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The NSA has been creating maps of American citizens' social networks s

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The NSA has been graphing American’s social networks and plotting them as they do organized crime since at least 2010, according to the latest published Edward Snowden leak.
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I wonder if marketing companies could buy that data? Sorry, just being facetious.

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INLAND ENFORCEMENT: GPS devices have limits - Press-Enterprise

INLAND ENFORCEMENT: GPS devices have limits - Press-Enterprise | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Press-Enterprise INLAND ENFORCEMENT: GPS devices have limits Press-Enterprise Inland sheriffs' departments and county probation offices use GPS ankle bracelets and other kinds of detection devices for people on probation or as an alternative to...
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This is a really interesting article. Obviously the specific design use of this technology and in fact most GPS tracking technologies are designed for a 1 to 1 or 1 to several relationship only.

 

This is not necessarily the case everywhere, but fundamentally they are designed to be robust, to set off alarms when they are tampered with, i.e. the offender tries to remove the ankle bracelets. They are designed to facilitate tracking of individuals and ensure they are within the approved zones, which may be a work opportunity, or their home.

 

What they don't seem to be doing is using any forms of Big Data which stems I suspect from:

1. Police Departments don't have the resources to monitor them constantly/

2. The applications were not designed to track and identify different people concurrently on the map. This would be very useful for non consort scenarios.

3. The applications aren't designed to monitor any proximity or behavior between the bracelet wearer and others who are also wearing bracelets, or people they are not allowed to be near.

4. It appears they don't connect to Police location databases. For example, Police know the locations of many criminals, where they live, where they are known to sell drugs or stolen goods, where gangs have their pads or hangouts. All of which could easily be geofenced.

 

It is understandable that these devices were designed for a one on one relationship and in many cases have simplistic controls and alerts. However now that they are in mass use around the world, I don't understand why they are not used far more in crime incident protection and monitoring groups of people. The data could be combined with their geospatial datasets (if they have them) and become one of the most powerful crime detection and prevention tools on the market.

 

Time to evolve folks.

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The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps - Washington Post (blog)

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The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps
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With a hot summer and wildfire season right around the corner, huge chunks of the western United States are experiencing record droughts.
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Nice to see some lively debate here. A key fact is that we are seeing new records almost every year.

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Google Glass and Sony smartwatch to be used for check-ins by Virgin Atlantic airlines

Google Glass and Sony smartwatch to be used for check-ins by Virgin Atlantic airlines | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Ever heard of an airline staff receiving and checking in a passenger at the counter using cutting-edge technology like Google Glass or a smartwatch? Yes, this is now a reality. The facility is bein...
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I love the concept of Google Glass and fully intend in the future to be the proud owner of Google Glasses or similar. I will use them to the max.

 

In this case, I'm a little confused and maybe it is early days. but I didn't release the story. Maybe someone can help me.

 

I have a airline app on my iPhone 5S that lets me check in, produces a QR code digital boarding pass and when it works it lets me book my seat assignments, check traffic on the way to the airport and weather at my destination (and some other stuff like gate movements and delays).

 

I haven't seen anything in this story that seems to take advantage of the unique features of either Google Glass or the Sony Smartwatch.

 

Have I missed something? A couple of other questions and please don't think I'm a Luddite, my blogs and history should speak for themselves that I have spent my career solving business problems with leading edge and bleeding edge technology,  especially in the mobile computing space.

 

How many people in the world as a percentage of frequent flying airline passengers have Google Glasses, or will after the upcoming $1500 a piece sale? How many frequent flying airline passengers have Smartphones?

 

How advantageous are the benefits and to whom. Here's where I see benefits:

 

Facial recognition if they are warn by flight desk crew. Frequent flyers could be done the courtesy of being treated by name, currently limited to the rich and famous.

 

Facial recognition at customs and security could identify terrorists, or other people prohibited from flying, quickly and easily.

 

Google Glasses could help people find their way to their seats when they get on planes.

 

Google glasses could let me watch movies or other inflight entertainment, identify landmarks from my window seat (would love that one), even take me through the emergency procedures for that unique aircraft.

