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  • January
    31

    Lifelens to Bring Malaria Treatment to...

    On Friday, four teams from around the world were informed that they had won a $75,000 grant to propel their Imagine Cup ideas and prototypes to the next level. One of the winners was Lifelens a distributed team that developed an innovative and cost effective way to identify malaria in patients living in remote and underserved areas. Lifelens is a point-of-care tool to diagnose malaria using an augmented Windows Phone 7 application. A blood sample is applied to a slide with a dye that only malaria parasites can absorb. Using a special lens with 350x magnification, the Windows Phone takes an image of that slide to get a cellular-level view of the blood cells. The LifeLens technology then detects which cells are infected with malaria. The application includes GPS to geotag the location of each cellular analysis, which can then be displayed on Bing Maps. Yesterday, Tristan Gibeau stopped by our offices to talk with Stefan Weitz about the project, what it was like winning the grant and how the team used Bing Maps. You can check out the conversation as well an overview of LifeLens in the team’s own words below: - Ted Roduner, Bing On Friday, four teams from around the world were informed that they had won a $75,000 grant to propel their Imagine Cup ideas and prototypes to the next level. One of the winners was Lifelens a distributed team that developed an innovative and cost effective way to identify malaria in patients living in remote and underserved areas. Lifelens is a point-of-care tool to diagnose malaria using an augmented Windows Phone 7 application. A blood sample is applied to a slide with a dye that only malaria parasites can absorb. Using a special lens with 350x magnification, the Windows Phone takes an image of that slide to get a cellular-level view of the blood cells. The LifeLens technology then detects which cells are infected with malaria. The application includes GPS to geotag the location of each cellular analysis, which can then be displayed on Bing Maps. Yesterday, Tristan Gibeau stopped by our offices to talk with Stefan Weitz about the project, what it was like winning the grant and how the team used Bing Maps. You can check out the conversation as well an overview of LifeLens in the team’s own words below: - Ted Roduner, Bing
  • January
    30

    Let the Games Begin: Your Guide to Awards...

    Everybody loves a good rivalry. Whether it’s celebrities vying for an Oscar, artists competing for a Grammy, or presidential hopefuls stumping for the nomination, we all enjoy a good competition. That said, some races are more entertaining than others. According to a recent survey we conducted, nearly 70% of people said they are equally or more invested in the Grammys and Oscars than the race for the US presidency. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together some tips to help you bone up on your favorite nominated celebrity, movie or album and make this year’s hottest races even more fun to watch: Plan a few fun nights. The best ways to learn about nominated movies and music can also be the most fun. Check out the lists of nominees and plan a few movie nights or listening parties with your friends to experience the hottest films and albums for yourself. Find movie times or concert listings near you with Bing Entertainment . Take note of your favorites and be ready to pick the winners on the big night based on first-hand knowledge. Research what’s already won – and place your bets. By the time the Academy Awards roll around, Hollywood has... Read More Everybody loves a good rivalry. Whether it’s celebrities vying for an Oscar, artists competing for a Grammy, or presidential hopefuls stumping for the nomination, we all enjoy a good competition. That said, some races are more entertaining than others. According to a recent survey we conducted, nearly 70% of people said they are equally or more invested in the Grammys and Oscars than the race for the US presidency. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together some tips to help you bone up on your favorite nominated celebrity, movie or album and make this year’s hottest races even more fun to watch: Plan a few fun nights. The best ways to learn about nominated movies and music can also be the most fun. Check out the lists of nominees and plan a few movie nights or listening parties with your friends to experience the hottest films and albums for yourself. Find movie times or concert listings near you with Bing Entertainment . Take note of your favorites and be ready to pick the winners on the big night based on first-hand knowledge. Research what’s already won – and place your bets. By the time the Academy Awards roll around, Hollywood has... Read More
  • January
    27

    Bing Rewards December Winners and Our Latest...

