Want GPS on non-GPS phones? Check out the new Google Maps beta.

Google can now tap into information broadcast from mobile towers to approximate your devices current location on the map. “It’s not GPS, but it comes pretty close..” Google explains on its website. I’ve installed this and tried it in New York. It’s amazingly accurate, and on my N95 you can activate true GPS too. Very cool.

Download the latest beta:
http://www.google.com/gmm/index.html?hl=en

glue win Creative Agency of the Year; and Get The Message wins 3 awards at this years IMA.

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It’s been a bit of a week at work; with Eurostar moving and some new clients in the pipeline, i’ve not had change to get as much up here as i wanted to.

The Eurostar stuff finished on Wednesday 14 with a MSN takeover media first, so we went out to celebrate with the above-the-line agency Fallon. Halfway through the night we heard from the IMA awards. glue picked up creative agency of the year, and Get The Message for the Royal Navy won an amazing three. It was a hell of project, so it’s great for me and the team to get some silverware in recognition.

The full list of Winners:
http://www.imaawards.co.uk/Results.aspx

Download the PDFs of the write-ups.

Creative Agency of the Year:
http://www.imaawards.co.uk/Assets/Files/Winners/winners%20pdfs/award18-creative%20agency.pdf

Special Award for Technological Innovation:
http://www.imaawards.co.uk/Assets/Files/Winners/winners%20pdfs/award9-special%20technological.pdf

Best Use of Viral Marketing:
http://www.imaawards.co.uk/Assets/Files/Winners/winners%20pdfs/award12-viral%20marketing.pdf

The Grand Prix:
http://www.imaawards.co.uk/assets/files/Winners/winners%20pdfs/IMA_Awards07%206.pdf

F-35 Joint Striker Fighter helmet renders the plane nearly invisible. Nice design too.

F35 Flight Helmet

This helmet looks like something straight out of a Predator movie. It helps the pilot of the new F-35 see through the aircraft virtually, giving them a wide field of view ahead and superimposing an Infrared image of the world below onto their visors at night.

via: http://blog.scifi.com/tech/archives/2007/11/15/f35_joint_strik.html

Lock up your datas? Microsoft buys a stake in Facebook.

Struggling with the changing desktop market and lagging behind Google on search and internet apps, today Microsoft forked out $240m (£117m) for a 1.6% stake in Facebook today. That values the hugely popular social networking site at $15bn (£7.3bn). Also to note is that Facebook had previously turned down an investment offer from Google; who are developing rival network Orkut. After Google beat Microsoft to the massively successful YouTube, i reckon the boys back at Redmond will be out for a few beers tonight.

Read more:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7061042.stm

15 reasons Facebook may be worth $15bn:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7061398.stm

Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google talks about AI and creating intelligent programmes.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-6754621605046052935&hl=en

This is an interview with Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google; taken from a conference held by the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. There’s a lot of theory here, but also some info about how Google are teaching their machines to learn.

BBC online services will be free via The Cloud Wi-Fi network

The BBC are to offer their online service for free through The Cloud Wi-Fi network. This follows an annoucement that from O2 that the iPhone will be given free usage of the same hotspots, although the highly unclear “fair usage” policy applies to the iPhone.

The BBC also confirmed that Mac users will be able to use its iPlayer TV catch-up service from the end of the year. Interestingly though, the official annoucement added that “The broadcaster has signed a deal with Adobe to provide Flash video for the whole of the BBC’s video services, including a streaming version of its iPlayer.”

So hopefully that’s a final goodbye to Microsoft DRM and the wobbly RealPlayer technology. As Flash Player adds new codecs and keeps improving quality surely a cross-platform solution was the only way to go.

Read more:
http://www.thecloud.net/page/3835
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7045123.stm