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