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Could An Ignition-Activated 'Car Mode' Keep Drivers From Texting? - Gizmodo Australia

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Could An Ignition-Activated 'Car Mode' Keep Drivers From Texting?
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Would you pay for this? I'm not sure I'd like an app that would stop me using my mobile as a passenger.

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Q&A: How Malaysia Airlines can salvage its brand - The Seattle Times

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NBCNews.com Q&A: How Malaysia Airlines can salvage its brand The Seattle Times "They are a victim this time, so it is very different from a situation where they have no answers," said Caroline Sapriel, managing director of CS&A, a company that...

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This is different to most posts you will get from me. I'll take it from a location based perspective, because I'm interested in 2 aspects.

 

One is, whether they were legally entitled to be in that airspace or not, 2 Ukrainian aircraft had been shot down over that airspace in the previous few days. I would not willingly fly on any aircraft going over a war zone, period. I accept that other airlines did the same and got lucky. I'd be interested to know if any other airlines are doing it now.

 

The second is, I am really interested in branding and how a brand recovers from disasters and these 2 incidents are potentially huge disasters. Most airlines run on very tight budgets these days. A large number have fallen by the wayside in recent years. Even if they did nothing wrong, they are tarnished. Not only will people shy away in general, but a lot of people, especially Asian people have a thing about numbers, European people also often say things come in 3's. Obviously that's not scientific, bu people want a scapegoat and there is a major brand in the firing line.

 

If an individual gets their name tarnished, there are lost of things they can do, lots of experts tat can help them, or they can simply escape from the limelight for an appropriate period of purgatory. Go do some good somewhere remote perhaps. But a big brand doesn't have that luxury. Changing the CEO, sad but obvious is an option, because even if they 'did nothing wrong' boards and others expect a sacrificial goat. But this doesn't appease hundreds of people who have lost a loved one, the insurance which company which will undoubtedly payout against or before a class action and passengers who will vote with their feet.

 

So what do they do? at one end of the scale, I see them slowly go broke and little appetite to fund them through what would be a long and difficult period from which they still might not recover, probably depends a lot on the support of their nationals. Another more probable option would be a sale/merger to another airline, as per the example of KLM.

 

So what would you do? It is the Malaysian national airline. It hasn't to the best of our knowledge failed in any way legally, they are doing their best to cooperate, they are certainly as devastated as the rest of the world is.  If you were going on a long trip next week and they were $100 cheaper than another airline that was globally trusted, for the same route. Which airline would you choose? How could they make you change your mind?

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Real Adventurers Read Maps - New York Times

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But I would argue that a road trip, especially one taken with another person, is a lesser experience with GPS or navigation apps.
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Luddites of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your destination. Here's the other side of the story. http://luigicappel.wordpress.com/?s=road+trip&submit=Search

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GPS problems with new homes - WCYB

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GPS problems with new homes
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New homes sometimes mean new roads. Can you find your way around, or can you be found? We visited one new development, typed in the address of a new home into a GPS locator, and nothing showed up.
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Having worked for a mapping company supplying data to car navigation companies this has always been a classic issue. We subscribed to information from councils regarding new streets and suburbs and most of the time would have the information prior to the homes being built.

 

It is however a complex problem. For example in many cases several different street names are put forward and sometimes the one that is agreed on by council is contested and changed after it is gazetted. Another common problem is gated communities where the 'roads' are named, but are entirely on private property, effectively the roads are privately owned and maintained. We would often get a call from people in these communities complaining that they were not on the brand new car nav unit they had just purchased.

 

Mapping companies do their best, but keeping this info is always a challenge.

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Forest Service road maps still available - Elko Daily Free Press

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ELKO — Summer is upon us and the many people looking to enjoy the warm weather in the forest should remember to pack a map. The U.S.
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This is a story that I have heard many times lately. We may have mobiles and tablets and navigation systems for Africa, but what happens when the battery goes flat. Besides voice and data, navigation uses a lot of battery and if you are relying on your first world technology and for some reason can't make it back in the time you prepared for, then having the paper map could save you a lot of grief.

