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3 big challenges in location development - Darian Shirazi on location's trickiest issues and how an open places database could work.

3 big challenges in location development - Darian Shirazi on location's trickiest issues and how an open places database could work.
By Bruce Stewart
April 14, 2011

With the goal of indexing the entire web by location, Fwix founder Darian Shirazi has had to dig in deep to location-based development issues. In this interview, Shirazi discusses challenges he sees in location and how Fwix is addressing them.

The convergence of biometrics, location and surveillance - Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick examine biometrics in a surveillance society.

The convergence of biometrics, location and surveillance - Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick examine biometrics in a surveillance society.
By Bruce Stewart
April 8, 2011

Future applications of biometrics promise increased security and convenience, but they could also dilute our expectations of privacy. In this interview, Where 2.0 speakers Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick discuss what lies ahead in the biometrics world.

Why Motorola may move beyond Android - Motorola is reportedly developing its own mobile OS. Here's a few reasons why that makes sense.

Why Motorola may move beyond Android - Motorola is reportedly developing its own mobile OS. Here's a few reasons why that makes sense.
By Bruce Stewart
March 31, 2011

Motorola is reportedly developing its own web-based mobile OS, sparking speculation that the handset maker could be diversifying beyond Android.

On a small screen, user experience is everything - Mozilla's Madhava Enros reveals three mobile apps that get user experience right.

On a small screen, user experience is everything - Mozilla's Madhava Enros reveals three mobile apps that get user experience right.
By Jenn Webb
March 30, 2011

Building mobile apps around a look or feel isn't always the best strategy. Madhava Enros, mobile user experience lead at Mozilla, reveals three apps that effectively address user experience, not just design.

4G is a moving target - The official definition of 4G is different from the marketing term.

4G is a moving target - The official definition of 4G is different from the marketing term.
By Bruce Stewart
March 16, 2011

The "4G" mobile companies are touting isn't necessarily in line with the formal specification. The big question is: Do consumers really care?

Geolocated images reveal a place's visual identity - Cartagr.am taps geolocation to create a unique mapping layer.

Geolocated images reveal a place's visual identity - Cartagr.am taps geolocation to create a unique mapping layer.
By Brady Forrest
March 15, 2011

Cartagr.am uses Instagram's new API to create maps out of geolocated images. The resulting visualizations reveal a location's different sides.

Are we too reliant on GPS? - Ubiquity, fragility and limited alternatives raise concerns about GPS.

Are we too reliant on GPS? - Ubiquity, fragility and limited alternatives raise concerns about GPS.
By Bruce Stewart
March 14, 2011

A number of mistaken and intentional misuses of GPS technology have raised concerns among researches and government agencies.

Why location data is a mess, and what can be done about it - SimpleGeo's Chris Hutchins on the state of location data and the future of location services.

Why location data is a mess, and what can be done about it - SimpleGeo's Chris Hutchins on the state of location data and the future of location services.
By Bruce Stewart
March 9, 2011

Usage restrictions and ever-expanding datasets make location data hard to manage. In the following interview, SimpleGeo's Chris Hutchins explains how companies and developers can address the location mess.

Location data could let retailers entice customers in new ways - If apps can detect customers inside a store, a world of promotional possibilities opens.

Location data could let retailers entice customers in new ways - If apps can detect customers inside a store, a world of promotional possibilities opens.
By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2011

As more retailers dive into the app market, maximizing the use of location-based data could maximize sales potential as well. Here's a look at some of the current and theoretical applications.

Social media in a time of need - How the Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department integrate social tools into crisis response.

Social media in a time of need - How the Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department integrate social tools into crisis response.
By Alex Howard
March 7, 2011

The Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department have been at the forefront of incorporating social media into crisis response. Here's a look at some of the tools and techniques they've adopted.

Social data is an oracle waiting for a question - "Mining the Social Web" author Matthew Russell on the questions and answers social data can handle.

Social data is an oracle waiting for a question -
By Mac Slocum
March 3, 2011

Matthew Russell, author of "Mining the Social Web" and a speaker at the Where 2.0 Conference, discusses the tools and the mindset that can unlock social data's utility.

Privacy law needs a reboot - The ACLU's Nicole Ozer on location-based services and outdated privacy protections.

Privacy law needs a reboot - The ACLU's Nicole Ozer on location-based services and outdated privacy protections.
By Bruce Stewart
February 28, 2011

Electronic privacy protections worked great when mobile was a novelty and location services were confined to paper maps. But now, the ACLU's Nicole Ozer says companies and consumers need to pay heed to privacy concerns while we wait for the law to catch up.

Open question: Will you use mobile payment? - Will excitement for mobile payment translate into adoption?

Open question: Will you use mobile payment? - Will excitement for mobile payment translate into adoption?
By Mac Slocum
February 7, 2011

The flurry of activity around mobile payment is exciting to watch, but consumer adoption will ultimately determine its trajectory. Is a mobile wallet in your future?

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything - There's no time to waste in tackling the mobile technology cycle.

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything - There's no time to waste in tackling the mobile technology cycle.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 26, 2011

Mobile is a game-changer. Unlike many other emerging technologies where an immediate strategy is not a concern, mobile is front and center now to your users and customers.

Healthier living through mobile location data - RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs on the implications of mobile location technology.

Healthier living through mobile location data - RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs on the implications of mobile location technology.
By Bruce Stewart
January 25, 2011

RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs discusses the state of mobile location technology and how he sees it evolving in the near future (hint: we may be on the verge of "thoughtful" services).

Boston's real-time transit data: "Better than winning the World Series" - Laurel Ruma loves the Red Sox, but she's an even bigger fan of open data.

By Alex Howard
November 11, 2010

When the Massachusetts Department of Transportation decided to release and support open transit data online, it spawned a new ecosystem of mobile applications. Laurel Ruma's IgniteGov presentation reveals the backstory.

Welcome Laurel Ruma to Where 2.0 - Where 2.0 2011 welcomes a new co-chair.

Welcome Laurel Ruma to Where 2.0 - Where 2.0 2011 welcomes a new co-chair.
By Brady Forrest
October 21, 2010

Laurel Ruma and Brady Forest will co-chair Where 2.0 2011, running April 19-21, 2011 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Where 2.0 2011 call for proposals is open - A look at the topics, sessions and workshops planned for the next Where 2.0 conference.

Where 2.0 2011 call for proposals is open - A look at the topics, sessions and workshops planned for the next Where 2.0 conference.
By Brady Forrest
October 14, 2010

Google and other companies are jockeying for position in the location space, which makes the next Where 2.0 particularly intriguing. Here's a look at the planned topics, sessions and workshops -- and a reminder to get your proposals in before the Oct. 25 deadline.


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