WiFiMobile today launched a Mobile VOIP service on the Nokia S60 handsets which enables users to make free calls to each other over Wi-Fi regardless of location. The WiFiMobile service is available at www.wifimobile.com. Using the basic service users can call other VOIP users completely for free. A premium service is also available that permits calls to be made to ordinary landlines or mobile phones at heavily discounted costs. This service may be of interest to users of funky new devices like the Nokia N95 which runs on S60 and is GPS-enabled.
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Trimble today launched their premium GPS Content Layer for Google Earth. The layer incorporates interactive information from the Trimble Outdoors(TM) catalog of GPS-on-cellular applications, as well as premium content from contributors to BACKPACKER, Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines. Google Earth users can export the layer data to any WAP-capable mobile phone, experience it via a GPS-enabled mobile phone with Trimble Outdoors’ fitness and outdoor recreational applications, or download to a stand-alone GPS device. See www.TrimbleOutdoors.com
Did you know that on March 1, 2007, the Landsat 5 satellite began 24 years in orbit. This comes from the USGS… This milestone is particularly impressive considering its operational lifespan was thought to be no more than three years. On April 15, 2007, Landsat 7 will complete its eighth year of operation. Landsat data is a vital component of an incredible array of research that includes wildfire mapping, crop identification, timber harvesting, desertification, climate change, habitat suitability and urban expansion. Data gathered by Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 continue to form the backbone of the 35-year-old global Landsat archive ( http://landsat.usgs.gov/ ), which contains millions of images of Earth’s terrestrial environment and is maintained at the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science. So how do you view the data being collected??? Check out EarthNow… tool displays data received from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites as they pass over the conterminous United States . When a Landsat satellite passes within range of the ground station at the USGS EROS center, image data are downlinked and displayed in near-real time. When Landsat 5 and 7 are not in range, the most recent ten pass are displayed. This application is nothing short of amazing! Coincidentally, as I viewed it this AM the bird was flying over my old hometown on Vancouver Island, BC! See http://earthnow.usgs.gov (Source: USGS)
An interesting quiz is now available from the MyWondefulWorld Blog – a National Geographic led effort. This PDF enables you to test your school to see how Geography Prepared they are. From the document… Is your school ready to build students’ geographic understanding and skills? Is it ready to help students learn about their world, from their neighborhood to places beyond U.S. borders? This tool is designed to help parents and other school leaders determine the geography readiness of a school. Find answers to the following questions, total the points, then compare your score using the ranges at the end. My wonderful World Blog is a National Geographic initiative. See http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/pdf/school_checklist.pdf – How Ready is Your School? I’d like to see a How GIS Ready is your School effort!