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How Robots Will Change the Future of Marketing - Forbes

How Robots Will Change the Future of Marketing - Forbes | Technology watch | Scoop.it

ForbesHow Robots Will Change the Future of MarketingForbesAccording to my buddy and fellow author, the marketing cyborgs are coming. Some are already here.


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Don’t fear the robots!

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Not OK, Google: Chromium voice extension pulled after spying concerns

Not OK, Google: Chromium voice extension pulled after spying concerns | Technology watch | Scoop.it

Google has removed an extension from Chromium, the open source sibling to the Chrome browser, after accusations that the extension was installed surreptitiously and subsequently eavesdropped on Chromium users.

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Microsoft announces $120,000 in annual Azure credit to qualified global startups

Microsoft announces $120,000 in annual Azure credit to qualified global startups | Technology watch | Scoop.it

Starting now, qualified startup companies can claim $120,000 in Azure credit every year in the Bizspark Plus program to help businesses to excel in their field. Microsoft Azure offers productive tools usable by any developer or IT professional and includes many services to save money and operate faster, all with 24x7 support. 

 

These tools are integral to any serious startup, and range from cloud computing, intelligent machine learning and real time operational algorithms, to media services for uploading, formatting, and storing any video, audio, image or more in high quality and in the correct format for any device around the world. 

 

That's not it -- with Microsoft Azure, one can operate and send millions of notifications and messages to any device required with a simple and to the point template. If that hasn't struck your fancy already, they also offer competitive services for streaming analytics for all aspects of business from all data you've been gathering.

 

With that said, if you're thinking about starting up or already have started a business, this is a great opportunity to enter the arena of serious business -- 57% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure, including 3M, Condé Nast, Samsung, and many, many, more. Truly a good option.

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Seems to be the perfect moment to join the Bizspark Plus program !

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Cortana coming to Android as a beta in July

Cortana coming to Android as a beta in July | Technology watch | Scoop.it
We’ve been hearing about Cortana’s platform expansion for almost a year now. Early on, talk of Cortana’s cross platform appearance was merely speculation by dividing groups. Groups of die-hard Windo
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Windows 10 Mobile launch scheduled for late September

Windows 10 Mobile launch scheduled for late September | Technology watch | Scoop.it
We've known for a while that Windows 10 Mobile would be coming "later this year", but thanks to a presentation for one of its partners we now know when Microsoft is planning on launching the OS.
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And so we'll have to wait two more months after the release of Windows 10 to upgrade our phone to Windows 10 Mobile.

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SogetiLabs Video - YouTube

In this video, Technology Experts of SogetiLabs talk about the Community and the innovative solutions and projects they are working on.


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Really proud to be part of SogetiLabs !  

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How You Can Get Hacked Just by Looking at a Picture Online

How You Can Get Hacked Just by Looking at a Picture Online | Technology watch | Scoop.it

The next time someone sends you a link to picture, be it that of a funny cat or a beautiful sunset, be careful before you click on it—it might hack your computer.

That image might look just like another regular image, but thanks to a technique devised by Saumil Shah, a security researcher from India, a hacker could hide malicious code inside the picture’s pixels, literally hiding an exploit in plain sight.

The technique is called “Stegosploit” and Shah gave Motherboard a demo of the technique ahead of the talk he gave on Thursday at the Amsterdam hacking conference Hack In The Box.

 

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Image files should not be "presumed innocent" anymore

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FYI: Microsoft will not charge for feature or functionality updates for Windows 10

Microsoft has said time and time again that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for the first year and on their Windows site, they re-iterate that they will not charge for additional updates either.

 

Microsoft says the following on this Windows 10 site:

"Once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure, and introducing new features and functionality over time – for no additional charge."

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Cortana for all: Microsoft’s plan to put voice recognition behind anything

Cortana for all: Microsoft’s plan to put voice recognition behind anything | Technology watch | Scoop.it

When Microsoft introduced the Cortana digital personal assistant last year at the company's Build developer conference, the company already left hints of its future ambitions for the technology. Cortana was built largely on Microsoft's Bing service, and the Cortana team indicated those services would eventually be accessible to Web and application developers.

