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How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

NASCAR and high technology might not be the first bedfellows you think of - the sport has the reputation of being little more than big engines and circular tracks, after all - but the racing series has turned to the cloud and Microsoft specifically to not only bring its legacy systems into the 21st century, but do a better job of engaging fans and spotting rule-breakers.

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Microsoft will develop software to help legal marijuana businesses

Microsoft will develop software to help legal marijuana businesses

As more and more states across the US begin to legalize marijuana use, it's becoming apparent to big businesses that there are profits to be made in the industry. One surprising company jumping into the market is Microsoft, which has revealed it's partnering with the Los Angeles-based weed startup Kind to develop software aimed at businesses that grow and sell marijuana legally.

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Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota is getting serious about smart cities and connected cars in a new partnership with Microsoft, and it might cut insurance costs and the time you sit in traffic, too. Toyota Connected is a new company that will, so the company's new CEO Zack Hicks somewhat ironically claims, "free our customers from the tyranny of technology" using lashings of technology itself.

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BMW Connected seamless digital future built on Azure

BMW Connected seamless digital future built on Azure

This week at Microsoft BUILD 2016, BMW presented their vision for the future of smart, connected cars. Their vision has been built on Azure. This is the future of BMW Connected, and it's made to create a smart car experience that integrates seamlessly with your smartphone, your contacts, your calendar, and every other part of your cloud-connected life. "The car will become the ultimate device, perfectly integrated into your digital lifestyle."

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Upload your photos to Microsoft’s TwinsOrNot website, find the truth

Upload your photos to Microsoft’s TwinsOrNot website, find the truth

After the relatively massive success of the Microsoft website "How Old", creator Mat Velloso decided to return with another. This release goes by the name TwinsOrNot - Twins or Not - and it'll help you decide whether or not you and a friend are actually secret twins. Velloso is a Microsoft man, developing this website for the greater good of Microsoft's Face API, showing developers how easy it is to make it work for them. Velloso knows what the people want. They want creepy photo uploaders.

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Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Today, Microsoft is announcing Azure App Service, which brings together a few of their Azure services under one umbrella offering. Now, Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services, and Azure BizTalk Services will simply be known as Azure App Service, with one central location in the cloud. The aim is to make using Azure easier for Developers, who can now look to one central spot for all their deployment needs. It also satisfies Microsoft’s ‘write once and deploy everywhere’ goal of late.

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Titanfall re-released as “Deluxe Edition”

Titanfall re-released as “Deluxe Edition”

This week you'll find the re-release of Titanfall as Titanfall Deluxe Edition for PC and eventually Xbox One. This version of the game will cost LESS than the original release of the game and will include all DLC released since the game was originally launched. This should serve to summon a new wave of players to the game to keep the game going strong online. Titanfall is an entirely online-based game, running on Microsoft's Azure servers across the planet - without players, there is no Titanfall.

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Xbox Live is down too: probably not Destiny Beta’s fault

Xbox Live is down too: probably not Destiny Beta’s fault

This early afternoon the PlayStation Network was knocked out by Destiny Beta traffic. Now in the later afternoon, Microsoft has notified the world that Xbox Live is down as well. As of 12:23:39 PM CST, Purchase and Content Usage was down for the count. As of 3:39:42 PM CST, Xbox Live Core Services were Limited.

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Xbox Live is down (sort of), it’s not just you

Xbox Live is down (sort of), it’s not just you

This afternoon you may be having trouble connecting to your best buddies on Xbox Live with your Xbox One or Xbox 360. You are not alone. There’s a service disruption going on that started a bit after mid-day that continues through to the time this article is first posted.

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Titanfall Xbox 360 game play turns up online ahead of official launch

Titanfall Xbox 360 game play turns up online ahead of official launch

PC and Xbox One gamers have been able to play Titanfall for several weeks now. Gamers that wanted Titanfall on the Xbox 360 have been waiting to get into the game on their console. The Xbox 360 version of the game has been delayed, but the official launch is set for tomorrow. Details of the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall have been available already, in fact we offered up a lot of details on the game a few days ago.

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Xbox Live is down: it’s not just Titanfall

Xbox Live is down: it’s not just Titanfall

This afternoon alerts have been sent out to users of the game Titanfall for Xbox One and PC. This alert shows that Xbox Live members and those playing Titanfall through Origin are having a tough time connecting to games - the whole lot is connected through one system, as it were, working with Windows Azure.

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Titanfall Xbox 360 release detailed

Titanfall Xbox 360 release detailed

The final first-wave version of Titanfall is nearly here. It’s been confirmed and re-confirmed several times at this point, finally landing on the 8th of April, and today those responsible for its development are speaking up. What we’re to understand this week is that the final presentation is really a looker - despite technical limitations.

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