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Monday, April 30, 2012

Todd Blyler,  team leader within the Warfighter Geospatial Production and Support Directorate, Army Geospatial Center (AGC), Corps of Engineers facility explains that soldiers don't need the whole huge GeoGlobe database (built on Skyline software), just a small bit of it. 

He just needs his area of operations. So, he connects to the server, figures out his area of interest, chips out a little piece of the database onto a PDF, maybe stores it on a handheld, and then runs disconnected from the network on a low-end device, so that he has a visualization capability that will help him to complete that mission.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google's now jumped into the gaming fray itself with its new Cube game, which places players on a giant, six-panel cube whose faces spin when generating each of eight new levels. No, you're not competing in some grand survival game within a giant Cube (like the movie). Rather, players are instead given a series of tasks that all require you to tilt the cube, Labyrinth-style, to move your marker to a number of targets – all real-life locations.

From what I understand you it's basically a "roll the tiny ball to various targets by rotating the cube" game built on Google Maps. Maybe the coolest thing about it is that it's HTML5?

- PC Mag

Google has brought its cool new enhanced 3D buildings (announced in March) into GoogleMapsGL, the slicker version of the app announced last fall in beta, that runs on selected browsers with the right graphics card.

Now, we’ve brought this enhanced 3D experience to Google MapsGL as well. 

Google MapsGL is a true 3D experience affording a perspective called “parallax”, so you can get different views of a building depending on where you pan.

- Lat Long Blog

And, if you missed it, we featured the new Google 3D photo tours video over at Directions Magazine last week.

Finally, Google Maps on Android users will want the upgrade announced last week. Several Labs tools are now in the release version:

The update, which is currently live in the Google Play store, adds elevation data to the “Measure” lab, and also adds the scale bar and zoom buttons directly onto the map.

- Droid Matters

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I continue to be skeptical of solutions that start with "all you have to do is install our infrastructure..." That's an uphill battle!

A Spanish company is hoping to put the word on the street inside the pavement under your feet, starting this summer. Via Inteligente plans to introduce intelligent "iPavement" at this year's International Building & Construction Show in Dubai.

- C|net

Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in Pakisatan and Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will enable SSGC customer services such as bill information, payment update information, GIS mapping and customer complaint management services on Nokia mobile phones. Now, Nokia phones are owned by a majority of the country's users, but this seems odd based on how things work in the west. Also interesting: does GIS mapping mean that related to the gas company, such as outage maps? That'd be my guess as the offering sounds like it'll be apps from the Nokia store.

- The News Tribe

- Pakistan Observer

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 02:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, April 27, 2012

Canada's Partners for Mental Health, a national charitable organization aiming to create a new state of mind about mental health is running a 'Not Myself Today' campaign.

The goal is to have Canadians sign an online pledge of support for mental health at But there's an interactive map to, I guess, draw more visitors:

On the website, Canadians can pin their mood on a virtual map of Canada, which is updated throughout the day.

On Thursday, 32.4 per cent of Saskatchewan residents were anxious, 24.3 per cent were hopeful, 18.9 per cent were OK, 13.5 per cent were depressed and 10.8 per cent were up.

You select your mood from a dozen or so options, then key in a ZIP Code or let the app find you.

- Leader Post

Students in India are updating OSM and that's getting into the paper.

Five youngsters, all third year students of Information Science, Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology (NMAMIT), have added details to the online map of Mangalore (onOpenStreetMap).

Aadarsh, Chaitra, Cheryl, Shravan, and Sneha have added and corrected wrong locations of roads and city landmarks. They added details using GPS in Android phones and after modifying the data thus collected on a software called JOSM. The students divided themselves into two groups, the Kadri and Ladyhill groups. Both added details of city landmarks they knew. Aadarsh said he concentrated on correcting places that were wrongly marked. He added roads, residential areas, Bharath Mall, the KSRTC Bus Stand, and Bejai where he lived. He said that they divided themselves into two groups, with each adding details that they knew of. He said that since the idea was to add details of use to people, he marked medical, photocopy, soda shops, and grocery shops (such as Baliga Stores).

No, you don't read about that in the U.S. do you. Why not?

- The Hindu

Want to help crowdfund a location based game? How about one that uses real maps to build a fantasy world and is from the folks from Magic: The Gathering? The game, already in production, will be free on iOS, then Android. It's called Map Monsters. Goal funding is $40k and contributors will get their investments back as in game cash.

- The Verge

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 04:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Several Indian news sources area reporting on the launch of India's RISAT-1, an earth observing satellite to monitor weather and crops. Launched Thursday by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the satellite carries on board a synthetic aperature radar (SAR) sensor.

According to the Daily Bhaskar,

RISAT-1, culmination of nearly ten years of effort by ISRO, has the capability to take images of the earth during day and night as well as in cloudy conditions. Till now, India depended on images from a Canadian satellite as existing domestic remote sensing spacecraft cannot take pictures of earth during cloud cover.

According to Asian Scientist Magazine,

Though ISRO officials maintain that the primary role of the nearly Rs. 500-crore mission is to help in the field of agriculture and paddy monitoring during the kharif season and provide data during natural disasters, speculation is rife that it has a military role too. This theory is triggered by the fact that it is equipped with the first India-made synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

by Joe Francica on 04/26 at 09:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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