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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I’ll let the Wall Street Journal put it succinctly:

Shares in Dutch navigation equipment maker TomTom NV (TOM2.AE) Wednesday dropped as much as 13.5% after the company posted a 47% drop in third quarter net profit due to a steeper-than-expected price decline for its key navigation products.

Average selling prices for PNDs dropped by 27% compared to last year and 12% compared to the second quarter. The total number of devices sold was actually up 2%. Execs explained the price drop as anticipating promotions for later in the year (holidays).

Still the company is ahead of schedule in cutting costs EUR90 over last year.

- Q3 Results

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

One of the big issues with location-based apps for the iPhone is that the operating system does not allow background processing. That makes playing Foursquare or other LBS apps and games a bit trying.

Stalqer (“stalker?”) has found a way around that and offers a Foursquare-like app that runs in the background. There’s also a connection to Facebook, such that if your friends make their info public, you can see where they are, even if they aren’t running Stalqer. (I think I have that right…)

- TechCrunch
- Pocket Lint (includes video)

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 07:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The 2009 Excellence in the Use of ICT in Government Awards for New Zealand were announced last night. Three of the four winners related to geo (by my understanding):

The Ministry of Environment won with its Land Use and Carbon Analysis System (LUCAS), built to meet New Zealand’s domestic and international reporting obligations. It uses geodata for landuse and analysis for change detection.

The Dept of Corrections wanted to block/limit cell calls with prisons, but not for the neighbors.

LINZ Landonline is the official online service for surveyors, lawyers and other professionals to search and lodge title dealings and survey data digitally. Public counters for this type of work were closed in February and now just 3 percent of transactions can’t be done online.

- Computerworld NZ

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 07:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Alana B. Elias Kornfeld was at TED MED which started yesterday in San Diego. She gave ESRI’s Health and Human Services Solutions Manager Bill Davenhall high praise for his presentation on the importance of geography in preventing, managing and understanding disease.

But the most compelling and immediately applicable information came from Bill Davenhall, .... Davenhall spoke about the missing piece to understanding personal health: the environment. He said the basic formula for good health is:
Genetics + lifestyle + environment = risks

Huffington Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 06:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GIS training is underway in Ghana’s in Koforidua in the Eastern Region. About 20 Health Information Officers are learning about GIS use for medical delivery. All 21 district health directorates should be trained by next year. There’s no discussion of the nature of access to the tool once training is over.

- Ghana Broadcasting System

The N.H. Police K-9 Academy meant well. It bought 15 GPS receivers, computers and mapping software, then figured out it didn’t know to use them. “There’s more to this GPS stuff than we’d realized. We started looking around for someone who could teach us to use the equipment,” reports Mark Ericson, who chairs the board of the Working Dog Foundation, a nonprofit that founded, operates, maintains, and raises funds for the academy. That’s good news for Shane Bradt, UNH Cooperative Extension geospatial technologies specialist. He’s been tapped to “teach the academy trainers and some local K-9 police handlers to use hand-held GPS units to mark trails, collect information as their dogs attempt to follow a pre-laid scent trail, and map the collected information.”

- Foster.com

Chris Castiglione has a valuable Google Maps/Earch in education post on his blog. While he is excited about using Google Maps to teach visualization, simulation and play, the examples are far more interesting to me in context of using GIS across the curriculum. (His paper is here in pdf.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 06:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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