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Location Is Everywhere
Location is Everywhere, How is it Changing our Lives? It affects everything in our daily lives. How do we manage it to live, work and play smarter?
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Nokia's Here snaps up analytics tech to advance mapping, navigation features - Tech Times

Nokia's Here snaps up analytics tech to advance mapping, navigation features - Tech Times | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Tech Times Nokia's Here snaps up analytics tech to advance mapping, navigation features Tech Times Here, a mapping service owned and operated by Nokia that reportedly dominates the car navigation market, has acquired a new technology startup that...
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This is great, but I don't expect to be seeing it on my iPhone any time soon...

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Google Has Better Maps of World Cup Venues Than OpenStreetMap—For Now - Wired

Google Has Better Maps of World Cup Venues Than OpenStreetMap—For Now - Wired | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Google Has Better Maps of World Cup Venues Than OpenStreetMap—For Now Wired The Future of Computer Intelligence Is Everything but Artificial · Science Blogs · The Physics of Keeping Cool · Google Has Better Maps of World Cup Venues Than...
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Obviously this makes a lot of sense for Google, because it is as much about advertising and marketing opportunities and search as a whole, where maps is a means to a much bigger end.

 

Having said that, this is awesome. When you go to stadiums in other parts of the world, getting to and from them as well as finding your way around them isn't that easy and location based services app developers have typically focused on where the location is and checking in. The idea of an app (that I already have) that knows where I am, which entrance to go to, what the traffic density is like, maybe even how to get to my seat is welcome.

 

Combine that with Google being able to provide everything I ever wanted to know about the World Cup, it sounds like a winning combination. The incentive and justification to spend a lot of money for Google, is much greater than the wonderful volunteers who provide much of what is a wonderful service that is becoming more accurate by the day, in OpenStreetMap.

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Taxi protests against ride-app Uber threaten European gridlock

Taxi protests against  ride-app Uber threaten European gridlock | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Drivers say applications like Uber are breaking local taxi rules across the European Union (#Technology Update: Taxi protests against ride-app Uber threaten European gridlock - Irish Times http://t.co/eEHnrqdiHA)...
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Is this a cry for protectionism? Is this a cry for competitors to be blocked? Is this similar to record stores complaining about Pandora and Spotify? One one hand we call out for innovation and on the other hand we complain when we get it.

 

Do you feel that the taxi industry deserves protection? Do they provide you with a great service. Do you trust taxi drivers? Do yo feel they consistently give you good, honest service? If they reinvented themselves would they get your loyalty?

 

What does good look like?

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Tourism technology: How to enjoy a roaming holiday - Silver Coast Blog - Silver Coast Finest Properties

Tourism technology: How to enjoy a roaming holiday - Silver Coast Blog - Silver Coast Finest Properties | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
This summer, data charges get cheaper for travellers within the the EU – and that means ...
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I'm pretty sure you need an Android to enjoy this app. If you have an Android, check out Google Now on your next trip. I'm pretty sure you'll be glad you did. Oh and you will find me on Google +:)

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These Apps Will Change the Way You Travel - SELF

These Apps Will Change the Way You Travel - SELF | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

Think Before you hit the road, download.(RT @SELFmagazine: These apps will change the way you travel: http://t.co/Zw05eHAE7C @lyft @FlightCar @gymsurfing @FIeldTripApp @Spinlister)...

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Think you've seen them all, there are new apps coming out every day and there are some great ones here, especially if you are in the USA. Ever been to a beach and wished you had your surf board with you? Rent your car out instead of paying for airport parking? Next time you're going on a trip you might want to take some of these apps with you.

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You Live in Alabama. Here's How You're Going to Die. - Slate Magazine

You Live in Alabama. Here's How You're Going to Die. - Slate Magazine | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Two months ago, I wrote about the fun and the pitfalls of viral maps, a feature that included 88 simple maps of my own creation.
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This is really interesting and should give the health and insurance industries a lot to think about. So unless something changes, it looks like everyone who lives in Alabama should move to Minnesota where they might be able to live an extra 5 years. That has to be worthwhile doesn't it?

