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Anthony Bourdain travel map
Facebook Places live in Sweden
Google Places versus Facebook Places

Google Places versus Facebook Places

Google are certainly not resting on their laurels. A few days ago they announced a preview of Google Places API, about the same time that Facebook released write access to Facebook Places. I can smell a hairy fight coming up between the giants, but hopefully the winner will be the best one for users and developers.

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3D cities in your browser

3D cities in your browser

Over a decade ago I was making my thesis project about dynamic modeling of 3D buildings in urban environments. Me and a friend were taking photographs of buildings in central Gothenburg to use them as textures in a custom rendering engine written in C++. The available data consisted only of ground-level coordinates, not heights or textures.

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Street view of Stockholm
Google Street View

Google Street View

Google has recently updated Google Maps with a street view mode. Just drag a little yellow icon along the streets and there will be street-level photographs for that spot. I just checked a few of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, and they’re still there!

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The world of mashups
Manhattan elsewhere
Contenders for mashup dominion

Contenders for mashup dominion

The web site Placeopedia is a mashup using Google Maps, connecting cities with their Wikipedia entries. In other words, it’s sort of a geographical version of Wikipedia for the planet Earth. It’s still in a very early phase and there are lot of contenders, but it could be interesting to watch it grow.

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Atlas demo with Europe map

Atlas demo with Europe map

I’ve been playing around a bit with the April CTP release of Atlas, Microsoft’s upcoming framework for Ajax applications. I’ve done a small live demonstration with ASP.NET 2.0 which show a basic map display with pinpointed locations. The pins show some of the largest cities in Europe.

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