This from Skyhook wireless as Dell prepares to start (finally) rolling out laptops with pre-installed location-provisioning. This information comes via Skyhook wireless… The Dell Wireless 700 location solution includes the hybrid GPS and Wi-Fi Positioning location engine from Skyhook Wireless (www.skyhookwireless.com), the same engine deployed on tens of millions of Apple iPhones and iPod Touch devices. Initially two apps will be offered with the Dell Wireless 700 location solution: CoPilot and the Loki Dashboard. CoPilot is a fully functionally navigation application giving turn-by-turn driving directions as well as local search of key points of interest like. The Loki Dashboard is a web portal that uses the netbook’s location engine to customize widgets for news, weather, tweets, photos, events and people around you. Dell Wireless 700 location solution owners can easily access the Loki Dashboard via Internet Explorer on the netbook (dell.loki.com).See more over on the Dell blog
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An event of interest while in San Diego at the ESRI UC… Blue Marble Geographics (www.bluemarblegeo.com) will be holding their Blue Marble User Group meeting on Tuesday, July 14th from 12:00-1:00 in Room 14A during the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA. The User Group Meeting is open to current users of Blue Marble’s suite of data conversion solutions. Lunch will be provided at this working session, which will focus on creating a feedback list to include requests for feature function items to incorporate in our new products. The latest updates to Blue Marble’s Geographic Calculator and Geographic Transformer will also be on display. Attendees are asked to pre-register at http://www.bluemarblegeo.com/products/ugsignup.php to guarantee a space.
Adobe’s Acrobat User Community will be presenting a free webinar July 22 at 10am Pacific on using the new geospatial features in Acrobat 9 to communicate geospatial information and provide mapping capabilities to field workers and other users. Join Tomas Lopes from Farallon Geographics, as he demonstrates how easy it is for GIS professionals to share geospatial information and facilitate data maintenance workflows with individuals in the field by combining Acrobat 9 with professional desktop GIS software. Registration for this 60-min eSeminar with live Q&A is free – see more details HERE
The USDA has launched a new Web site at USDA.gov/recovery enabling people to learn about, share, discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding in states and communities throughout the country. The site provides users with access to a blog, podcasts, RSS feeds and other interactive tools so users can interact and share stories and providing feedback about how USDA impacts the community.Interactive Features on www.usda.gov/recovery Provide Functionality for the American People to Share Their Recovery Stories, Provide Feedback on USDA Efforts – see more info here or jump to the recovery Map HERE
Interesting to see the MLB team from Baltimore providing fans with a 3D experience via Virtual Birdland – developed by Harris Corp, the app was created from ground, aerial and satellite imagery using technology developed for government customers. Virtual Birdland provides Orioles fans with a clear view of what they will see prior to arriving at Oriole Park, and helps familiarize them with traffic patterns, ample parking options, and other area attractions surrounding the ballpark – check it out at http://www.orioles.com/virtualbirdland
Camden Yards in 3D
Here’s a tip for a great app for iPhone that uses your location to locate cool events nearby! The Spoonfed Event Radar answers the simple question: What’s on around me now? The location based application puts thousands of events at your fingertips, wherever you are whenever you want and is available to download from the iPhone app store.
Spoonfed’s Event Radar is a location-based event guide that makes it quick and fun to find the best events in London and help you make plans while you’re on the move.
- Over 30,000 events listed every month so you’ll never be stuck for things to do
- All the information you need including location, time, cost, distance and a detailed preview of what to expect from the event
- Browse by nearly 100 wide-ranging genres from Rock, Jazz and Cabaret to Photography, Stand up and Karaoke
- Use Google Maps to get directions to where you want to go
A few social bookmark updates of interest on this year’s ESRI User Conference:
Clint Brown provides a short video on bringing geographic information to life and what you can expect in his session at the UC
Meet the ESRI Support Service Team at the conference – details of where and when you can meet the techies!
