Batch Geonews: 25m European DEM, OpenLayers 3 vs Google Maps API v3, GeoMedecine, and much much more

Here what's probably our latest geonews in batch mode entry, have a nice holiday break!

From the open source / open data front:

  • Boundless published a OpenLayers 3 & Google Maps API Compared
  • Python and raster data? Introducing rasterio
  • Here's an entry on the 25m European Digital Elevation Model (EU-DEM, Version 1)
  • Much more efficient, OpenStreetMap's Redesign Goes Live! More Focused, More Inviting, More Map, and still on OSM data, Disability Mapping with OpenStreetMap
  • In updates, GeoTools 10.3 Released and GeoServer 2.4.3 Released and MapGuide Open Source 2.5.2 and MapBox.js v1.5.0
  • Beautiful, Using the 25m EU-DEM for shading OpenStreetMap layers

From the Esri front:

  • A summary of What’s New in ArcGIS Online (December)
  • Still breathing, ArcGIS 3.6 for Flex Released

From the Google front:

  • Having kids? Join Santa and his elves in the countdown to Christmas Eve
  • An entry telling you how to Create your own Street View
  • The Bing Maps architect Blaise Aguera y Arcas is joining Google
  • Google is improving maps in Building Better Maps in Brazil, Israel, and Russia
  • You might be interested by National Geographic shares rich map content with the world via Google Maps Engine
  • There's the classic, New Google Earth Imagery – December 6

In the everything-else category:

  • If you haven't heard of the GeoPackage draft standard yet, read this, OGC's Geopackage standard enables geospatial data sharing for mobile devices
  • Things do change, Open Geospatial Consortium updates its vision, mission, policies and procedures
  • A new Eye in the Sky, First Images form Skybox’s SkySat-1 Released 
  • An interesting read about How Can Geography Literacy Be So Bad At The Age Of Google Earth?
  • Wired shares an entry named 6 Reasons to Get Over Your Fear of Coding and Start Making Better Maps
  • The rise of GeoMedecine? A 10-minutes TED talk about named Your health depends on where you live
  • Apple geo-related news:
    • Geofencing to Unlock Vehicle Functions Detailed in New Apple Patent Application

    • iBeacon Technology Tapped to Unlock Location-Specific Newsstand Content on iOS Devices and ​Apple Updates Apple Store App with Support for iBeacon Systems, but Apple is far from being alone in that race,  Qualcomm Launches 'Gimbal' Bluetooth LE iBeacon Competitor

  • If you're not already convinced autonomous cars going to happen;
    • Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.
    • Nissan Leaf Prototype Becomes First Autonomous Car On Japanese Highways

    • Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By

  • Geo and privacy:
    • If there was doubts, NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide
    • An extreme scenario, Meet Jack, or What The Government Could Do With All That Location Data
    • But there are watchdogs? FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App
    • and hope, Boston Police Stop Scanning Registration Plates, For Now
    • but it's really everyone, Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device
    • and sometimes it's good, New GPS Tracking Bullet May Render High-Speed Police Chases Obsolete
  • Not that surprising, Need Directions? Might Not Want To Ask a Transit Rider
  • We heard lots about drones, now it's time for SkyJack, a hacking system taking control of drones and the discussion on the topic, How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour - talking of Drones, that's impressive Drone Footage of Bangkok Protests
  • In Canada? The new Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of (CGVD2013) recently launched
  • Reality surpasses fiction once again, New MIT Camera Takes 3D Photos in the Dark
  • You see, geospatial is evenin our heads! Memories Are ‘Geotagged’ With Spatial Information, Penn Researchers Say
  • Underwater, First 3D topography of Great Barrier Reef derived from EO data
  • A discussion about National GIS for India

In the maps category:

  • Wired shares Some of the Year’s Best Images of Earth From Space, nice indeed
  • Income distribution across the US, Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US
  • Here's a long review fo the Barrington Atlas iPad App
  • Bitcoin? Coinmap – The Interactive Map Of Brick And Mortar Locations Accepting Bitcoins
  • Wow, take a look at The “underwater waterfall” of Mauritius Island

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