Geo-fencing with Bing Spatial Data Services and Azure Mobile Services

Triggering certain actions such as sending notifications or alerts when a device enters or leaves an area is often referred to as geo-fencing. The geo-fence, the boundary of the area of interest, can be dynamic like a radius around a school or around your own device, it can be pre-defined such as a neighborhood, city or county, or it can be an area defined and digitized for a specific purpose. In this post, we will walk through an end-to-end...
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How to Create a Customer Ranked Auto Suggest with Bing Maps and Azure Mobile Services

From time to time I come across developers who want to have an auto suggest search box to use with their map. Your first thought might be to simply use the Bing Maps geocoding services to do this, however this often ends up generating a large number of transactions. If you are using Bing Maps under the free terms of use this can result in your application quickly exceeding the free usage limits. If you have an enterprise license for Bing Maps...
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Traffic Notifications with Bing Maps & Windows Azure Mobile Services

Windows Azure Mobile Services is a great set of services which provide a cloud backend for your mobile applications. It provides native SDKs for Windows Store apps, Windows Phone, iOS and Android as well as HTML5. Those SDKs support amongst many other things push notifications, authentication via Microsoft, Facebook, Google or Twitter accounts as well as schedulers combined with the on-demand scaling that you expect from a cloud platform. Getting...
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