U.S. Post Celebrates Earth Day With Sea Surface Temperatures Forever Stamp

On April 22, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Global: Sea Surface Temperatures Forever international price stamp. The $1.15 stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International service is available. The stamp will be unveiled at “Community Day,” this year’s Earth Day celebration hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. Other partners include: the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition to the stamp unveiling, over 20 local green exhibitors will showcase their environmental programs and services. Three local elementary schools will exhibit Earth Day artwork and displays in the DOE Forrestal cafeteria. Over 150 fourth grade students from Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School will participate in a “Scavenger Hunt” seeking environmental information from the exhibits.

Find more information about new stamps at usps.com/stamps on Facebook facebook.com/USPSStamps, Twitter @USPSstamps, Pinterest pinterest.com/uspsstamps, Instagram instagram.com/uspostalservice

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Events, Geo Events and more events! An update…

Loads pf noise on the event front… A busy week indeed for the industry as many folks have just returned from a busy week-end in D.C where the annual State of the Map US (SOTMUS) took place. SOTMUS is THE conference for OpenStreetMap (OSM) users and anyone who has an interest in OSM. You can catch up directly from the attendees via the event hashtag #SOTMUS14 and also be sure to check out the tweets from the official account @sotmus – Note, I also urge you to have a read through Peter Batty’s very detailed report from the event on his Geothought bog – great stuff Peter! Moving forward, the geoint / Geointel community has gathered in Tampa this week for GeoInt 2013* event which has been rescheduled due to last fall’s Government shutdown. There’s loads of announcements from solution providers (see below), you can view the Show Daily from Day 1, and you can also stay informed on the state of Geoint via the Twitter hashtag #Geoint2013* and be sure to also follow @geointer @@USGIFypg and @GEOINTsymposium for useful and timely updates.

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Webinar Tip – Take Your Data to New Visualization Levels

Here’s details of a webinar of interest from Golden Software taking place this week at 2 times… Create stunning, multidimensional images by combining the functionality of Golden Software’s powerful visualization programs.

golden software webinar - Voxler

Details – The Voxler Compatibility Webinar will demonstrate the benefits of uniting Voxler with Strater, Surfer, and Didger software programs. The host will utilize these programs to transform borehole data into a publication-ready model. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will have a better understanding of the tools available to enhance your data visualization methods. Please note, while this webinar highlights the use of multiple Golden Software products, all products are stand-alone and are not required to be purchased together.

  • Who should attend? Anyone needing to display geoscience data.
  • When? Tuesday, April 15th at 11am Mountain Time & Thursday, April 17th at 3pm Mountain Time

Register for the webinar(s) HERE

For more information on Golden Software, Inc. products See HERE

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Training Tip – Create an Interactive Map with jQuery (Video)

jQuery is a popular technology tool with the map geeks these days. Here’s a training resource that might help you to get up and running with jQuery – enjoy! In Create an Interactive Map with jQuery, Chris Converse shows how to design and create a rich interactive map for a web site, working in a coding environment and using the open-source scripting library jQuery.

The course covers creating web-optimized images using the slicing tools in Photoshop, implementing the HTML and CSS to assemble an infographic page layout, and adding interactivity with JavaScript and jQuery’s fast and concise code library. Exercise files are included with the course. (Source: Lynda)

Create an Interactive Map with jQuery- Free Video Training Tutorial

Create an Interactive Map with jQuery- Free Video Training Tutorial

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Apple Tops Smartphone device sales, Android leads in Platform Marketshare

According to Comscore, the Number of Americans Who Own Smartphones Surpasses 150 Million. 152.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (63.8 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in November, up 3 percent since August. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 41.2 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 0.5 percentage points from August). Samsung ranked second with 26 percent market share (up 1.7 percentage points), followed by Motorola with 6.7 percent, LG with 6.5 percent and HTC with 6.4 percent.

