SnapChat Buys Social Mapping Startup Zenly For An App That Lets Users To Track Their Friends

Snap, the parent company of social messaging app Snapchat, just recently announced a brand new feature called Snap Map, which lets you track your friends on a map in real time. Los Angeles-based company, Snap has been moving more deeply into location-based tools at a rapid pace lately, using deals to build out its portfolio. It even acquired ‘Placed’ earlier this month to help it track whether ads are driving people to physical stores. And now, according to Techcrunch, the company has bought social mapping startup, Zenly in late May, and has turned the product (social location app) into a feature on its main Snapchat application that lets users see

Google, Uber and Apple must share mapping info, says UK data group

Opening up available mapping data could help to accelerate new technologies and bring £11m in to the UK annually, says UK gov Tech giants such as Apple, Google and Uber should be forced to share geospatial data with other firms, a data advisory group has told the UK government. In a report published on Tuesday, ahead of the UK government’s forthcoming review of national geospatial strategy, the Open Data Institute (ODI) said that tech firms who create and collect mapping data will stifle innovation in the UK if it is not shared. Geospatial data drives many of the services we use every day, from imported foods to business travel. Maximising

Best free drone mapping software for Windows PCs

We can agree that drones mix well with aerial mapping since they cover huge amounts of ground in no time. Plus, it’s way cheaper to use a drone than hiring a human-operated aircraft. With these two purposes in mind, developers have designed aerial mapping software so that you can achieve your goals quick. Some of the greatest free software tools for drone mapping will follow. However, note that some of them only offer a trial period, while others are entirely free, if not open-source. DJI Terra, Pix4Dmapper, and WebODM are some of the best free drone mapping software for Windows computers. Check them all out and choose the one that