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Tripbirds uses the social graph and check-ins to provide travel tips | Tnooz

Tripbirds uses the social graph and check-ins to provide travel tips | Tnooz | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
TLabs Showcase on travel startups featuring Sweden-based Tripbirds, a new travel service which taps into the social graph of Facebook and check-ins for travel advice.
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Google Maps Challenges Foursquare: This Week in Google #260

Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS. For the full episode, go to http://twit.tv/twig/260.
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Something more to try. Google should have some great insights into what's around me. Look forward to checking it out. I guess if @JeffJarvis likes it, I'll have to check it out. Of course Google knowing that Jeff likes burritos is interesting, on the other hand if he goes to the same place every Saturday, it's not going to really be helpful unless he's in another town. Does it still recommend a local highly rated burrito store then?

 

I have the app, so I guess I better try it out. I'm really enjoying how it is evolving.

 

When it comes to Foursquare, the one thing I really like and hope doesn't go away is the way I use it as a trip diary when I'm on a road trip. The fact that I know when I checked in, where photos I have on my camera, which I took through Foursquare's lens were taken and when. On my last big trip I bought a travel diary app, I loved the idea, I hated using it. Foursquare was much more now and in fact all I needed.

 

So try out the new Google Explore feature and let me know what you think?

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NPR launches new 'NPR One' mobile app for curating public radio news - VentureBeat

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NPR launches new 'NPR One' mobile app for curating public radio news
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With most of the world turning to mobile devices to listen to music and other audio content, NPR has rolled out a new “NPR One” app today.
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It's not directly location based, but I'm certain that would have to be an option given that the most important news we want is often about where we are, where we are from or where we are going.

 

I have heard a number of app promoters talking about news and talk as being one of the areas that you can customize on mobile phone radio apps, but I haven't seen anything like this. NPR has always been a leader in innovation, although perhaps not as well recognized outside of the USA.

 

I think what got me hooked on the potential is the statement that you won't (unless of course you want to?) hear the same story twice. I spend a lot of time on my car listening to podcasts and eBooks. If I could have Scoop.it, news stories, opinion pieces, articles and talk curatable on my audio channel device in the same way as I am doing here. If I could have the latest thinking and articles delivered and ratable to fine tune my listening and study just as I do with music on Spotify, I'm in.

 

Where do I start?

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Luigi Cappel's comment, July 30, 2:09 PM
So I've installed it and it reminds me a lot of Circa when it started. Great idea but not much depth. I'm wondering if rather than filling it with existing content, they may be planning on letting it go with current, which might explain why keywords like GPS, Location, Future, etc are not finding much of anything
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NT to shift public servants out of Darwin to ease traffic congestion - Yahoo!7 News

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This is a very interesting intervention. I have heard of companies moving their office to make the company more efficient where traffic congestion has been a prime problem for them.

 

A case study example in New Zealand was when IT distributor Ingram Micro left their purpose built computerized picking and packing warehouse on Auckland's North Shore because traffic congestion prevented them from meeting their same or next day delivery promise.

 

This is the first time I have heard of an organization moving  for the sake of others.

 

Other interventions I would like to see more of is not just offering, but encouraging flexi-time and remote working, even if it was only 1 day a week. With the right IT systems such as Instant Messaging and Unified Communications with the ability to monitor presence (for those who have less trust and to ensure ease of necessary business communication). In the UK there are lots of new training programs happening to facilitate smooth shifts to remote working.

 

With urban sprawl continuing all over the world, smart cities need smart thinking at all levels, whether it is dealing with legacy problems and legacy thinking, or new designer cities.

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FEMA gets Keys input into new flood maps used to set insurance premiums - Florida Keys Keynoter

FEMA gets Keys input into new flood maps used to set insurance premiums - Florida Keys Keynoter | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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FEMA gets Keys input into new flood maps used to set insurance premiums
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"The old maps tell you whether you're in [a flood zone] or out," said project manager Mark Vieira, a FEMA engineer.
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It's all about risk. You buy a home and trade off it's location, such as close to the beach, or in a plain, based on the features and benefits, oh and by the way there is a one in a hundred year risk of flood.

 

This is one of the things I talk about in my December 2013 book 'Buying a House Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services.'

 

Who is the most risk averse, you as the house owner, the council who drew up the flood maps, or the insurance company if your house ends up underwater? I go with the insurance company, their profit and your premium tell the story of what they think the risk is, which is why the do so much map based risk analysis. If my longevity as a human being could be lengthened by the ratio of hundred year storms or floods that have hit some areas during a person's lifetime, call me Methuselah.

