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TAAP wants to make paperwork extinct – and it’s succeeding

A mobile app company aiming to make paperwork obsolete has announced it is in talks with leading retailers and commercial firms across the UK. TAAP’s software allows firms to use handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets to log important work events such as merchandising, incidents, security and cleaning, instead … Read more »

World-famous architect sees his buildings recreated using HoloLens

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Hololens

World-famous architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has expressed his delight after Microsoft and Trimble helped to recreate some of his most well-known buildings using HoloLens. The 88-year-old Brazilian said it was “fantastic” that he could see his creations using Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset, which places computer-generated holograms in the real world. … Read more »

Arsenal to drop out of top four after Liverpool defeat, Bing predicts

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Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League will suffer a blow this weekend when they drop out of the top four, Bing has predicted. Arsene Wenger’s men take on Liverpool at Anfield, with Microsoft’s search engine predicting that the hosts will clinch a victory (55% chance). Liverpool’s victory … Read more »

Blockchain banking gets a boost from Azure

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British payments services firm Caxton will use Microsoft’s cloud platform to offer faster, cheaper and more secure banking via blockchain technology. The private blockchain system will run on Azure and give users direct access to preferential banking rates, while cutting their service costs. The move will be particularly beneficial for … Read more »

2017 predictions: the apps we’ll use and the games we’ll play

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In the latest instalment of our week-long look at what Microsoft UK’s leaders believe will happen in 2017, we turn to apps and games. Lee Schuneman, head of Lift London, focuses on digital reality technologies and how they can be used to help us push forward healthcare and education; while Harvey Eagle, at … Read more »

Chelsea to tighten hold on Premier League, Bing predicts

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Chelsea will extend their lead at the top of the Premier League when they beat Leicester City this weekend, Bing has predicted. Antonio Conte’s men have a 41% chance of beating last season’s champions, which will push the club up to a total of 52 points, widening the gap between … Read more »