Yoga is not an easy exercise for those who are vision impaired. Fortunately, Kyle Rector, a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Washington, has developed a way to make it more accessible. After sustaining a running injury that made her turn to yoga for exercise, she and her advisor, Julie Kientz, realized the potential of using Kinect to detect yoga poses. Using skeletal tracking, voice recognition and the ability to use software to help people improve the alignment of people’s bodies, they developed Eyes-Free Yoga.
Posted by Parul Bhandari Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
Long recognized as an epicenter for business, technology, and cultural treasures, the Lombardia region in northern Italy has more recently earned a reputation as a leader in Europe’s open data movement.
Lombardia launched its open data site, dati.lombardia.it, powered by the Socrata Open Data Portal running on Windows Azure, to host datasets on a range of topics, from museum locations for visitors to government spending information. To date, there are more than 430 datasets and visualizations on the site.
“We want to make information on government activities and decisions more open, comprehensive, timely, and freely available to the public,” said Oscar Sovani, Regione Lombardia’s Leader of Digital Agenda. “This is one step toward an open government model where we are more accountable and responsive to citizens.”
Microsoft has achieved a level of certification that represents a new commitment to minimizing the environmental footprint of its hardware and packaging.
As the Microsoft Green Blog reports, Microsoft’s supply chain for hardware and packaging (Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Information Services) achieved ISO 14001 certification. ISO 14001 is an internationally-recognized framework for organizations to strategically manage and continuously improve their environmental performance.
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the annual Microsoft Dynamics Convergence and SharePoint conferences, profiles on five dynamic women in honor of International Women’s Day and the buzz building up to the March 11 release of “Titanfall.”
The Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta showcased how customers are using Dynamics, such as New Belgium Brewing Company’s external sales representatives, Beer Rangers, who brew up sales using Microsoft Dynamics AX. At Convergence, Microsoft unveiled new mobile applications as part of an update to Microsoft Dynamics and joined customers such as Delta Airlines and Lotus F1 in revealing how they are connecting with customers. As customers gather this week for the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas and Convergence in Atlanta, they received an update on Microsoft’s enterprise social vision and road map — including three new social experiences designed to help companies work like a network.
10 февраля Power BI стал доступен для всех пользователей Office 365. Напомним, что ранее он был доступен только в ознакомительной версии. Добавились новые возможности, улучшили некоторые функции, Power BI становится всё более популярен в мире. Многие компании уже начали использовать его и делиться отзывами. С ними и познакомимся.
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