Geotagging Imagery and Video

IsWHERE is a log of my thoughts, reflections, and news/blog links on the emergence of image and video geospatial tagging. On May5th this year, I opened a second blog to deal with more detailed aspects of tools for FalconView and TalonView can be found at RouteScout. Trends I want to try and follow are the various disruptions resulting from spatial smart-phones, how many GPS devices are out there, smart-cameras, and other related news. And yes, I have a business interest in all of this. My company Red Hen has been pioneering this sort of geomedia for more than a decade.

So beyond a personal blog, I also provide a link to IsWHERE a shareware tool created by Red Hen Systems to readily place geoJPEG or geotagged imagery and soon GEM full motion media kept on your own computer(s) into Google Earth/Map from your File Manager media selection. Works great for geotagged images from Nikon, Ricoh, Sony, iPHONE, Android and all geo-smartphones that can create geotagged images. IsWhere - read about it

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Friday, March 20, 2009

iPhone may Not have this Smartphone in the Bag...

Whow, that did not take long... comparison of the Smartphone OS's: iPhone OS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, S60. What I personally find interesting is that the comparison is quite US orientated in that in that the dominate Smartphone OS, Symbian, trails in sort of last on the list. Why? Well the US absolutley lags in application of 3G.. heck Australia has already moved their nation to 3.5G. Nokia has more 3G phones out there by some will suggest a factor of 10. What is really going on here?

IMHO Nokia remains a one-handed smartphone solution where as the other smartphones rely on two handed control. Is a two-handed smartphone really any smarter or is simply larger.
So if you are in your car with a two-handed solution, well, be aware! iPhone lifted the game for everyone in the smartphone play but Android also offers something of pending interest. Symbian remains lurking... Nokia what are they doing?

Engadget Reveiws Six Smartphone Oper5ating Systems

As soon as Apple rolled out its preview of iPhone OS 3.0, the comparisons to existing (and forthcoming) mobile OSs started flying. While the major update isn't exactly a done deal, it's pretty far along, and we've been able to glean quite a bit from our time with the developer beta we've been checking out. iPhone OS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, S60; if you're in the market for a new smartphone, your choices have been getting exponentially more complicated lately, and 3.0 won't make the selection any easier. Luckily for you, Engadget is here to make sense of a frightening and uncertain landscape. Read on for an in-depth look at the similarities -- and differences -- between modern mobile operating systems.

Friday, March 13, 2009

2008 Mobile OS Market Share ESTIMATE

This table pretty much speaks for itself as a snapshot of the year in smartphones that was 2008 (according to Gartner) -- a breakout year for the category particularly in the US. As you'd expect from the smartphone device tallies we saw yesterday, RIM and Apple have the momentum largely at the expense of Symbian's declining market share and the stagnation of Windows Mobile in an otherwise growing market segment. Palm's also a bit of a surprise showing 42.2% growth for the year. With any luck, Palm could turn this table upside down in 2009 with a successful global launch of WebOS. Regardless, you can bet that developers are paying particularly close attention to these numbers as they decide where to best align their resources for maximum financial gain.

Samsung coming from behind?

Those who thought anything but touch would be the future of cell phones must be feeling pretty stupid right now, as Samsung has got the right numbers to prove them wrong.  The Korean manufacturer has recently announced that it has now sold over 5 million units of its popular touchscreen cellphone, the F480 TouchWiz, worldwide and is still shipping out almost 500,000 of these finger favorites every month.  It looks like the TouchWiz UI turned out to be a huge success for Samsung and let’s not forget the fact that the F480 was the first handset to sport it.

We will have to wait and see what kind of figures Samsung will come up with once it starts selling smartphones with that sweet combination of Android and touch we like.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Global Smartphone Sales Growth Slows ...

Global Smartphone Sales Growth Slows To 3.7% In 4Q - Gartner

Wednesday March 11st, 2009 / 11h04

STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Worldwide smartphone sales grew 3.7% on the year to 38.1 million units in the fourth quarter 2008, research firm Gartner said Wednesday.
Gartner research director Roberta Cozza said growth slowed in the fourth quarter due to fewer compelling new products and the worsened economic climate.
As a proportion of all mobile device sales, smartphones remained relatively stable at 12% in the fourth quarter, compared to 11% a year earlier.
Nokia Corp. (NOK) maintained its market-leading position in the quarter. However, its market share fell to 40.8% from 50.9%, and its smartphone sales declined 17% to 15.6 million units.
Research In Motion (RIMM), the maker of Blackberry smartphones, increased its market share to 19.5% from 10.9%, as its sales grew 85% to 7.4 million units.
Apple's (AAPL) market share increased to 10.7% from 5.2%, as its sales more than doubled, to 4.1 million units from 1.9 million.
HTC's (2498.TW) market share grew to 4.3% from 3.7%. Its sales were up 20% at 1.6 million units.
Samsung (005930.SE) had a market share of 4.2% in the fourth quarter, up from 1.8% a year earlier, as its sales increased 138% to 1.6 million units.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Facebook Photos


Who would have thought that Facebook would store more images than many dedicated photo sharing sites?

The community-oriented Web company says it now stores 10 billion photographs uploaded by its members -- and, as it stores each photo in four different sizes, it actually has 40 billion image files.

Facebook adds that:2-3 Terabytes of photos are uploaded each day;

It has more than one petabyte of photo storage;

It serves more than 15 billion photo images per day;

Photo traffic peaks at more than 300,000 images served per second.

October 17. 2008

Monday, March 09, 2009

Olympus exec declares "twelve megapixels is enough"

via Engadget by Donald Melanson on 3/9/09

The megapixel race has been declared over plenty of times before, but we're guessing that there will be more folks than ever in agreement with Olympus exec Akira Watanabe's recent statement that twelve megapixels is "enough for covering most applications most customers need." In addition to that blanket declaration, Watanabe said that Olympus has "no intention to compete in the megapixel wars for E-System" (its line of DSLRs), adding that it would instead focus on other features like dynamic range, color reproduction, and a better ISO range for low-light shooting. On that latter front, Watanabe predicts that autofocus could be one of the big areas of innovation in DSLRs, with current "phase detect" systems giving way to new and improved image sensor-based autofocus systems. So, what do you think? Is twelve enough, or is the more megapixels the merrier? Sound off in comments.

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