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Microsoft announces professional degree program to fill the skills gap

Microsoft announces professional degree program to fill the skills gap

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Microsoft wants more data scientists in the job market. But some young people need to acquire their knowledge starting completely anew, while mid-career professionals need to build on their previous experience. As a result, Microsoft Corp. announced the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program, for professionals at any stage of their career to provides professionals with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience to grow their skills in critical fields. Microsoft reports that recognizing a shortage of qualified individuals to fill the growing need for specific job roles, the Professional Program is a new way to learn the skills and get the hands-on experience these roles require. The MPD program is designed as both a catalyst for individuals in the early stages of thei
Nokia’s Challenge to Microsoft, Google and Apple

Nokia’s Challenge to Microsoft, Google and Apple

Internet, Mobile, Technology
Nokia is looking to bring the fight to the likes of Siri, Cortana, Alexa and the Google Assistant with its own digital assistant dubbed Viki. Described as a means of combining all data sources into a single chat and voice based interface, Viki will reportedly allow users to talk to their phones in order to perform searches or trigger a number of features such as setting alarms or checking the weather. Although the rise of voice-powered digital assistants is tied in heavily to smartphones, there is no indication that Viki is going to make an appearance on a device in the near future. The recently announced Nokia 6 may carry the name of the Finnish company, but that name was licensed to HMD, along with access to a number of key patents. That means HMD may well have an option to use
Microsoft shows off its new Xbox One Dashboard

Microsoft shows off its new Xbox One Dashboard

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Microsoft is adding a new Xbox button part of the guide that slides into view, with the ability to quickly switch between recent apps or games without having to navigate back to the home of the dashboard the Verge reports. Microsoft revealed last week that it’s planning to rebuild the Xbox One dashboard with a focus on speed. While the software giant revealed common tasks will be faster, Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering for Xbox, has now teased exactly what the new dashboard will look like. This subtle change could speed up the Xbox One dashboard significantly. One of the big issues of the current guide is heading back to home and watching the entire system slow down and lag, or refresh randomly. The new guide is accessible with a single button press, and it appears the old
Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

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Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, users are now able to book, pay, and track your rides without having to leave Google Maps. Google announced the update on Thursday in a blog post, explaining that Maps users need only to sign in to their existing  account (or create one) in order to book an Uber ride, track the driver on the map, and connect with the driver, all from within the Maps app. When a user types in a destination, they are to tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when they select on
Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Governance, Internet, social media, Technology
For many people, Facebook is the internet however others who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn’t immune to internet censorship itself. Mashable reports that Facebook is geo-censoring posts that may be deemed inappropriate by the Thai government. Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it does work with governments to remove posts and is doing all it can to stay within the confines of local law. Tech Crunch reports that Thailand’s lèse-majesté law prevents criticism of the country’s royal family, and it looks like it is being used to suppress postings from a number of high-profile users who are writing about the transition to a new king, including journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall whose 2014 book on the Thai royal family was banned