The LocationIQ Static Maps PHP Sample Code demonstrates how to access the API to implement static maps in JPG or PNG format. The Static Maps API returns an image in response to an HTTP request. For each request, developers can specify the map's location, size of the image, zoom level, and type of map.
Gecko Landmarks is working on an easier way of giving directions. The theory behind their madness is that “everyone thinks in landmarks”. They took this idea and ran with it. In fact they have run all over the world with this idea. They have now collected landmark data for every country in the world. Most of this data is now available in the Gecko Landmarks API.
As we have noted, FourSquare has become an extremely popular way to share where you are. However, unlike yesterday's hot location-sharing app, BrightKite, FourSquare does not have the ability to share photos. Is this an oversight, or is it an opportunity to fill a void?