Batch geonews: Google Earth API Deprecated, ArcGIS 10.3 Released, 2nd Learning QGIS, Nokia-Baidu Partnership, and much more

Here’s the last batch-mode edition, covering most of December. Might interest some of you, Slashgeo’s posts are now mirrored on Google+. Have an excellent holiday break.

On the open source / open data front:

  • More support for the standard, GDAL GeoPackage raster support
  • Reading, The Book of OpenLayers 3, completed
  • And another one announced, 2nd edition of Learning QGIS with a new chapter on expanding QGIS with Python
  • OpenLayers 3 now support Drawing Points with WebGL
  • WPS, an update to the ZOO-Project 1.4.0 release
  • All pieces in one suite, OpenGeo Suite 4.5 released, and you don’t have to write SLD anymore
  • Nice Ski maps styles available as open source from MapBox

On the Esri front:

  • A new version, ArcGIS 10.3: The Next Generation of GIS Is Here
  • You might also be interested in What’s new in ArcGIS 10.3 for Server
  • Many will be interested by Now Available: Explorer for ArcGIS on Android
  • Useful, ArcGIS Online supports GeoJSON
  • New capability, Lossless CityGML support in ArcGIS
  • A book review: Building Web Applications with ArcGIS

On the Google front:

  • Google deprecated the Google Earth API to be turned off in December, this means no more Google Earth Plugin, and you can migrate to OpenLayers 3 and Cesium for such needs
  • Why not? Do some holiday (window) shopping with Google Maps
  • Looking for Google My Maps? Map this way—Google My Maps now in Drive, also includes a few more capabilities
  • New addition, Drive by Dubai with Street View
  • You can also Look at the new 3D in New York City
  • Wired has an article named The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps

Discussed over Slashdot:

  • Location privacy with a smartphone is really an illusion, Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere
  • Hopefully, Uber Limits ‘God View’ To Improve Rider Privacy
  • 6,000$, Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget
  • Sensing, Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space
  • Where are you cheater? Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism
  • Babel, Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak
  • Making 3D printing more accessible, U.K. Royal Mail Pilots 3D Printing Service, if that’s within your interests, 3D Printer Owner’s Network Puts Together Buyer’s Guide

In the miscellaneous category:

  • You’re into education? Look at the reports on the analysis of the supply and demand for geospatial education and training
  • O’Reilly on where UAVs will fly, One more word on drones: Warehouses
  • Actually, if drones matter to you, here’s a useful summary named from Spatial Law: The Year of the Drone
  • And since it’s so popular, International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geomatics - August 30 / September 2, - Toronto,  Canada
  • Skydel’s Software-Defined GNSS Simulator,apparently the first real-time, full band, software-defined GPS & GLONASS simulator
  • Getting smaller and smaller, DARPA Prepares to Launch “Satlets”
  • Lidar, How a Flying Laser Built a 3-D Map of a Massive Alaskan Forest
  • GeoA has an article on Mappt, claiming to be the most advanced GIS Android app
  • Includes a map, NPR’s Incomplete Story on “Trimmigants” in the California Marijuana Industry
  • Interesting partnership, Nokia HERE now powers Chinese Baidu with global map data, and Here navigation app is officially on Google Play
  • Nokia is also into autonomous cars, as shown in this article named Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map

In the maps category:

  • A book review: Cartographer’s Toolkit:Colors, Typography, Patterns by Gretchen N. Peterson
  • Scary map and graph included, was Earth’s warmest year ever recorded and Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop
  • You can’t hide, Map showing asteroid hits of past 20 years
  • Glass half full?, Interactive map of global corruption
  • In the U.S., this map shows the probability of your city to have a White Christmas and yes, You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space
  • A bit late for that, but for geogeek woman, Christmas gift? Check out custom-made map clothes
  • That’s another cool geo-gift, MapWheel – a custom orientation wheel, but it ain’t cheap

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