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Thursday, March 13, 2008

NewsGlobe - Visualize Breaking News on a Rotating 3D Globe

Yahoo! NewsGlobe

Lucas J. Shuman an engineer of Yahoo!'s Media Innovation Group has created a new way to browse Yahoo News top stories. He used latest Adobe Flash Player and ActionScript 3 to create this tool.

The Yahoo! NewsGlobe represents the information or breaking new in a virtual environment. It consist of basic pieces: a Yahoo! News Top Stories RSS feed, a geo-encoding web service from Yahoo! Maps, and a free, open-source library of 3D classes for ActionScript 3 called Papervision3D. The application loads the Y! News RSS feed every few minutes and extracts the dateline for each story. It sends this descriptive textual information off to the Yahoo! Maps service to find a matching location, and return latitude and longitude coordinates for it. The rest is simply a matter of using the 3D classes in ActionScript to create a visually engaging experience that's either automated or interactive.

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