Overall, Apple is winning as the OEM provider of choice with a 40.7% marketshare, however, Android is leading the smartphone platform race with 51.6% marketshare. Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in November with 51.9 percent market share (up 0.3 percentage points), followed by Apple with 41.2 percent (up 0.5 percentage points), BlackBerry with 3.5 percent, Microsoft with 3.1 percent and Symbian with 0.2 percent.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Comes to Market

Android fans will like this one… the commercial release of the Galaxy S5 has been officially announced by Samsung. The Galaxy S5 combines the advanced camera with world’s fastest auto focus, superior network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools with S Health 3.0 and enhanced device protection features including IP67 dust and water resistance. New and enhanced Samsung WatchON and Samsung Wallet are available to make the Galaxy S5 experience even more enjoyable and productive. The Galaxy S5 is currently available in charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold. See more about the S5 at http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxys5/

More specs and features here

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Video – Tips to Sharpen Your Spatial Analysis Skills

A handy video from the Esri video production team shares some tips for users on ideas for sharpening their spatial analysis skills and get started with web GIS… FYI, for more interesting and useful Esri videos I suggest you also check out the videos from the 2014 DevSummit

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Blogging, microblogging, media, social media or… Which for your business?

You may be wondering, which would be better for me or my business.. blogging, social bookmarking, a social media focus, or ?? A darned good question, particularly as all have a purpose, a time, a place, advantages and disadvantages. So, which one is best? There’s no simple answer here, however, keep in mind that any option you select will require time {lots of it} , patience, and a commitment.

social media sharing (Source: goodfellowcreative.com)

social media sharing (Source: goodfellowcreative.com)

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OS Ride iOS app maps the first three stages of the Tour de France

Seems the UK Ordnance Survey is in the mobile app making business as the UK data provider for teh Government has released OS Ride, a mobile app for iOS featuring routes for the Tour de France. OS Ride features detailed routes of the first three stages of the Tour de France, which comes to Great Britain in July 2014. The easy to use app uses Ordnance Survey’s detailed outdoor mapping, enabling cyclists to successfully navigate and track their progress as they ride the routes ahead of Wiggins, Froome, Cavendish and co. OS Ride contains mapping for all three British stages of the 2014 event which take place on 5, 6, 7 July 2014, as well as high quality route maps for historic stages of the tour when the world’s most famous cycle race came to Great Britain in 2007, 1994 and 1974. Each stage has also been split into smaller segments making the app a fantastic tool for all levels of road cycling.

The free iOS app is available to download from the App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/GB/ app/id808770114

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Introducing Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana

Microsoft today has unveiled details of Windows POhone 8.1 OS as well as their new “digital Assistant” – enter Cortana – honestly, I have to say that I’m really not hot on the name and I’m even less excited about actually saying the name Cortana! Regardless, Microsoft has rolled out their latest effort to hype the Lumia lineup of devices with hopes that some of these slick smartphons may even start showing up in the hands of consumers…  see more on the WP blog

Personally, I think the enhanced Skype app and calling features to be the most exciting here and data (and wifi) sense (think data warning and wifi data management) is a nice touch also!


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Infographic – Men and Women use their mobiles and social media differently

No huge surprise here I guess as research has shown that men and women differ in their use of mobile social media. For example, 38% of women play games on their smartphones and they outnumber men by 10%, 13% of men use social media for dating in comparison to only 7% of women, and 71% of women on Facebook are willing to ‘like’ a brand for deals. Only 18% of men do that.  Apparently, the gender difference revolves around three distinct areas: our personal and professional relationships, the need for information and entertainment, and consumer behavior.

social media use by genderDo you know that men and women use smartphones in a completely different way?

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Mapquest Lets MLB baseball fans show their team some love while they navigate

An interesting product launch from MLB and Mapquest this week to celebrate the MLB opening season. Users can customize their mobile navigation experience (iOS and Android) with their team colors , icons, wallpapers, and accent colors by purchasing their team kit upgrade (note, a small cost of $1.99  is required).  About the app from Mapquest – MapQuest is here to help get you where you need to go, wherever life takes you.

In the partnership with MLB users will get Mapquest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” smartphone app, as well as integrated into MLB.com and all 30 MLB team websites.

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With the MapQuest App, you can:

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