Mapping software update for the week of 6/11

Apple is escalating the feud between two of the world’s most influential companies by dumping Google’s mapping service as a built-in feature on most iPhones and iPads. Apple is also making it easier for users of those devices to share their lives on Facebook instead of Google’s competing social network. But that’s another post for another day. For this week’s round-up, however, we’re focusing on mapping software, in honor of Apple’s big announcement. Check out what else the web is saying about mapping software, below:

Apple ditches Google Maps software in latest iOS

Apple has unveiled its latest mobile operating system, iOS6, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The operating system, which runs on its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, will no longer include Google Maps software.

Apple will instead run its own mapping app, which has a high-quality 3D mode, on the platform.

Google announced its own 3D mapping software last week on its competing mobile platform, Android.


3 Alternatives to google maps

With Apple’s announcement of new mapping software for its iOS line of software today, we are abruptly reminded that, like word processing and file sharing, Google did not invent interactive maps. There is a world of alternative platforms to Google Maps that offer advanced customization and other features Google doesn’t offer in their API. Below is a list of my favorite platforms that can be used to enhance the user experience in any website or mobile app:

Disaster-mapping software pings routers to find buildings still standing

A student at the University of Abertay has come up with an interesting way to assess the size of natural disasters, by using home broadband routers to check whether buildings are still standing.

How 3-D Mapping Software Could Save First Responders’ Lives

It’s well known that when firefighters go into a burning building they’re usually not sure what they’re going to find in terms of structure, stairwells, locked doors, combustible materials and chemicals. Students at Ohio University have developed a 3-D mapping project called the Immersive Video Imaging Network (IVIN) that goes a long way toward addressing the problem.

3 Reasons to Use Digital Mind Mapping

Mind mapping and concept mapping—techniques of organizing ideas and information in a visual map—have been used for hundreds of years, by individuals as notable as Leonardo Da Vinci. Because of its versatility as a tool for brainstorming, project management, note taking , and many other uses, mind mapping has become a widely used tool in business and education.


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