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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Update: The mayor of Soledad California got his way. The entrance to the new Pinnacles National Park, in the city, is now on Google Maps and will soon be on Apple's.

And on Tuesday, the city of Soledad - about 75 miles south of San Jose - announced that after its public plea last month, Google now offers driving directions to Pinnacles National Park with an entrance way through Soledad, which it hadn't before.

And, according to city spokesman Rolando Bonilla, Mike Foulkes from Apple called Soledad's city manager a few days ago to say that the Cupertino company is working on putting the same driving directions on Apple's map app.

No word on if the city has contacted TomTom or Nokia.

- NBC Bay Area

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/12 at 05:38 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Last year New York Senator Charles Schumer begain an effort to prevent commercial vehicles from crashing into overpasses in his state after too many accidents and costly repairs. (APB coverage, Directions Magazine podcast) Now, he has the poewr of the U.S. Dept of Transporation behind him. In particular it's the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) who took action with recommendation about selecting GPS devices and required GPS training for new drivers.

The FMCSA will begin distributing GPS training recommendations, including how to select professional-grade navigation systems, instructions on how to input truck sizes and axle weights, and tips on avoiding distracted driving, Schumer said.

In addition, the agency will require GPS training for new operators seeking commercial-driver certification, Schumer said. That will be included later this year in a regulation Congress required in last year’s surface transportation law.

- Bloomberg

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/12 at 03:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Millennium House published its Earth Platinum atlas a few years ago at $100,000. It's taller than a person (6' 9") and while there was much interest (and lots of images on the Web), there were few buyers. Of the 31 atlases published just sevn have sold. So, the owners are looking for a buyer: management sent an information memorandum containing its financial data to interested parties in Europe and the U.S. in February. It's a tough time for print in general and huge print in particular.

- WSJ

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/12 at 03:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A reearch project from Microsoft called Bing Now, demoed last week, takes checkins a bit further. The app would grab a few seconds of audio during checkin, send them back to Microsoft for analysis, and then use the data to help those pondering visit guage whether the place "sounds" right for their needs. What info would be provided to those interested in the venue?

... the size of the crowd, the level of chatter, and the music volume and classify them as “low,” “normal,” or “high.” The app could even tell a searcher what song is playing.

Tests in Seattle yielded 80% accuracy on separating chatter from music - but there must be enough samples for this level of confidence.

- MIT Tech Review

- video demo ("Enabling Real-Time Business-Metadata Extraction")

Image from Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/12 at 03:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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