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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Silicon Beat reports that Trulia, one of a million residential housing search engine websites that uses a Google Maps mashup has raised $5.7 million in investments, led by Accel Partners. Two worries the company must have in the back of its mind: Google’s licensing (and potential changes) and that nasty patent dispute.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mike Elgan at TechWeb notes that a UK company is giving away GPS enabled kids phones for free. The tracking is 50p, and phone calls costs a nominal fee. He suggests and this sounds plausible to me, that the aim is to get parents and children comfortable with the idea of the phones for tots.

The article he cites is mostly about the health risks of the phones to the youngsters.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, January 23, 2006

National Geographic reports today that the map that’s sent much of the world into a tizzy by suggesting that a Chinese exploere, Zheng He, and not Columbus, discovered America is most likely a fake.

The map shows all five continents and appears to be a copy made in 1763 of a map from 1418. Experts note a few things that make them wary of the maps authenticity: China is not in the center and California is depicted as an island, a thought tied to the 17th century, not the 15th.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 04:13 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This is the stuff I dream about: I run into a great use of sensor technology (warning: bright pink text!) and write about it. Now, it’s in an AP article. The joys of specialized media!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 11:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ah, the saga of Tiger Telematics subsidiary that produced a hand held gaming device… Why should we in geospatial care? The product Gizmondo has a GPS chip in it and promised to be the future of location-based gaming. The big game for the console, Colours, a gang territory game, was supposed to be a killer. So far as I know, it has yet to come out.

And, in the meantime money problems have pushed the company Gizmondo to file for administration (much like bankruptcy) in Europe. I’m no gamer, but I didn’t read a single review that said this platform had much to offer.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 11:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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