Protesters form a human chain to spell out their opposition to the airport. Photo: AFP The French PM is set to announce on Wednesday whether it will push ahead with controversial plans to build a new airport hub for western France at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes. It's one of the longest-running disputes in French history and on Wednesday a final decision will be made. For decades, environmentalists have been against the planned construction of an international airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes, and which is intended to be the gateway to western France. They say the airport - which was originally due to open in 2017, would represent a devastating end to 1,650 hectares of wetlands, home to its own eco-systems. But on the other side of the fence are those who say the airport, which would replace the current Nantes airport and serve 9 million passengers a year, would be a huge boost for the economic development of western France. … [Read more...] about Notre-Dame-des-Landes: Does France really need a new airport hub in the west?
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Google Maps is now the go-to navigation app for most people, replacing traditional sat nav as you just open it up on your phone, attach it to a holder and off you go. The app has evolved in recent years - gone are the days of having to download Google Earth just to get a satellite view of your favourite cities. Now you can select your destination and Google will tell you how to get there and how long it will take. But how exactly does Google know how long a journey will take? The Manchester Evening News found out . Well it's actually a combination of things, since 2011 Google has used its routing algorithms which has knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route and it will route you around traffic. Accurate traffic speeds are calculated using data that Google collects from its Google Maps Navigation users and there is more than 35 million miles driven by Navigation users every day. Google is able to do this because all iPhones that have Google Maps open … [Read more...] about How does Google Maps know how long your journey will take?
REAL MADRID'S Copa del Rey clash with minnows Fuenlabrada at the Bernabeu tonight marks the completion of an incredible journey for one Englishman.Conor O’Keefe - a 22-year-old goalkeeper and Loughborough University student - is one of only three English players in Spain and probably had the toughest path to getting there.The Macclesfield stopper was playing Shepshed Dynamo in the FA Vase in front of 28 people at Butthole Lane only a year ago.And now he will join the third-division outfit as they head to face the world's most famous football team.O’Keefe is in the third year of an international business degree and needs to study or complete a work placement abroad as part of his course.And after deciding to make footballer his placement while also studying, he set about finding a club ready to take a punt.He told the Guardian: “I said to my parents: ‘If we can’t get an agent, we’ll just have to do what an agent does'.“So, I … [Read more...] about How a young English goalkeeper went from playing in front of 28 people at a ground called Butthole Lane to Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid
FINDING new places couldn't be easier with Google's map function, but does your account know more about you than you'd like it to?Because while you probably don't remember where you were going and how long it took you to get there on any day two years ago, Google might.A function that's hidden away on your Google account could be tracking your every move if you haven't turned it off.Location History is a list of places you've been to, tracked by the GPS on your smartphone and collated by Google.So that means that every trip you've made to work, visit to your mums and even every date you've been on could be stored by Google, and the information can go back for years.To find out whether you've been being tracked by Google, check out your Timeline when logged into your account.It's here that you'll see how much information Google knows about your movements if you've had Location Services switched on.If you want services like suggestions of places to visit in areas you go to often or … [Read more...] about Google can track your every move – but here’s how to stop it
The Czech data protection authority said Wednesday it had banned Internet giant Google from taking photographs for its Street View service due to privacy invasion. "We have a problem with Google using cameras high up to collect their data," the office's director Igor Nemec said of the photographic mapping service. Nemec said Google was using "a camera that is 2.7 meters (8.9 feet) off the ground - which is an invasion of the privacy of our citizens, several of whom have filed complaints to us." Nemec added that Street View images were so detailed that one man had even complained the number of shoes outside his front door was clearly visible online, indicating how many people lived in his house. Others complained of the camera peeking over fences and hedges and into their living rooms. "From our point of view it would be correct if the cameras were lower," Nemec said. Google vows to forge on The Czech data protection authority also took issue with Google's legal status in … [Read more...] about Czech Republic blocks Google Street View for privacy violation
Andreas von Bechtolsheim is one of the world's leading IT entrepreneurs. He is a founder of Sun Microsystems as well as many other companies and was the first investor in Google. Originally from Germany, von Bechtolsheim studied at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University in the United States and lives in Silicon Valley. DW: Google last week was crowned the world's most valuable brand for the first time beating out Microsoft. Was your decision to write the famous 100,000 dollar check for Sergey Brin and Larry Page so they could start what later became Google the best business decision you ever made? Andreas von Bechtolsheim: I met the founders of Google in 1998 when they were still students at Stanford University and they had a prototype of their search engine idea in very small scale that they showed to me and I got very excited about the potential of allowing anyone to find any information anytime through this much better form of search compared to what was … [Read more...] about Von Bechtolsheim: I invested in Google to solve my own problem
On Thursday, Google finally launched Street View in 20 cities around Germany at an event held in Hamburg. The highly-anticipated online mapping service, which provides detailed street-level photographs of cities including Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt, has been met with significant levels of public and private concern across the country over the last two-and-a-half years. "New technologies always open up new opportunities and new questions," said Phillipp Schindler, vice president of North and Central Europe for Google, in a statement. "In this context, our long journey of preparation and hard work is behind us, which included many meetings. But I am pleased that our users, as of today, can try out the Street View feature for Germany's biggest cities themselves." A southern German town opens its arms to Google Earlier this month, Google launched Street View first in the Bavarian town of Oberstaufen, which famously welcomed Google with open arms, and even went as far as to … [Read more...] about Google launches Street View across 20 German cities
Buzz is a social networking and messaging tool designed to integrate into Google's email service Gmail. It enables users to distribute pictures, links, videos and documents in real time and to share them with all connected friends. As such, it competes with the popular short messaging service Twitter and with mobile geo location functions which show the user's location on Google Maps. The default setting on the tool publicly discloses a list of the names of Gmail contacts that the user has most frequently emailed or chatted with. It's this last feature that has privacy advocates up in arms. Critics say users who fail to disable this feature - or don't realize they have to - can have sensitive information about themselves and their contacts revealed publically. German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner told news magazine "Focus" over the weekend that Buzz constituted "a massive intrusion of privacy." "It shocks me when a corporation does not even respect the private data of its … [Read more...] about Google’s Buzz disregards privacy, says German minister
Every red dot on the map represents a shelter for asylum seekers - and there are red dots all over Germany. A quick look at the online map, whose title translates roughly to "No refugee center in my backyard" , suggests there is little space left in Germany that isn't already home to an asylum center or refugee shelter. Dots on the map are of equal size regardless of whether an address houses a single refugee or over a hundred. A click on a dot offers more information - often, it's a full address with a street name and number. Sometimes the extra information spells out how many refugees currently live at a shelter or details how many people will reside at a center currently under construction. The former British military base in Niederkrüchten, for example, is expected to house "up to 1,000 asylum seekers," the map said. In other instances, it's pointed out how refugees are "taking over" - a former medical clinic will be turned into a home for asylum seekers, just like a … [Read more...] about Controversial map displaying refugee homes causes a stir in Germany
They take pictures and video footage in remote places from above, providing their operator with a stunning view: drones. No surprise that this new technology breaks new ground for scientists and conservationists. Karen Joyce, an environmental scientist at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, is using the drones to discover the marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. DW asked her to explain how the flying robots revolutionized her work. DW: Using drones for science is a fairly new thing. How did that start for your work and how did it impact your work? Karen Joyce: Drones have actually been around for a really long time, especially for military purposes for many years. It's only been relatively recently that they become small enough and cost effective to use for scientists. They really changed the way that I work because before I was able to use drones, I had to use satellites quite a lot. If you imagine what you might see on Google Earth, that was the sort of data that I … [Read more...] about How drones are revolutionizing environmental science