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“First” Directions App for iPhone

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All Points Blog is reporting that the first iPhone GPS turn by turn application is available. Here is their summary : “It’s from XRoad and covers only a few U.S. cities, but apparently G-Map (unfortunate name, I’ll offer) is ok by Apple as it’s said to be available via the AppStore. It’s a large download (700 Mb free space needed) and apparently downloads all the data so there’s no need for a connection to do a search or get directions.”

Corruption Maps and Data

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The FortiusOne blog provides a detailed entry on corruption datasets and maps.

The maps use Maker!

From the entry’s introduction: “Transparency International just released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in a given country. With the latest release, the disturbing link between poverty, failed institutions and graft is made. For 2008, Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden shine as the cleanest countries, while Iraq, Myanmar, and Somalia fall as the most corrupt countries of the 180 countries surveyed.

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The Importance of GeoPresence

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Last month Ron Lake offered an interesting article about GeoPresence. From the introduction: ““What? You don’t have a web site? Is that possible? It’s only a small company. Does not matter! If you do not have a web site, you do not exist. Period!” This seems a plausible exchange in 2008. Yet no one could have imagined such a conversation as recently as 1980. Not to have a web site has simply become unthinkable. I think the same will soon be said about you or your organization’s Geo-Presence […] A GeoPresence might be thought of as a visual and behavioural representative for yourself or your organization, not in a complete world of fantasy such as Second Life, but in some sort of approximation of the real world; the Virtual World. Furthermore, we can expect that this GeoPresence will reflect you or your organization more or less in real time.

ERDAS TITAN 2009 Released!

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Amy Zeller writes “We are very pleased to announce the release of ERDAS TITAN 2009 (version 9.3)! The theme is interoperability: ERDAS TITAN 2009 now extends the TITAN experience into additional geospatial applications, allowing users to browse and load shared data directly within ERDAS IMAGINE and ArcGIS. An SDK is also provided to support embedding the IM experience into other geospatial applications as well. Other improvements are listed on the post: http://erdastitan.blogspot.com/2008/10/we-are-very -pleased-to-announce-release.html

See also previous TITAN related stories below.

OpenLayers 2.7 Released

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It seems OpenLayers 2.7 has been released. Here are the release notes.

From the announcement: “As of this final release, the OpenLayers 2.7 release closes 201 outstanding tickets. […] This release features a number of major developments, including:

* Vector-Behavior: Strategies, Protocols, Filters
* Improved Vector rendering for better performance
* Canvas rendering class
* Z-Ordering and Y-Ordering for Vector layers
* New Basic Measurement Control
* New OpenLayers.Request interface for AJAX
* Smarter Popups … and tons of other new features and bug fixes that you can see detailed here.

Furthermore, we are proud to announce two new additions to the AddIns directory! Yes, it is an exciting day for everyone in the OpenLayers Community. Please take the time to check out:

* Bookmark Control — Allows user a simple way to ‘bookmark’ locations on the map and navigate to them.
* Loading Panel — Provides a convenient and sexy animated status monitor so users know their layers are loading.

We even have a nice new UML Diagram to help people out with understanding the new classes in 2.7 and their relationships.

See also previous OpenLayers stories below.