All posts on March, 2016

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Acer’s Chromebase for Meetings is a $799 machine designed for video conferences

Google today announced the first Chromebase for Meetings device, from Acer. It’s a desktop computer designed exclusively for videoconferencing. It costs $799, and it’s available from Google’s partners in U.S, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Australia. It will become available in more countries later. There have been Chromebase devices before. And two years ago Google […]

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Rocket League gets amateur, collegiate, and semi-pro esports competitions

You don’t have to go pro to chase your competitive Rocket League dreams. The exciting car-soccer game is getting official competitions for players at the amateur, collegiate, and semi-pro levels in partnership with esports organizer ESL, American Video Game League, and Rocket League Central. These competitions will serve audiences who are not playing at the highest level […]

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The Calm Before the Next US vs. Apple Storm

Apple got a last-minute reprieve last week. The U.S. government no longer is going after the company to break into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, for now. It found another way. So Apple dodged a bullet, this time. However, as terrorism rises, this sticky question will rise again — count on it. Now, when things are quiet, is the best time to debate this issue and come up with a solution.

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Microsoft unveils Graph improvements, Office for Mac add-ins, new Skype SDKs, and Office 365 connectors

At its Build 2016 developer conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced three improvements that help developers leverage Microsoft Office. Qi Lu, executive vice president at Microsoft, took the stage to show off what’s new with Microsoft Graph, Office for Mac 2016, Skype, and Office 365. In November 2015, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Graph, which […]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Eclipse DLC hits PS4 on April 19

April is the cruelest month. Call of Duty fans will be able to express themselves fully and get out their frustrations with the Eclipse downloadable content (DLC) for Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the PlayStation 4 starting April 19. The new DLC features diverse multiplayer maps, including the re-imaginging of Call of Duty: […]

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Microsoft launches Power BI Embedded in public preview

Microsoft today announced a free public preview of Power BI Embedded, a version of the Power BI business intelligence (BI) service that can be tucked inside of other applications. “You can do this without requiring your users to buy or even be aware of what Power BI is,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for […]

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Intel debuts Broadwell EP server chips that make the cloud faster

Intel is introducing its new generation of Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips for enterprise cloud hardware today. And it’s going to make the cloud faster. Code-named Broadwell-EP, the new chips were introduced by Diane Bryant, senior vice president of the data center group at Intel, during an event in San Francisco today. They’re the latest chips […]

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Microsoft launches Azure Service Fabric out of preview

Microsoft today announced that its Azure Service Fabric cloud service for building and running applications in small building blocks — known as microservices — is now generally available. The news is one of many things Microsoft is announcing this week at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. Microsoft introduced Azure Service Fabric in April […]

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Microsoft begins selling Azure IoT Starter Kits from $50 to $160

Microsoft today announced at its Build developer conference that it’s now selling five new Azure IoT Starter Kits, which are available for as little as $50 each. “These kits allow anyone with Windows or Linux experience to quickly build IoT prototypes that leverage all Azure’s IoT offerings,” Microsoft said in a statement. Each kit comes with […]

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Microsoft launches AWS Lambda competitor Azure Functions in preview

Microsoft today announced that it’s launching the Azure Functions event-driven computing service in preview. This marks the Microsoft cloud’s predictable entrance into a market that has gotten many developers excited, one that makes it easy to set up rules associated with their applications and then let the computers take action on their own. Functions can […]

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Microsoft integrates Xamarin into Visual Studio for free, will open source Xamarin runtime

Microsoft today announced that Xamarin is now available for free for every Visual Studio user. This includes all editions of Visual Studio, including the free Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Enterprise. More specifically, Xamarin’s capabilities have been built into Visual Studio Community, Xamarin Studio for OS X is being made available […]

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Playbuzz scores $15 million in funding for sponsored social content

Playbuzz said it has raised $15 million in funding from Saban Ventures and Disney for its business of providing sponsored content. Playbuzz helps publishers and content creators distribute their content in ways that boost engagement and social distribution. For instance, New York-based Playbuzz helps promote sponsored content by distributing it through slide shows, flip cards, galleries, […]

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