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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I heard about a new podcast search tool from called It uses voice recognition from BBN Technologies.

With it I found some new (to me) GIS related podcasts:

Tim Hibbard talks about “”Where’s Tim?”, GPS technologies, where we see the future of GPS going, and Web 2.0 APIs.” on

IT Conversations offers John Hanke of Google and Robert DeNaro of NAVTEQ from last year’s Where 2.0.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/04 at 09:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Jo at the Mapping Hacks blog notes, “Google Maps Hacks, has finally gone to print, and is expected to be in the shops in a month or two.”

Oddly, she linked to Amazon. I linked to O’Reilly (the books publisher), where there are some interesting excerpts in PDF.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/04 at 08:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

All the hype is coming for CES later this week. One tidbit in one corner of one PR suggests that the company wants us to pay for the privilege of location-based spam: Garmin will offer a location-based coupon service for its Nuvi, “a portable GPS navigator, traveler’s reference, and digital entertainment system, all in one.” Says an article in the company’s local paper: “Garmin also is planning to show off a new location-based coupon service for the Nuvi. The company Tuesday announced a deal with Entertainment Publications to offer an electronic coupon book that notifies users of nearby merchants that accept coupons.”

From the PR:

With data provided by Entertainment Publications, the world’s leading provider of value and savings, the Garmin SaversGuide is the first geo-coded “coupon book” that notifies users of merchants near their current location where they are eligible for a discount such as restaurants, hotels, stores, dry cleaners, movie theatres, and auto repair shops. Subscribers will receive over 45,000 discounts from participating businesses in 160 markets across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Users can save 20% off dining, shopping, and services (up to $25) and up to 50% off at participating hotels.

I suppose one could offer this is simply the next generation of those city “entertainment books.” It’ll be interesting to see if this offering has uptake.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/04 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Seattle Times has an update on Mercy Corps mapmaking work in Aceh, including interviews with volunteers and sample maps.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/04 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Penn State!”

If you read other geo-blogs there’s a certain pride in announcing how “your school” did in its bowl game. I want to keep up, so, let me note the huge win for the Penn State Nittany Lions last night (after I was asleep) in the Orange Bowl over Florida State. I for one never thought Joe Paterno was over the hill. He’s one great leader and a very classy guy. And, as I was told day one at Penn State: Football helps fund many of the graduate assistantships that allowed people like me to study geography at the school.

And, to make this entry even more geographic, consider this blurb is from the Palm Beach Post‘s coverage of the 20,000 or so Penn Stater who travelled to Florida for the game. “But the number of active alums has more to do with the lasting connection to Happy Valley, which does not exist on a map but stands as a paradise in the hearts of Nittany Lions fans.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/04 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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