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Urbanspoon Adds Check-ins With New “Dineline” Feature For iPhone - TechCrunch

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Urbanspoon Adds Check-ins With New “Dineline” Feature For iPhoneTechCrunchSarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb.
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Are visitor centers passé? Haywood tourism authority mulls bang for the buck ... - Waynesville Smoky Mountain News

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Are visitor centers passé? Haywood tourism authority mulls bang for the buck ...
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Having had the pleasure of visiting a number of visitor centers such as on the Natchez Trace a couple of years ago, I found them first to be very busy (a good sign) second very helpful and interesting both for meeting staff, but also other visitors and what brought them into the area. Of course there is also accessibility to cold drinks on a hot day which is a health service:)

I am an active promoter of location based services on mobile devices and social media. I don't much like the State tourist guide books, although I have to admit that without them I wouldn't have known about the Trace or decided to drive and walk through it.

 

The other factor for them is the interaction with staff who are passionate and knowledgeable about the area's geography and history. Their ability to get an idea of what would be interesting to me, such as Indian trails, the Pharr mounds etc, where other people might have been more interested in a tobacco plantation or how they crossed the river in the Civil War.

 

Finally, the most important element that comes from Information Centers is Word of Mouth. The number of people I have shared information with who might go visit the Trace, because of the service and information I got from their information centers.

 

I have blogged on many occasions that US tourism, especially outside of major cities, still relies heavily on paper, which has its place, but wake up folks, it is very old school and most of us now have smartphones that know where they are. The technology IMHO is not yet ready to replace the human being at the Information Center. They are your face, the people who share the passion of the people who invested in the wonderful natural attractions so that tourists like me and people like your next door neighbor can enjoy your wonderful country.

 

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Farming theft on the rise, GPS led detectives to stolen farming equipment - KERO-TV 23

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Farming theft on the rise, GPS led detectives to stolen farming equipment
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With the help of technology hope is on the horizon for farmers.

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I like these stories. The FLIR sounds interesting, you expect heat sensing technology to be used by Police and emergency services, but haven't heard of it being used to find prowlers down on the farm before. I wonder how cost effective it is and what other things it could be used for?

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Vt. police: GPS leaves trucks stuck on notch road - WCAX

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Vt. police: GPS leaves trucks stuck on notch road
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"A very common thing we see is that truck drivers are simply following their GPS.
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There are no truck specific navigation systems and that isn't likely to be an option in these situations because even if there were, the drivers are just as likely to use the portable system of their choice.

 

However, if this sort of problem happens frequently, there is capability  in GPS based Fleet Management systems. This technology that uses GPS to identify the location of vehicles, safety performance elements such as harsh braking and acceleration are becoming more popular. These systems are becoming more popular for functionality such as road tolling and information related to Pay As You Drive insurance. They are are also used to maintain elements of safety and efficiency such as brakes and engine heat, temperature of refrigerated trailers.

 

Some of these systems have the ability to alert drivers to potential obstacles such as bridges that have weight restrictions and tunnels or overpasses with height restrictions. I wonder if the road authorities are working with the Fleet Management system providers rather than the car navigation companies. Fleet Management systems have the ability to block off areas of land such as unsuitable routes, such that drivers would receive a warning if they cross boundaries into those areas.

 

Of course there will also be situations where there are temporary problems and the bottom line is drivers need to pay attention to road signs. I fully agree with this story that if there are locations where signs are required, place them 50 miles back where there are detours. Once people are committed to a route they are more likely to take risks rather than have to turn back, especially if the signs don't clearly articulate the risk. Maybe an image of a stuck truck with the associated recovery costs and time would help, it would pay for itself in no time.

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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
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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

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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.

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 15, 9:33 AM

Thanks To Dr. Stefan

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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
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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
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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
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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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New quake map shows Northwest at high risk - KING5.com

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New quake map shows Northwest at high risk
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In July, the U.S.
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Following the Napa Valley quake yesterday (photos http://huff.to/1tC1AX4) this website/service which has just been updated provides a timely reminder, especially for the West Coast, but for all parts of the world that are prone to earthquakes, how you a map can provide easy to access and comprehend information to all people.

 

Planning to move? In my book Buying a House - Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services http://amzn.to/1olxtOa I provide examples and food for thought on identifying potential risks when buying that new property that turns out to be high risk for earthquakes, flooding and other natural risks.

 

Your council will have these maps, as will other Government Departments. Insurance companies have GIS systems to determine the risk of the property you are thinking about buying, it's well worth checking out. You're home being the biggest asset you will probably own in your life, it's worth doing a bit of research and a lot of it is as easy asking Google. I did a quick look for New Zealand Earthquake Maps and got results in around a second, like this one http://bit.ly/1p9pObA from The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

 

There are always lessons to be learned and a little research up front may save a lot of grief farther down the track.

