Facebook Monday introduced three types of maps to aid nonprofit organizations and universities working on public health in their efforts to stay ahead of diseases outbreaks and more efficiently reach vulnerable communities.Facebook Data for Good policy lead Laura McGorman and research manager Alex Pompe explained in a Newsroom post, “When planning public health campaigns or responding to disease outbreaks, health organizations need information on where intended beneficiaries live, as well as real-time insights from the field.However, in much of the world, information from the most recent census is often out of date, and timely insights from remote communities are scarce.”The three types of maps the social network unveiled are population density maps (complete with demographic estimates), movement maps and network coverage maps.The high-resolution population density maps estimate the number of people living within 30-meter grid tiles, as well as providing insights on demographics such as the number of children under the age of five, the number of women of reproductive age and young and elderly populations.McGorman and Pompe said the maps are not build using Facebook data, instead relying on machine vision artificial intelligence, satellite imagery and census information, adding, “By combining these publicly and commercially available datasets with Facebook’s AI capabilities, we have created population maps that are three times more detailed than any other source.”
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Google Maps is filled with useful features that aren't always immediately obvious, such as adding a stop along your route or sharing your trip progress with a friend.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.From seeing how long it takes to get from point A to B to scouting out restaurants and points of interest, it's an invaluable resource for navigating neighborhoods both familiar and new.Change the time to see the most accurate results.To do this, tap the "Depart at" button near the top of the screen located just below where Google lists the available modes of transportation.Keep a list of your favorite places.
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Facebook this morning announced a new initiative focused on using its data and technologies to help nonprofit organizations and universities working in public health better map the spread of infectious diseases around the world.As Facebook explained, health organizations rely on information like this when planning public health campaigns.In addition, information from more remote communities can be scarce.The new high-resolution population density maps will estimate the number of people living within 30-meter grid tiles, and provide insights on demographics, including the number of children under five, the number of women of reproductive age, as well as young and elderly populations.These maps aren’t built using Facebook data, but are instead built by using Facebook’s A.I.Above: movement maps of London and surrounding areas
Ah yes, maybe generative adversarial models can be useful after allSpinning up dark matter simulations is computationally expensive so a team of cosmologists are turning to AI models instead.Generative adversarial networks or GANs are good at learning patterns from data and reproducing them in new samples.In this case, the team led by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used weak gravitational lensing maps as input to simulate more of the same images as output.They named the model CosmoGAN and have published a paper in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology earlier this month.Gravitational lensing provides opportunities for scientists to study the effects of dark matter in the universe.
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Google Maps is great for helping you find your way — or even helping you find your car — but the app can also help other people find you.Maps has an easily overlooked feature for sharing your real-time whereabouts with someone so they can see exactly where you are, even if you’re moving, and then navigate to your location.You can use the same feature to let a trusted person keep tabs on your travel progress to a particular place and know precisely when you’re set to arrive.When you want someone to be able to track your location:Tap the blue dot, which represents your current location, then select “Share location” from the menu that appears.(If it’s your first time using Maps for such a purpose, your phone may prompt you to authorize the app to access your contacts before continuing.)
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To ride a bus, you first must know where the bus is going and where it stops.“We wanted to do something to help reduce traffic, help the environment, help people get around in something cheaper than taxis or than having a car, because some people can't afford one,” says Yara Nassar, now a former AUB student with Yalla Bus.They visited the owners of the bus fleets that operate in the city, and convinced them to allow the startup to mount GPS trackers on their vehicles.Last month, after two years of work, Yalla Bus rolled out its bus map online.A civic tech group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says more than half of the world’s big cities lack transportation maps.In the past five years, volunteer mapping enthusiasts in cities including Cairo; [Managua], Nicaragua (https://www.mapanica.net/); Amman, Jordan; Nairobi, Kenya; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have taken to routes all over their cities to put what already exists onto paper, or into computer data, to be crunched or analyzed.
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We’ve all been there: you park your car on some random street or in a nondescript garage and go about your business.Then, an hour or two later, you find yourself wandering around without the foggiest recollection of where you left your vehicle.Don’t let yourself get lost again.Your smartphone can help you find your parking spot — or any other location, for that matter.Open up Google Maps on your iOS or Android device, and get ready to find your way to smarter location saving.Saving your parking location is actually quite simple in Google Maps on iOS, though the associated options are somewhat limited compared to Android.
