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Thursday, December 29, 2005

PC World hands out its 2006 Innovation Awards and includes Google Earth in the Wireless and Mobile category (a stretch in my estimation).

Says the description of the awards: “Our criteria for innovation included such elements as design, and the integration of technology with function. In all cases, we looked for products and services that did something first, did it much better than its predecessors, or reimagined what had been done before.”

The award paragraph itself reads: “Google Earth SATELLITE MAPPING SERVICE (Free) One of the search king’s handful of out-of-browser experiences, Google Earth lets you pan and zoom over satellite images of the far-flung corners of the globe. Then when you’re ready to find a cheeseburger in Paradise, Michigan, simply check the Restaurant option in the Layers panel on the left to view specific locations (the same goes for hotels, gas stations, parks, schools, government buildings, and millions of other points of interest). And if you’re getting ready for a road trip, just enter your start and end points to view the route superimposed over the satellite image, along with turn-by-turn directions in the left pane. Fun, practical, and free—that’s a tough combination to beat.”

It’s not all satellites, folks! How about Earth Imaging Service? And, what did Google do with Keyhole besides make one version free? Was their a big jump in product features?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 09:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Intergraph Corp. was money manager John Dorfman’s top value-stock pick in 2005.  He writes for Bloomberg News.

Investors Business Daily has an interview with Halsey Wise. Sample: “That’s how we differentiate ourselves,” he said. “We lead by fusing spatial capability to security.”

The Inquirer reports that Intergraph and others may be sued for patent infringement. Details are sketchy, but the paper offers it thinks its US patent number 5,203, 002, filed in 1993 by Mr Glen Wetzel. No court papers have surfaced yet. Other defendants may include Intel, IBM, Fujitsu and TI.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 08:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Press Enterprise has the story (free registration required) of the Redlands, California nursery’s history and future.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 08:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

James Fee at Spatially Adjusted is lobbying ESRI to link ArcGIS Explorer with a task to search Mapdex (a “labor of love” index of online mapping services). Shall I offer that perhaps a task to search ESRI’s own Geography Network and its Geodata.gov (built under contract to DOI) might be offered too?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Just like the rest of the media, Wired is running a whole series of articles listing the top this and that of 2005. Most are fun to read, I admit. Here I want to pull out a few points that relate to the geospatial world.

1) Among the Best and Worst Pundutry Wired notes that IDC predicted “the PC market would grow by 10 percent in 2005 (which appears on track, thanks to strong notebook sales) and that RFID deployments would accelerate (true, though not as quickly as many industry analysts expected).”

2) Among the Most Predictable Stories of 2005 Wired finds Google Maps.

Google Maps: In retrospect, how did anyone bear using MapQuest’s clunky interface, and why didn’t we all realize that dragging a map would feel so good?

Of course, the geniuses at Google recognized that every American’s birthright includes not only a search engine that works, but also online maps complete with Ajax goodness, satellite views and adorable pushpins.

There are bunch of Microsoft lists out there, but I have yet to find Virtual Earth/Live Local on any of them. Hmmm.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/28 at 12:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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