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Google Earth just got a Lot Better!

Google Earth is one of the purest, most beautiful gifts the company has ever given us. Today, the globe-trotting software received a major overhaul that will delight hardcore fans and remind others that it’s still a great way to throw away hours of your life.
It’s been two years since the search giant last gave Google Earth a major update and it seems as if the virtual globe has become a new priority for the company. Last October, a new virtual reality version was introduced and now several additions have made the application extra sticky.

One of the biggest changes is that it no longer has to be a separate app that you download. On a desktop, you can just  go to the URL in Chrome and start exploring. This may seem minor but you’ll now be seeing a lot more of Google Earth because there’s no need to open a separate app and sharing is an emphasized feature. With the Android app, you can quickly share a digital postcard with your contacts. The ability to use the service in browser is also a big deal for Chromebook users who were previously locked out. An iOS app is will be out soon as well as support for other browsers. (Google Earth Pro is still an app and it’s still outdated.)

Above all of the other updates, the most significant overall is the new “Voyager” feature, which is available by clicking the ship’s wheel icon. Google has partnered with organizations like BBC Earth and DigitalGlobe to create little informative experiences. Clicking on “Endangered Species Around the World” will show you the locations of various endangered species, give you photos and a “knowledge card” gives some background about them. It’s kind of like Wikipedia mixed with Google Earth. Other Voyager stories feature regular and 3D videos. “Itineraries” offer guided tours of cities and a lot more information has been added to major destinations. So far, there are a little over 50 stories but Google plans to add more every week. There are also 20,000 destinations with knowledge cards. It seems all but inevitable that a crowdsourcing model will be implemented eventually to flesh this tool out.


If you want to go off the beaten trail, there’s an “I’m feeling lucky” button. The first time I clicked it, I got to Osaka Castle. Cool. It was also a great destination for trying out the new 3D features that allow you to explore renderings of major cities and landmarks from any angle. We’re still not close to photorealism yet but it has a lovely Simcity-esque quality.

Source: Google

Win Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “THE DEVIL’S CANDY”

Thanks to Front Row Filmed Entertainment five lucky readers of the The Acme Blog have the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming Horror Movie “THE DEVIL’S CANDY” directed by Sean Byrne and starring Ethan Embry (Eagle Eye, Harold and Kumar), Shiri Appleby and Pruitt Taylor Vince (Constantine).

The advanced screening of the film will take place on April 5, 2017 at the VOX Cineplex, Grand Hyatt Dubai. Doors will open at 8:15 pm. The Film starts at 8:30 pm. The film has got the rating 15+. So people younger will strictly not be allowed to the screening!

The Plot in short: A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.

And this is how you can win:

Simply answer the following question in the comments below.

Pruitt Taylor Vince played Father Heneessy in which 2005 Movie?

    1. Batman Begins
    2. Constantine
    3. Brokeback Mountain

Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Your full name
  2. E-mail

The end of the competition will be the evening of the 4th of April.

“THE DEVIL’S CANDY” will release in UAE cinemas on 6th of April 2017 and you should check out the Trailer below:

Win Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “Nocturama”

Thanks to Front Row Filmed Entertainment five lucky readers of the The Acme Blog have the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming crime / drama / thriller “Nocturama” written and directed by Bertrand Bonello and starring Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa and Martin Guyot.

But this time there is one speciality on this Screening. The Movie is in french. So if you do not understand french, this might not be for you!

The advanced screening of the film will take place on March 6, 2017 at the VOX Cinemas at the Mall of the Emirates. Doors will open at 8:15 pm. The Film starts at 8:30 pm. The film has got the rating 15+. So people younger will strictly not be allowed to the screening!

The Plot in short: Some young folks, tired of the society they’re living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before to take shelter for a night in a shopping center.

And this is how you can win:

Simply answer the following question in the comments below.

In which City plays Nocturama in ?

    1. New York
    2. Paris
    3. London

Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Your full name
  2. E-mail

The end of the competition will be the evening of the 5th of March.

“Nocturama” will release in UAE cinemas on 9th of March 2017 and you should check out the Trailer below:

Win 10×2 Exclusive Invites to the Movie Premiere of “The Bye Bye Man” in Dubai!

So here we go with another really cool Movie competition which this time is courtesy of our friends down at Gulf Film. This time around we got for you 10 Exclusive double invites to the Premiere screening of the upcoming Horror Thriller “The Bye Bye Man” directed by Stacy Title and starring Douglas Smith (Ouija, HBO’s Big Love), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens) and Cressida Bonas in her motion picture debut, along with Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), and in the title role, horror/fantasy icon Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth).  You can see this cool Movie days before the official release!

