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Monday, April 02, 2012

Skyhook, the world leader in location information, context and intelligence, today announced TweetCaster, the #1 third-party mobile Twitter app, has integrated Skyhook's Location Engine in its Amazon Kindle Fire. Location services are now available on this device for the first time.

- press release

MapMuse today announced the release of Main Street Locator, a free app that connects users with historic Main Street districts across the USA. Main Street, Inc. is a grassroots economic development initiative sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that helps revitalize commercial districts through preservation-based strategies.

- press release

The mobile app ‘Girls Around Me’ got a lot of press recently. What does it do? What you'd expect: finds girls. How? But using the Foursquare API (until the company turned off access due to breaking terms of API use and the company behind it removed it from the Apple iTunes Store), Google Maps and Facebook. It was said to allow those interested to see their full name, photos, and send them messages. The app was on the market for some months before a journalist at the Cult of Mac wrote about it in the last few days.

- Forbes

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Unlike the last time a new set of census data was released, this set will be online. The last set released ten years ago (the 1930 census) was on film. 

You can find out what's available and how to access it here.

- Al.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, April 01, 2012

From a National Public Radio report on cybersecurity:

Consider what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans, and you get an idea of the consequences of a cyberattack on critical U.S. infrastructure: No electricity. No water. No transportation. Terrorists or enemy adversaries with computer skills could conceivably take down a power grid, a nuclear station, a water treatment center or a chemical manufacturing plant.

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by Joe Francica on 04/01 at 11:35 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The following is an excerpt from a presentation by Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, in an address to the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Space Security Conference, Geneva, Switzerland:

The use of communications satellites to transmit health care data across countries and across the globe is only one of the many uses of space on which we rely. Telephone calls, news reports, television broadcasts, and financial transactions are also relayed through satellites. Financial markets, power grids, and wireless, satellite, cable, and broadcast industries all use GPS satellites for precise timing, and ships, planes, automobiles, and individual people use them for navigation. Meteorological satellites provide weather and environmental forecasts, while remote-sensing satellites provide imagery used in agriculture, resource exploration, land use planning, treaty verification, and disaster relief, amongst other things. Clearly the use of space assets and the information we derive from them permeate almost every aspect of our daily lives. The telehealth scenario I have just mentioned is only one example of how important the utilization of space is, and clearly shows that the loss of space systems, even for a short period of time, can have damaging consequences. Extrapolating from this, we must ask ourselves “What will the consequences be if the space environment were to become unusable?”

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by Joe Francica on 04/01 at 11:23 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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