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Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps Available Today

Bing maps sdkMicrosoft announced this morning that the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps is now available, combining the power of Windows 8 and Bing™ Maps to provide an improved mapping experience. These SDK’s will allow developers to control and harness the power of Maps by enabling incorporation of the latest road maps and aerial views into a Windows Store app. The SDK includes controls for apps built using JavaScript, as well as apps built using C#, C++, and Visual Basic, and requires a Bing Maps Key for a Windows Store app.

Depending on the type of application that developers are wanting to build, Bing offer two options:

Bing Maps for Javascript

  • intended for users familiar with AJAX web control. There are a few differences in loading modules locally but otherwise is very similar in features and functionality to its web counterpart. You should be able to port over your existing web experience using maps into the Windows Store. There may be some restrictions in certain markets. For new users of Maps it is recommended that they go to the iSDK site where they can test drive the API.

Bing Maps for C#, C++, and Visual Basic

  • this version provides support for pushpins/polylines/polygons, landmarks, venue maps, traffic and Synth view map style. With Bing’s own client renderer, the SDK takes advantage of the Windows 8 platform to provide a  smooth and responsive map experience on x86, x64 or ARM platforms.

Along with this release, Microsoft have created a new Maps key type called ‘Windows Store app’. This key should be used when building new apps with the Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps API. You can get the new Maps key at the Bing Maps Account Centre.

Below are some useful links to get more information and provide feedback:

Robots Outdo Gotye

Watch an HP scanner perform lead vocals for Gotyes ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.

robots sing gotye somebody that I used to know

Running out of uses for that old HP Scanjet 3C scanner in the office? Why not team it up with an oscilloscope, a xylophone and a couple of hard drives to make beautiful music?

There have been many remixes of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ but none have tickled out tech fancy as much as this charming remix done by an HP Scanjet 3C scanner and its digital band members.

YouTube user bd594 beautifully fuses pop music melodies with electronic noises, all produced from throwaway computer parts found in an electronic parts stores in Toronto, Canada.

With the HP Scanjet 3C on lead vocals, it lags a bit due to the fast paced rhythm. In order for the stepper motor to play a note it has to be moving its large carriage, creating an almost ‘duel noise’ which echo the duet parts of the original song, sung by Gotye and Kimbra. Programming helps to compensate for the lag but leaving it there gives the song an added layer of character for the digital band.

An Amiga 600 Bass is used on the left audio output and a guitar on the right audio output. Each audio channel is then feed in to the oscilloscope and two hard drives are used as drums and cymbals. A xylophone (played by a robot, of course), makes an appearance as the only ‘natural’ instrument. Both the hard drives and the xylophone are controlled by one PIC16F84A micro-controller.

The robot band also covers Maroon 5′s song ‘Move Like Jagger’ and features Stephen Hawking on vocals (well, it uses the ‘Vocals Digital DECtalk Express’, which is the same unit as Stephen Hawking used back in the 80′s).

We’re not sure if this is a new genre of electronic music or a new form of recycling. You be the judge!

Myspace want you back

Are you ready to give Myspace another chance?

Who am I to say I want you back / You were never mine to give away / I was waiting for a long long time / For you to feel the same

The lyrics to the “New Myspace” promotional video tug on our heart strings. We all had a love affair with the once-sexy social network in its heyday (2003-2008). But our attention span was short, and we were having multiple flings on the side. Of course, some of those flings–with Facebook and Twitter in particular–turned into long-term relationships. We dumped Myspace in late 2008 when we became bored with customising our profile pages and annoyed by the heavy use of banner advertisements.

But Myspace want us back. The sleek 2-minute promotional video tells the story of new myspace justin timberlakeDavid–an indie hipster from LA–enticed back to Myspace. David is prompted to enter his Facebook or Twitter details to get his profile started, hinting at the ability to merge all the existing content posted on these networks.We are then shown a sleek new interface that has a Pinterest feel, dominated by images and video. The ability to search for music is highlighted with a cameo from Justin Timberlake, now a major investor in the company:

… with every obstacle comes an opportunity and I see this, as it speaks to somebody like me, as bridging the gap. It’s just bringing the connection that much closer while still making the artist feel comfortable that they can make their art, lock themselves in a room and torture themselves as they do, and still find a way to comfortably connect with their fan base

Timberlake is also heavily involved in the business end of the company and has been leveraging his 14 million twitter followers to spread the word about the new Myspace.

The biggest concern about the new Myspace will be its use of ads. The signs don’t look good as Myspace is now owned by an advertising agency. Along with Timberlake, Specific Media bought Myspace for a measly $35 million from News Corp. last year (News Corp. paid $580 million in 2005). Specific Media is a digital advertising agency that helps marketers buy digital ads across the Web, online video, mobile and TV. Tim Vanderhook, chief executive officer of Specific Media:

We’re thrilled about the opportunity to rebuild and reinvigorate Myspace. We look forward to partnering with someone as talented as Justin Timberlake, who will lead the business strategy with his creative ideas and vision for transforming Myspace. This is the next chapter of digital media, and we are excited to have a hand in writing the script.

As people are becoming dissatisfied with Facebook due to its poor protection of private information, it’s overuse of paid-for ‘targeted ads’ and a myriad of other reasons, there is certainly room to fall in love with Myspace again. However, as the catchy song “Heartbeat,” by the group JJAMZ proclaims in the new Myspace promo:

If you break my heart a second time / I might never be the same