 

It is really good to see maps used like this because large volume stats don't lie. It means that you can look into all sorts of big data and potentially improve the standard of living for people.

 

The map showing the most common causes of death is fascinating, not just because the most common form of death appears to be heart disease, but why does cancer rank so much higher to the north?

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Police use 'bait bikes' with GPS technology and public Twitter shaming to ... - Digital Trends

Police use 'bait bikes' with GPS technology and public Twitter shaming to ... - Digital Trends | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

ThisPolice use 'bait bikes' with GPS technology and public Twitter shaming to ...

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This isn't the first time I've covered this story. It's a really interesting situation that cities need to think about. I've just been to a number of transport conferences and a common thread is making cities more cycle friendly.

 

As this story points out, at the same time that more people are taking to the bike paths, so are bike thieves. In San Francisco, just one city, around 4,000 bikes are stolen each year. Now they are putting out bait bikes with GPS so that they can track and catch the people who steal them.They are also providing 'Is this a bait bike?' stickers, pamphlets and tweets with information on how to make your bike  less attractive to steal.

 

While this story doesn't tell all the story, one common thread which shows how stupid a lot of these crims are is that they often get caught with drugs, burglary tools and other stolen items, ending up with hopefully more charges and more serious convictions.

 

In this side of the world, evangelists like myself have been promoting using ID tags, GPS and other technologies for years, but we don't seem to be keeping pace with the technology. Key limiters are probably cost of tracking systems and lack of programs to support them. The lead of Police such as in this story might give them more confidence and certainly this is an issue that cities need to consider as they make themselves more friendly to green modes of transport.

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Facebook Context Cards Show Friend Activity When the Time Is Right

Facebook Context Cards Show Friend Activity When the Time Is Right | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Facebook is rolling out context cards for its iOS app, which will pull in information from your friends about what you're doing right now. (Facebook check-ins will become more social with its new context cards.
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The turf wars are heating up between Facebook and the new unbundled Foursquare and Swarm. Who will win this game. What happened to the Foursquare marketing focus, deals for mayors etc. Are you using Swarm? Does it add any value to your life. I can see myself using it occasionally, perhaps if I'm in town or in another city and looking for someone to catch up with.

 

Is there a real clear winner or will they continue for the time being?

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Brussels charges to tackle traffic turmoil

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The EU capital may start charging drivers per mile to combat congestion, writes Trent Broad.
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Are PAYD urban taxes the next step to get motorists off the streets. At what price point would you consider not driving to work? What if congestion taxes were based on time of day. If you were taxed between 7AM and 9AM  but not before or after, would you change your work habits? Would your employer let you?

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Telit M2M Technology to Help Turtles and Tourism - M2M Magazine

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As my blogs title says, LocarioThe Turtle Sense technology was developed by Nerds-Without-Borders, an organization that believes thoughtful people, acting without self-interest and working collaboratively, can solve many of the world's problems.

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As the title of my blog says, Location is everywhere. Did you know that at the time turtles leave the nest and head for the sea, they close off areas to give them safe and free access including closing roads to let them make the safe trek back to the sea?

 

It's a fascinating tourist experience, but the challenge has been how to know when this annual trek is going to happen. They now have sensors monitoring the temperature and that can alert those who need to know when the young are ready for their first hike to the sea.

 

These days there are sensors for everything location from sea temperature, height and salinity, to luggage at the airport. M2M solves so many problems. The funny thing is that in so many cases M2M is already pervasive and in everyday use by most of us and we don't even think about it. We just use it.

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These Maps Show Every Country's Most Valuable Exports - TIME

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These Maps Show Every Country's Most Valuable Exports
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... for others, commodities ranging from soybeans to opium to diamonds bring in the most cash.
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This look of the world isn't new. I don't know about you but when it comes to things like where are the minerals, this is info that I studied at school in history (about who had it and who wanted to take it) and in geography, where is it and how does it fit into the value chain.

