Hack Your Maps

Young Hahn at A List Apart:

This article is a long overdue companion to Paul’s piece. Where he goes on a whirlwind survey of the web mapping stack at 10,000 feet, we’re going to walk through a single design process and implement a modern-day web map. By walking this path, I hope to begin making maps part of the collective conversation we have as designers.

This is an awesome geeky tutorial as to how to best use maps to provide an immersive experience on the web. If you’re a web developer, check this out: it could come in handy one day. Fans of Sherlock Holmes (either Downey Jr or BBC productions) may also like the idea behind the demonstration.

Personally, what Hahn creates in this article looks awesome and as a user, it’d be good to see more of this interactive, immersive use of apps around the web.

Hahn works for MapBox.

It’s illegal to check a map on your phone while driving in California

California Court Rules It Illegal To Check Maps On Your Phone While Driving | Techdirt:

Anyway, all of that is preamble to a new court ruling in California, found by Orin Kerr, saying that using a mobile phone to check a mapping/GPS program violates the state’s law against distracted driving. The driver had argued that the laws are about talking on a phone and/or texting/surfing the internet, but that clearly using a mapping program should be allowed. The court disagreed, even as it acknowledged some of the oddities of what that meant, and said it’s really the job of the state lawmakers to figure out what they want to do.

I’ll be honest: there’s no way I’d be able to get around Los Angeles without using the GPS function on my phone.

Corporate Cyber-Warfare begins between Google and Microsoft

From WMPowerUser:

I guess we missed the declaration, but it seems the cold war between Microsoft and Google has really warmed up.

Google has previously already said they will not be making apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8, but now they have taking things a step further by blocking Windows Phones (both 7.5 and 8) from accessing maps.google.com.

And people thought Apple dropping the Google Maps data from it’s mapping API was aggressive.