 

If I was going tramping, exploring forest trails and parks, the first stop would be to the park HQ or information center to buy me a paper map. I'm a digital kind of guy but I'm also practical. Never forget the basics. A compass would also be a good idea and again, yes you have one on your phone, but when that little battery is gone, so is your digital compass.

 

Have fun, be safe and y'all come back now y'all hear?

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A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED

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Tableau recently partnered with Stamen Design, to release three new map template, which anyone can play around with.
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At first glance this looks awesome. I'm a huge fan of showing data on a map and if there is a simple free tool to help us do that. I'm all for it.

 

When I have time I'm going to give it a try. If anyone reading this is already using Tableau's free software, I'd welcome your feedback.

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Should Map Apps Be Regulated In Cars? - WBUR

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Should Map Apps Be Regulated In Cars?
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A driver holds an iPhone with Google Maps while at a red light. (Steve Garfield/Flickr). The U.S.
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This line of questioning is starting to stir some debate. As Peggy Smedley says, if car manufacturers don't put cool, but often distracting apps into cars, they will often lose sales to other marques that do.

 

We have many distracting apps in our cars, I think navigation has been well proven to reduce accidents, but that doesn't apply to all of them.

 

I've had a couple of contradictory but interesting experience's with Google's Waze app, which a couple of colleagues have raved about so much that I have started to use it again ad compared it to my latest TomTom which I love even though I had 2 less than perfect experiences with it recently that probably stand out because they are absolute rarities and I have been spoiled to expect an outstanding experience every time.

 

So when I use Waze, it often invites me to interact while driving. Of course it is a crowd sourced data solution and it relies largely on its users to inform it about incidents, Police on the side of the road, speed cameras and so in. It also asks for confirmation that an accident, a car on the side of the freeway are still there, or when it detects heavy traffic, comes up with a quick select menu of things that might be the cause. All great stuff, but if you are alone in your car, it is certainly attraction (against the T&C if you read them) to get you to respond to what is going on and you know that if you don't and others also don't because of the risk of being distracted, no one would end up with information.

 

On the flip side, the other day I was a passenger in a car and tried to start up Waze. I was in a Taxi and the Wellington cab driver, who said yes, when I asked him how to get to y destination, finally admitted that he didn't. I pointed out that he could use the nav in his taxi system and suggested he enter the address there, which he finally did, on the side of the road as the meter was ticking. So we started driving again and the screen locked up. I thought there was something wrong with the phone, but then I noticed a warning message asking me to please click a button to confirm I was not the driver entering my destination whilst driving a car. Great idea, but it would have been cool to perhaps have a n audible alert every time I touched the screen until I confirmed that yes I was a passenger. Having been in the mobile data and mobile device industry for many years I wasn't expecting this feature and my instincts kicked in to figure out what the technical problem was, thus being even more distracted.

 

Do you think car GPS devices are distracting and dangerous, say in comparison to using your mobile or deciding what to listen to on your Internet Radio?

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Three Rivers Park Debuts GPS Tracker For Vulnerable Guests - CBS Local

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Three Rivers Park Debuts GPS Tracker For Vulnerable Guests
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Three Rivers Park District is debuting a GPS tracking system to protect vulnerable guests.
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This is a fantastic story. Living in New Zealand where thousands of people explore bush and mountain tracks every day, we constantly hear stories of everyone from school groups to hunters and even casual day trippers getting lost. Just this weekend we had a group of school girls who needed a rescue on a tramping trip where a river suddenly rose and blocked off the track they had intended taking.

 

If you took all the money that is spent on search and rescue each year, you could probably invest in a lot of these or similar devices. It's mandatory to have emergency equipment including radio on boats and most of them also have GPS. I'm not saying it should be mandatory but it would certainly be smart to have technology like this available for casual trampers. More experienced ones also need rescuing but are more likely to have some form of technology already because they understand the risk.

 

I frequently blog in this space around people with dementia, diabetics and other conditions that can leave them distressed, confused and disoriented, but this technology also has benefits to those who may be super fit and healthy.

