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Tech Giants Like Apple, Uber Must Share Their Mapping Data: UK Group

Commercial online giants now dominate control of Britain's geospatial data, said the report published ahead of the UK government's forthcoming review of national geospatial strategy

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Tech giants Google, Apple and Uber must make mapping data openly available for all in order to drive innovation and economic growth, an influential Britain-based group has demanded.

Making data from both the public and private sectors openly available and interoperable will mean more organisations can access data from different sources and combine it to build new services and technologies, the Open Data Institute (ODI) said in a report.

“Like other parts of our data infrastructure, we believe that geospatial data should be as open as possible while respecting privacy, national security and commercial confidentiality. In many cases, geospatial data can be open data for anyone to access, use and share,” said Jeni Tennison, CEO, ODI.

“Our report shows that open geospatial data is necessary to enable innovation and growth in key sectors.

“To deliver this, the Government must engage and work with private companies, who are creating and collecting geospatial data as part of their businesses, to explore how that data can benefit everyone,” Tennison added.

Geospatial data describes places including the address of a building, the boundaries of cities and regions, and the extent of flood plains.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

These data help people, communities and organisations make decisions in almost all aspects of life and across all sectors of our economy.

Geospatial data drives many of the services people use everyday, including helping food travel from farms to shops, helping parcels get to our houses, and apps that help us make journeys such as Apple Maps and Waze.

Analysing geospatial data can help us understand and increase access to health facilities, schools or public green spaces.

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Commercial online giants now dominate control of Britain’s geospatial data, said the report published ahead of the UK government’s forthcoming review of national geospatial strategy.

The ODI is an influential group in the UK, co-founded by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and Nigel Shadbolt, a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Oxford, The Verge reported on Tuesday. (IANS)

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Apple Launches Apple Card: The First-ever Credit Card for iPhones

Apple Card needs no number, CVV security code, expiration date or signature on the card

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Entering the lucrative credit card business, Apple has introduced the Apple Card that is built into the Wallet app on iPhone, offering customers a familiar experience with Apple Pay and the ability to manage their card on their devices.

Apple is partnering with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard to provide the support of an issuing bank and global payments network.

According to the company, Apple Card simplifies the application process, eliminates fees and encourages customers to pay less interest and providing a new level of privacy and security.

Available in the US this summer, Apple Card also offers a reward programme with Daily Cash which gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash on customers’ Apple Cash card each day, the company said in a statement on Monday.

“Apple Card builds on the tremendous success of Apple Pay and delivers new experiences only possible with the power of iPhone,” said Jennifer Bailey, Vice President of Apple Pay.

Customers can sign up for Apple Card in the Wallet app on their iPhone in minutes and start using it with Apple Pay right away in stores, in apps or online worldwide.

Apple Card uses machine learning and Apple Maps to clearly label transactions with merchant names and locations.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Purchases are organised by colour-coded categories such as Food and Drinks, Shopping and Entertainment.

A unique card number is created on iPhone for Apple Card and stored safely in the device’s Secure Element, a special security chip used by Apple Pay.

“Goldman Sachs will never share or sell your data to third parties for marketing or advertising,” said Apple.

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“We are excited to be the global payments network for Apple Card, providing customers with fast and secure transactions around the world,” added Ajay Banga, President and CEO of Mastercard.

Apple has also designed a titanium Apple Card for shopping at locations where Apple Pay is not accepted yet.

Apple Card needs no number, CVV security code, expiration date or signature on the card. (IANS)