Using Bird’s Eye on Broadcast

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King 5 (NBC) in Seattle recently did a story about a rather precarious intersection which challenges the legality of tickets issued at a 5-way intersection via a camera system (RCW 46.63.170 basically states that camera systems are only legal for 4-way intersections). In order to really illustrate the intersection, King 5 used Bing Maps and more specifically Bird’s Eye imagery, to really bring the story to life. Check out this…

Bing Maps Goes Hollywood (at PDC)

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The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicks off tomorrow and Bing Maps will have some fun, yet informative events going on. First off, if you’re at PDC you should follow the @BingMaps handle on Twitter for up to the minute information about what’s going on at the show. Plus, Bing Maps is running a Twitter contest throughout PDC. Check out the contest at http://www.microsoft.com/maps/twittercontest. Bing!   Also, if you’re at…

Vampires + Bing Maps + Silverlight = So Hot Right Now

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With the impending release of the much anticipated teen vampire romance, Twilight: New Moon, the Bing team has put together The Virtual Twilight Tour, a blood-sucking fun application for you to view an exclusive Twilight video tour brings Forks, La Push, Port Angeles, and Volterra right to your computer so that you can see 16 of Twilight’s and New Moon’s most exciting locations, such as the Cullen house, Fork’s Police…

The Weather Network Broadcasts with Bing Maps

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Now, I’ve seen some cool newscasts with Bing Maps (formerly Virtual Earth), but I’ve got some new eye candy to help boost your weatherman’s ratings. The Weather Network in Canada has integrated Bing Maps into their weathercasts and it is, simply put – sick. Watch this weather broadcast video (in Silverlight) and check out the Virtual Earth / Bing Maps 3D integration with animated weather right in the 3D control…

National Geographic Digitizes 120 Years of Magazines; Geobrowse with Bing Maps

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 National Geographic is publishing 120 years worth of their magazines onto a 6 DVD set (or external hard drive) for amazing discoveries, fascinating [Bing] Maps, and the world’s best photography with The Complete National Geographic. This definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine, digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, brings you the world and all that is in it. Use the advanced interface to explore a topic, search…

BBC Goes Big on Bing Maps

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BBC has been quite the busy bees publishing some innovative applications on Bing Maps. Check out this list of applications:   Save Our Sounds – BBC wants you to help build an interactive map of the world. So get involved and send in recordings of sounds from where you live. Listen to the sounds of the world – and then send us your audio.   Cannes 2009 Map – Use this…

Australia on Fire

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For those of you in the know about Australia’s out of control fires burning through the bush, you may be interested in a few resources available to you to track the situation through some of the news outlets. Authorities fear more than 200 have died in the blaze, so if you’re wondering what’s going on where, this post will be of interest. ABC News (Australia) has a FANTASTIC implementation of…

Photosynth Featured on CSI: Miami

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Photosynth was featured on the season 12, episode 7 of CSI: Miami titled, "Head Case" on CBS. As described on the web site, "The CSIs use radical technology to unlock the secrets of a man’s mind when he shows up covered in blood with no memory of where he’s been." Microsoft teamed up with the production crew to make this happen. In order to develop the content for the episode…

Inaugurating President Barack Obama in Photosynth

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In partnership with Microsoft, CNN has published "The Moment" a Photosynth experience that allows users to upload photos during the inauguration of President Barack Obama which will then automagically be stitched into the potentially largest and "most detailed experience of a single moment ever." Don’t know about Photosynth, check out the web site. "The Moment" will use a combination of crowd sourcing and professional photographers to freeze those amazing 20…

The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Whoa. I have an idea for a new use of Microsoft Virtual Earth. Let’s say a mysterious orb is screaming through space on its way to crash land somewhere on Earth. You could actually determine where the orb was going to land given the speed of the orb and the rotation of the Earth (and some other math and physics). Perhaps it’s Manhattan. Then, let’s say you wanted to show…