Google has added 3D renderings of the ocean floor in its latest update since 4.3. Google Earth 5.0 is still free to download. Track gray whales, explore shipwrecks and see what the water looked like up to 50 years ago. Also in the new Google Earth are maps and satellite images of Mars, including probe landing spots, and you can save your toured places to share with other GE users.
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Now you can watch 22 TV and 20 radio satellite channels in your car with AT&T CruiseCast. Watch or listen to kids, entertainment, documentary, music, comedy, news and sports channels. Working with RaySat, the system features a receiver and compact antenna for trucks, cars and SUVs that they claim overcomes out-of-sight obstacles like tunnels or trees. CruiseCast works with any existing rear seat entertainment system and will be available this spring for $1,299.00 plus ~$28.00 monthly subscription fee.
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New York’s Governor David Paterson is trying to come up with creative ways to pad the state’s $15.4 billion deficit. One of these is an “iPod tax” that would charge for downloaded music and other “digitally delivered entertainment services.” In addition, cable and satellite TV services, movie tickets, taxis, soda, beer, wine, cigars and massages will also be taxed. The proposal must still get legislative approval and we expect that if it passes, there may be an influx of New Yorkers flooding to places like New Jersey to get their tunes.
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Never worry about getting lost in the woods again. With the Backtrack GPS Finder, you mark a spot (like your car,) press a button and it instantly records the space. Even better, it will keep up to 3 locations in its memory. The self-calibrating compass has a SiRF Star III GPS receiver, is water resistant, runs on 2 AA batteries (not included,) and includes a lanyard for wearing or attaching. At a size of only 9 x 7 x 1cm, the Backtrack Finder carries a price of £59.99 (~$111.58.)
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Nikon’s GP-1 GPS Unit can add geotags to your photos so that the latitude, longitude, altitude and time information can be noted. It features 3 blinking lights for satellite receiving indications and gets its power from the camera itself. It takes about 45 seconds to record from a cold start and only 5 sec. with a hot one. The GP-1 is compatible with the Nikon D90, D3, D300, D700, D2Xs and D200, although some may need a cable and firmware update. At a size of 2 x 1.8 x 1-inches, pre-order at J&R for $209.00.
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People who are into space track asteroids, comet paths, and other astral bodies, but now a site is tracking a tool bag that was literally lost in space. Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper said the bag got away when she was trying to clean up some grease Tuesday during a spacewalk. NASA puts the price of the bag at $100,00.00. If you would like to catch a glimpse of it check the link below. Supposedly you do not need a telescope to catch the orbiting bag.
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Gefen’s HDMI Switcher sends HD video from 4 1.3 video sources, such as DVDs players and satellite systems at 340MHz up to1080p on your TV. Control is done by the included remote and it remembers the current selection. If you add another source and that one loses power, it goes back to the previous device. It also features lip-sync pass through, XV color support, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master support, and CEC pass through. The switcher, which is HDCP compliant, comes with a MSRP of $199.00.
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Pioneer has teamed with XM to create the portable XMp3. The Music Manager will hold up to 100 hours of XM programming from their satellite radio service. Manage it with software, record up to 5 channels simultaneously, check out highlights, and preset channels. Add a microSD card and store MP3 or WMA files. You can also bookmark and purchase tunes from online music services. Users will also like the feature that automatically buffers the most recent half hour for easy replay. The XMp3 weighs only 3.1 oz. and is available for $249.99 after instant $30.00 rebate.
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A few buds who like the color purple got together to launch a combination adventure/documentation project. The Purple Pedals Project equipped 20 yBikes with GPS and a camera that automatically snaps a shot once a minute. They then send them from all around the planet and are now attempting to document and share what they are doing via Yahoo mapping. Some of the bikes will be passed around between bloggers, Yahoo users and others, so if you would like to be one of them, or just want to see what they are up to, check out the PPP website.
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In case you have recently been shopping for the navigationally challenged in your life, Navigon’s 2000S is the company’s new entry level GPS device with plenty of features. It has text-to-speech, Lane Assist and Reality View Pros, DirectHelp, and a handy speed limit display. With a 3.5” screen, the satnav comes without 3-D landmarks and voice command which is on their higher priced 7200T. The Navigator will be available for $199.99 this holiday season.
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