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Thursday, November 17, 2005

“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

“It’s not quite Google Earth for New Zealand, but a new online service from AA and digital mapping innovator GeoSmart will let Kiwis step a bit farther into the 21st Century.” The New Zealand Business Review in an article on a new mapping service, AA SmartMap, for the country.

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

Smartmobs points to an article in eSchoolNews that details the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT or around here “the Institute”) new real time mapping of its new wireless campus network. The maps are now shown at the MIT Museum and are available to those on the network. If community members like they can share their identity on the map. While there is no map (why not? security?) there is this description:

Red splotches on one map show the highest concentration of wireless users on campus. On another map, yellow dots with names written above them identify individual users, who pop up in different places depending where they’re logged in.

The article does reveal some less than astonishing patterns.

The maps show, for example, that the bulk of wireless users late at night and very early in the morning are logged on from their dorms. During the day, the higher concentration of users shifts to classrooms.

But researchers also found study labs that once bustled with students are now nearly empty as people, no longer tethered to a phone line or network cable, move to cafes and nearby lounges, where food and comfy chairs are more inviting.

 

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SiliconValley.com reported today that at the U.N. technology summit in Tunisia that the U.S. will retain control of the Internet’s addressing scheme. The U.S. State Department is apparantly thrilled at a brokered deal that allows the U.S. to keep its technology leadership role in managing the Internet’s "plumbing." Other countries have complained that they do not want to be at the behest of "an American company" and if the Internet is to expand, the U.S. should not have such a dominating role.

by Joe Francica on 11/16 at 03:19 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From RFID Journal, 11/15/05 - Using a combination of RFID chips, GPS and Infrared sensors the Army is tracking and monitoring the performance of troops in combat training. This allows for not just viewing the progress of an exercise while it is happening, but gives the Army the ability do show the participants the after exercise evaluation.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/16 at 10:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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