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Why we shouldn't fear personal drones
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Drones, like most robots, are designed for jobs that are "dull, dirty or dangerous." We know what that means in a military context — everything from endless "loitering" over combat zones to remote-controlled warfare with the pilots safely in a trailer in Nevada — but soon civilian drones will be flying commonly overhead here at home. What will they be doing? More

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Wow, the new BlackBerry Maps are worse than Apple Maps
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By Steve Kovach: BlackBerry's new smartphone, the Z10, has received pretty good reviews so far. We've only had a Z10 for a day now, so we're still chugging through all the new stuff. But we wanted to take some time to talk about our experience with one of the most important apps on any smartphone, the mapping app. More

One commercial Earth-imager deferred in favor of another
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As anticipated, a commercial Earth-imaging satellite making its way through final testing for a planned springtime launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket from California instead will enter prolonged storage after a major merger in the industry. Previous competitors GeoEye of Virginia and DigitalGlobe of Colorado operated independent fleets of sharp-eyed satellites to collect high-resolution images of the Earth's surface. More

The library as a map
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The Prelinger Library's physical home is open to the public on Wednesdays, which means that if you're in San Francisco, you can take a bus to SoMa and go into an unmarked building, ride the elevator up and enter a warmly lit, high-ceilinged room fronted with working tables and filled with long, high bookshelves. And while you're there, you'll likely meet one or both of the library's founders and animating spirits, Rick Prelinger and Megan Shaw Prelinger. More

Esri: 24 organizations to receive more than $2 million in GIS Imagery Grants
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Esri and PCI Geomatics announced they have selected 24 organizations to develop and apply innovative methods for using GIS to analyze imagery for land-use management. Through the Esri Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program, Esri, the world leader in GIS, and PCI Geomatics, the world leader in geoimaging, provide each grant recipient with software and data valued at $100,000. More

5 smart grid projects with intriguing possibilities
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China's big utility is testing passive optical networking technology with a nod to capabilities that extend beyond grid reliability. It's one of five intriguing smart grid projects that recently caught our eye. More

Do the Google-sponsored research reports shed new light on the Geo services industry?
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This past week, Google unveiled two reports they commissioned that take a close look at both the domestic and global market for Geo services. The reports were prepared for Google by The Boston Consulting Group for the domestic portion, and Oxera for the global take. Both studies are keyed toward three outcomes: the assessment of the size of the industry; its economic impact; and the drivers for broader global expansion. More

More than money worries
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Navigation users may benefit from GPS modernization sooner than expected thanks to an apparent shift in the schedule of the modernized GPS ground control segment still under development. The change means that full operational implementation of the new signals will come earlier in the delayed modernization of the operational control Segment. More

Experts weigh in on the state of geotechnology education
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By Todd Danielson: Because there's so much good information to be gleaned, I'm still spending a couple more weeks highlighting some of the interesting responses in our Industry Outlook feature. So for this installment, let's look at some responses from these questions: What is the state of geography/geotechnology education? How can it be improved? More

GeoNext: State of Cartography exhibit
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This year's GeoNext will feature a map gallery of notable, recent maps. Hanging on the walls around the conference venue will be provocative, clever or just plain beautiful maps published by artists, cartographers and interactive designers from around the world. The GeoNext conference sessions are for anyone with an interest in the next evolution of geospatial technology and the opportunities that it brings. More


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