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Mobile apps offer last-minute deals - Muncie Star Press

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Mobile apps offer last-minute deals
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NEW YORK — While new technology and mobile applications have made old-fashion road trips easier, the thrill of spontaneity and surprise still remains.
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I haven't heard of Breather before. There's always something new! I'd like to think my network is big enough to find me a spot in a lot of cities around the world (would you offer me a hot desk for a couple of hours?) but if its location based and I need somewhere just for an hour, (I've used libraries for this in the past) handy to the location between meetings, this would be great!

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Foursquare refreshes Swarm with better check-ins, easier sharing ...

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Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking service, back in May took all the gamified features out of its main iOS client - the mayorships,
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So what do you think of the new Facebook? Are you a bit confused? Is it doing the things you signed up to Facebook for? Is it better or worse? Do they have the gamification right, or was it better before.

 

It seems to be morphing a lot more into a social app where you can find out where your friends are, but I'm not sure where they are going with things like location based marketing and how the new gamification will work.

 

Obviously they need to keep reinventing themselves to find new audiences and revenue. Ar they on the right track? I'm really interested in your thoughts.

 

I do like the idea of who's nearby and if I worked in the city I would probably use it more to catch up with friends and associates, but I'm not checking in anywhere as often as I used to.

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Think your commute is bad? Be glad you don’t live in Bangladesh.

Think your commute is bad? Be glad you don’t live in Bangladesh. | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Life in one of the world's most congested cities. (Think your commute is bad? Be glad you don’t live in Bangladesh. http://t.co/Wil77WSbec)
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It's all relative isn't it? When we look at our traffic problems, we think of them as having a major impact on our GDP. If people can't get to work in their choice of transport mode and time, it costs us money. We think of this as a first world problem.

 

In reality traffic congestion and the amount of time it takes people to get to work, or to do their work where it involves travel, impacts travelers no  matter where they are.

 

I wonder if any of the experts look towards these countries for ideas, as well as the wealthy countries with a highly developed technical infrastructure. When I watch videos from TED conferences and see a business developed by putting a washing machine mechanism onto the back of a small motorcycle and the owner traveling through a poor village with no electricity and doing their washing for them, I am impressed with their problem solving skills.

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San Francisco firm Uber to bring private car-hailing app technology to Taiwan - WantChinaTimes

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Whilst WantChinaTimes San Francisco firm Uber to bring private car-hailing app technology to Taiwan WantChinaTimes The apps, when downloaded to the user's smartphone, detect the Global Positioning System's (GPS) space-based satellite navigation system and...

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Whilst legislation may need to catch up, the reality is that this is a new wave of transportation.

 

I hear and understand a lot of complaints from the existing industries, but there are many arguments in favor of this evolution. It could mean fewer cars on the road. That has to be good from a green perspective.

 

One way the existing taxi industry could compete is by allowing passengers to rate existing taxi drivers, because there are drivers who take their customers 'the long way round' and this is one of the reasons that the whole industry gets a bad name.

 

A classic example I hear frequently is asking the passenger which route to take. This is a way of letting the driver off if they take the longer or more congested route. They should all be using solutions such as Waze or TomTom with real time traffic. If they are professional, then most of the time they know the fastest route at any time of day

 

Taxi companies should read 'What Would Google Do' by Jeff Jarvis. If they uniformly provided a great service, people would not be wanting other services. These new services could not get off the ground or survive if the existing ones were providing a great solution.

 

Just like book stores, record stores and other industries, the taxi industry needs to keep reinventing itself or others will take over. That is the nature of change.

 

With my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, I believe there is a global conspiracy. There is a central location on the planet where they send taxi drivers to countries where they don't speak the local language and don't know the local road network.

 

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Comment: See how borders change on Google Maps depending on where you are - SBS (blog)

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Comment: See how borders change on Google Maps depending on where you are
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It's hard to draw a map without making someone angry. There are 32 countries that Google Maps won't draw borders around.
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This is really interesting. I wonder what they do with Iraq. Some countries change all the time and I remember back in school that the names of the countries and their borders were changing and the school Atlases couldn't keep up.

