Mapping is a big boy’s game, with Google Maps, Bing Maps, and MapQuest dominating maps on both the Web and mobile. But sometimes it takes a startup to push things forward. 3D mobile mapping startup UpNext is hoping to get on the map, so to speak, with its detailed 3D maps of cities and venues like the Super Bowl stadium. The New York city startup, which has been around since 2007, just raised a $557,000 series A round of preferred shares, according to an SEC filing. That amount includes $57,000 that converted from a previously-undisclosed friends-and-family round in 2009. The new round is $500,000 and investors include Chris Sacca’s Lowercase Capital, David Cohen of TechStars (who invested individually), David Tisch and Oleg Tscheltzoff
Google Earth 3.0 released for iPhone and iPad; desktop version 5.2 now includes WebKit-based browser
First, let me just say that I don't own either an iPhone or an iPad -- but when something looks this good, I can't ignore it. It almost makes me want to get an iPad... and a sofa to sit on while I use it...
Anyway, Google Earth 3.0 has been released. It's free, but weighs in at a hefty 13MB... so tether before you download it!
Those of you that have used previous versions won't notice many differences. 3.0 does, however, bring complete iPad support -- including high-resolution imagery to make the most of your larger screen. (Incidentally, did anyone notice that the iPhone 4GS has a very similar screen resolution to the iPad?)
Other than iPad support, there's a Road layer -- and 'layer support' -- but not being an iPhone or iPad user, I have no idea of that's important or not. Again, it's a free download, so just download it and enjoy!