A reader brought this one to my attention and I have to admit I had to read over it a couple of times myself before deciding to post it… I’m still not exactly sure of the meaning! Last wee Loopt, a social-mapping and communication service, announced a new closed, Beta developer program. This next sentence is what had me wondering about the exact meaning… “We are thrilled to offer the first live location developer program that ushers in a new generation of context-sensitive mobile services,” said Sam Altman, CEO and co-Founder of Loopt. So, is it the first Loopt live location developer program or the first live location developer program? Also, what exactly is a live location developer program?? I know for a fact there are other devzones and developer programs that leverage the users’ “live” location so this one has me wondering.
Archives for January 2008
Here’s a tip on how you can win one of 3 cool, Nokia Linux Internet Tablets (N810) from Widsets… details… The developer resource at Widsets has extended their latest competition until Jan. 31, 2008… that means you still have 2 weeks to enter your widget and win! Up for grabs… 3 Nokia N810 Internet Tablets! See more here or jump to Widsets Devsite
A bit off-topic but interesting nonetheless out of Stanford… from Stanford Business School Research: Does a Wine’s Pricetag Affect Its Taste? In what will be music to the ears of marketers, the old adage that you get what you pay for really is true when it comes to that most ephemeral of products: bottled wine. According to researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the California Institute of Technology, if a person is told he or she is tasting two different wines — and that one costs $5 and the other $45 when they are, in fact, the same wine — the part of the brain that experiences pleasure will become more active when the drinker thinks he or she is enjoying the more expensive vintage. Access this feature and other related research stories online
Here’s another innovative and fun mashup – this one using Microsoft’s technology… Followthegame.com enables users to enter an address or zip code of your location and you’ll be presented with a list of local media that are providing coverage of the big game on Super Sunday… how cool!! Now I know I can simply tune into AM 950 the FAN or AM 1310.. cool! Man this would be handy for College football coverage! I can’t think of how many times in the past I’ve been flipping around the dial looking for coverage of a specific game, particularly right here where on any given Saturday there could be 5 games being transmitted! See Followthegame.com
I would have thought a $1+ billion sale might have created a little more buzz, although it is getting to be commonplace these days in the world of geo technologies! I haven’t really heard much about this announcement but last week word was out from MDA (BC, Canada) that the company has executed definitive agreements for the sale of its Information Systems and Geospatial Services operations to Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) for $1.325 billion in cash. Some details… After closing of this transaction MDA will have about 1,100 employees, in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. MDA plans to use most of the proceeds from this transaction to invest in acquisitions that are aligned with its strategic plan for Information Products in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. For more see http://www.mdacorporation.com / http://www.atk.com
FYI – MDA (MacDonal DetwillerAssociates) is a very recognizable name to those of us from British Columbia and has long been recognized as a leading Geospatial Solutions provider in Canada to customers around the globe.
This just in from the Zillow blog regarding free, SHP files downloads now available… The boundary lines for over 7,000 neighborhoods around the United States covering roughly 150 cities. These neighborhood shapes are now available, zipped up in the Arc Shapefile format, for anyone to download. According to Zillow’s lab, the company wants to share more than 7000 neighborhood boundaries with the community… these via SHP file format. This from zillow… ” The Zillow data team has created a database of nearly 7,000 neighborhood boundaries in the largest cities in the U.S. And we’d like to share them with you! We’re sharing these neighborhoods under a Creative Commons license to allow people to use and contribute to our growing database.” The fine print… You are free to use the files in this database in applications as long as you attribute Zillow when you use it. You may also make your own changes to the database files and distribute them, as long as you provide them under the same kind of license and give Zillow attribution. You can grab the boundaries here
NCTCOG’s GIS Data Clearinghouse contains high-quality digital geographic data for the North Central Texas region. Data are available free to the public for use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or similar data management and analysis systems. See
Salt Lake City, Utah based commercial real estate brokerage & development company seeking a GIS certified mapping specialist. Day to day activities include competitive mapping for retail tenants and landlords, location analysis for new site selection and creation of package materials for presentation of new sites. Fun fast-paced environment. See details
A consultant is required for this position in Copenhagen… Works closely with the sales force in order to win RTI business and be the person that takes responsibility for the delivery of the engagement. See details