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  1. True. Google is already invested heavily on its Maps services and made it one of the most revenue earning source. Google collects information from users knowingly or unknowingly all the times, benefiting them since forever. I doubt how far Apple can go with their current efforts.
  2. Maps needs fixing. Apple, it turns out, is aware of this, so it’s re-building the maps part of Maps. It’s doing this by using first-party data gathered by iPhones with a privacy-first methodology and its own fleet of cars packed with sensors and cameras. The new product will launch in San Francisco and the Bay Area with the next iOS 12 beta and will cover Northern California by fall. Every version of iOS will get the updated maps eventually, and they will be more responsive to changes in roadways and construction, more visually rich depending on the specific context they’re viewed in and feature more detailed ground cover, foliage, pools, pedestrian pathways and more. This is nothing less than a full re-set of Maps and it’s been four years in the making, which is when Apple began to develop its new data-gathering systems. Eventually, Apple will no longer rely on third-party data to provide the basis for its maps, which has been one of its major pitfalls from the beginning. “Since we introduced this six years ago — we won’t rehash all the issues we’ve had when we introduced it — we’ve done a huge investment in getting the map up to par,” says Apple SVP Eddy Cue, who now owns Maps, in an interview last week. “When we launched, a lot of it was all about directions and getting to a certain place. Finding the place and getting directions to that place. We’ve done a huge investment of making millions of changes, adding millions of locations, updating the map and changing the map more frequently. All of those things over the past six years.” But, Cue says, Apple has room to improve on the quality of Maps, something that most users would agree on, even with recent advancements. “We wanted to take this to the next level,” says Cue. “We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world, taking it to the next step. That is building all of our own map data from the ground up.” In addition to Cue, I spoke to Apple VP Patrice Gautier and more than a dozen Apple Maps team members at its mapping headquarters in California this week about its efforts to re-build Maps, and to do it in a way that aligned with Apple’s very public stance on user privacy. If, like me, you’re wondering whether Apple thought of building its own maps from scratch before it launched Maps, the answer is yes. At the time, there was a choice to be made about whether or not it wanted to be in the business of maps at all. Given that the future of mobile devices was becoming very clear, it knew that mapping would be at the core of nearly every aspect of its devices, from photos to directions to location services provided to apps. Decision made, Apple plowed ahead, building a product that relied on a patchwork of data from partners like TomTom, OpenStreetMap and other geo data brokers. The result was underwhelming. Almost immediately after Apple launched Maps, it realized that it was going to need help and it signed on a bunch of additional data providers to fill the gaps in location, base map, point-of-interest and business data. It wasn’t enough. “We decided to do this just over four years ago. We said, ‘Where do we want to take Maps? What are the things that we want to do in Maps?’ We realized that, given what we wanted to do and where we wanted to take it, we needed to do this ourselves,” says Cue. Because Maps are so core to so many functions, success wasn’t tied to just one function. Maps needed to be great at transit, driving and walking — but also as a utility used by apps for location services and other functions. Cue says that Apple needed to own all of the data that goes into making a map, and to control it from a quality as well as a privacy perspective. Though the overall project started earlier, the first glimpse most folks had of Apple’s renewed efforts to build the best Maps product was the vans that started appearing on the roads in 2015 with “Apple Maps” signs on the side. Capped with sensors and cameras, these vans popped up in various cities and sparked rampant discussion and speculation. The new Apple Maps will be the first time the data collected by these vans is actually used to construct and inform its maps. This is their coming out party. Some people have commented that Apple’s rigs look more robust than the simple GPS + Camera arrangements on other mapping vehicles — going so far as to say they look more along the lines of something that could be used in autonomous vehicle training. https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/29/apple-is-rebuilding-maps-from-the-ground-up/
  3. Share the technique to activate Pro as well. Usually Pro needs an ArcGIS Online organization account to activate. The user should receive an email with a link to create 'Organization' account while receiving the license file. After creating and logging into the account, the administrator will see a separate tab called 'Organization'. Inside this section, go the 'Manage License' and then assign a Pro license to any user. After that, use the same username and pass to activate Pro. Update: someone told me this license costs $$. Update 2: Yup! the process worked without $$. Licensed Desktop for 1 year. Now trying if Pro works. Update 3: the trial license doesn't support Pro or Online. Anyway, I just gave away my license to my colleague. For those who are still trying, check if VPN works. For those who haven't started yet, wait a week or two, 10.6.1 is underway.
