Have you checked out the Pinterest Pin Maps option yet? You may be somewhat surprised when Pinterest encourages you to search on the map. Essentially, this feature lets you create a custom board that is on a map UI. You then search in a location/city of choice and then browse topics. For example, I’m set on Victoria BC and search for “beer” and then start pinning. It’s a cool spin on Pinterest and quite a bit of fun although the usability is still a bit clunky! Check out this first board that I have which shares Pins on a map of my area.
Archives for November 2013
Another awesome, new Esri story map, this one paying tribute to President JFK… From ESRI – In remembrance of President Kennedy’s death fifty years ago, Esri has created an interactive story map and 3D mapping visualization that the media can share or embed as part of ongoing anniversary coverage. John F. Kennedy: A Map Biography
Take a geographic tour of some of the key moments in the life of the 35th President of the United States with this interactive story map.
The Brazilian state Minas Gerais has launched a new data visualization tool called DataViva, which is meant to help government officials, the private sector and Brazilian citizens understand big data. Although it is the product of a state government, DataViva covers the formal economy of all of Brazil. According to the a video introduction to DataViva, the tool contains more than 100 million interactive visualizations. (Ironically, a video is touted,however, the youtube video is private and not viewable at this time!)
The visualizations are divided into eight different apps. These include a “Tree Map,” a “Geo Map,” “Network,” “Scatter,” and “Occugrid.” Some of these are as general as they sound, and others have a more specific purpose.
Coin is an awesome, new, secure payment system that provides loads of flexibility and convenience for users – use one coin for all your cards! Now available (pre-sale) to users, Coin is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connected card – see The company is also announcing additional features and over 50 answers to the most popular consumer questions about the device. Those answers can be found here: https://onlycoin.com/support/
Some of the first damage assessment maps from the Philippines have been released. According to e-GEOS, The Emergency Crisis Room was activated at 6:00 UTC on November 8, since when some 30 maps have been produced by the combined efforts of the e-GEOS Emergency Management Team, with others from GAF in Germany and ITHACA in Turin, with 25 people working day and night – e-GEOS is the Service Provider of the Emergency Management Service funded by DG Enterprise within the Copernicus Programme.
All map and vector products produced are accessible through the Copernicus Emergency Management Portal
GISDay is here once again and for a little GISDay fun the cool team at BlueRaster has mashed up a very cool map that shares all the photos on Instagram tagged with the #GISDay hashtag. Have a look around the world to see some of the activities and map fun taking place on Nov 20, GISDay. Nice stuff BlueRaster – see the Instagram GISDay map HERE
The crew at Spatial Networks has continued to work on the Fulcrum mobile app (Think mobile data collection), most recently releasing version 2.0 for iPad and iPhone (See more here) . Recently, the team described some of the very cool functionality that users can leverage by spatial filtering and searching data with Fulcrum’s web dashboard (where administrators or managers can login, create or edit their apps for deployment).
This from the team… In addition to the current data management dashboard features, allowing you to browse your data on a map, table, or split/combined view, we just added a few other big improvements to make data review, QA, and field service management tools even more powerful.
You can keep tabs on Fulcrum via Twitter @FulcrumApp
An update from the Heidelberg University describes more than 1.000 OpenStreet Map (OSM) Crisis Mapping Volunteers developing a CrisisMap for the Philippines. The map shows Elements at Risk, population distribution, damaged buildings and Instagram images for Philippines. This update from the team…For supporting the disaster management activities after the typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan a new Crisis Map: http://crisismap.geog.uni- heidelberg.de/ has been set up by GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University that visualizes map layers as the map layers showing population density and “elements at risk” for the Philipines. Credits for this voluntary effort go to Pascal Neis, Andreas Reimer, Maxim Rylow, Bernd Resch, Günter Sagl, Joao Porto and colleagues.
Note: A Mapathon to support crisis mapping with OpenStreetMap has been organized by Andreas Reimer and colleagues at Heidelberg University on Thursday Nov. 14th 2013.
Today Motorola unveiled a new, affordable Android smartphone. At sub $200 for an unlocked, high end, Android device that requires no contract, well, its a no-brainer for the price conscious! The kicker here is no contract… Those of you still “upgrading” to those $100 or $200 devices that require you to lock in to a more expensive data plan for 2 years you better take not of this! Moto G includes:
- A brilliant 4.5-inch HD display – the sharpest in its class – that goes edge-to-edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more.
- The newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor featuring a quad-core CPU for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life.
- Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014. No skins to clutter or slow the experience, and great performance with Google’s unbeatable mobile services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Hangouts.
- Stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colors as well as Grip Shells in five colors.
- More details on the Motorola blog
Here’s the scenario… you frantically go into a pocket pat-down dance searching for your shiny, new smartphone. Sadly, the device is gone. What’s even worse is that you just got the device thanks to your once-every-two-years upgrade from your carrier and you still owe about $500 on your tab! Don’t panic though as I’m sure you likely had it protected thanks to some of the many services that protect smartphone users from accidental loss or theft. The following are some of the must-be-familiar with services that are available for Android and iOS mobile device users.