Category Archives: microsoft

Past, present and future of online maps

Google announced yesterday that it has added more detail on its maps, highlighting businesses and landmarks. They even solved the Albert Einstein Memorial problem that I wrote about last year. Businesses and landmarks are important because they make maps more … Continue reading

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Posted in bing, google, local search, maps, microsoft | 4 Comments

Tellme about Ford

Yesterday marked my one year anniversary at Tellme. I spent the day where I started a year earlier: at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Coincidentally, Ford officially announced its next generation of SYNC, which incorporates Tellme services. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in cars, launchpad, microsoft, mobile, mobile search | 2 Comments

VOIP: Alive, well and full of potential

Om Malik asks on his blog whether VOIP is dead or alive. It’s an interesting question and the answer is very different depending on how you define VOIP. Many people associate VOIP with cheap voice calls using the Internet. This … Continue reading

Posted in im, instant messaging, microsoft, mobile

Wall Street and the incredible shrinking newspaper industry

A friend asked me today “Does one Bear Stearns bailout equal the entire newspaper industry?” I decided to find out. Although there isn’t a clear answer, I was surprised by how small the newspaper industry is. Here are the market … Continue reading

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Google offers fresh perspectives on travel photography

Google’s Panoramio has launched one of the most exciting advances in online pictures since flickr added geotagging. A new “Look around” feature shows you when pictures are available from other angles. In the screenshot below, you can see the dome … Continue reading

Posted in flickr, fun, geotagging, google, microsoft, photography, travel, web 2.0 | 1 Comment

Occasional reader – cognitive surplus, Larry Page on changing the world, CSI and mapping crime

Some interesting reads from the last few weeks: Clay Shirky at Web 2.0 Expo on the cognitive surplus (Web 2.0 video) – Author Clay Shirky spoke recently on how much could be done if only a fraction of the time … Continue reading

Posted in apple, dash, google, gps, iphone, microsoft, reader, satellite navigation, video, weekly reader | 1 Comment

3D maps meet geotagged pictures

Microsoft’s Virtual Earth has a phenomenal addition to Live Search Maps that allows users to create virtual aerial tours. Here’s an example using pictures from my trip to Kauai: The tours can be exported as a video file and uploaded … Continue reading

Posted in flickr, geotagging, maps, mashups, microsoft, photography, web 2, web 2.0 | 1 Comment