Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Our mashups (actually two of them: Location bookmark and QR maps) on Google Maps Mania
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
"With Contrail, the central location doesn't ever know my information, or what particular users care about" - from here.
Is not it the same we wrote about Geo Messages? Privacy is a huge issue, especially regarding location.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Now you can not only immediately load map into your phone but get also HTML code for placing map (QR code for it) on your site/blog etc. Map type (size) is configurable. Also mashup supports now full screen HTML5 maps (iPhone, Android) – we are using here Geo Messages tools.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Usually, Twitter + Maps always mean mapping twits and show them on the map. Yes, we have such mashups too (see for example, Photo map или Local twitter). But here everything is vice versa. Just a reverse task :-).
Suppose you are reading a great geo-located twit. Just a status associated with some place. In Twitter’s web client you can see that place and an appropriate icon just below the message. How to get that place info and save/bookmark it on your phone? It is what our mashup - Place from Twitter is for.
It is very similar to our Location bookmark, but with Twitter status instead of address. Mashup Twitter’s place also creates QR code for mobile map. And mobile map describes a place from Twitter. And here we are using Geo Messages again.
The usage is simple. Just open in Twitter’s web interface any geo-enabled twit and copy its URL to mashup’s form. Also you can save the following link Place from Twitter in your bookmarks and simply select that bookmark on any opened page with geo-enabled twit (it is so called bookmarklet).
And of course, any QR code created with this mashup could be placed anywhere – on your site/blog, Facebook wall etc. You can even print it and place on the physical wall. Mashup provides HTML code you need for embedding QR code image.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
1) QR code for mobile map associated with the given address
2) HTML for putting that QR code on your site
So with this tool you can place on your own site (blog etc.) – e.g. somewhere in Contacts or About page QR code for any given address (e.g. address of your company, office etc.). And any visitor of your site will be able simply to scan this code and load that map right into own phone. So they (visitors) do not need to write/print/remember your address/driving directions etc. Just load an appropriate mobile map right from your site. Loaded map could be simply bookmarked on the phone (loaded map is just URL).
And driving directions as well as many other interesting things will come automatically with the mobile map (we are using Geo Messages).
Of course, QR code created with this mashup could be placed anywhere. E.g. add it to some article in your blog, print and place it on the wall etc.
P.S. similar projects:
QR map - lets you create QR code right from the map. Also can create a link to mobile friendly map (iPhone, Android).
Mecard - lets you create QR code for loading address data (contact info) right from your site
Monday, June 21, 2010
Actually, we are planning to add NLP tools to our mashups like Buzz in Twitter
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
/via Geo Messages - this approach works on Samsung H1 too. As JIL widget exactly.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
P.S. "Mobile operators should deliver location APIs specifically tuned for enabling check-ins, including the ability not just to place a user at a street location, but to a more fine-grained spot as well — for instance, the business at that location. Also, think about ways that existing telecom offerings could drive Foursquare-style services. For instance, could SMS become a major conduit into Foursquare the way it is into Twitter today (and the way Twitter is trying to explicitly link itself to Foursquare, as we saw above)? All it would take is some smart integration between SMS and network location APIs and servers." - from here. Great words. It is exactly what Geo Messages approach is for. It integrates mobile messaing and location.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Now with this mashup you can easily create links for your mobile sites. For example you can use the following parameters for this URL:
t - text for POI
lat - POI's latitude
lng - POI's longitude
email - default email address
phone - default phone for SMS
instead of (lat, lng) pair you can use another parameter
a - address for your POI
For example, UK Prime Minister
P.S. it is HTML5 web application, so the same will work in your desktop browser too, except SMS sharing of course.
P.P.S. by the way, on your desktop you can create a QR code for such link and let visitors of your site load address of your company (event etc.) right to own mobile phone.
/via Geo Messages
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
You can load the above-mentioned URL with the following QR-code:
This application is yet another implementation for our Geo Messages approach – share location info on peer to peer basic, using signed messages.
1. Go from your mobile (iPhone, Android) browser to Mobile map
It is HTML5 web mashup. You can also scan this QR code
or type a short URL: http://bit.ly/7zu3iY
Red marker shows your current position. You can move this marker to some new place, of course. Now hit a marker:
See that fb link? Hit it and share link to this map with your Facebook social graph.
What your friends will see as soon as they open that link
The red marker is his/her own location, the blue one – is what was saved. Hit the blue marker:
You will see when it was saved as well as the links for getting routes to this location.
P.S. you can do absolutely the same from your desktop browser
P.P.S. Note again - the map itself does not keep links back to your facebook account. This map knows nothing about you. So this map actually does not hurt your privacy. Map itself just says: hey, there is a saved marker. Nothing more. And this map is again nothing more than just an ordinary link in your Facebook stream. There are no your ID's within the map.
It is actually a main idea behind Geo Messages project – how to share location without revealing your ID.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Open any info window for the tip and hit icon near the venue name. You will get a discussion forum associated with this venue. Share the link (see icon on the top of the screen) and discuss this place.
Monday, June 07, 2010
1. Twitter stream in your PowerPoint. A nice suite from SAP.
2. Credit cards validation in JSP (and/or Coldfusion). Lets you check the following cards (formats): VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, enRoute, Discover and JCB.
3. Billing filter. Lets you log resources used by the visitors of your web application
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
HTML5 tests for mobile
/via Geo Messages - innovative HTML5 mobile web mashups.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
- direct access to Foursquare user pages right from tips (just click on the photo)
- search for venues (Google, Twitter). You can look for more information about venue in Google and Twitter right from the tip
Also you can directly set (latitude, longitude) pair for the area you are interested in. Parameters for the URL are:
lat - latitude
lng - longitude
For example, London in Foursquare
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Just mark a place, type a question (suggestion, information etc.) – in other words create an initiation for the discussion and get unique link for the map with embedded forum. After that you can share this link with your partners/colleges, print in your blog / twitter etc. – it depends on your own decision only – who you want to see among readers. And after that you can just follow to the discussion.
No registration required.
Technically, it is Google Maps + cloud forums from Disqus.
You can discuss some geo points, POI’s (points of interests – shops, bars etc.) or, for example, create a private forum devoted so some meeting in the selected place.
Just for example – forum for Golden Apple bar in Moscow
Initially mashup ( http://geotalk.linkstore.ru ) is trying to detect your location (as per W3C spec). If you know that forums should be created in some particular area just set additional parameters for the above-mentioned URL:
lat - latitude
lng – longitude
zml – initial zoom level
E.g. create forums in London