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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Reader Duane tipped me off the Register article that has a beautiful illustration of how Google Earth has the prime meridian about 100 meters off its true location, bisecting the Greenwich Observatory.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 12:02 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Computer Weekly reports that an error in a McAffee virus program may have caused the inadvertant deletion or quarantining of files from several companies, among them MapInfo.

The error in anti-virus signature updates caused files on servers and desktops bringing down many corporate and university users. Other affected applications were from Oracle, Microsoft and Adobe.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 07:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ok, so the folks doing the reviewing don’t know the lingo, but they are very excited about the Toshiba W43T phone and its support for “a system that is the collaboration of the Japanese company KDDI, and Navitime” which features 3D video game like graphics for navigation. Check out some screen shots at Digital Lifestyle.

The review goes on: “The actual result looks unbelievable, and quite possibly the way that all future cell phone GPS systems will adhere to.” I think Microsoft and Google want a far more realistic look their services than the cartoony one shown here.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 07:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Here’s a data point: “Judson C. Green, president/ceo of NAVTEQ Corp., has been elected to the DreamWorks Animation board of directors.” Green used to work at Walt Disney Attractions.

-via press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 07:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Says the press release, “CensusTrax is an on-line interactive web GIS service to quickly retrieve, map and export US Census data.” It goes on: “It will be available as an inexpensive on-line subscription service in the near future. For now, while it is still in this beta version, it is freely available to anyone who wants to use it:”

That’s fine; what concerns me is that it’s a Google Maps mashup and it’s my understanding that you can’t use Google Maps in any app that’s not freely available. Perhaps I have that wrong?

Also interesting: to built the app, GeoGraphs/Urban Explorer had to tap into Yahoo’s geocoder since Google doesn’t offer one in its API. The app uses Flash.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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