Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors of renewable energy in the United States. About 3% of the total electricity in the United States was generated by wind turbines in 2012 (according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration), which is equivalent to the annual electricity use for about 12 million households. In response to the Department of Interior’s Powering Our Future initiative, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has begun investigating how to assess the impacts of wind energy development on wildlife at a national scale.
Archives for February 2014
Didn’t make it to MWC this year? No worries as Stefan and James have dedicated a recent edition of “The voice Mail” entirely to MWC. Listen to the guys as they discuss the Sony Z2, Galaxy S5, Nokia’s play into the Android space and much more regarding news out of Barcelona… great stuff here and well worth 40+ minutes of your time!
From the VoiceMail… Nokia went Android, Samsung went limp, Sony went awesome, and a whole lot more. James and Stefan usually keep the show at no longer than 30 minutes, but an exception had to be made to cover the mobile industry’s largest trade show.
So, you may have heard about Google’s foray into the smartphone market and Project Tango. What is Tango exactly?? From Google… Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you. It runs Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine. These early prototypes, algorithms, and APIs are still in active development. So, these experimental devices are intended only for the adventurous and are not a final shipping product.
Samsung on Wednesday introduced tools that will allow developers to create apps for the company’s new wearables and flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.The company, speaking at a developer day at Mobile World Congress, released a software development kit for its Gear 2 smartwatch, which is based on the Tizen operating system, and an SDK for its S Health application. It also launched a Gear Fit SDK that will allow developers to make apps for their Androiddevices that can interact with the Gear Fit.
A few event reminders for you… Vancouver-based Safe software is hyping their 2014 International user conference which will take place July 10-13 in Vancouver. The event will feature keynotes from Safe partners Esri, Autodesk, OpenGeo/Boundless, Hexagon, and Google. Safe is also hosting the FME World Tour 2014 in 50 cities across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America between the months of March and May. Also for those in Canada, Esri has rolled out the dates for the 2014 Esri Canada user conferences. These events will educate and inspire Esri product users at a number of locations – early bird reg is still available so jump on this one and convince the boss to send you – I’m signed up for April 8! Finally, those of you in the PacNW take note that the annual WAURISA event is scheduled for May 12-14 in Tacoma. The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, March 10, 2014 and you can also register to pitch a lightning talk if that’s your thing!
Some interesting research from VisionMobile reveals tredns and revenue opportunities based on mobile platform. Vision Mobile has a new Developer Economics Q1 2014 report based on a survey of 7,000 app developers in 127 countries.
Here’s an opportunity for coders, developers, mashup artists or ?? on the Front Range – enter GoCode Colorado. The Kick off event is March 19
A new web service helps employers determine just how distracted employees are with Twitter, facebook and emails – enter Webrate. The application gives users two options to block the internet.
- Option 1: They set a time and disconnect. But they can get back online they restart their computer.
- Option 2: They set a time and disconnect. But option two prevents them getting back online until the time is up, even if they restart their computer. This is the ultimate block for those needing an extra shot of discipline.
The application is being launch with a new survey about how access to the internet and social media on computers is reducing the productivity and work rate of workers, especially the increasing numbers of people who work from home. Of those surveyed, an astonishing 62% said they have been distracted from doing work on their computers by checking emails, browsing the web, and engaging with social media. Also 59% admitted that the reduction in productivity caused them dissatisfaction and unhappiness
A loss to the Community… regrets to share that Dr. Tomlinson has passed away… Tomlinson is generally recognized as the “father of GIS.” He is the visionary geographer who conceived and developed the first GIS for use by the Canada Land Inventory in the early 1960s. This and continuing contributions led the Canadian government to give him its highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, in 2001. Text for that award reads, “he pioneered its uses worldwide to collect, manage, and manipulate geographical data, changing the face of geography as a discipline.”