Google Maps Ditches Tele Atlas in Favor of Street View Cars and Crowdsourcing

first_imgRelated Posts frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market After a flurry of activity around Google Maps over the last few weeks, it now looks like Google is also ditching Tele Atlas as its data provider for Google Maps in the US in favor of a do-it-yourself approach. Google had been using data from Tele Atlas’ maps since September 2008 after moving away from Navteq’s data after Navteq was acquired by Nokia. Now, Google will use its own data, which it will supplement with data from government sources and a crowdsourcing approach.Thanks to its Street View cars, Google already has a pretty dataset for even some of the more obscure locations in the United States, and the company has also recently expanded its efforts to launch more Street View data in other parts of the world. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Last week’s update to Google Maps introduced new ways to report errors for Google Maps users, so Google is clearly thinking about using a crowdsourcing approach to mapping for Google Maps. Google also announced that it now includes data from a number of US government organizations like the Forest Service and the US Geological Survey in its maps. In the US, the Census Bureau creates a fairly accurate base map, and this data is available freely and represents the core data set for the OpenStreetMap project. With Map Maker, Google also offers an easy-to-use mapping product that even non-geographers can use to create and edit maps and which Google has already employed to let its users create maps for countries where no accurate maps existed until now. While the new maps that were launched last week also include new errors, the overall detail of the maps has clearly increased and now even includes data for the boundaries of land parcels in some municipalities. Why?The question, of course, is why Google plans to make its own maps now. For one, chances are that Google is currently paying Tele Atlas a lot of money for using its maps. Mapping services are notoriously protective of how their data can be used, which is one of the reasons Apple can’t offer turn-by-turn directions in the built-in mapping application on the iPhone, for example. Google probably wants to be free to do whatever it wants with its maps without having to worry about licensing issues. By providing its own maps and an API for others to use these maps, Google could potentially become a major competitor to Tele Atlas and Navteq now, and if Google continues to make these maps easily available to developers without cumbersome licensing restrictions, it could bring radical change to the mapping business.last_img read more

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Racela says he didn’t start verbal joust against Chua

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela said it wasn’t him who ignited the word war against Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua during the halftime break of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals game 3.Racela and Chua engaged in a shouting match and traded barbs at the tunnel of Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday when the two teams headed into their locker rooms.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cone on freethrow disparity: Ginebra was the ‘more aggressive’ team Racela and Chua had already exchanged heated words during the second quarter when TNT import Glen Rice Jr. and Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer got tangled up several times.READ: Nash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’It wasn’t until cooler heads prevailed that the two men were separated as Ginebra head coach Tim Cone pulled Chua into the Gin Kings’ locker while PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa played peacemaker.“You guys know me too well, and you also know the other guys too well. That’s all I can say,” said Racela.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The TNT coach, though, did not divulge into details about the altercation.READ: Racela, Chua engage in shouting match at halftime FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You guys want to know the truth?” asked Racela in Filipino to the members of the media who talked to him after TNT’s 1006-103 loss to the Gin Kings.“I might be fined if I say too much but you all know me, I won’t start something.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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Las Vegas What happens here slogan returns after shooting

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – “What happens here, stays here.”The official slogan of Las Vegas is back by popular demand three months after it was paused following the mass shooting that rattled the city.The destination’s tourism agency revived the 15-year-old slogan this week in a new ad running online and on several TV networks nationwide, marking a return to normalcy in the city where the backbone industry was directly affected by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The ad shows some of the city’s iconic casinos as part of a time-travel story line.Cathy Tull, senior vice-president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the public agency tests its advertising regularly with focus groups and others. It did so after the shooting and results showed the slogan still resonated with people.“We went back out and we weren’t sure where visitors would be with the mindset around ‘What happens here, stays here,’” she said. “What we heard from our research was that people wanted their Vegas back.”The ad shows a scientist getting in a time-travelling machine and arriving at the Las Vegas Strip in 2018 in front of the Bellagio casino-hotel fountains. He is shown dining, partying at a nightclub and taking part in a pool party at Caesars Palace casino-hotel before going back in time still holding a cocktail.Networks airing the ad include Travel Channel, Food Network and USA.On Oct. 1, a high-stakes gambler killed 58 people and injured hundreds more after he shattered the windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino and unleashed gunfire on a country music festival below before killing himself.The agency immediately put the “What happens here” motto on hold and went to work creating a new pitch.A spot featured a cityscape and the voice of Las Vegas native and retired tennis star Andre Agassi. “What is strength?” Agassi asked, playing off the #VegasStrong slogan that exploded on Twitter. “Strength is valet parkers who become medics, mothers who become emergency responders.”A TV ad that followed and aired on several networks, including ESPN, Fox Sports and Bravo, featured real-life social media messages posted after the shooting.The destination saw monthly declines in visitation from June through November. December figures are expected to be released at the end of the month.Larry Kamer, a marketing and public relations consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, said that while “Vegas Strong” became a rallying cry after the shooting, it would be a mistake for the city to wrap its identity around it any longer than it feels it is necessary.He added that if “What happens here” continues to evoke sly smiles and tested better than any other alternatives, it’s a safe bet.“The campaign works because it’s playful, it’s kind of a wink, an inside joke, and it draws on the old Sin City element of Las Vegas,” he said. “If it can still elicit that feeling and the shooting didn’t fundamentally change that, I would argue it still works.”___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNOlast_img read more

