Apple iOS Maps
Developer in Cupertino would help “radically improve how people interact with maps and location-based services.” User interface design is a must, as well as a “passion” for location-based technologies. iOS Maps does not compare well with the latest on Android. Missing features including turn-by-turn directions, 3D maps, topography, offline maps, and information about places.
In 2009, Apple acquired PlaceBase, a mapping data service provider, and in 2010 it also purchased another mapping company, Poly9. In both instances, employees as well as software went to Apple. Also last year, Apple made a major internal change to the Maps program. Starting with iOS 3.2 on the iPad, and with iOS 4 on all devices, Apple began using its own databases instead of those belonging to Skyhook Wireless and Google for location information.
….Rumors of MobileMe development suggests new location-based services like Find My Friends are in store.
Freelance Cartography Job Options
Now, the GIS/cartography profession is mostly dominated by people who are working as employees for government agencies or private companies where they have to be experts in a certain field (e.g., oil, environmental management, real estate, transportation). If you want to become a freelance cartographer or start your own cartography firm your best bet is probably to market yourself as an expert in one of those fields and do contracting to those same government agencies and private companies.
Crowd Sourcing Radiation Levels In Japan
News outlets aren’t capable of reporting multiple points of data in a quick and efficient manner. I wanted more than infographics, diagrams, and looped videos of the tsunami. I wanted to know how much radiation was affecting the various parts of Japan. I wanted to know if there were better photos of reactor 4, and as a resident of Portland, Oregon, I wanted to hear an extended academic discussion with various points of view about the possibility of radiation reaching the west coast. Talking heads telling me that there was nothing to worry only made me wonder more. What were the criteria for me to be concerned? At what point should an event in Japan trigger a response from me in Portland? And what was the amount of time in between the two? Was it seven days or 36 hours? Did the radiation need to get into the lower atmosphere, or would ground radiation reach us on the west coast? And why did the US Navy move their ships that were hundreds of miles away from Japan?
I wanted to create a site so simple and easy to use that it would allow anyone the ability to check and see if all things were clear. And I wanted to invite experts to participate in the analysis and debate of such data.
Marissa Meyer Interview: Google VP of Location Based Sevices
After incessant buzz that Google was looking to buy Groupon, word finally came that the fast-growing “deal of the day” company had turned the tech giant down. So, does that mean Google might launch its own coupon-type service instead?
What next for Google Location based services?