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How a custom Microsoft app is helping the Caribbean rebuild after hurricanes PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 December 2017 18:51
google earth imageLast month at a United Nations donor conference, the international community pledged $1.3 billion to rebuild the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean. But how did they know how much the region, which was hit with back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes in September, needs to recover? In part, thanks to a new app and software bundle from Microsoft, developed in collaboration with U.N. relief workers. The prosaically named Building Damage Assessment app turned out to play a vital role in assessing the devastation of Barbuda and Dominica, two islands that faced the full force of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, respectively. Optimized for tablet, the Building Damage Assessment allows volunteers in the field with minimal training to quickly input data about structural damage through a series of drop-down questions, and collect photographs for visual evidence. The data is stored offline and then uploaded via the cloud when the tablet gets back to mobile data or wi-fi range. Professionals, meanwhile, can analyze the data using Microsoft Power BI to tabulate the total amount of damage and detect trends, like certain types of building materials that were more prone to collapse...Read this lengthy report on OUR FORUM.
 
Sound is the next frontier for virtual reality PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 December 2017 09:55
sound in virtual realityIt's not just about frame-rate and resolution. Music is playing an increasingly important role in virtual reality and augmented reality development. A company called Tribe VR, which makes products (experiences, in the VR nomenclature) teaching people real-world skills in VR & AR environments, just launched a DJ school for Oculus Rift. To create its DJ school, Tribe teamed up with DJ Kryoman and Pyramid, a San Francisco-based music school. Lessons include beat matching basics, mixing techniques, and DJ masterclasses. Techniques are taught by virtual DJ mentors. It's easy to think of virtual reality as a visual experience, but a growing number of developers are capitalizing on the immersive environments of VR to bring users interactive experiences built around music. Oculus users can experience live performances in interactive venues via an app called Noys VR. Rift and Gear VR users can participate in a psychedelic interactive music video for electronic duo Night Club's single Show It 2 Me...Lots more posted on OUR FORUM.
 
Hit VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew now support Windows Mixed Reality PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 December 2017 22:16

Hit VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you and your friends in the heart of a starship, where, as officers of the Federation, every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew. Developed specifically for VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew offers a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe. In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the Federation dispatches you and your crew to command the new vessel U.S.S. Aegis as part of a critical initiative. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as The Trench, in hopes of locating a suitable new homeworld for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Trench contains stunning beauty and undiscovered wonders, but also strange anomalies and dangers yet unknown. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and their purpose is undoubtedly a threat to the Federation’s plans. It’s up to you and your crew to chart the sector to determine the Klingons’ aims and to secure a peaceful Federation presence...Learn more and watch more video on OUR FORUM.

 
 
Microsoft releases Favorites Lock Screen For Android PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 12:16
favorities lock screenMicrosoft Garage team has released another Lock Screen app for Android devices today. The app is currently targeted at only Indian audience.  Favorites Lock Screen is currently the third lock screen app by Microsoft Garage after Next Lock Screen & Picturesque Lock Screen. “Even though the Picturesque team already had a great lock screen app available in India, we wanted to try something different.  We wanted to build a lock screen focused on fandom, not just beautiful images. Our app allows people to craft a more personalized experience centered around their passions and interests,” said Pavan Kumar Desari, Program Manager at Microsoft. The app doesn’t have too many features as it is still under development but this doesn’t stop the app from having some decent features...We have a list of features posted on OUR FORUM.
 
Windows 10 Preview Build 17063 for PC released PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 19:44

windows 10 insider preview build 17063After much anticipation, Microsoft has finally released their new Timeline feature to Insiders with Build 17063 for PC. Timeline is a productivity feature which lets users keep track of their work and easily go back to the same context as before. Timeline introduces a new way to resume past activities you started on your PC, other Windows PCs, and iOS/Android devices. Timeline enhances Task View, allowing you to switch between currently running apps and past activities. The default view of Timeline shows snapshots of the most relevant activities from earlier in the day or a specific past date. A newly annotated scrollbar makes it easy to get back to past activities. There’s also a way to see all the activities that happened in a single day—just select See all next to the date header. Your activities will be organized into groups by the hour to help you find tasks you know you worked on that morning, or whenever...Discover more of what is in this new build by visiting OUR FORUM.

 
Kaspersky Lab sues Trump administration over software ban PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:56

Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab is suing the Trump administration over its decision to ban the use of the company’s products by federal agencies. Washington thus deprived Kaspersky Lab of due process, the company argued. In September the US government's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab antivirus products, citing national security concerns grounded in the fact that the company is Moscow-based. The company’s founder and chief executive Eugene Kaspersky denounced the move as “baseless paranoia at best.” “DHS [Department of Homeland Security] has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company,” Kaspersky said in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency, published on Monday.

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US Government bans Kaspersky antivirus PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 December 2017 13:04
kaspersky anti-virusThe Trump administration is not known to be hard on Russia unless your name is Kaspersky it seems.  Last week President Donald Trump signed into law legislation which banned the use of Kaspersky’s antivirus and other applications in the US Government. This follows a directive in September by the Department of Homeland Security ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks within 90 days. “The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue,” said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who led calls in Congress to scrub the software from government computers. She added that the company’s software represented a “grave risk” to U.S. national security. Kaspersky, in turn, has filed a lawsuit against the US Government in Federal Court, saying the actions were simply based on media allegations without any evidence. “DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company,” the company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky, said in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency published on Monday...Want to know more we have lots more posted on OUR FORUM.
 
Microsoft, IBM: We won't help build a Muslim registry PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 December 2017 23:21
MicrosoftSpokespeople from Microsoft and IBM say that their companies would not help create a registry of Muslims in the United States, an idea floated by President-elect Donald Trump. “We’ve been clear about our values. We oppose discrimination and we wouldn’t do any work to build a registry of Muslim Americans,” spokesman Frank X. Shaw told BuzzFeed on Thursday in response to their questions. IBM also expressly rejected a registry, with a spokesperson telling The Hill on Saturday, “IBM would not work on this hypothetical project." “Our company has long-standing values and a strong track record of opposing discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. That perspective has not changed, and never will," the spokesperson said.The companies’ statements came days after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty joined other tech leaders, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk, for a summit with Trump. Complete details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
 
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