Yes indeed, the new Bing is coming and according to the company this is perhaps the biggest update and news since the original launch in 2009! The new technology is best described with a few keywords: real-time, social, sharing, multi-media, location, social search. According to Bing, the new service will be available first to those in the US (dam!). If you would like to be one of the first people to experience the new Bing, visit www.bing.com/new, to receive an email notification when it’s available – see complete details of the new Bing in this fine blog post
Here’s details of an interesting event coming to Denver, CO on May 18, particularly for those interested in the hot topic of HTML5 . About the event… The HTML5 Web Camp is an opportunity to connect with designers and developers and show you what’s possible, and how you can start using it today. HTML5 WebCamp is a completely free event, and will start with demos and presentations, and will end with hands on lab sessions. The HTML5 Camp will allow you to walk through materials and get your questions answered! Additional information about Microsoft organized DevCamps are also now available at http://www.devcamps.ms/ – Space is limited. A sample of topics will be covered in the Camp:
• Introduction to HTML5
• CSS3 and all the cool features
• HTML5 Graphics Canvas and SVG
• Video, Sound, and Animations With HTML5
• HTML5 New Features
• Practical HTML5: Using It Today
• HTML5 for Multiple Devices: Phones and Others
OpenGov, transparency etc… it’s all the rage! Here in B.C, Canada the coastal Ferry system is a crucial service for locals, particularly for those of us that live and work on Vancouver Island (home to more than 600,000+ people). The Ferry system is run by what’s called a Crown Corporation, tough to describe but essentially a Government owned and operated service that is run like a private business and is not really as open or accountable to the people as a Government entity. BC Ferries has been very proactive as far as social media goes and has had some great success using Twitter and other services to communicate information to the public. And so I was impressed to notice that the BC Ferry system serves up real-time GPS tracking of their fleet on their website. A good move and indeed a no-brainer since all the Ferries are equipped with sophisticated navigation and GPS capabilities.
Having access to Ferry location is valuable to the locals, particularly in the winter months when weather can really mess with the schedules… kudos to the service for sharing the maps and for Tweeting about it! FYI, you can follow BC Ferries on Twitter @BCFerries – See also the website vessel tracking page HERE
Tracking maps for all routes show real-time vessel positions, speed and direction
Mouse over the ferry icon to get more details info
From MWC this past week in Barcelona, NOKIA CEO Stephen Elop used aPR event to discuss the year in review and then break into what would be in store from Nokia in 2012 including news devices and details of Nokia maps and Nokia’s Location Services move. Recall, at the event in 2011 Elop focused on the new Nokia / Windows Phone deal with Microsoft. This year was different though, with Nokia announcing 4 new smartphones, 3 running Windows Phone OS and one big surprise in the PureView 808 device which is running Symbian OS – And indeed, Elop did make references to Symbian and indeed you can rest assured that Symbian is far from dead! Symbian S40 is a growing ecosystem and an important play for Nokia – developers need to keep an eye open on this space for sure.
Elop then couldn’t help but discuss Nokia and Location Services, obviously an important area. The new Nokia maps boasts 50X more places, users can save and share favorite spots Nokia drive turns Lumia into a navigation device while the very cool Nokia Public Transport helps people get around. Elop commented how this was just the beginning of Nokia + LBS – “Our vision for LBS is so much broader… 3 questions guide us.. what, where, who?”
- What – what do I want to know
- Who – with whom do I engage
- Where – should I explore
Elop on stage at Mobile World Congress 2012 Press Event
He explained, the Internet answers what and who, social networks provides the who and the social graph while Nokia will answer the where by building a Where location platform – hint!
Microsoft and partners recently announced additional details of Eye on Earth, a public / private partnership and data sharing initiative, designed to encourage and support data sharing from diverse sources interested in managing and preserving the Earth’s resources. Supported by various social sharing resources (facebook, twitter, youtube and a forum) , several preview web services are currently online to share information on water resources, noise, air, and marine bio diversity. Key industry partners include Microsoft, Esri, and the European Environmental Agency – the mapping platform used is ArcGIS Online. See http://www.eyeonearth.org.
More about Eye on Earth – The Eye on Earth network provides organisations with a security-enhanced central location for managing their geospatial environmental content. It uses Esri’s ArcGIS Online cloud services coupled with Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure, and it hosts the data in the Environmental Data Store. The network’s user interface enables the easy creation and sharing of map-based services, translating complex scientific data into accessible, interactive and visual web services
For more info see – Eye on Earth Enables Cloud-Based Environmental Data Sharing
BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows – think of this as Microsoft’s response to Google I/O. I actually was surprised to hear about this event, unfortunately I didn’t hear about it until it was underway this morning… apparently loads of other tech geeks that I know also had no idea it was taking place! Not to worry, none of us likely would have gotten in as apparently it sold out faster than a Beatles reunion tour would!
About BUILD – Held Sept. 13-16, BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. The News Center will publish updates and announcements throughout the show for press and analysts covering the news. Live keynotes, session details and other event information are available from BUILD online. You can also subscribe to the RSS feeds to have information delivered to you.
Sept. 13-16, 2011
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
See a replay of the Day 1 Keynote http://www.buildwindows.com/
Bing has added a new social connect app for Windows Phone users called “We’re In”. The idea is to hook up with a group of friends and you all share your location. You invite a friend or colleague to join you, then once they do so you can share each other’s location. Seems very familiar to me, much like Glympse or if you think way back can you recall the Nokia Vine Beta app that never got out of the research stage? “We’re In” is available as a Windows Phone application. See more details on the official Bing blog.
Perhaps the biggest issue I see with such a service is that it really is tied to the user’s mobile platform of choice. Case in point, unless you happen to have a group of friends all using a Windows Phone device (not too likely I’d suspect) then you all can’t share in a like experience. I would suspect that Google could possibly extend the location provisioning of a service like G+ to include location sharing of goups or even a huddle to enable real-time sharing of location status updates, much like you can currently do with Latitude.
Via the foursquare blog, a new mobile client is now available for users of Windows Phone. An interesting UI with a whole new experience for the user.
Via foursquare… The new version really speaks to the distinctive capabilities (and slick design!) of Windows Phone, while maintaining the foursquare features you know and love. Playing around with it, what’s cool is that it feels both familiar and new, with a personalized experience through the lens of Windows Phone 7′s panoramic UI. The app is available to users of the Windows Marketplace – see the foursquare blog
Kudos to Mrk Laudon from the City of Surrey B.C for scoring a win in the recently held Code Your Art Out competition put on by Microsoft. This past week-end the Code Your Art Out Finale was held at the BizMedia Rooftop in downtown Toronto and was packed with developers, designers, people who are passionate about non-profits, other Code Your Art Out contestants, the finalists, and their close friends and family. Winners and special mentions have been provided on the Dev Pulse Blog
You can Follow MArk on Twitter @MapsRus
Today, Bing Maps has unveiled their Exclusive High Res Imagery with Global Ortho Project. Launched in the spring of 2010, the Global Ortho program is an ambitious mapping project that aims to provide www.bing.com/maps with 30cm (1 foot) aerial blanket coverage of (initially) the continental United States and Western Europe. Through
From the Bing Community Blog… The Tour now showcases 153 locations where Bing Maps features new outstanding high-resolution aerial imagery that is being captured and published as part of our Bing Maps Global Ortho imagery program. Using the application, you can view the new aerial imagery through an automated “slide show” mode or explore the locations manually. The imagery is from a special collection referred to as “Geoart” for its unusual, compelling and artistic quality.