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Fourteen Northern mayors pen letter to man who launched legal challenge against

first_imgLast week, TransCanada Corporation submitted a letter to the NEB in response to Mr. Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge.Today, the City of Fort St. John issued a press release saying that mayor Lori Ackerman, along with the mayors of Burns Lake, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Houston, Kitimat, Mackenzie, New Hazelton, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge, and Vanderhoof, had penned a letter to Mr. Sawyer and the West Coast Environmental Law Association.In their letter, the mayors express support for the proposed LNG Canada project and disappointment with the timing of Mr. Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge.“Both the proposed LNG Canada export facility and Coastal GasLink pipeline have been subject to very extensive and rigorous assessment and review processes that actively sought public comment,” the letter reads. “There has been opportunity to challenge the jurisdiction of these projects for years.”“It is with these sentiments that we find it disappointing that your challenge is being raised at this point in time, when the respective project partners are on the verge of making an investment decision on what could be the single largest private investment in our nation’s history; an investment decision that could deliver an abundance of benefits to so many people in our communities, region, province, and across our entire nation.”The District of Kitimat’s Director of Economic Development Michael Dewar said that not all communities that were invited to participate in the open letter had sufficient time to make a decision on whether or not to participate. He said that the letter will be re-released if additional communities decide to partner in the following weeks. The full letter can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The mayors of fourteen communities in Northern B.C. released an open letter to the resident of Smithers that launched a jurisdictional challenge against the Coastal GasLink pipeline last month.Michael Sawyer, a former environmental consultant who worked in the oil and gas industry submitted the challenge, arguing that the $4.7-billion TransCanada pipeline should have faced a federal environmental review instead of a provincial one.Mr. Sawyer previously launched a similar challenge against TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, but that was rejected by the National Energy Board. However, last year the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the NEB, saying that it must consider whether the pipeline fell under federal jurisdiction.last_img read more

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Morocco Urges the Netherlands to Cancel Unilateral Decision on Family Allowance

first_imgAmsterdam – Morocco called, at a meeting on Wednesday in the Hague, on the Netherlands’ authorities to cancel their unilateral decision on family allowance reduction, underlining the need to preserve the acquired rights of Moroccan expats.The meeting, which was attended by a Moroccan delegation led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training Mimoun Bentaleb and officials from the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, is part of the ongoing dialogue between the two countries in the field of social security, following the decision of the Netherlands to reduce some allowances for the expatriates’ eligible parties residing in Morocco.This meeting, which will continue on Thursday, will focus on examining this measure which concerns mainly pensions for widows and orphans and sickness compensation during temporary stays. The Dutch delegation expressed once again the will of its government to amend the agreement signed between Morocco and the Netherlands in order to adapt it to the new Dutch legislations in the field of social security concerning the said reduction.last_img read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 8

