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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Varyag aircraft carrier, Yellow Sea-December 8, 2011:  In this exclusive image from the DigitalGlobe Analysis Center, the Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag is seen from space during its second sea trial in the Yellow Sea, approximately 100 kilometers south-southeast of the port of Dalian. (http://www.digitalglobe.com/products#monitoring&analysis-center). (Source: DigitalGlobe)


DigitalGlobe Quickbird Image of Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag

by Joe Francica on 12/14 at 03:34 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The patent was made public last week. It's was applied for in 2007 and is titled, "System and method for providing advertisement based on mobile device travel patterns." It's wierd the abstract mis-expands GPS:

Mobile device users may be tracked either via mobile-signal triangulation or via Global Positioning Satellite information. A mobile device user's recent movements may be analyzed to determine trails or traffic patterns for device user among various locations. Mobile device trail information, either for an individual user or aggregated for multiple users, may be analyzed to determine a next destination for the user. Electronic advertising content, such as advertisements, coupons and/or other communications, associated with the next destination may be sent to an electronic device likely to be viewed by the mobile device user. Additionally, the identity of the mobile device user may be known and the advertisements or coupons may be tailored according to demographic information regarding the mobile device user. In addition, destinations may be recommended to mobile device users based on the recent locations the users have visited.

CBS News breaks down the claims and speculation is this may be the future of the Kindle/Kindle Fire.

CBS News via SlashGeo

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 11:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google has moved to block "Google Shoot View," one of the creepiest Google Map modifications yet. It's a website that let you look at Google's popular, first-person Street View images down the barrel of a virtual, shootable M4A1 rifle.

There's no real "game" with blood or points, but Google revoked access to the API to the Dutch ad firm that created it cited a breach of Terms of Service.

- MSNBC

It turns out Amazon, despite using Android to power its Kindle Fire, does not want developers building on the platform using any Google services, including Google Maps.

So, to make its maps work on the Kindle Fire’s version of Android, Zillow’s app offers a mobile version of its regular online maps—which are already supplied in almost all cases by Bing. GPS-enabled services are turned off on the Kindle Fire app, but users can still search for an address or location to find homes they’re interested in scoping out.

It's not a huge will for Microsoft/Bing/Bing Maps but it's one platform where Bing might rule.

- Xconomy

Google Map Maker got an update:

With today’s update, the service has been improved, with a particular focus on first-time users. There’s now a new pop-up box that appears on the screen when you first visit the website, walking you through the tool’s use. In five screens, Google explains the icons used, how you add and edit places, add roads, and review edits by others. And it’s all so darned pretty. (Google is getting pretty – this still seems weird.)

Will the change encourage more edits and additions? Should OSM have a look to see how it might make its update process more accessible?

- TechCrunch

- Google Lat Long Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 07:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a Dec 12 regulatory filing LightSquared "offered to forgo an increase in power affecting global-positioning devices on the ground," noting that showed its commitment to a solution.

LightSquared’s Dec. 12 filing said the company would forgo one increase in power experienced by receivers on the ground that was previously planned for 2017, and would delay another by a year until 2016.

And of course the Coalition to Save Our GPS felt that was not good enough.It "criticized the company’s statement. “LightSquared insists on using its own, self-serving definition of what constitutes harmful interference,” Dale Leibach, a group spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement today. "

- Bloomberg

LightSquared is also calling for an investigation into who leaked information on the government report last week. The full report is expected today.
 
by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Localscope team wrote to share this news:

Apple has announced the much awaited Rewind 2011, considered to be the Oscars for the Appstore, presenting the best Music, Books and Apps of the year. We are honored and ecstatic to be chosen by Apple as the #1 App in the navigation category in the US Appstore and in the top 5 Navigation Apps in most other countries.

It's not an app I hear much about at all. Per the website: "Localscope is your social data powered GPS app."

- Cynapse blog

Boulder-based PlaceIQ, a startup collecting location based information about the world, has raised 4.2M in a Series A funding--but is moving to New York City. The startup--headed by Duncan McCall--said the funding was led by US Venture Partners, and also included Valhalla Partners, IA Ventures, kbs+p ventures, and Jerry Neumann. The firm said it is moving to New York to be closer to the advertising industry.

- Tech Rockies

Google is acquiring the Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense, both companies are announcing today. Clever Sense, as you may recall, is the maker of the mobile application “Alfred,” which delivers personalized recommendations for nearby restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms.

I've never heard of the company or product. The plan is for the team to join Google Places (not something you hear about much) and perhaps have the tech be used in Schemer.

- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 05:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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