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As we continue to wade through the early days of 5G, there are a lot of issues to contend with.There aren’t a lot of 5G-ready devices, and some of the handsets that are available like the Galaxy S10 5G are ridiculously expensive.But the biggest problem with 5G, by far, is trying to figure out where has 5G coverage.Thankfully, the folks over at Ookla, makers of the handy Speedtest app, have just recently rolled out an interactive map aimed at tracking new 5G networks and deployments across the globe.See all 303 5G deployments provided by 20 operators in 294 locations across the globe.This should be a handy resource for helping people decide when it’s right to finally make the upgrade to 5G because if there’s no coverage in your area, there really isn’t a point.
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Somewhat buried in a piece I recently wrote about how restaurants have been experiencing Google Duplex — the voice-calling AI that makes reservations on a customer’s behalf — is how the company automatically opts businesses into receiving these types of robocalls if they have a Google business page.While this might be fun for you if you’re interested in hearing what Google Duplex’s strikingly human AI sounds like, you may not want to participate in Google’s machine learning initiative.Google says its AI may call businesses to make and confirm reservations or inquire about business hours.If, for whatever reason, you want to opt out of receiving calls from Google Assistant, here’s how to ensure you’re blocking these particular robocalls.Depending on the type of business you own, you may be able to verify it by phone or Google will send a piece of mail to the business address for you to use to complete verification.On the left menu bar, click “Info.” This will open up details about your business on the right side, such as name, address, hours, and service areas.
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Google today announced a major revamp of its travel planning tools on the web.After launching a similar set of tools on mobile last year, the company today announced that google.com/travel on the web will now let you see information about all of your previously reserved trips and easily switch between flight, hotel and package searches.In many ways, this finally brings all of Google’s travel services under one hood — a process that has taken far longer than I would’ve anticipated after Google bought ITA nine years ago.Google Trips is essentially the landing page for the new site and brings together your existing bookings and information about your destination.The service will then feed your travel information back into Google Search and Maps.To do this, Google.com/travel (which I think we can safely call Google Travel, even if Google itself doesn’t do so), will use the confirmation emails and receipts from your Gmail inbox to build the timeline of your trip.
The results allowed the team to identify distinctive cellular pathways that are affected in neurons and other types of brain cells."This study provides, in my view, the very first map for going after all of the molecular processes that are altered in Alzheimer's disease in every single cell type that we can now reliably characterize," says Manolis Kellis, a professor of computer science and a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.Kellis and Li-Huei Tsai, director of MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, are the senior authors of the study, which appears in the May 1 online edition of Nature.The researchers analyzed postmortem brain samples from 24 people who exhibited high levels of Alzheimer's disease pathology and 24 people of similar age who did not have these signs of disease.All of the subjects were part of the Religious Orders Study, a longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer's disease.The MIT team performed single-cell RNA sequencing on about 80,000 cells from these subjects.
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NASA declared the official death of the beloved Opportunity rover in February, but the postmortem of the mission isn't done yet.The space agency shared the rover's final track across dusty, rocky Mars on Monday.The traverse map is made up of images from above captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.The yellow line traces Opportunity's adventure from where it landed in Eagle Crater in 2004 all the way toward the rim of the imposing Endeavour Crater.The map labels some of Opportunity's sightseeing stops along the way, including the Victoria and Santa Maria craters.The rover covered 28.06 miles (45.16 kilometers) during its nearly 15-year-long mission.
Encouraging drivers to use electric cars over fossil fuels is good for us all, and Google has already done its bit to help by adding the locations of EV charging stations to Google Maps so they're easier to find.Now, though, it's going a step further by telling you whether those stations are in use or available.The update is rolling out across the UK and US and currently includes chargers from Chargemaster, EVgo, SemaConnect, according to a Google blog post, and will add ChargePoint shortly.Tesla's Superchargers are shown on the map but don't currently include the availability information.To find a charger near you, search "EV charging stations" in the app.Some of the resulting charging points on Google Maps have more information than others, with the better filled-out ones including the number of chargers, charging speed, port types, prices and even reviews.