 

Of course things change and the medium's change. It would be great for time to have a repository, like a gazetteer which allowed you to see the minerals and manufacturing and then had the ability to do Boolean queries and look at political affiliations, stability of government,  religion and so on.

 

Also things like employment, migration, ethnicity. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of school children today would find the essential educational topics very interesting, if able to use their generation's technology to explore it. 

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Chamber rolls out red carpet for tourist season - Seacoastonline.com

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Chamber rolls out red carpet for tourist season
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PORTSMOUTH — The city is opening welcome arms to visitors from near and far as the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce opens its Market Square kiosk Friday.
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Of course volunteers can be a very good location based service.

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'Visit Abu Dhabi' mobile app - VisitAbuDhabi.ae

'Visit Abu Dhabi' mobile app - VisitAbuDhabi.ae | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Had enough of bulky maps and heavy guidebooks? The new free Visit Abu Dhabi mobile app is the easiest and most friendly way to discover our emirate, whether online or offline.
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I don't see myself being able to afford to head to Abu Dhabi for a vacation any time soon, but I really do want to encourage all destinations to use location based apps to enable tourists to enjoy a personalized experience that meets their needs.

 

So I guess I won't have the opportunity to try this app directly, but I'd like to send a message out to tourists to start demanding apps like this, because paper based tourism does not allow you to experience a destination.

 

One of the things that I think is really important is the day to day activities that happen in a place. I used to joke about the annual Huka Falls (look it up) bath tub race, as an analogy. Huka Falls is a very steep waterfall and only a couple of people have ever kayaked over it and survived. My point is that for many people the best vacations are where you get to meet real locals and experience the markets, sports days, cultural events that local people celebrate and enjoy.

 

I want an app that allows me to suggest the types of things that I'm interested in and then tells me what options there are near me or in the direction I'm going. I want to see the markets, the house concerts, the street entertainment, the things that locals enjoy. I want to be able to point my phone at objects, memorials, places and learn about the people, their culture and their history.

 

They do it in museums, but any tourism departments don't understand that their cities and countries are their living museums and culture centres. When I think of Abu Dhabi, which I have never visited, I imagine lots of people, sounds, smells, music, character, visual experiences, beyond the plush hotels and conference centers. Take me to those and let me meet people based on my personal interests.That's smart use of mobile apps in my book.

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SC man arrested minutes after stealing car equipped with GPS - myfox8.com

SC man arrested minutes after stealing car equipped with GPS - myfox8.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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SC man arrested minutes after stealing car equipped with GPS
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She said the car was equipped with a GPS tracking device.
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I will never get sick of reading these stories! Put GPS in your car, there are some very cheap solutions available. One of those could even be your old iPhone or Android that you upgraded and no longer need. Put it on the cheapest data prepaid account you can get, plug it into a permanent power supply and hide it under the dash.

 

Hey Telco's you should pay me for this. Maybe you could create a little kit with a fused power link and a special telemetry deal.

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Eventblimp aims to provide one-stop-shop for finding events near you

Eventblimp aims to provide one-stop-shop for finding events near you | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Boulder, Colorado-based Eventblimp aims to show mobile users every interesting event happening around them by combining features from multiple platforms, including Facebook, Meetup, Eventbrite, Bandsintown, SeatGeek and Eventful.
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Is this a gap? Is this doing something you can't currently do? Would you use it? Do you use something similar? I'm curious. Sites I currently use don't seem to have the location element in relation to where I am in real time. They have really good databases of events, but if I am somewhere and have an hour or two to kill, it's not easy to see what live events are around on a map as related to my vicinity and interests. Yet this is something I have been writing about and asking for, for many years. I actually thought that this would be a next step from my friends at TomTom by now.

 

There have been experiments with Foursquare and others of that ilk, but they are more about cafes and restaurants, i.e. the premises or location and what is normally there.

