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Microsoft Azure datacenter servers ran on hydrogen fuel for 2 days

Microsoft Azure datacenter servers ran on hydrogen fuel for 2 days

It wouldn't be surprising to discover if the world's energy consumption significantly spiked this year due to the abrupt change in lifestyles and working conditions. At the same time, restrictions in movement and travel may have made traditional energy sources like diesel and fossil fuel more difficult to process, maintain, and even transport. The need for accessible sustainable energy is becoming even more important and Microsoft has just tested one such solution on one of the world's biggest consumers of power: datacenter servers.

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BBC Beeb voice assistant is built to understand different UK accents

BBC Beeb voice assistant is built to understand different UK accents

The British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC may be best known for being, well, a broadcasting company but it actually has left very important legacies in the tech industry today. The BBC Micro in the 80s, for example, is one of history's most important early computers, one that eventually inspired the Raspberry Pi that, in turn, created the single-board computer (SBC) market that we have today. Back to the present, it seems that BBC is once again getting knee-deep into technology, this time sinking its teeth into the already congested AI voice assistant market.

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Microsoft just gave the Sony AI camera an Azure brain

Microsoft just gave the Sony AI camera an Azure brain

It was only last week that Sony showed off its new embedded AI smart camera sensor, and already Microsoft is promising an artificial intelligence for the innovative chip. The Sony IMX500 stacks a 12.3-megapixel CMOS on top of a dedicated custom AI processor, paving the way for new cameras that can do their own object and pattern recognition, person tracking, and more.

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Microsoft xCloud game streaming coming to Samsung phones

Microsoft xCloud game streaming coming to Samsung phones

Game streaming is not exactly new but when the big boys start publicly investing in it, it may finally start to get real. While Google’s Project Stream is aiming for the path of least resistance by only requiring a desktop Chrome browser, Microsoft’s Project xCloud is casting a wide net to include as many devices as possible. And, based on its statements at SDC 2018, that would include Samsung’s line of Android-based Galaxy smartphones.

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Xbox game streaming revealed as Project xCloud

Xbox game streaming revealed as Project xCloud

It's not exactly a secret that Microsoft has been trying to figure out a way to make game streaming work. Even before it confirmed its game streaming ambitions with a brief announcement at E3 2018, there were more than a few rumors that suggested game streaming would be a major focus at Microsoft in the future. Today, the company made the announcement we've all be waiting for, revealing Project xCloud.

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Microsoft cloud gaming division sets the stage for post-Xbox streaming

Microsoft cloud gaming division sets the stage for post-Xbox streaming

Microsoft has been spending a lot of time building out its Azure cloud platform lately. A big reason for this focus on cloud is so it can pull ahead of Amazon's own cloud service, which benefited greatly from arriving on the scene early. However, this push to turn Azure into the leading cloud platform could mean big things for other Microsoft services, such as gaming.

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Microsoft Azure aims for public sector with local cloud

Microsoft Azure aims for public sector with local cloud

These days, the cloud computing market is one that's fiercely competitive. Amazon and Microsoft are two companies you hear mentioned frequently when talking about cloud services, and today, Microsoft has announced new services that could give it an edge in the ever-so-important public sector. Perhaps more important for Microsoft is that this move could wipe away an early advantage Amazon has built for itself.

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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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