From USGS: Mapping the World’s Ocean Ecosystems. “To meet the need for a consistent, objective, and complete description of open-ocean environments, the Group on Earth Observations charged USGS ecologist Dr. Roger Sayre with a task to map the world’s ocean ecosystems. In response, the USGS formed a public-private partnership with ESRI, NOAA, academia, and non-profit organizations to produce the first ever detailed maps that group the entire global ocean into 37 distinct 3D ecosystems. The groundbreaking work to produce the first-of-its-kind, objective, and true 3D global marine ecosystems maps is described in two recent USGS-led publications in the journal Oceanography and an AAG Special Publication. The resulting ecosystem data and maps are available in a web-based app called the Ecological Marine Unit Explorer. “
Brownstoner: Grab Your Phone and Delve Into Historic Images of New York With the Urban Archive App. “Ever wonder what that old building you walk by every day used to look like? A new app — Urban Archive — is here to help, mining the collections of New York City’s institutions to create a mobile archive for the public. Working with Brooklyn Historical Society, the New York Public Library and the Museum of the City of New York, the team behind Urban Archive has already made more than 2,500 historic images accessible and has more than 50,000 queued up and waiting.”
The Next Web: Tumblr has a new social video watching app called Cabana. “In its persistent quest to make the world a more distracting place, technology has blessed us with a perfect way to waste time: Cabana, Tumblr’s first standalone app.”
OMG! Ubuntu!: How to use Twitter Lite as a Desktop Twitter Client. “If you use Google Chrome on Linux, and you happen to be a big Twitter user, here’s a neat little tip. Twitter Lite is the social networking service’s alternative mobile app designed to low-data, low-end mobile devices. It’s a progressive web app designed for mobile but, thanks to open-standards, works in any modern web browser, and on any device, Ubuntu desktop included.” You don’t need to be using Ubu to take advantage of this. Looks like if you’re using Chrome, you can follow the steps.
The Next Web: Google’s new app lets you order food and call a plumber in India. “Google has quietly launched Areo, an Android app to let you order food, as well as hyperlocal home improvement and personal services from local providers in India. Currently available in the cities of Bangalore and Mumbai, it aggregates food delivery, beauty, home maintenance, household repairs, fitness training and physiotherapy, and other services.”
Hyperallergic: Explore a Growing Archive of American Gardens with a New Smithsonian App. “Gardening stories from across the United States, whether about 19th-century green spaces that enlivened vacant lots or community vegetable plots, are being collected and preserved through the Community of Gardens project. The digital archive from Smithsonian Gardens with the Archives of American Gardens was recently launched as a free mobile app, where you can navigate a map of over 80 gardens.”
The Verge: Apple’s Clips app is iMovie for the next generation. “When I opened up Apple’s new Clips app yesterday, as I’ve been doing for the past few days, I was greeted with the same photo-capture screen that’s prioritized in all the social ‘story’ apps. Take a picture! Capture video! Share! Share everything! they scream at you. I added some text overlays and emoji, and fumbled my way through Live Titles, the feature that’s distinctive to Apple Clips. And eventually, I shared my Clips. But it took a while. Because Clips take a while.” This article is more positive – a lot more positive – than the initial paragraph makes it sound.