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More location iStuff

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So Sue has the iPhone 3G and I was FINALLY able to upgrade the iPod Touch to the 2.0 firmware. I am quite happy with the number of times that the devices have asked to use the location settings. The camera and maps are the two Apple apps that use the location info and I […]

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Nokia trying to take over world

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I probably owe Glenn a buck for covering a Nokia topic (I’ll get it to you in San Diego) but I am giddy about some of the steps Nokia has taken in the OS, services and data areas. The data, of course, is their acquisition of Navteq which is awaiting the final go ahead from […]

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Mobile location apps are poised

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Information has begun to roll out about the companies that have received support from the iPhone venture capital funding announced back in January…all two of them so far. Whrrl, a project from Pelago, is one of the first funded via the iPhone VC and is a location based social mapping site that focuses on rating […]

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Loopt’s Brian Knapp talks about privacy issues

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E-Commerce Times has posted an interview with Brian Knapp, a VP at Loopt, the mobile social networking and mapping software company. The article is actually focused on how Loopt deals with privacy issues for its users, which is a different focus than the usual coverage that details the features or functionality. The issues raised in […]

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BrightKite – social location web app

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I have started taking a tour of some of the location based social apps that are out there since I haven’t had time to write code myself. The first one have been playing with is brightkite.com which can act as a stand alone web app, a location feed for Twitter and works with Yahoo’s Fire […]

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Collaborative Landmark Directory

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I noticed OpenLandmark when I was looking at the mobile apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch. It is a beta site that is creating a directory of landmarks, currently focusing on a few cities, which are mostly major tourist destinations. It is similar to a few other projects out there, except that it seems to be […]

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Core Location…Wow that was quick

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Was it just back in October that I was pondering how long it would take Apple to introduce Core Location to provide developers a simple hook into location information for new apps, much like Core Image and Core Audio. While Core Location isn’t coming to the laptop yet, it is going to be available through […]

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Mixed Reality gaming in Japan

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One of the areas of convergence for location-based applications and gaming is the idea of mixed reality, where places in the game correspond to real-world locations, and actions in one lead to events or consequences in the other. Treasure Quest: Enoshima – Treasure of the Dragon, is a mixed-reality game for Nintendo DS users that […]

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Garmin’s New York nuvifone announcement

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Wednesday evening Garmin apparently surprised a press event with their announcement of the nuvifone, the company’s first foray into the mobile phone market. The Garmin Blog has an amusing post about the event. The nuvifone itself is supposed to be available sometime in the third quarter of the year, according to the nuvifone webpage The […]