 

This of course is a bit different. These aren't necessarily changing boarders but an accommodation of what it takes to have your (Google's) product politically acceptable in some countries. In some countries right now they'd have to change the borders every day. Not that this is anything new, the borders in most of the world have been changing ever since someone decided to put a fence around their city a few thousand years ago.

 

Got to give it to Google though, they know what they are doing. Maybe it's time I read Jeff Jarvis' great book What Would Google Do? again....

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Boston Police: GPS Puts Suspect At Scene Of Arboretum Sex Assault - CBS Local

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Boston Police: GPS Puts Suspect At Scene Of Arboretum Sex Assault
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The suspect, 23-year-old Ashton Davis was wearing a GPS bracelet in connection with another rape case in Roxbury court.
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I hear a lot of stories saying GPS bracelets don't work. I suspect the issue in many cases is that the bracelets work, but the resources aren't applied to ensure that the people wearing are not monitored. Clearly this person's bracelets worked, but either the rules or the people entrusted to enforce the rules weren't monitoring them.

 

The story doesn't say if this many was on home detention or exactly what his conditions were, but alarm bells should have gone off either when he left his place of residence, or when he found himself in a public place where he could pose a risk to other members of society.

 

The technology obviously worked. The system, the procedures, or lack of them, or the resources required to enforce them weren't available. Either way, this may have been preventable. If it wasn't, then he should have remained in preventative custody.

 

GPS is a piece of technology. It's the application that makes it work.

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Facebook Users Made One Million Check-Ins at World Cup Games

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More than one million people checked into World Cup stadiums on Facebook during the month-long tournament, with Brazilians making the most check-ins.
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Not bad for one sporting event given that it wasn't the only check in app in town. Really interesting to see the stats that of friendship growth amongst people who attended the World Cup and became Facebook friends that they met there.

 

This is also illustrates to me that we may have reached a tipping point, (must do some research here) on mobile users. One would have to assume that a very large percentage of those million check-ins were on mobile devices.

 

This once again asks the question about what retailers and other service providers are doing to attract these people. There has been talk of Google expecting to increase their sales revenue on the back of a 25% increase in mobile advertising.

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Kinawley man's free app is opening up tourist potential - Fermanagh Herald

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Kinawley man's free app is opening up tourist potential
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His firm has built a reputation across the UK and Ireland as a leader in Digital Technologies and Augmented Reality solutions.
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Why is it taking so long for apps like this to be developed? Augmented Reality is now commonplace in children's books. Schools and students now have smartphones and tablets. Apps like this encourage learning by making ir fun.

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GPS worn by pot robbery suspect places him at shooting scene, says prosecutor - Worcester Telegram

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GPS worn by pot robbery suspect places him at shooting scene, says prosecutor Worcester Telegram WORCESTER — A GPS monitor worn by a suspect in a shooting and robbery Monday on Greenwood Street placed him at the scene of the crime, according to...
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Another case of GPS helping with identifying what where and who, but its really frustrating when people who are being tracked still manage to commit cries. It certainly shows on their part a total disdain for society.

 

We must never forget that GPS is just a piece of technology. It is the systems around it that determine its usefulness.

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We Need This: A Maps App That Algorithmically Finds You the Scenic Route | Design | WIRED

We Need This: A Maps App That Algorithmically Finds You the Scenic Route | Design | WIRED | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Here’s something nice: Researchers working out of a Yahoo lab in Barcelona are building a maps application that doesn’t just spit out the fastest path from A to B but instead endeavors to show you the most enjoyable one.
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As someone who really enjoys road trips, this caught my interest, and I'm looking forward to learning more about what they come up with.

 

2 years ago I did a road trip which was mostly the Blues tour which is available on paper from any tourist center which took me to places like the homes and museums everywhere from Tupelo to Spring Creek. I couldn't find any apps that would include places like the Cotton Museum, Robert Johnson's museum or Mississippi John Hurt's backyard. I did the Natchez Trace, the trail the Indians took from Tennessee to Louisiana and in between visited historical villages, Indian burial mounds and much more.

