Monthly Archives: October 2007

The joy of the mobile contract

Off topic but still fun… I just got off the phone with my mobile carrier (T-mobile).. this is interesting but maybe not a total surprise. I see that I’m not coming close to using all the time I have on my current plan so it would make sense to downgrade to a plan that offers less minutes – which is also cheaper. The carrier can gladly do that, however, there’s one hitch… in order to do that they NEED to extend my contract by one year… are you freaking kidding me??? Unreal… hey T-Mobile, you guys are scumbags… take your contact and …well, use your imagination! Let the buyer beware

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LBS ready for prime time – LBSzone Alert, Oct 31, 2007 – A weekly update

Last week many of us got an earful of location technologies at the annual CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment event in San Francisco. LBS was front and center in many booths and venues and the technology is indeed ready for prime-time.. so it would seem! Navteq (and lead sponsor Nokia) used the event to prep developers – read on for more

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Garmin Sweetens offer for Tele Atlas – Trumps TomTom by 15%

Well, there’s been loads of speculation over the past couple of months but it’s official, looks like Garmin is trumping TomTom in a bid for Tele Atlas. Obviously the recent Nokia Navteq deal (to the tune of $8+ billion)  served as fodder to sweeten the pot and as a result Garmin is coming up with cash… lots of cash! Garmin is outbidding Tomtom by 15%. The bid of 25.5 Euro per share value Tele Atlas in this offer at about 1.8 billion Euros!

Millions of tracks from major artists from Nokia Music Store UK

Millions of tracks from major artists, independent labels, and up-and-coming UK acts will be available alongside a host of interactive features such as music browsing, personal track recommendations, and a favourite artists search function.With a single account, music lovers can access the Nokia Music Store via their desktop computer or directly from optimized Nokia devices beginning with the Nokia N81 and Nokia N95 8GB, which are both on sale from 1st November 2007. See http://music.nokia.co.uk

Jason Birch and City of Nanaimo’s Google Earth efforts featured on National TV program

Google Earth hits prime time on Canada AM… nice to see Jason Birch and my old hometown of Nanaimo, BC, Canada getting more recognition… this time on nationallly televised news show Canada AM. Jason has referenced the video from (Canadians on the cutting edge – http://tinyurl.com/2oshr7) his weblog – http://www.jasonbirch.com/nodes/ – a nice plug and once again a reminder to some local governments out there what they can do when they build on the platform provided by Google. The city was also featured in the National Newspaper as well

Jason Birch and City of Nanaimo’s Google Earth efforts featured on National TV program

Google Earth hits prime time on Canada AM… nice to see Jason Birch and my old hometown of Nanaimo, BC, Canada getting more recognition… this time on nationallly televised news show Canada AM. Jason has referenced the video from (Canadians on the cutting edge – http://tinyurl.com/2oshr7) his weblog – http://www.jasonbirch.com/nodes/ – a nice plug and once again a reminder to some local governments out there what they can do when they build on the platform provided by Google. The city was also featured in the National Newspaper as well

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