Monthly Archives: July 2014

Facebook Users Made One Million Check-Ins at World Cup Games

More than one million people checked into World Cup stadiums on Facebook during the month-long tournament, with Brazilians making the most check-ins.

Source: skift.com

Not bad for one sporting event given that it wasn’t the only check in app in town. Really interesting to see the stats that of friendship growth amongst people who attended the World Cup and became Facebook friends that they met there.

 

This is also illustrates to me that we may have reached a tipping point, (must do some research here) on mobile users. One would have to assume that a very large percentage of those million check-ins were on mobile devices.

 

This once again asks the question about what retailers and other service providers are doing to attract these people. There has been talk of Google expecting to increase their sales revenue on the back of a 25% increase in mobile advertising.

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Real Adventurers Read Maps – New York Times

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Real Adventurers Read Maps
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But I would argue that a road trip, especially one taken with another person, is a lesser experience with GPS or navigation apps.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Luddites of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your destination. Here’s the other side of the story. http://luigicappel.wordpress.com/?s=road+trip&submit=Search

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Kinawley man’s free app is opening up tourist potential – Fermanagh Herald

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Kinawley man’s free app is opening up tourist potential
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His firm has built a reputation across the UK and Ireland as a leader in Digital Technologies and Augmented Reality solutions.

Source: fermanaghherald.com

Why is it taking so long for apps like this to be developed? Augmented Reality is now commonplace in children’s books. Schools and students now have smartphones and tablets. Apps like this encourage learning by making ir fun.

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GPS problems with new homes – WCYB

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GPS problems with new homes
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New homes sometimes mean new roads. Can you find your way around, or can you be found? We visited one new development, typed in the address of a new home into a GPS locator, and nothing showed up.

Source: www.wcyb.com

Having worked for a mapping company supplying data to car navigation companies this has always been a classic issue. We subscribed to information from councils regarding new streets and suburbs and most of the time would have the information prior to the homes being built.

 

It is however a complex problem. For example in many cases several different street names are put forward and sometimes the one that is agreed on by council is contested and changed after it is gazetted. Another common problem is gated communities where the ‘roads’ are named, but are entirely on private property, effectively the roads are privately owned and maintained. We would often get a call from people in these communities complaining that they were not on the brand new car nav unit they had just purchased.

 

Mapping companies do their best, but keeping this info is always a challenge.

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GPS worn by pot robbery suspect places him at shooting scene, says prosecutor – Worcester Telegram

GPS worn by pot robbery suspect places him at shooting scene, says prosecutor Worcester Telegram WORCESTER — A GPS monitor worn by a suspect in a shooting and robbery Monday on Greenwood Street placed him at the scene of the crime, according to…

Source: www.telegram.com

Another case of GPS helping with identifying what where and who, but its really frustrating when people who are being tracked still manage to commit cries. It certainly shows on their part a total disdain for society.

 

We must never forget that GPS is just a piece of technology. It is the systems around it that determine its usefulness.

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Forest Service road maps still available – Elko Daily Free Press

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Forest Service road maps still available
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ELKO — Summer is upon us and the many people looking to enjoy the warm weather in the forest should remember to pack a map. The U.S.

Source: elkodaily.com

This is a story that I have heard many times lately. We may have mobiles and tablets and navigation systems for Africa, but what happens when the battery goes flat. Besides voice and data, navigation uses a lot of battery and if you are relying on your first world technology and for some reason can’t make it back in the time you prepared for, then having the paper map could save you a lot of grief.

 

If I was going tramping, exploring forest trails and parks, the first stop would be to the park HQ or information center to buy me a paper map. I’m a digital kind of guy but I’m also practical. Never forget the basics. A compass would also be a good idea and again, yes you have one on your phone, but when that little battery is gone, so is your digital compass.

 

Have fun, be safe and y’all come back now y’all hear?

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We Need This: A Maps App That Algorithmically Finds You the Scenic Route | Design | WIRED

Here’s something nice: Researchers working out of a Yahoo lab in Barcelona are building a maps application that doesn’t just spit out the fastest path from A to B but instead endeavors to show you the most enjoyable one.

Source: www.wired.com

As someone who really enjoys road trips, this caught my interest, and I’m looking forward to learning more about what they come up with.

 

2 years ago I did a road trip which was mostly the Blues tour which is available on paper from any tourist center which took me to places like the homes and museums everywhere from Tupelo to Spring Creek. I couldn’t find any apps that would include places like the Cotton Museum, Robert Johnson’s museum or Mississippi John Hurt’s backyard. I did the Natchez Trace, the trail the Indians took from Tennessee to Louisiana and in between visited historical villages, Indian burial mounds and much more.

 

What I want in an app is one where I can enter the keywords and areas I have of interest. Places that will make my trip memorable. When I think of scenic routes. Most countries and cities already have those mapped out and sign posted. I’m not sure which direction this app is going, but the need in my mind is for something I can’t otherwise easily get. People in an area generally know where the great views are and what places have amazing views. I don’t think you would need an algorithm when you have access to local experts. Doesn’t mean you don’t need the app though:)

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A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED

Tableau recently partnered with Stamen Design, to release three new map template, which anyone can play around with.

Source: www.wired.com

At first glance this looks awesome. I’m a huge fan of showing data on a map and if there is a simple free tool to help us do that. I’m all for it.

 

When I have time I’m going to give it a try. If anyone reading this is already using Tableau’s free software, I’d welcome your feedback.

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Foursquare With a Storyline: Google Brings Ingress to iOS – NDTV

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Foursquare With a Storyline: Google Brings Ingress to iOS
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That’s because Ingress is – at its heart – a location based check-in service, like Foursquare or Facebook Places.

Source: gadgets.ndtv.com

I’ve got so many friends who have been playing Ingress since way back when and raved about it, maybe its getting old hat to them, I don’t know, but I’m going to find out for myself now that it is finally available on iOS.

 

There just don’t seem to be that many location based games as opposed to gamified location based apps.

 

I also love Science Fiction so I look forward to finally being able to download it myself.

 

Location and mobile open so many opportunities for gamification in apps. Hopefully opening this up to more users will revitalize it and encourage more organizations to find ways to engage customers, staff and stakeholders where their relationship has a location based element.

 

It’s funny how many companies I have spoken to or consulted with have shown an interest but never done anything, despite acknowledging the potential value. I don’t know that this will help, but for some it might.

 

I’ll be back at some stage to share what I have learnt from Ingress on iOS.

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A Guide to Perfect Social Media Posts (Infographic)

What does a perfect social media post look like? Some detailed tips for creating the best posts possible.

Source: www.entrepreneur.com

Some good concise information here, very easy to use and if you want your social media to get some attention, I challenge you to tell me you can’t do one thing better as a result of this post.

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