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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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Hidden GPS used to nab Charlotte thieves - Fort Mills Times

Hidden GPS used to nab Charlotte thieves Fort Mills Times Late Thursday, officers with the York County Sheriff's Office responded to the Legacy Apartments complex in Fort Mill, where the man told them the GPS he had put inside the materials was...
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I've said it before, I love these stories. Do you have a problem with shrinkage or theft, people are being caught all over the place with GPS trackers. 

 

 

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The Best Concert-Finding Mobile Apps - NPR (blog)

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The Best Concert-Finding Mobile Apps
NPR (blog)
A few months ago, I reviewed a handful of new apps that show you which bands or artists are playing in your area.
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Concert apps are going to be a big thing in the future. The best opportunities are for concert venues. Have a look at the Grand Ole Opry App.

 

Features that add value include:

Driving Directions

Parking Information

Merch sales

Band information

Ticket Sales

Social Media Integration

Invite friends

Cross Marketing with other service providers such as public transport, bars and restaurants

Loyalty Programs

The ability to listen to some tracks from the artist, and after the concert the ability to stream (not download) the gig

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Big Screen, Product-Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates - About.com GPS

Big Screen, Product-Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates - About.com GPS | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Big Screen, Product-Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates About.com GPS With so many people using good smartphone GPS turn-by-turn navigation apps, there are still good reasons why dedicated car GPS devices can be the best choice for frequent business or...
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I haven't tried this new model, but I have used my TomTom Live product in New Zealand, Australia and 4 states in the USA and I wouldn't travel without it. Real Time Traffic is awesome. I've been involved in the car navigation industry since it started in New Zealand and have used devices from many brands. When it comes to PND, TomTom is best of breed in my opinion and they are continually aiming to improve. If you have any questions on car navigation, feel free to ask me.

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Twitter Said To Be Preparing Location-Based Ads For Clicks And ...

Twitter Said To Be Preparing Location-Based Ads For Clicks And ... | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
... Ultimate Guide To Facebook Prospecting by Practical Social Media University · Search Engine Optimization & Internet Marketing (SEO & SEM) Blog ... specifically consumers within spitting distance of their stores, according to AdAge.
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The social media services are all preparing for location, but the question is, are the retailers and destination businesses ready. I believe the answer is no. Look at what a wonderful free service Foursquare offers and how few businesses take advantage of it. If they don't use services that have great features for nothing, who's going to use services that charge a fee?

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Twitter / DeanStJames: FUNNY- New GPS Tracker photo ...

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FUNNY- New GPS Tracker photo shows how you can track anything...like stairs : ) I guess they could be a flight risk http://t.co/tWoXE2B1wH
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Just where did those stairs get to? I knew I left them somewhere!

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Jacksonville officials urge residents to view new FEMA flood maps - Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville officials urge residents to view new FEMA flood maps - Florida Times-Union | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Jacksonville officials urge residents to view new FEMA flood maps Florida Times-Union New and more accurate maps detailing areas in Duval County that are most susceptible to flooding have been released, the first revisions to the charts in about...
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This information is available in many parts of the world and something home buyers should seriously consider checking out before they buy. 

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As Apple reorients its Maps, Google forges ahead - CNET (blog)

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As Apple reorients its Maps, Google forges ahead
CNET (blog)
At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, the company tried to show that it knows which direction to take Apple Maps. We won't how well it works until the fall.
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Waze's maps weren't great in New Zealand, but combining their data with Google's will certainly improve them. The other issue I had with Waze here is that often it misinterpreted a longish line at a red traffic light as traffic congestion, which could cause you to change route when it is absolutely normal and a change won't help. Neither Waze nor Google have quality up to date information on speed zones, road class or changes to intersection controls and other information that true car navigation systems have. 

 

Real time traffic information will improve over time, but I don't consider these mapping applications as replacements for true car navigation devices or applications as yet. This is not even taking into consideration the mobile data cost of downloading maps on your mobile on the fly and what happens when you find yourself in an area where you can't get a mobile data connection, which is quite common with some of the lower priced VMNO's. 

 

Nevertheless these a good moves on the part of Google and local search will no doubt improve. Real time parking would be a good next move for them. 

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15 Useful and Free iPhone Travel Apps - Wander The Map

15 Useful and Free iPhone Travel Apps - Wander The Map | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
15 useful and free iPhone travel apps that will make you life easier when you travel. From planning to staying connected, these are our favorites.
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These are quite interesting, a bit different to my list. Worth having a read. 

