Neowin: Microsoft announces new Bing features following Build 2017. “Following Microsoft’s annual Build event last week, which was thoroughly covered by Neowin, the company has now announced some new features arriving to Bing. The search engine will now support bots, eSports coverage and search for hiking and camping places.”
The state of South Carolina has a new online Web site for its trails. And this is a horrible link I’m sending you to. It’s an online newsletter. You’ll have to scroll down a bit. I apologize. “The new site features an enhanced search function that allows users to search by trail use, geographic location, and difficulty using either the search engine or by navigating the site’s map. It’s all inclusive, offering information on equestrian, walking, biking, ATV and water trails.”
A new Web site provides information about public parks in Delaware. “Play Outside is a single online information source that allows users to find public parks as well as exact locations of outdoor recreation facilities within parks and wildlife areas throughout the state. It includes all areas in the public trust managed by towns, cities, counties and state agencies in Delaware. The website is designed to serve those looking for outdoor recreation opportunities, places to be immersed in nature or to conduct active lifestyles. Users can locate parks close to home or in less-developed places such as wildlife areas.”
A new app helps fishers stay on the right side of fishing regulations (PRESS RELEASE). “When a fisherman feels a tug on the line, he never knows what he might reel in. Sometimes identifying a fish species can be difficult, and without that knowledge it is impossible to determine whether or not it is in season or within the size and catch limit. Now there’s an iOS app, FishVerify™, to help fishermen instantly identify their catch and learn local fishing regulations related to that specific fish.” The app is in private beta right now but expects a public launch in February.
State Scoop has the skinny on an upcoming data repository for park data across the United States. “Next spring, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national open space conservation group, will release a wealth of park data through a new website called ParkServe. The data delivered by the new website is intended to guide cities on placement of new recreation areas, while helping citizens take advantage of local parks.”
It’s kind of small for a photo archive, but it’s an unusual topic so in it goes: a scuba diving club in (appropriately enough) Bath, Somerset, England has created an online photo gallery to celebrate its 60th anniversary. “Bath Sub-Aqua Club was among the first branches of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) to be established, and has been responsible for introducing thousands of people to diving across the south west. Photographs from the club’s inaugural year in 1956 show old fashioned suits which many divers, known then as ‘frogmen’, made for themselves out of neoprene.”
I really am trying to keep the Pokestuff to a minimum, but I thought it was fascinating that Delaware State Parks was so fast off the mark that it’s already launched a Pokemon Go contest. “On Monday, the Division of Parks and Recreation launched ‘Poké Park Adventure,’ a contest for Pokémon trainers of all ages. To win, players must take a screenshot of their avatar in one of Delaware’s state parks, and then take screenshots of each Poké Stop that they visit. Then, players must upload the screenshot to social media and use the hashtag #pokeparkde.”