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Google Maps is adding real-time electric car charger status, showing not only where EVs could be plugged in, but whether drivers are likely to find a spare plug when they get there.Google added EV charger location support to Google Maps back in October last year, another layer of points-of-interest for modern drivers.Problem was, whereas other apps show not only location but charger status, Google Maps was initially limited to just location.That could mean driving all the way to a charger on the map, but discovering that all of the units were already in-use – or, worse still, that they’re out of service altogether.Now Google is addressing that omission.From today, the charging port locations on the map will also show status.
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A lot of the map and GPS apps that are out there today have traffic information on them.The challenge for those using the maps is knowing if the traffic data that the map is offering is correct.Rather than merely showing users a red or other color road and leaving the user to track down traffic camera footage to verify road conditions, Bing Maps is integrating traffic camera footage.That means when you are using Bing Maps to plan your trip or commute, and you see a section of the map that shows traffic, you can pull up any live traffic cameras in the area to verify those road conditions.People who live in areas where heavy snowfall is experienced routinely use images from the cameras to see road conditions, having the imagery listed directly on the maps will help those users significantly.Bing says this is a big deal for areas with ski resorts as people wanting to visit the resort might cancel a trip due to heavy reported snowfall out of fear of bad roads.
Want to know what the air quality index is at a particular destination? The Apple Maps app on iPhone and iPad can give you this information. 
Overwatch players are getting access to another map, and it’s called Havana.The game’s beautiful rendition of Cuba’s capital blends a mixture of classic architecture with modern technology, offering Overwatch players the style they’re familiar with while keeping the game fresh.The new map is available to play on the Public Test Region (PTR) now.The new Havana destination is an Escort map, one featuring a bright and sunny daytime setting filled with old cars and beautiful street art.Blizzard has released a trailer that gives players their first look at the map — the version that will soon be live in Overwatch, that is.According to Blizzard, Overwatch players will be tasked with escorting the payload through Don Rumbotico’s distillery, which is briefly shown in the video above.
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MapAnything had strong ties with SalesforceSan Francisco-based Salesforce has agreed to buy MapAnything, a map-based workflow application and existing Salesforce partners.MapAnything currently has roughly 1,900 customers that use the service to create an array of customised interactive maps.Clients include Michelin, Unilever, Synchrony Financial and Mohawk Industries.Sales teams can create maps that detail out the different territories within a city.Locations can be given colour codes to denote higher or low priority areas, into which sales reps can then be allocated beats.
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Understanding the ecology and distributions of species in Amazonia is hampered by lack of information about environmental conditions, such as soils.Plant occurrence data are typically more abundant than soil samples in poorly known areas, and researchers from Finland and Brazil have now developed a method that uses both plant and soil data to produce a map of soil properties.Amazonia is a vast rainforest area that is both megadiverse and poorly known.Field measurements of environmental factors, such as soils, are few and far between, so maps depicting habitat characteristics that are relevant for plants and animals suffer from low accuracy.To overcome this problem, researchers from the University of Turku in Finland and the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) in Brazil decided to take advantage of plant occurrence data in addition to soil data."These results are also relevant in the context of global warming: species need to track climatically suitable areas, but they will only be able to establish if also soils are suitable.
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Salesforce announced today it’s buying another company built on its platform.This time it’s MapAnything, which as the name implies, helps companies build location-based workflows, something that could come in handy for sales or service calls.The companies did not reveal the selling price, and Salesforce didn’t have anything to add beyond a brief press release announcing the deal.“The addition of MapAnything to Salesforce will help the world’s leading brands accurately plan: how many people they need, where to put them, how to make them as productive as possible, how to track what’s being done in real time and what they can learn to improve going forward,” Salesforce wrote in the statement announcing the deal.In addition to being built on the Salesforce platform, the product was sold through the Salesforce AppExchange, and over the years MapAnything has been a Salesforce SI Partner, an ISV Premier Partner, according the company.“Salesforce’s pending acquisition of MapAnything comes at a critical time for brands.
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