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Microsoft is helping a company that tries to predict the future

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A program that tries to predict the future, a home health monitor for people with cancer and an online bot that can chat to customers are just some of the proposals that have won places on a Microsoft course for start-ups. Microsoft Accelerator, a global initiative that helps entrepreneurs to grow their companies, has chosen eight … Read more »

The best new apps and indie games to download now

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From catching slime to building towns, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. Facebook (update) The new Windows 10 app is significantly faster than running Facebook on the internet, while the Facebook Live tile helps you find out what your friends and family are … Read more »

The best new apps and indie games you need to download

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From fast-paced arcade titles to puzzling mysteries, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. Alto’s Adventure Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient … Read more »

Gamescom: FIFA 17 bundle for Xbox unveiled

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Xbox has kicked off its presence at the world’s largest video game show by announcing a new FIFA package. Aaron Greenberg, Xbox Head of Marketing, used the start of Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany, to unveil the Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundle in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. … Read more »

Who has won Apprentice of Year 2016?

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This week, Microsoft’s annual Apprenticeship of the Year competition has crowned 20 year old Lucy Muldoon, who works at Nomura Holdings in London, as overall winner for 2016. Beating 114 other hopefuls to take the top spot, Lucy entered the competition in the ‘Apprentice in Support role’ category, which she … Read more »

Manchester City will win the Premier League, predicts Bing

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The wait is nearly over for football fans as the 2016/17 Premier League season kicks off this weekend. Microsoft’s search engine Bing has predicted that Manchester City will win the league with 94 points, five  clear of local rivals Manchester United with 89, followed by Chelsea and Arsenal with 88 and … Read more »

Unboxed: The Xbox One S is here!

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At E3 earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its latest console, the Xbox One S. The new console has a sleeker design and is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One. It features a new wireless controller with textured grip and Bluetooth support as well as a built in power supply. … Read more »

The Xbox Summer update starts rolling out

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by Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering The latest system update for Xbox One and the Xbox app has started rolling out, continuing our commitment to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. Cortana is now on Xbox One, Background Music will be available through music apps like Pandora, we’re … Read more »

Microsoft Pix gives the iPhone camera an artificial brain

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By John Roach As a professional photographer shooting the Seattle Seahawks, Josh Weisberg dashed around the football field, constantly taking pictures in anticipation of the perfect shot. “If you see it happen and you aren’t already taking pictures, it’s too late, you missed the shot,” says Weisberg, who is a … Read more »

60 Seconds with… Lift London chief Lee Schuneman

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Name: Lee Schuneman Role: Studio Head of Lift London Age: 46 Lives: Hampstead, London Family: Wife and three children – one son and two daughters Pets: None Hobbies: BAFTA committee member and chair of Breakthrough Brits, movies (Japanese animation and Disney), music (I use an app to make music while … Read more »

Pokémon Go: New tool can detect Pikachu and friends

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You’ve caught a Pikachu in the park, a Squirtle in the supermarket and a Bulbasaur at the bus stop. By now, your Pokémon Go library is probably looking pretty full; and while you’ve got to “catch ’em all”, it can be difficult to keep track of ’em all. Luckily, Microsoft … Read more »

The graphs that reveal the UK’s huge digital skills gap

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A series of new academies is to be opened to tackle the serious digital skills gap across the UK. Five Microsoft and Risual academies are to be unveiled across the UK, with the first located in Derby, as part of a partnership with IT services company Risual and a select group of colleges. Here, … Read more »

New academies to tackle serious digital skills gap in UK

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A series of new academies will be opened to tackle the serious digital skills gap across the UK, amid demand from companies for more computer-literate staff. Five Microsoft and Risual academies are to be unveiled across the UK, with the first located in Derby, as part of a partnership with IT services company Risual … Read more »

The new world of massive scale data

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By Robin Lester  Data is more relevant today than it has ever been. Data flows though industry, it is the life blood that connects businesses, people and machines to humans. It powers the gears of industry, destroying geographic boundaries with communication systems and, with the internet, creates a sea of … Read more »