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The World Skills Show: where the present meets the future

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By Jaipriya Kaur Rai The World Skills Show is the UK’s largest careers event – and I was lucky enough to be there with Microsoft. The one-stop-shop for jobs, held in Birmingham recently, aims to be an interactive aid for youngsters who are considering what they would like to do … Read more »

Microsoft explains why Azure is perfect for financial firms

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Financial companies that want to move work to the cloud have been told by Microsoft that its Azure service complies with the new guidance released by the UK’s top regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released guidance in July aimed at aiding firms from the financial services sector as they move … Read more »

Help your children stay safe online with Xbox Family Hub

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Xbox is helping children have fun and stay safe online this Christmas by launching a family hub. With the Xbox One S outselling rival consoles in September and October, and Black Friday deals proving popular with shoppers, Microsoft is helping parents make sure their children are having fun in a secure … Read more »

RAC technology lets cars ‘talk’ to drivers before they break down

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Motorists will know their car has a problem before it breaks down thanks to RAC technology that lets people “talk” to vehicles. The British firm’s device can spot issues with parts such as filters and fuel injectors before they fail, saving car owners time, inconvenience and money. The black box device can be fitted to … Read more »

Black Friday: The best Microsoft deals

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Microsoft is offering hundreds of pounds off some of its best-known products for Black Friday. The company has reduced prices on its tablets, games consoles, games and accessories for the event, which takes place on November 25. Shoppers can save hundreds of pounds on a Surface Pro 4 while also getting … Read more »

CES 2017: The model car kit that can improve kids’ lives

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A model kit that helps children build and program their own toy cars has been recognised by one of the world’s top innovation award shows for improving kids’ lives. SAM Labs, which is based in London and graduated from Microsoft’s start-up programme in 2014, has revealed that its Curious Cars … Read more »

Wayne Rooney most searched-for player on Bing following England row

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Wayne Rooney was the most searched-for player on Bing in the past week after the Manchester United and England star was criticised for attending a wedding. The midfielder has “unreservedly” apologised for “inappropriate” pictures of him at an event at the England hotel a day after his team beat Scotland … Read more »

Hour of Code: You can now create your own version of Minecraft

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Minecraft fans can now create their own version of the game and choose how it works, in a new release by Microsoft and Mojang. Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a free coding tutorial for students and teachers, lets users make their own world in the popular block-building title and program … Read more »

Be the best at Microsoft Office and win a trip to America

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A competition to find the best user of Microsoft Office in the UK and Ireland has been launched, with a grand prize of a trip to the US to compete for the world title and thousands of pounds. The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship will pit teams of students from … Read more »

Gas Guzzlers Extreme: the best games you should download this week

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From blowing up spaceships to shooting cars, here are the best games to download this week. Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom An alchemist’s apprentice returns home from university to finish her training under a great master, but little does she know a real paranormal adventure has only just begun. She must … Read more »

The 10 charts that show the UK needs to embrace the cloud and AI

Research has revealed that nearly half of UK bosses believe they have to embrace digital transformation or see their company fail within the next five years. However, while 44% of business managers understand that the sudden shift to a more digital society will require changes in how they work in … Read more »