  4. If you are a developer and you want to use the Google Maps Platform to power direction or other location-based features in your applications, things can quickly get expensive. Mapfit, which today announced that it has raised a $5.5 million funding round, promises to challenge Google on price while offering geocoding services and vector-based maps that are just as accurate as Google’s (and sometimes even better). Among other things, Mapfit promises that it can figure out the correct entrances of buildings for 95 percent of addresses, making door-to-door navigation easier, for example. Mapfit also argues that its new vector-based maps are 95 percent smaller than the map tiles that other services often use. The service does offer those traditional tiles, too, though, and they include support for 3D buildings and public transit info. The company was founded in 2015 and gets its data from a variety of sources, including both commercial and open data sets. It then takes this data and runs it through a number of steps to validate it and enhance it with its own algorithms for aligning addresses with pedestrian and vehicle entrances, for example. Mapfit offers a free plan for non-commercial projects and developers who simply want to kick the service’s tires, as well as a $49/month “growth” plan for startups that comes with 250,000 map views, 150,000 geocode requests and 150,000 directions requests. There is no limit to the number of mobile SDK and web users under this plan. For users who need more API requests, Mapfit charges $0.50 per 1,000 additional requests or users can opt for the $1,499/month enterprise plan, which includes 5 million map views. The company’s funding comes from a group of entrepreneurs and investors that include Cavalry Ventures, Weihua Yan (Diapers.com, Quidsi), Roderick Thompson (ePlanet Capital, Baidu, Skype), Auren Hoffman (SafeGraph, LiveRamp), Daniel Waterhouse (Balderton), Jeroen Seghers (Sourcepoint), Matias de Tezanos (Hoteles.com, PeopleFund) and Joost de Valk (Yoast). https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/12/mapfit-raises-5-5m-for-its-mapping-platform/ https://mapfit.com
  5. Styler is a new ArcGIS configurable application that can be used to easily create, style and share modern 2D and 3D map apps. Using simple styler parameters you can customize everything from the title, menus and text, to the overall color, theme and layout. The app is hosted on ArcGIS Online and GitHub so you can 1) style maps on-the-fly just by adding URL parameters or 2) if you have an existing web map or web scene, you can style (more advanced) apps step-by-step by configuring them with the new Styler template. Once styled, share your app at any time just by sharing the URL - no programming required. Styler is built with the new ArcGIS API for JavaScript v4, Calcite Maps and Bootstrap. The application is fully responsive and supports many features of the new JavaScript v4 API such as loading 2D web maps and 3D web scenes, displaying image and vector tile basemaps, showing legend and layers, positioning widgets on the view, and searching and finding places. The app can be accessed in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise or downloaded and hosted locally. How to style and share a map Open the default 2D map or 3D scene and zoom to or search for a place. e.g. "New York City" https://esri.github.io/calcite-maps-styler-template/index.html?webmap=default https://esri.github.io/calcite-maps-styler-template/index.html?webscene=default Click the Main Menu > Share, add URL style parameters and hit Enter to style your map. e.g. https://esri.github.io/calcite-maps-styler-template/index.html?webmap=default &title=New York City at Night &bgcolor=dark-blue &basemap=streets-night-vector &lat=40.72461 &lon=-73.99893 &zoom=12 Now copy and paste the URL to share your map with others. https://github.com/Esri/calcite-maps-styler-template
  6. TESS, the satellite launched by NASA last month that will search thousands of stars for Earth-like exoplanets, has just sent back its first test image. It’s just a quick one, not “science-quality,” but it does give you an idea of the scale of the mission: the area TESS will eventually document is 400 times the area covered by this shot. What you see above is the star field around the constellation Centaurus; this 2-second exposure captured more than 200,000 stars. That’s just in one image from one of the four cameras on board; the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will employ all four during its mission, watching individual regions of space for 27 days straight over the course of two orbits. Repeated high-resolution imagery of these star fields will let the team on the ground watch for any that dim briefly, indicating that a planet may be passing in between the star and our solar system. This will let it watch far, far more stars than the otherwise similar Kepler mission, which even by looking at only dim stars with a relatively narrow field of view, found evidence of thousands of exoplanets for scientists to pore over. TESS just yesterday received a gravity assist from the moon, putting it near its final orbit. A last engine burn on May 30 will complete that maneuver and the satellite will enter into the highly eccentric, as yet untried orbit designed by its creators. Once that orbit is attained and all systems are go, new imagery will come in about every two weeks when TESS is at its closest point to Earth. “First light,” or the first actual fully calibrated, usable image from the satellite, is expected some time in June. https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/18/nasas-newest-planet-hunting-satellite-takes-a-stellar-first-test-image/
  7. SpaceX's launches the new, final version of its Falcon 9 rocket in its ninth flight of this year. Founder Elon Musk says the Block 5 version will be "the mainstay of SpaceX business" moving forward. The new Falcon 9 will be capable of launching over 100 times, with SpaceX aiming for turnaround times of under 24 hours by next year, Musk says. For nearly a decade, SpaceX evolved its Falcon 9 rocket every launch, trying to keep up with lead designer Elon Musk's relentless pursuit of innovation. Until now. An enhanced version of Falcon 9 called Block 5 launched for the first time on Friday. Musk plans for this new rocket to achieve a host of new milestones for SpaceX, including launching and landing the same rocket twice in 24 hours – as early as next year. "We expect [Block 5] to be the mainstay of SpaceX business," Musk said on a conference call with reporters before the launch. Block 5 is the version of Falcon 9 that SpaceX has been working toward since the rocket's debut in June 2010. Nearly twice as powerful as that inaugural Falcon 9 rocket, Musk called Block 5 "the last version" of the orbital class rocket. This is a historical moment for Bangladesh as well because Falcon-9 has carried the first ever telecommunication satellite called "Bangabandhu-1" to the space. Not only that, Block 5 also successfully returned to its drone-ship after the job. Elon Mask is my Tony Stark...
