Tag Archives: Bing Maps

Batch Geonews: Bing Maps Updates, Nokia’s Yahoo Maps, U.S. Geoplatform Launches, GIS and the Cloud, and much more

Here's the latest geonews in batch mode. But first, as a media partner of the Geomatique event, if you participated to the conference, we invite you to fill this survey and get a chance to win an iPad 2.

On the Google front:

  • The GEB introduces the free Maxwell Render Suite to make your SketchUp models more realistic, the screenshots are impressive 
  • You can now Share biking and walking directions with Custom Maps
  • We told you before that Street View is available inside businesses now, and here's a Slashdot discussion about it
  • The Google Model Your Town Competition has begun
  • Google requests feedback for their map news channels, if you fill that survey, you can tell them you're reading Slashgeo ;-)
  • And there was new imagery released yesterday for Google Maps and Earth

On the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft announced several updates and new features in the Bing Maps REST web services and the Bing Spatial Data Service
  • In another entry, Microsoft informs us that the improved map sharing and Bing Maps route modifications

On the Esri front:

  • Mandown mentions that the ArcGIS API for iOS 2.1 is now available

On the open source front that wasn't mentioned yesterday:

  • Via O'Reilly, I learned about an jQuery open source Country Selector that has autocomplete
  • I also forgot to share this DM article named Experiences Teaching Free and Open Source GIS at the Community College Level

In the miscellaneous category:

  • APB reports that Yahoo Maps is now powered by Nokia
  • The U.S. Geoplatform launched based on Esri's Portal for ArcGIS, here's the direct link
  • V1 has an interesting perspective named What Do You Think GIS in the Cloud Will Be Like? and on the same topic, DM shares an informative article named Is Geospatial Cloud Computing a Commodity?
  • SS mentions a iOnRoad, free Android app that includes colision avoidance
  • MapQuest Vibe is now available for the iPhone
  • O'Reilly tells us about Dark Sky's app Kickstater project for "hyperlocal hyper-realtime" weather prediction, with similarities to NowCasting
  • If you're into podcasts, VerySpatial mentions another geospatial-related podcast now in English, Geografree
  • APB informs us of a OGC survey of the business value of geospatial standards
  • V1 lists what he thinks are the Hottest Jobs In The Geospatial Sector Today
  • APB has excellent coverage of the SimpleGeo acquisition by Urban Airship
  • Remember we told you about Atanas Entchev? There's now a petition to help him

In the maps category:

  • StrangeMaps shares an informative map of electric sockets of the World
  • Here's a Google Maps mashup on disease risk and migration
  • O'Reilly shares an animated map of how dance music travels
  • APB share their disappointment at the map of the American Jobs Act
Read More »

Tuesday Geonews: OSM Inspector, Single-Language Labels in Google Maps, TomTom Teaming with Oracle, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Some of those news seem important enough to deserve their own entries, but I dare share them in a single one. Yes, that's another unusually long post. Normal posting frequency should resume next February!

From the open source / open data front:

  • SS shares an entry named MIT Releases Smartphone Data Tracking Tools as Open Source Software, it's called Funf
  • There's now an OpenStreetMap Inspector, a quality evaluation service to help improve OSM data
  • Here's a short entry on using OpenStreetMap data, tidbit: the entire database is 250GB
  • Here's an entry on generating contours using GDAL (via shell or QGIS)
  • Paul explains Indexed Nearest Neighbour Search in PostGIS
  • Here's the FOSS4G WMS Performance Shootout slides, and I haven't shared this yet, James Fee's Guide to what was important at FOSS4G

From the Esri front:

  • Mandown reports that Esri updated their deprecation plans for ArcGIS 10 and 10.1
  • SS indicates Esri Releases a Map Story on Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

From the Google front:

  • Finally, single-language labels made their way to Google Maps, that's making it much less confusing
  • Here's in simple words why Google offers Google Maps / Earth
  • Ogle Earth shares an entry on using Google Earth to hunt illegal mining in Goa, India

From the Microsoft front:

  • Bing Maps added detailed airport maps, 42 U.S. airports so far 

In the miscellaneous category:

