maps en MAP: The Newest Changes to Austin's Proposed City Council Districts (Update) <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austinites have just two more opportunities to <a href="" target="_blank">weigh in</a> on a proposed city council district map.</p><p>A citizens group is dividing Austin into 10 geographic districts. Starting next November, each district will elect one city council member. Everyone will vote on the mayor.</p><p>The district-drawing group is expected to approve the final map soon.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Wednesday's public meeting</a> is at The Lodge on Dawson Road in south Austin. It starts at 6:30 p.m.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Thursday's public meeting </a>is at the <a href=";client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=The+Millennium+Youth+Entertainment+Complex&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Millennium+Youth+Entertainment+Complex&amp;cid=0,0,12498822906579303611&amp;ei=qHaDUuLEDOWu2AWM2ICYAQ&amp;ved=0CIMBEPwSMAs" target="_blank">Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex</a> on Hargrave Street in east Austin. It also starts at 6:30 p.m.</p><p><a href="">Click here</a> to see an interactive version of the "official proposed final map" drawn by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:20:01 +0000 Laura Rice & Jody Serrano 9115 at MAP: The Newest Changes to Austin's Proposed City Council Districts (Update) This Map Carves the U.S. Into Seven Nations - And Splits Texas Three Ways <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>"America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven competitive nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and problems.”</p><p>So writes geographer and futurist Joel Kotkin for Forbes Magazine.&nbsp; In <a href="">his new map of America’s future</a>, entitled <em>America’s Next Decade</em>, Kotkin sees not only the outlines of a remarkably robust nation running from south Texas to western Florida, but also the emergence of Americas next major "global city" - right here in Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:46:16 +0000 David Brown 8671 at This Map Carves the U.S. Into Seven Nations - And Splits Texas Three Ways Map: HIV Testing Centers and Cases Across Texas <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</a><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">interactive map</a>&nbsp;illustrates<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;cases of HIV and possible treatment and testing centers. The map was compiled by the non-profit</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">AIDSVu, using city, county and federal data.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National HIV Testing Day was this week, providing a chance to increase awareness about testing and treatment efforts among at-risk populations and inspire who may be living with the disease to seek help in managing it.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:25:08 +0000 Andrew Weber 8242 at Map: HIV Testing Centers and Cases Across Texas Map: Where Are Fertilizer Plants in the U.S.? <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src=";q=select+col5+from+1Nc4pLvfGv7quBbbB9khS5wQe8Jm7XHUmHXahwr0&amp;h=false&amp;lat=33.81986179755039&amp;lng=-97.87103322500002&amp;z=4&amp;t=3&amp;l=col5&amp;y=2&amp;tmplt=2;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br><em><small><a href=";ll=30.551618,-97.753601&amp;spn=0.262546,1.329346&amp;t=h&amp;z=10&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></em></p><p>If the astounding explosion in West caught most Texans off-guard, it might be because they weren't aware that a chemical facility holding tremendous amounts of a deadly explosive fuel could operate within the confines of a town, incredibly close to homes and schools.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:42:44 +0000 Luke Quinton 7412 at Is Austin’s Apple Maps Experience an Epic Fail? <p>Computing giant Apple has released the newest iteration of its mind-bogglingly popular iPhone. But Apple continues to grab headlines for a less-PR friendly reason: reaction to <a href="">its new maps program</a>, which replaces Google Maps on the iPhone 5 and in Apple’s latest operating system update.</p><p>“<a href="">A complete failure</a>.” “<a href="">Epic fail</a>.” “<a href="">Things can only get better</a>.”</p><p>Criticism is pouring in on several fronts. While Apple’s maps are lauded for their graphic beauty, including a breathtaking 3D “Flyover” feature, the app is being criticized for receiving a rollout before being fully cooked. Its satellite graphics <a href="">appear bubbly and distorted</a> in several instances. Directions and details have <a href="">been ubiquitously downgraded</a> in some areas. And a big dealbreaker for iPhone users in many major cities is Maps’ <a href="">lack of built-in public transit schedules and directions</a>, which Google Maps has.</p><p>But so far, Austin seems to have been spared the worst of the brunt.</p><p>Austin’s Apple Maps experience seems to be relatively smooth compared to those in other cities. For starters, it’s rendered in 3D, while many other cities aren’t. Chris Carter, an Austin-based Apple independent developer, says "the 3D technology that they're using actually generates the 3D models from multiple angles of satellite images."</p><p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:25:17 +0000 Mark Dewey & Wells Dunbar 5133 at Is Austin’s Apple Maps Experience an Epic Fail?