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Wanted men picked up after GPS 'ping' - Gloversville Leader-Herald

Wanted men picked up after GPS 'ping'
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PERTH - With the help of GPS?technology, Montgomery County sheriff's investigators located and arrested two wanted men Friday.
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See? You don't need to bug people with GPS trackers, criminals will guide you themselves as long as you can get a warrant and know who they are. It's a wonder this isn't used a lot more. With the mobile phone being ubiquitous, there is a high likelihood that criminals will be caught more easily. 

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Aussie telcos to sell user location data to marketers - Register

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Aussie telcos to sell user location data to marketers Register The telcos, unnamed due to non-disclosure agreements, were seeking a project similar or based on Singapore's SingTel which tracked the location of users via cell signal strength and...
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Don't go beating up on the Aussies, they're doing this in New Zealand too. This is powerful information for town planners, for retailers, for service providers, the transport industry, education and so much more.

 

The important thing to understand is that this information is not about you, it is about clusters of unique devices, about trends and whilst it could be so much more, privacy laws and the risks of a serious backlash by customers of large corporates if their personal data was being sold without approval would stop them from using data more personal.

 

It is only a matter of time before Census departments start subscribing to this data which could provide real time information on where commuters statistically live and work and how they make those journeys, Where do they play. Combine location with how mobiles are used, at the very least the amount of voice, data and SMS they consume and where they do it.

 

If I was running an oil company, a bus company, a retail chain, educational institutions, entertainment businesses, combining this information with Census data would make this very powerful information.

 

The real problem I have found when I was offering location based business analysis tools, most people didn't know what questions to ask of the data. That's not a problem, there are many problem solving consultants like myself who do. The great thing today is that you don't have to have the budget and resources of an international insurance company or bank to access and mine this information, There are many low cost solutions and tools that can allow you to access the information you need. If you understand your business, your industry and where you want to grow yours, understanding where the people are and why is a veritable goldmine. Are you going to mine it or just sit back and watch. It's easier than you think. If you contact me, I'll be happy to give you a pointer or two for free, no strings attached.

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GPS tracking leads deputies to suspected dump truck thief - Wink News

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GPS tracking leads deputies to suspected dump truck thief
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NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples man was arrested for grand theft yesterday after GPS tracking led deputies directly to him.
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Have I ever told you I love these stories? Oh only dozens of times. We know where you live:) The only part that was missing in this story is that usually they also find a treasure trove of drugs and other stolen items.

 

It won't be long before most of our valuable possessions can be GPS  located. Btw have you set up your favorite find my phone app yet? Of course you have:)

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The race to go online in your car - Telegraph.co.uk

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Telegraph.co.uk The race to go online in your car Telegraph.co.uk Many motorists also use them for navigation and listening to music, and smartphones will become even more useful in a few months when Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto systems...
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The article says, what I've said before, 27% of iPhone users would change brand to get a better connected car. While the distracted driving lobby group, cautions, and rightly so, about putting more entertainment systems into cars, by far the most demanded functionality is around car navigation, particularly with real time traffic accident and incident information, giving motorists the opportunity to route around incidents and also new kid on the block, but growing very quickly is car park availability.

 

This is going to be a rapid growth area and one of the new status symbols is not going to be the brand of the car, but how well connected it is.

 

It is also important to consider how the car is connected. There is a certain brand of popular European car that has connectivity for the iPhone 4 and 4S. It's only been out for a year. Look for cars that connect via WiFi and Bluetooth depending on the functionality. Look for a car that offers connectivity, not just for the driver, but also for passengers because before too long the kids will also be wanting to stream entertainment into the car and your friends and family might be wanting to help find that car park, or restaurant or other locations leaving the driver free to drive without distractions.

 

This is a great opportunity for car brands and models that don't usually get the limelight to compete with the BMW's and Mercedes. One final thought. Unless all your friends drive one brand and model, make sure that you're not buying a car with amazing safety anti-crash systems, but only to prevent then hitting a car of the same brand and model. Think I'm joking? I wish!

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Despite technology, paper maps haven't folded - Reading Eagle

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Despite technology, paper maps haven't folded
Reading Eagle
Time was, everyone's glove box was crammed with wadded-up maps from trips past and neatly-folded maps for trips yet to be taken.
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I do in fact have a few maps that are a couple of years old, they sit on one of my bookshelves as a piece of memorabilia rather than a tool I expect to use anytime in the near future.

