The submission window for Google Places API Developer Challenge has just ended. The 3-month submission period saw developers from all over the world have submitted applications that combine Google Places API and municipal data sources to improve their communities. The winners of this challenge stand to win 2 tickets to Google I/O 2013, showcasing their app and meeting the Google Maps and Places API team.
In a clever move, Apple has leveraged the power of the Google Maps API (our Google Maps API Profile) to provide geotagging capabilities for iPhoto 2009, the latest version of its popular photo management software. Announced by Phil Schiller at MacWorld 2009, iPhoto 2009 is packed with several new features, including 'Places' which gives users the ability to easily assign geographic coordinates to their photos.
Earlier this week Google announced a new feature for its Maps Data API (check out our Maps Data API Profile) that will have a significant impact on how developers upload, and subsequently access, geospatial data in the cloud: data can now be uploaded to Google's infrastructure in either KML or CSV format.