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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

“Largely citing MapQuest, 20% of parents and 21% of kids no longer feel they need the ability to read maps. Instead, they said it was enough to type in locations and match the printed commands with street signs.”

- From a study of 59 kids and parents who gave up either cell phone, Internet, TV or MP3 player for a Nickelodeon study “to gain insight into families’ digital dependency from children aged 8 to 12 and parents of kids up to age 14.”


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 07:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Jason Bloomberg of Zapthink is giving a paper on that topic at the SOA World Conference & Expo. SOBA is “service-oriented business applications (SOBAs).” Bottom line: Mashups in the business world can be expected to hit challenges. The short article is a nice short primer for the less technical.

- Redmond Developer News

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 07:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

BBC’s director of future media, Ashley Highfield is excited about the mobile screen and about LBS.

Highfield is already considering the possibilities of adding location tags to programmes such as Springwatch, so those viewing content via a mobile could access extra information. “You could say ‘show me all sightings of the greater spotted plover within five miles of where I am now’,” he said. Viewers could also use their mobile to give more detailed responses to broadcasters, such as visiting the BBC website to add a location tag if they see a particular bird themselves.


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Free ViaMichelin swung a deal with Motorola, Rough Guides and Creativity Software Ltd to preload European maps on all new Motorola phones from today forward. The maps are for 200 cities across 33 European countries, with street level data and points of interest. It’s just maps - no nav, no link to GPS, but it is free.

- Pocket Lint

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 07:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There will be no change to the API so apps should still run, and the site should be faster and more accurate, says the company. But what’s the new back end? An in-house solution.

Another change: US users can now get driving directions in 34 European countries. Word is that’s part of trying to pull traffic (which is down at Yahoo Maps) from MapQuest and Google.

There are also more detailed maps of New York City and San Francisco, with more cities in the pipeline. Also upgraded: printing.

I did a very cusory look and found:
- prettier maps than I recall
- smarter directions (when I keyed in an address of an office park it asked which business I want to use as the end point - there was a list of businesses to choose from!)
- the zoom slider has tips to clarify the level (street, city, etc.)
- save options
- options for broadband (flash-based) and dial-up (original non-flash, non-slippy)

- PC Advisor
- ITWorld

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 06:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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