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The Lombardia region in northern Italy has recently earned a reputation as a leader in Europe’s open data movement, launching dati.lombardia.it. Powered by the Socrata Open Data Portal running on Windows Azure, it hosts more than 430 datasets and visualizations on a range of topics, from museum locations for visitors to government spending information.
“Devastation,” the second downloadable content pack for “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” debuts April 3, first on Xbox. It features four unique multiplayer maps, an all-new, tactical 2-in-1 weapon and “Episode 2: Mayday” – the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative.
That 2-in-1 weapon is known as The Ripper, and gives players two difference configurations, writes Jeff Rubenstein on Major Nelson’s blog: “Medium to short-range capability as a Sub Machine-Gun (SMG), and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle (AR), giving maximum flexibility to adjust to a variety of map types and tactics.”
Dell has announced the new classroom-ready Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, built to meet the needs of any student computing program.
The latest “Inside Windows Phone” video shows how to publish Windows Phone apps for enterprise through the Windows Phone Store, as a beta and through private distribution.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., wrapped up Feb.27, ending a week of wide-ranging demonstrations of the ways Microsoft technology is transforming the healthcare industry.
Women who are inspiring change are being honored March 8 on International Women’s Day, and Kine Camara is one, having crossed traditional boundaries in her role as an engineer, a field still dominated by men.
Camara, who was born in Senegal, says that she grew up interested in science but did not plan to become an engineer. She enrolled at the Polytechnic University of Montreal and remembers, “At first I was completely lost, but once I worked with friends to develop a mobile app, I knew I had to become a mobile software engineer.”
In anticipation of the release of one of the hottest games of the year – “Titanfall” – Microsoft retail stores are hosting launch events on March 10 to celebrate the Xbox One and PC exclusive and bring fans together for a night of fun.
Starting at 9 p.m. on March 10, fans are invited to join us at any of our retail stores across North America to win more than $2,000 in prizes at each event, including the Xbox One Titanfall Edition bundle, Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller, Xbox One Media Remote, “Titanfall” gear or a year-subscription to Xbox Live, among other prizes. At select stores, fans will also have the opportunity to use demo stations to play the game before it’s released and walk the red carpet.
Yes, that’s U2 pinned to the Start screen on a Surface, above. If you want to pin your favorite artist, album or radio station to your Start screen for quick and easy access, the Surface team tells you how in a new post sharing their five favorite tips and tricks.
You’ll also learn how to quickly close an app by swiping from the top of your screen to the bottom; personalize your Surface with a fun picture password; lock the screen orientation (press Windows key + O) and, if you’re left-handed, how to change the settings for left-handed orientation.
Recent updates to three popular Windows Phone games add new venues, characters and levels.
As you gear up for the March 11 release of “Titanfall,” you’ll definitely want to get the apps for Twitch, “Machinima Wingman” and Upload Studio to make sure you’re ready to go “on air” with your own “Titanfall” gameplay, writes Xbox Wire.
Twitch broadcasting, which lets you share your gameplay experiences with the world, will be available for all Xbox One owners on March 11. In the video above, Major Nelson walks you through how to prepare for it.
If you’ve enjoyed “Rabbids Big Bang” on Windows Phone devices, now you can fling these crazy, oversized bunnies on your Windows PC or tablet. With the flick of a finger, you can fling these wascally wabbits into outer space, and control their trajectory with a jetpack – paying close attention to planetary gravity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The newest addition to Microsoft Advertising’s Consumer Decision Journey research, “The Consumer Decision Journey: Financial Services,” provides ways to help brands better reach new audiences while meeting consumer needs.
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.”
The latest Red Stripe Deals in the Windows Store – which save you at least 50 percent off the original price of six favorite apps, indie games and Xbox titles – includes a flashy classic, a cornucopia of collages and a simplified way of tracking tasks and projects.
After Amelia Rose Earhart — who was named after the legendary pilot — became a pilot herself, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge and experience with other women. So she started The Fly With Amelia Foundation, which “paves the runway for girls who want to test their limits” and “live an inspired life through aviation.” Earhart says that in running the foundation she relies on Office 365 to help her overcome her “organizational challenges.”
The famous Amelia Earhart “had her paper flight charts, log books, personal journals and maps of the globe by her side. Today, in my back pocket, I have Word, OneNote, PowerPoint and Outlook all connected to OneDrive to keep me organized and productive,” Earhart writes on the Office Blogs. “Accessible from anywhere on any device — from my phone in the hangar, on my iPad at the Museum or from my laptop at home — I always have everything I need with me.”
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 was announced Thursday as a federation option for Office 365 customers.
“This is part of a set of new features that benefit Office 365 customers who are using an on-premises Identity Provider other than Active Directory,” writes Paul Andrew, a technical product manager on the Office 365 team, on the Office Blogs. “Together, they provide account synchronization, sign-in federation and wider use of passive authentication which enables single sign-on for Office Web-based applications and, in the future, for Office desktop clients."
Austin, Texas is the epicenter of one of the biggest gaming events of the year – the launch of “Titanfall.” If you're trying to get into the big show, there’s another chance for you to get in through a casual meet-up Sunday, March 9, at the Microsoft Store in Austin @ The Domain.in Austin @ The Domain.
On Thursday, Microsoft published its most recent Law Enforcement Requests Report, which details the number of legal demands for customer data the company received from law enforcement agencies around the world and how Microsoft responded to those requests.
This is the company’s third report and covers the period from July to December 2013.
At the end of January, the Working Social Tour debuted in Tokyo to an audience of almost 300 customers and prospects.