  • SS reports that TomTom Launched a Geospatial Platform with Oracle: "The service will offer geocoding, vehicle routing and mapping information, all hosted on Oracle’s 11g database."
  • V1 writes about INTERGEO, the German geospatial conference that attracted 17,000 attendees, making it one of the largest geoconferences in the world (the largest?)
  • James Fee linked to the U.S. and Canadian top 10 largest cities GIS web maps
  • We mentioned it before, but here's another article on the completion of the ERS satellite missions after 20 years
  • O'Reilly shares an entry named Why indoor navigation is so hard and another entry on the state and future of local news
  • If you have interest in the GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification), here's data model diagrams
  • MapQuest launched a Mobile Flash Maps API
  • VerySpatial mentioned the National Geographic Challenge game for the PS3, XBox360 and Wii
  • On a more serious topic, VS shares an entry on The Geography of the Death Penalty

Slashdot discussed a few geospatial-related stories:

  • Don't you wish you were a student again, Put On Your 3D Glasses — Class Is About To Start
  • Not the first time we hear such news (from any OS phone), HTC Android Backdoor Leaks Private User Data, including GPS locations
  • US Military Seeks Non-Cooperative Biometric Tracking Technology
  • A story named California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches, including GPS logs
  • An on the same theme, a Senator Goes After 'Brazen' OnStar Privacy Shift
  • With a search, you'll find plenty of similar stories, German Researchers Crack Mifare RFID Encryption, in other words, RFID can be of great use, but can't be considered secure 
  • There's also a story about using stereo-vision mapping to visualize the oldest submerged city

In the maps category:

  • TMR shares a few map books for Fall
  • Here's the first global map of ocean salinity
  • Here's the Japanese tsunami mapped in detail for the first time

In the coming days, I'll be at Géomatique, the major geospatial event in the province of Québec. Slashgeo is a media partner of the event.

Read More »

Monday Geonews: ArcGIS Explorer Build 1750, Metadata Tool for QGIS, Iran’s Basir Google Earth Rival, VDatum, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source front:
  • Wonder where GeoTools is? Here's the Status of GeoTools presentation from FOSS4G
  • Here's about Metatools, a metadata management plugin for QGIS, now at version 0.2
  • Here's the GeoServer Aggregating DataStore, enabling the republication from several data sources, including remote ones
  • The slides and videos of OpenStreetMap's State of the Map conference are now available
  • Sean Gillis' at it again, he started a new project called Fiona, an OGR API which wants to be "a clear alternative to the complex layers and cursors and fussy geometry objects of OGR and ArcPy"
  • Ok, not directly geospatial, but Gource is the nicest tool to visualize source code changes I've seen yet (works with Git, SVN and others), and here it is showing the changes in QGIS from version 1.6 to 1.7
On the Esri front:
  • ArcGIS Explorer Build 1750 is now available
  • Mandown summarizes what’s new on ArcGIS Online for September
  • There's also an ArcGIS API for iOS 2.01 update for those developing with iOS 5 and another one for ArcGIS API For JavaScript 2.5
  • Here's the Best Practices For Using Custom State Highway Shields In ArcGIS
In the everything-else category:
  • Here's another entry on the New KML features in Google Earth 6.1
  • Iran is releasing Basir, a Google Earth competitor, to counter Google's cultural aggression 
  • Microsoft has an entry on the recent updates to Bing Maps: REST API, AJAX Control v7, and Account Center
  • We mentioned a few times vertical datums, via Kurt, now NOAA is releasing VDatum, "designed to vertically transform geospatial data among a variety of tidal, orthometric and ellipsoidal vertical datums"
  • That's how far sensors can go, millions of geolocated seismic sensors wirelessly connected for oil and gas exploration by Shell and HP
  • V1 mentions a comprehensive guide on 3D spatial relationships
  • Here's a Maperitive tutorial for Generating OSM Map For Adobe Illustrator
  • In the neverending series of cellphone tracking, Slashdot discusses a story named Surveillance Case May Reveal FBI Cellphone Tracking Techniques
  • And regarding car tracking Slashdot offers another story named Canberra Police Want Drones To Track Cars
  • In the trivia category, Slashdot discusses a story named Swedish Daycare Tracks Kids With GPS Devices
In the maps category:
  • O'Reilly mentions the Global Adaptation Index map, which "rates a given country's vulnerability to environmental shifts precipitated by climate change, its readiness to adapt to such changes, and its ability to utilize investment capital that would address the state of those vulnerabilities"
  • V1 shares a map of the gas infrastructures in Europe
Read More »

Geonews CatchUp: QGIS vs gvSIG, Landsat 8 Milestone, Shaderlight 2, osmdroid, and too much more

That's probably our biggest "geonews in batch mode" issue ever. That's the price I have to pay for three weeks of holidays! ;-) I tried to keep only the most pertinent geonews. After reading this unusually long entry, you and I are back to being up to date in terms of geonews.

