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Review of the Major Developments from Three Location-Based Services Conferences

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DM shares an article named “Location is the Ultimate Context: A Review of the Major Developments from Three LBS Conferences in San Francisco“.

From the article: “There’s
never been a time when I’ve heard as many tangible enterprise and
consumer values expressed in solid business cases using location to
create profit and better quality of life. From all three events, NAVTEQ
Connections
, SiRF Location
2.0 Summit
and CTIA’s Wireless
and Entertainment Conference
, came predictions that location
technology, for use in both enterprise and consumer mobile
applications, will be embedded and standard in every device delivered
to the market. From operating systems to handsets, location as a key
contextual element will be essential. As Darren Koenig, LBS director
for Tele Atlas, stated: “Location is the ultimate context.” Finally,
all parts of the mobile technology ecosystem are realizing the same
thing.

[old geonews] QGIS 0.11.0 & GeoJSON 1.0 Released and GeoTools Graduates

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A short note on old summer geonews (while I was away) which were not yet featured on the site. First the release of QGIS 0.11.0, GeoJSON 1.0 and the graduation of GeoTools as full fledge OSGeo project. See also related stories. Not directly related, FOSS4G 2008 is going on this week. We’ll share the best summaries we’ll find.

New 3D Textured Cities in Google Earth

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The GEB informs us Google updated several cities with 3D “photorealistic” textured buildings.

From the entry: “I’ve discovered the following new cities have the new 3D buildings: Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Miami Beach (the last three all in Florida). Other cities already known to have the new buildings: US: San Francisco, Baltimore, Raleigh, Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Orlando, Austin, Oakland, Dallas, Tampa, Memphis, and Phoenix. Also, Zurich, Munich and Hamburg in Europe; and Tokyo in Japan has a smattering of 3D textured buildings. And, don’t forget Disney World in 3D.

GeoCommons Maker! Launches

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The HighEarthOrbit is proud to announce the launch of GeoCommons Maker!. From the entry: “The goal of Maker is to push the boundaries of web mapping to provide easy to use and powerful cartographic design tools along with access to a huge amount of complex geospatial data. We’ve integrated Maker into Finder!, so any interesting or datasets can be immediately dropped into a map, customized and styled. […] Another key aspect of the openness of GeoCommons is the key feature to export your maps as styled KML. This means you can build up a rich cartographic visualization, export to KML and open in something like GoogleEarth or WorldWind and retain the styling.” I only played with it a few seconds but I feel the interface is better than other similar tools.

Oracle Buys Maker of 3D Retail Software

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From CNet News : “Oracle is adding to its retail software lineup by acquiring Advanced Visual Technology, a maker of 3D space planning software for retailers. AVT, based in Hertfordshire, England, sells a product called Retail Focus, which lets retailers plan store floors and shelf space. An add-on product, called Retail Focus Merchandiser, gives retail planners a three-dimensional view of retail space that they can “walk” through virtually.”
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