 

If I was going hiking I would definitely invest in a map and if it was a few days, I would take an old school compass as well, but other than that, I have sufficient devices and back up battery packs, that I can't see myself needing them.

 

Having said that, I'm a guy. I have a good sense for direction. Going back to my ancestral hunter gatherers, the hippocampus was designed to ensure we could get back to the camp fires waiting to cook the food we had found.

 

Of course I have been known to drive around in circles as I got close to my destination and didn't ask for directions. But that was before I got my first nav unit:)

 

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Digital Maps Show Race and Income Data Down to Street Level - Next City

Digital Maps Show Race and Income Data Down to Street Level - Next City | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Digital Maps Show Race and Income Data Down to Street Level Next City A 38-year-old Philadelphia activist with a background in data visualization wants to bring that power to the people with a free interactive mapping tool that provides...
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As I outlined in my book Buying a House Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services http://www.amazon.com/Buying-House-Location-Services-ebook/dp/B00FMIB6LW people want to live in areas where people from similar backgrounds live. For some that might be about ethnicity, for many it will be about income. How do you find out this information without being a geek?

 

This site is one of those. Just put in the name of the address you are interested in and see what comes up. Whilst it says that it supports your country, at this stage it seems to assume that your country is the USA. Not a lot of help for me living in New Zealand. The same sort of information is available here, but not as easy to access.

 

As outlined in my eBook, there are similar apps available for most countries and this is an important piece of research whether you are renting or buying.

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Tracking the Ebola outbreak in near real-time: HealthMap, ProMED and other tools

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Sobering news keeps coming out of the West African Ebola outbreak. According to numbers released on August 6, the virus has sickened 1,711 and claimed 932 lives across four nations. The outbreak continues to grow, with a high risk of continued regional spread, according to a threat analysis released byHealthMap (an outbreak tracking system operated out of Boston Children’s Hospital) and Bio.Diaspora (a Canadian project that monitors communicable disease spread via international travel).

 

“What we’ve seen here—because of inadequate public health measures, because of general fear—is [an outbreak that] truly hasn’t been kept under control,”John Brownstein, PhD, co-founder of HealthMap and a computational epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told ABC News. “The event started, calmed down and jumped up again. Now, we’re seeing movement into densely populated areas, which is highly concerning.”

 

If you’re interested in keeping tabs on the outbreak yourself, there are several tools that can help:

 

HealthMap’s Ebola map. The HealthMap team is maintaining a dedicated, interactive map and timeline of the epidemic athealthmap.org/ebola (embedded at the top of this post). Both map and timeline are regularly updated as new information becomes available, as is the HealthMap Twitter account.ProMED. The International Society for Infectious Disease, a non-profit organization for infectious and emerging disease research, operatesProMED, a disease news monitoring service that tracks outbreaks of human and veterinary infectious diseases. ProMED (short for Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases) has been sending out regular email and Twitter alerts about the Ebola outbreak since it was first noticed in March.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is regularly posting updated news and patient counts—as well as travel and preparedness guidance and other information about the virus—on both their website and Twitter.World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO’s Global Alert and Response system is providing regular updates on disease spread and control efforts. The organization is also distributing updates via its Twitter feed.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, John Humphrey
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Not only is this a great site, but when I went in, it automatically identified that I live in New Zealand and showed me areas close to me where there are notifiable diseases. It showed that currently measles is growing around our country. This is a great site to check out, whether you are traveling overseas and want to see if there are things you want to be forewarned about, perhaps be inoculated against, or in the case of something like Ebola, places you might be better off staying well away from at least in the short to medium term. 

 

I recommend checking it out, whether you are traveling, or simply want to see great use of maps to show real time data. The time-lapse video showing the expansion of Ebola is fascinating. This is the sort of thing we usually just see on movies showing the CDC, like one of my favorite TV shows 24. Where's Jack Bauer when you need him? Oh, I here a rumor he may be coming back:)

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Biodefense News's curator insight, August 14, 7:20 PM

One glaring omission from this list is http://www.ascelbio.com, which is supplying CDC/GDD with outbreak information and forecasting.  Ascel Bio was also in constant contact with Samaritan's Purse and asked to help respond to evacuate.

