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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Announced this week:

  • The addition of transit directions to the Directions API (blog post)
  • The availability of an Open Static Map API that allow users to request static maps where the underlying data is built with OpenStreetMap and other open data (blog post)

- MapQuest Tech Writer KY

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 06:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

"Blu, the maker of electronic cigarettes, has developed sensors that will let users know when other e-smokers are nearby," thus creating a location-based social network for smokers.

- NY Times

RoadAhead (iTunes) does not route you to your final destination, but finds that unique combo of services you need along the route (gas/playground/k-mart) without taking you too far of the track.

- C|net

UK teens it seems don't care much about location-based social services.

GPS Biz News

social media release (nope, no press release)

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 04:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
  • Vote for top mashup in the mashathon. Last I looked there were 29 entries.
  • 24+ states now part of the new US Topo.
  • Arcgis.com built on same rest json geoservices spec (submitted to OWF) as the tnm viewer [which is built on Palenterra.]

Follow the event which runs until Friday on twitter at #tmnuc

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 03:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday unveiled PLAN, the Personal Localized Alerting Network, which is expected to provide residents with timely information "alerting them to imminent safety threats in their area."

Mobile phone users will receive "geographically targeted, text-like messages," according to a written statement from the Federal Communications Commission.

DC gets it by year's end, then it rolls out to the rest of country by April 2012.  A "special chip" is needed to get the alerts, but most phones already have it.

- CNN

- FEMA FAQ

- FEMA PR

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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