iPhone, meet Skyhook

So apparently, my lack of voraciousness as a Mac fanboy made me almost miss the fact that Apple is working with Skyhook Wireless to capture location on the iPhone…oh and that Google company too. This is great. And definitely a step-up for the technology. Since I am a iPod Touch user, not an iPhone, hopefully this will trickle its way down soon. The location features should be rolling out in late February.

UPDATE: Apparently the location information is available with the current 1.1.3 version. As expected the locations seem to be better in areas of higher density so that there are more reference points. I am upgrading the Touch tonight and will say whether the new GMaps feature include location based on wifi for it.

Second Annual ArcGIS Server Code Challenge

Our good friend and GIS Day Mate (GDM for short) Rick Lawson sent me a note about the 2008 ArcGIS Server Code Challenge. If you’re the programming sort and have a hankerin’ for an extra $25,000 bucks, you might want to enter. Entries have to use ArcServer 9.2 and must be uploaded to the ArcScripts library by February 29th to be considered. The winner will be announced at this year’s Dev Summit in March. Second and third place winners will earn a nice payday for their work as well! So don’t hesitate to enter if you’re doing any interesting programming work with ArcServer!

AAG session interviews

If you are going to be chairing a session or event at this years Association of American Geographers conference in Boston and would like a little early advertising contact us. We would like to do a few short (5 min) podcasts to highlight some of the activities that will be going on this year. If you aren’t up for an interview, I am sure we can still find someway to highlight your session 😉