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Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft and Baidu are hooking up on autonomous car tech, with the Seattle software giant playing cloud host to the Chinese behemoth's self-driving ambitions. The collaboration will see Microsoft Azure made the home for the Apollo alliance, Baidu's attempt to make autonomous driving an open platform. Importantly, it gives Apollo some degree of legitimacy outside of Baidu's home turf.

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Microsoft blurs the edges of the cloud as Win 10 hits 500m monthly actives

Microsoft blurs the edges of the cloud as Win 10 hits 500m monthly actives

Microsoft is doubling down on the cloud, using its BUILD 2017 developer event to hammer home the idea that in a mobile- and cloud-first world, data crunching comes first. Hopes of new Surface hardware were dashed at day one of the annual conference, with the software behemoth instead focusing on Cortana, Artificial Intelligence, the IoT, and how best to organize the cloud when the levels of data being generated are growing exponentially.

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Microsoft unveils Azure-based cloud platform for connected vehicles

Microsoft unveils Azure-based cloud platform for connected vehicles

At CES 2017 on Friday, Microsoft announced its latest plan to get involved in cars and their technology. No, the company isn't making its own autonomous vehicle like everyone else seems to be doing these days. Instead it's Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, a cloud system built on the Azure platform that will power connected cars and their growing number of services. Along with things like navigation and "in-car productivity," it will be used to bring Cortana to the road.

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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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