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Is This Innovation? The Latest LBS Offerings

Location sharing is back in the news as new apps try to offer better mousetraps for sharing oneís location with friends and family. We look at PlaceUs and Jink. Meanwhile two well-known players, LinkedIn and Google, add location sharing where itís not been before. Do these new and enhanced entries suggest location-based services are maturing?

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TomTom to Offer Faster Updates of Map Database

TomTom's Multinet-R platform promises to deliver faster updates to clients using a more narrowly constrained quality assurace process. The QA process will utilize faster validation leveraging crowd-sourced data. The objective is to get new data into the hands of...Read more

Shoppers: Don’t Track Me Unless…

PunchTab's "Mobile Tracking: Are Consumers Ready?" report surveyed 1,153 consumers about sharing their personal information, including locations, in return for deals and services. Fifty percent of participants did not want to be tracked and 27 percent said "maybe"...Read more

The Big Four Make Big Waves in Location Intelligence

Microsoft, IBM, Apple and SAP have been making huge investments in geospatial technology and in some cases, working together. Are there implications for a new era in enterprise spatial analytics? Is this the dawn of true big data geospatial analytics?

How can I use crowdsourced data?

Ralph Staumann thinks crowdsourced data can be very valuable. But, he warns, "Be careful when using crowdsourced data and don’t be ensnared by great visualisations."

Esri UC: Mapping Elections, Launching an LBS Startup and Exploiting WAMI

These are some of the interesting stories and products I ran into during a single day at the Esri User Conference. Mapping Elections on TV Esri Australia worked with a TV station ABC7 for the 2013 election. With just a few weeks between making an “in kind”...Read more

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