A cool, location-aware mobile app (iPhone) for people in New York city looking for a place to enjoy and celebrate the World Cup and cheer on their favorite teams. The application that gives soccer fans throughout the five boroughs and Hoboken the ultimate tool to find bars, restaurants and other venues in their area that are showing the World Cup games. A corresponding website is also available by visiting NYC Game Finder on any PC or smartphone browser. The goal of the initiative is to encourage a fun, communal viewing experience for the World Cup and stimulate the local economy. See details of the app HERE or register at http://nycgamefinder.com/datasite
Archives for June 18, 2010
After a recent road trip where I logged 3,000 miles in the car, I was reminded of just how important mobile technology, and in particular, location aware technologies (think LBS) are for both business and pleasure use while traveling. Although there are are the usual obstacles to deal with – International roaming, locating free WiFi, securing access to dependable 3G connectivity (or any signal for that matter) and keeping that battery charged – there is also a number of amazing apps and services that enable the user to stay in touch while on the road. In particular, the amazing, location-aware mobile apps are basically a MUST-HAVE for anyone while away from the home or office. Apps from Google (think Google maps mobile), INRIX, Waze, WHERE, Seesmic, Pegshot, and foursquare are indeed must-have tools as are several amazing and free mobile tools that enable users to communicate cheaply with the office and perform crucial work tasks while away (Google Voice, WordPress mobile, dropbox, and Twitter mobile to name a few). There’s nothing like a good road trip to remind you just how crucial Geo and Mobile Technology are in our lives… you developers and tech innovators keep on dreaming up more great ideas for must-have apps!
For more tips and suggestions on Social-Location enabled mobile apps check out these LBS Feature articles and these archives we have on our LBSzone:
Seems the efforts to map broadband access in Texas is getting things a little heated up in the Lone Star State. With the initial roll-out of the map, data shows that some 96 percent of Texas households have access to home broadband service (provided by 123 broadband service providers), but 1 million homes in the state do not.
There are some critics of the map and the mapping initiative funded by the Feds according to The Dallas Business Journal… Todd Baxter, vice president of government affairs and general counsel of the Texas Cable Association said the mapping is part of a $7.2 billion national broadband stimulus plan being administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration. “The map shows that less than 1 percent of all Texans cannot access some form of broadband, whether, wired, wireless or mobile,” Baxter said. “Yet – without this information – the federal government awarded more than $200 million in grants and loans to projects in Texas. Some of these projects propose to duplicate service in an area already served by multiple broadband providers.”
For more on this initiative, see the recent PR – ESRI’s BroadbandStat Puts Interactive Maps Online