Thursday, 16 December 2010

Street Slide


In the video above Blaise Aguera y Arcas of Bing is demonstrating a new Photosynth application for iPhones. The application is expected to be released in the coming months.

It looks like Photosynths captured with the iPhone could be added to Bing Maps. In the second half of the video Blaise demonstrates Street Slide. Street Slide is a side on view of a road, which can be scrolled left and right. If you zoom in Street Slide seamlessly integrates with Street Side (Street View) views.

Street Slide is available in the lastest version of Bing for iPhone.

Via: Photosynth Blog

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Route Savvy App - Bing Maps

Whether you are going five or fifty places, the Route Planner app is a useful, unique map app that will get you from point A to Z in the shortest amount of time possible.Route Savvy App  Bing Maps

Find Shortest Routes or quickest routes with traffic and managing geocoding from Excel data.

How it Works

Route Savvy App Geocode - Bing Maps

The first step is to add destinations on the map. “RouteSavvy” makes it easy to quickly add a few or 100 destinations – you can click locations on the map, enter addresses manually on the left-rail, or upload an Excel file with addresses on each row. For demonstration purposes, I’ve shown eight points below. Each time you add a destination, the map auto-zooms and centres so you can see all the destinations at once.

Route Savvy App Import Excel - Bing Maps

"General users likely have between three and ten destinations when they plan trips that could benefit from route optimization. The value of this tool for business use is amplified when businesses may have 25 or more destinations to reach in a day. Other servicesonly allow up to 25 waypointsconsidering the Bing app can handle up to 100, we feel that we’ll be a strong choice for businesses who need great route optimization for lots of destinations. Realtor's who have multiple showings in a day, any business that does deliveries, shuttle services, technicians, and florists – just a few examples - will find this to be a great tool to make their lives easier with the “RouteSavvy” app."

View the new Map App: OnTerra’s “RouteSavvy” Route Optimizer


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The Bing Maps Education App

The ‘Bing Education’ map app shows local school information and donation, mentor, and volunteer opportunities in the area. The app integrates opportunities from Mentor Pro, Great Schools, and DonorsChoose.org. The app includes a feature to embed the map externally for your website.
Bing Maps Teach Here

The Bing Education Map App:
http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/#5003/0.60128=showitems:Institutions,Scholarship,StateEducationDepts,SchoolDistricts,CareerBuilder:embeddedmap_zoom:12:embeddedmap_latitude:40.7685307828233:embeddedmap_longitude:-73.9625170826912/5872/style=auto&lat=40.768531&lon=-73.962517&z=12&pid=5874

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Piracy Watch


Piracy Watch uses Bing Maps to help visualise piracy incidents around the globe from 1978 to present, displaying the data in both a map and timeline. The visualization also includes a heat map to give an immediate understanding of what parts of the world have been most impacted.

It is possible to click on any of the map markers to get further details of an incident. You can also click on the incidents displayed in the timeline to load the details and to see it highlighted on the map.

Piracy Watch

Monday, 13 September 2010

Battle of Britain - Bing Maps

World War Two: Battle of Britain Maps

"
MSN has teamed up with Shoothill to present an interactive overview of the Battle of Britain. Zoom into a mosaic of archive images and documents; compare present-day maps with maps and charts showing bomb damage during the Blitz; and view high-resolution Photosynths of iconic RAF aircraft."

Mapperz states:
"This is one of the 'Best Bing Interactive Maps' for 2010 (and 1940)"


World War Two: Battle of Britain Maps

The TimeMap is based on Bing Maps Silverlight Control. It shows original maps, reconnaissance imagery and target documents of the German Luftwaffe. You can navigate to various locations through quick links in a target list for London and Coventry.
  • The TimeScope can be dragged around to explore the location
  • The TimeSlider lets you switch between various historic maps and satellite imagery and the Documents.
  • DeepZoom - Compositions of the original target documents within the TimeScope.

Click for large view on the Map Controls, TimeSlider and TimeScope.

