Once again, something cool for people in the UK. ViewRanger 1.0 is a mapping application for mobile phones that gives you a 3D landscape display as an interface for accessing local information, using downloadable Ordnance Survey maps. Right now, it only works with certain phones, but if I lived in Britain, I would definitely be checking this out.
Even if you don’t live there, take a look at the ViewRanger website here
via Press Release at SpatialNews.com
ESRI is serving an ArcWeb Services powered Hurricane Disaster viewer on its website. It offers a number of data layers from before the hurricanes, such as population density and imagery, and several layers related to post-hurricane conditions. There’s even a layer showing the US Postal Services closed service areas. Nothing earth-shattering, but pulls together GIS layers to go with imagery.
You can check out the Hurricane Disaster Viewer
OK, after almost hitting our 7GB/month transfer limit in August we upped our plan to a 21GB/month transfer plan which is the high end plan for our provider. As of the end of September we had 3GB left! We are probably going over 21Gb in October. We are ecstatic with the response to both the podcast and blog!
The point? We have moved the storage of the podcast to libsyn (liberated syndication) which is designed for podcasters and allows for unlimited traffic. The same day we started using libsyn for episode 11, however, libsyn conducted a server move. So if you have had any problems accessing episode 11 please let me know. Also, my test download seemed to go as fast this week as it has in the past, but if you notice the download taking significantly longer email me and let me know. Generally, any problem, including any coming out of my updates to the blog sidebars, should be pointed out so I can try to get it fixed.
A new SlashDot for the GIS and remote sensing community is up and running at SlashGISRS. SlashGISRS was launched in September by Canadian non-profit Spatial Enlightenment. As they grow their submission base I think this site will become one to watch. Head on over and set up your account today.
Main Topic: Global warming and geospatial technolgies. News: Podcast symposium, GITA online conference, new GPS satellite, NAVTECH LBS challenge
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!
PioneerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Raku-Navi car navigation and A/V systems with 30GB HDD – Engadget – www.engadget.com
Reader 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.
Mapz has posted a short list of GIS software that is open source and/or free. I intend to someday create a page of these so if you have other software you would like to point out feel free to email me.
First 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 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.”