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  • Blog Post: Outlining Postal Delivery Areas On Virtual Earth

    Melissa Data has just published a unique application that highlights postal delivery areas for any given postal code on a Microsoft Virtual Earth map. I was thinking WOW this would be an awesome data set of robust polygons and routes to see how hard our tax dollars are being used....but, apparently Newman...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps for WordPress – Take 2

    A while ago Chris Pendleton had blogged about Bing Maps for WordPress . In his post he described a plugin that was developed by Rich Gubby using the Bing Maps AJAX Control. Just yesterday I discovered now another Bing Maps plugin for WordPress . This one is using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control and...
  • Blog Post: Precious Cargo, by Clyde Ford

    Ok, here's a new one. Clyde Ford is promoting his new novel, Precious Cargo by using Microsoft Virtual Earth in an online preview of certain pages within book. The map is used mostly to show places in the "Location Index" using our Bird's Eye photography (where available) and a high resolution...
  • Blog Post: Mapvertising on Virtual Earth with Lat49

    I recently wrote a post discussing the advertising opportunities on Live Search Maps . Well, it turns out there's a player in town ready to take up the opportunity to provide map-based advertising (aka mapvertising) and make YOU some money for your mapping applications! The guys over at Lat49 have created...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth?

    With the release of Windows 7 RC to the world which you can now freely download from the Microsoft Windows web site , I figured I would at least let you know where Microsoft Virtual Earth fits into the equation. First off, there’s a location API built into the operating system. This means that...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Sweden

    Virtual Sweden (not related to Virtual Earth) has launched Microsoft Virtual Earth into their web site highlighting different points of interest around the Nordic country. The map interface is pretty straightforward with orange pins representing points of interest on the map. And, greatly enough, we...
  • Blog Post: A Few Virtual Earth / Silverlight Demo Applications

    A few months back I posted about Lots of Virtual Earth and Silverlight Development Outside of Microsoft and things haven't quite slowed down, now have they? I found a couple interesting applications with Silverlight and Microsoft Virtual Earth that I figured I'd share with the rest of you in case you...
  • Blog Post: The Climate Mystery - A Bing Maps Game for Thanksgiving

    For those of you who will be stuffing yourself full of tryptophan-laced turkey followed by a night of forced family interaction, I’ve got something for you. Instead of breaking out the Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit or Risk you can logon to The Climate Mystery game featuring Bing Maps . The impetus...
  • Blog Post: Studying Climate Change in Alaska

    The Microsoft Environment Team published a case study called " Studying Climate Change With a SEAMONSTER " which leverages many Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Research personnel, but most importantly Virtual Earth . If you've ever seen The Day After Tomorrow , you might be reminded...
  • Blog Post: Vampires + Bing Maps + Silverlight = So Hot Right Now

    With the impending release of the much anticipated teen vampire romance, Twilight: New Moon , the Bing team has put together The Virtual Twilight Tour , a blood-sucking fun application for you to view an exclusive Twilight video tour brings Forks, La Push, Port Angeles, and Volterra right to your computer...
  • Blog Post: Finding Haunted Houses with Virtual Earth

    Halloween is BY FAR my favorite holiday, so I find it only appropriate to publish a little something to help spread the holiday fear. A few years ago we published a Halloween Map (aka The Haunted Map), but we’re not doing it this year (and haven’t in 3 years). This year, I’m simply going to show you...
  • Blog Post: Picture the Impossible Uses Bing Maps for Maptitude Game

    Picture the Impossible is a community-based game developed jointly by the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. The game engages members of the community in exploration of the City of Rochester, and encourages both creativity and...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Developers Contest (Via Windows Live)

    The team at Via Windows Live is sponsoring a contest asking you to submit articles or videos showcasing innovative Virtual Earth applications. Winners will get a Virtual Earth clock or glass globe (I have one of each – both nice); and, everyone who contributes gets a t-shirt. Hey, in this economy who...
  • Blog Post: Grad Students Create TaxiCity Game with Bing Maps

    What happens when you mix Canadian Grad Students, Silverlight, Bing Maps and the perfect push up? Well, apparently, you get Taxi City . Taxi City is an online game powered by Silverlight and Bing Maps Platform for picking up and dropping off passengers in and around Vancouver, Canada. The game...
  • Blog Post: Mashable Adds Trending Topics with Bing Maps

    Mashable just launched a new function of their web site highlighting Local Twitter Trends on a Bing Map . The application is intended to give devoted Mashable readers the sense of trending topics in selected areas around the world. Using a Bing Map gives immediate context for the respective markets and...
  • Blog Post: Intermingle Location Data with Geo Fact Finder

    Those guys at Urban Mapping, famous in our industry for some of the best neighborhood boundary data, are doing more than just polygons these days. They’ve created Geo Fact Finder which had the original intention of illustrating the capabilities of their platform Mapfluence . Mapfluence is a web-based...
  • Blog Post: Measuring Households Affected By Flooding Rivers

    Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink - Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. And, with all the water everywhere caused by hurricanes, melting ice, and thunderous storms leading to overflowing riverbeds, it's only right to visualize such information using a Microsoft Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

    If you're an art lover, a technology junkie, Virtual Earth fan and you'll be in Philly this October you'll love this. The Philadelphia Open Studio Tours is using Microsoft Virtual Earth to highlight open studio artist tours with their POST Interactive Map application. I never thought I'd find a way to...
  • Blog Post: Shall We Play A Game? UMapper’s Virtual Earth Game

    Okay, it’s been a long day, so let’s find today’s time waster to blow off some steam…ah, UMapper has a new Flash-based, Microsoft Virtual Earth game called “GeoDart .” The object? Click the aerial photo closest to location specified to identify where it is. The closer...
  • Blog Post: Rendering Historic Maps on Bing

    One feature of the Bing Maps APIs that has gained a lot of traction is the ability to overlay custom tiles atop the Bing Maps tiles to illustrate tons of data in a raster format. The ability to draw data on the map using vector graphics is all fine and dandy, but when you want to render census data,...
  • Blog Post: Graffiti Uses Bing Maps Canvas to Geotag Artist’s Work on Facebook

    Graffiti’s Facebook application allows users to draw art renderings from their imagination – proven by the over 75 million submissions thus far! The first time I looked at this app and some of the resulting work, I asked how it was done and why some people were allowed to upload photos. After all, it...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

    The newest app in the Apple iStore just may save you some cash. Njection Mobile (NMobile) allows users to find and report current and historical locations along the roads where our friendly law enforcement officers tend to hang out before stopping us for our autographs. NMobile uses Microsoft Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2009 – Team Croatia Builds GeoScout with Bing Maps

    The Imagine Cup 2009 finals is in full swing. On July 3, 2009 in Cairo the winner will be announced for the most innovative project. The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup is one way Microsoft is encouraging young people to apply their imagination, their...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps for WordPress Bloggers

    Got a WordPress blog? Want to map out some information for your blog readers? Rich Gubby (@ mobilewebjunkie ) felt the need and wanted Bing Maps to do it. He took it a step further and created a WordPress plugin that allows for super simple configuration of a Bing Map that you can easily insert into...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Applications on Facebook

    I just joined Facebook. This is after a long, nightmarish experience of "friends" on MySpace forced me to delete my account (3 times) and depart from social networking sites altogether; however, I'm healed and recovered and now move forward with a Facebook account (don't be offended if you...