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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

According to the Washington Post, the impending initial public offering (IPO) by Facebook, with its expected windfall of cash from investors, might encourage some employees to go looking for housing. But the prospective home buyers are a bit picky. You see, they might not want to live next to someone who works for Google, for example, or any other competitor for that matter.

“You get a Yahoo guy against a Facebook guy against a Zynga guy against an Apple guy against a Google guy, then it's not just about the house,” real estate agent Carol Rodoni told the paper. “It's about the egos.”

So, how might you go looking for a house that wasn't near a competitor. Well, without violating privacy laws, might you start by see how your friends (...and their friends) are using location-based social media? If people are checking in with Google+ might they be a Google employee versus someone who is a checking in with Facebook Places? If they check in with foursquare does that mean they lean one way or another? What about Tweets with location enabled? Could you mine Tweets that indicate that a neighborhood favors Apple products and thus indicates an enclave of Apple employees, that is, given a proximal location to Cupertino, for example.

Seems like a great opportunity to map neighborhoods by social media preferences. Although mining that kind of "big data" could mean you might need a database appliance. Or maybe someone will come up with a simple solution that we might find in the app store soon? But which app store?

Think about it.

by Joe Francica on 02/01 at 11:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A company called LowestMed has launched a mobile app that allows consumers to compare drug prices at their local pharmacy chains.

The app will be a mobile extension of the company's Web resource for comparative drug prices and prescription discount cards.

- eWeek

Waze launched version 3.0 for Android. "The latest iteration of the app features a complete overhaul from the ground up, including a new minimalist graphic interface as well as Foursquare and Yelp POI integration to make it the most powerful local search navigation system on the market."

- press release

RunKeeper has nine new partners using its API, bringing the total to 45. New ones include:

  1. Fleetly: Lets users track and improve their Fitness Level in a social game.
  2. Pedometer Ultimate: Turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a powerful GPS stopwatch.
  3. Nexercise: An interactive game that makes fitness fun.
  4. CleverRun: Predicts your target time for your next race and compares your runs to runs of the same distance.
  5. Cycle Log: Helps cyclists track performance with GPS mapping, interval timers, voice cues and more.
  6. Coachya: Helps coaches provide training plans, track, manage and bill their teams and athletes.
  7. Vitogo: Lets you log your strength training with coaching, motivation and social support.
  8. Weighty: Allows you to submit your weight and fat percentage to the Health Graph.
  9. Scosche myTREK: A wireless pulse monitor that is worn on your forearm and lets you manage your pulse, training type, calories burned, distance/speed/pace and more.

(I don't use RunKeeper or any phone based workout app. I just use my old Garmin Forerunner 201. It's the one Kate M. gave me after I lost my first one.)

- Bostoninno

Safely, the family safety app suite from Location Labs is announcing it "has enabled more than one billion family safety location checks since inception." And, there's a new feature: a check-in feature for the kids - so they don't have to call to say where they are.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Boston's latest Code for America rollout is a map where residents can claim and name a local hydrant to shovel after snow storms.


Esri's Ryan Lanclos writes about its new ArcGIS Add-in for Ushahidi.

This add-in allows you to connect to a Ushahidi instance with the API enabled, convert text between languages, and download the Ushahidi data into a geodatabase. This opens up the feed of data being captured in Ushahidi to the rich spatial and temporal analysis tools within ArcGIS allowing users to empower action and inform decision makers using a sound scientific approach.

- Ushahidi Blog

The Guardian is looking for input to update its map of the "still active" Occupy protests around the world.

- The Guardian

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The new TomTom data facility is opening in Pune, India.

- Money Control

TomTom GPS devices are offered with the purchse of select Chevrolet vehicle purchases in the U.S.  "Customers who purchase a 2009 or newer Camaro, Colorado, Cobalt, Express, Impala or HHR. Customers who purchase one of these vehicles will have the option to choose from the TomTom VIA 1405 or VIA 1505."

- press release

New voices for TomTom units are available: Springfield's Mr. Burns and Marge Simpson.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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