Posts Tagged: berlin

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    Flight Safe Mode; The Sequel

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    This is mercifully brief follow up to my previous post on British Airways proscriptions on enabling flight safe mode on your mobile phone and hails jointly from the departments of “be careful what you ask for, it might come true” and “they didn’t really mean to say that … did they?” … On this morning’s… Read more »

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    Berlin, Graffiti and Maps

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    Like most cities these days, there’s a lot of graffiti in Berlin. Some of it is just the mindless repetitive tagging where someone feels the need to display his or her tag over as much surface area as possible. But some of it aspires to art, especially the large displays found on the sides of… Read more »

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    GPS Lock Fail Rage

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    Isn’t GPS a wonderful invention? In the space of a few seconds, your GPS enabled handset can give you your precise location on the face of the Earth, allowing mobile maps to work, routing and navigation to get you to where you want to be or earning you another Mayor badge on a well known… Read more »

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    Geolocating Yourself? In Europe, You’re Not Alone

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    Exposure 2010, the recent study by Orange and TNS, makes for some interesting reading for the location industry. Although it should be taken with a large pinch of salt from the pot labelled lies, damned lies and statistics, the study’s report shows the significant increase in use of geolocation services within the mobile space. In… Read more »

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    Quantity Or Quality? The Problem Of Junk POIs

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    In my recent talk to the British Computer Society’s Geospatial Specialist Group, I touched on the “race to own the Place Space“. While the more traditional geographic data providers, such as Navteq and Tele Atlas are working away adding Points Of Interest to their data sets, it’s the smaller, social location startups, that are getting… Read more »

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    As Location Goes Mainstream, So Does The Potential For Abuse

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    Geolocation isn’t really anything new. In a lot of cases we’ve come to expect it. Most smartphones sold today have an on-board GPS receiver and it’s considered a selling point for a handset to have one. Today’s mobile mapping applications and Location Based Mobile Services make use of the location fix that GPS provides. We’re… Read more »

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    Through The (Fish Tank) Window

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    And in a change from my normal bloggage, I’m forsaking the usual posts about matters geo, location and maps and briefly returning to my occasional “through the window” series of posts. I’m back in Berlin at the Radisson Blu hotel in the Mitte district. It’s not every day you get to look through your hotel… Read more »

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    Knocking Down (Geo Data’s) Brick Walls

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    Earlier this week I was interviewed by Cian O’Sullivan for GoMo News as part of the run-up to the Location Business Summit in San Jose. The interview is now up on the GoMo News site and is reproduced here with permission. Ovi Places: Mobile Navigation needs to knock down its brick walls When Ovi Maps… Read more »

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    Cartographically Speaking; Data (Lots), Maps (Not So Much), Problems (Many)

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    In September I’ll be at the 46th. Annual Society of Cartographers Summer School at the University of Manchester where I’m lucky enough to have been asked to give a talk on geographic data. This topic should come as no surprise to anyone who’s come across one of my blog posts. I’ll be talking about Welcome To… Read more »

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    Berlin’s Tegel Airport; From Plane To Taxi In Under A Minute

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    According to that fount of online knowledge Wikipedia, an airport “is a location where aircraft such as fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and blimps takeoff and land“. You don’t see that many blimps around these days but it seems simple enough. Airport. A contraction of the words aircraft and port. But not all airports are created equal…. Read more »