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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

EE Times reports that tomorrow is the big day for a big announcement about the future of GPS, the United States satellite navigation system. The preview notes that “The Commerce Department said Deputy Secretary David Sampson will unveil the new system at a next-generation GPS forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

The updated GPS will add another civilian channel that will offer “significant improvements in accuracy and reliability,” according to Commerce. This seems to be all about commercial use since representatives from General Motors, IBM, Lucent Technologies and Trimble Navigation are expected at the forum, along with the GPS Industry Council state officials and university researchers.

I was surprised to find just one article noting this announcement but did find this press release from the Department of Commerce assuring the story’s authenticity.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 03:09 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 01:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Virtual Earth Blog notes that MapPoint Web Service 4.1 now includes data to support worldwide intercontinental routing.  (Sorry, offer only valid to developers. So, us regular folks can’t see it…yet.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 12:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I started out in the CAD world and continue to keep an eye on that space. All the CAD journalists have been flying around attending non-Autodesk events in the last few weeks - a PTC one here in Boston was last week and this week everyone is in Vegas for a SolidWorks event. Both of those companies offer mechanical CAD solutions that compete with Autodesk’s Inventor.

Word from Rachael Dalton-Taggart, a PR type and blogger, is that Autodesk has set up shop across the street from the SolidWorks event to lure press and users to see its hoopla. Autodesk is launching an “Inventor of the Month” promotion. To get to the event would-be Autodesk users follow footprints the 1/4 mile through parking lots. (That’s old - there was an IGUG when Bentley did that. I’m pleased to report Bently has not done anything that cheesy since fo which I am aware. Well, there was that whole Viecon thing…but I digress…)

Dalton-Taggart quotes Evan Yares, a “dean” of CAD folks, who visited the Autodesk event:

I’m still trying to figure out what Autodesk gets out of this.  They’re unlikely to gain any significant sales from the handful of users they talked to, and they’ve done nothing to improve their standing among the press and analysts attending SolidWorks World.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 10:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Silicon Beat reports that Trulia, one of a million residential housing search engine websites that uses a Google Maps mashup has raised $5.7 million in investments, led by Accel Partners. Two worries the company must have in the back of its mind: Google’s licensing (and potential changes) and that nasty patent dispute.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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