Welcome LG to the location based party as they release 4 GPS based navigation systems. Just the tip of the CES iceberg I am sure.
Other World Computing put out a teaser for their product the ModBook that will be announced Tuesday. It is supposed to be a slate style tablet solution that will even offer a GPS add-on. From the press release
The ModBook is also the only portable Mac solution that features an optional built-in Global Positioning System (GPS). The Axiotron ModBook GPS Module was developed in cooperation with GlobalSat Technologies Corporation utilizing the industry leading SiRFstarÃ¢â€žÂ¢ III chipset for shorter first location fix times and improved tracking capabilities.
I am a huge tablet fan (just upgraded the Toshiba M200 to Vista) so I am pretty curious to see how this goes.
For those of you looking for an aggregator for your brand new Zune, you may want to take a look at FeedYourZune. This software allows you to pull down you podcasts and sync them to your Zune.
As I am sure many of you have read Google dropped 1.6 BILLION dollars for YouTube. We at the VerySpatial “office” are of different minds on the acquisition, but that isn’t really important to the geospatial world other than the question…what will GISNation do now that Google owns the two systems they have used for the first two episodes
There is apparently references in the new version of iPhoto (6.0.5) suggets potential integration into Google Maps. An Apple patent went in previously for a device that could include GPS, force sensing (roll, pitch, yaw) and other sensors that would make a very nice LBS device at least hardware-wise.
I saw the posts by Rob and James a couple of weeks ago about multicore and 64 bit but was too sick to kick in at the time. Now that the coughing has stopped, I want in. Before I left my day job to go back to try to finish that school thing, I had the joy of using a dual 3.6 Ghz processor Dell and it was a joy. While most software still is not written as multithreaded, the ability to have a processor or a core that is dedicated to ArcGIS, or any other processor hog, while leaving a processor for the OS and other low overhead software led to much less crashing and huge speed improvements. While you can set the processor affinity for any process in the Process Manager most of the time it isn’t necessary as Windows will balance processes between cores/CPUs. While this isn’t an issue if you are using ArcMap for cartography, it is great for analyses where your raster calculation, or other, gets its very own core.
Just as an example, we (ok mostly Sue) are working on a project in ArcScene that contains a high-res elevation model and a large style gallery of 3D symbols and we consistently crashed ArcScene on our single processor machines, but we bought a fairly cheap dual-core AMD and it works like a charm. ArcScene’s graphics engine still seems to have the issue that it doesn’t push enough off to the GPU leaving the CPU to pick up the slack.
The upshot is that I definitely suggest spending your money on a dualcore machine over a single processor machine if you do any kind of heavy computing, even if the dualcore is rated at a lower clock speed the process balancing between the cores will usually help you shave time off of processes. As for me, as soon as Apple releases a Core 2 Duo laptop I will be standing in line.
Engadget has a post on some research that suggests that there will be an almost 90 percent loss of GPS signals for a number of hours at the height of the next solar flare cycle in 2011-2012. While surveyors may be looking forward to a long lunch or afternoon off, you may want to avoid traveling by sea or plane that day just in case .
When Sue first mentioned Weblo to me last week it seemed kind of cool. Weblo is a site that lets you buy virtual property, but unlike most games, Weblo is selling properties that exist in the real-world (and real-world celebrities, which I find creepy). The problem for me is that there isn’t a user interface that I can find outside of the webpage itseld. I set up an account I went merrily around the site looking for a link to images of places or a map interface, but nothing. I looked into buying a property and saw that YOU have to provide an image of your properties. With the amount of money they had to have put into this thing there are so many things they could have done to go beyond the underwhelming project it appears to be.
Hopefully I will figure it out and it will make sense since the concept itself is great, the implementation seems to be lacking in its first few days at least.
While I await the royalties from the Chumby LBS based on Loki’s WiFi location capabilities I wanted to point out, belated as it may be, that there is a new version of Loki available that has some interesting new features, my favorite of which may be the automatic time zone changer for when you travel. I don’t expect to leave EST until next spring (probably about the same time the first Chumbies ship). Anyway, check out the new version of Loki and be sure to add Platial as a channel…well, just cause.
Here is the compelling description from the HGTV website:
The Blue Planet Globe is a dramatic rotating, illuminated globe that accurately depicts the seasons as they unfold around the world. Slowly spinning inside its sleek tinted case, it creates a mesmerizing view of Earth as seen from outer space. The mechanism design is based on an astronomically true formula and lets you see in 6-minute intervals the changing pattern of sunlight falling over each hemisphere during the year.
Now, as I watched the demo of the Blue Planet Globe in the lovely make-believe living room, I thought to myself that clearly I must have one of these, until I saw the $850 price tag! Now, for those of us with a more limited budget, The Science Source does have a much less expensive ($75) Season Modelling Globe which does the same thing but without the full smokey acrylic case.