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White House adds four ‘Skype seats’ for press briefings

Starting this week, the White House will open up four so-called Skype seats to reporters outside of Washington, DC. Press secretary Sean Spicer announced the move in a briefing today, one that he says will “open up the briefing room to journalists who live beyond 50 miles” of the DC area. Spicer also explained that the virtual access will give ...

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Permission Changes in Master Data Services 2016

Problem With the release of SQL Server 2016, there have been some changes in the security model for groups and/or users for Master Data Services (MDS). New roles have been added and the granularity of permissions has been modified. This tip will explain those changes. Solution Master Data Services has received quite an upgrade in SQL Server 2016. Lots of ...

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13 Million Pages of Declassified CIA Documents Were Just Posted Online

A nonprofit organization, a persistent rabble-rouser, and their pro-bono attorney have succeeded in getting the Central Intelligence Agency to post the full contents of its declassified records database online, meaning it’s now possible to access roughly 13 million pages of CIA documents dating back to the beginnings of the Cold War. Since 2000, the CIA has maintained the CIA Records ...

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Microsoft seeks to “transform and modernize education” by collaborating with edX for new online course offerings

Earlier this year, Microsoft shared that they wanted to help “transform and modernized education”. What does transforming schools actually mean? To Microsoft, it means educating from the very top. That includes administrators, principals, and school leaders that directly influence the development of lessons and learning. The tech giant intends to develop classes specifically for these individuals to put learning first ...

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    Use your $200 credit and… Provision up to 14 virtual machines, 40 SQL databases, or 8 TBs of storage for a month Build web, mobile, and API apps that use Redis Cache, Search, or Content Delivery Network Harness big data with Machine Learning, Streaming Analytics, and Hadoop Create real-time Internet of Things (IoT) apps with monitoring and anomaly-detection ...

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Managing SQL Server Backup and Restore History Information

Every time you backup or restore a database SQL Server keeps history information about the backup or restore operation.  The backup and restore information is captured and stored in the msdb database.  This backup and restore information if left unchecked can take up more and more space over time.  To minimize msdb storage space you need to consider removing the ...

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Microsoft wins Advertiser of the Year award at Clio Awards 2016

The Clio Awards, esteemed international advertising, design and communications competition, announced Grand and “Of the Year” winners at its 57th annual award show held September 28 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Microsoft’s advertising has been honored with the prestigious Advertiser of the Year award by Clio Awards. In addition, Xbox was awarded numerous individual ...

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Microsoft boasts its cloudy Hadoop big data mill’s faster than yours

Microsoft has overhauled its cloud-hosted Azure HDInsight Hadoop big data mill with extra security in the shape of enhanced authentication and identity management features plus a claimed 25 times performance boost in crunching big data queries. Azure HDInsight is a service that lets users deploy and manage Apache Hadoop clusters on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, and has been developed in partnership ...

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Microsoft’s new tool helps developers find ‘million-dollar’ bugs in their apps

At its Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft announced a preview of Project Springfield, a cloud-based tool designed to help developers detect bugs in their Windows-based applications. The main component in Project Springfield is SAGE, a fuzz testing tool that Microsoft used to uncover security flaws in Windows 7. The company says that the cost of deploying patches for majorly distributed ...

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Truecaller app updated with improved Caller ID experience for Windows 10 Mobile

Truecaller today released a new update for its Windows 10 Mobile app. This update includes improved Caller ID experience with the new Offline Caller ID support. With this feature, even when you are on the road, any call that has previously been identified when online, will now be identified when offline. As well as this, Caller ID now shows the profile picture of ...

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