Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA’s Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture

Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA’s Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture

In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall began to fall, American artist Jim Sanborn was busy working on his Kryptos sculpture, a cryptographic puzzle wrapped in a riddle that he created for the CIA’s headquarters and that has been driving amateur and professional cryptographers mad ever since. To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s […]

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Seattle Sounders reach their goals with help of SQL Server and fitness-tracking technology

Behind the scenes of those intense workouts by the Seattle Sounders FC players, technology is tracking team members to make sure they’re playing at their best. A variety of devices worn by the players gather information on each athlete’s energy output, endurance, sleep patterns, nutrition and fatigue levels.

All that tracking generates more than 350 columns of data, which led the team to create its own SQL Server database to house all those datasets.

“SQL Server is the place where all the data from different devices meshes together. It provides us a holistic view of the data and enables us to draw powerful insights from it,” says Ravi Ramineni, a performance analyst with the Sounders who built the SQL Server database.

Read more about the Seattle Sounders and how SQL Server and fitness-tracking technology helps the team.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Office 365 cloud platform chosen by US Department of Health and Human Services

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving its email application and collaboration services to the Microsoft Office 365 solution that is hosted in a Government Community Cloud, it was announced Thursday.

The move involves approximately 125,000 seats, writes Greg Myers, vice president of Microsoft Federal, in a blog post.

The move will help employees collaborate across each department more efficiently and effectively, Myers says. “As an example, when public health outbreaks and emergencies occur, many disparate operating divisions of HHS are involved in the response efforts. While these operating divisions have different missions and responsibilities, much of the data, correspondence and activities are similar. The move to Office 365 will provide greater efficiency in managing cross-division processes, including data and analytics, as well as documentation management and reporting.”

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor moved to an enterprise-wide Office 365 cloud email system, consolidating nine legacy email systems to one cloud email as a service approach, Myers writes.

“Across the federal government, the vast majority of Cabinet-level agencies in whole or in part are moving to Office 365. These agencies can trust that their solution is helping them keep sensitive data private and secure,” he says.

To learn more, head over to the Microsoft Government blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Swedish Court Rejects Julian Assange’s Appeal to Dismiss His Arrest

Swedish Court Rejects Julian Assange’s Appeal to Dismiss His Arrest

More than two years after Julian Assange sought protection at the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK, a Swedish court is still demanding he return to that country to face questioning in a sex crimes investigation. Today a Swedish appeals court rejected Assange’s request to rescind the warrant for his arrest. “In making this assessment, account […]

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How the Dark Web’s New Favorite Drug Market Is Profiting From Silk Road 2’s Demise

How the Dark Web’s New Favorite Drug Market Is Profiting From Silk Road 2’s Demise

The eBay-style contraband bazaar Evolution has grown more than 50 percent in drug offerings since September.

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