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Retail PR: Location, Location, Location - PRNewser

Retail PR: Location, Location, Location - PRNewser | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Retail PR: Location, Location, Location (#Retail #PR: Location, Location, Location - #PRNewser http://t.co/kQtBYKmdhn #marketing)
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Yes, retailers need to be busy, but what does visibility mean in terms of location and how can PR help? Old school PR rules said that a story with an image was more likely to get published. So what if we can bring the image to life with Augmented Reality and what if the image led the reader to their nearest stockist or retailer mentioned in the story? http://imersianz.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/using-augmented-reality-ar-to-bring-your-dm-to-life-with-imersia/

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Find Free Wi-Fi Passwords for Local Spots on Foursquare - Lifehacker - Lifehacker

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Find Free Wi-Fi Passwords for Local Spots on Foursquare - Lifehacker Lifehacker Our own Alan Henry, an occasional Foursquare user, notes that this is actually very popular—if you visit a coffee shop or other location with Wi-Fi, there's a good...
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I like this idea, I've been to several cafes where they have free WiFi AND where I buy coffee and food, but finding the WiFi password seems to be a mission. They'll have a sign saying they have free WiFi which they offer to bring customers in, but then they don't make it as easy as they could. 

 

This could in fact be a way of making good use of Foursquare and crowdsourcing as well as getting people to stay longer. It's also a fact that busy cafes attract more people. Popular cafes have a warm ambience with lots of people, empty cafes suggest that perhaps they aren't very welcoming or perhaps don't have a quality product. Full cafes make good money:)

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How Google, with your help, is overhauling its maps - CNET

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How Google, with your help, is overhauling its maps
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How Google, with your help, is overhauling its maps.
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An excellent blog explaining the changes in the new Google Maps and how you can contribute as well as benefit. This is worth having a read of before you start using it. Often you can miss out on little gems if you just start using without appreciating the new features.

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America's Cup expected to go on after fatal accident

America's Cup expected to go on after fatal accident | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
After fatal accident in practice, head of planning says he expects race to go on.
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This is a tragedy and I'm with many saying this was an accident waiting to happen, however this is the Formula 1 of boat racing and the more you push the boundaries, the more exciting and the more dangerous it gets. 

 

The question is can you make the sailors any safer? There is always something more you can do. You can't tie these guys to the yacht, you would cause more injuries as they have to be highly mobile on these giant cats.

 

I have a couple of thoughts. First, possibly not practical, but perhaps they could have a small oxygen bottle attached to their helmets, or even in them. As I said, probably not practical, but worth thinking about.

 

Second, location. Bart was underwater for 10 minutes. We don't know all the details yet, were people looking for him straight away? Was there a protocol for the support crew to check thast everyone was accounted for immediately? 

 

Here are a couple of practical ideas:

1. RFID Tags. If each of the crew has an RFID tag, then using location based technology they could be located very quickly. If someone was foind in 1 or 2 minutes rather than 10 minutes, they might be able to be resuscitated. 

2. Given the money they have at their disposal and the risk, they could in fact use GPS trackers, combined with RFID.

3. A submersian alarm tied to (2 above). When someone is underwater for more than 60 seconds it sends of an alarm to the chase boat with their location.

 

These cats are going to drive more and more spectators to Americas Cup racing than ever before. The speed (and unfortunately the danger as well) of this racing is going to make it really exciting for TV spectators. I can see people watching it in 3D on their TV's or in theatres following the innovation of the original Virtual Spectator (I still have a couple of factory sealed CD's) which revolutionised visualisation of other sports. 

 

Now we just have to follow the initiatives of the motor racing industry and work to ensure when the inevitable does happen, that we can get people out alive as quickly as possible. We need to learn from this. We will learn from this and the tragic loss of Bart Simpson will have achieved some good.

 

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What Do You Know About Tuakau? I Need Feedback Please.

What Do You Know About Tuakau? I Need Feedback Please. | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
This coming week I am the guest speaker at the Terrific Tuakau Business Breakfast. I'll be speaking to leading businesses in the area and I'm looking forward to meeting some great people. But befor...
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I'm doing a presentation in Tuakau this coming Thursday. If you can spare a moment I would be grateful if you could go to the link and answer a quick poll and perhaps leave a comment.

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Skobbler brings travel guides to its OpenStreetMaps-powered navigation app for iOS

Skobbler brings travel guides to its OpenStreetMaps-powered navigation app for iOS | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A little over two months after Skobbler debuted ForeverMap 2 for iOS, an OpenStreetMaps-powered mapping tool with offline route-planning, the German startup has announced that it's ...
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We are getting spoiled for choice!

