- Universal Location Service — API access to location information from mobiles on Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T. “Universe” here is defined, naturally, to be “United States of America”.
- The Revenge of the Intuitive (Brian Eno, Wired) — now I’m struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity [...] This appetite for emotional resonance explains why users – when given a choice – prefer deep rapport over endless options. You can’t have a relationship with a device whose limits are unknown to you, because without limits it keeps becoming something else.
- “Wait, What?” (Alex Russell) — I didn’t try to organize people who didn’t see the value in organization: instead, I tried to organize folks whose experience was valuable in terms of personal maturity and not just facility with code. We picked a hard technical problem and an easier social problem knowing that the social aspects were more critical.
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Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick examine biometrics in a surveillance society.
Future applications of biometrics promise increased security and convenience, but they could also dilute our expectations of privacy. In this interview, Where 2.0 speakers Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick discuss what lies ahead in the biometrics world.
Ubiquity, fragility and limited alternatives raise concerns about GPS.
A number of mistaken and intentional misuses of GPS technology have raised concerns among researches and government agencies.
If apps can detect customers inside a store, a world of promotional possibilities opens.
As more retailers dive into the app market, maximizing the use of location-based data could maximize sales potential as well. Here's a look at some of the current and theoretical applications.
The ACLU's Nicole Ozer on location-based services and outdated privacy protections.
Electronic privacy protections worked great when mobile was a novelty and location services were confined to paper maps. But now, the ACLU's Nicole Ozer says companies and consumers need to pay heed to privacy concerns while we wait for the law to catch up.
RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs on the implications of mobile location technology.
RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs discusses the state of mobile location technology and how he sees it evolving in the near future (hint: we may be on the verge of "thoughtful" services).
Location adds a new twist to privacy debates.
A recent back-channel conversation here at O'Reilly focused on the overlap between location, data, and privacy. It was an interesting and bewildering discussion that's worth opening up publicly. So that's what we're going to do.
Where 2.0 2011 welcomes a new co-chair.
Laurel Ruma and Brady Forest will co-chair Where 2.0 2011, running April 19-21, 2011 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Location Services, Clever Cursors, Intuitive Trouble, and Maturity Wins
Mobile, utility and server-side development will define the future of maps.
Map APIs took off in 2005, and during the ensuing years the whole notion of maps has changed. Where once they were slick add-ons, map functionality is now a necessary — and expected — tool. In this piece, Adam DuVander looks at the current state of mapping and he explains how mobile devices, third-party services and ease of use are shaping the map development world.