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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
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