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Will automakers fear Apple's move into cars? - USA TODAY

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Will automakers fear Apple's move into cars?
USA TODAY
At present, GM has a Siri-enabled Apple interface in its Chevrolet Spark mini-car and Sonic subcompact, both aimed at the youth market.
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My concern with this concept is that it is great so long as it is new, but what happens when the car is 5 years old? Will Apple continue to support it. I have a $6,000 (when it was new) in car navigation system in my 7 year old car and I can't get new map disks for it, because the car nav manufacturer will not fund the conversion costs of the map data. So what happens when Apple totally changes the OS or lose their relationship with the car manufacturer? I've seen it before, you end up with a technology that no longer performs as expected. So as long as you don't keep your car more than 3-4 years this is great! For people with corporate / company cars, no problem. 

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16 Big-Screen 3D Photos Of Apple's New Desktop Maps App - Business Insider

16 Big-Screen 3D Photos Of Apple's New Desktop Maps App - Business Insider | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
16 Big-Screen 3D Photos Of Apple's New Desktop Maps App
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Besides changes to its mobile devices, the iPhone-maker also announced a new app coming to the desktop, Apple Maps.
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Sometimes you have to wait a little while for the really cool stuff:)

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Bike Charge light USB dynamo generator bicycle phone camera gps satnav charger

Bike Charge light USB dynamo generator bicycle phone camera gps satnav charger | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Bike Charge light USB dynamo generator bicycle phone camera gps satnav charger in Sporting Goods, Cycling, Bike Accessories | eBay (@artsyhonker One of these: http://t.co/tER7OkjD6o Or do you have...
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If I had a bike, I'd want one of these.

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Apple Maps gives us a glimpse of NYC's post-apocalyptic future - msnNOW

Apple Maps gives us a glimpse of NYC's post-apocalyptic future - msnNOW | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Apple Maps gives us a glimpse of NYC's post-apocalyptic future
msnNOW
With its warped bridges and cities in the middle of the ocean, Apple Maps has already received its fair share of ribbing.
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Is it a sign of the doom and gloom that there is so much media about zombies these days, or is it just the latest cool entertainment buzz?

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These Maps Show The US Cities That Can't Hire Tech Workers Fast Enough - Seattle Post Intelligencer

These Maps Show The US Cities That Can't Hire Tech Workers Fast Enough - Seattle Post Intelligencer | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
These Maps Show The US Cities That Can't Hire Tech Workers Fast Enough
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We all want a great, high-paying job.
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Reminds me of the great depression, but now people can see where the jobs are on a map:)

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App Focus: Summer Travel - Applications Android sur Google Play

App Focus: Summer Travel - Applications Android sur Google Play | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Summer Travel Tavares Ford App Focus Plan your perfect summer vacation. If you're driving, you can use TouristEye to make sure you don't miss any awesome roadside attr... (RT @GooglePlay: Where do you want to travel next?
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Apps can really make your road trip, but which ones?

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The Imersia Daily

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The Imersia Daily, by Imersia: Location, Augmented Reality, Mobile (Get some Augmented reality and Location Based Marketing Services inspiration The Imersia Daily http://t.co/MwOgmw1Yyw)...
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Loads of awesome ideas about Augmented Reality and Location Based Marketing Services

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Giving data nerds access to the realtime pulse of check-ins around the world | Foursquare Blog

RT @foursquare Giving data nerds access to the realtime pulse of check-ins around the world http://t.co/Fm1gP01Fc9
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Forget data nerds, think retailers, hospitality and tourism. This is powerful information. Of course most people in those industries still don't know what Foursquare is!

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Would you use GPS to find your next date? - Boston.com (blog)

Would you use GPS to find your next date?
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Lots of people are. 

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GPS takes on smartphone navigation - Tampabay.com

GPS takes on smartphone navigation - Tampabay.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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GPS takes on smartphone navigation
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Mitac International, the maker of the Magellan line of GPS devices, is taking the if-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em approach.
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TomTom started it and now Mitac is joining the fray, taking advantage of more screen real estate to add social media functionality into a PND. Makes a lot of sense to me. A car navigation unit is still generally better at navigation than a mobile, at least where the mobile is not running a true car navigation application with maps etc. 

 

Most people aren't aware of the enormous detail contained in portable navigation devices. This extends to things like turn restrictions and one way streets, up to date speed zones, road class, paved roads vs dirt roads and much more. Of course these devices are only as good as the quality of the map and service providers. Don't assume because the brand has a good name, or the software works really well, that they have the best maps available for your country. Do your homework before you buy.

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The World According to Twitter, in Maps

The World According to Twitter, in Maps | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A new geographic analysis of millions of tweets provides a remarkably broad view of humanity, by language, location and other factors (The World According to Twitter, in Maps http://t.co/MYuyhlzi8J)...
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New Zealand shines pretty bright

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