View the maps here:
http://news.uk.msn.com/in-depth/world-war-two/battle-of-britain/default.aspx

cross-posted from the Mapperz blog
http://mapperz.blogspot.com/2010/09/world-war-two-battle-of-britain-maps.html

Friday, 27 August 2010

Hurricane Tracker Bing Maps

Hurricane Tracker Bing Maps

See current locations, forecast paths and detailed stats for any active hurricane this season (2010)

Hurricane Tracker Bing Maps
Hurricane Danielle 2010 - Currently Category 4

  • Profile view of wind speed & forecast wind
  • Animated symbols
  • Lighten darken map
  • Possible forecast error shown
View the Hurricane Bing Map
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26295161/

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Bing Maps in Hotmail

Bing Maps in Hotmail

Get Bing Maps for your locations in hotmail.

Bing Maps in Hotmail

Hotmail users can embedd Bing Maps into emails for showing locations and linking to directions in the main Bing Maps Website.

When users create a new email message the option 'From Bing' is displayed and contains
  • Images
  • Clip Art
  • Videos
  • Maps & Places
  • Webpages
Using the Maps & Places creates a side bar (see image above)
You can add new locations (and save them for later)
Then just use the insert to add the embedded map to your email.
Internet connection is required for displaying the map.

source
http://johanneskebeck.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!42E1F70205EC8A96!12589.entry

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Facebook Places using Bing Maps


Facebook has launched 'Facebook Places' accessible and the new Facebook iPhone application touch.facebook.com site on your moblie device. Select the Places button, find the location where you are and check-in. Just like that, the check-in will flow to your profile on Facebook.com complete with a Bing Map, a pin of your location and any commentary you’ve added to your check-in.

Places also includes the ability to see where your friends have checked in, a link to get directions to a place (via Bing Maps) and a Like button for the respective place page. The place information bubbles up to the actual Places page which has a larger map experience, plus an update for you to see all of your friends who’ve visited that location. This means you can see where your friends are checking and discover new places.

Facebook Places Bing Maps

With 500 million users overnight have the ability to check-in to locations providing a wealth of information to you and your friends about businesses, common places to visit and who of your friends is going to the most random locations.


Source and Image: http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/archive/2010/08/18/facebook-places-launches-with-bing-d-out-maps.aspx

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Bing Maps Features Demo

Bing Maps Features Demo

A short video (3m.45s) long that shows the new features in Bing Maps in fluid and responsive manner.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Greg's Cable Map


Greg's Cable Map is an attempt to consolidate all the available information about the World's undersea communications infrastructure on a Bing Map. The initial data for the map was harvested from Wikipedia, and further information was gathered by simply Googling and transcribing as much data as possible.

If you mouse-over any of the displayed cables on the map a brief description is displayed at the bottom of the map. If you click on the cable more details are displayed in the map sidebar and links are given to relevant websites.

Greg's Cable Map

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Bing Maps - CachEye

Bing Maps - CachEye

CACH'EYE is a free personalised geocaching map service based on a Bing Maps application. Each user can define the content of his personal cachemap. Cache data are imported from Pocket Queries, from GPX- / LOC-Files or are exported from Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK) and visualised in an easy-to-use interactive map.

CachEye BING Maps OSM Layer
Clear, creative mapping for geocaches around the world.

Version 1.1 has many new features
  • Caches and additional waypoints now can be imported into the map directly from your Pocket Queries using the PQ-ZIP-File or still by using a GSAK-macro (as in V1.0), Up to 3000 caches plus waypoints may be displayed.

  • A single cache may be imported and visualized on the map via a GPX- or LOC-File.

  • Caches and additional waypoints now are associated to each other. With Focus/cache the map highlights and zooms to all waypoints of a specific cache.

  • ToDo-Lists assist you in quick and easy route planning. Todo-lists are named and you can maintain several lists.

  • Now you may move solved "Mysteries", "Multicaches" and "Other Caches" to corrected coordinates on the map in case you did not import this cache from GSAK.

  • Openstreetmap also can be used as the basemap.

  • Measure distance tool

  • Altitude display (approx.) in Cache/Waypoint/Marker Popup

  • Metrics (km/miles) may be changed in account settings / information.