 

What I want in an app is one where I can enter the keywords and areas I have of interest. Places that will make my trip memorable. When I think of scenic routes. Most countries and cities already have those mapped out and sign posted. I'm not sure which direction this app is going, but the need in my mind is for something I can't otherwise easily get. People in an area generally know where the great views are and what places have amazing views. I don't think you would need an algorithm when you have access to local experts. Doesn't mean you don't need the app though:)

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Foursquare With a Storyline: Google Brings Ingress to iOS - NDTV

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Foursquare With a Storyline: Google Brings Ingress to iOS
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That's because Ingress is - at its heart - a location based check-in service, like Foursquare or Facebook Places.
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I've got so many friends who have been playing Ingress since way back when and raved about it, maybe its getting old hat to them, I don't know, but I'm going to find out for myself now that it is finally available on iOS.

 

There just don't seem to be that many location based games as opposed to gamified location based apps.

 

I also love Science Fiction so I look forward to finally being able to download it myself.

 

Location and mobile open so many opportunities for gamification in apps. Hopefully opening this up to more users will revitalize it and encourage more organizations to find ways to engage customers, staff and stakeholders where their relationship has a location based element.

 

It's funny how many companies I have spoken to or consulted with have shown an interest but never done anything, despite acknowledging the potential value. I don't know that this will help, but for some it might.

 

I'll be back at some stage to share what I have learnt from Ingress on iOS.

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Reducing traffic congestion in Vietnam's major cities - Tuoitrenews

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Reducing traffic congestion in Vietnam's major cities
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Many experts now consider intelligent transportation systems (ITS) as the solution. London was able to reduce traffic to mid-1980 levels using ITS.
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Excellent article showing some of the differences as well as commonalities between eastern and western cities. In some places getting a car is a status symbol, especially in Asia, but in others it doesn't make sense at all when there is good economic public transport.

 

It's not surprising to see IBM mentioned here, especially when it comes to designing modern cities where people can live, work and play. Unfortunately most cities are not designed that way, so ITS and changes in work culture become important.

 

The toughest is when large corporations still don't, or feel they can't allow more people to spend some time working from home, or using flexi-time, allowing staff to go to and from work outside of peak traffic times. Big employers should really show some good citizenship and explore how they can make this work. There is plenty of technology such as unified communications that can not only make it easy for staff to work and stay connected, but also for their management, who in some cases effectively don't trust their staff to not be distracted when working from home.

 

There are of course people who by the nature of their job have to be on site all of their working time. There are plenty who don't. Sometimes the most effective solutions are very simple and low tech.

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Apple Maps To Offer Choice Of Google, Others For Directions - Search Engine Land

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Hindustan Times Apple Maps To Offer Choice Of Google, Others For Directions Search Engine Land In other words if you like the way, for example, Waze or Scout provides directions, those apps will be triggered from Apple Maps itself when you select a...
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It's interesting that this is only after you have identified your destination. One of the things I like about Waze (not its real tie traffic information which hasn't been very good to me in the last few days) is that it allows you to use other services to locate Points of Interest. Despite it being owned by Google, quite often the business I am looking for does not exist on the Waze database, but it lets me look for it in other data-sets.

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Toyota Seeks Patents on Warning and Navigation Systems - IPWatchdog.com

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Toyota Seeks Patents on Warning and Navigation Systems IPWatchdog.com 20140172290, entitled Navigation of On-Road Vehicle Based on Vertical Elements, would protect an apparatus comprised of a navigational unit which determines the position of a...
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This is a really interesting article about patents being developed and sought by Toyota. The motor industry is full of innovation even though a lot of it takes decades to filter through to the new car sales lot.

 

Of course all car manufacturers do this. I used to love seeing the car design competitions Honda used to run for its staff, where they could create any kind of car they wanted, which ranged from the solar powered vehicles through to cars with built in spa pools.

 

A lot of car concepts come from left field, but then it takes years to persuade an organization to go ahead with a radical concept and then design, get OEM components built, order parts years in advance etc. Look at HUDS (Heads Up Displays) they were in science fiction movies and TV shows when I was little, but even today they are only in a minority of upmarket cars.

