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Want to know just how strong your cellphone signal is? It turns out there's a map and an app for that. OpenSignalMaps uses Android smartphones as probes, crowdsourcing locations of cellular towers and their strength. Finally, you'll get a real answer to why those calls keep dropping when you pass through certain areas. Developed by Staircase 3, the company plans to create accurate signal maps with its Android app and OpenSignalMaps website . The company says the beta version of its Android app OpenSignalMaps has been downloaded more than 80,000 times, as you can see by its maps, the crowd of Android users has already contributed millions of signal strength readings.
Let the pundits continue to debate whether or not social media and Twitter enabled the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. Digital humanities scholars are already on the case, pulling together the digital archives and the visualizations of the social media records from the events. One such project: Hypercities , a research project "for traveling back in time to explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment."
<a href='http://ads.directionsmag.com/adclick.php?n=a21df573' target='_blank'><img src='http://ads.directionsmag.com/adview.php?what=DM-S-Spotlight1,DM-S-Spotlight2&n=a21df573' border='0' alt=''></a> London, United Kingdom - May 25, 2010. Location Wild is a worldwide startup competition to create the most interesting location-based application in a week, starting Saturday, May 29.
Exclusive – Mobile application developer Geodelic has raised $7 million in a Series B financing round led by MK Capital , with previous backers Clearstone Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures participating. The round brings the total amount of capital injected into the company to more than $10 million . Initially incubated by Clearstone in 2008, Geodelic develops a free application for mobile phones that come with ‘search-less search’, meaning the app automatically browses and shows your points of interests in your immediate vicinity. The company was founded by Rahul Sonnad, who previously founded thePlatform , a Web video publishing service he sold to Comcast back in 2006. The Geodelic app, which is available for iPhone and Android , lets you swipe through locations to quickly find a good coffee joint, closest bank, grocery store or favorite restaurant.
Geodelic , the Santa Monica, Calif.-based mobile application company specializing in location-based services, has raised $7 million in a Series B funding. The round was led by MK Capital , with previous investors Clearstone Ventures Partners and Shasta Ventures also taking part. The company is known for what it calls “searchless search,” which means that the Geodelic app (available for the iPhone and Android devices) automatically searches points of interest such as restaurants, retailers, cafés and bars near the user’s location. The application displays the results in a kind of carousel, which can be spun around on the touchscreen to find places of interest nearby and further away.
What Locast can be used to create: Interactive Narratives Interactive narratives that are crafted by linking together videos and photos thematically, geographically, and chronologically. These stories can be explored by viewers in a non-linear fashion. Memory Traces by the Mobile Experience Lab, in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Boston
Locast is an innovative platform for sharing and discovering location-based user-generated videos and production quality multimedia content provided by RAI TV . It consists of a combination of mobile and wearable computing elements supported by a distributed Web application. Content gathered from RAI TV’s historical archives and user-generated media are linked to physical locations in Venice in order to be accessible to all those visiting the space.
Palo Alto, CA-based GlobalMotion Media has raised $1 million in Series A financing from the Band of Angels and a group of domestic and international private investors. The young company is probably best known for operating EveryTrail , a GPS travel community and interactive trip sharing service. The startup is today also announcing the release of its latest iPhone application, EveryTrail 3 (iTunes link), which allows users to easily record and share their hiking, driving, skiing, motorcycling, running, skateboarding or other trips.
This post is part of Mashable's Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here . The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. Name: FastMall
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Echoecho is a location-based mobile application that wants to make it easier for you to locate your friends, family members and colleagues in the real world. Echoecho only tries to get you to answer one straightforward question: Where are you?
Location-based social network Brightkite announced this morning that it has added what it calls the first mobile Augmented Reality advertising for U.S. markets to its AR layer in the Layar augmented reality browser.
Location based social network Brightkite plans to launch a universal check-in API that will let users update their information on competing services like Gowalla, Foursquare and others later this month at South by Southwest, we believe.
If, while using a location-based service, you're going to laud a venue's decor, comment on its cute staff or decry the food presentation, it helps to provide photographic evidence along with your tip. Briefly put, a picture's worth a thousand words. The ladies and gentlemen at Brightkite have known and implemented this maxim for a long time, and now, they're letting users add pictures as well as text to their tips about the locations they love — or hate, as the case may be. Like Foursquare's tips, these nuggets of knowledge are designed to impart granular information about a venue or location: The best time of day to visit, the best cocktail to order, the Wi-Fi situation, etc.
Brightkite has upgraded its iOS app in what we’d call a major way, although the update is actually just 2.8, not 3.0.
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By now, you know the details of Google's first Google-branded, Google-sold "superphone," the Nexus One : huge AMOLED touchscreen, thin-and-light form factor, available unlocked or on T-Mobile, pervasive voice input, etc. And many have already reached for the easiest narrative in which to fit Google's announcement: the Nexus One is Google's attempt at an iPhone-killer. But regardless of the simple conflict stories that the Nexus One announcement evokes, the reaction on Twitter and the comment thread for our liveblog show that the tech-savvy public already understands that the Nexus One is just another Android phone—the latest and greatest Android phone, and possibly even the latest and greatest smartphone—but an Android phone nonetheless. The Nexus One may or may not be an iPhone killer (it probably isn't), but it doesn't matter, because the Nexus One was arguably the least significant thing that Google announced today.
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