 

Does that mean you should panic, or not buy? No it doesn't, but if you are buying in an area where there might be risk, start with your council's flood risk maps (including tsunami) and whether water has ever reached inside your property. If that still leaves you uneasy, get some quotes before you buy a house and let them know why. They don't want the risk any more than you do.

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Island traffic congestion drives Anna Maria Island chorus performances out | Local News | Bradenton Herald

Island traffic congestion drives Anna Maria Island chorus performances out | Local News | Bradenton Herald | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra has decided to move two of its 2014-2015 shows off the island due to heavy traffic congestion on Anna Maria Island. (RT @MattAtBradenton: AMI congestion sends arts off island.
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I can't share all of the details with you, but yesterday I spent the day learning new skills around understanding customers and stakeholders better within the context of a Government department. It was a very rewarding experience.

 

One of the case we studied was about the traffic congestion around a holiday location, possibly not dissimilar to Anna Maria Island. It was a major tourist destination and suffers from severe holiday season traffic congestion such that locals can't go about their daily business. However on the other hand local businesses rely on the seasonal influx of 'tourists', holiday makers and people with holiday homes etc in the area.

 

Looking at the impacts of this on each different type of customer from a consumer, to a holiday maker, who is typically stuck just try to get there, or in some cases, just trying to drove through it to get to beaches and other locations was highly enlightening.

 

Part of my experience was asking ordinary people in the street about the organization I am contracting to and I have to say it was a wonderful experience. In 10 minutes I learned so much, and a group of 3 retired people went from suggesting that all senior decision makers should be sacked, to suggesting they would be happy to invest in bonds at the same rate as the local bank rate to help improve their city.

 

This local story is a similar case and it appears again, that the locals are fixing their own problems. It is a timely reminder that while cities and towns may be built of infrastructure, but its the society that makes the town, not the bricks and mortar.

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

Facebook Users Made One Million Check-Ins at World Cup Games | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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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5 travel apps & websites that bring responsible tourism alive

5 travel apps & websites that bring responsible tourism alive | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
WRTD Five travel apps & websites that bring responsible travel alive by enriching traveller experiences and building better relationships with brands (#HappyHumpDay! Responsible #Tourism communication can be inspiring & engaging (incl.
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I've got 5 travel apps blogs coming out of my ears, but this one is really good!

 

I've left my comments on the blog, so why not go and read the story and then, like me, share on their blog what you like about it. My favorites are Tripbod and Storymap. To me travel is about people not things. The Eiffel Tower was cool, but what was more cool was the people I met in the queues and on the top, trying out bread in the boulangerie at the metro near the Louvre and trying to keep up with the locals with my high school French. As for stories, we all have them, imagine of you could drop your virtual stories about your local street corner, pub, childhood experiences on a street corner for other people to see and hear. Sound familiar?

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Review: Google's Ingress makes every day a battle - Irish Independent

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Review: Google's Ingress makes every day a battle
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My first ten minutes playing the game were horribly confusing. There's a lot going on and because so many elements are location based, you can't instantly perform all the actions.
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I finally have Ingress, which I have been waiting to arrive on iOS. Now I just need to find time to work out how to play it and get started. I love the concept of location based games and outside of geocaching it seems like it has taken forever for decent location based games to come out.

 

There have been some good ones which came and went, mostly before we had critical mass of devices. Is Ingress going to spur new growth now that Apple users can play?

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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources starts GPS tracking system for ... - WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC

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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources starts GPS tracking system for ...
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In an attempt to reduce the amount of encounters between bears and people, SCDNR researchers have created a GPS tracking system.
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I'd be waiting for the app that tells me when a bear is within a certain vicinity of my location. The risk is of course that whilst it could warn you about bears that have been tagged, so complacency could be dangerous.

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Location Analytics + Maps: 10 Eureka Moments - InformationWeek

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Location Analytics + Maps: 10 Eureka Moments
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Maps tell stories beyond location.
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This is an introduction to Maps and Location 201. You have to flick over through 11 brief well presented and quick to read stories, but you have my word that if you are not immersed in location, which is my world, you will definitely find something you might not have been aware of.

 

From location based time statistics to how to make sure you have enough food for a major event coming into your city, there is something here for everyone.

 

Over many years the types of location based services I have been blogging about and involved in selling and marketing are coming of age and not just to the privileged few. They are available for pretty much every walk of life and every industry.

 

In my recent book Buying a House - Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services, I cover off similar examples with a simple 'how to' specifically for the home buyer.

 

I recommend this as one of the better articles you will find on Location Based Services.

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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...

Via Thomas Faltin
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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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Real Adventurers Read Maps
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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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Forest Service road maps still available
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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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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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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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