Before I get too busy and forget all about this, I want to share our best wishes, seasons greetings, Happy Holidays etc… to all of our readers, sponsors, supporters, and well wishers. Happy Holidays from all of the Spatial Media Team (GISuser, LBSzone, Amerisurv)
Archives for December 2008
Continuing on with the tradition, my new collection of 7 Cool things continues (thanks to the great feedback from the first piece!)… and so, enter my 7 Cool things for the day… enjoy!
- iPhone App of the day – PointAbout, the 2009 Inauguration Guide – The application, introduced by Qorvis Communications, a strategic communications firm, and the law firm Patton Boggs, provides location-aware (GPS) information about all inaugural galas and events and delivers details in real time about where to eat, what Metro line to take, and how to find museums and other places in Washington, DC. See more http://blog.gisuser.com/?p=3356
- Blackberry app of the day – New BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) and BlackBerry Smartphone Simulators –The developer tools include new versions of the BlackBerryr Javar Development Environment (BlackBerry JDE) that enable the streamlined development of mobile applications, as well as desktop simulators for the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphones that accelerate mobile application testing. The new BlackBerry JDE versions and simulators are available as free downloads at www.blackberry.com/developers
- S60 App of the day – MoneyLite –Symbian s60 ver.3 freeware application for personal expense tracking. With this app, users can always have up-to-date information on your financial situation, easily track your personal and business expenses, incomes and transfers and assign categories for the future finance activity analysis. See more http://www.lbszone.com/content/view/4094/2/
- Google G1 (Android) App of the day – AndNav –The first mobile navigation system for the Google Android Platform. This project by Nicolas Gramlich uses maps from OpenStreetMap (OSM) and the range of OpenLS services provided by the OpenRouteService LBS platform (Routing, POI-Search, Geocoding/Reverse Geocoding, Accessibility analysis, AvoidAreas, etc) from Department of Geography, Chair of Cartography. University of Bonn (main developer Pascal Neis). See more at http://www.andnav.org/index.php/features
- Tweet of the day – @2drinksbehind: whoever was on the left side exit row, god bless him, was johnny on the spot an.d instantly had the door open – people crowded out in a mass (RT @BreakingNewsOn Boeing 737 has crashed near DIA)
- Twitter Add-on of the day – Brightkit – If you own or manage several Twitter profiles (for example, I have @gletham, @gisuser, @lbszone, and @symbianone) then Brightkit is for you as it does an amazing job to help consolidate all your Twitter accounts in one handy place. From the dashboard you can send a new tweet, browse replies sent to you etc.. all without having to login in and out of your various user profiles… handy! See http://brightkit.com/
- Free GIS Data Pick of the day – 2008 TIGER/Line Shapefiles from US Census Bureau –The TIGER/Line Shapefiles are extracts containing selected geographic and cartographic information from the Census Bureau’s MAF/TIGERr (Master Address File / Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) database. See more details here
Special mention… something I heard that I simply can’t believe… from a recent industry research report by IDC “Mobile Phone Market Poised for Slowdown in 2009, Says IDC”
An interesting mobile designed specifically for those headed to DC in January for the inauguration… The application, introduced by Qorvis Communications, a strategic communications firm, and the law firm Patton Boggs, provides location-aware (GPS) information about all inaugural galas and events and delivers details in real time about where to eat, what Metro line to take, and how to find museums and other places in Washington, DC. It even provides walking directions to the Inauguration. The application currently available features evolving content – which will include RSS feeds on inauguration events and services and other related information closer to the event date. Plans also include a polling component to gauge real-time user sentiment about the Inauguration. FortiusOne will be analyzing and visualizing the results through their GeoCommons platform. Current services include:
Zagat Restaurant Guide
Walking directions to the Inauguration
Metro train and bus schedules
News and alerts
Free Wi-Fi zone locations
Local weather, traffic, and news
See more here or see PointAbout on the iPhone App Store
In traditional Holiday Fashion I’ve elected to share with you 12 very clever, cool, and useful Twitter Third-Party Add-ons. These apps will definitely help you be more productive with Twitter, make your Twittering more enjoyable, and help to solidify your position as your company’s resident Twitter Guru! Enjoy… as an added bonus I’ve also listed a few of the twitter tools that I have in my goody bag as well as a list of mobile Twitter clients.
Read on for pointers and descriptions of how and why you can use applications like TwitterGroups , TwitterFeed, Twellow , Brightkit, TwitterTise, SpinVox, Twitbacks, TwitterHolic, TwitterCounter, TweetStats, TwitterFon and others to make you much more productive on Twitter. I’ve also shared some of my secrec Twitter tools as well as provided a list of useful iPhone Twitter clients… Happy Holiday all!
And so, my 12 Great Twitter Add-Ons of 2008.. enjoy (no particular order): note, the inspiration for sharing this second Twitter-focused article has been from the HUGE number of responses and favorable comments I’ve received as a result of this first Twitter Article – Twitter for GIS/Geo Tech companies.
