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Monday, March 14, 2005

Mike Masnick writing at Thefeature.com suggests that while it may be that carriers are slow to support location-based services, and are waiting to figure out how to make money on them (canТt blame them for that), the real issue is finding the compelling applications. And, on that he may be in part quite correct. I for one have yet to see a compelling location-based app thatТs drawn me to upgrade my phone. (ItТs a PDA/phone.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 07:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I read a lot of press releases. (Those who want to submit them to Directions can do so online here. There is no need to send them to me or the other editors.)  Some releases actually do what they are intended to do. They generate editorial content. ThatТs at least one goal of press releases, to generate enough interest from editors that they pursue the story further. As an example, Directions recently posted a release from MapText, a company that provides software to label maps. The press release ran in many online publications, but hit its mark with this article in Government Technology. Bear that in mind when putting together press releases.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Version 6.0 of GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) was released on March 10. The new version includes a new vector engine with a data format that can move between 32- and 64-bit operating systems. There is support for integrating PostgreSQL, mySQL, DBF and ODBC databases, with SQL statements used to manage attributes.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ItТs time to get off the government dole in Australia, MapInfo has indicated. Unlike the rest of the world where about 20% of revenue is from the government, the percentage in Australia is 50%. ItТs time for that to change, according to Gavin Lennox, who now heads Asia Pacific for the company. He hopes to УbalanceФ the revenue in favor of private sector clients. The region pulled in $44 million last year. Mark Cattini said in an article in Australian IT that the company thinks Уthe market for location-based information is limited.” Thus the plan is to focus far more on location intelligence than on data or УtraditionalФ GIS.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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