Archives For Bing

BingPadLast Thursday (April 7), the free Bing for iPad app was officially released into the wild.  Since then, it’s hit #1 on Apple’s Marketplace and it’s easy to see why – it’s like a swiss army knife for search and discovery of contextually-relevant content.  From voice-recognition to easy to understand gestures that use a standard swipe, this app is the future of NUI-enabled Search.  My favorite features are the seamless integration of weather, search, stocks, and what’s trending.

I just wish there was a little more social integrated into the experience.  Today it feels like I’m getting half the equation by consuming content vs. being an integrated part of the experience like you see on Stumbleupon and Twitter while sitting down watching TV (the primary place I use my iPad).  Perhaps someday the two can come together?  Tie together with Comcast’s (EBIF-based) remote record and control APIs and I could see a really interesting scenario where I search for trends on TV, and set my STB to remote record, all right from within the app.  Are you listening MVPD’s?

Christmas LightsHaving recently come across The Seattle Times’ list of great holiday lights and displays around the community, I realized how laborious it would be to try and map all of them out to decide which to visit.  With that thought in mind, I went ahead and mapped all of them as a public, editable map on Bing.   Since then, I’ve started to add more detail including additional lights and confirmed a few of the locations personally.

Bing Map: Holiday Lights in Seattle

Legend is simple:

  • Green Tree = Confirmed Buzzworthy
  • Snowflake = Recommended

Admittedly I started this project to do a comparison of Google Maps and Bing Maps, but found Bing to be easier to navigate and exports to multiple formats.  Happy Holidays!

Note the image of the Neckties next to the countdown :).  Google doesn’t give me this information.  Bing gave me exactly what I was looking for and a smile on top.


If you’re unfamiliar with Bing, you’ll soon be thanks to a large TV ad campaign.