Thanks to my Twitter Follower @JimBarry from ESRI who tells us via the Blog that the webpage and resources for those interested in presenting at the 2009 ESRI Dev Summit is now available. there’s only about 15-20 presenter spots this year so you better have something really cool and you better act fast! Good luck – Note: deadline for submissions is Feb 6, Date of the Summit is March 2-26 in Palm Springs CA
There’s no question that there’s some really cool and fun imaging technology out there. As ususal, the holiday season brings out some really cool innovation, case in point, last year we had Go Elf Yourself, where users could create a fun video of themselves dancing as an elf (you can still do this see here), now there’s another fun imaging app out just in time for the Holidays… enter I Caught Santa! Use the app to upload a photo of your living room, then add an image of Santa as he unloads his loot under your tree, then add a cool, fun background, finally, save the image.. oh, it will cost you about $17.95 to actually buy the finished product sans watermark… OUCH! No doubt a fun application but are you willing to pay this fee to have your very own keepsake of the bearded man as he visits your house? Take a test drive for yourself at http://www.icaughtsanta.com
Here’s a nice Holiday tip for my Geo and Mobile Technology Comms. contacts… enjoy! If you’re a journalist, blogger, or media personality (isn’t everyone these days) then you may wish to take note of a new Wiki that’s getting loads of traction on the social media circuit – please note also, if you’re a corporate PR person in need of contacting a media person or blogger then this is a fabulous resource for you (ok, you can thank me later for pointing you to this one – I like Heineken and Becks! MediaonTwitter is a resource that I found on Twitter from PR diva Sarah Evans (this makes 2 Sarah Evans’ that I now know) and it brings together PR people and bloggers in a self-made wiki style directory where individuals enter their own contact information and promote their twitter presence – think of it as a THE Twitter PR directory and best of all, it’s organized by geographical region so if you need to locate journalists in Australia, Bang! You can find it online at http://mediaontwitter.pbwiki.com or you can follow Sarah (the creator/developer) on Twitter via @PRsarahevans
Here’s a tip on a free white paper (from Oracle) that could be useful to many individuals and tech companies… Details:
Wondering what role Web2.0/Sales2.0 and/or social networking plays in the sales arena? This paper reveals what it is and how it can help the quota carrying sales rep sell more, faster.
It uncovers how salespeople can take advantage of Web 2.0/Sales 2.0 technology to:
- Easily interact with customer information and uncover business insight that was not readily available before
- Tap into the collective knowledge and experience of the broader sales community and enable sales reps to accomplish far more than what they could individually and close more business
- Get the most relevant sales information when and where they need it – regardless if it’s enterprise, personal, or public data.
- Request yours here (US & Canada only, sorry)
Bluesky thermal maps reveal property ‘hot spots’ using a colour coded temperature map. Matched to Ordnance Survey maps and Council Local Land and Property Gazetteers, visitors to a Council’s website (UK) can simply type in their address and instantly get an idea of how much heat is escaping through their roof.
I’ve often wanted this ability in my area.. how cool would that be?? See details here
Maybe I’ll start a tradition here… enter my 7 (my lucky number) cool picks of the day… enjoy!
iPhone App of the day Earthcomber – Earthcomber, a free download, is one of many applications Apple offers to showcase the iPhone’s advanced features, such as GPS, data networking, multimedia and mapping.
Blackberry app of the day – WHERE LBS app now for Blackberry Bold – Where comes standard with out most popular location based widgets including Starbucks, Gas Buddy, Eventful & Yelp.
S60 App of the day – Mobile Web Server for S60 from Nokia Research Labs… Mobile Web Server, also known as Raccoon, consists of a port of the Apache web server to the S60 smartphone platform, and a connectivity solution that provides a mobile phone with a global URL and with HTTP access to it.
Google G1 (Android) App of the day – Mippin mobile site creator for G1 (Android mobile OS) see more in the prior link or jump to mippin.com. The app is now available via the Android MArket so G1 users can easily create and access mobile friendly websites.
Tweet of the day – From @lindahecht… “Reading and interesting article about GIS companies and Twitter.”
Twitter Add-on of the day – TweetWeather… Simply hit the site , enter your location and a “twitter-like” result of your local weather will appear.. very slick! Uses Twitter and WeatherUndeground APIs
Free GIS Data Pick of the day – VMAP1 – The Vector Smart Map (VMap) family of databases is a set of digital vector product databases oroginally used for military IT, simulation- and geoinformation systems as well as for the production of military analogue and digitalmaps. VMap Level 1 (VMap1) data correspond to the geometry and contents of maps in the scale of 1:250.000.
.. and a special mention goes to this gem from “Directions” from a Top 10 article… I sat down to write my annual list of “10 events, ideas, themes, products, etc. that stood out over the preceding 12 months” but found it more difficult than usual.. In the end, I deemed the list “lame.” – Isn’t this quite odd given that GIS and geotechnology has made HUGE strides at infiltrating mainstrean tech this year and is touching everyone in all parts of their lives more than ever…