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EU Antitrust Fined Microsoft $731M for IE9 BCO; Win Free Office 365 via Hunt for Office

TechForum lifts the veil on Microsoft’s vision of Future Technology. Kinect powered brain scan augmented reality for neurosurgeons. EU fined $731m for BCO non-compliance. NFC-enabled Office 365 “Hunt for Office” challenge.

Google Spreadsheets Lock Down Cells with Protected Ranges, New Colors & Patterns; Custom Colors in Calendar; Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer Built Using App Engine

Google Spreadsheets received an update in the “Named Ranges” feature to let you protect a section when working with other in real-time and that “a collaborator didn’t intend to be touched.”

To get started with Protected Ranges in a shared spreadsheet, highlight the cells you’d like to protect, right-click, and choose Name and …

Kinect Used with Vehicle for Physically Challenged; Helps the Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients

Kinect use with Vehicle for physically challengedKinect use with Vehicle for physically challenged

A new project listed today on Microsoft involving Kinect and Kinect SDK dubbed “Vehicle for physically challenged,” is novel in the sense that it develops a vehicle for physically challenged/disabled people allowing them to travel intra-city and intercity without getting off the wheelchair.

“Existing system are modified either to …

VPAID Ads Enabled Across Microsoft Advertising Network; GE Healthcare and Microsoft Completed Caradigm Joint Venture

VPAID ads are now enabled across MSN, MSNBC, and the Microsoft Advertising Video Network.

“VPAID stands for Video Player Ad-Interface Definition is an IAB-standard technology that dramatically enhances storytelling for video advertisers by letting people interact directly with the video ad, instead of just watching it,” posted Jennifer Creegan.

VPAID not …

“AARP Health Record” New Online Health Management Service Announced – Kaspersky Lab Moves to Microsoft Products

AARP Health Record Powered by Microsoft HealthvaultAARP Health Record Powered by Microsoft Healthvault

AARP and Microsoft launched today “AARP Health Record,: a security-enhanced online service designed to help people over 50 manage and improve their health. “This new free tool enables users to enter, store and edit their personal health information in a central location and to share it selectively with caregivers, family members, …

Kinect Help Autistic Students in Classrooms; Learn English Using “Human Body” Kinect App; “ShakeID” Multi-User Device-Display Interaction Sensing b Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research proposes ShakeID Multi-user device display interaction sensingMicrosoft Research proposes ShakeID Multi-user device display interaction sensing

Microsoft Research has proposed a new approach to users’ interaction with devices called “ShakeID,” capable of associating touches with a specific user when two people interact with a display at the same time. Thus, it can deliver the appropriate content to each of them, based on the location they touched the …

Going Beyond 10 Blue Links with Bing; Kinect-based Device for Speech & Hearing Impaired; Windows Live SMS Alerts Sunsets on May 31; Metro Styled Microsoft Account Website Screen Revealed

Windows Live SMS Alerts Sunsetting on May 31, 2012Windows Live SMS Alerts Sunsetting on May 31, 2012

Windows Live SMS alerts, which is live since Microsoft rebranded MSN Alerts back in 2006, will now be discontinued on May 31st, according to an email notification that the company began sending to its users.

For those news, “SMS alerts allows you to subscribe to particular contents from various …

Now Share that You Are an Organ Donor on Facebook Timeline

Organ Donation added to Facebook timelineOrgan Donation added to Facebook timeline

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg today announced the launch of “Organ Donation.” Starting today, you can “add that you’re an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor,” said Zuckerberg and Sandberg.

If you’re …

Exergamers Wellness Club Uses Kinect and HealthVault to Improve Seniors’ Fitness

Microsoft alongwith the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, Partners in Care Foundation and St. Barnabas Senior Services unveiled an innovative program called the “Exergamers Wellness Club,” which combines technology with exercise, overall health monitoring and evidence-based health education from Partners in Care.

“Seniors in the program use …

Google Knowledge Graph of Interconnected Entities & Attributes; Improves Health Search Algorithm, Now List Possibly Related Health Conditions

Google doesn’t understand the search query, however, it only tries to match the words from the query to bring the results. So, how does Google work? Usually Google returns some very good search results, based on the keywords in the phrase and the sites / pages with significant amount of authority on those words and …

Infographic: Bill Gates Has Saved 5,812,000 Lives

A infographic released by the Frugal Dad web site shows how much Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates might be doing to save the world. “Gates, who officially announced his retirement on Jun 20, 2008, from the day-to-day job at Microsoft, engaged himself in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Kinect Effect Reaches Hospitals, Helping Seniors, Growing Healthcare Apps

Since Microsoft launched Kinect for Xbox 360, the controller-free device has been adopted for a growing number of non-gaming uses, many of them in the healthcare field. Helping seniors is just one of a growing number of healthcare applications for Kinect.

Microsoft also revealed that it has sold a world-record 8 million Kinect …

50/50 Joint Venture Combines Microsoft with GE Healthcare for Global Healthcare System Transformation

Microsoft GE Healthcare JVMicrosoft GE Healthcare JVMicrosoft and GE Healthcare announced a new initiative aimed at improving healthcare quality and the patient experience. “The two companies are ge healthcare - microsoft jvge healthcare - microsoft jvcreating a joint venture that will combine Microsoft’s deep expertise in building platforms and ecosystems with GE Healthcare’s experience in clinical and administrative workflow solutions,” said Microsoft.

The …

Microsoft Research Uncovering New Ways to Human Immune System Fights HIV

Microsoft ResearchMicrosoft ResearchHelping tackle some of the most urgent global challenges is firmly on the agenda for Microsoft Research (MSR) – applying its experience, depth and breadth of expertise, partnerships and the power of software to tackle the challenges of fighting HIV.

“More than 1.8 million people die of HIV-related causes each year …

Smartphone Brain Scanner Developed Using Wireless EEG Headset and Nokia N900

Nokia N900 can now perform real-time brain scans right in the comfort of your home. For the first time, a scanner powered by a smartphone will let you monitor your neural signals on the go.

By hooking up a commercially available wireless 14-channel EEG headset to a Nokia N900 smartphone, Jakob Eg Larsen …