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  • Blog Post: Mapping Foreclosures = $marter Home $earches

    I just heard home sales were actually up for the month of January, 2009. Hmm. Considering bank loans are tight and everyone’s budgets are supposedly tighter how can this be? Interest rates are down, prices are down, and foreclosures are up. There’s the sweet spot. Sadly, people lose their homes to foreclosure...
  • Blog Post: Kroger Integrates Bing Maps

    Need to do a little grocery shopping? Chances are you’ll be shopping at a Kroger and not even know it. The grocery retail chain behind such huge brands as Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Fred Meyer (to name a few) is now officially moved their store locator over to the Bing Maps Platform . The new...
  • Blog Post: Darden Restaurants

    It's Friday and a rare sunny, beautiful day in Redmond. I'm feeling good and will be hitting the outdoors as soon as possible - we tend to cut our days short when the sun comes out. Perhaps this is why response times from me are shorter in the summer. Oh, so back to my point, Bahama Breeze is a place...
  • Blog Post: Geo-Enriching Documents with iGeo and Bing Maps

    nTerraCon just opened up shop with the launch of iGeo, their on-the-fly document geotagger. iGeo is “ a new product that geo-enriches online text enabling website visitors to fly-into any location on a web page using Google Earth™ or Bing Maps™ . A free Community edition gives low-traffic...
  • Blog Post: John L. Scott Real Estate and Virtual Earth - Solution Highlight

    John L. Scott , one of the premier residential real estate companies in the US, has updated their website to include a great new search serice powered by Virtual Earth. Their implementation really makes great use of VE to provide better search through the use of the interactive map and road, aerial and...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Business Decision Maker Webcast Posted

    The Microsoft Webcast , "See How Virtual Earth 6.0 Provides an Immersive Web Experience (Level 100)" from last week is now posted for online viewing. If you missed it you can watch and listen here . You can also download the deck I used in the case that you want to reuse the slides. CP
  • Blog Post: Maps 101: Educating Kids with Bing Maps

    Maps.com is launching Bing Maps Platform in their education portal as the backdrop for exploring their massive repository of map-based information. The new site Maps 101 launches today! For the initial launch, subscribers (there’s also a free trial) can use the dynamic map to find Maps101 content...
  • Blog Post: The City of Seattle Traveler’s Information Map

    The City of Seattle just added another Microsoft Virtual Earth application to their site – The Traveler’s Information Map features a Virtual Earth canvas illustrated with with lots of useful traveler information (also read as, commuter information). After launching their first Virtual Earth application...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and OGC WMS

    Check out the new Virtual Earth map style using topographical maps. Ha, gotcha! I should've saved this one for April 1. This is actually an Open Geospatial Consortium Web Map Service integration with Virtual Earth! And, just to clarify, this is not a new map style. C+V Huber just launched a new tourist...
  • Blog Post: IS Consulting Releases MapDotNet UX Beta

    IS Consulting just released the Beta of their MapDotNet UX product and the folks in the GIS world had better take notice. It's funny over the years how everyone thinks they've got the next "Arc-XXX killer," yet ESRI continues to persevere - they're doing a lot of things right; however, the...
  • Blog Post: IDV Solutions Releases Visual Fusion 4.0…And, It Is Awesome!

    I just want to give IDV Solutions a huge shout out today. I dragged myself in to work after waking to another dreary Seattle morning. Hoping the coffee would perk me up…bring out the fail whale. However, this morning I finally got some time to investigate the latest version of IDV’s Visual...
  • Blog Post: InmanTV Interview

    Hey, that's me ! In early August I was asked to interview with Jessica Swesey from Inman to talk about Virtual Earth at the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference In San Francisco . Apparently, the video was just published and was featured in the most recent Inman newsletter. You can see the interview...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Wild Fires with Pitney Bowes and Virtual Earth

    Some may be thinking Public Enemy prophets with their song “Burn Hollywood Burn” after seeing some of the destruction in Southern California. Chuck didn’t mention Montecito or Sylmar in the lyrics, though. Sadness to my peeps who still live down there. Come on guys! It happens somewhere in SoCal every...
  • Blog Post: The City of Seattle

    Thank you Mayor Greg Nickels! The City of Seattle has embraced Microsoft Virtual Earth for their “ My Neighborhood ” mapping application and WOW – I’ve never seen so much useful data in such a simple format with a map-based interface. You want to talk about a central web site to get some truly local...
  • Blog Post: TeamZoneSports

    TeamZoneSports has just gone live with Microsoft Virtual Earth integrated into their community web site that "makes the lives of league directors, coaches, players and parents easier." So, this site is pretty awesome (regardless of the Virtual Earth maps). If you've ever been on or coached...
  • Blog Post: The Scottish Government Goes with Bing Maps Silverlight

    The Scottish Government launched their Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) site which identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a fair way and allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of...
  • Blog Post: MSNBC Maps Midwest Floods with Virtual Earth

    MSNBC published a Virtual Earth map highlighting points along the Mississippi River (and one in Michigan) where towns are getting flooded in the Midwest United States. Each point represents a city with flood issues such as Rock Island, Il and hovering over each city the popup provides you with (a) the...
  • Blog Post: Sound Transit: Riding the Bing Maps Wave

    Sound Transit has launched their new public transit system featuring Bing Maps and leveraging their repository of public transit information to create a trip planner for Seattleites to get around town. The application allows users to put in origin and destination addresses, set the date and time (defaulting...
  • Blog Post: The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Well, the Bengals are once again the Bungles but that doesn’t mean the city can’t celebrate something else…how about their new launch of Microsoft Virtual Earth into Cincinnati.com ?!? That’s right, Cincinnati – a beautiful downtown city, I might add – has just added the ability to view all kinds of...
  • Blog Post: Cleveland Rocks!

    O-HIO! This is pretty awesome. The State of Ohio's Department of Transportation has rolled out a site for all you Buckeyes (and those of you living in the Ohio who didn't go to The Ohio State University). Navigate to BuckeyeTraffic.org and you'll see a huge map (love that) with a number of filters on...
  • Blog Post: SignPoster.com

    SignPoster.com recently launched with their new map-based search service leveraging Virtual Earth as a backdrop for locating available ad space. You put in a neighborhood, a search radius and media type (poster or bus) and off you go. Don't miss the advanced search which allows you to further plan your...
  • Blog Post: YellowPages.com’s Mobile Efforts with Bing Maps

    For the past years, I’ve worked closely with Yellow Pages (owned by AT&T Interactive) getting Bing Maps onto their Yellow Pages.com web site; however, they’ve also been working on some mobile applications that use Bing Maps. You can see the applications from your mobile browser at http...
  • Blog Post: Polygonally Search for Real Estate

    John L. Scott does it again. JLS has rolled out their "neighborhood wizard" to help users more precisely locate a home on their consumer web site. JLS was the first to roll out a residential real estate site that featured auto-refreshing, draggable maps. Now you can still have that same functionality...
  • Blog Post: SLAMming with Virtual Earth

    What happens when you mix mobile, social and maps? You get Microsoft Research's new SLAM application, a cool new social networking application that let's you create and communicate with groups, even viewing the members' locations (with full privacy controls for individuals to expose their locations as...
  • Blog Post: Florida Maps the Census with Bing Maps

    The State of Florida has found an innovative way to map out their census results. Florida is using Bing Maps Platform to visualize tons of information they’re gathering as part of the national census taking place right now (fill out your census info!). The Florida House Census Validator is a (Bing...