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Friday, November 18, 2005

Ogle Earth notes this write up of a GIS Day talk by Google Earth CTO Michael Jones at UC Berkeley’s GIS Day. Sounds like it was a great talk - and I for one am pleased to know Google was involved in GIS Day. (I suspect it was demoed quite a lot around the world, too!) The coverage by Mark Celsor includes this idea.

He noted that emerging tools and technologies are usually created for experts by experts. He sited an example of a software development group that was pushing the envelope further and further, adding new functionality to a product until it was eventually so complex that it alienated entry level users. Google sees an opportunity to foster entry level users through simple viewing and community authoring tools, giving them a path into a realm that has been dominated by very complex and specialized applications. 


by Adena Schutzberg on 11/18 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Shroud, the latest announced GPS-enabled-phone-based video came will roll out in early 2006, according to a press release. The game puts the player into the role of “defender of farms.” (huh?) The game, which is not yet assigned to a carrier (wonder why?) uses GPS to allow players to visit real world sites to gain “special items and high scores.”

A preview doesn’t seem all that excited, either. World Games, its publisher claims it’s ‘the first location-based role playing game for wireless platforms.”

Gizmondo’s Colors, which is aimed at its GPS enabled game device seems to be delayed indefinitely.

An article on the GooglePlex in London in has this tidbit:

Google has no immediately plans to blend its mapping service with mobiles’ locating potential, according to Arora [VP European operations]. “GPS-wise, it’s too early to tell,” he said.

Forbes reports that Google received approval for the deployment of GoogleNet, a free Wi-Fi network in the city of Mountain View, California.

“We expect Google to use the Wi-Fi network as a testing ground for the deployment of large scale Wi-Fi networks and location based services including localized ad targeting,” Piper analyst Safa Rashtchy wrote in a recent report.

So, LBS yes, GPS no, Wi-Fi locating yes…

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/18 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 17, 2005

CNET devotes three pages to the mashup world in “Mapping a Revolution with Maps.” It covers much of the ground that’s been covered with the latest quotes from many of the usual suspects. That said, it’s nice to see Mike Pegg (of Google Map Mania) and Rich Gibson (of Mapping Hacks) call out issues.

How much longer will this be the tech story of the day? No end in sight…

The article is part of a series, Taking Back the Web that address how the Web is returning to its social roots. Hmm… the network is the computer and we are the network…

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/17 at 12:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“It just gives us that many places where people can run into Yahoo maps and be delighted by Yahoo maps, and say ‘Gee, maybe I shouldn’t go to MapQuest,’” Jeremy Kreitler, a senior product manager for Yahoo, referring to AOL’s map service, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/17 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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