Consideo's Modeler is the sort of unusual software that turns up from time to time. It's designed to visualize and analyze "connections of arguments, ideas, strategies, projects, and processes." It can model complex, multifactor business strategies, but it's useful to everyone from scientists to students. Among the real-world virtues it claims are the ability to shorten meetings by focusing questions and clarifying arguments. It functions as both a qualitative analysis tool, identifying, tracing, and describing factors and connections ranging from "weak" to "strong," and a quantitative modeler, running simulations based on … Read more
Fullscreenweather works just like Google Maps, meaning you can use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out, as well as use it to drag around the surface. It also includes quick toggles to change the terrain type, as well as what weather layer you're looking at--like temperature, precipitation, and cloud cover.
The company says it's been designed especially for touch-screen devices, including the Apple's upcoming … Read more
GrokMusic is a music discovery site that will appeal to any music fan who's ever tried to describe a new band by naming other artists. As in, "St. Vincent? She's kind of like a guitar-playing Laurie Anderson crossed with early Genesis, with a little Steve Reich thrown in."
The site launched in 2008 with artist information and editorial content about music, then introduced a pair of free music-discovery tools in 2009. With MusicMap, you can enter any artist's name, and it will show you that artist's place on a visual map near related artists. … Read more
As far as mobile mapping goes, Google Maps for Android offers one of the best experiences you can get. The feature-fest, which Google has been building on for years, doesn't just tell you where you are using nothing but GPS or cell tower triangulation. It also tells you how to get where you want to go by car, public transport, or by good old-fashioned shoe leather.
A variety of add-ons layers information on top of the base map, so you can view things like traffic, transit lines, and your favorite places on the map. Version 4.0 also adds … Read more
This week, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced a partnership with Google to bring the planned Bay Bridge to Google Earth. The bridge, under construction since 2002 and slated to be completed in 2013, will be mapped in Google Earth, with the currently-under-construction and completed portions visible in varying opacities.
We rode along with Google Earth co-founder Michael Jones to take a look at the live site construction in the San Francisco Bay. Take a look into the future in Google Earth, here (zipped file).
You can get more details on the new Google Earth feature in our story, &… Read more
Google released an over-the-air update for the Nexus One on Tuesday that brought, among other things, multitouch and Google Maps 3.4 to the smartphone. This is great news for Nexus One owners, but what about the rest of the Android family?
Well, here's some partial good news for Motorola Droid customers. Google Maps 3.4 is now available for download through the Android Market, which brings star syncing, personalized page suggestions based on personal history, night mode, and yes, the use of pinch-to-zoom.
For now, it seems the multitouch capabilities are limited to just Google Maps, but hey, … Read more
Navigation on the mobile phone has been around for as long as phones have been packing GPS chips, but it was the iPhone with its low-cost turn-by-turn direction apps that really got people looking at the platform as a serious threat to portable GPS devices. Then Google shook things up with its free Google Maps turn-by-turn app for Android phones.
Now, Nokia is throwing down the gauntlet by reducing the price of its Ovi Maps software to the low cost of free. Editor Bonnie Cha takes a look at one of the first phones packaged with the Ovi Maps software, … Read more
Do New York pigeons sound different from California pigeons? I'm not sure, but The Smalls Street Sounds could help me find out.
The new interactive online project aims to create a sort of sonic landscape of the U.S. by overlaying local sound snippets on Google Maps. Clicking through the 270-plus clips uploaded as of late Wednesday afternoon offers an imaginative audio tour from East to West and in between. It's a great way to relive the drama of a tropical Florida thunderstorm, amble through San Francisco's Chinatown, or visit that Radio Shack in Danbury, Conn., you've always wanted to check out.
Some sounds are decidedly location-specific (subway performers in New City, a Las Vegas casino, a student demonstration in Berkeley), while others could be heard anywhere (phones ringing, steam heaters sputtering, doors closing, zippers being zipped, plastic crinkling, computer keyboards tapping). You'll hear traffic, boots on pavement, trains, buses, wind, crying children, the sounds of running in snow--all captivating in their own way.
The Sound Map is a project of The Smalls, a curator of independent short films whose mission is to "champion the use of diverse and inspiring sounds in filmmaking and support talented artists who use sounds in a creative way to tell their stories and convey their own unique vision."
Next week, in fact, the Smalls Street Sounds will launch a competition challenging filmmakers to create short films (three minutes or less) based on sounds taken from the Sound Map. The theme of the contest will be announced on February 8.
In the meantime, anyone can contribute sounds (MP3 files only for now), with no limit on clip length, only file size. I'm just hoping no one uploads the voice of a San Francisco MUNI operator announcing yet another delay. I just don't think I could take hearing that one again.
It's standard fare for Google to incubate a mobile app feature on one platform before rolling it out to the others. That's why an update on Tuesday to Android's Google Maps app will please Android users, who will see an uptick in productivity on the Maps, but will excite few other Google mobile-watchers on the whole.
We've seem both new features that Google is rolling out to Android phones in other guises. There's star syncing (we first heard about it in December), which stores the places you mark as favorites on your Google account, so … Read more
PolicyMap is a collection of real estate, civil, and financial systems built into a mapping and charting engine. It can locate superfund sites; show you crime stats; tell you about mortgage originations (including things like subprime mortgages to various demographic groups), and age and educational background. The data is at a variety of resolutions (some is per ZIP code, some by census tract) and timeliness.
In many data sets you zoom into deep detail on your information. You can also build charts, for data sets with information over time, and generate preconfigured "community reports" for particular regions or … Read more