5 Things on Friday – Hackathons, Architecture, Smartphone Usage and Beer from Sewage!

Another busy week has blown by and once again I had the pleasure of being introduced to many cool things on the web and around the GeoWeb. And so,  I’m pleased to share with you just 5 of the Cool things that I learned about this week… enjoy another Edition of 5 Things on Friday (and thanks to those of you who provided some fine tips!)

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Valentine Tip – Popular Dating Apps Vulnerable to Hackers

It seems that dating apps, like anything else these days, can be quite vulnerable and a treasure trove for hackers. So with Valentine’s Day approaching a reminder to be safe!  For example, hackers could intercept cookies from the app via a Wi-Fi connection or rogue access point, and then tap into other device features such as the camera, GPS, and microphone that the app has permission to access.

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2015 Esri Federal User Conference videos #FedUC

Sorry, you can’t watch the FedUC videos on Netflix yet, however, Esri has made them available online! Check em all out here… enjoy Jack’s vision for the future and the building of a resilient nation. More info also available at http://www.esri.com/events/federal


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10 Reasons Why You Should Love Twitter!

I gotta admit, I’m really tired of hearing from people that they think Twitter is simply a waste of time, or a stupid social network for boasting about your cat or where you eat or for sharing a selfie etc… Seriously, if you think that’s what Twitter is all about then you are missing out. And if you happen to be a “technology professional” and have that mind-set, I’d seriously also have to question your technology skills and the lack of an open mind that you bring to your work and your personal life. In short… crawl out from under that rock!

10 reasons to love twitter even if you hate it!

There’s many ways to use Twitter. There’s no right or wrong way to use it and the possibilities are seemingly endless. To say that using Twitter is silly and/or a waste of time is very short sighted. Read on for 10 Things you can easily do with Twitter that will make you love it, even if you hate it!

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Mil-Oss Student Hackathon

An event of interest for students and developers from Mil-OSS. Details…

Mil-Oss Announces Student Hackathon

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Safe Software WEBINAR – Geospatial and Minecraft – Why You Should Care

Top organizations are using Minecraft for real-world geospatial scenarios. But why? And how? Join us as we explore actual customer examples to find out.

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Amazing Videos – KLM Takes you on a Spectacular Flight to St. Maarten on the 747 400

I love flying, I mean who doesn’t? I simply had to share this amazing video from KLM that lets you experience the flight from Amsterdam to St. Maarten inside the cockpit of the massive KLM 747 400 aircraft and drop into the airport in St. Maarten with a rather short runway. Making it even more exciting, the plane passes over a popular beach just before touching down with beach goers amazed as the plane passes over at an elevation of about 50 feet! Incredible video sharing some great technology and some pretty powerful marketing here by KLM – well done!

For the real aviation fanatic watch the whole flight and many more at http://www.jetstreamtv.net

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Cleveland Cavaliers Leveraging Location Technology

A nice, real case study looks at an effort by the Cleveland Cavs to deliver a cool and fun experience to fans using proximity beacon technology

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Alternatives for USers of Google Maps Engine

A timeline of activity relating to the deprecation of Google Maps Engine and the subsequent interest from Esri and CartoDB in particular.

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Earth Primer for iPad – Discover how Earth works

This interactive Geology book will bring your iPad to life! Enter Earth Primer. The app gives the user an amazing experience and a chance to explore and discover how the Earth works. Unlock new tools and features as your progress… cool stuff!

See http://www.earthprimer.com

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Event Tip – RIEGL LiDAR 2015

An event of interest for those of you interested in the booming LiDAR industry – actually, 2 events! LiDAR 2015 from RIEGL takes place in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China May 5-8. Solution providers and VARs take note that Sponsorship opportunities are still available!


From RIEGL… Take part in revolutionary RIEGL hard and software introductions, experience captivating keynotes and presentations from industry experts, meet with members of the worldwide RIEGL community, and join us for exciting social events in unique locations!

See more at http://www.riegllidar.com/

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New Orleans Mardis Gras Parking Map

The party will take place in the Big Easy very soon (Feb 6-8) and if you have plans to head to N’Orleans you might want some helpful parking and parade route information. No worries, there’s a map for that from NOLAGIS (powered by ArcGIS Online). Use the map to identify daily road closures and parking restrictions…

New Orleans mardis gras maps

New Orleans mardis gras maps

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