 

When I see concepts like ITS technology that can allow a car to know how far away and how fast the car in front of you is driving, I get excited. Especially when  see things like the frequent nose to tail crashes on our motorways. But then I get really frustrated when the technology is proprietary.

 

I mean, who wants to buy a Volvo that can identify the speed of the car in front, avoid a collision with it, if i slams on the breaks to avoid a hedgehog crossing the road, if it only works when the car in front is also a Volvo of at least the same vintage.

 

I appreciate innovation and profit, I am all for patents and the ability to profit from ingenuity, that is essential for the motor industry to stay in business, and I do love cars. But I'm an idealist. What if the major car manufacturers licensed at least some IP to each other. For example, develop a new safety feature which can read roadside speed signs and alert the driver via a HUD that they are going to fast and that the signs are different to the speed the navigation system is telling them. Then sell the IP to their competitors.

 

If each car manufacturer focused on one area of specialty, maybe innovation would speed up. They can still have plenty of unique features that make buyers select their model over the others, but we could enjoy safer, cheaper, more enjoyable driving sooner.

 

On the other side of the fence I love what Tesla have done, making their IP open source so that anyone can use it. That adds so much value to their brand in my book. If I could afford one, I would buy it just because I like their sense of supporting the community of tomorrow. What a great thing to do.

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Watch this: Human transforms its app data into striking activity maps

Watch this: Human transforms its app data into striking activity maps | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Now, the outfit has taken user data from 30 of the largest cities in the world and constructed visualizations for each locale. Maps for all three of the aforementioned endeavors are included, broken down by activity for further ...
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I've tried a lot of LBS apps over the years and I'm always open to something new. So I've installed it, why don't you do the same and we can move and make aesthetic map art together.

 

Watch my blog at luigicappel.wordpress.com and we can compare notes. I've used a lot of apps to track fitness, walking travel etc. I've done the 10,000 steps program, Map My Walk and lots more, After a while they get boring unless they keep evolving or offer something you can't get anywhere else.

 

The installation was quick and the app is free. So lets see where this takes us. See you out there:)

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Pune Munical Corporation will now use GPS for tracking your garbage - Daily News & Analysis

Pune Munical Corporation will now use GPS for tracking your garbage - Daily News & Analysis | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Daily News & Analysis Pune Munical Corporation will now use GPS for tracking your garbage Daily News & Analysis Pune: After receiving complaints that garbage collection vehicles do not collect garbage regularly, the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC)...
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I wonder if they have also considered other benefits, for example, today's Fleet Management Systems have gyros and inertia sensors that can monitor safe driving, things such as harsh braking and cornering. The vehicles can be remotely unlocked in the event that someone accidentally locks the keys in the truck.

 

Fleet Management can be used to report where in a run the vehicle is and where it has been, so if people do complain, the Fleet Manager can view a breadcrumb trail online on which roads the vehicle has been on and when. So for example if someone got their garbage out late and then blamed the truck operator that can also be monitored.

 

Accidents happen in this industry and an emergency button would also be useful in the event of an equipment malfunction that injures an operator and if the airbags are deployed, an alarm can be sent back to base together with the geospatial coordinates.

 

It also allows monitoring of unauthorized driving, driving to unauthorized locations and many more functions such as supporting route optimization, green driving (lead feet). It can also help with things like keeping records of when services are due, licensing and driver information.

 

Good move PMC.

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More Travellers Choosing To Book With Apps

More Travellers Choosing To Book With Apps | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

This is tMore US consumers will book their hotels, airfares and other travel options via a smartphone or similar device in 2014 (26 million US consumers will book hotels, airfares and other travel options via smartphone or similar device in 2014

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This is true, but it is important to understand the full flow through process of apps or they can be annoying. Apps need to be robust and follow through the process at every user interaction in real life.

 

For example, last night I arrived at Wellington airport. My Air New Zealand app told me about traffic and weather and interesting things like that, which was really good.

