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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 »

Rolls-Royce deal with Microsoft could mean fewer flight delays

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Airline passengers could see more flights leave on time after a new partnership between Rolls-Royce and Microsoft. Rolls, whose engines power more than 50,000 flights around the world every month, will use Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite to quickly diagnose issues with plane engines. Mechanics can then … Read more »

Using virtual reality to help youngsters with autism into work

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More than 20 youngsters with autism learnt how to code and experienced virtual reality as part of an event to help them into the workplace. The workshop, run by Dennis Publishing and Microsoft, allowed those taking part to “immerse themselves in technology” and build skills to reduce their chances of becoming … Read more »

Fitwell is the personal trainer that everyone can afford

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Setting up your own business can be painful, both financially and emotionally. The bills, the long hours and the stress can all take their toll on a person’s health. But for one entrepreneur, starting his company was literally painful. Baris Ozaydinli developed such serious back and neck pain that he … Read more »

Microsoft Windows Phone: The five apps you need this summer

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The summer is in full swing, so the Windows Store has chosen some amazing free apps you need over the next few months. Our top picks include GroupMe, which allows you to connect with friends and family on the go, and AccuWeather, so you can stay up to date on the unpredictable … Read more »

Experts call for increased efforts to help prevent online child sexual abuse

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By Jacqueline Beauchere Vile images are being taken out of online circulation; child victims are being identified and rescued; and perpetrators are being apprehended, but awareness-raising and educational efforts need to increase to help prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to experts attending an international conference in London this week. … Read more »

How can STEM subjects support young people with autism?

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By Helen Dyer Children on the Autism Spectrum & Parents Association (CASPA) has been working to support children and young people with autism and their families in south London for 15 years. Autism is a lifelong neurological developmental condition which affects all aspects of a person’s life. It is often … Read more »

Pride 2016: Microsoft staff join a million people in London

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Microsoft revealed its biggest ever turnout at a record-breaking Pride Festival in London. More than a million people watched 40,000 people take part in the parade on June 25, and 150 Microsoft staff joined them. Under the motto of “be yourself with a smile”, GLEAM – Microsoft’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender … Read more »

Windows Anniversary update: log into websites using your face

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The days of trying to remember passwords could be over after Microsoft unveiled plans to allow Windows users to log into websites using just their face. The move is part of the Windows 10 Anniversary update, which will be released for free on August 2 and features increased security, enhanced … Read more »

Five reasons why you need the Windows 10 Anniversary update

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Microsoft has announced it will release the Windows 10 Anniversary update for free on August 2. The latest version of Windows 10, which has been installed on more than 350 million devices since it was made available last summer, will feature increased security, enhanced power efficiency, better notetaking capabilities and … Read more »

UEFA Euro 2016: Gareth Bale is most searched-for player

Gareth Bale is the most searched-for footballer at Euro 2016, according to Bing. The Welsh midfielder, who is the tournament’s joint top scorer so far with three goals, beat Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and England’s Jamie Vardy to the top spot. The findings, which cover millions of online searches in the … Read more »

Euro 2016: England ‘will get knocked out earlier than expected’

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England will be knocked out of the European Championships in the quarter-finals, according to Bing, one round earlier than previously predicted. Roy Hodgson’s team, who finished second in group B behind British rivals Wales, will beat Iceland in the next round, before losing to hosts France in the last eight, Microsoft‘s … Read more »

Game inspired by Pratchett’s Discworld could net UK students $50,000

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A computer game inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld could win four students in the UK $50,000 (£34,000) and a mentoring session with Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella. Riccardo DeLuca, Michael Harty, Thomas Mahoney and Ciaran Harty will compete at the Imagine Cup World Finals next month in Seattle after winning the UK … Read more »

If you’re reading this, you should thank Alan Turing

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If you’ve ever used a computer, asked your smartphone a question, or even spent time with your nan or granddad, you owe a debt of gratitude to Alan Turing. You may be familiar with the name, or may have heard of the Turing test of artificial intelligence, but surprisingly few … Read more »

MØ fanzine created by her fans is released at Glastonbury

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A fanzine created by pop singer MØ from works of art sent to her by fans will be available at Glastonbury Festival this weekend. The Danish star teamed up with Microsoft Surface and OneNote to encourage her followers from across the world to upload photos, paintings and poems to her … Read more »

England will be knocked out of Euros in semi-final, predicts Bing

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England will reach the semi-finals of this summer’s European Championships but will then be knocked out by Spain, according to Bing. Roy Hodgson’s team will top Group B with seven points following their matches against Wales, Russia and Slovakia, Microsoft’s search engine has predicted. England will beat Russia on June … Read more »

Pride 2016: changing what it means to be LGBT

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On June 25, Microsoft will join 250 other companies to celebrate the 44th annual Pride in London festival. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) event first started as a parade in 1972 to take a stance against discrimination and violence towards people who were LGBT and to mark the … Read more »

Pride 2016: Microsoft’s biggest ever turnout

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Microsoft revealed its biggest ever turnout at this year’s Pride Festival in London at the weekend. Almost 300 groups from across the country took part in the parade on June 25, and hundreds of Microsoft staff joined them. Under the motto of “be yourself with a smile”, GLEAM – Microsoft’s … Read more »