    We are pleased to announce the winners, pending official confirmation, of the three Bing Rewards sweepstakes that ended on January 11. Our new sweeps have begun and end on January 31. Keep reading for details on the great prizes we’re offering and how to enter, but first congratulations to our latest winners. John A. of Chalfont, Pennsylvania was drawn as the grand prize winner of the Wintacular Weekend Trip. Have fun picking who to take and where to go on your trip for two with two nights' accommodation anywhere in the continental U.S. Sandi V. of Ankeny, Iowa was picked in the Xbox 360 Pole Position Prize Pack sweepstakes. Enjoy your Kinect for Xbox 360 bundle, Forza Motorsport 4, a Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass and a special edition Forza Motorsport 4 gaming chair from Playseat America. There were 100 winners in our 1K Credit Blizzard sweepstakes, too numerous to list here. However, we’re pleased to share that they represent 35 out of the 50 states, including 16 winners in California and eight each from Texas and Florida. We look forward to seeing how they redeem the 1,000 Bing Rewards credits they won in our new redemption center . Our new sweepstakes... Read More We are pleased to announce the winners, pending official confirmation, of the three Bing Rewards sweepstakes that ended on January 11. Our new sweeps have begun and end on January 31. Keep reading for details on the great prizes we’re offering and how to enter, but first congratulations to our latest winners. John A. of Chalfont, Pennsylvania was drawn as the grand prize winner of the Wintacular Weekend Trip. Have fun picking who to take and where to go on your trip for two with two nights' accommodation anywhere in the continental U.S. Sandi V. of Ankeny, Iowa was picked in the Xbox 360 Pole Position Prize Pack sweepstakes. Enjoy your Kinect for Xbox 360 bundle, Forza Motorsport 4, a Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass and a special edition Forza Motorsport 4 gaming chair from Playseat America. There were 100 winners in our 1K Credit Blizzard sweepstakes, too numerous to list here. However, we’re pleased to share that they represent 35 out of the 50 states, including 16 winners in California and eight each from Texas and Florida. We look forward to seeing how they redeem the 1,000 Bing Rewards credits they won in our new redemption center . Our new sweepstakes... Read More
  • January
    26

    Looking Back at Sundance 2012

    As things wrap up in Park City this week, we wanted to thank everyone who stopped by the Bing Bar on main street. We played host to a group of amazing artists, independent filmmakers and athletes who inspire us (and hopefully you.) We’ve captured some of our favorite interviews and performances below. If you’d like to relive any of these moments, you can find all the interviews at www.bingsundance.com and archived performances from the likes of Fitz and The Tantrums, WIM and Cobra Starship as well as access to insightful talks from figures like pro snowboarder turned traumatic brain injury advocate Kevin Pearce at www.facebook.com/bing (Livestream tab.) See you next year - The Bing Team As things wrap up in Park City this week, we wanted to thank everyone who stopped by the Bing Bar on main street. We played host to a group of amazing artists, independent filmmakers and athletes who inspire us (and hopefully you.) We’ve captured some of our favorite interviews and performances below. If you’d like to relive any of these moments, you can find all the interviews at www.bingsundance.com and archived performances from the likes of Fitz and The Tantrums, WIM and Cobra Starship as well as access to insightful talks from figures like pro snowboarder turned traumatic brain injury advocate Kevin Pearce at www.facebook.com/bing (Livestream tab.) See you next year - The Bing Team
  • January
    23

    Bing at Sundance: See What’s Happening...

    Sundance 2012 is in full tilt at the Bing Bar. From amazing live performances from the likes of Drake, Jason Mraz, Grouplove and Cobra Starship to candid interviews with stars like Aziz Ansari, Kristen Bell, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Quincy Jones, we have captured all the action. Check out a few videos below, visit www.bingsundance.com for all of the interviews and check out www.facebook.com/bing for livestreams of events as they happen. - The Bing Team Sundance 2012 is in full tilt at the Bing Bar. From amazing live performances from the likes of Drake, Jason Mraz, Grouplove and Cobra Starship to candid interviews with stars like Aziz Ansari, Kristen Bell, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Quincy Jones, we have captured all the action. Check out a few videos below, visit www.bingsundance.com for all of the interviews and check out www.facebook.com/bing for livestreams of events as they happen. - The Bing Team
  • January
    21

    Bing at Sundance: Wiz Khalifa, Jesse Williams...

    The snow is falling and the stars are out in Park City. Ross Mathews has been busy catching the actors and musicians as they make their way through the Bing Bar. Check out some of the interviews below, head to www.bingsundance.com for all of the coverage and watch the livestreams of today’s events on www.facebook.com/bing. - The Bing Team The snow is falling and the stars are out in Park City. Ross Mathews has been busy catching the actors and musicians as they make their way through the Bing Bar. Check out some of the interviews below, head to www.bingsundance.com for all of the coverage and watch the livestreams of today’s events on www.facebook.com/bing. - The Bing Team
  • January
    20