On the Google front:
  • Here's a Google Earth mashup of Fukushima and Chernobyl meltdowns side-by-side
  • Google added a Regional Expert Reviewer Program to Google Map Maker
  • The tool Shaderlight to create awesome SketchUp models is now at version 2
  • Google purchased Zagat Survey, a firm offering local ratings of restaurants and much more  
  • And there's new imagery in Google Earth released on September 7
On the ESRI front:
  • ArcGIS 10.0 SP3 is coming next month
  • Spatially Adjusted has an entry seemingly confirming You Can’t Edit Spatial RDBMS with ArcGIS for Desktop without SDS
  • V1 reviews the Esri Map Book, volume 26
On the open source front:
  • Via no solo I read this informative QGIS and gvSIG comparison, useful to understand the differences between what are probably the two most mature open source desktop GIS packages available
  • The FOSS4G conference will take place in Beijing, China
  • We did mention them before, but only indirectly - here's osmdroid, OpenStreetMap tools for Android (maybe that's what missing for iOS?)
  • In case you don't read our geospatial press releases, the OSGeo-Live 5.0 DVD has been released
  • If you're interested in Brazilian topography, see this entry on TOPODATA's version of SRTM-DEM for Brazil

In GPS news:

  • North Korea forced a US reconnaissance plane to land by jamming GPS signals
  • Via Spatial Law, Bangladesh Mandates Use of GPS in Vehicles

In Apple news:

  • Autodesk released the 'Lite' version of AutoCAD for MacOS X, in addition to the full version available since a year
  • For their iOS devices, Apple is exploring enhancing maps with augmented reality
  • APB mentioend Apple's patent application on crowdsourcing data for local searches
  • The class-action lawsuit against Apple in South Korea over location data collection has started 

In Microsoft news:

  • Streetside is now available for parts of London
  • Microsoft shares an entry on the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project
  • Even if Virtual Earth 3D is discontinued, Microsoft posted details to enable you to use it longer
  • Microsoft released the Bing Maps 'Windows Presentation Foundation' (WPF) Control
  • Here's an entry on the Wall Street Journal using Bing Maps in their hurricane tracking tool

In transportation news:

  • SignalGuru system that change your route to avoid red lights
  • Regarding tracking and privacy, the NYC mayor wants traffic cameras at every corner

In remote sensing news:

  • A critical milestone has been reached for Landsat's LCDM mission in, aka "Landsat 8"
  • Both NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X remote sensing satellites have been launched successfully
  • The ERS-2 mission is completed, its last image has been taken
  • Can you believe that over 700 government satellites will launch in the next 10 years? Obviously not all for remote sensing purposes
  • The bankrupted RapidEye has been purchased
In the miscellaneous category:
  • It seems UniStrong has 40% of GIS marketshare in China
  • V1 shares a perspective named Where Did All the Talk About Spatial Data Quality Go?
  • The data provider Infochimps have a new GEO API
  • Slashdot discusses a story named Judge Nixes Warrantless Cell Phone Location Data
  • Of course I'm a bit too late, but here's a recap of mapping and mobile data for Hurricane Irene
  • Here's an entry named Everything you wanted to know about UK Coordinate Systems
  • It's confirmed, Kansas is flatter than a pancake
  • Do we need another map building website? There's the new Build-A-Map site in Beta
  • APB mentions 'Location Aware', a free location-aware task management app for Android

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly shared a map of U.S. job losses
  • Here's the U.S. National Parks as seen from space
  • Tthe USGS launched their Historical Topo Map Collection
Read More »

Saturday Geonews: TileMill 0.4.1, Esri FileGeodatabase API 1.1, GIS with Google Earth, Layar Vision App, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Yes, on a Saturday! I'll be away for the next three weeks and dare delay my family's departure to feed you with these.