 

They could help me locate people on the aircraft or at the airport that I am associated with. They could help me locate my taxi driver, when I arrive at my destination.

 

Loads of great and useful things, but I don't see any of these things in this story and I just don't get it. This might be why so many non-geeks are so disinterested in AR glasses. They don't seem to be coming up with real value propositions that add value or solve problems.

 

This is a shame because the airline industry is prime for this and there certainly are many high worth individuals flying in those premium seats who could well have a preference for airlines that offer extra value.

 

If Google Glasses apps add real value, the price premium will also not be  barrier. The premium we pay for top of the range Apple and Android mobiles proves that.

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Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted » Fascinating Pics

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7 Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted.

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This is pretty scary. It's also scary when I still hear a lot of people I know scoff at the concept of global warming. Personally I talk of climate change, but that definitely in my book includes more molten ice caps.

 

My homeland, Holland isn't looking too good, but the area I come from, tucked in behind a couple of km of sand dunes looks like it might survive and the Australasian map is fascinating, where they might have to rename some of the outback as the wetback.

 

It also illustrates another reason why so many people have New Zealand on their list of places to run to. I wonder how many Kiwis are looking at their regional flood maps, when they are looking to buy homes. There are certainly many coastal areas under threat. When we get hit by the first real tsunami, and hopefully it will be a baby, we might get a better idea of what the country might look like decades or 100 years from now.

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Ukraine crisis: Crimea made part of Russia on Google Maps – but only for Russian users

Ukraine crisis: Crimea made part of Russia on Google Maps – but only for Russian users | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

The disputed border between Crimea and Ukraine has been changed in the latest update to Google Maps, making the peninsula an official part of the Russian federation – but only for Russian users.

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This is really interesting. Countries borders have changed ever since there were fiefdoms but traditional mapping systems and cartography have meant that it can take a long time before changes become visible.

 

I'm sure there have been precedents where maps are different depending on whose perspective you are looking at. It is very interesting that the Russian Government are so onto it that they are making demands on the likes of Russia as soon as they have taken possession of a territory. Equally interesting that the map still looks different to the rest of the world.

 

I wonder if other changes will happen to this map later this year.

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Online army helps map Guinea's Ebola outbreak - New Scientist

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OpOnline army helps map Guinea's Ebola outbreak New Scientist WHEN doctors working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in the West African nation of Guinea last month to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever, they found...

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OpenStreetMap has been around for a long time and I'm told the quality is often as good as commercial maps (depending on the purpose), but this is the first I have heard if Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT).

 

This is an awesome story about digital map creation that is helping to save lives and the speed within which the volunteers got results is enviable even in this day and age. As the article says. On March 31 (less than two weeks ago) online maps of Guéckédou were virtually non-existent. In less than 3 hours of the request to HOT, 200 volunteers had mapped over 100,000 buildings in 3 cities.

 

This is an amazing technology that is perfect in a crisis because with a ready army of volunteers there is the potential to create not only maps, including buildings of what any locality looked like before a crisis, but can create a very quick and fairly accurate view of what it looks like after a tsunami, storm or earthquake as we experienced in Christchurch in 2011 http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2011_Christchurch_earthquake ;

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Google Maps Has a New Addition - Guardian Liberty Voice

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Google Maps Has a New Addition
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Google Maps has a new addition to its virtual world. The new addition is Angkor Wat. The new addition to Google Maps is due to the Google Cultural Institute.
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The next steps are pretty obvious. Before too long you will be able to use Google Glasses or VR technology and a few years farther along it will be haptic suits and explore exotic locations from the comfort of your lounge.

 

Great for people who can't afford to travel, or who have disabilities that prevent them from experiencing the real thing, but no substitute for being there. Personally I wouldn't want to experience places I want to go to virtually other than to confirm which places I want to see.

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Red Cross flood app takes safety mobile - hngnews.com

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The Flood App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
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A great move by the American Red Cross, not only does it have and share information and useful tools, like the strobe light, it also uses gamification to help people learn more about what to do in an emergency and encourage people to become more aware of what's going on and where. With tornado season rolling in, this is a great move and 4 million downloads suggests the public agree.

