Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines choose Surface Pro 3 to equip pilots

Lufthansa pilot Andreas Ritter with a Surface Pro 3.

Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines are equipping their pilots with Surface Pro 3 to make flight operations even more efficient, it was announced Wednesday. Lufthansa has purchased more than 5,000 Surface Pro 3 devices for pilots. Device rollout to pilots worldwide will be in February and March 2015 to pilots in all regions where Lufthansa flies. Austrian Airlines has already begun rolling out Surface Pro 3 to their pilots for use … Read more »


Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs and tablets; and meet the energy sleuths — It’s (early) Weekend Reading: Nov. 26th Edition

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Before you get too comfy in your chair on Thanksgiving, you’ll want to check out all the great Black Friday deals for Xbox One, PCs, tablets and more, as well as meet a passionate trio from Carnegie Mellon University who are using technology to reduce energy consumption in buildings. It’s the early edition of Weekend Reading; let’s go! If you’ve been waiting to get an Xbox One, there’s no better … Read more »

Snapping photos of the future with Computer Graphics Artist Brian Townsend

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Nearly everything about Brian Townsend’s job reads like science fiction. Put simply: He works in a room nicknamed “The Vault,” and he creates photographs of products that don’t yet exist. When Townsend does his job, you get a Surface tablet that’s real in every way but for one: It doesn’t yet exist in three dimensions. Not yet, anyway. If you’re confused, believe me, you’re not alone. Townsend needed to explain … Read more »

Technology transforms soccer, pilots use Surface Pro 3 and a peek at Black Friday deals — Weekend Reading: Nov. 21th Edition

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Gooooooal! This week welcomed amazing news for fútbol — and technology. But it didn’t stop there. In honor of a high-flying few days, with big news from around the world, we bring you Weekend Reading. Buckle up. Just in time for the 2014 MLS Cup Conference Finals, a glimpse behind the scenes of Seattle Sounders FC preparation, where technology is tracking team members to ensure they’re in top form. Devices … Read more »

Seattle Sounders reach their goals with help of SQL Server and fitness-tracking technology

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Behind the scenes of those intense workouts by the Seattle Sounders FC players, technology is tracking team members to make sure they’re playing at their best. A variety of devices worn by the players gather information on each athlete’s energy output, endurance, sleep patterns, nutrition and fatigue levels. All that tracking generates more than 350 columns of data, which led the team to create its own SQL Server database to … Read more »

Office 365 cloud platform chosen by US Department of Health and Human Services

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving its email application and collaboration services to the Microsoft Office 365 solution that is hosted in a Government Community Cloud, it was announced Thursday. The move involves approximately 125,000 seats, writes Greg Myers, vice president of Microsoft Federal, in a blog post. The move will help employees collaborate across each department more efficiently and effectively, Myers says. “As an … Read more »

Microsoft, Real Madrid C.F. partnership announced; will bring comprehensive online anywhere experience to fans

Left to right: Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, Microsoft Country Manager of Spain Maria Garaña and Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Chairman, Emerging Markets, Orlando Ayala.

Real Madrid C.F. and Microsoft have signed an agreement that will accelerate the digital transformation of the soccer club through technology, it was announced Tuesday in Madrid, Spain. The alliance, through which Microsoft becomes the strategic technological partner of Real Madrid, will revolutionize the soccer experience for members and fans of the club by providing digital services that are accessible anywhere, anytime and on a host of devices. It also … Read more »

Changing the game: The digital transformation of Real Madrid futbol club

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We all develop passions early in life that shape who we are. My love for soccer, or as we call it in my native Colombia, futbol, was a powerful force in my youth. For me, futbol was not just about kicking a ball into a goal, but about the power of community. In futbol, I was a member of a community that shared the same passions: an obsessive discipline to … Read more »

NFL sportscaster Daniel Jeremiah is a new breed of data-powered pundit

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TV sports pundits tend to focus on the predictions they get right, while sweeping past blunders under the rug. But when I asked NFL draft expert and football analyst Daniel “DJ” Jeremiah his best call in a recent draft, he answered, “I’ll tell you my biggest mistake: Russell Wilson.” Wilson, star quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, threw two touchdowns and over 200 passing yards to win Super Bowl XLVIII last … Read more »

‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ arrives on Xbox One — Weekend Reading: November 14th Edition

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on the worldwide release of a much anticipated “Halo” collection on Xbox One, the latest addition to the Lumia line of Windows Phone devices and the story of a man with Down Syndrome who empowers students with disabilities through technology. “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is available now for Xbox One, making it the first time ever that … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Aorato to give enterprise customers better defense against digital intruders in a hybrid cloud world

I’m pleased to announce today that Microsoft has acquired Aorato, an innovator in enterprise security. We are making this acquisition to give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure.  With Aorato we will accelerate our ability to give customers powerful identity and access solutions that span on-premises and the cloud, which is central to our overall hybrid cloud strategy. We all know … Read more »