As it turns out, eventually is now. Though the most important elements are only available in a private preview, many of the machine learning capabilities behind Cortana have been released under Project Oxford, the joint effort between Microsoft Research and the Bing and Azure teams announced at Build in April. And at the conference, Ars got to dive deep on the components of Project Oxford with Ryan Gaglon, the senior program manager at Microsoft Technology and Research shepherding the project to market.

 

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The Project Oxford (ie the machine learning capabilities behind Cortana) allows you to add image and speech processing to any application, by using a single Web request! Just wonderful!

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Windows 10 Dev Readiness - Powered by MVPs

Windows 10 Dev Readiness - Powered by MVPs | Technology watch | Scoop.it
We’re excited to offer a series of live webcasts that deliver first-hand guidance on how you can leverage the new Windows 10 development model. The webcasts will be presented and moderated by Microsoft MVPs around the world at no charge and are a great opportunity for you to not only learn the foundations of Universal App Development in Windows 10, but also to connect with some of the top experts in your country and/or language. Bring your Windows Store app development questions and have them answered live, by the experts, and learn how to take advantage of the great opportunities ahead in the Universal Windows Platform. Each webcast will deliver the same content in different countries from June 8 - 12.They will last from one to three hours, depending on the amount of community interaction. Microsoft is empowering the MVPs with technical content and private training so every session will be fully equipped with content, demos, and up-to-date guidance. We hope you join and connect with us for this great worldwide initiative!
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Microsoft will release public preview of SQL Server 2016 this summer

Microsoft will release public preview of SQL Server 2016 this summer | Technology watch | Scoop.it

The next edition of Microsoft’s popular SQL Server database software will become available as a public preview this summer, Microsoft announced today at its enterprise-oriented Ignite conference.

The next major release of Microsoft’s flagship database and analytics platform provides breakthrough performance for mission-critical applications and deeper insights on your data across on-premises and cloud,” Microsoft corporate vice president T.K. “Ranga” Rengarajan wrote in a blog post on the news.

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Data encryption, integration of R programming language, Stretch Database for hybrid cloud strategy,... all of this seems to be very promising!

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[Video] Microsoft Build 2015 keynote in 9 minutes

[Video] Microsoft Build 2015 keynote in 9 minutes | Technology watch | Scoop.it

The Microsoft Build 2015 keynote in 9 minutes.

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You missed yesterday's keynote? Here it is, resumed in a 9 minutes video!

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Build Apps and Build Your Career with the Expanded AppToCert Program

Build Apps and Build Your Career with the Expanded AppToCert Program | Technology watch | Scoop.it

Microsoft is supercharging its AppToCert program for Spring 2015, broadening appeal to a wider segment of developers.  Here are the updated details:

We know that you have real world experience in building apps, and hard decisions on how to spend your limited time and money for training and certification. So, why not simplify your life and get credit for those apps you’re building? Elevate yourself by getting certified as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer through a special streamlined path, courtesy of Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Developer Support Experts.

With the AppToCert Program, HTML5/JS or C#/XAML developers can save hundreds of dollars and get credit for up to two exams by showing the app development work you are already doing.

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Transform your apps to certifications with theAppToCert program.

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A Developer's Guide to Windows 10 - Microsoft Virtual Academy

A Developer's Guide to Windows 10 - Microsoft Virtual Academy | Technology watch | Scoop.it

Want an in-depth look at the Universal Windows Platform? Engaging experts Jerry Nixon and Andy Wigley, of the Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Preview, return to show you how Windows capabilities and social integration can help you create amazing experiences on devices running Windows 10, including phones, tablets, PCs, and even (coming soon) Xbox! Jerry and Andy host three demo-rich days of Windows 10 goodness, explore cool new features, and offer practical guidance. Each session lasts about 30 minutes, so you can join us for the topics that interest you most.

