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Monday, October 04, 2010

Directions Media continues to expand our news coverage of the geospatial technology and location-based services industry by allowing IT professionals to receive the news in many forms.

Today we launched a news feeds for geospatial augmented reality on Twitter, @geospatialAR and delicious  (or RSS feed).

You can also join the Geospatial Augmented Reality group on LinkedIn.

And don’t forget follow our coverage of cloud computing with our news feeds @geocloud and the Geospatial Cloud Computing subgroup on LinkedIn.

Both the above mentioned LinkedIn groups are subgroups of the Location Intelligence and Geospatial BI LinkedIn group that now has 1950 members, the third largest geospatial technology group on LinkedIn.

by Joe Francica on 10/04 at 04:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’ve come across some unique augmented reality (AR) apps but this one caught my attention. Maybe I’m just a travel junkie at heart but the newest AR app is one in which you point your smartphone skyward to track the location of planes.(via Switched)

AR is utilizing location technology more and more and if you want to follow the latest trends you can subscribe to our delicious feed on AR or join our AR Group on LinkedIn.

by Joe Francica on 10/04 at 01:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Mark Center is nearly done,  after five years of planning and a $1 billion construction effort. Slated to open next fall to 6,400 workers, the new structure is part of the the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).

The big problem: transportation. There’s no way to accommodate the commuters: there’s no good highway access, no Metro, not enough parking and there’s a nature reserve nearby, limiting options.

- Federal Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/04 at 07:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Nat Geo has teamed up with SCVNGR to offer a treasure hunts. The first will be at the Nat Geo Museum: “Families will be able to use their cameras or smartphones to join a photo safari trek that will send players into specific location to take photographs and solve trivia challenges.” Those who complete the challenge will receive badges and the like. Other games will run across the Nat Geo properties including the cable channel.

- AppScout

Facebook Places launches in Australia.

- TopNews

Gifi is a mashup of Foursquare and Venmo. It lets you leave money for people in specific locations, which they can unlock with a Foursquare check-in. It was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt.

- TechCrunch

AT&T Navigator’s latest version supports voice or speech recognition.

- IntoMobile

GetGlue is the new Foursquare, but for entertainment. Or at least that’s the positioning in an interview with its developers.

- Mobile Ent Biz

CNBC has an interview with Dennis Crowley of Foursquare about advertising.


Forbes looks at mobile apps that provide “rewards” for daily life. I just can’t get excited about these; does that mean my life is it’s own reward?

- Forbes

Japanese augmented reality firm Tonchidot (probably the first AR app company many people ever heard of) has announced it has closed a $12 million funding round, with existing investors joined by four new firms - KDDI Corporation, Recruit, SpiRE, and JAFCO. WSJ has an interview with a US investor about AR.

- Pocket Gamer

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/04 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The LAPD currently sends visitor its crime map to the LA Times one. It’s working a new one, which per the LA Times Blog is a few months away. Here’s the text on the LAPD crime map page:

“The Los Angeles Police Department’s Crime Map page is currently undergoing technical renovations in preparation for a new crime mapping system which will include expanded crime data from adjacent agencies, and will accommodate our growing viewer data base. Until such time as the new crime mapping system is fully functional, you may view Part One crime data provided to the Los Angeles Times by the Los Angeles Police Department at We apologize for any inconvenience during this process and thank you for your patience and understanding.”

- LA Times Blog

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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/04 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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