Batch Geonews: Amazon Fire 3D Phone, Esri’s GeoPlanner, New MOOCs, 60-80% of all data is geo, 40cm Imagery, and much more

Completing the catching up of all the geonews for June.

From the Esri front:

  • Esri is Introducing GeoPlanner for ArcGIS “a new premium web app focused on meeting the needs of planning and design professionals across a wide range of industries”
  • GeoAwesomeness discusses ESRI’s new GIS MOOC: Going Places with Spatial Analysis
  • There’s New Landscape layers on ArcGIS Online and National Geographic Historic and Reference Maps Available in ArcGIS Online
  • More basemap updates, New Data in the World Ocean Basemap
  • Automation, Repetitive Feature Collection made easy with Collector
  • A Book Review : Administering ArcGIS for Server

In the miscellaneous category:

  • In the middle of June Amazon announced their Fire Phone, with 3D Dynamic Perspective: “Amazon’s Fire Phone utilizes four additional cameras for a 3D interface, called “Dynamic Perspective.” 3D images on the phone change as it is tilted and viewed from different angles, thanks to advanced eye and face tracking capabilities. Demonstrated with a mapping app, the 3D UI displayed a 3D version of the Empire State Building that could be viewed from all angles, with a tilt of the phone expanding the view.”
  • Something we discussed in the past, 80% of information has geographic location content, doesn’t it ? A recent research seems to indicate it’s in the 60%-80% range, not that bad!
  • Trimble’s interest in Google Tango, Trimble is Ready to Tango
  • That’s never as easy as it should, this helps, an OGC article on Finding OGC WMS, WFS, WCS services
  • An update on the GeoPackage standard support, GeoPackage: a modern paradigm for standards development
  • Industrial warfare, Skybox Can Predict iPhone Launch Using Satellite Imagery
  • We’ve known for a while, now an article, How Earth Observation Startups & CubeSats are changing the industry
  • And from ISS, UrtheCast releases first imagery captured from the International Space Station
  • Via VS, Chicago will be counting its citizens with lamp posts
  • Bjorn shares two interesting entries using free Norwegian web services to Finding the name and altitude of your location and learn How is the weather at this latitude, longitude location?
  • MapQuest is still there, JavaScript Maps API v7.1.0 Released (Licensed & Open)
  • Garmin too, Garmin launches ‘Viago’ Navigation App, a new navigation experience (screenshots and videos available)
  • Building Information Model is your cup of tea? BIM meets Geospatial: Convergence of geospatial and BIM at GEO Business
  • A sad reality, Why Location Intelligence is Not Part of Everyone’s Business & The Pathetic State of Dashboards
  • Drones keep improving, long range UAV with 5-12 hours flight time
  • Might be interesting to some of you, Want to Know How the U.S. Army Thinks about Geospatial Engineering?
  • Another MOOC to learn more, Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution: PSU MOOC Set

Discussed over Slashdot:

  • Adapting to the reality, ‘Pop-Up’ Bus Service Learns Boston Riders’ Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly
  • Yes, 40cm vs 50cm is a significant difference, US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images and why it’s significant, 40 cm satellite imagery starts today
  • Why not before? AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud
  • Control, FTC Lobbies To Be Top Cop For Geolocation
  • More control, US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles
  • A different answer every month, The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant
  • Try with lasers, Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site’s Servers
  • DIY, Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget
  • They’re getting everywhere, The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses
  • Meanwhile, you can use Google Cardboard to insert your phone to activate the StreetView VR mode
  • Automated mapping, Intelligent Autonomous Flying Robots Learn and Map Environment As They Fly

In the maps category:

  • Pretty amazing, The Invasion of America – Interactive map shows how the U.S. took land from Native Americans
  • Transportation, This map shows 24h traffic isochrones for anyplace in the world
  • While it’s happening, the FIFA World Cup of Football - select a year, pan, zoom & click for stats
  • An xkcd map of solid surfaces in the solar system, I wasn’t aware that Venus is that big
  • Wired has a full article on How a New Map of Palm Oil Plantations Could Help Save Rainforests
  • Via APB, Oregon hopes to be first state to map GMO fields
  • What a strange ‘map’… Map of lovemaking by Seymour Chwast, 1980

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