Today, the company is starting a gradual roll out of a new version of the Foursquare app for Android that marks its biggest move into a “post-check-in” experience yet: A feature that will ping phones with personalized recommendations based on a user’s targeted physical location, without needing them to check in at all.
So, if you walk into a restaurant you might get information on what's good. If you want into a bar you might get a deal (but don't expect much of that). The new version is rolling out slowly first to Android, and later to iOS. And, no, it doesn't drain your battery too much. I'm still not interested.
See also: Foursquare Blog
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 09:29 AM |
The patent, "Method and apparatus for locating personnel and objects in response to telephone inquiries," dates back to 1996 and is held by Remote Locator Services LLC, called a shell company by GigaOm, based in Dallas.
An automated position location system is provided which, in response to a telephone caller's inquiry and without human intervention, connects the caller directly to the telephone extension located nearest the individual or object of interest. A transmitter is attached to each individual (or object) to be monitored within a building. A number of stationary receivers are positioned at designated locations throughout the building. When a transmitter is transported within range of a receiver, information about the transmitter's identity and the receiver's location is provided to a tracking system, which calculates the transmitter's location and stores its identity and location in a chronological database. As the transmitter is transported throughout the building, the tracking system continually updates transmitter location information in the database. In response to a telephone caller's inquiry, an automated locating system determines the whereabouts of an individual person or object of interest and communicates a message to the caller which describes that location. Then, as requested by the caller, the locating system automatically places the call to the telephone extension nearest that location. Alternatively, the caller may request a list of those individuals and objects currently at a particular location.
The company, formed in August, seems to have no business besides the seven lawsuits its filed against the like of Apple (FindMyPhone), Google (Latitude). The suits ask for the users to stop using to patent and to pay penalties.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 09:06 AM |
VentureBeat does a nice job getting at DigitalGlobe's new effort at providing immediately valuable information to its customers. For perhaps too many years the company and its peers delivered raw imagery. While some organizations, notably the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), had the staff and knowledge to turn the data into information, too many others didn't and do not. Hence DigtialGlobe is working to do that analysis itself and turn the final product over to clients.
“This year we started developing comprehensive country-by-country datasets that include anything that touches human existence on this planet,” Kearns said in an interview. “Our ultimate goal is to become the authoritative, indispensable source of information on our rapidly changing planet.”
Africa is the first region, or “microsite,” that DigitalGlobe is looking at. Based on data collected from the satellites, a team of geospatial analysts gleans insights about geographic patterns, infrastructure, illegal activity, humanitarian crises, economics, demographics, food and water security, weather, major events, and even ethnic tribal boundaries. They built an interactive map where you can see that oil theft is a major threat in Nigeria or that the Lord’s Resistance Army is causing population displacement in Central Africa.
Per the site itself:
Please take a few minutes to explore this site and get a better idea of DigitalGlobe’s capabilities beyond our exceptional satellite capacity.
Said another way: Please don't think of us as a data company, but as an information company.
Fast Company covered the same material a few days earlier.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 04:23 AM |
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a member of the GIS Consortium ("a group of local communities working together to develop geographic information systems (GIS) solutions"), now has its data online via an app called MapOffice from MPG ("MGP is the founding managing partner of the GIS Consortium."). MapOffice and other products of the Consortium are co-owned by the Consortium and MPG.
From what I understand, the software is only available to communities that join the Consoritum.
- Suburban Life Media
Brookhaven, GA has its new GIS WebApp up and running. It's ArcGIS Server/Flash-based. One thing missing? A help button.
- Brookfield Patch
An effort to provide city-style addresses to every West Virginia resident and business has stalled.
The Statewide Mapping and Addressing Project was approved in 2001 by the legislature. Three extra years were granted for completion in 2007. But in 2008, the project was placed under West Virginia’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. This change moved all project responsibilities from the state to the individual counties.
Preston County finished mapping and addressing in 2009. The County Commission hired a private contractor to help with the effort. Clark Nicklow, Addressing, Mapping and Flood Plain Coordinator at Preston County’s Emergency Management office, came on the project in 2005.
- West Virginia Public Broadcasting
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 03:17 AM |