New Google Earth Enterprise – Google has updated the Enterprise version of Google Earth to support version 5.0 features (the version designed for internal use where you can run your own custom data for the globe). The GE Enterprise version is called version 3.2. Follow the link for more details.
My Location – Those of you with an iPhone know how useful it is to push the “blue dot” in the Maps application to find your current location. Now, if you are using the latest browsers (Firefox 3.5, or Google Chrome – which support Gears), Google Maps will have a new “dot” gadget near the zoom controls which will give you a blue dot showing your position. You have to agree to “Share Location” with Google Maps (to give it permission to search for you). My first thought was this ought to appear in Google Earth as well. It should be trivial to implement with the GE Plugin (UPDATE – Googler Roman Nurik made this GE Plugin Location example). Geo hacker Barry Hunter wrote a quick little proof of concept app where he used the browser, and Google Maps API, to generate a link to a placemark to show your position in GE using the location feature. I also suggested to Google they ought to create a feature for making it work in Google Earth (they probably had already thought of it).
Fossett Crash Report – The NTSB has released its report on Steve Fossett’s crash. As expected, the cause is believed to be air turbulence (downdrafts) which caused the plane to be unable to avoid hitting a mountain. Air turbulence in mountain areas can be sudden, and treacherous. Read the story about the location of the crash and view the terrain in the area using Google Earth.
Links: New GE Enterprise, My Location, Fossett Crash Report, Bridge Winners
July 10, 2009