From the open source front:

  • Mentioned before, the open source map design tool TileMill reached version 0.4.1   
  • Some recent improvements of QGIS: an extraction projection tool for QGIS, a new MapInfo to QGIS style converter and Shield Labels for QGIS
  • Not the first time it happened, a briton got arrested during his OpenStreetMap mapping activities, yes, that was before the recent London riots
  • O'Reilly offers an entry named Open source maps tell data journalism stories in Afghanistan
  • Paul Ramsey of the PostGIS fame shares interesting arguments on the open source vs proprietary debacle
  • Here's an entry on generating elevation maps from along-track stereo pairs using the open source Orfeo ToolBox
  • We told you ourselves a few times, but here's how James Fee telling us Why You Can’t Afford to Miss FOSS4G

From the Esri front:

  • The File GeoDatabase API version 1.1 has been released, in includes a .NET wrapper and bug fixes
  • James Fee mentions PgMap and QMap to connect to spatial databases with ArcGIS 10.1 without SDE

From the Google front:

  • In their learning series, here's an entry on GIS with Google Earth and Google Maps
  • Google shares an entry on famine crisis relief in the Horn of Africa
  • Here's the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall in Google Earth
  • Google invites us to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial with Google Maps

On the Microsoft front:

  • Microsoft updated their Bing Maps Account Center with three main improvements: Direct Publishing of Data Sources, Map Navigation for Data Editing, and Enhanced POI Data Search
  • Here's an entry named KinectFusion Provides Low-Cost and Accessible 3D Interior Mapping

In the miscellaneous category:

  • The Spatial Law blog shares a long entry named Geolocation and Privacy: Are We Going the Right Way?: "However, many of bills are so broadly written that if they were to become law they could apply to a broad range of geospatial products and services, including satellite and aerial imagery, GIS and GPS."
  • VerySpatial mentions the launch of the augmented reality Layar Vision app to "recognize real-world objects and then trigger digital content based on that object"
  • The GEB shares satellite imagery on the Japanese Tsunami that created some massive icebergs
  • MacRumors details an Apple patent on schematic maps: "[...] a new maps application that could display a simplified subset of information most relevant to a user seeking specific information or routing."
  • In special remote sensing news, Slashdot mentions a camera reaching its target by being thrown by a grenade launcher
  • MapQuest tells us how free listing works on their MapQuest Local Business Center

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly discuss maps of the recent London riots
  • Mapperz mentions the release of USGS historical maps
Read More »

Thursday Geonews: Bing Maps Map Style Updated, London Transit in Google Maps, Timezones Shapefile, Backseat Driver, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode covering the last two weeks. It's a bit longer than usual.

On the open source front:

  • Almost two weeks ago, the OSGeo released their 2 minutes video promoting the FOSS4G conference, Slashgeo is proud to be a media partner
  • The FGT blog offers a long entry on the portable version of gvSIG, an open source GIS - portable meaning running from a USB key with a host computer with no intallation required
  • Several sources mentioned that Canada's British Columbia opened their province-wide open data portal, with plenty of geospatial data in it
  • While we mentioned the its preview in May, here's more documentation on the upcoming GeoRepository, an advanced authorization manager for GeoServer
  • ImageI/O-Ext 1.1.1 has been released
  • uDig 1.2.2 has been released too
  • There's a PostGIS Drupal module in the works

On the Google front (well, new since yesterday):

  • Public transport directions of London is now available in Google Maps
  • Google details the new Google Maps version 5.8 for Android, adding photo uploads and My Places
  • Mapperz tells us how to load OpenStreetMap data in Google Earth via FME with BBOX.ME

On the Microsoft front:

  • Most visible changes for users are updates to the Bing Maps road map style, they even offer a 9-pages guide to detail what 's new
  • APB reports that Microsoft will use Gigwalk to enhance Bing Maps search results
  • Microsoft announced Bing Maps updates to Account Center, REST Services, and Documentation
  • Another entry enumerate what's new in the Bing AJAX Map Control

In the miscellaneous category:

  • O'Reilly links to a free shapefile of the TZ timezones of the world
  • SS mentions the GeoTime software that "displays movement over time in an intuitive manner"
  • Here's an article on the technical, scientific, historic and political background to the GPS system
  • On the topic of the future of GPS, V1 shares an entry named the Significance of LightSquared Debate to Europeans and APB shares ESA's reaction to LightSquared potential interference with Galileo
  • MacRumors have an entry named Apple Pays $946 in Korean Lawsuit Over Location Data Collection, New Class Action Suit Coming
  • In the funny category, APB mentions (video included) ToyToyota's Backseat Driver GPS iOS game for kids that uses the real-time itinerary of the car

Discussed over Slashdot:

  • 3D Hurts Your Eyes
  • Chief NSA Lawyer Hints That NSA May Be Tracking US Citizens
  • Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs
  • Undersea Cable Map Shows Where The Data Pipes Are

In the maps category:

  • SS shares an entry named eLEAF Maps the World’s Water for Food Security
  • Ready for the hurricane season, the UK Met Office launched their Storm Tracker (beta), with free and paid versions, and on the same topic, the GEB offers an entry on tracking hurricanes in Google Earth
  • V1 mentions Africover WebMap from the UN, offering geodata for Africa
  • O'Reilly have an entry on cellphone connections in the U.S.
Read More »

Tuesday Geonews: South Sudan Maps, LightSquared GPS Debacle Update, Historical Photos in StreetView, ERS-2 Retired, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode, covering almost two weeks worth of geonews. I'm voluntarily leaving Esri-related geonews out for an upcoming entry specifically on their user conference.