    Bing is for Doing: Kevin Pearce’s Story

    This weekend, Bing will be premiering a new campaign featuring winter sports athletes doing amazing things. The campaign will launch with American snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, who was on the path to the 2010 Olympics before a tragic snowboarding accident left him with a traumatic brain injury. Pearce, now an aspiring sports commentator and an advocate for both the National Down Syndrome Society and the prevention of Traumatic Brain Injuries, just returned to the slopes this month. Bing has documented his inspiring story and an advertisement featuring his story will premiere during the NFC Championship game on Sunday and air during the X Games coverage on ESPN. Kevin’s determination and drive to overcome his accident through vigorous rehabilitation and training inspires us at Bing to “do” more. Today, we’re pleased to preview Kevin’s inspiring story and how he embodies the spirit of doing. Just over two years from the day of the accident, Kevin is returning to Park City as part of Bing’s Speaker Series at the Sundance Film Festival. Moderated by Sal Masekala, Kevin will join Dr. Holly Ledyard, the doctor who helped him recover to... Read More This weekend, Bing will be premiering a new campaign featuring winter sports athletes doing amazing things. The campaign will launch with American snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, who was on the path to the 2010 Olympics before a tragic snowboarding accident left him with a traumatic brain injury. Pearce, now an aspiring sports commentator and an advocate for both the National Down Syndrome Society and the prevention of Traumatic Brain Injuries, just returned to the slopes this month. Bing has documented his inspiring story and an advertisement featuring his story will premiere during the NFC Championship game on Sunday and air during the X Games coverage on ESPN. Kevin’s determination and drive to overcome his accident through vigorous rehabilitation and training inspires us at Bing to “do” more. Today, we’re pleased to preview Kevin’s inspiring story and how he embodies the spirit of doing. Just over two years from the day of the accident, Kevin is returning to Park City as part of Bing’s Speaker Series at the Sundance Film Festival. Moderated by Sal Masekala, Kevin will join Dr. Holly Ledyard, the doctor who helped him recover to... Read More
  • January
    17

    Experience Sundance 2012 Live on Facebook...

    Since not everyone can make it to Park City, we’re bringing Sundance to you Over the course of the festival we will be hosting speaker series with independent film makers, award-winning actors and musicians, featuring nighttime musical performances and partnering with SPIN to bring exclusive happy hour musical acts to play at the Bing Bar. You can watch the Livestreams from the Bing Facebook page. Check out the schedule below and visit www.facebook.com/bing to watch live. FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 TH Event: The Bing Speaker Series for “In Search of Incredible”, featuring commentary and performance by Jason Mraz, presented by Asus/Intel Time: 1 pm MT Event: Bing Presents SPIN Sessions happy hour featuring a performance by Mallory Lennon and Gary Clark Jr. at the Bing Bar Time: 4:45 pm MT SATURDAY, JANUARY 21ST Event: The Bing Speaker Series with the “Lay the Favorite” Cast and Filmmakers at the Bing Bar Time: 3 pm MT Speakers include: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rebecca Hall Event: Bing Presents SPIN Sessions happy hour featuring a performance by The Cool Kids at the Bing Bar Time: 4:45 pm MT SUNDAY, JANUARY... Read More Since not everyone can make it to Park City, we’re bringing Sundance to you Over the course of the festival we will be hosting speaker series with independent film makers, award-winning actors and musicians, featuring nighttime musical performances and partnering with SPIN to bring exclusive happy hour musical acts to play at the Bing Bar. You can watch the Livestreams from the Bing Facebook page. Check out the schedule below and visit www.facebook.com/bing to watch live. FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 TH Event: The Bing Speaker Series for “In Search of Incredible”, featuring commentary and performance by Jason Mraz, presented by Asus/Intel Time: 1 pm MT Event: Bing Presents SPIN Sessions happy hour featuring a performance by Mallory Lennon and Gary Clark Jr. at the Bing Bar Time: 4:45 pm MT SATURDAY, JANUARY 21ST Event: The Bing Speaker Series with the “Lay the Favorite” Cast and Filmmakers at the Bing Bar Time: 3 pm MT Speakers include: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rebecca Hall Event: Bing Presents SPIN Sessions happy hour featuring a performance by The Cool Kids at the Bing Bar Time: 4:45 pm MT SUNDAY, JANUARY... Read More
  • January
    16

    Get the Scoop on Sundance with Ross Mathews...

