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How Pocket Positioning Will Change Daily Life

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Vector One discuss a generic Spiegel article named How Pocket Positioning Will Change Daily Life. From the article: “For years, the end of physical space was evoked — utopia seemed to lie in the vastness of cyberspace. According to some cyber-visionaries, the future belonged to telecommuters who would require neither offices nor airplanes. But the reality of globalization looks different: Never before have people moved, traveled and flown as much as they do today. Now the personal electronics industry is adapting to this mobile lifestyle by undergoing a kind of “topographical revolution.” “The more solid social orders grow volatile, the more people resort to geographical frames of reference,” historian and essayist Karl Schlögel believes. “Today, in the age of Google Earth, we’re veritably flooded with cartographic material.”

Recent iPhone and Android Coverage on the Geoblogs

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The geoblogs aren’t tired of discussing the iPhone and Android. Here’s some recent entries.

Via APB, MapQuest is now optimized for the iPhone.

ABP also share links and information regarding the 300 location-based applications for the iPhone. The same blog mentions Carticipate, an car pool application similar to MapFlow’s Avego.

The GEB informs us an iPhone GPS app is available for EveryTrail users.

And finally, AnyGeo points to the O’Reilly iPhone Live 2008 Conference.

In the Google Android corner, as of today, Android is now (mostly?) fully open source.

The official Google Lat Long blog links to an entry on Android mapping.

Fuzzy Tolerance discuss SugarTrip, a social traffic mapping app for Google Android.

APB informs us Google announced location support via Wi-Fi access points in Google Gears.

Also interesting is the VISA commitment to use the Android platform.

And finally, a little less location-related, a discussion about barcode reading with Android and why it could become a killer app.

See also numerous related stories below.

Prune 6.0 Released

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Mentioned last February, the Free Geography Tools website informs us that Prune 6.0, an open source GPS data manager, is now available. The new features according to FGT: “– Map view using OpenStreetMap images is now integrated in the main window, with control for map transparency; you can open up an OSM map or Google Map for the track location in a browser as well.
-Pov export has a new option to use sphere sweeps for better appearance.
-New function to check online for a newer version of Prune.
-New function to take a section of track and cut/paste it to another position.
-New function to add or subtract a time offset from point timestamps to correct for time shifts between a GPS track -and camera time.
-New function to call gpsbabel to load data directly from GPS receiver.
-Additional file filter options on load and save.
-Italian language support.

Watchee Web Tracking v1.0 (Mobile Phones / PDA)

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watchee writes “Watchee is a Live-Tracking software for mobile phones (J2me) and PDA (Windows Mobile/CE).

You can transmit position, photos and messages (SMS,mails) of any length in real time.
You buddies can watch your tours (tracks and photos) in real time and free of charge over the Watchee web portal and even chat with you.
You can see the distance and movement details of your buddy on your phone.
Further features are for example to view the history tracks on the web portal and
to grant fine grained access permissions to buddies.
The only charge is the costs for data transfer (GPRS costs of your phone provider)
which are very small as the data is highest compressed.
An iPhone client is in beta stage and released in a few days.

http://watchee.net/

OpenLayers add-on

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LiziLayers allows you to create and test your OpenLayers scripts in an HTML page or a XUL window. LiziLayers is based on the add-on MozMapLayers which is an OpenLayers adaption to the XUL environment. See this web page for more information: http://3liz.org/lizilayers/co/01_homepage.html