  8. Google will soon launch a new version of Google Maps that will give you more personalized recommendations than before. Google has long worked to make Maps seem more personalized, but since Maps is now about far more than just directions, the company is introducing new features to give you better recommendations for local places. “Today, our users aren’t just asking for the fastest route to a place but also what’s happening around them, what the new places are and what the locals are doing in their neighborhood,” Google VP for engineering and product management Jen Fitzpatrick noted in today’s keynote. The first new feature to enable this is the ‘for you’ tab. This new part of Google Maps will learn from your personal preferences and tell you about what’s new in your neighborhood (or other neighborhoods you are watching). Maybe there’s a new cafe or restaurant. Over the course of the last few years, reviews in Google Maps have also become increasingly important. But what does a four-star review really mean? So going forward, Google Maps will take those reviews and mash them up with what it knows about you to give you a more personalized score based on your context and interests. Another — not AI-related — feature Google is adding to Maps is a new Group Planning feature that’ll allow you to long press on a place and then add them to a shareable list. Techcrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/08/google-maps-will-soon-give-you-better-recommendations/ 8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018 https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/08/8-big-announcements-from-google-i-o-2018/
  9. It seems the "floating idea" is just a narrow-minded political step to undermine the Clinton/ Obama era. ESA already planned to distribute their high resolution Sentinel images till 2030 and plus decades for free. These data already includes multispectral, RADAR and even hyperspectral images of USA. RS users don't spend like 90's anymore, they use UAVs and tools on the cloud like Google Earth Engine. Just to look back a little, Trump already triggered China to build-up their own semiconductor industry by doing something silly.
  10. Selling contents like data and software which are not yours are very illegal. In 2018 its a waste of time, even if those are yours. If you have quality contents which you think might help others, you should make an online service and sell those to other companies. In that way your contents will remain yours, but people will still get benefitted. Otherwise, get an authentication that the data is yours (ie. a research article may be) and then put everything into public domains. Sooner or later someone else will do the same and steal the spotlight which might be yours.
  11. ArcGIS for Office can be an option, even after its buggy interface. For presentation, I don't worry much about putting everything inside powerpoint. Powerpoints should be lightweight and focused at the same time, leaving the technicalities. I start with the bullet points and tables, and later jump to the truly technical session. Since I usually face a lot of eager questions every time I present, I usually leave ArcGIS Desktop and Google Earth open in the background with all maps loaded. For more - "... please talk with me after this presentation". I don't even bother to export, the mighty 'snipping tool' does the job..
  12. At last QGIS v3 Girona is here. Change log Download from here
  13. I know one initiative who are doing similar project with Wageningen University. They have successfully done few similar work in Natherlands. This project is using Sentinel-2 image and combining that with local weather information to calculate late-blight disease vulnerability index. The project implements IDL and Python to automate the RS analysis. So far I know, this disease is highly dependent on moisture and temperature, and potato fields are relatively easy to identify from RS data. We are doing something similar, but for paddy. There might be some algorithms already which you need to research.
  14. There are no 'best option' for MCDM. Each method has their own pros and cons. Try with something simpler, ie. AHP.
  15. Update (7 Feb): Finally I requested to close the issue, after suggesting the solve to them (which was suppose to the other way around). I hope they note this issue carefully and flag this issue as a bug. I could have done this myself if I'd know how. I am also surprised they didn't immediately have a solution, pokes back and forth once in everyday after lunch (though they immediately asked me if I want to close this issue once I suggested the solve !!). Wish me luck...
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