England and Uruguay, two of the tournament’s strongest teams to lose their openers, play in what is essentially a must-win match for each side on Thursday, and is the pick of the day’s matches.Colombia vs. Ivory Coast: 12 p.m. EDTUruguay vs. England: 3 p.m. EDTJapan vs. Greece: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities. IN DEPTHColombia versus Ivory Coast should be a slightly better match than England versus Uruguay, according to the method we’ve been using to identify each day’s best match (calculating the harmonic mean of each team’s Soccer Power Index rating). But they’re also much more mismatched: Colombia ranks fifth in SPI among the 32 World Cup teams, while Ivory Coast ranks 17th. England and Uruguay rank ninth and 11th, respectively, so while there will be a bit less quality on the pitch according to SPI, it should be a closer contest.FiveThirtyEight’s SPI-based model gives England a 37.3 percent chance of winning, compared to 33.9 percent for Uruguay. Colombia, meanwhile, has a 54.2 percent chance of beating Ivory Coast, and just a 25.7 percent chance of losing. We touted England’s opener, against Italy, as likely to be one the group stage’s most competitive matches; England-Uruguay could be just as close.This match wasn’t supposed to be a must-win for the pre-tournament co-favorites in Group D. Uruguay and England each started the Cup with a more than 60 percent chance of making it through the group. Then, disaster struck: Each team lost its opener: England 2-1 to Italy and Uruguay 3-1 to Costa Rica.England and Uruguay each can blame bad luck for their poor starts, though the true culprit may be failure to succeed at the twin soccer skills of finishing and goalkeeping. TruMedia, which provides soccer stats to ESPN based on Opta’s match-logging, estimates how many goals a team should score, using the location of the shots it takes and a model based on where those shots are taken and how successful they are. (There are other, similar models of expected goals.)By TruMedia estimates, instead of losing 2-1, England should have expected to score 1.32 goals against Italy and yielded 1.01. And Uruguay could have expected to lose 1.32-1.27, instead of 3-1, to Costa Rica. (There are no fractional goals in soccer, but this is a probability-based model, so it shows how teams could have expected to do, on average, given the shots they took and allowed.)Those are two of the worst results for teams in their Cup openers this year, relative to expectations. Two teams other than England that produced better scoring opportunities than their opponents also lost: Ghana, against the United States; and Algeria, against Belgium. And two teams other than Uruguay lost by even more than expected based on scoring chances: Greece, against Colombia; and defending champion Spain, against the Netherlands. That new way of looking at Colombia’s 3-0 defeat of Greece might mean Thursday’s other two matches will be closer than they appear, since Colombia is heavily favored against Ivory Coast and Japan is favored against Greece.Then again, this method may just identify teams that are better at creating and denying opportunities than they are at finishing and keeping balls out of the goal. Maybe Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling weren’t unlucky in going a combined 0 for 7 on shots against Italy — maybe they’re not good finishers. And the same goes for Spain, eliminated from the knockout stage after scoring just one goal against an expected total of 3.43 goals in its two matches.The last World Cup showed that some teams that struggle to finish and to deny opponents shots in their openers rebound later in the tournament. Spain lost its opener to Switzerland in 2010 despite producing and allowing shots that should have given it a 0.34-goal win, on average. Spain won its next six matches, and the World Cup. But other sides that fit the profile didn’t produce better results in their second and third matches: France, Cameroon and Algeria all looked primed to improve yet exited the 2010 tournament without a win. England and Uruguay must try to channel Spain’s 2010 improvement. The side that doesn’t likely only gets one more match in this tournament.YESTERDAYCONMEBOL, the South American Football Confederation, is the only confederation with a winning record against Europe’s UEFA at the World Cup, 87-78-48 all-time. And not much has changed this year. On Wednesday, Chile became the third South American team to beat a European side in four tries in Brazil, eliminating defending champion Spain with a 2-0 win.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is a legend in Spain, but he has had a nightmare tournament, making crucial errors that both of Spain’s first two opponents converted for goals. In 2010, Casillas stopped 15 of 17 shots on goal, captaining Spain to its first World Cup title. Casillas was excellent again at Euro 2012, making 15 saves of 16 shots on goal, as Spain successfully defended its European championship.Casillas has faced 14 shots on goal in two games at the 2014 World Cup. Seven found the back of the net.Spain’s problems aren’t just in goal. Diego Costa scored on 27 of 54 shots on target (50 percent) in La Liga play during the 2013-14 season, better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Costa steered Atlético Madrid to the title.In Brazil, Costa has four shots in two games, with one on target. Against Chile, he finished with 20 touches before being subbed off. In Atlético’s league games last season, Costa averaged 39 touches per 90 minutes.But let’s not blame Spain’s offensive woes all on Costa; he wasn’t alone in his inability to penetrate Chile’s defense. Chile finished with 33 clearances, the most by a team to beat Spain in the World Cup since clearances have been tracked (starting in 1966). Defense, plus Spain’s critical errors, has Chile in the World Cup knockout stage for the second consecutive tournament, with Spain’s golden generation on the outside looking in. — Zachary Singer, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHWe’re projecting Japan versus Greece as Thursday’s lowest-scoring and one of its closest matches, 1.1-1.2. It turns out these countries have a pretty symbiotic relationship when it comes to their trade, according to OECD trade data from 2012. Japanese exports to Greece are unsurprisingly dominated by cars and car parts (which, with a small percentage of other machinery such as computers, made up about 65 percent of the exports). Greece reciprocates with a healthy dose of refined petroleum (36 percent of exports), as well as a wide range of food, including everything from pasta and chocolate to seafood and olive oil. Greece may not be able to match Japan’s $179 million in exports, but its $126 million isn’t too shabby, either. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGBrazil’s Presidents Are More Maradona Than PeléWorld Cup Players You Need to Know: Mexico Goalkeeper Guillermo OchoaSportstorialist World Cup Edition: Ghana Wore It Best; Alexi Lalas Wore It … Not the Best read more

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Ohio State mens basketball manhandled by Connecticut 7555

OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) posts up during a game against Air Force on Dec. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 74-50.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team dipped back under the .500 mark in a game at Connecticut on Saturday afternoon that wasn’t ever much in question.Playing in their first true road game of the season in Storrs, Connecticut, the Buckeyes (4-5) were manhandled in the first half, setting the stage for a 75-55 loss.UCONN (6-3) received heavy contributions from a pair of guards coming off its bench, as senior Omar Calhoun and freshman Jalen Adams combined for 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting.Calhoun’s performance also featured a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.OSU received 15 points from sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate and 14 from junior forward Marc Loving, but an inability to get a stop all afternoon did the visitors in. For the game, UCONN shot a stunning 60.4 percent (32-of-53).The Buckeyes hung around for the early part of the first half, trailing 22-16 at the 10-minute mark. From there, however, the Huskies took complete control, winning the rest of the half 21-6 to take a 21-point lead into the intermission.OSU had no answer for the Huskies’ inside game, as UCONN held a 38-20 edge in points in the paint, including 24-10 in the first half. A big reason for that was redshirt senior forward Shonn Miller, a Cleveland native and transfer from Cornell, who finished the game 5-of-8 for 11 points, while also pulling down nine rebounds.Junior center Amida Brimah was also a factor for the Huskies, contributing 11 points on an efficient 5-of-6 from the field.The Buckeyes led at no point in the game on Saturday, which ended their brief two-game winning streak.OSU also failed to block a shot on Saturday, despite the return of freshman center Daniel Giddens from a two-game absence. Giddens came into the game leading the Big Ten with 3.3 blocks per game, having blocked multiple shots in each of his previous five games. OSU’s previous season low for blocks was four, in the opening game.Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle had a miserable game for the Buckeyes, going 0-of-7 to finish scoreless. It was the third game in his last four that Lyle was held under 10 points.Loving played all 40 minutes for coach Thad Matta, pulling down six rebounds to go with his 14 points.OSU is set to return home to try to reclaim the .500 mark on Wednesday against another Huskies squad, this one of Northern Illinois. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Real Madrid supporters vote for Mbappe to replace Ronaldo

first_imgThe Real Madrid supporters have spoken and have named Kylian Mbappe as the man that should replace their star player Cristiano Ronaldo for next seasonThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner completed his shocking €112m move to Serie A champions Juventus on Tuesday following months of speculation regarding his future after his post-match comments in Real’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May.Replacing a player that brought 40+ goals a season to the side and who proved invaluable in their recent dominance in Europe is a big ask, but club supporters feel that Mbappe is the man for the task.The 19-year-old French forward’s meteoric rise in the football world has continued at the World Cup with some standout performances, that have even put the likes of Lionel Messi in the shadows this summer, and he will very likely be starting in Sunday’s final against Croatia.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Surprisingly, Neymar is only third in the list after being constantly linked with a move to the Spanish capital for the past year.In a voting poll conducted by the Spanish news outlet Marca, the results were:1. Kylian Mbappe – 54% 2. Eden Hazard – 15% 3. Neymar – 14% 4. Harry Kane – 10% 5. Unnamed option – 6%last_img read more

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Suarez De Jong wont solve anything at Barcelona

first_imgLuis Suarez will welcome Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona with open arms, but warned the young star he won’t “solve anything either”.The Ajax midfielder will join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal that includes bonuses of €11m.Ernesto Valverde’s side faced stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in order to sign De Jong.There has certainly been a lot of hype surrounding the 21-year-old recently, who has even been compared to the iconic Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.But Blaugrana striker Suarez insists De Jong must not get carried away at Camp Nou, while discussing his summer arrival.“Yes, of course. He’s a player the whole of Europe is talking about,” Suarez told Sport on how excited everyone at Barcelona is over De Jong“We’ll be waiting here with open arms because he’s a great player but we also need to make sure he isn’t under too much pressure.“He’s come to help the team but he needs to understand that he isn’t here to solve anything either.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Rumours have been circulating that Barcelona’s capture of De Jong puts Ivan Rakitic’s future in the team in doubt.The Croatia international hopes to convince the club board of awarding him a new contract but has, so far, been unsuccessful.This has led to speculation over a surprise move to the Premier League at the end of the season, despite Rakitic insisting he wishes to remain at Barcelona.“No, because they are players with a lot of experience,” said Suarez, when asked if De Jong’s arrival could upset Rakitic.“Ivan, Arturo [Vidal], Busi [Sergio Busquests]. It’s the same with me. If they bring in a 22-year-old striker, I think that’s great.“It’s another player who will learn and adapt to what is Barcelona. Everyone is conscious of the age they have.”Suarez and Barcelona will be back in action on Saturday at home to Valencia in La Liga.last_img read more

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