New Bing Map Apps: Gas Prices, Distance Calculator and Parking Finder

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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…

New Bing Maps App: Piracy Watch

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Avast me heartys! Me scurvy dog Bing scalleywags ‘ave another app for ye! Okay, so Talk Like a Pirate Day isn’t until September, but piracy is an international crisis that governments around the world are still dealing with everyday. And, since I’m a Microsoft guy I’m sure you’re thinking I’m talking about software piracy; but, I’m not. I’m talking about the real deal – dirty scoundrels capturing ships from seas…

New Bing Maps Application: Global Action Atlas

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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…

Bing Maps Imagery Release, April 2010

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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…

Mashable Adds Trending Topics with Bing Maps

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Mashable just launched a new function of their web site highlighting Local Twitter Trends on a Bing Map. The application is intended to give devoted Mashable readers the sense of trending topics in selected areas around the world. Using a Bing Map gives immediate context for the respective markets and the top trending topics from Twitter for the respective market. Wondering what people are tweeting about in New York? Click…

How Bing Maps Creates Streetside

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As we continue to roll out more and more Streetside imagery for Bing Maps, I figured it was time to give my technical peeps out there a little sneak peak into how we create the Streetside user experience for Bing Maps. For those of you who don’t know, Streetside is the term for Bing Maps’ ground level, human scale imagery that is highly coveted for bringing users the full visual…