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Bladen County to put GPS tracking in school buses - WECT-TV6

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Bladen County to put GPS tracking in school buses
WECT-TV6
The Bladen County School Board approved a GPS Tracking and Maintenance system for the 80 buses in their fleet.
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Many taxis have GPS based alarms, so why not buses. It's great to see school buses monitored for a number of reasons. Safety and security for the passengers is the obvious one. If the data is accessible to parents, they can tell if they are going to be on time. It also allows reporting and training of bus drivers.

 

Drivers themselves can be monitored for harsh braking and also harsh cornering. It can also be monitored for unusual driving behavior. Yesterday I watched a school bus drive straight the the red light on a busy intersection, I also recently saw a school bus which got caught in heavy congestion after a crash. He turned the bus off the road and drove up the safety strip and grass with a bus full of children, effectively going to wrong way on a freeway. I believe he lots his license. Schoolkids are precious cargo! Let's keep them safe and sound,

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Navdy Projects Apps Onto Your Car's Windshield - TIME

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Navdy Projects Apps Onto Your Car's Windshield
TIME
My car's in-dash navigation system did me wrong a few months back, sending me on a wild goose chase around the greater Boston area.
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Thinking about what nav is going to be like in the future? Think heads up display. About this time last year I wrote about new technology on the way as aftermarket solutions with a HUD, just like the flash car I probably won't get to own unless I win Lotto.

 

Anyway this new one from Navdy does the nav and a little bit more as you'll see on the video. It incorporates voice control and hand gesture for other features such as answering or ignoring phone calls.

 

The article says they are raising funds for this project on Kickstarter, so naturally I went and had a look. Unfortunately I couldn't find it there. I did however find their website and maybe the have already found the funding they need because they are taking pre-orders for US$299, for delivery next year.

 

My first thought was that they won't have maps for New Zealand, however it does support Google Maps. There web site https://www.navdy.com/ doesn't say a lot about application support and I'm not about to lose the functionality that comes from my trusty TomTom such as local speed zones, accurate turn restrictions, real time traffic and more that I rely on, so I'm hoping that this device will support quality branded nav apps as well as all the other cool things it does.

 

The exciting thing is that this is, as I have predicted a few years ago, the next step in OEM car navigation. HUD, link to the car's ODB2 Port and much more. Whether you think this is ready for you or your market (only available in English) you'll enjoy the 2 minute video with a vision of what you could be using next year, in virtually any car that is post 1997.

 

Do remember though that cool features aren't necessarily enough. Make sure that it does support a quality navigation solution for the country or state you live in, or you might be disappointed. Even without quality nav this would be the talk of your friend and a great value hands free kit for your mobile smartphone.

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U.S. Army Looks to Clothe its Soldiers with 3D Printed Gear

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Hw manyResearchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts are exploring ways to 3D print clothing.


Via Thomas Faltin
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How many innovations stared with the military? I have always thought that 3D printing would be wonderful for people in 3rd world countries. Of course the printing process is currently still painfully slow, but the technology is taking off.

 

Why am I talking about it in my location based blog? Sorry, it's just a technology I'm very excited about. I'm hoping that enhanced developments in things like 3D printed shoes with flexibility from multiple materials could be passed on into the open source community to help others.

 

If some of the waste that can be recovered from rubbish tips can be converted into 3D printing material by the use of Filabots, we could see some life changing good come from the rapid development that will be happening in Darpa or elsewhere.

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Foursquare tracks where you are even when the app is closed - Washington Post

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Foursquare tracks where you are even when the app is closed
Washington Post
The all-new version of Foursquare, announced Wednesday, “learns what you like, leads you to places you'll love,” and tracks your every movement even when the app is closed.
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This is an excellent article that all Foursquare users should read and understand. One of the things that is a given with free applications is that the companies that develop them have to make a profit somehow and many of them start of as high risk ventures that lose entrepreneurs loads of money. So effectively if you want to get good information and deals suited to your unique interests, there is a trade off.

 

You now need to be aware that unless you turn off the feature (and this article tells you how) you will be sharing your location information even when you turn the application off. The article says that it only consumes 0.7% of your device's battery to do this (doesn't mention that it is also using (probably also very small) some of your data cap. You should also be aware that this would be based on the state of the battery when it was new. I use Foursquare on a iPhone 4S and it's battery life isn't great any more, so the batter usage is likely to be proportionally much higher.

 

I do want the type of application that Foursquare has spent many years trying to be, although as per previous blogs, I'm not much into the division of it into two applications and that could end up being the fatal flaw for me. I have already started checking in a lot less (which is perhaps why they now use this surreptitious form of monitoring).

