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  • Blog Post: Australia on Fire

    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...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth Featured on CSI: Miami

    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...
  • Blog Post: Inaugurating President Barack Obama in Photosynth

    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...
  • Blog Post: The Day the Earth Stood Still

    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...
  • Blog Post: Hurricane Gustav Coverage with Virtual Earth

    I found a couple good sites using Virtual Earth to visualize information about Hurricane Gustav (in addition to the Texas Natural Resources Information System Launches Emergency Resource Site ). See below. MSNBC - Shows the path, points along the path with additional information, timeline intensity,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Earth Featured on CCTV Broadcast

    What's the Hollywood of China? Anyone? Well, CCTV is taking full advantage of their use of Microsoft Virtual Earth across their broadcast network. Here's some video footage of a CCTV news broadcast showing Virtual Earth aerial photos and road maps during a news broadcast. They zoom down on our imagery...
  • Blog Post: MSNBC Maps Midwest Floods with Virtual Earth

    MSNBC published a Virtual Earth map highlighting points along the Mississippi River (and one in Michigan) where towns are getting flooded in the Midwest United States. Each point represents a city with flood issues such as Rock Island, Il and hovering over each city the popup provides you with (a) the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Featured on CNN

    A couple days ago, CNN was broadcasting news about the horrific weather in the Midwest. Well, it turns out they have a new option for illustrating their news stories with maps and imagery - Microsoft Virtual Earth . Check out the video below where CNN's Chad Myers highlights extreme weather by using...
  • Blog Post: Weather Central and 3D Weather Broadcasts

    I've mentioned Weather Central in the past with regards to some of their killing broadcasts which use Virtual Earth as a backdrop. Well, I caught up with them at NAB and thought I'd post an update on some of their innovation. Here are some samples of where they've included Virtual Earth 3D as the backdrop...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual Earth 3D Techno Movie

    2 Unlimited need not show for this party. Check out the latest video showcase the V2 Virtual Earth 3D building models. V2 of our building models are available in Las Vegas , Dallas , Denver and Phoenix . There are still another 250+ cities with photo-textured, scaled building models published in V1 that...
  • Blog Post: Where in the World is Matt Lauer?

    Today, NBC launched there "Where in the world is Matt Lauer" campaign and this morning I saw that he was in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wow - the ultimate boondoggle. What a stud. Anyway, as a part of this campaign, Live Search Club (free online games) has released the game " Discover the World with Matt...
  • Blog Post: Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    The French MSN Entertainment team did a sweet mashup for the release of the new Indian Jones movie - Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull . The application highlights different scenes in the movie, specifically where they take place across the globe. Yes, it's in French since the movie...
  • Blog Post: BBC News: School Report News

    The BBC is expanding their use of Virtual Earth . They released their School Report which brings in the news from all of the local schools from the UK and puts them on a map for easy navigation and exploration. I love this. When I was a kid reporting the news in my monthly class newsletter (or even as...
  • Blog Post: NBC Weather Plus

    NBC Weather Plus has integrated some seriously slick weather tracking data with Microsoft Virtual Earth . The site uses Adobe Flash to render Virtual Earth tiles, then overlays rasterized, opaque weather tiles to visualize weather around the US. In fact, if you try to navigate out of the US it will stop...
  • Blog Post: KSPR - Springfield, MO

    The list of broadcasters using Virtual Earth continues to grow. KSPR in Springfield, MO is now leveraging Virtual Earth to illustrate their weather news cast. Throughout this broadcast they actually use our aerial imagery (ortho) and 3D (seen below). It's exciting to see so many broadcasters adopting...
  • Blog Post: VE and the BBC

    The British Broadcast Corporation has agreed to use Virtual Earth. The plane crash at Heathrow was detailed in this article on the BBC News web site. The article included many illustrations about the accident and the plane itself, but also included a map of the area highlighting the points of interest...
  • Blog Post: Chargers Take Down Patriots!

    Heck yes I'm backing my home team! I met some girl in a bar last year. I don't know her name, but it was the weekend before the Chargers and Patriots played in the Divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The Chargers were 14-2 and the Patriots were limping into San Diego as a wildcard contender. She was...
  • Blog Post: Weather Central

    Jerry Skaw from The Virtual Earth Public Sector Marketing Team posted a blog entry highlighting how some Local News Stations are Leveraging Virtual Earth . Roger Mall and I work closely on media outlets for Virtual Earth, so what you see in the Seattle News area is large in part to our efforts (mostly...
  • Blog Post: Weather Central and Virtual Earth

    Weather Central recently launched their new broadcast platform using Virtual Earth . This is awesome for broadcasters who now have another option to visualize their news stories on maps, aerial photos and 3D. It took me a while to get a copy of this video, but it's their promotional video they showed...
  • Blog Post: MyFox Tropical Weather

    It has been a pretty slow tropical storm season in the gulf this year, but that doesn't make any of the few storms we have seen less newsworthy. The MyFox site we highlighted before has added a new tropical storm tracker to its list of Virtual Earth powered applications. Give it a try.
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