Navigation and Location USA 2008 Conference

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I’ll be presenting at the Navigation and Location USA 2008 Conference in San Jose, CA on December 3, 2008 presented by Telematics Update. The discussion, "Unlocking New Revenues Through the Web" is one I’m very passionate about. I see quite a few applications come across my computer screen, some dogs, some clever with no business models and some that are just MONEY both functionally and monetarily! There is just SO…

Tracking the Spread of Diabetes in Australia

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The Australian National Diabetes Services Scheme has published an interesting Virtual Earth map application illustrating the spread and penetration of diabetes across the country. The Australian Diabetes Map allows users to select a specific area type – National, State, Postcode, Federal Electoral Zone and Local Government Area in order to drill down into the respective geographical regions for analysis of the gender of those with Diabetes, as well as, the…

Geospatial Map Annotations in the Spatial Wiki

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We in the GIS and LBS world have long wondered how it would be possible to create such a mapping engine that would render the most accurate, up to date maps available with roads and points of interest, geographic boundaries, etc., etc. Let’s put geopolitical issues aside (or not) and in our heads we’ve all considered this open map system which allows users to contribute to a wiki of sorts…

Mr. Obama, Please Save Us All….

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MSNBC just published an interesting little Virtual Earth mashup highlighting mayoral cries from around the nation. The topics include economy (by far number 1), energy, health care, immigration, infrastructure, national security, public safety, taxes and budgets and "other." The application uses a simple dashboard interface to turn on and off the different data layers. It’s pretty interesting / humorous to read some of these requests and the format they’re written…

Tracking Wild Fires with Pitney Bowes and Virtual Earth

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Some may be thinking Public Enemy prophets with their song "Burn Hollywood Burn" after seeing some of the destruction in Southern California. Chuck didn’t mention Montecito or Sylmar in the lyrics, though. Sadness to my peeps who still live down there. Come on guys! It happens somewhere in SoCal every year! It’s like the Bizarro California Lottery for crying out loud. Move. I digress.  In an effort to prevent and…

Developing Virtual Earth iPhone Applications with Objective-C

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You’ve been waiting for this post. If you’ve tried doing any iPhone development with Virtual Earth you’ve probably been swearing up a storm, beating down your computer, and lost hours of sleep wondering how Loopt, Weather Central and now NMobile got their iPhone apps working. Well, Colin Cornaby from Consonance Software may just be your new best friend. He’s the one who build the NMobile application I posted to the…

Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

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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 Earth to map out where these speed traps are, specifically with regards to your position. The application ties into the every-so-useful…

Virtual Earth Survey, November 2008

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We’re putting out another survey to get your feedback on Microsoft Virtual Earth. Tell us how you REALLY feel. The first 500 respondents get a $10 Visa gift card. If you don’t have time now and don’t care about the $10, but still want to send us your feedback the survey will be up through Dec. 1. Access the survey – this is your chance to influence the future of…

Community Weather Reporting with Virtual Earth

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Weather Central has just launched a new beta community site called ReportStorms.com that let’s you report storms in your area. This is an interesting approach to social networking with weather on a micro-local scale. The site, built with Microsoft Virtual Earth and a Silverlight interface, allows you to view in climate weather around the world but even better it allows you to report weather happenings wherever you are. You can…

Photosynth Exploration in Live Search Maps

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Finding cool Photosynth’s just got a heck of a lot easier. We’ve just introduced a new way to explore Photosynth’s as a part of our Collection Explorer feature on Live Search Maps. 2 things – (1) how do you find Photosynths and (2) how did they get there?? Alright, so in order to find Photosynths in Live Search Maps you’ll search for a location – Woodinville, WA, for example. In…