Details of an interesting session on GIS in enhancing Education
The latest edition of ArcWatch with loads of goodies
Have a look at ArcGIS Explorer 900 – I’m sure we’ll be seeing loads of this in San Diego!
Social bookmarks for staying connected with what’s taking place at the conference
Win a Book! Roger Tomlinson will be signing his book, “Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers, Third Edition” by Roger Tomlinson and “Pensando en el SIG,” the Spanish translation, of the book on Tuesday, July 14, from Noon – 2:00 PM in the Spatial Outlet and Bookstore. The first 50 people to attend will receive a free copy of one of these books.
Follow the conference planners on Twitter – http://twitter.com/ESRIUC
Images from the event on Flickr – tag your photos with “esriuc”
The official ESRI UC Facebook page
Follow What’s being said about the ESRI User Conference on Twitter
PS: a couple of party notes that may interest you — Merrick will be hosting a bash at Dick’s on Wed night so visit the team at Booth #614 to get an invite! TerraImaging will also be hosting an event on the Wed. night as well – visit them on the floor or see terraimaging.com. Also, don’t forget to snap a phot of them Lizards!!
Summer is here and that means travel, loads of travel… it also means many of us are in need of some fine, mobile apps that make our summer travel a little easier. And so, I’m glad to share with you some fine mobile apps and mobile friendly websites that are designed to help with your travel using your mobile.. enjoy! The following are mobile-friendly url’s optimized for use from a mobile handset:
Mobile airline check-in – simply hit the site, login, and check-in for your flight:
Southwest – http://mobile.southwest.com
Delta – http://mobile.delta.com.
AA – http://aa.com
JetBlue – mobile.jetblue.com
Alaska Air – http://wireless.alaskaair.com
Continental – wap.continental.com
Air Canada – mobile.aircanada.com
WestJet – http://mobile.westjet.com/
USA Air – http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/traveltools/mobile/default.aspx
For details flight stats and reports on any airline I use Flightstats – the send me an update (email or txt) is awesome! Imagine your waiting to pick someone up so you simply park in a holding lot until yet receive an SMS alert that the flight has landed! See mobile.flightstats.com or via PC http://www.flightstats.com
Other useful, mobile apps and services I take advantage of include:
Traffic.com from NAVTEQ for traffic reports, directions and more (email updates available) See mobi.traffic.com
Gasbuddy for the cheapest fuel near me – http://gasbuddytogo.com
Facebook Mobile is handy to stay in touch while I’m on the road – http://m.facebook.com. I’m not a user, however, if I was then the Mobile MySpace site at m.myspace.com would be useful I guess!
I also like to stay LinkedIn while away and so the mobile url m.linkedIn.com enables me to quickly login and check things out!
Qik live video streaming enables me to share live streams with my friends while on the road – http://m.qik.com/ Likewise, I can easily checkin with my YouTube account via m.youtube.com
Flickr mobile at m.flickr.com enables me to view and upload easily to Flickr from any handset.
Accuweather mobile provides the latest weather updates to my handset – http://wireless.accuweather.com/
Other handy travel related app that are a must-have are Worldmate http://www.worldmate.com/ and Psiloc World Traveler – http://worldtraveler.biz/ – These apps provide a handy UI to flight info (pro), clocks, currency exchange, weather reports and more.
Finally, everyone needs access to Google apps and services while away – I forward all my email to gmail when on the road. Access all the mobile apps from Google via http://www.google.com/mobile/ or jump to m.google.com on your handset. Twitter users, remember, you can always login to your Twitter account via m.twitter.com go to http://dabr.co.uk/ (my favorite Twitter mobile url) or use a handy mobile Twitter client like Gravity (Symbian S60), Tweetie or Twinkle (iPhone)
Using mobile-friendly WAP portals you can check-in for your flight on any airline from your phone!
What apps MUST you have when you travel?
Great to see and hear our own NOCO Joel Comm (@joelcomm) on MSNBS this week.. check out this video… nice job Joel!