Best of the Blogs 23 July 2013

By on 23 July, 2013

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PetaPixel has a story on a US$50k DIY airplane that allows you to take aerial photographs yourself. Great news for the uber-keen, rather rich hobbyists out there.

 

The Huffington Post reports on Google’s accidental deletion of the Scottish island of Jura – home to 188 residents and some fine whisky. Google have acknowledged the mistake, and are promising that they will be putting the island back on the map soon.

 

Google Maps Mania is showcasing a marvellous history-based Google Maps mashup that will be sure to appeal to anyone that’s ever had even a passing interest in the ancient civilisations of yore.

And, to give double coverage of GMM, the blog also has a post talking about two companies that allow you to select your favourite place on Google Maps, and have it printed in 3D and sent to you as a scale model.

 

TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has bought  Locationary, a Canada-based big data startup that has created a platform to merge and clean up disparate information about companies’ business profiles so that data can be consistent and accurate wherever that profile gets used (think: location+dictionary). It’s quite likely that the tech held by Locationary will be used to spruce up Apple’s map product, which caught some severe flak when it launched last year.

 

The All Points Blog has a piece on a new tech created by ex-Microsoft employees that can predict your location into the distant the future – measuring in the years – including when you’re likely to change jobs. Spooky cool.

 

Between The Poles alerts us that both Google and Azavea have joined LocationTech – the  Eclipse Foundation’s industry working group focusing on location aware technologies.

 

And, to wrap up this week’s blogsploration, Jonathan Crowe has posted a ‘fantasy map of Australia’ which is a real map of Australia, drawn as if it appeared in a fantasy novel.

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