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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports that the UAE is planning to launch a remote sensing satellite. Details are sketchy, but the paper reports:

[Senior military official from UAE] Brigadier Khalifa Mohammad Al Rumaithi, told Gulf News of plans to launch a satellite in conjunction with other GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE).

Speaking at the Defence Geospatial Intelligence conference, the UAE’s Chief of Military Works at the Armed Forces, noted that a lot of progress has already been made on the Satellite, dubbed Dubai sat1, which the UAE says is for peaceful and civilian purposes only.

It will purportedly be able to help the country with urban development planning and infrastructure by providing accurate maps and be useful in management of potential natural disasters. It’s not for spying, honest.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

You can play Wii games with others online, but latency means that sometimes there’s a bit of delay. The good news is that if you choose players closer by, that latency decreases. So, how to find local players? MapWii. You won’t get too local too fast with this Google Maps app. First you pick a country, then a sublevel (state in the U.S.). When I ended up in Massachusetts, many of the folks don’t seem to have any Wii games.

The site has been up for some time, but I point it out because it’s a situation where geography still matters!

via AppScout

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Backpacker (at one time my favorite magazine - from which I stole “The View from Here”) offers a new website with some geo-goodies:

Featured prominently on the homepage and the destinations page is a new interactive Flash map directing users to more than 1,200 edited and approved GPS-supported hikes, from the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail. Another 10,000 trips are accessible to site users. The hikes, which are submitted by volunteer Backpacker readers and staff contributors, can be searched by city, state, park, and long trail.

...

Tech-savvy participants can also upload GPS tracks, geotagged photos, and Google Earth screenshots.

- press release

The National Geographic Channel also launched a new website.

Of the changes to the site that are most readily apparent, the new Nat Geo schedule application presents viewers with a more intuitive calendar of show descriptions, allowing users to navigate through programming descriptions via a drag-and-drop fashion that’s similar to how visitors engage with Google Earth.

I don’t understand how this interactive calendar (while sexy!) is similar to Google Earth.
- MediaWeek

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The satellite is the second experimental satellite in the constellation. The EU is going forward with the GPS competitor and B will take over for “A” launched in 2005, as it hits and of life.

- UPI

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The ZIP code database contained in ‘zipcode.csv’ [zip file] contains 43204 ZIP
codes for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico,
and American Samoa. The database is in comma separated value format,
with columns for ZIP code, city, state, latitude, longitude, timezone
(offset from GMT), and daylight savings time flag (1 if DST is observed
in this ZIP code and 0 if not).

...
The database and this README are copyright 2004 CivicSpace Labs, Inc.,
and are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
license, which requires that all updates must be released under the same
license.

It’s about four years old, but free is free!

- Mapping Hacks

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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