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…

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Virtual Earth Imagery Release, April 2009

Another massive release of imagery coming online for my fellow Virtual Earthlings to peruse. This release is a mere 9+ TB of data; however, it covers over 1 million square kilometers of Earth. Here’s the list of new areas that came online or were refreshed this month – all ortho, but a mix of satellite…


Virtual Earth Web Cast Playback – April 2009

Shout out to all of you who listened in on the web casts for April. Both web casts are now available on demand for your viewing and listening pleasure (see below). If you missed any of the our web casts, you can listen and learn at any time via our Microsoft Virtual Earth resources page….

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Rendering Static Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye Images

It recently occurred to me that there is a misunderstanding within the Virtual Earth Web Service SDK that may lead you to believe that you could set the MapStyle enumeration to get a Bird’s eye image. Not the case. This is part of the method for getting tiles (not an actual map). So, via the…

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Happy Earth Day, 2009

Happy Earth Day, my fellow Virtual Earthlings. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to highlight a couple Virtual Earth applications? Ok, I could think of a few ways, but since we’re all stuck inside on Earth Day….wait, maybe I should go work outside today….I’ll give you some relevant sites that have integrated Microsoft…

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Toggling 3D Weather in the Virtual Earth AJAX Control

I had a few inquiries as to how one could programmatically turn weather off in the Virtual Earth AJAX Control. Didn’t know there was weather? Yes, turn on 3D by clicking the “3D” button on your favorite Virtual Earth web site (such as Live Search Maps). Once you get down to a particular zoom level…

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AT&T Launches Child Locator Service with Virtual Earth

AT&T just launched a great new service to keep an eye on your little ones when they’re not with you. The new application dubbed “FamilyMap” allows parents to track their child’s whereabouts anytime via AT&T’s location framework. Parents will give their children an AT&T device, then login to the FamilyMap web site for viewing where…

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Virtual Earth API Release Information, April 2009

Today we released updates to the Microsoft Virtual Earth AJAX control and a new version of the Virtual Earth 3D map control. We’ve added a couple new methods for adding and removing pins (and DIVs) in the AJAX control; added performance improvements for AJAX and 3D; enhanced geocoding and parsing across the board (AJAX and…

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Caterpillar Launches on Virtual Earth

Looking for some heavy duty equipment? Caterpillar just launched their new global dealer locator leveraging Microsoft’s Virtual Earth platform. The dealer locator application allows users to search by address, dealer name or latitude/longitude pair. Within each search type, there is a number of attributes to choose from to filter your search down to the exact…

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Virtual Earth in Hospitality Web Cast Playback

As a follow up to my hospitality focused web cast last week “Hospitality Businesses Create Strong Guest Connections with Virtual Earth (Level 100)” or in the case that you missed the web cast (shame on you), the recording is now available for download on the Momentum web site. I talked about some pretty interesting scenarios…

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