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Monday, February 13, 2012

Under the name of Nokia Maps Suite we have, in fact, packaged a series of tools that will help you experience adventures everyday: Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Public Transport are just the beginning. You are going to love all the apps included in the newest release of Nokia Maps Suite. Just point your browser to Nokia Beta Labs to download it now.

My sense is this a two fold effort: first to continue to rebrand mapping from NAVTEQ to Nokia Maps and second to collect what seem to be dozens of LBS apps into a single suite.

- Nokia Conversations Blog

[Waze is] introducing a hands-free way to activate and file reports with the iOS version of the software.

Waze, impatiently waiting for Apple to open up its Siri APIs to developers, has taken the unusual approach of using the iPhone's proximity sensor to activate a voice-controlled interface in its application. A simple wave of the hand will initiate voice-control, allowing drivers to quickly navigate, report traffic, and alert others to road hazards. The app uses Apple's native Siri speech recognition for addresses and local search queries, and will also disable text input while the car is in motion. Unlike Apple's Siri voice control, there's no reason a driver needs to touch the screen or push a button to interact with Waze.

- The Verge

Foursquare last week announced something new: a way to search for venues "where you are not." This is something Yelp and Google do not yet have.

- Co Design

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 05:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Nathan reviewed two books that I even find interesting, especially the second one:

The first book I started reading was About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design. In my opinion this is a must read for anyone building software, or at least those who work with the UI and users. ...

The second (free) book was brought to my attention by Brian on my Google+ feed, entitled Open Advice. Open Adivice is a collection of stories from people with differencing experience working on open source projects telling their stories on what they learnt and what they wish they had known when they started. The book aims to cover the answers to “”What would you have liked to know when you started contributing?”, which it does quite well.
by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new fully online advanced certificate program offered by Long Island University explores the development of geography-based smartphone and tablet apps—their creation, their implementation and their introduction to the mass market.

The 12-credit Advanced Certificate in Mobile GIS Applications Development, approved by the New York State Education Department, trains students to create mobile applications for wireless handheld devices using location-based technologies. Student will learn how to build apps that deliver information and services directly to a user’s smartphone or tablet – in real-time – based on their geographic location. 

It's a four course distance learning program which launches this June. It was  co-developed by Dr. Patrick Kennelly, associate professor of g eography at LIU Post. Pat also holds a position at Penn State. 

- press release

Oliver Giron received an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University in 2006, and currently is earning a master’s degree in photography at George Mason University. Now he's mapping illegal dumping sites in Fairfax County, VA as part of the LetsDoItWorld efforts. (We featured that group in a Directions Magazine article.) He first did that kind of work in Peru.

Fairfax Times

USGIF has money for geospatially-focused students in high school, undergrad, grad and doctoral programs

- USGIF scholarship page

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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