This post features the three categories of connected car services; Infotainment, Navigation and Telematics as well as several recent news announcements. According to Connected Cars World, the trade association divides connected car services into three categories; Infotainment, Navigation and Telematics.
In October, Microsoft announced that "Landing Page by Match Type" functionality would be coming soon to Bing Ads. Microsoft has just announced that Bing Ads API users are required to make mandatory code changes so that their applications continue to work properly when Landing Page by Match Type updates are completed.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the rebranding of Microsoft Advertising adCenter to Bing Ads and introduced the Yahoo! Bing Network.
Several Months ago, Microsoft announced that the Bing Search API had moved to the Windows Azure Marketplace. This move would make the Bing Search API a paid service with a tiered structure. Developers have been given until August 1st, 2012 to transition to the new version of the Bing Search API.
Developers are often finding themselves as API providers in addition to consumers. The same is now true for me with my project, BuildaSearch. I recently released a BuildaSearch API for deeper site search integration, moving away from a more plug-and-play approach I took earlier on.
Though Google Maps may still be the choice of most developers, Bing continues to be a contender. Microsoft evangelist Chris Pendleton points out a new Weather.com feature and mentions it has used the service since back when it was called Virtual Earth (the switch only happened this June).
Bing Maps Goes Silverlight: Now with Streetside Immersion, Enhanced Bird's Eye View, Photosynth, and More
Microsoft has just released a new Silverlight version of Bing Maps that is full of new features and upgrades. Although it's hard to say whether this release of Bing Maps has "stolen the cool crown" from Google, the new features do provide some additional value for users. The "beta" release is not yet available by default, though you can preview the latest version at: http://www.bing.com/maps/explore.
Who says all the domain names are taken? Registrar GoDaddy has come up with a fun way to search for local website names by combining keywords and neighborhoods. The results are plotted on a map using the Bing Maps API.
Microsoft is one of the first--and certainly the largest of--customers of Wolfram Alpha's commercial API (our Wolfram|Alpha API profile). For math and nutritional searches, Microsoft's Bing now uses Wolfram results.