Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope finally has SpaceNavigator support

When WorldWide Telescope came out earlier this year, it blew a lot of people away — including me.  It’s a phenomenal program!

However, it didn’t support the excellent SpaceNavigator device, making it much more difficult to use.  I thought it was a bug at first, but it was simply not a supported device.

Today 3Dconnexion announced support for the software, and it works wonderfully.  I’ve spent a good deal of time just browsing around this evening, because the SpaceNavigator makes it so easy.  If you already have a SpaceNavigator, so download the latest version of WWTS and have some fun!

StreetView now in Italy

Fresh on the heels of launching StreetView in Spain, Google has released StreetView in four major areas in Italy: Florence, Lake Como, Milan and Rome.

Check out some of the cool sights that Keir found on Google Maps Mania, and then submit your own to the GEH StreetView Gallery.

StreetView comes to Spain!

It’s been a big day for Google.  Earlier we had the Google Earth iPhone app come out (and yes, it’s very slick), and now we have StreetView in Spain.

They only added in four cities (Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia and Barcelona), but each seems to have rather extensive coverage.  Google Maps Mania has found a handful of cool places, and we always encourage you to add your other finds to the GEH Streetview database.

Google Earth has arrived on the iPhone

Somewhat out of the blue, though not totally unexpected after we saw EarthScape, Google Earth has been released for the iPhone!

It’s still being rolled out (Australia and Japan can get it now), and it’s not available for my area yet.  I’ll post more details once I get it.

A little more info can be found on the Google Earth Blog, or you can check out the screenshots below.

A few more 3D cities in Google Earth

Just a few weeks after they added a bunch of new 3D cities to Google Earth, there appear to be a few more.  As of right now, according to the Google Earth Blog, the new cities are Los Angeles and San Diego.  As with the other cities, these two are absolutely stunning.

There are likely some others, but those are all we know about for now.  If you hear of any others, please let us know and we’ll update this post.

More StreetView locations in France

As reported by Google Maps Mania, France has just received a bunch more StreetView imagery to go with the Tour de France imagery they already had.

It appears the new cities include:


  • Lille
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Nice
  • Paris
  • Toulouse
Areas of some of those cities were already in there from the Tour imagery, but the coverage is much better now.  Go see what kind of cool stuff you can find (Keir has already pointed out landmarks such as Notre Dame and the Louvre) and submit your findings to the GEH StreetView database.

Google Earth imagery update

It appears that another Google Earth imagery update is underway, covering a variety of locations around the world.  The latest list, as provided by the Google Earth Blog, includes:

  • Large portions of India
  • Various places in the US, including parts of North Carolina and Utah
  • Northern Mexico
  • Romania — maybe the entire country?
  • Parts of Spain
  • The entire Czech Republic

If you find other areas that you think might be new, you can check using Google Maps.  Maps still hasn’t been updated, so if the imagery for a particular area is different in Earth and Maps, then it’s one of the newly updated areas.

Let us know if you find anything beyond what is listed above.

StreetView coming to the iPhone and to Singapore

A couple of good pieces of news for StreetView fans.  Somewhat unsurprisingly, StreetView is apparently making it’s way onto the next firmware release (v2.2) for the iPhone.  Considering it’s already on Google Maps Mobile and on Android, this wasn’t a shocker.  Still, it’s nice to know it’s coming soon.

Also, CNET is reporting that Google StreetView cars have been spotted in Singapore, and Google has confirmed that StreetView: Singapore will be here “in the coming months”.

Continuing to expand StreetView, both in terms of coverage areas and supported devices, will only serve to make it that much more useful for all of us.

Tons of new 3D buildings in Google Earth

As reported by the Google Earth Blog, Google Earth is now featuring thousands of new 3D buildings.  Some of the updated cities include:


  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Jacksonville
  • Miami Beach
  • Nashville
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • St. Petersburg
There are also new buildings in a  variety of European countries.  There are probably others as well, so please let us know in the comments if you find any.