 

I am still looking for the app that says, you're in Taupo, New Zealand and the annual Huka Falls bathtub raft race is happening right now, only 5 minutes drive from you're current location. Would you like directions?

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Las Vegas Ranks 19th in annual traffic index - St. George Daily Spectrum

Las Vegas Ranks 19th in annual traffic index - St. George Daily Spectrum | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Las Vegas Ranks 19th in annual traffic index
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I can understand this, it is so hard to find your way out of some of those casinos, it's like there is no off-ramp!

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12 Free iPhone Travel Apps for the Technically Challenged : Townsville Holidays

12 Free iPhone Travel Apps for the Technically Challenged : Townsville Holidays | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
12 Free iPhone Travel Apps for the Technically Challenged - via @townsvillehol http://t.co/jzhsYRU8p6
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If you're technically challenged you probably haven't found my Scoop.it page, but if if you are both and live in States, then this brief blog is worth a visit. I especially like the gas prices.

 

I wish someone would do that with gas prices in Australia and in New Zealand as a location based app that was real time!

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Bay Area Traffic Congestion Is Worse Than Anywhere in US Except LA - KQED (blog)

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Bay Area Traffic Congestion Is Worse Than Anywhere in US Except LA
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San Francisco has the second-worst congestion in the United States, according to a new report.
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It's funny to think that little old Auckland at the bottom of the planet might be worst. Our average delay is 38 minutes according to the TomTom report. For a person with a 30 minute commute, the average delay per year is 89 hours. That's over 2 full weeks of wasted time, if you are one of the few who only work a 40 hour week.

 

That's delay remember, not commute time. It's also not counting the running cost of your vehicle. So what is your time worth per hour?

 

Have you changed your commuting or working patterns so as to reduce time spent in traffic?

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Streamlined info for DOT, drivers the aim of planned traffic management system - Concord Monitor

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Streamlined info for DOT, drivers the aim of planned traffic management system Concord Monitor Departments of transportation in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are working on a new traffic management system that will allowthe departments to more...
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This is a good story to illustrate some of the work that happens in a Traffic Control Center. The exciting stuff is what we see on TV, but there is so much more to it. This is a good read as to how location is used in Traffic Management.

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The Best Travel Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

The Best Travel Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

ThereTravel smarter with your smartphone

Know why I love travel apps? They make my life simpler – and travel more fun.

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There are two things I really like about this article.

 

1. It is written for women, often overlooked when it comes to mobile apps. Go one flame me if you must, but its not often I hear women being asked about their favorite mobile apps.

2. It's about fun. Any app that isn't fun to use in some way, isn't worth having.

 

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Experiences with the Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - ZDNet (blog)

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Experiences with the Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile
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Mobile TV: AT&T U-Verse Live TV mobile television application.
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Is this a reflection of your expectations of best of breed in mobile? Does it provide the in box functionality you are looking for? Does it sell the sizzle? I'm not your average user and for me it doesn't, but then globally the key apps I'm seeing people use are voice, SMS, music, maps, selfies and Facebook. But if that's all you're doing, you could get them on pretty much an entry level device.

 

Do these get you excited? Do they get you where you want to be?

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INDABA 2014 builds new frontiers to boost tourism in Africa - Nigerian Tribune

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Nigerian Tribune INDABA 2014 builds new frontiers to boost tourism in Africa Nigerian Tribune Looking to the next 20 years of tourism, it is hard to envisage how technology will evolve, how consumer preferences will change, or how the centre of...
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For a continent that "invented mobile payment", I would be expecting some great innovation from Africa when it comes to understanding tourist needs, but if this story is indicative of the state of the nation when it comes to supporting modern tourist's expectations, I'm sorry, but it feels like I am reading something written fro 10-15 years ago.

 

Tourism today isn't about putting pictures onto web sites. It's about providing a rich location based experience that brings the stories and experiences to life and allows people to interact with the people and their surroundings.