  • Displays waymarks on the map for GSAK-based datasets

  • Invoke the "Log Your Visit" page directly from within the map

  • Better appearance on 800x600 screen resolution
Map Demo:
http://demo.cacheye.org/

More information on CachEye
http://www.cacheye.org/panel/front

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Bing Maps Explore with Open Street Map (Silverlight)

Open Street Map now in Bing Maps


(cross posted with kind permission from Mapperz)


Open Street Map is now available in Bing Maps via the 'Open Street Map' App

Open Street Map now in Bing Maps
MapNik Tile Render via Bing Maps (OSM) APP






Open Street Map now in Bing Maps

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Bing Maps Revamped

Bing Maps Revamped

The new Bing Map look, clearer (less clutter) make it easier to read and locate regions.



  • Cool colours visually recede allowing warmer overlays to come forward - An elegant backdrop for information delivery and helps content ‘pop out’ on the map
  • Road colour provides greatest differentiation scientifically from red, yellow, green traffic overlays. 
  • De-saturation on zoom allows more continuous transition to photographic material (Aerial, Birdseye, Streetside) and allows user to focus on street level detail better.
  • Designed to work in black and white and to be differentiated by those with the most common forms of colour blindness
  • Crisp/easy to read font, larger font corresponds to larger roads
  • Lower cognitive load – Less  data / clearer details (loads faster)
  • Improved international coverage: Data updates deliver improved road and street detail across Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Oceania and Asia.

    More information and source (including image)

    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    TimeMap Berlin


    This Bing Map lets you view historical maps of Berlin. The map features an innovative 'timescope' that you can drag over the modern map of Berlin whilst viewing the historical map through the timescope.

    If you wish to view a different historical map of Berlin you can select a date from the bottom of the timescope. It is also possible to adjust the transparency of the historical map to view the modern map beneath. On the right hand side of the map are quick links to some of Berlin's top sights.

    TimeMap Berlin

    Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    Facebook Stories using Bing Maps

    Facebook Stories using Bing Maps
    Find Facebook Stories by location using Bing Maps


    Facebook is all about your individual and collective experiences of you and your friends. It's filled with hundreds of millions of stories. Which ones inspire you? What's your Facebook story?



    Facebook has launched a new application highlighting shared stories about people who have leveraged Facebook to reconnect.
    The app "Facebook Stories" uses stories that have been authored by users who’ve found family, friends and flames on Facebook after having been long disconnected and used the social network to find one another amongst the 500 million Facebook users.

    Of the stories that have been published, Facebook is providing you with location context via Bing Maps. For those users that are reading the stories a map provides that visual representation to stories location.

    The application lets you scroll through stories on Bing Maps (by location), as well as by dozens of themes  “Love,” “Family,” Reunions,” “Sports” and “College” etc.. Fill out the short form at the bottom and select a theme, and you’ll be able to share your story in the application and with your friends through News Feed.

    Facebook wants your stories. Story submissions are limited to 420 characters, so think about what makes your story unique and about the impact you or a group of people made by using Facebook. Read the full blog post on the Facebook blog for more details.

    Facebook Stories App  and Bing Map -
    http://stories.facebook.com/

    Links
    http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=409743057130
    http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/archive/2010/07/21/facebook-maps-out-user-stories.aspx

    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Bing Maps - Data Connector - SQL Server

    Bing Maps - Data Connector is an Open Source + Open Data project focused on connecting the power of Bing Maps Silverlight Control to the spatial query capabilities of SQL Server 2008.

    Bing Maps Data Connector SQL Spatial
    Bing Maps Data Connector SQL Spatial
    The Live Example - Finding Earthquakes using a user defined Buffer.
    Solid Red line is Line to be buffered, green is the buffer, cyan is individual earthquake and associated attribution (date, size, duration).

    The three basic parts of this project are the DataBase (SampleGeographyData), the WCF Services (DataConnectorWCF), and the Silverlight Client (DataConnectorUI2). The DataConnectorWCF and DataConnectorUI were developed using Visual Studio 2008 and the data base requires SQL Server 2008.