On the open source front:

  • Geomajas 1.9.0 has been released, along with 10 plugins (2 of them new) - here's what is Geomajas
  • Here's instructions to load OpenStreetMap data in QGIS
  • Here's a comparison of browser windows of QGIS and MapInfo 11
  • We mentioned quite a few times the OpenLayers 2.10 Beginner's Guide, and here's another review of it

On the Google front:

  • Google mentions Historypin now being available worldwide, in which historical photographs are overlayed on Google's StreetView or directly pinned in Google Maps
  • Google shared an entry on using Street View to digitally archive Japan’s disaster zones
  • Here's tutorial and documentation on the Google Places API
  • Here's an entry on Google Map Maker in Pakistan
  • Here's the world's longest bridge over water, now open and in Google Earth
  • In the trivia category, Slashdot discussed Tilting Bike Uses Google Maps To Simulate Routes

On the Microsoft front:

  • Bing Maps got a new user interface (screenshots included)

In the miscellaneous category:

  • The FGT blog offers a long and informative update on LightSquared jeopardizing GPS signals in the U.S.
  • The FGT blog also mentions the 'Earth Survey Plugin' showing National Geodetic Survey control points near a specific area and much more
  • Two weeks ago VerySpatial shared an interesting entry named Cloud Computing Speeds Up And Simplifies the Adoption of Spatial Technology
  • The Map Room recommends an old article named Global Impositioning Systems: Is GPS technology actually harming our sense of direction?
  • APB mentions Locata, a company offering high-accuracy radio-location technology for where GPS isn't available
  • MapTogether links to a The Economist article on gerrymandering and election boundaries in the U.S.
  • Ogle Earth informs us that India eased its remote sensing data policy to allow resolutions of up to 1 meter
  • Slashdot discussed the story named Geocaching Shuts Down British Town, because of a bomb scare
  • The venerable ERS-2 launched in 1995 is getting retired

In the maps category:

  • Ogle Earth has an entry on the recently-born South Sudan and its maps and geography
  • Slashdot discussed a story named Construction of ESA Galaxy Mapping Satellite Completed
  • Here's an entry on mapping the world's sea turtles
Read More »

Thursday Geonews: Biggest StreetView Update, GeoServer Workshop, LiDAR and SDI Magazines, Map of Temperature Increases, and much more

Having two daughters at home does require a lot of energy! That's why this edition of the 'pertinent geonews in batch mode' covers the last two weeks. On the open source front:

  • A new GeoServer 2.1 workshop is freely available
  • From the OSGeo-discuss list, I learned about Open Indicators Consortium's Weave (in beta), an open source visualization environment supporting geography
  • The MapFish Framework version 2.2 has been released
  • ImageI/O-Ext 1.1.0 has been released
  • uDig gets its plugin Image Georeferencing View at version 1.0
  • The Orfeo ToolBox 3.10 and Monteverdi 1.8 have been released
  • GeoTools 2.7.2 has been released
On the Google front:
  • Google their biggest ever update of Street View imagery, available for 13 countries: Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
  • Google added lots of oblique 45 degrees imagery to Google Maps
  • If you visited Google Maps, you probably noticed the new interface
On the Microsoft front:
  • Microsoft announced that Bing Maps unveiled exclusive high res imagery with Global Ortho Project
  • They also offer a new Microsoft Local Impact Map
  • Their dev tip is Uploading Excel Data to the Bing Spatial Data Services
In the miscellaneous category:
  • Via AGISRS, I learned about the charter edition of LiDAR Magazine is available free online
  • Via email, I learned about the new online SDI Magazine, SDI meaning spatial data infrastructure in this context
  • Regarding MapQuest, you can save maps and directions to your mobile and you can now add your business to MapQuest
  • APB mentions TimeClock for iPhone, an app that logs your time spent at a specific location, such as work 
  • MacRumors details the diverses mapping companies for iOS 5 in an entry named Evidence in iOS 5 that Apple is Building Its Own Mapping Solution
  • Via a Twitter friend, I tried Rome's '3 Dreams of Black' interactive 3D music "video" in WebGL, reminiscent of Arcade Fire's interactive Google Maps / StreetView video
Slashdot ran a couple of geo-related discussions:
  • Supreme Court To Weigh In On Warrantless GPS Tracking
  • Tracking Bracelets for Autistic Kids and Senior Citizens
  • Franken Bill Would Protect Consumers Location Data
  • Weather satellites are losing funding
In the maps category:
  • TMR shows a map of the increase of the new Normal Temperatures, for the U.S., scary
  • The same site mentions ESA's map of of the Arctic Sea Ice
  • MapTogether mentions Mapnificent, allowing you to learn how far you can go from a certain point in a certain time using public transit
Read More »

