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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I started out in the CAD world and continue to keep an eye on that space. All the CAD journalists have been flying around attending non-Autodesk events in the last few weeks - a PTC one here in Boston was last week and this week everyone is in Vegas for a SolidWorks event. Both of those companies offer mechanical CAD solutions that compete with Autodesk’s Inventor.

Word from Rachael Dalton-Taggart, a PR type and blogger, is that Autodesk has set up shop across the street from the SolidWorks event to lure press and users to see its hoopla. Autodesk is launching an “Inventor of the Month” promotion. To get to the event would-be Autodesk users follow footprints the 1/4 mile through parking lots. (That’s old - there was an IGUG when Bentley did that. I’m pleased to report Bently has not done anything that cheesy since fo which I am aware. Well, there was that whole Viecon thing…but I digress…)

Dalton-Taggart quotes Evan Yares, a “dean” of CAD folks, who visited the Autodesk event:

I’m still trying to figure out what Autodesk gets out of this.  They’re unlikely to gain any significant sales from the handful of users they talked to, and they’ve done nothing to improve their standing among the press and analysts attending SolidWorks World.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 10:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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