 

From a privacy perspective, they will be selling high level trends, not individual information, so they aren't telling the retailer that John Smith is on their doorstep, but they will be able to tell them how many Foursquare users are or have been there.

 

I have watched Foursquare with interest and my biggest disappointment is that they didn't support their mavens right from the start, who were prepared to help teach and support retailers as consultants, and in some cases manage their accounts for them. IMHO this failure to allow consultants to handle multiple accounts on their behalf, was and continues to be a fatal flaw. They provided great services to SME who didn't understand how to use them and when the retailers wanted 3rd parties (like me) to help them via composite accounts, Foursquare said one email, one account and that didn't work. End result (again my opinion) Foursquare missed out an a phenomenal opportunity for global domination. Even in the USA where there are major retail chains, there are way more small stores and they have really missed out on the marketing opportunities that Foursquare offered.

 

Anyway, please have a read of this article if you use Foursquare. It's fairly imortant.

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Apple is quietly making its move to own in-store digital tracking

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Apple is changing how location sharing works on iPhones, and the changes may help it solidify control over the burgeoning in-store tracking and retail analytics industry.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Can someone explain this to me a bit? I'm trying to understand whether Apple is protecting my personal location, or is Apple just taking revenue from sharing it and pushing people to their own technologies like iBeacon?

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I beacon, NFC , but Apple has its own ideas...

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Need a Crystal Ball to tell the future?  when it comes to event technology, I do not think so.  People often wonder what the future holds for event marketing.  See this article and then apply the same concept from retail beacon marketing and you will have a glimpse into the future of event marketing. 

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City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks - CityLab

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City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks
CityLab
The answers may or may not be found in "Judgmental Maps," a fearlessly opinionated project that seems designed to troll America's biggest cities.
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This is really interesting. I use Trendmaps from time to time, but I've never heard of Judgmental Maps, but it makes a lot of sense. Most cities, states and towns have demographic listings of where groups if people live, areas of high ethnic groups, prevalent employment categories, sizes of families, no families. Here in Auckland there is a real estate book which classifies people by all the things that makes them interesting, which is explored in a little more detail in my book http://www.amazon.com/Buying-House-Location-Services-ebook/dp/B00FMIB6LW Buying a House using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services. The fact is people like to live in an area surrounded by people that are like themselves. There are also as some of these examples show, places where you might not want to live because of previous land use, commute time, or whatever.

 

You may not agree with the map or the perception that people have drawn about your city, but you always have the opportunity to change the perception. I like the idea. I'd love to have the time to make up a map of my city like this. Maybe I should add it to my to do list, at the very least as a fun way to use maps. For now my favorite is one that is sometimes found on T-Shirts and table cloths showing Australia and New Zealand together which names the (very creatively named main islands of New Zealand and then titles Australia as an uncharted wasteland off the coast of New Zealand.

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Foursquare strikes back – you better be prepared!Spotistic

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1 out of 10 smartphone users somehow have #Foursquare natively installed on their phone http://t.co/pUBQLFyi2g #cortana #localmarketing
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Really? That just sounds embarrassing and annoying to me. What do you think?

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15 Amazing Maps That Explain Everything | Luufy.com

15 Amazing Maps That Explain Everything | Luufy.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
We've seen news reports of anti-American demonstrations where presidents and flags are burned in effigy, but there are a number of countries that have a generally positive view of the U.S. and, astoundingly, Russia is one of those countries.
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This should really be a coffee table book. It has that gentle but interesting look at trends in the world, who drives on the wrong side of the road, how much coffee we drink in different parts of the world to cure our desire for sleep, the size of the once great British Empire and the best paid jobs in America.

 

I love what you can show with maps, the stories are so easy to comprehend. You will have fun viewing these maps and find some interesting stories to share with friends.  .

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Smartphone Check-Ins: Not Quite an Aladin's Lamp. - 4Hoteliers

Smartphone Check-Ins: Not Quite an Aladin's Lamp.
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This is a smart first step towards meeting Smartphone users. I would emphasize first step because it doesn't say much about why I would use their app i the first place, but I'm listening.

 

There is a market of people, Free Independent Travelers (FIT) who would use this functionality, but they probably already have accommodation and travel apps for Africa.

