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Watch your back Google – here comes CloudMade Maps

CloudMade map crowdsourcingCrowdsourcing and a flexible and very innovative API, makes CrowdMade a very interesting new player in the map game.

Google, MapQuest, Yahoo and Microsoft has been dominating the online map scene for many years. But now a new and different competitor is entering the map scene.

CloudMade has launched a very interesting online map service, based on the open source map data: OpenStreetMap. In this post we’ll look at the possibilities in the API, and the quality of the map data from OpenStreetMap.

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Bing maps – whats new?

Bing map The Eiffel Tower Paris Birds EyeDuring the last couple of years, the map API from Google has been quite dominant as the prefered map source of many websites.

However there are other alternatives that offers free online maps.

In this post we’ll take a closer look at the possibilities with Bing Maps from Microsoft.

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Geocoding with Google maps and PHP

Geocode addresses to lat/long with Google Geocode APIThere are several high quality map services available on the web. However if you want to use some of these services for your website, you’ll need lat/long coordinates on the geographical data that you wish to display.

I you only have a few addresses to display, you can look the coordinates up on services like Google Maps or Bing maps, but if you have to get lat/long coordinates for several addresses, you need a geocoder to convert the addresses to lat/long coordinates.

In this post you’ll learn to build a php script that can geocode addresses with Google Maps API

See example here

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GeoLocation in HTML 5 – See how

Geolocation with html 5One of the most interesting new features in HTML 5, is the possibility automatically position the users browser, based on GeoLocation.

The principle of trying to detect the users location isn’t new. Many websites has been using IP addresses to identify where the users are located, however these IP addresses often belongs to the users ISP, which isn’t necessary very accurate.

In this post you’ll learn a few basics on GeoLocation with HTML5, and see an example on how accurate the new GeoLocation is. 
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Adding static maps to your blog or website

adding statis maps to your website or blogThere can be numerous of situations where a map can be very useful to display on your website or blog.

The map can be obtained as a static image from a stock photo library, or you can use one of the free map services on the internet. Since we’re big fans of scalable solutions that can be automated, we’ll focus on the free static map services on the Internet.

In this post we’ll learn you to use the static map api from Google.
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