Google Earth’s updates, and Dell’s eye-catching usage
" Google (GOOG) on Thursday announced upgrades to Google Earth, its 3D mapping tool. The improvements include land and buildings in every inhabited continent. Below is a list of Google's hints about what's changed – a clever way to get people to open up the app and fly around.
- Two states known for their majestic peaks have gotten an upgrade.
- I can now see where my favorite maple syrup is made.
- Certain Florida beaches (and 1 mountain) are looking much improved.
- Try counting the warthogs in the Boneyard.
- Peek inside the home of the Brew Crew.
- You can read the Skin's logo painted on their field.
- An historic state capitol building is now in high res.
- This city was named after the Native American name of a nearby mountain, "Tacobet."
- A "far away" city that played a key role in trans-Saharan trade can now be seen close up.
- The town where Jane Austen spent her final years is much clearer.
- The topic of Vincent van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night is now bright as day.
- Take a look at "la ville noir," where Cointreau was invented.
- Only a third of this country's land is arable, but you can now view the entire country in high res.
- From 1880 to 1884 this German city was home to the world's tallest building.
- Rockets may be used to disrupt rain clouds over this city next summer.
- This country received an impressive terrain update, you might call it Lord of the Terrain.
What caught my eye, though, was a related announcement about upgrades to Google Earth Enterprise. Google Earth Enterprise is a version of the software that large corporations can use to plan their operations and analyze data. Think of it as one of those big, push-pin war-room maps, only digital and in three dimensions. Businesses can layer their own data on top of a 3D map of the world, and visualize where customers are, where sales are happening in real-time – whatever they want."