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Technology Review talks Second Earth

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The online version of the latest issue (July/August 2007) of Technology Review has a fairly comprehensive article by Wade Roush about Second Life, virtual globes, social mapping, and the prospects for merging geospatial technologies and virtual world to create a Second Earth. None of the topics is especially new, but Roush does a good job […]

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TomTom and Magellan sued by Encyclopedia Britannica

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In that twisty-turny world of patents, it seems that Encyclopedia Britannica is going after TomTom and Magellan for infringement of patents it holds for a “computerized mapping system.” The suit was filed in Wisconsin and also includes a retail store, American TV & Appliance of Madison Inc., with no explanation as to why they were […]

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amAze mobile service will offer high-res imagery

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LocatioNet Systems, a UK-based mobile mapping and LBS company, announced a partnership with DigitalGlobe to provide high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery for their amAze mobile mapping application (yes that is how it is spelled), which was launched a few weeks ago. The idea is to combine mobile maps and GPS navigation with the same real-time […]

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Japan takes sensor networks to the next level

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Apparently next year will see the debut of a new project in Japan to set up a wireless zone on one of its islands that will include sensor networks using IC tags (RFID-based) to monitor residents’ health, pedestrian movements, and even the movements of fresh produce. No word yet on how the tags will be […]

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Mscape – HP Labs tries some LBS

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This project probably has already had some coverage, but I just found out about it, and thought it was worth mentioning. Basically, the mscape project is an initiative from HP Labs to explore location-based services from a social media angle, by creating a set of tools that allow users to create, access, and explore mediascapes, […]

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BioMapping Project heads to San Francisco

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Christian Nold, the creator of the BioMapping Project (which made the blog rounds back in November for the Greenwich Emotion Map), is spending 5 weeks in San Francisco in his latest emotion map project. Using volunteers equipped with GPS receivers and polygraph devices, Nold maps their paths through various areas and records biomechanical data such […]

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GPS-based Workforce Management launched by AT&T

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While taking a break at the Dev Summit, I was catching up on tech news and noticed that yesterday AT&T launched their new GPS-based workforce management service, TeleNav Track, which is provided by TeleNav, but sold through AT&T. The service allows companies to track employee vehicle locations, mileage, send tasks and alerts to employees in […]

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Vodafone and Google partner for mobile mapping

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Yet another move to expand web mapping into the mobile and location based services markets, as Google and Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile phone network operator, just announced a partnership to develop maps and local content for mobile phones for its Vodafone Live! services. The companies are also developing a service that will provide some […]

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GIS for your BlackBerry

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I ran across a press release today for TDC Group’s Freeance Mobile, a suite of web mapping and database applications that promises to bring GIS to your BlackBerry. Freeance Mobile consists of 3 BlackBerry applications: MapViewer, GPS Collector, and Search, that combine with database capabilities to allow users to perform GIS tasks in the field. […]