 

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A three days jump start to explore the development of Windows 10 application. Can't wait to follow it!

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Microsoft reveals first official international pricing info for Windows 10

Microsoft reveals first official international pricing info for Windows 10 | Technology watch | Scoop.it
Microsoft has begun informing its customers how much it will cost to buy a Windows 10 Home license for those not eligible for the free upgrade offer, including information on prices outside of the US.
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ECMAScript 6 is officially a standard - SD Times

ECMAScript 6 is officially a standard - SD Times | Technology watch | Scoop.it

The Ecma General Assembly has officially approved ECMAScript 6, the latest standard edition of JavaScript. The specification is the first major revision to the programming language in more than a decade and a half, adding a wide array of features such as classes and modules to enable for complex Web application development.


The ECMAScript 2015 specification is available both as a PDF and an HTML document. ECMAScript project editor and Mozilla research fellow Allen Wirfs-Brock announced ES6 approval in a tweet:

 

ECMAScript 2015 Language Specification has been approved as a standard by the Ecma International General Assembly http://t.co/PkKjkvoAiq

— Allen Wirfs-Brock (@awbjs) June 17, 2015

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[Video] Minecraft Hololens demo at E3 2015

Jump to the 2:25 mark. It's really awesome. Minecraft is a game we’ve seen countless times before. And yet! The virtual reality demo showcased by Microsoft t...
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A really amazing demo!

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Working with the ASP.NET Web API and AngularJS

A Step-by-Step Guide to Working with the ASP.NET Web API and AngularJS | Technology watch | Scoop.it

In this post we will learn to work with AngularJS and ASP.NET Web API in a step by step manner. I’ll assume that you are already familiar with some of the basic terms like what AngularJS and a Web API is, and we’ll work in a hands-on way, fetching data from the database and displaying that in an AngularJS application using the following:

Database in the SQL ServerData model using Entity Framework database-first approachThe ASP.NET Web APIUsing the Web API in an AngularJS applicationEssentially, data resides in the SQL Server database and is exposed as JSON data using the ASP.NET Web API. We then consume the JSON data from the ASP.NET Web API in the AngularJS application. 

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A Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Insider Preview on MVA

A Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Insider Preview on MVA | Technology watch | Scoop.it

We are happy to announce that the Microsoft Virtual Academy training course, A Developer’s Guide to Windows 10, is now available on demand. This video training course, delivered by experts Andy Wigley and Jerry Nixon, is aimed at helping developers understand the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform. To get started building apps using Visual Studio 2015 RC and the tools for Windows 10 (Technical Preview), watch the video and find the code here for all the samples used in this course.

 

Does your UI adapt to changing conditions? We cover that in the course. Does your code adapt to different device-types? We cover that in the course. Does your application light up, leveraging the unique capabilities across Windows families? We cover that too. What about connecting devices, sharing data, and storing state? We cover all of these and more in the course.

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Windows 10 adds ability to run multiple instances of same app

Windows 10 adds ability to run multiple instances of same app | Technology watch | Scoop.it

Microsoft has included a new feature in the latest build of Windows 10 and while it may not seem like a big deal right now, it paves the way for an improved user experience going forward. That feature is the ability to open multiple instances of a Modern app.

In Windows 10 build 10130, you can now open multiple instances of the calculator app. Right now, this is the only app that can support this feature but sources close to Microsoft who wish to remain anonymous say this feature is coming to more apps too. Not only first party apps, but third party ones too, will eventually gain this functionality.

 

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And this feature will be available to third party app too!

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It's Official: Microsoft's Cortana Is Coming To iOS And Android

It's Official: Microsoft's Cortana Is Coming To iOS And Android | Technology watch | Scoop.it

The rumors were true: Microsoft has confirmed that Cortana is coming to iOS and Android later this year. Most of the voice assistant's functionality will be available on Apple and Google's platforms, though users won't be able to launch apps or toggle settings as they can on Windows Phone.

