# Bing Blogs

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## Maps Blog — May 2010

• May
19
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### New Bing Map Apps: Gas Prices, Distance...

Let me take you on a little trip. It’s raining in Seattle today (surprise, surprise), so I’ve decided to head to San Diego for the weekend – the weather should be better there. First thing I want to do is figure out how far it is from Seattle to San Diego. I hear the drive is beautiful especially along the Oregon coast, so let’s calculate the driving distance…introducing the Distance Calculator Map App. The Distance Calculator Map App will generate the distance between two places on the map. Enter “Seattle” in the “Add a Place” box in the left-hand navigation. You’ll see it added to the “Your Places” list below the input box. Then, enter “San Diego.” There are multiple places in the world called San Diego, so select “San Diego, CA” from the disambiguation box. With each input a flag is placed on the map and after you select San Diego a distance calculation will kick in and calculate the distance “as the crow flies.” So, next to the airplane icon you’ll see just how many miles it is to fly from Seattle to San Diego (you can also switch to kilometers). Additionally, a... Read More Let me take you on a little trip. It’s raining in Seattle today (surprise, surprise), so I’ve decided to head to San Diego for the weekend – the weather should be better there. First thing I want to do is figure out how far it is from Seattle to San Diego. I hear the drive is beautiful especially along the Oregon coast, so let’s calculate the driving distance…introducing the Distance Calculator Map App. The Distance Calculator Map App will generate the distance between two places on the map. Enter “Seattle” in the “Add a Place” box in the... Read More
• May
17
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• May
10
20 10

### New Bing Maps Application: Global Action...

The newest addition to the Bing Maps library of applications is the Global Action Atlas by National Geographic . The application allows users to peer into areas where our planet needs help. National Geographic and Bing Maps invite you to support efforts across the globe to help people in need, protect plants and animals, preserve diverse cultures, and more. Join thousands of others who are donating, volunteering, and sharing knowledge on behalf of community-based projects working to solve global challenges. The application interface is quite simple – just check on and off boxes for efforts of interest. The actionable themes include Conservation, Humanitarian Affairs, Cultures, Exploration, Climate Change and Energy and are further described as such: Conservation: Includes categories on animals and plants; fresh water; landscapes; migrations and corridors; and oceans and coastal areas. Climate Change: Focuses on projects having to do with forest conservation and management; renewable energy; reforestation; and ocean impacts. Cultures: Features projects focusing on preserving endangered languages; cultural preservation; archeology; and indigenous rights. Energy... Read More The newest addition to the Bing Maps library of applications is the Global Action Atlas by National Geographic . The application allows users to peer into areas where our planet needs help. National Geographic and Bing Maps invite you to support efforts across the globe to help people in need, protect plants and animals, preserve diverse cultures, and more. Join thousands of others who are donating, volunteering, and sharing knowledge on behalf of community-based projects working to solve global challenges. The application interface is quite simple – just check on and off boxes for efforts... Read More
• May
07
20 10

### Bing Maps Imagery Release, April 2010

Another huge Bing Maps imagery release and this month features our Enhanced Bird’s Eye going worldwide. We now have Enhanced Bird’s eye worldwide with more urban models and the ability to view locations from a re-projected perspective, from all 4 cardinal directions, across the globe. In total, we’re releasing 194,000 square kilometers of new and refreshed imagery. This includes high resolution 20cm aerial for Wellington, New Zealand and 60cm satellite updates for Australia, Mexico, Namibia, Russian Federation and South Africa. Don’t forget, the Bing Maps World Tour is now a Map Application in Bing Maps so you can get all your imagery updates there. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton Read More Another huge Bing Maps imagery release and this month features our Enhanced Bird’s Eye going worldwide. We now have Enhanced Bird’s eye worldwide with more urban models and the ability to view locations from a re-projected perspective, from all 4 cardinal directions, across the globe. In total, we’re releasing 194,000 square kilometers of new and refreshed imagery. This includes high resolution 20cm aerial for Wellington, New Zealand and 60cm satellite updates for Australia, Mexico, Namibia, Russian Federation and South Africa. Don’t forget, the Bing Maps World Tour... Read More
• May
06
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