Five New Artists Edition Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500; Three New Colors for Mobile Mouse 3500/1000 - Bing Get MeThere iOS App and MyVote App Launches

Microsoft Hardware expands its collection of Artist Series mice with the release of five new designs that help infuse color, life and personality into your computing experience. Also made avilable today three bold, new colors. The new designs and colors represent the growing trend of technology as a form of self-expression in mobile computing.The art […]

Microsoft Hardware expands its collection of Artist Series mice with the release of five new designs that help infuse color, life and personality into your computing experience. Also made avilable today three bold, new colors.

The new designs and colors represent the growing trend of technology as a form of self-expression in mobile computing.

The art of Calvin Ho, Dana McClure, Matt Lyon, Yellena James and Zansky - from Australia, New York, the United Kingdom, Portland, Oregon, and Brazil, respectively - will be printed on the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 (US$29.95).

Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Artist Series Mice

"The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 has an ambidextrous design; a two-color battery indicator light; 2.4Hz wireless connection; snap-in transceiver that can stay your computer's USB or be stored in the bottom of the mouse; and BlueTrack technology to help the mouse work on virtually any surface, including a park bench, granite countertops, or the living room rug," Microsoft stated.

The new colors offering for Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 in Cyan Blue and Magenta Pink, and for the Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000 in Cyan Blue, Magenta Pink, and Flame Red.

New Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Colors

New Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000 Colors

Washington State with Microsoft is developing "an app that links Facebook users with MyVote online service for voter registration and information," posted Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed.

MyVote app links Facebook and MyVote Online Service

"Selected Facebook profile information can be transferred to the MyVote system with the user's permission. Facebook users may choose to "like" or "recommend" the app to their friends, helping to expand the use of online registration and spread the word about the services available through MyVote. Facebook is not collecting information the user submits to MyVote. Information goes one direction, to our site. It is secure," Reed explains.

"We estimate that there are 2 million eligible Washington citizens who are not registered to vote, and hope that some of these will respond to the new app by the Oct. 8 deadline for online registration in time to qualify to vote in the amazing 2012 General Election," added Reed.

The MyVote app can be found on the Washington State Elections Division's Facebook page, and or on the Elections Division website.

Also, the Bing team released the "Bing Get Me There App for iOS," a London travel app that gets people from A to B with true door-to-door directions using Bing maps and live tube updates as well as Bus, Docklands Light Rail (DLR) and Overground data, to ensure that people get the best route.

Features of the app include:

  • "Plan journeys using Bing maps, the London Underground network, DLR, London buses and London Overground trains
  • Full tube maps and live service updates
  • Live departures and status updates by tube station
  • Nearest tube/train stations (with map and walking directions)
  • Set up favourite journeys with 'live tile' alerts on your home screen
  • Weekend service updates - Offline access to tube maps (great for when you are on the tube)," informs Bing.

You can download the app from iTunes App Store.

The app was built using the Bing Maps V7 AJAX control and PhoneGap.

Bing Get Me There App for iOsBing Get Me There for iOS

Bing Get Me There London app for iOSBing Get Me There iOS app

Bing Maps V7 AJAX control is the basis for the HTML5 version of the Bing Maps control in Windows 8. "This means you could reuse a large portion of the code you create for your mobile application to create a new Windows UI style Bing Maps application for Windows 8," the team added.

And, Apache Cordova, open source framework allows you to wrap HTML5 based applications with native code which can be used on mobile devices.

For the look and feel, "jQuery Mobile" which has all the JavaScript and CSS styles needed to make HTML5 app was used. "jQuery Mobile can make all your buttons and transition look identical to the ones that are in native applications," adds Bing team.