Wednesday Geonews: The End of Yahoo! Maps APIs, Magicshop Frontdoor, MapInfo 11 News, Israel Imagery, and much more

Here's the geonews in batch mode, covering a bit more than a week (exception made of a few minor geonews I forgot to mention in our last 'batch mode' edition). On the open source / data front:

  • A new MapGuide Instant Setup utility has been introduced
  • Here's a detailed entry on scale-dependent generalization in PostGIS and QGIS
  • Here's an entry on time and elevation support in GeoServer
  • If you're new to OpenStreetMap or want to introduce new people, here's OpenStreetMap editing for beginners videos
  • Plenty geoblogs mentioned the Magicshop Frontdoor (Beta) tool, with which you can easily improve address search results for Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap
On the Google front:
  • Ogle Earth mentions Google JV applied for online mapping license in China
  • Ogle Earth also mentions the constraints on high-resolution satellite imagery of Israel in Google Earth/Maps
  • There's New Building Maker cities available in Argentina and Canada
  • Google unveiled the new My Places tab on Google Maps, "which helps you quickly view and interact with your saved maps, starred locations, and rated businesses"
  • They also introduced descriptive terms in Local Search results
  • The GEB mentions the Touristo and Skydiver games for Google Earth
  • Some readers like to know when there's new imagery available in Google Earth, well, there is 
On the Microsoft front:
  • An entry on The Value of Bing Maps Spatial Data Services
In the miscellaneous category:
  • Mapperz informs us of the Yahoo! Maps APIs Service Closure, due 13th September     
  • James Fee summarizes What Was Up at the Pitney Bowes Business Insights Conference, with news of MapInfo 11, and APB has more on MapInfo Spatial Server
  • APB shares a long article named Intergraph and ERDAS: From GeoMedia to IMAGINE-The Big and Little Picture for this Geospatial Marriage, Spatial Sustain also shares an entry on the same topic, named Intergraph ‘Reinforces the House’ Under Hexagon
  • A study concludes that Schematic Transit Maps Affect Passengers' Travel Choices
  • Slashdot discussed a story named New Projects Use Phone Data To Track Big Cities' Mass Transit Use
  • Slashdot also offers a story named NASA's Aquarius Launched To Help Map the Oceans' Salt
  • Still from the same site, we learn the Nissan LEAF Leaks Speed & Location To RSS Feed
  • And last story from that site, if you're interested in tools to map wifi networks, this discussion named What's Killing Your Wi-Fi? will interest you
In the maps category:
  • The Strange Maps blog offers maps of the U.S. States, with what they do best and worse, worth a quick look of you're American
  • Slashdot mentions a map of the Universe called the 2MASS Redshift Survey
  • Not a geographic map, but O'Reilly has an article on generating a map of your LinkedIn contacts with InMaps, I found the result pretty interesting
Read More »

Microsoft Bing Maps Streetside Display Updated

Earlier this week Microsoft announced changes to the way Bing Maps Streetside is displayed by desktop browsers. The introduction of the announcement: "If you take a look at a Bing map in Streetside view today you will notice that we’ve made a lot of changes. These changes represent a significant enhancement for desktop browsers, enabling you to quickly pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find businesses. We are doing this by providing street level panoramas so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of locations and landmarks. As you slide the street level imagery sideways, the view of the sidewalk is seamlessly constructed including an overlay of business listings, street names and store fronts. Check it out in a flat, straight, New York street, or a steep, twisty, San Francisco one." A screenshot of what it looks like: Bing Maps new Streetside layout

Read More »