    The Sundance Film Festival kicks-off Thursday and TV personality, Tonight Show correspondent and Chelsea Lately regular and guest host, Ross Mathews will be in the center of the action hosting exclusive interviews with the stars at The Bing Bar. You have a chance to get Ross’ inside perspective on the happenings at Sundance. He will be our guest on this week’s #BingIt chat where he will share his take on what to expect in Park City this year. Join us Tuesday, January 17 th from 1-2 p.m. PT to tweet directly with Ross. To participate, follow @Bing and @helloross and tweet out your questions and commentary with the hashtag #BingIt. To make it worth your while, we will be giving away two $50 gift cards. Check out this video from last year to see Ross in action. - The #BingIt Team Kari Dilloo - @karidilloo Ted Roduner - @roduner Tanya Wang - @wangtanya The Sundance Film Festival kicks-off Thursday and TV personality, Tonight Show correspondent and Chelsea Lately regular and guest host, Ross Mathews will be in the center of the action hosting exclusive interviews with the stars at The Bing Bar. You have a chance to get Ross’ inside perspective on the happenings at Sundance. He will be our guest on this week’s #BingIt chat where he will share his take on what to expect in Park City this year. Join us Tuesday, January 17 th from 1-2 p.m. PT to tweet directly with Ross. To participate, follow @Bing and @helloross and tweet out your questions and commentary with the hashtag #BingIt. To make it worth your while, we will be giving away two $50 gift cards. Check out this video from last year to see Ross in action. - The #BingIt Team Kari Dilloo - @karidilloo Ted Roduner - @roduner Tanya Wang - @wangtanya
  • January
    12

    Lights, Camera, Action: Experience The...

    On January 19 th film buffs and the independent film community will descend on Park City to experience the Sundance Film Festival. For the third year, Bing will serve as the “Official Search Engine of Sundance” and offer a star-studded line-up of events to celebrate the spirit of Sundance at the Bing Bar. Bing offers a range of entertainment features that make it easy for you to find the information you need, and do the entertainment you love. Partnering with events like Sundance help us share amazing content with entertainment fans and this year for the first time, we will livestream many of our events on our Bing Facebook page – making it easy for anyone to experience the magic of Sundance. We’re proud to be prominently featured as the official search engine of sundance.org and provide the mapping technologies for the Official Sundance Film Festival Mobile Application . And this year, we’re excited to have the biggest Bing Bar yet – now taking over 3 floors of this historic Claim Jumper hotel in downtown Park City. The Bing Bar will offer a star-studded line-up of diverse events, featuring speaker panels, film premier parties, exclusive... Read More On January 19 th film buffs and the independent film community will descend on Park City to experience the Sundance Film Festival. For the third year, Bing will serve as the “Official Search Engine of Sundance” and offer a star-studded line-up of events to celebrate the spirit of Sundance at the Bing Bar. Bing offers a range of entertainment features that make it easy for you to find the information you need, and do the entertainment you love. Partnering with events like Sundance help us share amazing content with entertainment fans and this year for the first time, we will livestream many of our events on our Bing Facebook page – making it easy for anyone to experience the magic of Sundance. We’re proud to be prominently featured as the official search engine of sundance.org and provide the mapping technologies for the Official Sundance Film Festival Mobile Application . And this year, we’re excited to have the biggest Bing Bar yet – now taking over 3 floors of this historic Claim Jumper hotel in downtown Park City. The Bing Bar will offer a star-studded line-up of diverse events, featuring speaker panels, film premier parties, exclusive... Read More
  • January
    10

    Win a Trip to See Jason Mraz Live at Sundance...

    Last week, we asked you to share your favorite film with us for a chance to win a trip for you and a friend to The Sundance Film Festival 2012. Today, we’re proud to announce that Jason Mraz will be performing at Sundance. For all of our loyal followers who are also Mraz fans, we are hosting a Twitter sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip to Sundance for one winner and a friend. Today (January 10 th ), we will be tweeting a question from the @Bing Twitter handle asking you to decide which Jason Mraz song you would like to dedicate to a friend. To play, all you have to do is tweet your answer, @-mention Bing somewhere within the post, and include the #BingBar and #SearchIncredible hashtags. From the followers who tweet an answer that @-mentions Bing somewhere within the post with the #BingBar and #SearchIncredible hashtags, we will randomly select one lucky winner during the following time period: 9AM-5PM PT on January 10, 2012. Good luck! For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here. - The Bing Team Last week, we asked you to share your favorite film with us for a chance to win a trip for you and a friend to The Sundance Film Festival 2012. Today, we’re proud to announce that Jason Mraz will be performing at Sundance. For all of our loyal followers who are also Mraz fans, we are hosting a Twitter sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip to Sundance for one winner and a friend. Today (January 10 th ), we will be tweeting a question from the @Bing Twitter handle asking you to decide which Jason Mraz song you would like to dedicate to a friend. To play, all you have to do is tweet your answer, @-mention Bing somewhere within the post, and include the #BingBar and #SearchIncredible hashtags. From the followers who tweet an answer that @-mentions Bing somewhere within the post with the #BingBar and #SearchIncredible hashtags, we will randomly select one lucky winner during the following time period: 9AM-5PM PT on January 10, 2012. Good luck! For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here. - The Bing Team
  • January
    06

    Win a “Trip to Sundance” Compliments of...