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Does Expensive Parking Really Discourage City Driving? - Pacific Standard

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Does Expensive Parking Really Discourage City Driving?
Pacific Standard
They've tried various strategies for discouraging car use in cities around the world, including expanding railways and building bike lanes.
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How do you define expensive. Most research seems to evolve around cost, but if are talking about cost, you are typically only talking in terms of dollars. Then the cost becomes relative to the reward. If you are going somewhere for a quick meeting, then there is a value. If you are going to an expensive concert there is an amount that you will say, I'm paying $150 for a concert ticket, so $20 for 3 hours is good value. If you have a car full of kids, $20 all day might stop you going anywhere where you have to pay for parking and potential entertainment or shopping precincts might miss out altogether because the cost of public transport for that car full might also be prohibitive.

 

In Auckland we had rain yesterday for the first time in a few weeks and we had significantly more cars on the roads. The same applied this morning in case it was the same as today. People are concerned about if the park and rides are full they have to walk to a bu stop and get wet. They still have to pay for the bus on top of that and they often discount the cost of the petrol and only focus on the cost of the park, which is probably similar to the cost of the bus.

 

Ultimately it comes down to having a quality perceived value proposition for public transport. You can see in the cities which have good quality, safe, convenient to access, economic and highly frequent public transport, that people do use it. In many of the world's large cities, close to and in some cases more than 50% of today's populations don't even own cars and never will.

 

I didn't get my first car and subsequent cars because I wanted a car, but because the public transport service was so bad. Then I found I really enjoyed driving. I've also been fortunate in that for most of my working life I had a company car. This wasn't a perquisite, it was because I drove to a lot of meetings and again, urban transport didn't meet my time objectives. I would have spent half my day walking to or waiting for public transport. If I had lived and worked in Amsterdam, London or New York, I probably wouldn't have needed a car, because they have great public transport.

 

Cost is not so much about dollars, it's about offering a service that meets the needs of its users. There have been thousands of studies saying that people will pay a premium for convenience, for timeliness, for safety. If we're going to talk parking, why don't we start with combining sufficient parking with public transport. A better start would be at least letting people know that there are park and ride parks available before they get in their car to drive to the public transport. If I had a dollar for each story of someone who went to the park and ride and the park was full and another 50 cents for each person that never went back and 25 cents for each person that told me that story, I could build my own car park!

 

 

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Tagg GPS pet tracker revolutionizes the pet industry - San Diego Source (subscription)

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Tagg GPS pet tracker revolutionizes the pet industry
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The new technology connecting pet parents and their pets is Tagg GPS Pet Tracker.
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Another GPS collar to track your pets. Our family can attest to the problem with a dog that loves to disappear and thinks that when we are calling her and looking for her that we are playing a normal dog owner's game.

 

One of my daughter's has a kitten that loves to party, that is, when one of our socially active neighbors has a pool party, he gets under the fence and joins in and doesn't come back. There have been nights when my daughter is wandering around the house after midnight calling said cat.

 

I'm not sure I would buy one of these collars myself until they have the ability to force them in the direction of home, with little electric shocks, similar to the ones o bark collars. Now there's an idea that would be popular for farm working dog trainers who can't whistle:)

 

I do like the idea of the exercise tracker for dogs. We have a reasonable sized property, but like the 10,000 step program with pedometers for people, it would be great to be able to see if each of the dogs has had their requisite amount of exercise for the day or whether they still need a walk after chasing around the fence-line all day trying to get social with our neighbors dogs.

 

It's interesting watching the evolution of these product which haven't hit their segment mass early adopter peak yet. It's not a revolution, its different features from other products being mixed and matched, but its good. What comes next, how about inductive battery charging from the energy expended by the dogs? Must be enough power there to track the satellites and run the SIM card?

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NYPL releases 20.000 historical maps as public domain | OpenGLAM

NYPL releases 20.000 historical maps as public domain | OpenGLAM | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
20,000+ historical maps made available online by @nypl, hi-res & free from restrictions http://t.co/95aWypq5AF http://t.co/pyyLHIyhFY
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I can hear people saying so what, already, but stop and think for a minute. How popular is genealogy? Wouldn't you like to see what the places looked like geographically against your family tree? I think that would be fascinating.

