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 didn’t actually get…


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, the more points…


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…


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 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 couldn’t use a…

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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…

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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 features a…

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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 – I got…

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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,…

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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 use the Virtual…

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