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Monday, April 16, 2007

BusinessWeek has a review on the current state of mobile business models with insight into challenges ahead as Telecom, the Web, and Media industries violently collide and converge with Mobility at the nexus of the struggle.  Add to this the emergence of other connected, location-aware consumer electronic devices beyond mobile phones, and there is larger ecosystem time bomb ticking, with developers, content providers, and businesses looking to go mobile faster and through direct means.  In the Mobility era, what hurdles stifle the innovation found on the open Web specific to Location?  What catalysts push the innovation envelope leading towards a more open mobile Web where creativity and options abound?  It’s difficult to know these answers given the ecosystem lane-changing currently occurring, but I hope we are thinking about these issues and powers at work as they will inevitably impact the geospatial/GIS industry given the tight-coupling of Location to Mobility. 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 03:49 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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Tim O’Reilly suggests (and this sounds totally plausable to me) that Google real’s motivation in its new free 411 “find me the nearest” via a voice call is collecting a database of speech on which to build its own core for future speech recognition projects. Does that apply to my suspicion about Google’s collection of updated business locations? Is Google prototyping building it’s own datasets for mapping?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Keyur Shah (who works at ESRI) tackles REST for the rest of us. Lately, when I see a rant about REST my brain shuts down since apparently everyone knows what it is but me… His post discusses it in the context of how you’d sell the concept to your manager in an elevator. The part I’ll hold in my head (sourced to another blogger): “With REST, every piece of information has its own URL.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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