 

It's interesting how important family ancestry and the land they lived in is to indigenous people (and not just because of land grievances). They appreciate history and their roots. I do to. I think it would be awesome to be able to visualize what the towns, cities and islands my ancestors lived in.

 

Do you trace your family's history? Do you know the history of the places you have lived in most of your life? Do you know what the place where your home is looked like 50 or a 100 or 300 year's ago? What was life like? How did people get around? What amenities were available? Who owned the land?

 

The people who look after and curate old photos, paintings and images, maps, are special people. These weren't 't digital documents, people had to care for them, protect them from the natural corrosive atmosphere, or restore them. That's done out of passion, not as a job.

 

I am grateful for people like that.

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iBeacons and the future of retail shopping: Consumers are ready, but are retailers?

iBeacons and the future of retail shopping: Consumers are ready, but are retailers? | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Not only do most people now use mobile apps to help them shop in stores, but more consumers would rather consult their smartphone for input than a sales associate.
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Relevance to the individual shopper is the key and I'm not sure many retailers are ready for this.

 

Here's the thing. If I get bombarded by iBeacon promotions that offer me things I'm not interested in at the mall, I'm going to get really annoyed and make sure I stop receiving them.

 

If I get a message that is truly relevant, that's awesome. Make me a goo deal at lunchtime and you might have a customer. 

 

I've long been an advocate o Proximity Based Marketing as you can see on one of my blogs http://bit.ly/1g8bLJp What I really want is a service that knows me and only makes offers that are relevant. There is a new Stephen King book due out in July. Make me an offer when I am near the shop that tells me about that specific book and I'll probably come and buy it, because your loyalty program knows he's one of my favorite authors. You sold me a lawn mower, it's fall and you have made a huge bulk purchase of leaf mulchers. Offer me a deal on those.

 

Unfortunately most retailers don't link their sales data to their customers and therefore don't know what they buy. It blows me away that when they have the ability to truly influence their customers by showing that they understand their unique needs, that they don't use it and then complain about Internet competitors. I buy from Amazon because they make recommendations to me. Why can't my bookstore do that? Borders could have easily done that. They didn't and they're not here any more. http://bit.ly/1f1xIxr ;

 

If it's done well and with a lot of thought and a program that explains to customers (perhaps even designed with customer focus groups) it could be a goldmine. If it's done and customers aren't consulted and it doesn't provide relevant information, most people will dislike it.

 

If it's done well, but customers aren't consulted or educated, they will find it creepy.There is a movement in relation to location based marketing and social media of people who are going to start disconnecting and technology like iBeacon could be an example of a great idea that won't succeed if there isn't a lot of thought put into the delivery.

 

It's not about the hardware, it's about the customer. Never lose sight of the customer.

 

 

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New Shoes With GPS Tracking - The Epoch Times

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New Shoes With GPS Tracking
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By late 2011, a new GPS-equipped shoe was ready for people with a variety of cognitive disorders, including traumatic brain injury and autism.
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This isn't my first scoop on GPS shoes and insoles. It's something I've been talking about for around 10 years. I did a lot of research a few years ago together with leading Fleet Management companies, but we always struggled in New Zealand with form factor and scalability. Sometimes you have to accept that you are ahead of your time.

 

What I like about this is that the Chicago Alzheimer's Support organization is taking up the initiative. Traditionally these types of groups (as I have blogged before) are hampered by funding and end up investing in short range RF solutions which are cheap but very inefficient. I argued that its not cheap if you are taking search and rescue people out of their jobs to look for people where you have a maximum (open air) range of around 1km and you have to know what direction to look in.

 

Hopefully there will be potential to recycle this technology if supply and demand economy keeps prices up. Sure replace the insole, but there's no reason once the device is no longer required by the user that the hardware can't be re-used. This could help with keeping costs down for those who can't afford to by new devices.

