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.

New t-shirt “got map?”

gotmap hoodieFirst you were questioned about milk, then the geeks were asked about root, but the question that has been around for millinea from back seat drivers…got map? Head over to the VerySpatial Store and check out our new ‘got map?’ products. Since this is a Cafe Press shop there are tons of product options, so if you don’t see an item that you want with the logo on it email us and we will add it to the site.

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