    Bing Maps -  Data Connector - SQL Server 2008 Query
    Bing Maps - Data Connector - SQL Server 2008 Query
    These datasets imported to SQL 2008 were chosen to provide useful common data resources as well as examples of each type of spatial feature: points, lines, and polygons.

    Additional data resources are easily added to SQL Server. The import utility used for this project was FME Translator from Safe Software.
    http://www.safe.com

    The data was imported as spatial type geometry and then corrected as required to make valid before updating to an additional geography spatial column. EPSG:4326 is the SRID used for all tables and constraints were added to enforce this srid. The end result is two spatial columns, “the geo” as geography, and “the geom” as geometry. Once imported the data was modified to include an “ID” column suitable for use as a primary key necessary for spatial indexing. For the sake of uniformity each table was also modified as necessary to provide a ‘NAME’ column. For the thematic polygon example an ‘AREA’ column was added to each of the polygon tables. Finally, spatial indices were added to the geography and the geometry columns.

    There are lots of examples and blogs that explore Silverlight Mapping as well as resources for SQL Server Spatial. Howev
    er, the WCF middle tier is not as well represented, which is the reason for publishing this project. The DataConnectorUI2 example Silverlight UI is a Navigation Project with examples of connecting to each of the sample WCF Services.

    1. WKT example uses 'Well Known Text' to transmit SQL query results to the client.
    2. XAML example transforms SQL query results into XAML, and then transmits as a XAML MapLayer.
    3. Tile example builds raster png images in 256px x 256px tiles from the SQL query results. Tile Service feeds these to the client as MapTileLayer.TileSources endpoints. Tile has examples of both cached tiles and dynamic tiles. The th
    ematic option will build dynamic tiles, otherwise tiles are cached in SQL Server as acquired.
    4. Hybrid example combines tiles and XAML. Lower zoom levels use tile service for better performance with large data sets while higher zoom levels switch to XAML service to take advantage of vector interactivity.

    Live Example : http://silverlight.onterrasys.com/dataconnectorUI/#/WKT

    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    Ordnance Survey Map in Bing Maps - Silverlight

    Ordnance Survey Map in Bing Maps 1:25k and 1:50k Mapping Scales

    Ordnance Survey 50k Landranger Bing Maps Silverlight

    Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 (Landranger series) scale mapping in Bing Maps

    Ordnance Survey 25k Landranger Bing Maps Silverlight
    Ordnance Survey 1:25.000 (Explorer series) scale mapping in Bing Maps

    http://uslot.com/NewBingTestPage.html

    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    2010 Tour De France on Bing Maps

    2010 Tour De France on Bing Maps

    Tour de France Bing Maps App

    Bing Maps includes elevation gain, slope (-/+%) with an interactive profile chart linked to the map route of each stage.

    The 2010 Tour De France Bing Maps app:

    This app is designed to help you visualise the overall race, the stages (stages tab + numbers) and how variables such as weather & elevation (elevation profiles) will impact each stage. Results will be updated along the way in the 'Results' tab.
    Check the content in the 'Stages' and 'Results' tabs as you keep track of the greatest cycling race in the world.

    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    Seattle.gov 'My Neighborhood' - Bing Maps

    Seattle.gov 'My Neighborhood' - Bing Maps

    Seattle.gov have launched this 'My Neighborhood' include Crime reports Map.
    The crime icons are based on initial police reports taken by officers when responding to incidents around the city. The information enters Seattle Police Records Management System and is then transmitted out to the Bing map.

    Note: This data and their corresponding map icons will populated on the 'My Neighborhood' map within 6 to 12 hours after the report is filed into the system.

    Seattle Police 'My Neighborhood' Crime Map
    Use the left-hand side bar in choosing date (by calendar), types of crime (Crimes Against Persons, Drugs and Vice, Property Crime/Theft, Transportation & Miscellaneous sub- catergories). Advice is not to switch everything on at once.