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Probe of GPS monitoring of suspected serial killers sought - Los Angeles Times

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Probe of GPS monitoring of suspected serial killers sought Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two sex offenders being monitored by parole agents and tracked by GPS devices were...
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Stories like this really don't help the cause. Whilst there are often great success stories, there are many cases of employing technology,  fitting it and then not managing it effectively. This can easily lead to failure which in many cases is worse than not using it at all.

 

If GPS is used as a condition of parole, it means that the 'offender' is at risk of something, that could be re-offending, skipping, or consorting with people they shouldn't. If systems aren't monitored and people who break those conditions, not punished swiftly, showing that the monitoring did in fact work, then you might as well not bother in the first place.

 

There is incredibly sophisticated software today that can monitor all types of known behaviors, monitor trends, monitor relationships between people and places and with smart systems and information known about behaviors of different types of people. Someone at a monitor or in a control room doesn't have to watch individuals. Everything can be managed by exception reporting.

 

Insurance and finance companies are already doing this to help people by cars to get to work on the condition of users being monitored. This has helped a great many people who haven't had to fall back into a life of crime, who might not get the finance they need to by a car to get to work for example.

 

It has to start with education, understanding what different knowledge based systems can do. Tracking offenders with GPS or other technologies is important, but it is only the mechanics of the solution. It has to start at the purpose. Some of those purposes might be:

 

To ensure people are obeying their parole rules.

To stop them from re-offending.

To stop them from associating with other offenders.

To maintain curfews

To make sure they are going to work

To make sure they are sleeping at home or agreed locations

To keep them in, or out of geofences

To save money on having people out of jail

To help people reintegrate into society

To establish whether they are capable of living in society

To study the behavior of people on parole with a view to helping more people rehabilitate

To keep the public safe

 

Not one of those items listed has to do with the GPS itself. It's about using location based data, it's about algorithms and systems.

 

In the process a lot can be learned about criminal fraternities, who they are, where they do business, locating stolen goods. Learning more about patterned behaviors that came help reduce crime levels in future.

 

Hardware systems don't need to be the same, but there should be standardized software solutions and collaboration on the use of Big Data business analytic and knowledge based solutions.

 

Too many people seem to think it starts and ends with a GPS cuff, alarms, sensors and reducing the cost of maintaining prisons. This is powerful crime prevention technology. Situations like the ones in stories like this should only ever be rare exceptions.

 

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New York auto show is all about technology - Fox News

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New York auto show is all about technology
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Apple is finally getting serious about automotive with its CarPlay app that will allow iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s owners to run a handful of music, messaging and navigation apps from behind the wheel.
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It was never all about the car, it's about the journey and the experience. In many cases, especially in countries which have a low percentage of people buying new cars, smartphones and aftermarket GPS solutions are bringing solutions to the masses.

 

I love shows like CES, which bring together everything from gadgets to apps and the motor shows are also cool, but often seem to be showing things that are just out of the common motorist's reach. (In fact you can be a reasonably good used car for the price of getting to CES, when you live in New Zealand). This is for many reasons, largely price and availability and why are the coolest gadgets always in the concept cars that almost no one gets. I had a concept Ford once. It was really cool, although I never quite got used to the four wheel steering. I clipped a few corners in that car.

 

Today a lot of the apps and gadgets are coming from mobiles and don't require the accuracy of NASA level gyros and inertia sensors that kept the price of the best nav units out of every-man's reach. This isn't of course great news to car manufacturers with many aftermarket and mobile based solutions that don't even require you to own  a car.

 

For example, this week Tower Insurance launched the latest iOS and Android Smart Driver app, a precursor to Pay As You Drive insurance which gives you a discount on your insurance premium for green driving, i.e. avoiding excessive harsh braking and acceleration. For this app, nothing needs to be installed in the car at all, you just have to use the free app.

 

I wonder if this will motivate some companies I have been calling on deaf ears to in recent years, about providing apps, that were of the opinion that apps were a waste of time.

 

The cars themselves are also coming out with some wonderful features that really do need to be OEM'd because of their sophistication, power requirements, where near enough is not good enough for geospatial accuracy. Most of us mortals will have to wait for those and aftermarket solutions that do enough to justify installation will still be very expensive.

 

Nevertheless, if people were excited to see their first model T Ford, they will be (expletives come to mind) thrilled with what is coming out of car factories all over the world over the next 12 months.