The Premiere screening will take place on Monday January 16, 2017 at the Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall at 8:30pm.  The Screening is PG13 only (not 100% sure yet) , so people below this age will strictly have no access to this screening.

The Premiere screening has been postponed to the 16th of January from originally the 10th of January.

The Plot in short:  When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

And this is how you can win:

To win you only have to leave the answer on the following question in the comments:

Which Horror / Fantasy Icon is seen in this Movie ?

  1. Michael Trucco
  2. Doug Jones
  3. Douglas Smith

Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Your full name
  2. E-mail

The end of the competition will be the evening of the 15th of January.  “The Bye Bye Man” will be releasing in UAE Cinemas on January 19, 2017.

Check out the Trailer below:

And the Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “The Neighbour” are going to…

the-neighbor_posterAnd another Movie Premiere competition comes to an end. Front Row Filmed Entertainment and The Acme Blog gave 5 lucky readers of the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming Crime / Horror / Thriller “The Neighbour” directed by Marcus Dunstan and starring Josh Stewart (Interstellar) and Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes).

The advanced screening of the film will take place on Tuesday, December 6 (tomorrow), 2016, at the VOX Cineplex located near to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Doors open at 8:15 pm. Film starts at 8:30 pm. Children below 18 are not allowed to this screening!

The right answer on the asked question who co wrote and directed “The Neighbour” was of course Marcus Dunstan.

And The Winners are:

  • EMILY M. SAYSON
  • Menka Chandwani
  • Sarah Jane Lerona Ocampo
  • Boby Ta
  • Remelyn Luna

 

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short: Set in Cutter Mississippi, the film follows a man who discovers the dark truth about his neighbor and the secrets he may be keeping in the cellar.

“The Neighbour”  will release in UAE cinemas on 8th of December 2016 and you should check out the Trailer below:

Win 10×2 Exclusive Invites to the Movie Premiere of “The Girl With All The Gifts” in Dubai!

the-girl-with-all-the-gifts_headerSo here we go with another pretty sweet Movie competition which this time is courtesy of our friends down at Gulf Film. This time around we got for you 10 Exclusive double invites to the Premiere screening of the upcoming Horror / Thriller “The Girl With All The Gifts”. Based on a novel by the highly-acclaimed writer, Mike ‘M.R.’ Carey (X-Men series) and from the remarkable small screen director Colm McCarthy, this film stars award-winning actors such as Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Sennia Nanua.

The Premiere screening will take place on Monday, December 5 at the Novo Cinemas at the Ibn Batutta Mall at 9pm. The Screening is 15+ only, so people below this age will strictly have no access to this screening.

The Plot in short: A scientist (Glenn Close) and a teacher (Gemma Arterton) living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua).

And this is how you can win:

To win you only have to leave the answer on the following question in the comments:

In which 2014 Movie Hit was Glenn Close seen as Nova Prime ?

  1. Low Down
  2. 5 to 7
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy

Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Your full name
  2. E-mail

The end of the competition will be the evening of the 4th of December.  “The Girl With All The Gifts” will be releasing in UAE Cinemas on December 8, 2016.

Check out the Trailer below:

Amazon to spend $1 billion to conquer the Middle East !

Amazon is said to spend $1 billion on buying local e-commerce giant Souq.com. Given that the website was almost an exact copy of Amazon in many ways this just makes sense.

Amazon is one of the world’s largest retail destinations, but it doesn’t have much traction in the Middle East. That’s why rumors that it’s looking to buy Souq.com, the Amazon of the Middle East, make so much sense. Bloomberg is reporting that Jeff Bezos and crew might spend up to $1 billion on the site to gain a foothold across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Neither party is talking about the deal, but if it’s getting reported in an august financial publication like Bloomberg then it must be serious.

Souq has looked to solve challenges that aren’t so prominent in the US and other countries where Amazon is dominant. Inc. profiled the company a few months ago, revealing that the retailer had to develop a new payment platform for a region where credit cards aren’t ubiquitous. So, users are able to shop for products by topping up a prepaid card available at various brick-and-mortar retail outlets. Another issue is logistics, since some regions don’t have as sophisticated delivery services as others — but perhaps that’s something that Amazon can help with.

I would be pretty happy about having the real deal available instead of Souq.com.