 

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United, TripAdvisor, Starbucks add Uber booking to their mobile apps

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Despite its regulatory woes, Uber is extending its reach in the smartphone world big-time.
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Before the taxi industry gets up at arms over this, you have options too. Some airlines such as Air New Zealand have Air NZ Taxis, a fantastic service https://www.taxi.co.nz/ which allows you to enter your flight details and choose from a variety of companies and types of taxi from vans to corporate through to lower cost services. If your flight is delayed, they are notified and there will be someone at the airport with a sign with your name on it. The prices are prepaid and guaranteed as is the service to get you to your flight.

 

Uber and lookalikes would not have the opportunity to break into markets if the incumbents were catering to clients needs. This is another industry that is changing and it is only changing because the old school companies are not keeping up with the times. Instead of trying to legislate new technologies out, why not try to find out what your customers want.

 

It is smart marketing for Uber to work together with other service providers such as transport, accommodation, tourist attractions and the features such as allowing customers to see where the nearest car is are smart. The ability in these types of apps to rate drivers is another  feature that adds confidence. With taxis having been deregulated over the years and more and more incidents of both assault of drivers by passengers and passengers by drivers, it seems that the traditional modes have become arrogant in some cases. 

 

I strongly recommend to the taxi industry that they start understanding the customers and remembering that they are there to meet their needs. A good place to start thinking IMHO is the wonderful book by Jeff Jarvis called What Would Google Do? You could start with the Slideshare, it's free http://www.slideshare.net/jeffjarvis/wwgd-the-powerpoint

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell ... - Apple Insider

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell ...
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Apple's automatic car parking and navigation patent applications were first filed for in February 2013 and credit Jason A.
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This is an application concept I tried to get off the ground in New Zealand a while ago, however circumstances meant it never quite got finished to a commercial level. That aside I used my Where's My Car application a week or two ago when I was parking in a park and area I hadn't been to before. It worked great.

 

The problem is a daily one for millions of people as I found out when I did some research for a presentation to the NZ Car Parking Industry Conference a couple of years ago. I visited car parks in New Zealand, Australia and the USA; in shopping malls, urban areas, and large car park buildings which were inside and encased in concrete where in many cases each floor looked identical to the one above and below. Every time a coconut, I saw people laden with shopping, impatient kids and other people in various stages of frustrated bewilderment, looking for where they parked their damn car.

 

Just go to any large parking area and see it for yourself. There were a pile of features I wanted, like the ability to know if I parked at a meter, or a limited time park, how long I had before I got a ticket, but that's another story.

 

My Where's My Car app that I bought in the USA was great going to concerts in giant venues, especially when I was in a rental vehicle that I didn't know well, and looked like so many others around it. I told my wife we should have gotten the Jeep, anyway that's another story.

 

The problem is that when you are inside the concrete jungle carpark, the GPS and sometimes even the phone signal don't penetrate and GPS or assisted GPS are the primary ways to pinpoint your location. A good app will pinpoint your exact location and to remove any doubt, will also allow you to write down details such as the floor and park number and even a photo (which could include the rego of the vehicle next to you, in case they leave any scratches on your car.

 

So the point of this patent which Apple think will give them some exclusivity, is the relationship with the car. If they have a device of some sort in the car, probably something like passive RFID, then when you get close enough, the car can tell your phone where it is. Meanwhile when (it determines) you park your car, the application starts monitoring the inertia censors and 6-point electronic compass as you leave the vehicle, in order to bread crumb  your movement until you get to a point where the GPS can get your signal again.

 

I don't see how Apple will get a strong patent to monopolize this technology except that they are working with car manufacturers, so they can have exclusive relationships with certain brands. This means that locating your car if you own one of the those brands, will be easier if you have an iPhone. I would expect Google Samsung to be having similar discussions with Asian car manufacturers for Android phones.

 

Anyway, the crux of it is that if you have the right combination of mobile and car, you will be able to locate where you parked it, even if its underground or in a concrete tower. That will save millions of people a lot of grief in the coming years. Don't worry, if you don't have the right combination of car and mobile, there will be perfectly good aftermarket solutions available in your favorite electronics or car accessory store and online.

 

If they are smart, car insurance companies will include this functionality in their PAYD or safe driving app; and perhaps the odd smart airline will do the same for frequent flyers, including this functionality into their check in apps.

 

In the meantime, your mobile's app store already has many free and paid versions of find my car apps that work perfectly well as long as the mobile has access to GPS.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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