Languages are in a constant evolution, but recently they are developing faster than ever. This is happening due to the unquestionable evolution of communication means. In this globalized age we often fantasize about a universal language, even more than English, one that can be used by people of all backgrounds, ages and level of education. This is where the phenomenon of emojis takes place as something verbal and nonverbal at the same time.
Can you guess where the above picture was taken? Google can. The Mountain View company is adding the final touches to a game changing new appliance. It is called PlaNet and it will be soon able to tell you where a photograph was taken by simply looking at it.
Your dream-trip has always been to experience an African Safari? Google can help you make it come “true”. It might not be the same kind of adventure or thrill, but from today even who does not have the possibility to plan a real trip to South Africa can admire the stunning nature and wildlife through a virtual safari, comfortably sitting on the couch. All thanks to Google Maps.
If we’ll ever get to go to Mars as tourists, we wouldn’t get lost. Ordnance Survey, the official British mapping agency, recently released a new detailed map of the Red Planet. What makes it so special is its simplicity. The focus for Chris Wesson, OS’s cartographic design consultant, was to keep it easy for anybody to understand, whereas planetary maps are designed with merely a scientific angle in mind.
How to monitor the effects of El Niño? The Nature Conservancy wants to take advantage of the massive image production that can be collected using smartphones and drones. From this month they are asking tech enthusiasts to capture the flooding and coastal erosion caused by El Niño. The idea is that crowd-sourced, geotagged images of storm surges and flooded beaches will give scientists a brief window into what the future holds as sea levels rise for global warming.
Nowadays young children know more brands and logo’s than bird or tree species. Advertisements are so present in our environment, it seems our dreams are the last safe and add-free place.
A few days ago, these images of iconic buildings in Beijing as they look with and without intense smog have been posted on Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms. Interestingly, these images speak the visual language of augmented reality apps, in which an additional layer of information is projected on top of the perceptible environment as seen through the lens of a camera, usually on a hand-held device. But in this particular case, an interesting reversal seems to take place.
Virtual reality games are often on the spot for being responsible for alienation and health issues. Recently, researchers in Finland discovered that people’s reactions to 3D images of facial expressions are more emotional than the responses to classic 2D images, such as photographs, illustrations or videos.
In this technological era we have different models and customs. We used to be inspired by literature, nature and cultural traditions to name our children, but now this trend is shifting. According to the website babycenter.com among he most popular names of 2015 we can find Instagram filters. The most popular is Lux (75%), followed by Ludwig (42%), Juno (30%), and so on. This is the first time that technology breaks as an inspiration for names.