    About the data:
    The mapped icons are based on police reports taken by officers when responding to incidents around the city. The time for an incident to show on the map is 12 hours after the report has been processed. However, the time for a report related to the event to be made available online can take 2-3 business days.

    Important Note:
    This map provides a good overview of reported activity going on in the Seattle neighborhood. The icons for these incidents are based on initial reports, however, and are subject to change as the investigation proceeds. For this reason, the mapped incidents will not match monthly crime statistics and will not provide a true measure of safety or crime in an area.

    View the Seattle Police "My Neighborhood" Bing Map
    http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/policereports.aspx

    On the same Bing Map it is possible to view live Fire or Medical impacts
    Seattle Police 'My Neighborhood' Fire and Medicial Map
    Using the 'Impacts' tab on the map will change from crime to Fire Incidents (with covers medicial) assistance - this map is updated every 2 minutes.

    View the Fire/Medicial Map
    http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/default.aspx?tabId=2

    Tuesday, 29 June 2010

    Azure SQL 2008 - Bing Maps - Near Route Demo

    Azure SQL 2008 - Bing Maps - Near Route Demo

    After the announcement http://bingmapswatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/bing-maps-sql-azure-support-april-2010.html that Azure SQL 2008 was implmenting Spatial Support (Geography and Geometry) this now enabled.

    This is an example of combining, Windows Azuew, SQL Azure, Silverlight and Bing Maps to produce a find along a route example

    Windows Azure SQL 2008 Bing Maps Find Near a Route
    Finding Petrol (Gas) Stations along a route (Boston to Chicago) within 1km (1000m) of the route.

    The code inside Azure SQL 2008 doing this is

    @myGEOM is the lat and lng (x1,y2)+(x2,y2) start and end points for the route
    @myBuffer is the buffer distance (1000m default)
    @myRoute is the (xy,xy,xy,xy) of the enitre route creating a polyline
    This polyline is then buffered creating a polygon (area) around the route.
    SQL 2008 Azure then uses Geoproccessing 'Buffer' and 'Intersect' to pull-out
    any points (gas stations in this example) and then displays the points as markers
    on bing maps

    code:
     CREATE PROCEDURE [FindNearRoute] @myGEOM nvarchar(MAX), @myBuffer int
    AS
    --Create the Buffer
    DECLARE @myRoute geography;
    SET @myRoute = @myGEOM;

    DECLARE @SearchArea geography;
    SET @SearchArea = @myRoute.STBuffer(@myBuffer);

    --Return all POI in the search area
    SELECT Lat, Lon, Name
    FROM PetrolStations
    WHERE (@SearchArea.STIntersects(GEOM)) = 1


    Live Example (Silverlight required)
    http://talkingdonkey.cloudapp.net/BM-SL-FindNearRoute/Default.htm

    There is also a zip file (BM-FindNearRoute.zip) with all the source code required to create your own find near a route example.

    Source
    http://johanneskebeck.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!42E1F70205EC8A96!12533.entry

    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    Draggable Routes Demo - Bing Maps API - Windows Azure

    Bing Maps API - Draggable Routes Demo

    Bing Maps Draggable Route
    Routes can now be made draggable

    "Many people like the drag-able routes in the consumer facing implementation of Bing Maps. This feature basically allows you to mouse over a route-path and drag a point to a location that you want to drive past. "


    Bing Maps Dragged Route
    Dragged Route - Auto re-calculation of the route.

    Multi-waypoint routing in Bing Maps. You can have up to 25 waypoints, 27 including start point, an endpoint and up to 25 points in between within a single route-calculation. When the route is dragged the API re-calculates the route and basically adds an additional waypoint into the route.

    Draggable Routes Bing Maps Demo
    http://talkingdonkey.cloudapp.net/BM-AJ-Drag-able-Route/Default.htm

    Source with Code with thanks to Johannes Kebeck
    http://johanneskebeck.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!42E1F70205EC8A96!12519.entry

    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    BusTrack Windows Phone 7 App - Bing Maps

    BusTrack Windows Phone 7 App - Bing Maps

    Below is a preview of the Windows Phone 7 app used for real-time tracking of Chicago buses.

