IS Consulting Releases MapDotNet UX Beta

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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 MapDotNet UX product certainly should be raising some eyebrows down in Redlands. How’s this for a foundation to power…

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

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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 connect true art with online mapping, but the folks at POST did. The application is fairly straightforward, but has…

Measuring Households Affected By Flooding Rivers

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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 Earth application. The ESRI team came up with a great mashup using a NOAA KMZ (to pinpoint which rivers are flooding), a Virtual…

Virtual Earth Presence at Shop.org Retail Conference

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Microsoft will have a booth at the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org Annual Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV Monday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 17 and the Microsoft Virtual Earth team will be there to illustrate the power of location in retail scenarios, as well as, integration with other Microsoft technologies applicable to retail. I’ll be presenting a session, as will the PacNW Virtual…

Nordstrom

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Nordstrom just rolled out their new retail store locator using Microsoft Virtual Earth. You can search by any of their 3 brands (Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, or Spa Nordstrom – apparently Façionable is no more). Select a state from the pull down; or, input a postal code and radius; or, enter a store number – you’re hardcore (and a little scary) if you know your Nordstrom store location numbers and don’t…

First 11 Chapters of "Precious Cargo" Featuring Virtual Earth

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This may seem kind of random, but Vanguard Press (the publishers of Clyde Ford’s new novel Precious Cargo) has agreed to allow me to show a HUGE preview of the book since they picked up on my blog entry, “Precious Cargo, by Clyde Ford.” It’s fantastic to know my blog is being read by so many different types of audiences. You can read the first 11 chapters of Precious Cargo…

Virtual Earth 6.0 Auto-Upgrade Date Now Locked – September 10, 2008

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Per my previous posts on the topic of the Virtual Earth auto-grade from v 6.0 to 6.1 and the deprecation plans for v 3, 4 and 5 we’ve officially locked down a date to begin upgrading users on 6.0 to 6.1. On September 10, 2008, if you’re running on v 6.0 of the Virtual Earth AJAX map control and you’ve been using all of the documented functions per the SDK,…

Stream Video and Location Together with GPS-Enabled Mobile Video

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Inca Mobile is rolling out some interesting technology to simultaneously stream video from a mobile phone while leveraging the onboard GPS to track position of where a user is and is moving to and from. The software, called Live Media GPS, currently in beta, runs on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 on phones (with GPS and camera) and is available for free download. You can then watch the video in…

Add Listings to Live Search Maps via The New Live Search Local Listings Center

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We’ve just released the ability to add your listings to Live Search Maps via the Live Search Local Listings Center (US only). Actually, the service had been in place for a while, but not many people knew about it and functionality was, well, rudimentary. Live Search Local (and Live Search Maps) lets users find businesses near them, or near where they want to go. Per the site, why list your…

Studying Climate Change in Alaska

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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 of the kind of catastrophes that could happen due to global warming. Hey, based on information from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “If glaciers outside Antarctica or Greenland…