Useful Networks Takes On iPhone Mapping

Denver-based Useful Networks, a developer of location-based products for the mobile and web market, announced today that it has rolled out new software for creating mapping applications on the Apple iPhone and iTouch. Useful Networks said that its new mapNinja software is targeted at developers, and includes a software development kit (SDK) for developing interactive map viewers in their iPhone applications. The product includes ability to connect to mapping providers such as Microsoft, CloudMade, and Useful Networks' own mapping servers, and is available either for a free or through an ad-supported license. Useful Networks is a privately held subsidiary of Liberty Media.