    "This app will make sure you never miss a bus, and perhaps more importantly, will make sure you know the best time to leave your house or office so you don’t end up standing and waiting at the bus stop for a ridiculous amount of time."



    Windows Phone 7 app used for real-time tracking of Chicago buse

    • It takes full advantage of the Bing Maps Silverlight control to plot out exact GPS locations of buses and stops, making sure you always know the optimal time to leave.
    • BusTrack can even group your most frequent stops together by a “location” so you don’t have to bounce in and out of different routes that you might want take to your destination.
    More information:
    http://matthidinger.com/archive/2010/06/18/bustrack-windows-phone-7-app.aspx

    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Bing Maps South Africa World Cup 2010 App

    Bing Maps South Africa World Cup 2010 App

    Bing Maps South Africa World Cup 2010 App

    World Cup – The New World Cup map app highlights all the different countries participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Countries are pinned to the map with their respective flags as pushpin icons. Clicking a flag pin will tell you when their next game is and against who they play with links to the FIFA web site for the respective match. Additionally, Bing in Partnership with Twitter & FIFA are pushing down tons of information such as teams, stats and standings right in Bing Maps. Now millions of World Cup fans can easily follow the month-long soccer [Football] finals with the Bing Maps World Cup app. In addition to group standings, the app will link by country to team stats including results and fixtures. The latest World Cup news will be supplied via an RSS feed from FIFA. Also, Stadiums will be pinned on the map; selecting a stadium will automatically zoom in on the map to the level that will display an aerial image of the stadium. Tweets that include World Cup terms [#WorldCup] will be shown. And for users who want to feel like they are there, they can check out World Cup specific 3D scenes from Photosynth. And Aerial photos have been just updated in time for World Cup. So, if you zoom to the areas in and around the stadiums you’ll see some high resolution aerial photos with the new stadiums in clear view.

    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

    Create a Treasure Map with Bing

    Styling Destination Maps

    Bing's Destination Map is a fun application that lets you create a static map for any location in the world and give it a number of predefined styles. The styles include a hand-drawn look and a pirate style.

    To create a map just choose a location and the style you want for your map. Bing will then create your map for you.

    Once created you can print out the map or save it to the web.

    Monday, 7 June 2010

    The King of Bing Maps Challenge

    Bing have released the Bing Map App Software Development Kit (SDK). This release gives developers the ability to create their own map apps built on top of Bing Maps and hosted on bing.com/maps.

    Once developers have created a Bing Map app, they are encouraged to submit it to the King of Bing Maps Challenge. The challenge starts today and concludes on July 25, 2010.

    Bing have also released a new mapping app Weatherbug

    WeatherBug

    With WeatherBug you can check weather around the world or select an observation station to see the current conditions. Observation stations are pinned to the map and you can layer Doppler and satellite weather imagery over the map view.

    Observation stations include National Weather Service locations, WeatherBug Backyard stations, and WeatherBug stations, which may include current and next day forecasts, camera images and links to radar imagery.

    Free Ice Cream with Bing Maps

    Bing Ice Cream Van Tour

    Bing in the UK have just launched an ice cream van tour. This Bing Map of the tour promises a free delicious ice lolly courtesy of Bing and tells you where and when you can collect your freebie.

    The tour seems to run for all of June and the ice cream van seems to be touring mostly in London but there are a few planned stops between London and Reading. If you want to find out where the ice cream van is stopping then you need to check out this Bing Map of the tour.

    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    Bing Health Maps

    Bing Health Maps
    New Bing Map App: Bing Health Maps, Florida.

    Data from the Department of Health and Human Services is used in this new Bing Map App dubbed Bing Health Maps. The new Map App provides statistical information for the entire United States by county to visualize healthy & not-so-healthy parts of the country to help you make healthier decisions.

