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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 Unveils Third Generation Smart Battery Cases for iPhone 11 Series

The case features a dedicated camera button that launches the Camera app whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked

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The new Apple Smart Battery Cases are available in white, black and pink sand for the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max and just white and black for the iPhone 11. All versions are priced at $129 in US. Pixabay

Apple has launched its third generation of smart battery cases for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

The new Smart Battery Cases are available in white, black and pink sand for the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max and just white and black for the iPhone 11. All versions are priced at $129 in US.

“Engineered for iPhone 11, the smart battery case gives you even longer battery life while offering great protection. Inside, a soft microfiber lining helps protect your iPhone. And on the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand. A soft elastomer hinge design makes it easy to put the case on and take it off, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Apple has launched its third generation of smart battery cases for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Pixabay

The case features a dedicated camera button that launches the Camera app whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked.

A quick press of the button takes a photo and a longer press captures QuickTake video. It works for selfies, too.

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Additionally, the case can be charged even faster with USB-PD-compatible chargers. It also supports Lightning accessories, such as the EarPods with lightning connector or the lightning digital AV adapter. (IANS)