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Google Street View

Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides interactive panoramas from positions along many streets in the world. It was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States, has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide. Streets with Street View imagery available are shown as blue lines on Google Maps. Google Street View displays panoramas of stitched images. Most photography is done by car, but some is done by tricycle, boat and underwater apparatus, as well as on foot. Street View had its inception in 2001 with the Stanford CityBlock Project, a Google-sponsored Stanford University research project; the project ended in June 2006, its technology was folded into StreetView. 2007: Launched on May 25 in the United States using Immersive Media technology. 2008: In May Google announces that it was testing face-blurring technology on its photos of the busy streets of Manhattan. The technology uses a computer algorithm to search Google's image database for blurs them.

Street View was integrated into Google Earth 4.3, the Maps application on the Apple iPhone, the Maps application for S60 3rd Edition. In November, the drag and drop Pegman icon is introduced as the primary user interface element for connecting from Maps' 2D view into Street View's 3D view; when Pegman is dropped onto a particular set of coordinates in Google Maps for which Street View data is available, Street View opens and takes over the whole map window. 2009: Introduction of a full-screen option. Smart Navigation was introduced allowing users to navigate around the panoramas by double-clicking with their cursor on any place or object they want to see. May 2011: Indoor views of businesses were announced. After the pilot phase of several months, the project was rolled out in earnest in autumn. November 2012: With the release of Android 4.2, Google invites users to contribute panoramas of their own using supported devices. Google highlights user-contributed panoramas with blue circle icons on Maps.

The company created a website to highlight places in the world where one can find them. 2013: Business interior views are shown as small orange circles. Businesses such as shops, cafés and other premises can pay a photographer to take panoramic images of the interior of their premises which are included in Street View. Google sets up a program to let third parties borrow the Street View Trekker and contribute imagery to Google Maps. 2014: Street-level imagery from the past can now be seen, if available for a given street view. 2015: A partnership was announced between Street View and the environmental monitoring company Aclima. Cars began carrying sensors to detect pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and particulates. In October, support for Google Cardboard was announced, allowing users to utilize Street View in 360-degree virtual reality. 2017: Imagery inside the International Space Station is added to Street View. 2017: Starting in August, Google allows users to create their own Street View-like blue paths, for the connected photospheres that are sufficiently close to one another.

2017: On September 5, Google announced that they are improving the quality of the street view panoramic photo, revamping its mapping vehicles with all-new high-resolution camera systems and artificial intelligence to capture better imagery. The new Google cars have been seen in various American cities since March 2017, as well as in Japan since August; the first images taken with the new generation of cameras were available online on September 13. October 2017: The makers of the Insta360 Pro announce the certification of the first "Street View auto ready" camera for US$3500. In addition to purchase, the camera rig is available to qualified entities as part of the Google loaner program, with 50 cameras available to loan, making possible Google Street View imagery coverage of more places that Google might not visit, to entities for whom a purchase is impractical or impossible. 2018: Google Japan now offers the street view from a dog's perspective. August 2018: Street View covers two offshore gas-extraction platforms in the North Sea.

Street View is available as a component of Google Maps, as a web application, as a mobile application for Android and iOS. Google Maps used Adobe Flash for Street View. Google overhauled Google Maps in 2013; the newer version uses JavaScript extensively and provides a JavaScript application programming interface. At the time of their release, the new Google Maps and Street View are measured slower than the old version in various setups. A user can switch to the old version of Google Maps, useful when Google Maps is more sluggish than usual; the drag-and-drop Pegman icon is the primary user interface element used by Google to connect Maps to Street View. Its name comes from its resemblance to a clothespeg; when not in use, Pegman sits atop the Google Maps zoom controls. Pegman "dresses up" for special events or is joined by peg friends in Google Maps; when dragged into Street View near Area 51, he becomes a flying saucer. When viewing older views, the Pegman in the minimap changes to Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

Google announced in May 2017 that it had captured more than 10 million miles of Street View imagery across 83 countries. Maps include panoramic views taken underwater such as in West Nusa Tenggara underwater coral, in the Grand Canyon, inside museums, Liwa Desert in United Arab Emirates which are viewed from camelback. In a ten-day trek with Apa Sherpa, Google documented Khumbu, Nepal with its Mount Everest, Sherpa communities and schools. Google added landmarks in E

Aleksandra Zagórska

Lt. Col. Aleksandra Zagórska, Bitschan, Zagórska, aka Aleksandra Bednarz – was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Polish Armed Forces, a soldier in the Legions and commandant of the Ochotnicza Legia Kobiet and an independence activist, she was born the daughter of Flora, née Dzięciołowska. She spent her childhood in Sandomierz. From 1894 she attended the preparatory course at Zamość, followed by secondary school in Radom where she became an associate of the Polish Socialist Party, PPS. In 1904 she enrolled at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków; the same year she joined the Combat Organization of the Polish Socialist Party. In 1906, together with Czesław Świrski, a leading activist and close associate of Jozef Pilsudski, she established a clandestine manufacture of explosives for the Combat Organization. In November 1906 she fell victim to Mercury poisoning, in connection with explosives production and had to undergo a period of treatment in Zakopane. After convalescence she went on to Warsaw. In July 1907 she took part in a failed attempt to blow up a military train at Łapy.

