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31 Mar 2011

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Creepy: Stalker’s Dream App Allows Tracking of Anyone’s Location

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The creators of a new geo-location app called “Creepy” knew exactly what they were doing when they named the app, because, well, it’s a bit creepy. This new app aggregates GPS coordinates for any user, pointing out their most frequented hangouts on a map by tracking information embedded in Foursquare, Twitter, and Flickr. Yes, this is a stalker’s dream app. The easy-to-use app will allow you to type in any username and it will grab any and all location data it can find, from Foursquare check-ins, and even tweet locations. So, while it won’t tell you exactly where someone is in real-time, it will allow you to see where someone usually hangs out. So, for all you stalkers out there, you will still need to do some legwork, but this app will help you close the gap between yourself and the one you soo covet. Yes, kind of creepy.

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30 Mar 2011

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Going Local: Six New Apps for Tapping into Local Knowledge

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Remember a few years back when we were first confronted with the big digital shift and it seemed that our information needs would be all about going “local”? Many believed that a world of micro news sites and blogs targeting very localized areas would pop up as many local newspapers began to take a plunge. This never really happened. Though something else captivated people: the rise of geo-location technology and apps. The fast ascension of companies like Foursquare, Gowalla and others have created a world of geo-location apps that offer Q&A services, meaning they answer pretty much any question you have about a localized area.

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29 Mar 2011

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DARPA and Zebra Imaging Breaking More 3D Boundaries Than James Cameron

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It seems that the entertainment industry is always getting all the attention with regards to 3D technologies. Last year, with the success of the movie Avatar, it’s starting to feel like the 1950s again. And, with several 3D TVs debuting at CES this year, before you know it, you’ll be watching Dora The Explorer with your kids in 3D. But many outside of the GEOINT sector, do not realize that our industry is the one blazing a trail when it comes to 3D. For example, USGIF member company Zebra Technologies and DARPA are developing the Urban Photonic Sandtable Display (UPSD), which is a fully holographic battlefield planning table (no glasses required) that can be scaled up to 6 feet diagonally and allows visual depth of up to 12 inches. Be sure to check out more GEOINT 3D innovations in this post.

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28 Mar 2011

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: U-2 Spy Plane Still Flying High; Online Mapping Transforms Relief Efforts and Much More

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope you had a restful weekend and are ready to take on the work week. What’s that? Oh, yes, we definitely like to kick off the work week on the right foot and knowledge is power. Looking for that power? Look no more. As always, we have compiled all the key GEOINT-related stories you need to exercise that power. From a story about the viability of the U-2 spy plane more news about GEOINT and Japan, we have it all. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on. Happy Monday!

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25 Mar 2011

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Friday’s Food for Thought: GEOINT Scholarships and Education

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? One can never minimize the importance of education. It is the foundation by which individuals (and our great nation) can further progress into a bright and innovative future. It is safe to say that education makes people’s lives better in sooo many ways. Our readers may have noticed that our recent podcasts have centered around GEOINT and education. Yesterday, we did a podcast with 2010 USGIF scholarship winner Jennifer Veilleux who is a Ph.D. candidate in the geosciences department of Oregon State University. And last week, we did a podcast with Cy Smith, Secretary, Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) and Max Baber of USGIF who discussed their unique advocacy efforts to support geospatial teachings on K-12 level. So, in case it was not clear, the theme of this week’s FFFT post is all about GEOINT and education. And, just a quick reminder that the clearances to attend the NGA Tech Showcase West are due today.

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24 Mar 2011

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PODCAST: USGIF 2010 Scholarship Recipient Jennifer Veilleux Discusses GEOINT and Academia

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Since 2004, USGIF has donated $386,000 to promising students in the geospatial intelligence field in the form of academic scholarships. Last year the Foundation awarded $86,000 to 19 recipients and plans to award equal or greater amounts for the 2011 program. Today, we are speaking with one of the 2010 scholarship recipients Jennifer Veilleux who is a Ph.D. candidate in the geosciences department of Oregon State University.

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23 Mar 2011

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GEOINT 2011 First Round of Speakers Announced – Biggest Leaders of Community Already On Deck

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It’s usually around the March timeframe that we start having GEOINT Symposium withdrawals. Seriously, when else can everyone in the community get together and learn from the highest echelon of leaders, network with colleagues, customers, partners and friends — and experience something truly unique (think GEOINT 2010 and the Super Dome)? Well, just when you think you have had enough of winter and need a shot of inspiration, USGIF just announced the first round of keynote speakers for GEOINT 2011, taking place back in San Antonio this year. Let’s just say that if this is the first round of speakers being announced, then USGIF opened the first set with nothing but a string of hits. Read the full post to see the list of confirmed (to date) speakers for GEOINT 2011.

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22 Mar 2011

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200th Anniversary of the Map that Made New York City

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There’s really no place in America like New York City. As the oldest and most densely populated borough, Manhattan, with only 22.7 square miles in area, is such a diverse melting pot of business and culture that’s made up of pretty much every ethnicity in the world. Let’s face it. Manhattan is awesome. And, it would not be the place it is today, if it weren’t for the original map that devised the “no frills” street matrix — made of 11 major avenues and 155 crosstown streets — that makes Manhattan easy to navigate today. The map that makes up this simple geometric grid is celebrating its 200th anniversary today. On March 22, 1811, the NYC city street commissioners certified this map and from there it was skies the limit. Literally. The grid spawned Manhattan’s real estate boom that created one of the most picturesque cityscapes in the world. Be sure to check out the actual map in this post.

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21 Mar 2011

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Eagle Vision Imagery Supporting Japan Recovery Effort; Crowdsourcing and Mapping Radiation Levels; and GeoEye Revenues Up

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope you were able to recharge over the weekend and are ready to take on the work week with gusto. And, if you need an extra push in the right direction — in terms of embracing the pile of work on your desk — we have pulled together all the key news you need to make this your best week ever. Once again, there are plenty GEOINT stories related to Japan, but we widened the net a bit more this week to include everything from policy to earnings (GeoEye) news. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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18 Mar 2011

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Nuclear Energy, The Future and GEOINT

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought on got geoint? As always, we assume that many of you are happy about conquering another work week. And, well, it’s been quite a week. The disaster in Japan is (rightly) taking up much of the news cycle and things just keep getting worse. The death toll keeps rising and the nuclear threat levels in Japan are equal to that of 1979 Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania. And some folks on the West Coast are starting to fear that radiation from Japan will makes its way across the Pacific (this is totally unfounded). So, we are going to dive a bit more into this nuclear issue — with a GEOINT twist of course. And, just a quick reminder that the clearances to attend the NGA Tech Showcase West are due March 25.

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