 

If I was looking for a strategy to attract high value regular customers I would add in loyalty, local information and the ability to access the (IoT) Internet of Things. In other words imagine that the exclusive Apple Core Hotels app, gave you access to your room, control over lights, entertainment, your account, connected to the hotel's free WiFi, made you offers such as invitations to the Captain's Club, the ability to purchase from local restaurants or see the menu's of the hotel restaurants, access to the gym and pool etc.

 

It would also provide the ability to learn about local amenities from shops to entertainment, ability to check times at the 3 airports and whatever else is of interest. It would seem that the target market is one that is more affluent and able to afford to pay a little more (my experience is that its better to use apps and decided where to stay, but then to ring the hotel at around 8PM and negotiate a deal, better than the reservation engine apps offer.

 

For regular visitors this could become their concierge and start to learn about their needs and habits, but maybe that's going a little too far for a chain of 5 hotels?

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Traffic-Parking Information for One Direction Concert - Titansonline.com

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Traffic-Parking Information for One Direction Concert
Titansonline.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A crowd estimated at 50,000 is expected to begin arriving at LP Field Tuesday afternoon for a 7 p.m. concert by the band One Direction.
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This is a smart idea for major event parking if you can make it happen. With 50,000 people and 4,500 car parks, it could easily be one of those events where people arrive in time to see the encore.

 

A drop off zone is a great idea if you can keep it flowing. Pity the poor parents sitting in long queues but I'd love to find out if it works. I've been to events before, where people have driven up to the venue with a car full of people and left their car at the entrance to be towed away, figuring that sharing the cost of the tow shared amongst friends is worth it. I would have thought a cab would be cheaper.

 

Why doesn't someone create a mobile application for all the local businesses who let their company car parks be rented out to collect money for charities, to notify people that they still have spaces? Sounds like a simple opportunity, can't believe no one has done it yet. How about some royalty recognition folks? You read it here first:)

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These Maps Of St. Louis Segregation Are Depressing - Business Insider

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These Maps Of St. Louis Segregation Are Depressing
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As you can see in the maps above, as black residents move into certain neighborhoods, white residents tend to move farther out.
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Check out the way these maps tell the story of racial segregation in St Louis from decade to decade.

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San Francisco police defending their traffic control measures at the Paul ... - abc7news.com

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San Francisco police defending their traffic control measures at the Paul ...
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... traffic control measures at Paul McCartney concert.
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So you think we have traffic problems? Check out this story about the people who gave themselves 2 hours for a 20 minute trip to the SF Paul McCartney concert and got there in time for the encore. I think we do traffic control really well in New Zealand.

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GPS device aims to reduce police chase dangers - KHOU

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GPS device aims to reduce police chase dangers
KHOU
A launching system installed in the front grill of a police car shoots a miniature GPS module that sticks to the back of the car being pursued.
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This fantastic solution is being tested in 20 States in the US today for car chases. So many Police chases end up in disaster where the suspect increases speed to avoid being caught.

 

This awesome device means that Poilice can track the offender by shooting a GPS unit at the car using something like suction cup technology. They can ease off on the chase, reducing risk to the officers, the suspects and innocent bystanders sometimes caught in between. As long as the devices themselves, which can be shot from a moving car, can be reused, or aren't too expensive (what is one saved life worth) this is a great solution to a global problem.

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Uber to launch cheaper service in Johannesburg - BDlive

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Uber to launch cheaper service in Johannesburg
BDlive
CASHLESS driver-hailing app Uber will introduce its cheaper uberX service in Johannesburg on Thursday, slashing its ride costs in the city by about 35% compared with its standard offering.
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It's bookshops and record stores all over again, but this time it's a service. We have all heard about Uber, the taxi drivers are claiming foul, but just like the retailers, to me there are a few key things to think about/

 

1. If the taxi industry was totally scrupulous and focused on value for money, they would continue to reinvent themselves, focusing on customer desires and needs and the threat would be significantly reduced. Taxis could be much more user friendly, look at www.airnztaxis.co.nz for a solution that works and is fair for all.

 

2. If Uber helps drive to fewer people owning cars, that has to be good for our cities and the planet right? If we can't collaborate and get car pooling and public transport sorted to meet our needs, then we need to change.

 

3. See 1. I see so many taxi's overcharging, confusing customers, taking them long way, short cuts that don't work, even asking them which way they would like to go, knowing that half of their customers wouldn't know what that meant.

