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New Acer Aspire Z Series all-in-one PCs feature voice-sensing mics, full HD for true-to-life video calls


The new Aspire Z Series, announced Thursday, lets you enjoy true-to-life video calls with family and friends with 1080p Full HD webcams, stereo speakers with Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater technology, as well as built-in dual digital microphones that can sense where voices come from to ensure they’re heard, even in a noisy environment. Acer’s 2015 refresh of its Aspire … Read more »

Researchers meet and mingle at Mendeley with help from Azure ML

When the world’s scientists and researchers break from their books, they often head to Mendeley, a reference manager and academic social network. It’s a destination to access reference content, manage their personal libraries, and discover new research and colleagues. Behind the scenes, Mendeley is using Azure Machine Learning to better … Read more »

How the city of Miami is turning to the cloud to do more with less


“Imagine you’re a homeowner or a contractor, and you’re told an inspector is coming today, but there’s no way to know exactly when,” says Kevin Burns, the city’s chief information officer. That means citizens “spend more time than they should just waiting around.” The new app allows citizens to track … Read more »

Whee! Check out some of our favorite Microsoft Hyperlapse videos


Using Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile, you’ve created time-lapse videos from the air to the ski slopes, and some of our favorites are shared on Conversations: The Microsoft Devices Blog. Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile helps you speed up and stabilize first-person videos shot on your Lumia. “We love your originality,” writes Nishtha Arora. … Read more »

Microsoft improves Windows Store app catalog for customers


Customers shopping in the Windows Store app catalog now have a new and improved experience, with less clutter and more helpful information. Microsoft has begun enforcing a more robust approach to its 10.1 app certification policy to help customers easily find quality, high-value apps in the Windows Store. … Read more »