Trulia – Snapshot

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Trulia launched their new home searching tool dubbed “Snapshot” as a new and unique way to search for real estate. I have to say, this site IS ABSOLUTELY SICK. For you non-Gen Xers and younger, that’s a good thing. I would say it’s “disgusting” but only post Gen Yers would get it. Seriously. UX people – take some notes, because you’re about to get schooled on how to change the…

Virtual Earth Satisfaction Survey

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We sent out another customer/developer satisfaction survey today. We’d love to here what you have to say – good, bad or other – so feel free to complete the Virtual Earth Developer Satisfaction Survey. Here’s the actual text that was sent around: As a Virtual Earth platform developer, your opinions are very important to us!  We’re conducting a satisfaction survey and would like you to evaluate the level and quality…

Top 100 Photo Contest – Win $10,000!

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I stumbled across a Virtual Earth mashup dubbed The Top 100 Iconic Photo Locations Map Room from Canon and Microsoft and realized there’s a whole contest behind this thing (details below). First, the mashup! Once you get to the site, you can select one of five “quadrants.” Yes, I know quad means four, but they broke up the US into 4 quadrants and then call the fifth “other” which means…

Weather Central and 3D Weather Broadcasts

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I’ve mentioned Weather Central in the past with regards to some of their killing broadcasts which use Virtual Earth as a backdrop. Well, I caught up with them at NAB and thought I’d post an update on some of their innovation. Here are some samples of where they’ve included Virtual Earth 3D as the backdrop for weather forecasts (notice the clouds in the sky): New York: Las Vegas: Also, check…

Getting Addresses Using Aerial Photos

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I wrote a little mashup for Where 2.0 that shows some functionality I’ve always wanted and was just too lazy…I mean busy! to get it done. The idea is that if I ever wanted to know what the lat/lon of a specific location on a map is (since I write a few geo-apps) all I wanted to do was click on the map (or in this case an aerial photo).…

7-Eleven

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7-Eleven went live last night with Virtual Earth. Nothing over the top special, but a nifty little store locator. Enter a postal code, select some optional search attributes (Gas Available, Bill Payment, ATM, Money Order, Audio Enabled ATM, Money, Transfers, Check Cashing, 7-Eleven® Visa®), and click “Go” to find the nearest 7-Eleven. The implementation is pretty clean. I’ve thrown a couple JS errors, but it didn’t kill my browser or…

Trips and Pics with Microsoft Virtual Earth

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James Oyang, recently granted me a copy of Pharos Trips and Pics with GPS. I’ve been a longstanding user of the Pharos GPS with Streets and Trips and MapPoint, but with the continued growth of online photo-sharing and using maps as a backdrop I wanted to find something that scales a bit better. So, I took the GPS with me, installed the software and synchronized my camera clock with my…

China Mashups with Virtual Earth

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The Live Search Maps China team has been busy. They’ve release a new version of Live Search Maps China which includes Virtual Earth China API for developers, with Virtual Earth China SDK documentation on Chinese MSDN. Pinyin support for map search query Business photos on LSV page Transit -  Improved route quality; better estimation of trip time; refreshed transit data for all 11 cities. Geocoding – Support Pinyin correction; geocoding…

Mapping Earthquakes in China

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The Live Search Maps team in China has created a collection rendering all of the earthquakes in China. We hope this collection of information will provide some additional information about events that are taking place, so those of you who are interested can follow along using a map-based interface. China Tomorrow Education Foundation (CTEF) is accepting donations online or by check to bring much needed relief to affected families and…

Worldwide Telescope Now Available!

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The long awaited Microsoft Worldwide Telescope is now available for download! Start exploring the galaxy, the universe and yes, even the Virtual Earth – well, it is a planet you know, so why wouldn’t it be included? This tool is absolutely sick and will be the next “must have” application for those late nights under the stars – perfect timing for summer! View other user’s collections; explore the galaxies; search…