Forecast Update and other LBS News
Well a new version of the location-based application Forecast aims to get us back into the swing of sharing our every movement, but the difference is you don't check-in as you visit places, you aim to predict where you're going to be later in the day or week so there's more chance you'll bump into those you know.
You begin by creating your own Forecast about where you're planning on going and what you're planning on doing there. This information will then be linked up to your Foursquare account so that your friends can receive notifications about what you're up to and when you do eventually check-in. Forecast's recent integration with Facebook also means your friends will be updated about your future Forecasts and your check-ins on your Timeline too.
Dennis Crowley of Foursquare was one of three people in the keynote at Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona. The others were from Nokia (Elop) and HTC. Crowley outlined the Foursquare vision.
Ultimately, he sees Foursquare as an omnipresent layer of data which is open to other apps via its API – arguably its most important “feature”. “Anywhere you see a map, you should see foursquare dots on it,” he said.
FireWhat, a tech start-up in Dunsmuir, CA developed a revolutionary mapping and weather platform for wildfires around the country. Using a NASA satellite, WeatherUnderground Inc. local weather data, tracking information from Air Attack on-scene at wildfires, and Google Maps satellite imagery, firewhat.com provides current wildland fire perimeter data on a map showing roads, terrain, and local area weather.
A free verison will be available for iOS and Android April 1.