Done. Google Maps for iOS has just been made available. From the official description: "Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone."
MacRumors offers an entry named Roundup of Features in Google Maps for iOS: Better Design than Android Version, iPad Version Coming. Which includes:
Directions Mag offers an article named Research Explores How to Keep Up With Changing Web Mapping Technology, starting with 'change is inevitable: deal with it'.
From the results: "Despite the fact that the Google Maps API delivered on more of the requirements set out in the Needs Assessment Survey, the team selected Leaflet as the answer to the first question of which technology should be used for teaching. Leaflet was, in fact, second best in supporting the requirements, but the Diary Study suggested students made more progress and felt better working with that set of libraries. The team suggests that might be due to the added transparency and control provided by a fully open source library."
Quite a few interesting news in this batch mode edition.
From the open source front:
From the Google front:
In the miscellaneous category:
in the maps category:
Geopaparazzi 3.4.0 has just been released to the android market. This version has one major feature: support for vector data from Spatialite databases. This opens up a new world for android based mobile devices. This is how it looks like when one uses it by overlaying a scanned Finnish orienteering map and the results of some hydrologic/hydraulic analyses: old, new and extracted watershed boundaries and channel lines.
Well, the other major feature added to the release gets a bit in the shadow of Spatialite, but it might be even more important to some users: RFID tag reading in custom forms through NFC or bluetooth.
If you are interested you can read the whole story here.
Here's the warning and relevant changes related to switching to 4.0: "SpatiaLite Version 4.0.0 introduces several relevant changes; many of these may potentially pose severe cross-version compatibility issues. Accordingly to the above premise, a good comprehension of any related detail will surely allow you to successfully master and resolve any transition issue." A reminder, "SpatiaLite is an open source library intended to extend the SQLite core to support fully fledged Spatial SQL capabilities. SQLite is intrinsically simple and lightweight [...]"
Here's the recent FOSS4G geonews.
In open source software updates:
In the everything else category:
The major features of 6.2:
We just released Geopaparazzi 3.3.0 in the market. There are a couple of small enhancements and a feature we think most people will like.
The most important feature for this release is for sure the sketch pad, that allows user to draw their notes out in the field.
Check out the release post for more info.
Here's the recent open source geonews.
A new major version of Google Earth doesn't happen everyday, explore the world with tour guide and 3D imagery in Google Earth 7.
From the announcement: "A few months ago, we announced Google Earth for mobile, which offered new ways to see cities in 3D and a new tour guide feature to help you discover places of interest on the go. Starting today, you can get both of those features on a bigger screen that makes it even easier to explore by downloading Google Earth 7 on your desktop. Check out the comprehensive and accurate tours of more than 11,000 popular sites around the world, including our growing list of cities where new 3D imagery is available."
Other recent Google geonews: