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This project is literally, out of this world. The complexity is breathtaking. Notice the video is on the https://www.youtube.com/GoogATAP channel, I would sub if I were you ..
 
Project Tango and SPHERES:  Autonomous navigation aboard the International Space Station

MIT Space Systems Laboratory’s Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) project is a robotic platform consisting of three small satellites designed operate in micro-gravity environments, that can control their relative positions and orientations.

Providing a testbed for technologies critical to the operation of distributed satellite and docking missions, SPHERES explores the possibility of autonomous platforms capable of performing maintenance and providing assistance to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Over the last year, +Google ATAP has been collaborating with the NASA Ames Research Center to integrate Project Tango (goo.gl/5vYfU1) onto the SPHERES experiment. Scheduled to launch this summer, Project Tango’s 3D mapping abilities will allow SPHERES to autonomously map and navigate the ISS. 

Watch the video below to learn more.
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A month ago, I sent an email to ITV with my suggestions for Good Morning Britain. I received a blanket reply five days later - and that was that. Have a read +ITV News +ITV Press Centre .. 
www.itv.com Survey 18 Apr 14 A month ago, I sent an email to ITV with my suggestions for Good Morning Britain. I received a blanket reply five days later - and that was that.  I cannot gauge how many suggestions the prod...
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Wed, 23 Apr, 1pm San Fran, 4pm NYC, 9pm UK .. Hangouts On Air
 
''Chat live with +Punit Soni from our software team.  Have any questions you would like to see answered?  Ask them in the comment section of our event page or on Twitter using hashtag #AskMoto  Event:
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Here’s a not-so-secret, early Easter egg for you: This week, we’re celebrating 50 app updates since we released Moto X! That’s 50 updates across more than 15 different apps and services in just 8 months. These have included...
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Here's Erc S Yuan, the founder of Zoom..
quote Eric S. Yuan knows about the challenges befalling those who can't communicate face-to-face. The founder and CEO of Zoom Video Communications recalls that when he and his wife attended schools 1,000 miles apart meeting via train was impractical. Pursuing a vision of making video conferencing mainstream, he believes the commonality among successful companies is the ability to execute on the vision and strategy and discusses the two critical elements to succeed: focus and the courage to try, and if you fail to try again. That's the path he's taking as he aims to build the best service in a highly competitive market. And he has forged a similar path previously: Arriving in San Francisco one blue-sky day as Netscape, Yahoo! and other emerging companies were generating excitement over the potential of the Internet, he thought the Bay Area was the hub of innovation and soon landed at startup WebEx where as one of the founding engineers he grew the team from 10 to 800 worldwide, contributing to a revenue peak of $800 million and acquisition by Cisco.
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+MommyLovesTech is one of the most genuine, kind and likeable people I have ever met on Google+. I can now add courageous to that list for making such a valuable resource for others. So brilliant to see you looking so well.. :)
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+Jake Wright wants to hear from people who have used a Motrr Galileo. As always, great video and well made ..
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Looking for an Android version of this for ages .
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For all those people still using RSS .. 
 
Are you an RSS devotee? +feedly delivers to 15 million users using App Engine and Cloud Storage. Read more on how their team scaled to add 10 million users in a year using Cloud Platform: http://goo.gl/FyPJ7b
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+Jonathan J Sheppard For those in public reading this, there are a few points here. I've had this discussion with many people when Reader was closed. For me, I was quite annoyed that ant RSS sends the the text, but not the form. So, if a news site reports ''baby is born'', I want to see where this story is on the page, how big the photos are etc. I guess this is seeing the digital handwriting style
From what you describe, this is how I have Gmail working, many coloured labels, but never skipping the one Inbox. The new gmail tabs do a great job sorting everything.
The worry I have in all of this is how in a few clicks, anyone can have 1,000s of bits of information pebble dash a user. As a purist, I think about the one brain, two eyes and two ears we have. Then I look at how people brag about having a second, third or fourth monitor on their desk. Or the 25 inch screen, tablet and mobile arranged on the desk too. The only useful place I have seen this is, where a journo (or anyone else) will have two laptops, where if one freezes, you can slip to the other one. I guess the modern version of this is laptop and mobile side by side.
By the way my project for the day is to look at Essay writing and why we don't do it anymore. Any self respecting kid at school was forced to do this in their teens. But now, it's all small micro packets and a smiley face. 
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Message to Anyone and Everyone in the UK If it's good enough for +John Lewis and +Waitrose then it's good enough for you (the you being an individual user or a large corporation). “We rolled out Google Apps for the retail support platform to 30,000 employees in just six weeks, enabling them to access and manage information on the go, in real time and on any device.”
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On a visit to a +EE Store today, I explained #lensblur . Here's the shot in low light (taken with Moto g). Get the App to try for yourself from this +Evan Rapoport post (or see more on my stream):
https://plus.google.com/+EvanRapoport/posts/DLe73YESRvW
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This lens blur is quite interesting as gives away a little info on what's happening in the app when you choose the focus. Look close at the orange ring and spot the 2nd image (with specs of in focus) .. 
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As long as it's dark +Emma Duke-Williams.

