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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Microsoft usually develops core functionality in-house but news came early yesterday that both MapPoint Web Services and Live Local will now use Group 1’s Geostan product for geocoding. This is a big win for Group 1 and signals a growing trend within the Microsoft to seek out high quality partners in its mapping portfolio thus uping the anty on Google and Yahoo to improve address validation and matching.

by Joe Francica on 01/04 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Steve Chilton, Chair of the Society of Cartographers, sent a note highlighting that mapping will be a topic on BBC Radio today, Tuesday 1/3).

“It is called Shop Talk and focusses on Digital Mapping and Tracking. Contributors include myself (Steve Chilton - Chair of the Society of Cartographers), Ed Parsons (CTO at OS), and staff from Tele Atlas and Navman.

“The programme will be available from the BBC audio archive after the broadcast.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/03 at 06:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IEEE Spectrum (that is one of those engineer geek magazines my Dad used to get) has an article on the challenges of building GPS-enabled games for cell phones. No new ground really, but an interesting story of the folks behind Gloventures, moving Snake to real world and how early efforts put players out in the bay or in traffic. I suppose these are some of the issues that prevent Gizmondo’s success in GPS.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/03 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, January 02, 2006

Update 1/3/05: The program is online here. Oh, and Directions Editor in Chief Joe Francica called in to offer his take on the business side of the geospatial Web.

Boston’s WBUR will host an hour on the “The New Sense of Place,” during the second hour of its “On Point” program on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11 am EST. One of the discussants will be Mike Liebhold from the Institute for the Future (and the keynote speaker at our Location Intelligence conference). Also on: Christopher Allen, founding partner, Counts Media - creators of the Yellow Arrow project and Peter Morville, author of Ambient Findability, review here (Slashdot).

The official blurb from the show: “In the 2nd Hour, On Point, Host Tom Ashbrook considers the new geo-spatial networks soon to be all around, connecting you to your world in ways few might have ever imagined.”

The show is broadcast on many stations or you can listen live via streaming from WBUR. After airing, the shows are available for listening online, or downloading as podcasts, so don’t worry if you should miss it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 01:54 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Baron Services will be exhibiting an in-vehicle system to display real-time weather data. According to a story in the Huntsville Times, Baron is teaming with XM Satellite Radio to launch Weather Advisor, which uses radar, soil temperatures, and National Weather Service forecasts. The service is a variation of an exiting service sold to the marine and commerical aviation markets called WxWorx. Baron hopes to launch the service next fall for about $15 per month.

by Joe Francica on 01/02 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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