    Each year, The Sundance Film Festival draws thousands of film buffs to Park City, Utah and serves as the premier showcase for independent films. For the third year, Bing is the official search engine for Sundance and the Bing team will be traveling to Sundance to set up the Bing Bar, last year’s hottest destination at Sundance. The Bing Bar will host a star-studded line-up of diverse events, offering an inside look at the films, people, and music that make Sundance so unique. Featuring speaker panels, happy hours, film premier parties, after-hour parties and much more, the Bing Bar celebrates the best of Sundance. Last year, the Bing Bar featured exclusive performances from Florence and the Machine, Janelle Monae, and Cee-Lo Green; film parties for soon-to-be hits like Margin Call, My Idiot Brother and The Ledge; and a range of speaker series featuring Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Piven and more. Demi Moore, Liv Tyler, Paul Rudd, Adrian Grenier, Chelsea Handler, Kevin Spacey, Emma Roberts, Shaun White, Ashton Kutcher, and Elizabeth Banks were just a few of the stars that hung out at the Bing Bar. Check out the video. This... Read More Each year, The Sundance Film Festival draws thousands of film buffs to Park City, Utah and serves as the premier showcase for independent films. For the third year, Bing is the official search engine for Sundance and the Bing team will be traveling to Sundance to set up the Bing Bar, last year’s hottest destination at Sundance. The Bing Bar will host a star-studded line-up of diverse events, offering an inside look at the films, people, and music that make Sundance so unique. Featuring speaker panels, happy hours, film premier parties, after-hour parties and much more, the Bing Bar celebrates the best of Sundance. Last year, the Bing Bar featured exclusive performances from Florence and the Machine, Janelle Monae, and Cee-Lo Green; film parties for soon-to-be hits like Margin Call, My Idiot Brother and The Ledge; and a range of speaker series featuring Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Piven and more. Demi Moore, Liv Tyler, Paul Rudd, Adrian Grenier, Chelsea Handler, Kevin Spacey, Emma Roberts, Shaun White, Ashton Kutcher, and Elizabeth Banks were just a few of the stars that hung out at the Bing Bar. Check out the video. This... Read More
  • January
    04

    Bing Casting Call: Startups in their Own...

    The Bing Casting Call series is a startup video experiment. With the help of Bing’s Ted Roduner (a colleague with a camera) and master promoter Marcelo Calbucci , originator of the Seattle 2.0 Web site, we set out to capture the startup experience from the horse’s mouth. Our aim was to create a platform where startups could share, convene and learn from one another. With this in mind, we put out a call to startups who wanted to share their experiences on film. By doing the Bing Casting Call, we were able to provide startups from Seattle (who to be fair is not on our official list of startup cities for Bing Booster program , we just live here) a chance to tell their story and learn from their peers. Applicants had less than a week to prepare 3 video scripts to submit to our judges: a) 30-second pitch of their company (video clips can’t run longer than 30 seconds) b) Up to 3 minutes of the startup tips they want to share with other startups in Seattle and around the country. c) 1 minute demo footage We chose the seven startups based on the strength of those scripts, having a product or prototype that was public and could be demoed, and having... Read More The Bing Casting Call series is a startup video experiment. With the help of Bing’s Ted Roduner (a colleague with a camera) and master promoter Marcelo Calbucci , originator of the Seattle 2.0 Web site, we set out to capture the startup experience from the horse’s mouth. Our aim was to create a platform where startups could share, convene and learn from one another. With this in mind, we put out a call to startups who wanted to share their experiences on film. By doing the Bing Casting Call, we were able to provide startups from Seattle (who to be fair is not on our official list of startup cities for Bing Booster program , we just live here) a chance to tell their story and learn from their peers. Applicants had less than a week to prepare 3 video scripts to submit to our judges: a) 30-second pitch of their company (video clips can’t run longer than 30 seconds) b) Up to 3 minutes of the startup tips they want to share with other startups in Seattle and around the country. c) 1 minute demo footage We chose the seven startups based on the strength of those scripts, having a product or prototype that was public and could be demoed, and having... Read More