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  • Blog Post: Saving America $329,000

    Remember a few weeks ago, when Air Force one flew over downtown Manhattan escorted by a F-16 and scared the bejesus out of every New Yorker lighting nostalgic sparks of 9/11? Well, our partners at 3DVia decided to recreate the scene using Virtual Earth 3D – much less intimidating and considering they...
  • Blog Post: Shall We Play A Game? UMapper’s Virtual Earth Game

    Okay, it’s been a long day, so let’s find today’s time waster to blow off some steam…ah, UMapper has a new Flash-based, Microsoft Virtual Earth game called “GeoDart .” The object? Click the aerial photo closest to location specified to identify where it is. The closer you are and the faster you respond...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth?

    With the release of Windows 7 RC to the world which you can now freely download from the Microsoft Windows web site , I figured I would at least let you know where Microsoft Virtual Earth fits into the equation. First off, there’s a location API built into the operating system. This means that from within...
  • Blog Post: Visualizing Swine Flu on Virtual Earth

    What the heck is going on with this swine flu thing? I was in the elevator at The Roosevelt last night and these guys are saying, “Don’t eat the carnitas (pork) no matter what.” Um, I don’t think you can get this new swine flu from eating pig, but apparently you get from any other normal means of transmitting...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Developers Contest (Via Windows Live)

    The team at Via Windows Live is sponsoring a contest asking you to submit articles or videos showcasing innovative Virtual Earth applications. Winners will get a Virtual Earth clock or glass globe (I have one of each – both nice); and, everyone who contributes gets a t-shirt. Hey, in this economy who...
  • 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: MSNBC’s Interactive Inauguration Map

    MSNBC has posted an interactive map featuring Microsoft Virtual Earth for the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. The map highlights a few points of interest plus the path of the parade the president will take en route to The White House where he will take his oath of office. The application...
  • Blog Post: The Making of the Virtual Earth 3D Santa Tracker

    As Santa heads north for his annual slumber and we’re all left with buyer’s remorse and daunting credit card bills we can now reflect on something positive: how Christmas was changed this year for the better with a 3D version of tracking Santa using Microsoft Virtual Earth . And, hey, I was stoked –...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Santa in Virtual Earth 3D

    As a follow up to The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience , the boys and I created a Santa Tracker to track Old St. Nick on his trek around the world hosted by MSNBC ( direct link to application here in the case you can find it on MSNBC ). As Ed Young would say, “we’re gonna take this to...
  • Blog Post: Season’s Greetings from Microsoft Maps

    A little token of our nod to the holidays. Check out the site built with a Silverlight interface with post cards highlighting our imagery from our the world. Click on any of them to be redirected to Multimap’s implementation of Virtual Earth imagery on Multimap.com. If you don’t like Multmap, you can...
  • Blog Post: Geospatial Map Annotations in the Spatial Wiki

    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...
  • Blog Post: Mr. Obama, Please Save Us All….

    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...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

    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...
  • Blog Post: Finding Haunted Houses with Virtual Earth

    Halloween is BY FAR my favorite holiday, so I find it only appropriate to publish a little something to help spread the holiday fear. A few years ago we published a Halloween Map (aka The Haunted Map), but we’re not doing it this year (and haven’t in 3 years). This year, I’m simply going to show you...
  • Blog Post: Outlining Postal Delivery Areas On Virtual Earth

    Melissa Data has just published a unique application that highlights postal delivery areas for any given postal code on a Microsoft Virtual Earth map. I was thinking WOW this would be an awesome data set of robust polygons and routes to see how hard our tax dollars are being used....but, apparently Newman...
  • Blog Post: Mapvertising on Virtual Earth with Lat49

    I recently wrote a post discussing the advertising opportunities on Live Search Maps . Well, it turns out there's a player in town ready to take up the opportunity to provide map-based advertising (aka mapvertising) and make YOU some money for your mapping applications! The guys over at Lat49 have created...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Sweden

    Virtual Sweden (not related to Virtual Earth) has launched Microsoft Virtual Earth into their web site highlighting different points of interest around the Nordic country. The map interface is pretty straightforward with orange pins representing points of interest on the map. And, greatly enough, we...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and Microsoft Popfly

    I mentioned in yesterday's post that there was a Microsoft Virtual Earth block in Microsoft Popfly which allows you to create your own mapping applications with a WYSIWYG interface. So, I figured it was time I posted a bit of a walk through on the capabilities. Now, you don't have to be a developer to...
  • Blog Post: Formula 1 Grand Prix and Virtual Earth

    Gert Van Waelvelde built a nifty little application for racing fans to be able to see all of the Formula 1 Racing locations on a Microsoft Virtual Earth map. The application sits in the Live Gallery so it can be added to your Live.com custom homepage, your Live Spaces web page or you Live Events page...
  • Blog Post: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

    If you're an art lover, a technology junkie, Virtual Earth fan and you'll be in Philly this October you'll love this. The Philadelphia Open Studio Tours is using Microsoft Virtual Earth to highlight open studio artist tours with their POST Interactive Map application. I never thought I'd find a way to...
  • Blog Post: Measuring Households Affected By Flooding Rivers

    Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink - Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. And, with all the water everywhere caused by hurricanes, melting ice, and thunderous storms leading to overflowing riverbeds, it's only right to visualize such information using a Microsoft Virtual...
  • Blog Post: First 11 Chapters of "Precious Cargo" Featuring Virtual Earth

    This may seem kind of random, but Vanguard Press (the publishers of Clyde Ford's new novel Precious Cargo) has agreed to allow me to show a HUGE preview of the book since they picked up on my blog entry, " Precious Cargo, by Clyde Ford ." It's fantastic to know my blog is being read by so many different...
  • Blog Post: Studying Climate Change in Alaska

    The Microsoft Environment Team published a case study called " Studying Climate Change With a SEAMONSTER " which leverages many Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Research personnel, but most importantly Virtual Earth . If you've ever seen The Day After Tomorrow , you might be reminded...
  • 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: Virtual Earth Applications on Facebook

    I just joined Facebook. This is after a long, nightmarish experience of "friends" on MySpace forced me to delete my account (3 times) and depart from social networking sites altogether; however, I'm healed and recovered and now move forward with a Facebook account (don't be offended if you...
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