 

I used it to enter the Koru lounge using my boarding pass which was great. However when I came out of the boarding lounge the experience was not so good. When you go out of the lounge passengers are typically boarding. The app didn't tell me which gate to go to, so now I was in a bit of a hurry. (Normally it does, but as I mentioned it needs to be robust and this time it didn't). I had to go to a monitor to find out and the flight number was slightly different (had an extra number on it from what was on my iPhone). I ended up having to ask someone to confirm it.

 

So now I go through security because Wellington has security at each gate as opposed to Auckland where everyone goes through the same security channel prior to the gates.

 

There is a throng of people funneling through to two attendant kiosks. My place in the throng channels me to the right where I am ready to drop my iPhone wit it's QR Code on the scanner, but wait. No scanner. No I see why a number of people have been pushed from one queue to the other, embarrassingly placing themselves in front of other people at the head of the line, as if they were queue jumping (not the Kiwi way) or in some cases going right to the back of the other line and waiting all over again.

 

Of the two check in kiosks, only one of them had a a scanner and the other one was only for 'real' printed boarding passes. Then you still have to have a 'gate pass' printed. What's that about? I have a full application that provides a visible digital boarding pass, why kill more trees to give me a piece of paper when I already have all the info on my mobile.

 

In my humble opinion, the people with these apps need to not only test them theoretically, but actually travel, or have mystery fliers use them and just spend a day periodically traveling through various domestic airport routes and see how it works. Preferably incognito.

 

Apps are great, but they have to provide a quality end to end experience. They should provide the full end to end service and be of benefit at all ends of the value chain. It should be an easier customer story,

 

Oh and why can't I confirm my seat on the app? I still have to go to the Air NZ web site to request a specific seat. That's more double handling.

 

Remember how different grocery shopping was before apps and self scanning? They saved loads of money on labels, staff and process and gave the customers who chose to use the services faster throughput as well as a lot more information, like navigation through the store to find your items, specials and promotion information and recipes. The whole experience improved.

 

Air NZ is 3/4 of the way there, but it doesn't feel like they have got it right. Yesterday they almost convinced me to go back to the expensive kiosks for a REAL boarding pass.

 

Oh and don't get me started on the Auckland Airport parking. Why isn't that an app? 3 visits in the last week. Two out of three machines (one per day) either not processing some cards or types of transactions, one day where one didn't provide a receipt so I can't claim the parking on my expenses. 2 of the 3 cold wet days they did have staff trying to help people in the long queues, but the customer experience and mood was not one that the Airport Company would crow as a success story. I note that this is a separate company and not Air NZ.

 

Also a note that I really do like Air NZ and this is using them as an example only. There are many airlines around the world offering similar wanting experiences. I just feel that these experiences shouldn't be happening in this day and age. Apps are so popular because they help ease the frustrations of the travel experience when they work properly.

 

One of the songs I wrote is called The Best Part of Going Away is Coming Home. I love visiting other places and people, but the process of getting through the airports and onto the planes is much harder than it should be. Put as much effort into the full experience as you do on the wonderful safety instruction video and in flight service, with fantastic crews and you'll have more happy customers. It can't be hard.

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Google Maps Update Brings Support For Android Wear - Headlines & Global News

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Google Maps Update Brings Support For Android Wear
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The web giant updated its Google Maps app for Android this week, bringing support for its open-source platform for wearable devices, Android Wear.
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This may not seem like much, but ut really is. It might even get me wearing a watch again except that I don't have an Android phone. Combining navigation on a watch, together with a heart rate monitor is going to appeal to everyone from a tourist, to people into fitness.

 

The pricing of these watches around the $200 mark makes them accessible to most people.

 

Why is this important? largely because it brings wearable computing to the masses, without them even realizing they are doing it. It makes things simple and users will gain benefits they never thought they wanted. Of course it makes the mobile even more ubiquitous. Some will say that it makes it all but impossible to disconnect from the world. They're right, but if it brings the world to you with the features you want, your world, then that's good in my book.

 

You can still have holidays and turn it all off for a break....

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