Human Geography

Geocaching goes mainstream

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In the world of advertising and marketing, it is fairly easy to guess that if something starts to show up on deal sites and clearance sections that it has either A. gone mainstream or B. jumped the shark and is no longer “cool”.  Either way, this is good news for geocaching which has shown up […]

AVSRT

A Review of Apps and Maps

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We downloaded several apps for our Very Spatial Road Trip that were recommended by friends, online reviews, and VerySpatial podcasts. Since she was acting as navigator, Barbara insisted on stopping at AAA and picking up a stack of paper maps for back up.  We found that there is no better crucible for  road testing a […]

GeographyAwareness

We Give Directions Differently Depending on Where We Live

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Europeans and Americans just give directions differently. Who knew? Researchers conducted an experiment to see if people gave directions differently if they thought the person was driving verses looking at a map. Turns out that while that does have an impact, where you’re from has a larger impact on how you describe directions. Americans tend […]

Navigation

TomTom throws open doors to MapShare updates

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I know I am about a week behind on this, but I am still pretty excited about TomTom’s ever growing utilization of its MapShare database. With the release of regular, free updates of the community provided information this brings not only a boon for the TomTom nav unit customers, but an increasing recognition of, and, […]

LBS

The Lightsquared Saga Continues

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Lightsquared is not prepared to go gently into the night.  They have hired Theodore Olson (among others) to help argue their case.  Olson is most famous for having successfully argued for Bush in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case that settled the 2000 US Presidential election.  In other words, Lightsquared brought out the big guns.  Olson argues that […]

LBS

Lightsquared Pretty Much Out Of The Fight

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Lightsquared, who last month received a conditional waiver from the FCC on its products, looks like it might be in trouble as the FCC has withdrawn that waiver.  Obviously the FCC acted in response to concerns over GPS interference.  This officially ‘kills’ Lightsquared’s proposed solution to rolling out a 4G-LTE network over the spectrum it owns, baring […]