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Uber recommends places to go based on its user generated Big Data

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If you don’t know what is the best local pub or where to spend the evening, this new Uber feature might be for you.

What’s really awesome is that Uber is not buying this data from Foursquare, Yelp or TripAdvisor but the company uses its own data-driven approach that relies on where their users choose to go.

The company has a lot of data about which spots are the most popular destinations and picks up locations among users. The ranking system uses that data and divides restaurants into six different categories: most popular, local favorites, up-and-coming, brunch spots, weekend picks and date-night destinations but I can imagine that more types can appear on the list.

This is also a good news for venue owners, because there is another service that promotes local businesses, and most importantly it’s reliable – it is impossible to deceive – and therefore, it creates a healthy competition for the food service market.

At the moment tool only provides suggestions for 12 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, LA, Miami, Nashville, NYC, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Additionally it’s available only on the website only while the app is where the start-up gets the most interactions.

With so much data on their disposal, it would be very easy for Uber to tackle other topics like hotels, shopping, gyms and other services. Can’t wait.

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Top 10 YouTube videos about maps and geography

There are plenty of cool YouTube videos about maps and geography but we’ve decided to make for you the ultimate compilation of the most funny, amusing, surprising and inspiring of all them. Take a look and let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any video that should have been on our list.

1. Cult part about Gall-Peters projection from “The West Wing” TV show

2. How wrong are we about the Mercator Projection

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his immortal quote about GIS

4. Interesting social media experiment about location sharing awareness

5. Yoda recording voice for TomTom SatNav

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdcJVuylmsM

6. Really cool short film about “Directions”

7. Funny GPS voice guidance prank

8. Inspiring TED talk about making sense of maps.

9. Business Insider video showing what the Earth Would look like if all the ice melted

Actually Business Insider created a lot of cool videos about maps. You can find all of them here. 

10. The Geospatial Revolution is an amazing to project to spread awareness about the value of geo technologies.

You can find all of the 4 videos within the series here.

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