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Google code

The source code for the Android version of I Am Here is now hosted on Google code, under an Apache 2.0 licence.

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Amazing Android Apps for Dummies

The I Am Here application has been reviewed in the new book Amazing Android Apps for Dummies, by Daniel Begun. It goes on sale through bookstores March 6th, and is already available on the Kindle.

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Another blog

While I will continue to write about GeoSMS news here, I have also set up another blog to write about other research I’m doing. If you’re interested, come visit http://my20percent.wordpress.com

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Why embedded URLs should not be used for geotagging

Many previous attempts at SMS geotagging have simply incorporated a Google Maps URL into the message body. While this maximizes the chances that an existing handset can display the location, it has many drawbacks that make it unsuitable as a … Continue reading

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Added satellite view to Android app

The I Am Here Android application has been updated again. The 1.04 release now has the option to view maps in either satellite mode or the usual map mode. The feature was requested by some people who use the application … Continue reading

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The GeoSMS name

So you’ve figured out a way to geotag SMSes. What are you going to call it? GeoSMS of course. Too bad everyone else had the same idea. Here are all the examples of GeoSMS we’ve come across – The GeoSMS … Continue reading

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A history of SMS geotagging

When we were designing the GeoSMS standard we looked around for other examples of SMS geotagging to see if it had already been done. It turns out there were quite a few previous applications, but nothing with a published standard. … Continue reading

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Garmin XT

It looks like Garmin have published their own standard, the Garmin PeerPoint Messaging System, for SMS-based communication between devices running Garmin XT. A message encoded with version 2 of their standard might look like this – <GarminLoc>Meet me at Taco … Continue reading

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A competing standard

Although I think we’re the first to publish a standard for geotagging SMSes, we weren’t the first to start developing one. The Open GeoSMS standard was first proposed by ITRI (Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute) in 2008, and is currently … Continue reading

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Updated Android app

A new version of the I Am Here application has been released to the Android Market. Two minor changes – Improved the font size on hi-res handsets Added the option of displaying distances in imperial units

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