Short news: DiscoverMachine, Digital Globe buys GlobeXplorer

  • A few days ago, Ben Sinclair wrote an article outlining different ways to use a Garmin GPS device with a Mac.
  • Ben also created DiscoverMachine, a brand new community mapping site whose niche advantage is easy integration with GPX files. Register to make maps, then add waypoints with descriptions and images or else upload a GPX or KML file. You can also download the result as a GPX file. Here’s my quick map of Rome. Lovely understated design, quick execution, with USGS topo maps and photo overlays. I’d like to see the ability to embed a map in a web page and a way to view a map’s contents as a KML network link.
  • Digital Globe buys GlobeXplorer in a move to make it more attractive ahead of a planned IPO, reports Reuters.