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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

“Today Google announced a new feature on Google Maps that enables users to write reviews of any business found in search results.  Now, when users click on the “More info” link for a given business listing, a “Write a review” link will appear on the top of the page.  When signed into their Google Account, users can write reviews and assign ratings to businesses.

“More information is available on the Google Lat Long blog.

- Google Person

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 12:41 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If you like the idea of updating your nav systems data on the fly, check out this very graphic tour from Tim Buxton at PocketGPSWorld.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 09:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The European Space Agency (ESA) this week announced the ordering of the first of five satellites to succeed Envisat, its current environmental satellite. Sentinel 1 from Thales Alenia Space, ESA will cost about $305 million. Envisat has already passed its predicted lifespan and may live until 2010 or longer.

Sentinels 1, 2 and 3 are due to be launched in 2011-2012. They will carry radar for monitoring polar ice breakup and iceberg calving, a sensor to map the world every five to 10 days at a resolution of 10 metres (32.5 feet), and an altimetric radar and heat sensor to measure differences in the ocean’s height and plankton concentrations, respectively.

- AFP

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 09:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This week Adena Schutzberg and Joe Francica, who’s on site in San Diego for the 2007 ESRI User Conference, discuss some of the themes from the opening plenary held Monday morning including “the geographic approach,” a focus on modeling and planning, and updates to ArcGIS 9.3. Also: the innovation that got the crowd really going - and it’s not ESRI technology!

The podcast is 10 minutes long (3.5 Mb) and was recorded on June 18, 2007.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 01:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A few weeks ago, ESRI officially unveiled ArcGIS Explorer (AGE), a world data viewer in the ilk of Google Earth. Rather than try to contrast and compare, you can view this brief MPEG demo. Downloading a version of AGE is free (registration required). You’ll need to download a few "globes" as well to add the data you want to view from the ERSI website that supports AGE. Even more data and resources are available for the also newly unveiled ArcGIS Online, now in a beta mode.

by Joe Francica on 06/19 at 12:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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