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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

At last look the count was up over 9,000 letters sent to Congress with a goal of 10,000 by Friday. The goal here is let Congresspeople know we want The Geography is Fundamental Ac (TGIF) to be passed this year. It allocated $15 million over each of five years for enhancements to geography education. Have you spoken up yet? Do so here. (Oh, and you do not need to be of voting age to write to your Congresspeople. And, the website does all the hard work, like finding your states' representatives e-mail addresses...)

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/16 at 10:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Foursquare made some big changes to its app including:

  • a bigger map
  • suggestions on what to do based on time of day (noon = lunch, etc.)
  • better list discovery
  • better formatted place pages
  • other stuff (like commenting directly on a page - that sounds like it should already be there....)

- Foursquare Blog

Zillow and Trulia are already offering real estate apps for the Kindle Fire which began shipping.

Both apps are free. Both allow users to filter their search for homes, save searches and favorite properties, share listings with people they know, and view full-screen photos. One difference between the apps is that Zillow's app is map-based.

Trulia's app is not map-based because GPS and location-based services aren't currently available on the Kindle Fire, the company said.


The number of wifi hotspots is projected to jump in the next four years.

The number of public Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to increase by 350 percent in the next four years, as operators look for ways to offload traffic from their mobile networks, according to a report by market research company Informa Telecoms and Media.

The other reason for the demand? Location based services. So, maybe I can continue to get away without having a data contract on my phone for another year....

- MacVideo

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/16 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The location targeting interface for AdWords just got a makeover. Google announced that the changes include an easier way to find locations, and a new column that tells the reach (number of users) of Google properties. The location target limits have also been increased from 300 to 10,000, and a new Polygon targeting migration tool has been added. 

- SearchNewz

- Google AdWords Blog

Attention avid bikers and walking enthusiasts: You can now use your desktop to create a biking or walking itinerary using Custom Maps in Google Maps. You can choose to share these directions by allowing people to view your Custom Map and avoid the hassle of scribbling them down or printing them out. Additionally, you can access these stored directions from your phone with the Google Maps Android application. 

- Google Lat Long Blog

Google is getting more Yelp-like.

Google took further steps against Yelp today [Nov 14], adding features to the My Places tab on Google Maps. Businesses you've rated with Google Places are now highlighted on your maps, displaying your rating and showing other personalized recommendations based on places you've already shared. The highlights are available on the desktop and Google Maps for Android.

The article goes on to suggest that Google wants users to be all Google all the time.


by Adena Schutzberg on 11/16 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

While the announcement is on the Pictometry website (undated), it's also published on the GeoTech Center website dated November 15. The details of what is delivered and any fees are not shared, but the nature of organizations that can take part are:

Programs can include the following:

  • GIS programs  (see map for locations of institutions offering GIS degrees and certificates)
  • Public Safety (police, fire, EMS, 9-1-1)
  • Property Assessment programs
  • Planning & Environmental Health
  • Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Professional training institutes (e.g. National Fire Training Academy)
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/16 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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