Tag Archives: GPS

Face Recognition for Linux with Picasa 3.5 and Wine

Picasa 3.5 with Face RegocnitionFace Recognition for Linux haven’t been available on Linux yet. Sure – there are some ready-to-use libs, but that’s interesting for developers only. When it came to ready-to-use applications, you only could choose between MacOS or Windows. (Excuse me, but face recognition at Google’s PicasaWeb Album is a bit too spooky for me and I won’t upload 100GB of photographs)
That’s why I was quiet pleased, when I read Picasa 3.5 do face recognition now. Going to the download section, I’ve found only version 3.0beta for Linux – no 3.5! And then I’ve read here: Continue reading

KOGAN AGORA MOBILE PHONE FEATURING ANDROID ™ – The iPhone killer?

Saw yesterday pictures of an upcoming mobile phone with Android. And read and saw amazed the specs and pictures of this device. Especially the prize took me by surprise. $299 Australian Dollar.
The new KOGAN AGORA offers:

  • 2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen.
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard.
  • High-speed 3G network connection.
  • One-Touch Google Search ™.
  • Easy Web Browsing.
  • Easy-to-use email with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents.
  • Customisable Home Screen with instant Email, text message and IM notifications.
  • Instant access to mobile Internet services (Gmail ™, YouTube ™, Google Talk ™, Google Calendar ™, Google Maps ™).
  • Music Player.
  • Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • microSD™ expansion slot for all your storage needs.
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GPS Bicycle Navigation with free Software

More than I year ago I’ve started to cycle for the first time after a very long period of time (decades ;-) ). Those days I didn’t know my surrounding area very well, because I was pretty new to it. But I had a Pocket PC, an XDA mini and I had already a GPS Bluetooth mouse. The XDA mini is a Windows Mobile 2003SE device, and there are already many open source, or just free to use tools out there. I’ve started to look for GPS navigation software, but didn’t find anything free, that had movable maps, or it was free but the maps weren’t included. A movable map is scrolling accordingly, while you are moving. Almost all car navigation systems like TomTom or Navigon aren’t using movable maps, the maps they are using for sure moves, but they are vector maps, not bitmaps. Continue reading

Open Street Map for Cyclers

I’m looking periodically into this site: OpenCycleMap . I’m just interested, whether there’s a new GPS-track I can use for a trip. I’m also playing with the thought to cache some data to and provide it, too.
The map shows Great Britain, because the project stated there. The Netherlands offers also a lot of tracks already. Germany, Swiss, Sweden, Poland and a few other countries have also a few tracks to offer.
Also the east cost of the United States has a few tracks. And it’s getting more every single day.