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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The AP is reporting that New York’s Governor Patterson has signed legislation that will give residents information about the cause and location of cancer. The new bill "requires health care providers and the state to collect more data on cancer patients than the federal Centers for Disease Control mandates. The data will be used by the state to create maps of cancer incidence for the public."

by Joe Francica on 09/30 at 08:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Nokia GPS-enabled phone app, PEIR, produces a Personal Environmental Impact Report. How? It tracks you (every 30 seconds) and when you upload the data it does its best to determine if you walked or drove (how would it know you were on a bus vs. your Hummer) and where you stopped (how would it know if it was Micky D’s or the farmer’s market if they were close by and the market was only running on Wednesdays?) The idea is simply to lower your score over time. The absolute values are not that meaningful says the lead. For now the app is in closed beta but is being shown off at NextFest, a Wired event. One planned feature? A tool to compare the greenness of different routes.

- Wired

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 07:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GPS Business News reports (exclusively, I find no confirmation from TomTom at this time on the Web) that TomTom will offer quarterly updates via its TomTom free desktop software for its sat nav devices. Prices begin at €39.80 for one year for one country for low end products (TomTom One, TomTom One XL) with higher prices for the higher end GO line, since those require more data (speed profiles). This is one way to start to monetize Tele Atlas. I wonder how users will determine if these upgrades are worth it over the free MapShare updates from fellow users.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 07:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Some in southern New Jersey are not comfortable with the use Pictometry’s oblique imagery for assessment.

“It’s Big Brother,” said [State Senator Jeff] Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic. “We’re not supposed to be spying on people. When it gets to the point where we’re doing aerial spying on people’s lives, I’ve had enough,” Van Drew said.

Van Drew is pondering a law to limit the uses of Pictometry.

Resident farmers in West Cape had their assessment challenged since the imagery didn’t show as much acreage in pumpkins as claimed. Farmer Diane Rae explained “We don’t grow pumpkins in March.” The plan is to challenge the legality of the imagery’s use.

- Press of Atlantic City

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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