Nico Tranquilli is a technologist who has been building and managing internet services and applications for the last 18 years. His main interests in life and work include computing (design and implementation of services, mobile software development, unix systems administration and tuning), photography, snowboarding, new media and anything technology related.
PlaceTrack is the best full-featured location sharing app available to date. Initially created as a background Google Latitude updater, PlaceTrack now uses its own backend infrastructure and continues to work well with even more sharing features. Your location data can now include location history, speed, altitude, whether you’re walking, running, moving in a vehicle or resting (using the new M7 coprocessor on supported devices).
Share your live location or location history with authorized PlaceTrack contacts or keep it for youself, for later viewing. Optionally publish to secret web urls so anyone with web access can see where you are or where you have been.
Last month I visited the Red Bull Hangar-7 in Salzburg, a private airport hangar owned by the founder of the energy drink company and one Europe’s most eccentric places with its stunning architecture, innovative art and an impressive collection of planes, racecars and helicopters!
taken on Mon, 5 Oct 2013 18:49:42 (CEST) in Salzburg, Austria
[NIKON D300; 18 mm @ f/3.2 @ 1/80 sec @ 3200 ISO ]
Last year I launched Terremoto, a top quality (5-star average rating on the IT App Store) iOS app that keeps you informed on the latest earthquakes in Italy, using a friendly user interface and a robust backend infrastructure for targeted push notifications and post-earthquake data collection from several international sources.
Its success was so huge that I decided to divide the app into an Italian and an International, localized version, to give room for new, unique features.
Earthquake shows worldwide earthquake data from multiple networks, supports push notifications with city, country, continent and magnitude filters and offers the same feature set as the italian version:
map view with different sized and colored circles to represent event magnitude and age
receive push notifications on your phone as soon as the event data is available from an official source (you can set alerts based on location and/or magnitude threshold). Push notifications allow the application to receive events even when unused, without this leading to an increased consumption of battery
event timeline (today, yesterday, previous days)
notification alerts and events timeline support filtering by magnitude, country or continent
detail view for any event, reachable from map and timeline views
export data to Google Earth or other installed apps supporting kml file format
social sharing: share event map and data to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Email
reverse geocoding: names of locations, when unavailable, are calculated automatically from their geographical coordinates
Earthquake app has been localized in many languages including English, Spanish, French, German and Greek and is available on all App Stores (italian users should download the local “Terremoto” app, though).