 

 

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Mobile apps offline: Chaos management and disconnected capability - DirectionsMag.com

Mobile apps offline: Chaos management and disconnected capability - DirectionsMag.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Mobile apps offline: Chaos management and disconnected capability DirectionsMag.com Ben Tuttle, Ph.D., NGA Geospatial Intelligence Advancement Testbed Mobile Apps Team lead, will be presenting “Chaos Management in a Disconnected World” Monday,...
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This raises an important consideration, which I have experienced in a number of industries. What happens when the Internet or your cloud server goes down.

 

What happens when you rely on cloud or Internet based technology to drive physical technology in the real world that whole communities rely on?

 

If you are considering new technologies or moving to the cloud, what redundancy features are you building in, to meet your up-time KPI's? If you can wait an hour or a day, no problem, but what if you have solutions that NEED to run 24/7?

 

Make sure your service providers know your exact needs. Cloud and Internet are vulnerable. Communications systems are vulnerable. What is your back up plan? Have you tested it?

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Google Maps Fans Take On The Insane Geography Of Game Of Thrones

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Where the heck is Braavos, anyway?(Google Maps fans take on the insane geography of Game of Thrones: http://t.co/QHYH6I7qzE http://t.co/ZYwQlpSXkg)...
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At the very least, the ability to create new worlds is going to give a lot more people geospatial skills.

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ways to track people or cell phones | My Blog

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Cell phone GPS tracking isn't illegal. You can see where everyone is by knowing their number here http://t.co/LUj8hYU7c9
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This is a quick and important read for anyone that doesn't have smartphone tracking set up on the mobile.

 

Huge numbers of mobiles are lost or stolen every day, but the siple addition of an app can mean that you can locate it. Interestingly it doesn't include the app I use, which is Find my iPhone. It not only allows me to locate it, but can wipe all data from it and make it unusable as well as set off a loud noise.

 

The other valuable thing is, as it says in this quick and easy to read story, is being able to find someone you are close to, who is missing, hasn't turned up where you expected them. If you have an agreement with them and they aren't answering your calls or messages, having  access to their phone locator app can help you locate them.

 

Of course they have to agree to let you use it. I have blogged a lot about apps to help locate people with disabilities or illnesses such as diabetes or other conditions that could potentially cause them to become disoriented or even fall asleep or into a coma. If they are fundamentally sound of mind (e.g. this would not be suitable for someone with advanced dementia because they probably wouldn't have a mobile) this would be a great solution because pretty much everyone has a mobile and statistics say that for most people it is within grabbing distance 24/7.

 

Want to know your kids are safe and where they are supposed to be and you have allowed them to have a smartphone? Make it a condition that it has a locator app on it and that you have access to the application, password etc to locate it.

 

As a bonus, many of these apps are free, you just have to set them up. Why not do that today?

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Track Foursquare check-ins (w/ Maps) in a Google Drive Spreadsheet

'Track Foursquare check-ins (w/ Maps) in a Google Drive Spreadsheet': Connect Foursquare and Google Drive with this IFTTT Recipe by tcapote.
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I haven't tried this, but if you were a merchandiser or in some other business where you are calling on retailers, this could be a great handy tool to help you with an audit trail of where you went.

 

You could also use this, although Foursquare History is already a good feature, to track your next holiday and see exactly where you went. at what time and match this against the hundreds of photos you took and can't remember exactly where they were.

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Discover the dark side of Melbourne with new Haunted Melbourne app ... - Herald Sun

Discover the dark side of Melbourne with new Haunted Melbourne app ... - Herald Sun | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Discover the dark side of Melbourne with new Haunted Melbourne app ...
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A nice example of creative location based tourism

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Your car might know you better than you do - SFGate (blog)

Your car might know you better than you do - SFGate (blog) | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Your car might know you better than you do
SFGate (blog)
Among other areas, Crawford has studied the relationship between virtual representations of the world and the real world, as well as the development of car-racing video games.
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According to this story and I totally believe this is not far away, although more so in the USA and Europe for now, Like Google, your car will not only know what you want and where you are going, it will tell other people.