 

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In-database R coming to SQL Server 2016

In-database R coming to SQL Server 2016 | Technology watch | Scoop.it

For deeper insights into data, SQL Server 2016 expands its scope beyond transaction processing, data warehousing and business intelligence to deliver advanced analytics as an additional workload in SQL Server with proven technology from Revolution Analytics.  We want to make advanced analytics more accessible and increase performance for your advanced analytic workloads by bringing R processing closer to the data and building advanced analytic capabilities right into SQL Server.  Additionally, we are building PolyBase into SQL Server, expanding the power to extract value from unstructured and structured data using your existing T-SQL skills. With this wave, you can then gain faster insights through rich visualizations on many devices including mobile applications on Windows, iOS and Android.

 

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Windows 10: No More Monthly Patches

Windows 10: No More Monthly Patches | Technology watch | Scoop.it

For its soon-to-be-released Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft will abandon its longtime practice of issuing a batch of "Patch Tuesday" product and security updates once per month. Instead, the company will begin offering 24/7, cloud-based patching, which will become the new default for consumers. For the enterprise market, a new Windows Update for Business will enable IT managers to take advantage of these anytime updates or define their own patch-release schedules.

 

Those are just some of the new Windows 10 features announced this week at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago. Windows 10 could ship as early as summer 2015 for PCs, the company says, but the OS will launch later for smartphones, tablets, the Xbox and other devices. The operating system is the successor to Windows 8 - Microsoft skipped "Windows 9" - which was released in late 2012.

 

"Windows 10 follows the path first taken by the smartphone sector where iPhones, versions of Android and Windows Phones pioneered getting updates delivered to users as soon as they become available," says Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of security firm Qualys. "This strategy has worked out exceptionally well when it comes to security." Indeed, Verizon's 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report found that a scant 0.03 percent of smartphones get infected with "higher-grade" malicious code, which is orders of magnitude below PC infection rates.

 

But some notable Windows 10 security questions as yet remain unanswered. Microsoft has yet to reveal if its cloud-based approach to updating devices will work with just Windows 10, or also with Windows 7 and Windows 8. It's also unclear whether Windows Update for Business will replace the widely used Windows Server Update Services.

Windows 10 Security Overview

Ahead of the new operating system's debut, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's operating systems group, took to the stage in Chicago to describe four key information security areas that are being addressed in Windows 10:

Device protection: Hardware-based Secure Boot can restrict the types of software that load when the device is powered on. A new Device Guard can be set to only allow a "white list" of approved applications to run, backed by Hyper-V, a native hypervisor that creates virtual machines. And Microsoft is touting a "new device health capability" that ensures endpoints are free from malware and bugs, and fully updated, before they're allowed to connect to enterprise resources.Identity protection: Microsoft says the Windows 10 Passport - which also uses Hyper-V - can protect credentials and handle secure authentication with networks and websites without sending passwords, thus providing a defense against phishing attacks. The new Windows Hello feature, meanwhile, allows for biometric access controls via faces or fingerprints.Application protection: Microsoft will certify the security of applications purchased via its Windows Store for Business. Businesses can also set Device Guard to only allow those certified applications to run on a device. All applications will also be restricted to only using kernel-level drivers that are digitally signed by Microsoft. "Windows 10 will not allow older drivers to run unless fully compatible with Windows 10," says Sean Sullivan, security adviser at anti-virus vendor F-Secure. "Microsoft expects developers to tighten up their old code ... which is better for both security and the user experience."Information protection: Enterprise Data Protection can be set to automatically encrypt all corporate data, including files, emails and website content, as it arrives on the device from online or corporate networks.

Security-Only Patching

With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft is also planning big changes to how Windows devices can be updated.

One notable change centers on updates for mission-critical systems - such as medical equipment or the supervisory control and data acquisition systems that power factories and refineries - that must never be allowed to crash, and for which IT managers thus often never install any Windows updates. As a result, such devices are often at risk from exploits that target known vulnerabilities.

