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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

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

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
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