 

I hope there is more to this tech zone than the story suggests, because there is a demand for a mobile smartphone experience for tourists today and one of the great things is that if people are educated, have fun, feel safe, can find their way to the things they may not have even realized they wanted to see, countries like Nigeria could take a leadership position.

 

In order to do that they need to combine the smarts and innovation that is necessary to survive and prosper in Africa, together with what is leading the way in other parts of the world, not look back and follow the evolutionary path that we trod 15 years ago, because a lot of it didn't achieve much.

 

My message to Africa is to innovate, to find out what your tourism customers want and to surprise them with how smart you are. Give them the stories in ways that not only will they love to consume, but which they will want to share with the world and will help more people dig into their pockets to experience all that is good about a little understood part of the world and keep them safe from what isn't.

 

I just hope that INDABA 2014 has indeed innovated and thought through what the next 20 years could look like. If you are talking about what people will read in history books in 20 years time, you're already heading in the wrong direction because very few people will be reading books at all in 20 years time. It is not a practical or sustainable medium any more except for collectors items.

 

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Google Touts Google Maps' Role in Emergency Preparedness - eWeek

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eWeek Google Touts Google Maps' Role in Emergency Preparedness eWeek The flexibility and potential benefits of using Google Maps when disasters strike was raised by Jay Remley, director of Google Maps for Business, in a May 19 post on the Google...
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There is no doubt of the importance of maps when disaster strikes and its great to have Google there to help, especially when incumbent services either don't have adequate digital systems in place that can be used by people with limited resources and even  experience when it comes to how to place accurate information on a map.

 

There are issues of map accuracy, but these are getting resolved over time as Google data improves.

 

The value was certainly seen, not only with Google, but they were the first cab off the rank during the Christchurch earthquakes, telling people what was going on, where to get emergency supplies of water and other necessities. The ability for the public to work with volunteers t get web information up very quickly was wonderful, but you had to wonder why it was the public and volunteers and why weren't solutions in place already.

 

I read a lot of stories about GPS, about emergency services and police around the world starting to get GPS smartphones and tablets, and I have to wonder why they weren't amongst the first to get them. All of the really important questions in an emergency are location based, such as where are the resources, where is the water, where are the shelter areas, where are the bases? When there is an incident or a location that people need to go to or need to stay away from, it should be clear and unambiguous.

 

Mobile databases showing not only what government or official resources are available, but also what civilian information is available, for example where are there diggers and construction equipment, where are people with specific skills, in real time etc.

 

With loads of personal mobile GPS enabled devices available today, it is IMHO irresponsible for emergency services personnel not to be equipped with GPS technology all the time (we can't usually schedule emergencies) and to be able to interact with others who have skills, resources, shelter, transport, food, first aid etc.

 

It would be great to see Google come up with a plan and a strategy that can be rolled out and ready when its needed, but there are also other environments already in place. It's up to Government in each area to identify the best resource and then make sure that their staff and stakeholders and the public know how to access it.

 

Do you have your local Civil Defense application on your smartphone? I do.

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Google Adds Quick Facts to Maps - Search Engine Watch

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Google Adds Quick Facts to Maps
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Have you ever wanted to explore a destination from the comfort of your home, office or on the go?
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This is kind of funny given that there have been companies like GeoVector trying to get support to do this on mobile phones for over 10 years!

 

I shouldn't complain at least we are getting there. One would assume that this is a precursor to the Augmented Reality / Heads Up direction based location based information on anything and everything you ever wanted to know with your new Google Glasses that you can purchase for US$1500 this week. Have you ordered a pair?

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Fayetteville hopes odd signs lead tourists to city - GoErie.com

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Fayetteville hopes odd signs lead tourists to city
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John Meroski with the visitor's bureau says the campaign frames the area's tourism features in an attractive visual manner.
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They have booklets...

 

I have to say the website isn't bad but where's the app? Such an awesome opportunity!

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