Wednesday, 31 March 2010

New Bing Map Apps

Bing Map has today announced the release of a number of new Bing Maps Apps.

Probably the most anticipated is the foursquare app that allows you to view foursquare check-ins, tips, badges and mayor coronations directly on Bing Maps. Unfortunately today's release is limited to 'a certain set of users' so you might not be able to access it yet.

Next up is the Oodle Rentals app that lets you view rental properties on Bing Maps. Each listing will be shown on the map and listed in the side panel with a photo, price, type of rental, the address and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

The third of today's new releases is the Bing Maps World Tour app. This app highlights all the imagery updates made to Bing Maps. Currently the app gives you a release by release breakdown of all the imagery updates dating back to August 2009.

Integrating BING Maps with SharePoint 2010

In this video, Bing Maps integrated and running inside of SharePoint 2010.
Note that you can also make this work in SharePoint 2007.
Telerik Silverlight Controls to make all this happen.
2% of the video is slides, all of the rest is all hands-on code.
The entire application, is written right in front of your eyes, in about 1 hour.

future details:

Monday, 29 March 2010

Bing Maps & Google Maps

Dual Maps

Dual Maps is a map creation tool that allows anybody to make an embeddable map that includes a Google Map, a Google Maps Street View and a Virtual Earth Bird's Eye view of the same location.

The maps all work together, so if you change your position in the map the Bird's Eye View and the Street View update to reflect your changed position.

Bird's Eye View

This map places Bing Maps' Bird's Eye View side by side with Google Maps' new Aerial View. The application allows you to compare the Bird's Eye View imagery used in Bing and in Google Maps.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Bing Maps & SQL Azure Support April 2010

Bing Maps & SQL Azure Support April 2010

SQL Azure Spatial POI Along Route
Dave Robinson above of the SQL Azure Team announced upcoming support for spatial data in SQL Azure. Example shown are gas stations along a route.

The SQL Azure Team announced upcoming support for spatial data in SQL Azure. You can view the announcement at the MIX Conference in the video of Dave’s presentation, Building Web Applications with Microsoft SQL Azure.
SQL Azure - Spatial Buffer
Behind the scenes; spatial buffer of a polyline .Windows SQL Azure will have spatial capabilities release 12th April 2010.

"SQL Azure provides a highly available and scalable relational database engine in the cloud. In this demo-intensive and interactive session, learn how to quickly build web applications with SQL Azure Databases and familiar web technologies. We demonstrate how you can quickly provision, build and populate a new SQL Azure database directly from your web browser. Also, see firsthand several new enhancements we are adding to SQL Azure based on the feedback we’ve received from the community since launching the service earlier this year."

This uses Microsoft SQL 2008 Server technology as based on latitude and longitude geometry support.

More information:

Monday, 22 March 2010

Get Your Own Bing Twitter Map

This is really cool. Bing Maps now has an option to create and embed a Twitter map in your own website.

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. More impressively you can even filter Tweets. For example, you can filter the map to just show Tweets mentioning 'health care'. You can also define the size of the map that you want to embed in your site.

Bing iPhone App Version 1.1

Bing iPhone App Version 1.1

Bing iPhone App Version 1.1 - Map

  • Search maps or the web with your voice even say an address.
  • Bookmark maps locations & directions.
  • Use 'Nearby' image search and flick through previews.
  • Local weather reports
New functionality:
  • One-touch zoom out
  • Designed for one-handed operation
  • Voice recognition

Bing iPhone App Version 1.1 - Map Voice Search

As well as aesthetic changes and tweaks to the stability of the app, more features to the app include the ability to copy and paste URLs, sharing search results via email and also offering parental controls which can be amended using the app’s search settings. In addition to this the new Bing app also allows users to edit their search history.

Other updates to the Bing iPhone app include being able to bookmark maps, directions, websites, businesses, search terms and local weather reports direct from the Bing homepage.

iTunes download

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Bing Maps Flying You To The Stars

Microsoft has added a WorldWide Telescope application to Bing Maps. The new application allows users of Bing Maps to view real time information about the night sky.

The application allows users to seamlessly switch from Streetside View to a view of the night sky just by panning the Streetside View to look at the sky.

When you click the “Start Here” button you can drag the telescope mouse pointer to any location on the map. You will then be shown a view of the night sky and the stars overhead as it looks right now (if dark).

The WorldWide Telescope application also allows you to query any point of the night sky to identify what is there. To query the map click on the question make and then drag the circle icon to any location on the map.