Pioneer’s Raku-Navi car navigation and A/V systems with 30GB HDD – Engadget

It is true that Japan gets all of the great toys first, but sometimes I think it would be better not to know about them. Engadget provides a brief description of Pioneer’s Raku-Navi which combines an in car gps with a touch panel, a 30GB hard drive for holding your tunes, and can have a tv tuner and other add ons attached. This takes the new genre of multimedia GPS units to an extreme!

Pioneer’s Raku-Navi car navigation and A/V systems with 30GB HDD – Engadget – www.engadget.com

Big list of Open/Free GIS Software

DigitalGroveReader Leszek emailed reguarding my previous post of open/free software to point out DigitalGrove. I hate to admit when I forget about things, but I did…I had completely forgotten about this great resource. This site has an extensive list of free data and software along with descriptions and comparisons of different geospatial technologies.

CNET Review of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth beta

CNET posted their review of MSN Virtual Earth beta, which you can read here

Their review of Google Earth beta back in July can be found here

CNET gives Virtual Earth a plus for its trip planning and search features, but gives the edge to Google Earth in terms of the quality of satellite imagery features and coverage. Their concluding remark: “Travelers looking for local maps, driving routes, and businesses will like Virtual Earth, but students and casual browsers will prefer Google Earth.”

Satellite imagery shows Arctic ice melt

Whatever your beliefs on the global warming issue, the recent spate of articles on the melting of Arctic ice and the warming of the climate in Alaska seem pretty scary. Satellite imagery is being used to show that the Arctic ice cap is shrinking at an alarming rate.

You can check out the MSNBC.com article here

Here is another at the London Times Online

Day and Night around the World

If you simply must know where it is day and night around the world, here are a couple of websites for you.

time.gov keeps the official U.S. time via atomic clock and has a feature which shows where the sun is shining and where it is dark when you click on a time zone. Check it out here

The second website, by John Walker (founder of AutoDesk), offers the Earth and Moon Viewer, which has the day and night feature, as well as views of the earth from the moon, and the day and night sides using satellite imagery. It is much more of a webmapping interface, with query boxes to change the view and type of imagery.

Check out the Earth and Moon Viewer here

NAVTEQ launches its Annual Global LBS Challenge

This competition challenges application developers worldwide to build innovative positioning technology and NAVTEQ maps. Global registration is now open and will close December 2, 2005.

The first prize is $50,000 cash and $100,000 in NAVTEQ map licenses

You can read about the contest at GISuser.com

or at the Challenge website here

via GISuser.com