Frederick, MD is just one of the many cities that are expanding their presence in 3D via the Google 3D Warehouse. Modeled with SketchUp, a number of popular city buildings and landmarks are now online and available for viewing in google Maps and Google Earth. For more 3D building collections browse the Google 3D Warehouse http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ or follow the 3D team on Twitter via @3DWH. For those of you that a really keen to see your city done up in 3D, consider putting together a team of design professionals and enter the Google SketchUp Model Your Town Competition – good luck! Note, you can follow the progress in Frederick on this blog
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Another round of the popular Calling All Innovators competition has been announced by Forum Nokia. Calling All Innovators 2010, an international application development contest designed to inspire creativity and change.The company is looking to developers to save the environment, lift spirits, improve productivity, educate and contribute to a healthy lifestyle: Nokia wants 2010 to be a year of good ideas that make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Calling All Innovators 2010 features four categories for submissions that enhance the use of Nokia mobile devices in real-world scenarios:
- Eco/Being Green: apps that help to save the planet with innovative, eco-friendly uses.
- Productivity: apps that make your life easier, and help you to be more efficient, such as utilities, business, or personal finance applications.
- Life Improvement: apps that positively affect the daily lives of people living in developing countries by using the prevalence of mobile devices to teach children and illiterate adults critical skills, and agriculture health.
- Entertainment: apps that bring out your inner rock star, and show off the coolest multimedia features, including music, multimedia and games – because mobile also has to be about having fun!
Additionally, Forum Nokia has teamed up with Sesame Workshop, the producers behind Sesame Street, for the education subcategory of the life improvement category to encourage developers to create and offer applications to teach early literacy on Nokia devices to communities around the world. Sesame Workshop will offer guidance during the judging process and work with select developers to further enhance relevant projects. More details on the competition found HERE or over at Forum.Nokia
As reported by The Guardian, this interesting, open and free data resource will be coming soon thanks to some investment by the government earmarked to kick-start application developers and provide them with the data they need. From The Guardian… The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will on Thursday launch a website hosting hundreds of sets of data – including previously unreleased information – about the capital, as part of a new scheme intended to encourage people to create “mashups” of data to boost the city’s transparency and accountability. Note, this site is now to be confused with data.gov.uk which is also launching in the near future.
According to the news, datasets that will be available include attainment, pupil number and schools data; fire incidents, ambulance rates, crime rates; carbon emissions, floorspace, vacant commercial offices, industrial stock data, abandoned vehicles, recycling rates, waste data, waste re-use centres, fly tipping rates, alcohol indicators, abortion rates, hospital waiting lists and admissions, excess winter deaths – and much more.
Are you working to become more social media savvy? If so then you need to explore some of the many fine tools available to content developers… enter Hootsuite. This app has been around for some time, however, recent updates to the app have made it one of the coolest, most powerful social media tools out there.
Using Hootsuite users can schedule Tweets, feed their RSS feeds and perhaps most important, post to Twitter, facebook pages, LinkedIn and even update their WordPress blog (see video below) See HootSuite.com for more details or check out their blog for the latest info on new features. http://blog.hootsuite.com