+Mike Downes, looks like my wife's phone is running sufficient OS, so I d/l the app and did my first photosphere yesterday... +Ben Moskalensky was impressed.
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#bloggertalk now available Using Google's Blogger Season One Episodes 1- 10 ..

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I'm speaking at a CILIP Event, they asked me for a bio and the title of my talk. It sums up what I'm about.. view my slides, there are many ..

Mike Downes Creative Teacher Broadcaster Google+ Hangout Specialist, Media Educationalist

After spending fifteen years as a school teacher, Mike moved to local media by starting whatsinKenilworth.com in April 2010. After getting noticed by mainstream media (by blogging about Library closures and local Policing), Google+ opened in June 2011 allowing a whole new experience. Mike quickly saw Hangouts as a realtime video tool that connected people. Anoek Eckhardt, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Google said: “Mike is a great ambassador for Google+. His interaction with thousands of people from across the world to share knowledge, advice and learn together highlights the collaborative power of Google+.
 
Realtime Communications - When will LIVE Video become Natural and Commonplace?

In this talk, Mike will outline Google+ Hangouts and Zoom.us while giving many examples on how others have used LIVE at YouTube to engage with the Communities they serve. Mike's been in 1,800 Hangouts including Usain Bolt London 2012, The British Ambassador in Lebanon and helping US Anchor Sarah Hill win an Emmy. 

On posting, I was asked how much time I spend doing things and my ideas behind it. My reply ..

For me, it's doing what's in my nature. I'm told I'm a natural teacher and an altruist. Read More >
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Celebrating 50 Updates with a Hangout!
motorola-blog.blogspot.com

Here’s a not-so-secret, early Easter egg for you: This week, we’re celebrating 50 app updates since we released Moto X! That’s 50 updates ac

Chrome Remote Desktop
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Accedi in sicurezza ai tuoi computer dal tuo dispositivo Android.• Su ogni tuo computer puoi configurare l'accesso remoto utilizzando l'app

Google Camera
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Google Camera snaps quick and easy photos and videos, and has creative picture modes like Photo Sphere, Lens Blur and Panorama.Features • Ph

YouTube star Stampylonghead launching new education channel
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British Minecraft gamer Joseph Garrett announces plans with multi-channel network Maker Studios

YouTube wants its creators to build 'fanbases' rather than audiences
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‘An audience tunes in when they're told to. A fanbase chooses when and what to watch’ says entertainment boss Alex Carloss

YouTube Ads Spotted In NYC Subways For Michelle Phan, Bethany Mota, Rosa...
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Eyewitness reports of YouTube advertising sightings featuring Phan, Mota, and Pansino are starting to trickle into YouTube, Vine, and Twitte

How to busk: with Billy Bragg and Jack Monroe – video
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We challenged food writer (and keen singer) Jack Monroe to go busking. Musician Billy Bragg went along to share his tips

Michelle Phan Tells Beauty Brands to Chill for 'Authentic' Videos
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Still from Michelle Phan's "Matte About You" video The online community is well-aware that an elite class of beauty vloggers are making mill

Harry Styles Breaks That Brand New Hog Between His Legs, Needs Emergency...
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Harry Styles has a problem with the business between his legs, so he called someone to help him out!

Famous When Harry Met Sally Deli Is Suing A Food Truck Over Fake Orgasms...
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Two delis in New York are at war over who has the right to call their food orgasmic!

UK Police Social Media Survey Feb 2014 One Year On Twitter Facebook YouT...
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One year ago, I made a post looking at how UK Police Forces were using Social Media (14 Jan 2013). Welcome to the annual Feb 2014 Survey whe

Hangout Swapshop the idea #hangoutswapshop the hashtag uses Realtime Video
www.whatsinkenilworth.com

Remember this from 1976-82 ? Hangout Swapshop is an idea I'm working on following last night's hangout and the six hours I spent Sunday from

Uppingham Community College pupils chosen to help launch national event
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Youngsters are set for a big day out in London to show off their work and help promote a national school initiative.

Computer Coding Skills For Children 'Crucial'
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Writing for the Sky News website, leading internet entrepreneurs say children in the UK need to learn computer programming.

Martha Lane Fox: Lack of girls studying maths is 'terrifying' for Britai...
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Martha Lane Fox, the dotcom millionairess, has suggested that "nonsense" assumptions about what men and women are good at has led to fewer g

Zoom is an excellent product that I cannot recommend enough. I use Zoom for all my screen recordings. I'm convinced I can teach eights faster with Zoom than I can with any other video service..
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Arrived in the dark in strong winds rattling the window frames. Woke the next morning with blazing sun and a full 180 degree view or the sea. The beach was brilliant (also film set for Snow White & Huntsman). It felt like we had the farm house to ourselves, awesome experience..
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There's something special about this hostel, having the corner room with views of the rising sun and beach was just brilliant..
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Once through the door, so many hidden treasures at great prices, staff welcome..
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Staying here, is like being in another world. Gas lights, open fires and really black skies where the stars come out. Sends chills through me just thinking about this place..
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My visit here was before Google was invented, but I have great memories of the clear river springs and those fish swimming by.. awesome
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Always friendly staff here. Last purchase was a Moto g at a brilliant price.
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