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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Update: The company behind TownMe, Mixer Labs, is also the company behind GeoAPI. Twitter just acquired Mixer Labs. The CEO of Mixer Labs, Elad Gil, who commented below, co-founded Google’s mobile group. He will now work for Twitter.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 06:28 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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Distimo (never heard of them) released a report focusing on “location-based apps across the smartphone markets, looking at the costs and proliferation of GPS and location-based mobile software.” Teaser findings:

- More than half the navigation and maps, news and weather, and social apps are “premium” (fee-based).

- The iPhone has the most LBS apps, with the largest percentage of paid apps (over Blackberry and Android). Seventy-nine percent of Android LBS apps are free.

- BlackBerry has the biggest cost jump in LBS apps: the average application cost ($14.37) is almost twice that of the iPhone App Store ($7.34).

- PocketGamer and GigaOm shares more from the report titled “Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World & Android Market ” published with Skyhook, available here.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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Israel-based Siano Mobile Silicon announced that Garmin, Mio, and Navigon will be using its mobile TV chip for new GPS devices. The plan is to offer free, advertising supported shows from terrestrial broadcast channels. The first regions to get this functionality:  Korea, Europe, China, and Brazil.

- GearLog

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ESRI has a detailed post noted which datasets are now available in the Google and Bing tiling schemes. Also of note: a number of 3D globes were moved from the premium (pay) server to the free server.

The migration to the new tiling scheme was announced in spring 2009, based on user feedback.

- ESRI Support Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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