    "After viewing this app, you’ll want to stay healthy…"

    "Using the Bing Health Map App allows for a great, quick views of the different counties around the U.S. How useful would this be in only tabular form?"
    Chris Pendleton - Bing Maps Technical Evangelist

    Bing Health Maps - http://tinyurl.com/Bing-Health-Maps

    More Information:
    http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/archive/2010/06/02/new-bing-map-app-bing-health-maps.aspx

    Monday, 31 May 2010

    Microsoft Fuselabs - Bing Twitter Map

    Bing Twitter Maps shows "geotagged" public Tweets from the last seven days. Many Twitter applications now allow Twitter users to add location to a Tweet, a functionality that Twitter introduced back in November 2009.


    Microsoft FuseLabs Bing Maps Twitter

    Why isn't my Tweet showing up?

    First, you need to "enable geotagging" on your profile page at http://twitter.com/ Second, you need make sure you use a Twitter application that supports adding location to Tweets. If you want to find a client that does support geolocation, look at Twitter applications used to generate Tweets the list on the left panel.

    A few ideas: first, please read the above about adding location to your Tweets. We are not placing Tweets based on Twitter profile, but based on per Tweet geolocation.

    What about privacy?We are only showing public Tweets (which is the default setting when you sign up at Twitter). Please remember that when you create a public Tweet anyone may be able see your Tweet content and location. Tweet with care.

    How can I find specific Tweets?

    You can search by location, username, keyword term using the "Search Filters" in the left hand pane.

    Microsoft Fuselabs - Bing Twitter Map Project:

    http://fuse.microsoft.com/projects-bing-twitter-maps.html

    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Taxi City - the Bing Maps Game

    Taxi City

    This is a pretty decent taxi driver simulation game built on top of Bing Maps. The aim of the game is to pick up and drop off passengers in and around Vancouver, Canada.

    The game itself is very impressive but what is even more wonderful is that the developers have made the source files for the game freely available. So if you want to build something similar yourself just download the files and get to work.

    If that sounds too much like hard work then just play the game!

    Friday, 21 May 2010

    More Bing Maps Apps

    More Bing Maps Apps

    Three more Bing Maps Explore Apps

    1. Gas Prices (US only)
    2. Distance Calculator (Worldwide)
    3. Parking Finder (US only)
    Bing Maps Gas App
    Find the gas prices near you or where you intend to go before you set off.

    Bing Maps Distance Calculator App

    Find either the straight line distance or the driving/road distance to your chosen locations.

    Bing Maps Parking Finder Calculator App
    And the latest app is parking with useful calculator or rates over the period of time you require.
    Like the update this app on the parking icons with the costs

    Full Coverage:
    http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/archive/2010/05/19/new-bing-map-apps-gas-prices-distance-calculator-and-parking-finder.aspx

    Friday, 14 May 2010

    Bing Maps gets Navigation for Windows Phones

    Bing Navigation Map app for Windows phones.

    Redesigned even the home page. Navigation refreshed to give people faster access to common searches such as Locations, Traffic.

    Turn-by-turn navigation for Windows 6.x phones, powered by Bing Maps. Microsoft Tellme team’s built hte voice applications to deliver an amazingly lifelike voice experience for the turn-by-turn navigation. If you have a Windows phones on Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T you can use the voice guided navigation. USA Only.

    Now when getting directions with Bing, you’ll see a new “Navigate” button. By selecting it, Bing will calculate your route, and guide you as you drive. You can select the fastest or shortest route, choose to avoid traffic and/or tolls, get a map or a list of directions, and see arrows and hear alerts to know which way to turn next.

    Navigation Bing Maps App Navigation Bing Maps App Navigation Bing Maps App Navigation Bing Maps App

    The navigation feature is compatible with the phones below. If you have one of these and are in the U.S., check your phone for the update or go to m.bing.com

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    National Geographic Global Action Atlas using Bing Maps

    Global Action Atlas by National Geographic

    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, usands of others who are donating, volunteering, and sharing knowledge on behalf of community-based projects working to solve global challenges.