 

With Windows 10, however, Microsoft will now issue "Long Term Servicing Branches" that will "contain only security updates, without any functional updates," Microsoft's Myerson says. That way, businesses should be able to keep these mission-critical systems patched against attacks that target known flaws, without worrying that various feature changes or upgrades will crash the system.

Windows Update for Business

With Windows 10, businesses will also have new types of patch-distribution capabilities, via Windows Update for Business, which Myerson says will be a free service for business-focused Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices. Windows Update for Business will offer four options that are designed to make updates easier and less expensive to manage, while also enabling IT managers to get security and functionality updates into users' hands more quickly:

Distribution waves: IT managers can specify update waves, so critical devices get untested patches first. Others could be set to still receive monthly patch updates. F-Secure's Sullivan says that this "looks like good stuff," because it will allow businesses to reduce the time they need to patch enterprise systems.Maintenance windows: Patch managers can specify when updates should - or should not - occur.Peer-to-peer delivery: P2P can be used to get updates to remote offices or workers. "The peer-to-peer distribution model for these updates will help with connectivity bottlenecks," Kandek says. "It's an attestation to the power of this networking technology which has been well tested in gaming and video distribution."Integration: Microsoft says the new patching capabilities will work with existing systems management tools that handle patching, such as System Center and the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Goodbye, Patch Tuesday

Windows 10 marks a big change to Microsoft's policy of releasing patches in monthly batches, which dates back to 2003. The rise of agile programming has changed businesses' and consumers' expectations about how - and how quickly - their software should receive updates.

 

Some vendors now patch and release fixes for flaws in a matter of days, or less. At the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, for example, after security researchers demonstrate new flaws in widely used software products, Google and Mozilla regularly issue patches for those vulnerabilities in their Chrome and Firefox browsers in less than 24 hours.

 

Recent versions of those browsers have been built using agile development techniques - including rapid development "sprints" - that might see new versions of an application get released at least every few weeks. Coupled with those browsers having the ability to automatically receive and install updates, these more frequent releases allow developers to patch products more frequently, and that's led some companies, including Google, to adopt more rapid patching as the norm.

 

With Windows 10, Microsoft is positioning itself to embrace these techniques too, in part via its new "Microsoft Edge" browser, known previously by its "Project Spartan" code name.

 

"For enterprises, IT teams there do have the option to continue with tighter patch control and testing," Kandek says. "However, I don't doubt that most IT teams will see the advantages of shifting over to the new model, as it supports fast patching on the desktop level. More and more, our desktop PCs and laptops have become pure Internet-connected workstations that will have no dependencies on legacy applications that force the use of outdated software versions, so the old model for patching becomes less relevant over time."

 


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To keep a Boeing Dreamliner flying, reboot once every 248 days

To keep a Boeing Dreamliner flying, reboot once every 248 days | Technology watch | Scoop.it

The 787 Dreamliner has been plagued with battery woes since its early days, to the point where the Federal Aviation Administration kept it from flying the skies in the past. And while those technical difficulties are apparently taken care of, Boeing's flagship airliner could be on the way to more trouble soon. According to the FAA, there's a software bug in the 787 Dreamliner that can cause its electrical system to fail and, as a result, lead to "loss of control" of the plane. But why? The FAA says this is triggered by the aircraft's electrical generators, which could give out if they have been powered on continuously for over eight months.

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Huge news: Windows 10 can run reworked Android and iOS apps

Huge news: Windows 10 can run reworked Android and iOS apps | Technology watch | Scoop.it

After months of rumors, Microsoft is revealing its plans to get mobile apps on Windows 10 today. While the company has been investigating emulating Android apps, it has settled on a different solution, or set of solutions, that will allow developers to bring their existing code to Windows 10.

 

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Build 2015 Live on Channel9

Build 2015 Live on Channel9 | Technology watch | Scoop.it
Channel 9 keeps you up to date with videos from people behind the scenes building products at Microsoft.
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Follow the Build 2015 event live on channel9

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