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AWS, Meta, Microsoft and TomTom open Overture Maps Foundation to take on Google

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The Fundación Linux has partnered with several technological for develop open and interoperable map data, in a clear step to try to deal with Google’s dominance in the maps sector. To do this, these Technologys have created the Overture Maps Foundation, which officially houses the Linux Foundation and whose program is promoted by AWS, Meta, Microsoft and TomTom.

The objective of this foundation is to promote the creation of new products related to maps through data sets that are available in the open, and that can be used and reused through different applications and companies. Each member of the foundation, yes, will contribute their own data and resources to the whole.

For now there are only four, but they already have plans to increase their number in the future, and to include in the foundation any company that has a direct interest in open map data. At the moment, the founders are working to be able to release the first data sets during the first half of 2023. They plan to include basic layers, such as roads, buildings, and various administrative information. Over time the possibilities of the maps will increase to include more places, as well as navigation and route calculation. Also 3D building data.

In addition, the founding companies of the foundation have plans to interact in collaborative map development programs, mixing data from a multitude of open data sources, and shaping it into a format that is consistent, standardized, and usable across production systems and applications. . In addition, data will be channeled from projects that have been available for some time and are solidly established, such as OpenStreetMap. On the other hand, data provided by town halls and various organizations will also be used.

Maps and location data play a fundamental role in society, and will be vital in the future for emerging Technologys, such as those needed by the Metaverse, one of Meta’s main interests for the future.

Jim Zemlin, Director of the Linux Foundationhas pointed out that “Mapping the physical environment, and every community in the world, even as they grow and change, is a very complex challenge that no single organization can manage. The industry needs to come together to do this for the benefit of all.«.

For his part, Jan Erik Solem, Director of Engineering at Mapas de Metahas highlighted that «Immersive experiences, which understand and blend with your physical environment, are critical to the Internet of the future. By providing interoperable open map data, Overture provides the foundation for an open metaverse powered by creators, developers, and businesses.«.

As for the TomTom CEO Harold Goddijnhas recalled that «Collaborative mapping is central to TomTom’s strategy. The Overture Maps Foundation offers the framework to accelerate our goals. TomTom’s mapping platform will leverage the combination of Overtura’s map base, a wide range of other data, and Tomtom’s proprietary data into a continuously integrated and quality controlled product, serving a wide range of cases. of use. Among them the most demanded applications, such as advanced navigation, search and automated driving«.

Michael Kopenec, Head of AWs Geospatialfor his part, has commented that «Map data is playing an increasingly important role both internally and for our AWS customers. However, maintaining complete map data and accuracy is cost-prohibitive and cumbersome, which can put it out of reach for many customers and stifle innovation. With Overture we are facilitating further industry cooperation to make high-quality, comprehensive map data available to more end users. This will allow everyone to leverage the same data to power a wide range of established and emerging map use cases across various industries.«.

Finally, Russell Dicker, Microsoft Vice President of Product, Maps and Localemphasizes that «Microsoft is committed to bridging the data divide and helping organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of data and the new Technologys it powers, including geospatial data. Current and next generation mapping products require open map data that uses Artificial Intelligence and is reliable, easy to use and interoperable«.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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