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NEWS via Quartz.com: Here’s what the future of car navigation looks like

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s what the future of car navigation looks like By Leo Mirani @lmirani March 12, 2014 In 1946, Jorge Luis Borges wrote “On Exactitude in Science,” a very short story about an empire so obsessed with cartography that it eventually built a map as vast as the territory “which coincided point for point with it.” That vision is now coming close to being reality. “Bona fide automotive AR [augmented reality] application is near a tipping point,”write three researchers from Virginia Tech in the February issue of ”Proceedings of the IEEE,” a peer-reviewed journal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Among the most interesting developments they list is the use of head-up displays, or the projection of information in your field of vision, for in-car navigation. It is vision that dispenses with GPS devices and smartphone apps in favor of seeing the map overlaid on the real word in front of you. And it’s coming soon: “The infrastructure needed [...]

NEWS via FCW.com: Why Maps Matter

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why maps matter By Frank Konkel Mar 17, 2014 People used to use maps so they wouldn’t get lost. But in recent years, access to the Global Positioning System and the proliferation of mobile technology have made paper-based maps almost irrelevant. Unless you’re in uncharted territory, it’s hard to get lost anymore. Basic geography is as easy as inputting an address and letting your mobile phone tell you how to get there. And as mapping technology advances, it allows for far more than foolproof directions. Federal agencies now use geospatial data, geo-analytics and multi-layered maps for myriad purposes, including gathering intelligence, predicting disease outbreaks and sharing data pools with the public. The allure of mapping lies in its intuitiveness. Even simple “dots on a map can be a powerful way to see trends in data,” said Josh Campbell, geographic information system architect for the Humanitarian Information Unit at the State Department. “Maps [...]

NEWS via ABQjournal: Mexican economy’s growth in overdrive

March 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mexican economy’s growth in overdrive By Jerry Pacheco / For the Journal PUBLISHED: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:05 am The current economic situation in Mexico reminds me of what was going on in this country in the early 1990s. At that time, Mexico had fully committed to opening up its economy and opting for trade liberalization. It had a young president who was openly supportive of commerce and of foreign direct investment in his country. A wave of privatization, reversing the trends in the 1980s, was sweeping the country as it opened up its telecommunications and financial industries. The North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1994 and Mexico was going full steam ahead to create a modern economy. Perhaps more than anything, there was a spirit of change and excitement in the air. Fast-forward 20 years and this same feeling seems to be in the air, as the Mexican economy grows and change is happening daily. Since taking office at the end of 2012, Mexican President [...]
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