In March 1908 she was taken to Pawiak prison. Owing to a financial inducement charges against her were dropped during her trial and she was temporarily released in October of that year, she escaped to Galicia. She settled in Lwow and at the bidding of Tomasz Arciszewski she became involved in the procurement of weapons and PPS publications for dispersal in the Polish Kingdom. In 1911 she joined the Union of the Riflemen's Association, she organized women's squads within the Polish Military Organisation. During World War I she organized and commanded the women's intelligence service within the Brigade I of the Polish Legions. With the rank of major she took part in the Battle of Lwów. During the Polish - Ukrainian War she organised the women's courier network. On 4 November 1918 she formed the women's paramilitary organization, Ochotnicza Legia Kobiet, OLK of which she was the commander in the city of Lwów; the organization took an active role in the Polish–Soviet War. On 1 April 1920 she was named commander of the Voluntary Women's Legion within the First Mobilisation Unit of the Ministry of War in Warsaw she was promoted to the Military rank of major.

Her Adjutant was lieutenant Stanisława Paleolog.. On account of her role she became commander of all Women's OLK units throughout all territories controlled by the Polish Ministry of War.. On 1 October 1921, at her own request, she stood down from military service.. She had advanced to the rank of Lieutenant colonel. In the Interwar period from 1922–1924 she lived in Kobierzyn, Lesser Poland Voivodeship near Kraków, from 1927 in Lwow, where her husband was the superintendent of several psychiatric hospitals. After the death of her husband, she moved to Radość near Warsaw and became an organiser of children's summer camps for the Warsaw Educational Service. In 1928 she became organizer of the Polish Union of Women Legionnaires and was its president until 1939. During the Nazi occupation of Poland she joined the Resistance as part of the left-leaning Coalition of Independence Organisations -Konwent Organizacji Niepodległościowych. From her first marriage, she had a son, Jerzy Bitschan, who at 14 years of age, as a Lwow Eaglet, took an active part in the Defence of Lwow and fell on 21 November 1918..

Her second husband was a Lwów doctor, Roman Zagórski, with whom she lived in the Kulparków district of the city. After World War II she lived in Zakopane using the pseudonym, "Aleksandra Bednarz", to avoid state persecution on account of her history of activism, she died on 14 April 1965 aged 79. She was buried at Bródno Cemetery in Warsaw. Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta Cross of Independence - Krzyż Niepodległości, with Swords Cross of Valour Gold Cross of Merit Commemorative Medal of the 1918-1921 War Cross of Defence of Lwów Medal of Lwow Eagles - "Orlęta" History of Poland during World War I Women's roles in the World Wars

Mary Barry O'Delaney

Mary Barry O'Delaney was an Irish journalist and nationalist. Mary Barry O'Delaney was born Mary Barry Delany in 1862, adopting O'Delaney when she became a journalist, she left Ireland for Paris in 1883, making a living through her journalist religious in subject as she was a devout Catholic. All her life O'Delaney wrote stories, including ghost stories, poetry for newspapers. By the 1890s she was working for the Daily Irish Independent as the Paris correspondent, it was around this time that O'Delaney became friends with Maud Gonne, comparing her to Joan of Arc and hailing her as "our island's maiden queen" in a poem published in February 1898. Gonne and O'Delaney worked together for the rest of her life, as Gonne's researcher and companion, with a brief split in March 1899 following a quarrel after which Gonne wondered if O'Delaney was insane. Upon the foundation of the Paris Young Ireland Society in 1897, O'Delaney became its secretary. In this position she circulated reports of its work to Irish papers, whilst being Gonne's assistant editor to the French language nationalist newspaper, L'Irlande Libre.

O'Delaney suggested a special number of L'Irlande Libre to mark Queen Victoria's Irish visit in 1900, in which she was blamed for the Irish famine and other Irish misfortunes. The issue was banned by Dublin Castle authorities in Ireland. After the breakup of Gonne's marriage to John MacBride, O'Delaney lived with Gonne, helping her to raise her children. An incident in which McBride had exposed himself to O'Delaney when drunk was one of a number of such events that had led to the ending of the marriage. O'Delaney had a close relationship with Gonne's son, Seán MacBride, who she called her "glory boy". Upon his birth in 1904, O'Delaney had sent a telegram to Pope Pius X that the future King of Ireland had been born, she was not as close to Gonne's daughter, irritated by her religious fervour. She acted as W. B. Yeats' secretary when he visited France; when Gonne returned to Ireland in 1918, O'Delaney went with her, looking after her affairs while Gonne was imprisoned. During the Irish War of Independence, O'Delaney's knee was shattered by a bullet.

O'Delaney stood as godmother to Francis Stuart when he converted to Catholisim in advance of his marriage to Iseult. In life, she lived at the Gonne–MacBride residence, Roebuck House, County Dublin, she and Gonne continued their collaboration on political activities until her death in 1947. She signed her writings as "MD", "MB" and "M. O'D." as well as a number of pen names such as "Joseph May"