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Monday, October 15, 2012

Zigi offers a SDK to mobile game developers that allow them to create in-game virtual items that can be unlocked at nearby retailers. According to Zigi only 3% of mobile gamers pay for in-game items in freemium games which leave 97% of users with no monetization.

Zigi's first customer is Rovio. Players of Angry Birds in China get more power (sorry I don't play that game) when they visit McDonalds. CloudMade started talking about this pivot last December on its blog.

- GPS Biz News

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/15 at 04:28 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

SNS Securities of Amsterdam has analyzed the finanical situation of TomTom and suggests that Apple could help TomTom investors make the move from a public to private entity. The financial report that is public on the SNS website (with registration) suggests as follows:

Apple has a serious issue with its map and navigation app that is not living up to the expectations of Apple’s customers. As a result, the shares are impacted as a navigation app is a crucial element of a smart phone. TomTom on the other hand has another issue, which is that its shares refuse to move beyond the EUR 3.30- 3.50 range, frustrating the founders. There is a solution. The founders make a bid for TomTom as a whole at EUR 6 per share, with financing provided by Apple. Post the transaction, Apple takes possession of the map database so it can rapidly solve the issues at hand while TomTom obtains a long term license contract (similar to what Garmin did with Navteq). In such a scenario, we think the founders could easily offer EUR 6. As this scenario can become reality in the near term, we upgrade to Buy, price target EUR 5 (DCF based).

I suggested in an editorial recently that Apple make a bid for TomTom given its current financial position and Apple's need for mapping database given the debacle of the Apple Maps debut.

by Joe Francica on 10/15 at 04:02 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: Many mainstream news outlets Silicon Florist to TechCrunch wrote about the acqusition yesterday. 

- Geoloqi press


I have not yet found confirmation just received confirmation via a press release.  3D Vis World first reported the acquisition:

At the Esri European User Conference today, Esri president and Chairman announced the acquisition of Geoloqi, a location based services company.  The announcement came as he was delivering his address to the conference. Dangermond pointed out that location based services are going to grow as more people use web enabled map services, particularly those that deliver higher levels of analytical capabilities for mobile devices.

Geoloqi describes itself this way:

Geoloqi is a platform for building location aware applications with geotriggers and realtime location capabilities.

- 3D Vis World (Jeff Thurston)

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/15 at 11:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Esri is looking for 100 pre and in-service teachers to attend its Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS Institute (T3G) professional development workshop next year. It's for K-university teachers, admins and others. There will be special attention paid to statewide license users and implementations. The event is in Redlands in June 2013 and attendees are expected to lead professional development back in their instituation/area.

The application (pdf) is expected to take 4-8 hours to fill out and includes a short essay about an idea derived form looking at Story Maps and the creation of an ArcGIS Online map. The only software to be used during the event seems to be ArcGIS Online.

- Esri Ed Community Blog

The Los Angeles Unified School Districts claim to have cut 80% out of its maintenance request processing budget (I'm not sure what that is but I guess it's the people who used to take the calls, write up work orders, etc.) after eight months of using a CitySourced/IBM crowdsourcing solution (w/ Esri) to identify needed respairs. Students, faculty and staff can all report broken toilets, graffitti and other physica plant issues. The article and video suggest GIS is somehow used to locate the things that need fixing; I'd guess the report includes putting a dot on a floor layout or something.

- SmarterPlanet via @fitzpatrickc

Would you use this service now available at Yale?

Bulldog Mobile is an opt-in system in which users can register their phones online and create personalized profiles, with all data provided encrypted to protect the privacy of the user. If a registered student calls the YPD from his or her cellphone, a dispatcher will instantly access the user’s profile information — including physical description, residential college, class schedule and medical conditions — and will be able to track the GPS location of the phone call.

to the YPD, Woznyk said, and police are never able to see registered users’ information or track their GPS locations unless the YPD receives a call.

Students are not excited about it; it was launched in Aug 2011.

The service only activates when a person places a phone call But students’ response to this new safety service has been mixed. Out of 10 students interviewed, only two said they had registered for the system, one said he intended to sign up for the service and the others said they have not registered and do not feel the need to do so in the future.

Jéssica Maguilnik Leão ’16 activated Bulldog Mobile on her phone when she arrived on campus in August but said she is disappointed with the service, explaining that when she called the YPD to request assistance, security escorts took 15 minutes to arrive to Old Campus.

- Yale Daily News

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/15 at 05:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

With GIS, at least, the participants are able to speak a common language. The maps include locations of priority development areas, environmental resource areas, transportation lines, water resources, agricultural and historical resources, along with detailed maps of town groupings highlighting development and environmental preservation priorities. 

That's a description of the value of GIS in an artlcle in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette about the  Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission's Central Thirteen Regional Prioritization Project. The project is aimed at providing a list of priorities for the 13 towns that arc around Worcester, so they can work together to achieve them.

- Worcester T & G

Hammond, IN has a new mapping tool on its website.

The map was built in-house by the GIS Department using free technology, McKinley said. Tom Ramker, a GIS technician, handled the map's coding.

It's based on Google Maps.

- Hammond News

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will today announce the city’s plans to hire a chief data officer (CDO), evidence of the city's leadership among municipal governments making strides toward advancing the cause of open data. Lee, an outspoken advocate of the city’s growing tech sector, announced a piece of legislation that outlines the new position. The CDO will be complemented by departmental-level Open Data Coordinators throughout the city.

The new CDO will be a member of the mayor’s staff, operating out of the budget office. No word on when the position might be filled. Philly, Chicago and New York already have such a position.
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/15 at 05:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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