stick To Securely Log In to Gmail…

How To Use a USB Stick To Securely Log In to Gmail

If you’ve configured two-step verification for your Gmail account (AND YOU SHOULD), how about looking into plugging in a verified USB stick for extra security?  Mainly because you can carry it wherever you go and, unlike your phone, it doesn’t lose battery or signal. Plus, Google says that it offers better protection against phishing attacks, and now YOU can set one up! Continue reading Now You Can Use A USB Stick To Securely Log In to Gmail…

Google Videos – Doc’D #38

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, functionality and legacy of Google’s original video hosting service (before YouTube).

Continue reading Google Videos – Doc’D #38

Relive the 80s With This Amiga Emulator for Chrome

Relive the 80s With This Amiga Emulator for ChromeA nostalgic Google researcher named Christian Stefansen decided to flex his C and C++ coding skills and built a fully functional Commodore Amiga 500 emulator in Google’s Chrome browser. So, go ahead and try the realistic software here; you’re in for some good, geeky fun, with “something like 400,000 lines of code,” or something like that. The Amiga emulator was built with Native Client, a C and C++ sandbox for Chrome, which is one of the browser’s lesser-known features.
Continue reading Relive the 80s With This Amiga Emulator for Chrome

The History of Smartwatches – Doc’D #26

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementations and rise of the smartwatch.
Continue reading The History of Smartwatches – Doc’D #26