Starting March 7, Eric Larsen and his three-person team of adventurers will start off on an epic journey to traverse the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island in Canada to the geographic North Pole. The goal: break the current expedition speed record that was set in 2006 by a Norwegian team to cover the nearly 500 miles to the North Pole in less than 49 days.
The team will use skis and snowshoes, and have sleds made out of lightweight Kevlar that will also serve as make-shift rafts as needed for large open-water crossings. They have to take everything they need for the trek – including food – with them, writes Brandon LeBlanc. Also going along with Larsen: Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phones, to take photos and share the journey on his website and on Twitter. He has also been using the Nokia Lumia 2520 and Panasonic ToughPad G1 tablets to track and train for the expedition.
By Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing
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Semiconductor maker AMD has decided to implement a Business Intelligence (BI) solution based on SQL Server 2014 Enterprise and SharePoint Server 2013. Doing so will take advantage of built-in, self-service BI tools such as Power View, an interactive data visualization feature of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services.
“With SQL Server 2014 and SharePoint Server 2013, we saw an opportunity to gain a highly integrated environment that would give end users more control over their data without requiring us to increase the complexity of our architecture,” said Jesse Cantu, IT director of data warehousing and engineering at AMD.
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Starting next week at select retailers in the U.S., a digital copy of “Forza Motorsport 5” will be included with the purchase of an Xbox One for the retail price of $499.99, writes Larry Hyrb on Major Nelson’s blog.
Turn 10 Studios recently said that more than one-third of Xbox One console owners worldwide have bought “Forza Motorsport 5” since its Nov. 22 launch, with players participating in more than 94 million races, for a combined 8 million hours of total gameplay.
For developers, it can be helpful to create apps that adapt to users in a specific region and provide content that makes sense for their culture and habits. Windows architecture allows developers to create apps and easily make then available to people all over the world.
Women who are using technology to inspire young women to get more involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are being celebrated by Skype ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, including three who use Skype in the classroom:
· Heather Heenehan, a Ph.D. student in marine science and conversation at Duke University, joined Skype’s “Exploring Oceans” unit last year. Heenehan, who had hosted educational outreach programs related to STEM for fourth- through sixth-grade girls in Durham, N.C., developed her own Skype classroom lessons, “Sounds of the Sea.”
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