It seems that a patent was just issued, to Microsoft, for a method and system for location-based licensing. This system would allow the owner of content to specify the locations or geographical areas where the content can be consumed. The licensed device’s location would be checked against the locational constraints before it would be allowed to access content. I’m sure we can all imagine many annoying ways that this could be put to use…….Over on his blog, Kevin Maney speculates that Apple will be licensing the technology any day now to prevent iTunes songs from playing on devices in France.
Augmentra, a UK-based company, has unveiled ViewRanger 2.0, its new software for Nokia smartphones that provides mapping, navigation and information on location for hikers, mountain bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The software will be available in April, but Augmentra will be previewing ViewRanger 2, in partnership with Memory-Map, at the Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show taking place in Birmingham, UK from March 17th-19th, 2006.
For more information, check out the ViewRanger website
There are many examples of how quickly geospatial technologies are being adopted around the world, especially in the rapidly-growing countries of Asia. This article from The Times of India discusses the deployment of GIS and GPS technology in the main control room for the Mumbai , India police force.
A few days ago GISBlog.net mentioned GeoMinder a phone-based software that makes happen what I think is one of the holy grails of LBS, the ability to create location based notes. While GeoMinder seems to be for individual notes, the logical next step is to host these on a server and share them with contacts. Check it out if you have a supported phone (I don’t )