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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

The Albany Times Union, MapInfo’s local paper, has a brief article about the company’s ownership and a quote from a financial writer saying it could be in a battle at some point.

Two out-of-town money managers have large equity stakes in MapInfo Corp., and James Altucher, a writer for RealMoney.com who also is a hedge fund manager, says the company could eventually become “fair game for a battle” along with a handful of other companies he’s watching.

I’m not sure why this was brought up since in the filings before its annual meeting (to be held on February 16) suggest no big fireworks.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A Japanese company offers an online service to create custom Google Maps to put on your website, include wtih invitations and the like. (press release) You use a little online “drawing package” to post pins with information, draw lines and the like and then are presented with some HTML for a webpage or a URL to share.

I had a bit of trouble with the pause tool, which ideally stops a command so you can do map operations (zoom out, pan, etc.) then continue, but overall I was pretty impressed. Here’s the map I made of where my running club meets. (I had to remove it as it was breaking something in the blog software. It’ll be back as soon as possible. -Adena)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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