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9 Travel Apps for Google Glass - LubbockOnline.com

9 Travel Apps for Google Glass
LubbockOnline.com
With wearable devices such as Google Glass becoming technology's next big thing, it's little surprise developers are going after the travel market.
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Not what I'd expect to find coming out of Lubbock, but then they probably don't expect this to come out of Auckland.

 

Have you got your Google Glasses yet? I break a pair of sunglasses about every 6 months so I'm not sure I'm a glass person and I definitely wouldn't want to wear glasses all the time. Don't get me wrong I would love a pair, but to be frank, unless they sent me a review pair, perhaps to look at car navigation or review apps, I just can't cost justify them.

 

Anyway, I love the application for people who are looking for a map location and are sick of the glasses not understanding the location they want to navigate to. So now they have developed an app where you manually look for your destination on your smartphone and then have it send the destination and subsequent navigation to your Google Glasses.

 

When Google are raving about their voice recognition, it appears that you might need to have a particular accent in order to be understood. Kiwis will get this though, because we have to put on a fake American accent to be understood when we visit the US anyway, so maybe it's easy for us than some of the natives.

 

Glasses, post story.

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Best new mobile apps for iOS, Android - Digital Spy UK

Best new mobile apps for iOS, Android - Digital Spy UK | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Best new mobile apps for iOS, Android
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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.
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Train spotting rises to a new high and I'm sure there are plane spotting apps too, although they might not be quite as reliable.

 

Some years ago I ran the Location Innovation Awards in New Zealand, http://luigicappel.wordpress.com/tag/location-innovation-awards/

 

The winner came up with an application like this for Auckland buses. Unfortunately API's weren't available at the time to access information on where the buses were at any given time, but basically the app told you which direction to walk to, to get to the bus stop and the route on the map changed color if you needed to walk faster, or if you had enough time to pop over the road for a coffee or newspaper (this was 2008).

 

Pretty soon we will be in a position to use apps like this for our daily commute and for trips less familiar. With real time information as opposed to using timetables that are just a guideline, but not necessarily practical for accuracy (often the uses are in the same congested traffic with cars), real time GPS will let you see where the bus truly is in relation to you and the bus stop. Then the timetable only becomes a bus optimization tool. We really don't care what time the bus is supposed to arrive at a bus stop (well we do for longer term planning on routes that have fewer buses) we want to know when we and the bus will intersect at the stop.

 

Get this right and I suspect a lot more people will be happy to catch buses and their expectations will be easier to meet.

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The Most Important Missing Apple, Google Maps App Feature On The Road ... - MediaPost Communications

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The Most Important Missing Apple, Google Maps App Feature On The Road ...
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I was surprised to read this, given that so many people are using these apps for navigation today. My main device remains the TomTom which was of course purpose designed and I would have struggled without it, in many countries around the world. Whether it's exploring a remote part of a state on a remote trip, or traveling around New Zealand, when your gas gauge goes below 1/4 tank, you need to know whether the gas station is in the direction you are heading, or if you need to stop for a detour.

 

One of the most common causes of distress calls from motorists is that they have run out of gas. Of course it's easier for a car navigation company to identify needs like this because it is a pure-play. They have a relationship with their customers and listen to what they say they want. You could argue that Apple and Google Maps weren't ostensibly designed for car navigation even though many people use them for that, especially if they don't have nav. They could learn from the car nav brands though....

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17 Interesting and amazing maps to learn from

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Maps that will change the way you see the world! (RT @FoodPornsx: RT @World: 15 Maps that will blow your mind: http://t.co/lfGb4mS8zj)
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I love these maps. A really interesting one is the highest paid profession in each state of the US. Sure surprised me.

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HomeAway® Introduces Mobile Hospitality Manager - WhaTech

HomeAway® Introduces Mobile Hospitality Manager - WhaTech | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Enhanced HomeAway App and Mobile Site Features Provide Vacation Rental Owners Ability to Improve the Guest Experience from Booking to Stay (#HomeAway® Introduces Mobile Hospitality Manager - WhaTech : http://t.co/DuVhGIGWef)...
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Nice feature. I've rented ski houses and batches before and often there are little bits of inside knowledge that make the stay a lot more friendly. Where's the firewood, or the best place to eat? What day is the rubbish collection? What are some fun places to go to and where should I avoid? How do you use the universal remote on the TV?

 

I'm not totally sure I want the renters to be able to contact me personally and expect me to answer. I thought that was more a bureau sort of thing, but then off course the whole point is that you don't need a bureau....

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