    National Geographic Global Action Atlas Bing Map
    "The Global Action Atlas spotlights hundreds of local, cause-related projects from around the world to a large audience of concerned citizens, giving individuals opportunities to take action by donating, volunteering, advocating, and sharing information. The Atlas enhances and extends the mission of the National Geographic Society"

    Monday, 26 April 2010

    Create a Floor Plan with Bing Maps

    Adding Photosynth and Floor Plans to Bing Maps

    Hannes' Virtual Earth Blog has a good tutorial explaining how you can create a Bing Maps mashup with Photosynth and floorplans of buildings.

    The tutorial explains how you can create your own map tiles from a floorplan and integrate your floorplan with Bing Maps. To add a little fun interactivity the tutorial also explains how you can embed Photosynth images into your floorplan map.

    Demo one - Microsoft Campus

    Demo two - Art Gallery of New South Wales

    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    Bing Maps Webcasts - April 2010

    2 Bing Maps Webcasts

    Light Up the Web with Bing Maps

    "Create a leading edge web experience that lets visitors dive in and explore for themselves. See how you can light up your web site with Bing Maps. Explore the integrated imagery and seamless navigation of the Silverlight Map Control, the up-close and personal views from Streetside™, the customizable experience. See how customers are using Bing Maps today to engage customers on the Web"

    Light Up the Web with Bing Maps
    http://www.microsoft.com/maps/webcasts/light-up-the-web-with-bing-maps.aspx 47mins


    Bing Maps in Your Business Intelligence Dashboard

    Bing Maps in Your Business Intelligence Dashboard
    "Help empower decision makers across your organisation with rich views of the data they need. Join us to see how Bing Maps can provide a spatial context to your business data. Learn how to build solutions with Bing Maps—and other Microsoft products such as SQL Server, Azure and SharePoint—to display your business intelligence data in a way that is meaningful and understandable. And help drive smarter decisions. "
    http://www.microsoft.com/maps/webcasts/bing-maps-in-your-business-intelligence-dashboard.aspx
    51mins

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    The World's Newspapers Mapped

    Newseum
    Newseum is using Bing Maps to provide an interface to view the front pages of daily newspapers from around the world.



    This is a great application to find newspapers in any location around the world, with the added bonus that you can actually view today's front page from each of the newspapers.

    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    GeoSynth - using Bing Maps

    GeoSynth™, a derivative product of Microsoft® Photosynth™ enables fully automated reconstruction of 3D scenes from digital photos or video and an intuitive means to visualize the images within a 3D geospatial context known as a Synth. GeoSynth is intended for users who need an analytical capability without internet connectivity.
    Bing Maps Geosynth Overview
    Take your own Digita Camera Pictures and transform them into 3D Streetside Scenes

    •Capture an environment quickly at varying resolutions with most any digital HD video camera
    •Reconstruct 3D geospatial environments fully automatically
    •Combine views from a wide time span (4D)
    •Standalone capability for offline usage w/o Internet connectivity
    •KML map products and point clouds exported for OGC tool access
    •Launch Bing Maps 3D viewer readily from any photo perspective


    GeoSynth, a standalone application, is comprised of a Viewer and “GeoSynther” which provides
    the same incredible capabilities as Photosynth to users who require offline storage and distribution of Synths.

    Bing Maps Geosynth Geogtagging Photographs
    Geotagging Digital Photographs for GeoSynth, postioned in 3D (heading,pitch,roll) locations

    Those unfamiliar with Photosynth can visit Photosynth.com, Microsoft’s revolutionary web platform that enables Windows Live users to freely synthesize and view 2d and 3d environments from photo collections.

    GeoSynth customers can take a customized version with this same technology offline for standalone usage in the field or on secure intranets.

    http://www.vexcel.com/geospatial/geosynth/features.asp

    Monday, 19 April 2010

    Coachella Live Twitter Bing Map

    Coachella 2010

    Music blog Pitchfork has used the Bing Maps Twitter app to provide a real-time map of comments from Coachella 2010, the indie music festival.

    To create your own Twitter Map go to the Twitter Maps application in the Bing Maps Application Gallery.

    You can create a Twitter map for any location and you can even filter Tweets. For example, Pitchfork filtered their map to just show Tweets mentioning 'Coachella'.

    Via: Mattsly.com