Thursday, December 27, 2007

LBS definitely happening in 2008

From The Island: Quoting the Economist, the idea will happen by

"linking the virtual communities [..] with the real world"
In a recent issue it talks about Bluetooth tagging, if you are 20 meters or closer you are it. Meanwhile, BBC reviews Social Networks.

In U.S. TeleNav launches a mobile app for Facebook. And TeleAtlas LBS Innovators divulge its finalists: JotYou, SmartAgent and Socialight.

Finally, if you didn't get it yet read again: users (will) make the content in the future of mapping.

Talking maps, the old brand Fugawi tries new waters with Fugawi Touratel, a Where-based Widget. Via InformationWeek.

Nokia also makes widgets available for its phones, but no LBS support yet.

And Farcast offers a free mobile blogging service which takes GPS coordinates of photos, text and videos. Via IntoMobile.

Year's End: GPS Navigation & Tracking

GPS Navigation

AAA Mobile available for 14-day test drive, $9.99 per month afterwards. For selected Verizon models from LG, Motorola and Samsung.

Meanwhile U.K. shows how too much of a good thing can take the fun out of it:

GPS Hardware from the Near Future

What is waiting for you in the future according to Wired.

CES 2008 coming up.

Dash Navigation GPS now available for pre-sale.

Apple decides that GPS are accessories and iPhone gets GPS module from TomTom and PartFoundry. Via GsmArena, Information Week

Meanwhile TDMA networks, D-AMPS the historic TDMA-based, an old analog standard will be gone in 2008. OnStar systems, home alarms, old analog based phones affected. Via SF Chronicle.

Sirf announced that it will provide infrastructure to Assisted-GPS phones for Android. Via GpsWorld.

Year's End: GPS Satellites & Chipsets

Closing 2007 competition or merely survival skills get enough cash to keep Galileo viable.

Even Putin will keep track of his dog with Glonass, the Russian-based GPS that now has 18 satellites up in space.

Another successful launch for the American GNSS with Ariane 5 putting in orbit two new GPS satellites.

GPS chipset makers get through a consolidation phase where:

In the Map Biz Microsoft acquired U.K based Multimap. Via ItWorld.