ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google Street View soon in Bhutan?

More exciting news from Google. In 2010 we wrote in this very blog in the post "When will Google Street View reach Bhutan?":
Google keeps expanding its Street View program. A couple of years ago there were rumours about starting the program in India, but this has not materialized. Google doesn't make its plans public. So it may take a good number of years - and Bhutan's government co-operation - until Street View is available in Thimphu and other towns in the Kingdom.
Two and a half years later, it seems that the time has come. According to the Technology Freak blog, Google Maps' Street View will be announced in Thimphu tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:30 at the Druk Hotel. It might take some time until we see a car - or will it be a yak? - mounted with cameras and roaming the slopes of Bhutan, but the green light has been given.