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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Ok, so the folks doing the reviewing don’t know the lingo, but they are very excited about the Toshiba W43T phone and its support for “a system that is the collaboration of the Japanese company KDDI, and Navitime” which features 3D video game like graphics for navigation. Check out some screen shots at Digital Lifestyle.

The review goes on: “The actual result looks unbelievable, and quite possibly the way that all future cell phone GPS systems will adhere to.” I think Microsoft and Google want a far more realistic look their services than the cartoony one shown here.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 07:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Here’s a data point: “Judson C. Green, president/ceo of NAVTEQ Corp., has been elected to the DreamWorks Animation board of directors.” Green used to work at Walt Disney Attractions.

-via press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 07:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Says the press release, “CensusTrax is an on-line interactive web GIS service to quickly retrieve, map and export US Census data.” It goes on: “It will be available as an inexpensive on-line subscription service in the near future. For now, while it is still in this beta version, it is freely available to anyone who wants to use it:”

That’s fine; what concerns me is that it’s a Google Maps mashup and it’s my understanding that you can’t use Google Maps in any app that’s not freely available. Perhaps I have that wrong?

Also interesting: to built the app, GeoGraphs/Urban Explorer had to tap into Yahoo’s geocoder since Google doesn’t offer one in its API. The app uses Flash.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, March 27, 2006

Google is at it again. Lots of electronic ink covers this (Search Engine Journal, Shimon Sandler (image included), Web Pro News) Should we be excited?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The A-76 jobs competition, halted briefly while investigators determined whether the process of selecting Denver as the site of the new NGTOC for USGS was valid, is back on track. The latest time frame, according to is “to issue a request for proposals in June and award a contract in March 2007.”

USGS spokespeople say that “fifty-nine workers have accepted buyouts offered in December and late February,” and others are being helped to find new positions. Further, “USGS is working with the Defense Department’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to transfer as many as 100 employees from the Rolla center to NGA’s offices in St. Louis.”

Sandra Hoyle, a USGS cartographic technician and acting president of the local union in Denver has been outspoken in her belief that the USGS plans to outsource mapping jobs. In a message to FCW last week, she said she’s been asked not to make any further comments on the topic.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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