 

At what point will privacy be abandoned? What if law enforcement were to have access to things like your speed? Loads more positives than negatives though. I can't wait to have a real smart car:) Might be an aftermarket OEM down under though.

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Fellows leverage mobile apps, social media to save lives in disaster - FederalNewsRadio.com

Fellows leverage mobile apps, social media to save lives in disaster - FederalNewsRadio.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Fellows leverage mobile apps, social media to save lives in disaster FederalNewsRadio.com When Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast of the United States, thousands of Americans had no power and little or no way to communicate with family,...
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What is the likelihood that you will not at some time in your life, be involved in a natural disaster situation, for example an earthquake or a major storm?

 

When these things happen, many of the things we take for granted, can't be. Think about the night when you drove home and the petrol tank was half way between 1/4 and empty. You thought you'd fill up  the  morning. Now its morning and you have woken up to a major storm and the power is out.

 

You get your windup radio out of your emergency kit and listen to the news. The storm is likely to last all day and the utility companies are working on restoring power, which may take several hours.

 

You drive to the gas station on the last drops of petrol only to find, that while they do have gas, they don't have the power to pump it. Now you don't have enough gas to go back home or to work.

 

In times of disaster, such as some of the major cyclones we have been experiencing, or earthquakes, situations like this are commonplace and crowd-sourcing is a great way to share information. This app has made good use of hashtags to help with this. The thing we need to do is make sure that people are aware of and have installed their local emergency apps, before they need them.The ambulance at the top of the cliff. They may not have the data access to download such an app once the power goes down.

 

How prepared are you? Do you have emergency apps, such as your local Civil Defense app?

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Pass the Pillow: 'Google Naps' Is Google Maps for Places to Nap - TIME

Pass the Pillow: 'Google Naps' Is Google Maps for Places to Nap - TIME | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Pass the Pillow: 'Google Naps' Is Google Maps for Places to Nap
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Have you ever found yourself stranded in a city struck with the overwhelming desire to take a nap, but with nowhere to curl up and sneak in some shut eye?
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Travel the world in your sleep? Why not travel the world and sleep? How many people do you know who have napped around the world. You could start a whole new bucket list of places you can nap:)

 

There is always something new that can be done with map API's. There will always be a market for them. Take this a little step further and think about genuinely how valuable this might be to elderly people, people who are disabled or have conditions that require them to take frequent rests and don't want to spend each stop in a cafe or public convenience. Tourists who want to walk around a city. It isn't silly is it? The question is, how do you monetize it. I'm sure there's a sponsor somewhere.........

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Facebook gets real, Foursquare taps to tweet and I'm confused - Marketing Pilgrim

Facebook gets real, Foursquare taps to tweet and I'm confused - Marketing Pilgrim | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Marketing Pilgrim Facebook gets real, Foursquare taps to tweet and I'm confused Marketing Pilgrim Since many Foursquare users already share their check-ins automatically through Twitter, the app maker thinks it will be an easy leap to get them to...
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This is an interesting move. Obviously Foursquare needs to make more money and as the story says, many people will dutifully tap the ads, especially (it didn't mention this) if it became gamified, as in you get more points.

 

On the potentially negative side, one of the things I like about Foursquare is the ability to get feedback and 'reviews' from real people. It goes back to the fact that advertising is all hype and many places do not live up to the hype which is the value of crowd sourced information. I would hate to think that functionality like this would lesson the value of tips and information about locations. Hopefully it will be easy to distinguish the difference between advertising and genuine comments, especially if services like this become available at pricing that suits SME destinations.

 

I trust my peers.

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The 10 maps that illustrate the healthiest counties in America

The 10 maps that illustrate the healthiest counties in America | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Air pollution, graduation rates, obesity, STD rates and long commute times: Different ways of measuring health.
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One of the most powerful ways to use Census data is on a map. When was the last time you looked at Census data to help you make decisions. Where to live, where to study, where to work, where you might have the best lifestyle, the best health, the quickest commute. There is so much information at your fingertips.

 

Don't know where to start? Start by going to the web site and poking around. You'll be surprised what nuggets you might find.

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