Georama’s Map-Based Travel Search Service Goes Live


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When I travelled through the Southern States last month, each State’s tourism maps stopped dead on the border as if there was nothing on the other side. We need apps like this. Whether this fulfil’s my need or not, can’t say yet, but in principal, this is a solid forward step.

 

Chicago-based Georama is now launching what it calls a “map-based travel platform.” In layman’s terms, that’s a travel search service that’s entirely based on top of a map.

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Google Maps Mania: YouTube Videos on Google Maps


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Comments about accuracy of YouTube locations from Google. Gowalla had a similar problem. When people are taking video, the location depicted is often not going to be the location where the video is actually taken. It needs to be very quick and easy from an app to be able to click on a map, or enter the name of the place the video represents, otherwise there is a real credibility app. I saw a number of classic problems like that, for example someone in the Nautilus Hotel in Orewa (Auckland) took a photo of the Waitakere ranges. The coordinates where Orewa, about an hour’s drive away. 

 

One of the important considerations is the technical ability and understanding of app users. All too often developers and people creating specifications forget that not everyone is geeky. In order for an app to go viral and have large numbers of users, it has to be incredibly simple and intuitive. A small number of people have said to me that they give apps under development to their parents or grandparents and ask them to use it. 

 

Location based apps need to be so simple that other than perhaps a 20 second in app tutorial, people should be able to use it without any instructions. The otehr question common from older people trying the apps is why you would want the app in the first place. It’s a bit like songwriting. Are you writing a song as a cathartic self indulgent process, or are you writing something specifically for a target audience.

 

Many inventions and apps start off that way with people solving their own problems. If they are common problems that frustrate other people, then there is potential for growth an revenue, but also remember that most people may not perceive there is a solution for the problem, so then marketing needs to be considered, but that’s a different topic:) ^Luigi

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Jetpac’s Social Travel iPad App Grabs $2.4 Million From Khosla Ventures, Jerry Yang And Others


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Have you tried Jetpac, I’d be interested in what you think. When we were preparing for our road trip we watched some videos on Katrina and music in the south, but we decided we wanted to see most of it for ourselves and not go to places feeling like we had already been there because of the quality of images and video we had seen. We were more interested in having the experience for ourselves. On the other hand a social application where you make friends with people on the road and tell them about spots where you can see awesome sunsets, have great food, awesome entertainment, that’s another story and we were very keen to share the photos we took afterwards. 

 

I’m interested to see how this evolves.

 

Jetpac, a gorgeous social travel application for iPad, has just scored $2.4 million in Series A funding from Khosla Ventures, Morado Venture Partners, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and [redacted], a top Facebook exec.

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GPS tracks phone thief – Brownwood Bulletin


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Hopefully we will hear stories like this more often and it will discourage people from stealing mobiles.

 

If you have an iOS device I strongly recommend you set up Find My iPhone.

 

GPS tracks phone thiefBrownwood BulletinA father used a cell phone GPS tracking system locate his daughter’s “missing cell phone” which led police to the arrest of a man on the theft charge as well as other drug-related charges.and more »…

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Mobile Apps Gain Privacy Policies – MediaPost Communications


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This is good news. The more apps that have privacy policies the less likely it will be that Governments feel they need to over regulate.

 

MediaPost CommunicationsMobile Apps Gain Privacy PoliciesMediaPost CommunicationsThink tank Future of Privacy Forum reported on Wednesday that 53% of the most popular paid apps now have privacy policies.

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