Category Archives: gps

The world’s atwitter about Twitter

You know you’ve made the big time when the Wall Street Journal writes about you. (Either that, or you’ve jumped the shark.) Twitter got a lot of love this week, both from the Journal and at the SXSW conference. Twitter … Continue reading

Posted in blogs, flickr, gps, instant messaging, lbs, mobile, social networking, twitter, web 2, web 2.0, where, wireless, wireless data | 11 Comments

WHERE in the world am I?

I needed to get out my rant about carriers locking up location services before I talk about WHERE. (They refer to themselves in all caps, and because I like the service, I’ll do the same.) WHERE is a platform that … Continue reading

Posted in gps, lbs, local search, mobile, mobile search, where, wireless, wireless data | 7 Comments

Set my location free

I’m a big believer in the power of location-based services. Everyday activities like local search, weather and communications can be greatly simplified by using automatic location. The biggest obstacles (and, to be fair, the biggest enablers) of location-based services, are … Continue reading

Posted in gps, mobile, mobile search, wireless, wireless data | 5 Comments

Top trends and predictions for satellite navigation

Yesterday, I wrote about my experiences with various types of satellite navigation. Here are some of the major trends in the space and my predictions for what we can expect to see in the next three years. Trends that will … Continue reading

Posted in aol, cars, city guides, consumer electronics, flickr, google, gps, local search, maps, mobile, mobile search, satellite navigation, wireless, wireless data, yahoo, yellow pages | 3 Comments

A virtual tour of Whistler

I’ve uploaded and geotagged pictures from my ski trip to Whistler. You can see a map with the satellite view. (Judging by the lack of snow, it must have been summer when the satellite image was taken.) Geotagging will change … Continue reading

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Should I get a GPS?

When people get in my car, I’m often asked whether it’s worth getting a GPS. There are five big advantages that all GPS units have over paper maps and print outs from Mapquest and Google Maps: They will tell you … Continue reading

Posted in cars, gps, local search, maps, mobile, mobile search, satellite navigation | 1 Comment

Text to car: go to the grocery store

I said yesterday that it would be great if I could send destination information to my car from my PC via my phone. Apparently, Google has gone and done it. The catch is you have to have a BMW and … Continue reading

Posted in google, gps, mobile, sms, wireless | 3 Comments

Text to self: buy milk

I finally broke down and signed up for an SMS plan. Since then, I’ve been texting myself key nuggets of information: Airline and hotel confirmation numbers Addresses and phone numbers of new restaurants I’m trying Shopping lists The easiest way … Continue reading

Posted in aol, gps, im, local search, mobile, sms, wireless, yahoo, yellow pages | 3 Comments

My commute as a metaphor for user-generated content

I was stuck on the Dulles Toll Road this morning because a car caught on fire a mile or so ahead of me. (Yes, that’s two back-to-back hellish commutes.) As I watched the helicopter hover above the car, I thought … Continue reading

Posted in gps, maps, mobile, mobile search, satellite navigation, web 2, web 2.0, wireless, wireless data | 9 Comments

World Explorer: A new way to look at the world

The folks at Yahoo! Research have used flickr’s APIs to create a new way to look at the world. The TagMaps take tags from flickr and plot them on Yahoo! maps. The current implementation is slow and the display of … Continue reading

Posted in city guides, flickr, geotagging, gps, local search, maps, travel | 3 Comments