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Friday, August 04, 2006

Motley Fool’s Jack Uldrich is impressed by Photosynth, the recently announced 2D to 3D photo enhancing technology from Microsoft. He’s not ready to concede that Google has already won in this space with Google Earth.

But my sense is that the market for future applications will be so large that all three companies [Google, Yahoo, Microsoft], plus a few new ones that don’t even exist yet, will be able to peacefully co-exist.

If, however, Microsoft can bring to bear its considerable technological prowess and marketing savvy, it might ensure itself a larger piece of the pie than its competitors. And, if it does, the company’s stock—which has been decidedly one-dimensional for the past five years—could take on a new dimension that is more pleasing to shareholders.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 09:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IT Business (Canada) offers a story highlighting soon to be published research from Softletter, a Dedham, Mass., biweekly publication for independent software vendors (ISVs).

According to editor Dan Rosenberg, 40 per cent of respondents to an online survey of subscribers said they are interested in at least one of Google’s technologies for inclusion in their software or to help advertise their company’s Web site.

But there’s more:
20% have release non-commerical software with Google software inside
5% have released commercial software, which Rodenberg assumes means it implements Google Earth Pro.

One accounting firm notes why it won’t incorporate Google Maps:

Some Softrak users might appreciate including a Google map location capability within the application for locating their customers, he [Andrew Bates, president of Softrak Systems Inc. ] added. However, he’s not seriously considering it now because for that feature users would need broadband access, he said, and accounting departments are often denied use of the Internet for security .


by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 09:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The image, found on a four foot neagative by Peter Nurkse at the Library of Congress is now printed out (28 sheets merged, 3 x 6 feet) and ready for publicity. That’s what Nurkse is doing. He’s taken it to historians and other interested parties.

The best part about the image? It was taken by a 50 pound camera lifted above the city by a kite. George Lawrence was behind that effort (That’s still done by hobbyist and is called appropriately: Kite Aerial Photography, KAP.)

The paper says it offers a version online, but I couldn’t find it in a quick look.

Update: James Fee tracked the URLs down! Thanks James!

Bird’s-eye-view of ruins of San Francisco from Captive Airship, 600 feet above Folsom between Fifth and Sixth Sts..

digital file from b&w film copy neg. of whole panorama
via Mercury News

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 09:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A review of two aftermarket in car navigation systems (Sony’s Nav-U portable car GPS system and Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator phone service) from the Detroit Free Press begins this way:

Don’t want to rip into your dashboard to install a GPS system in your car, but want better directions than the printouts from a map Web site?

Is there any reason to believe these provide better directions than an online website? Granted, with GPS they can recalculate, but are the initial directions better? Is the data more up-to-date? The algorithms different? I just found that a bold statement.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“As maps they would still work. I imagine that’s what most people do with them.”

Andrew Weir, vice-president of Tourism Toronto when made aware that two year old maps were being given out by a city-run tourist booth. Advertisements for shows and their prices were noted as out of date. The old maps have since been destroyed.

- The Toronto Star

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