Yahoo mashup links maps, RSS to 'visualize' global news

NewsGlobe tool set provides a new way to browse top news stories on Yahoo's web site.

Yahoo yesterday launched a new mashup that allows users to follow news in 3-D as it happens all over the world.

Yahoo's new NewsGlobe tool links the geocoding of Yahoo's Map service to its RSS news feed and then uses a 3-D ActionScript open source library called Papervision3D to provide a new way to browse Yahoo's top news stories.

The application loads Yahoo's RSS news feed every few minutes and extracts a dateline for each story, noted Lucas Shuman, an engineer at Yahoo's Media Innovation Group. It sends this descriptive textural information to Yahoo Maps to find a matching location with latitude and longitude coordinates, he added.

"The rest is simply a matter of using the 3-D classes in ActionScript to create a visually engaging experience that's either automated or interactive," he noted.

"For each story location, we draw a marker object and place it in the proper position on a sphere representing the Earth," Shuman said. "The display is calculated and drawn in real time. This allows us to animate the view over time and even lets the user change the view by interacting with the objects in the scene."

Because the application is a Flash file, it can run online, run on the desktop as an Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) local application, or operate integrated into a Yahoo Widget, he said. "By passing in different RSS feeds or search terms, it could be possible to watch stories occurring in a specific part of the world, from a particular category or matching other keywords," Shuman added.

Mashable blogger Kristen Nicole noted that NewsGlobe is Yahoo's answer to rival Google's Map mashups.

"What really makes me think that Yahoo is out to make NewsGlobe a well-received alternative to static Google map mashups is its availability for throwing it on your desktop (thanks to Yahoo's integration of Adobe AIR), or place it in a widget and use it for your own purposes," she added. "As this is part of Yahoo's open-source suite, there are a number of things developers could do with NewsGlobe or a NewsGlobe-like application. For some reason, people seem to really dig map mashups. You can see live Flickr uploads and even wiki edits. Surely there is some interest for top stories, even if it is on a Yahoo mashup?"

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Heather Havenstein

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?