Microsoft seeks Skype boost with Swing acquihire

first_img Google taps retail with NYC store Devices Related Saleha Riaz Alianza sobre IA entre Nokia y Microsoft Previous ArticleAfghanistan, Indonesia drop WhatsApp ban threatsNext ArticleXiaomi moves into Western Europe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 NOV 2017 Authorcenter_img Employees of Swing Technologies, maker of a photo app called SWNG, will join Microsoft’s Skype team to boost its imaging technology and customer experience expertise.In a statement, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype, Amritansh Raghav, said Swing brings “an impressive track record of delivering great user experiences and brand design around the technology they develop.”Tommy Stadlen, Swing’s co-founder (pictured, right), said: “This is a unique opportunity for the team to bring our ideas to a global audience…We believe in the power of brands and technology, so the Skype mission and values resonate strongly with us.”Swing is based in San Francisco and New York with the mission “to reimagine the photograph.”Its debut SWNG app allows users to create interactive “living photos” including 3D selfies and slow-motion videos: many of its senior employees have been recruited from Apple and Instagram.Swing is backed by investors and individuals including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.The move is likely a wider revamp of Skype which is moving from just a calling app to a messaging app with features such as the recently announced Cortana integration. Nokia makes AI move with Microsoft Home Microsoft seeks Skype boost with Swing acquihire Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Tags MicrosoftSkypelast_img read more

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Toxic Blooms Increasing along Coasts from California to Alaska

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享One of the largest toxic algae blooms recorded off the West Coast is denser, more widespread, and deeper than scientists feared just weeks ago. Alaskan researchers are still studying whether this huge algae bloom is tied to unusual marine mammal behaviors since the growth can turn toxic according to NOAA’s Julie Speegle. The bloom now stretches from at least California to Alaska according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sponsored researchers. The Pacific Seafood industry, coastal tourism, and marine ecosystems in lower states have already seen severe consequences from this bloom which is as much as 40 miles wide in spots. Speegle: “There’s naturally occurring algae blooms and in certain ocean conditions they just explode in population and they can have a toxic substance. If the population is low on those blooms they’re not problem but if there’s a lot of those blooms they can increase toxicity, especially for animals that live in the water.” They say the Pacific Ocean’s unusually warm temperatures have caused it to flourish. After finding elevated levels of marine toxins in crab meat, Washington coast shellfish managers doubled the area that is closed to recreational and commercial Dungeness crab fishing on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Barrett was moved to tears – … when son followed in his footsteps to represent Jamaica

first_imgAlthough he played on football’s greatest stage, one of Warren Barrett Sr’s favourite sporting moments happened long after he had hung up his boots.The moment occurred when his son, Warren Barrett Jr, earned a spot on Jamaica’s Carifta team in 2013 as a shot putter and discus thrower.Barrett Sr, who captained Jamaica’s team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, said that he was moved to tears because what he had done to win his first cap for the Reggae Boyz in March of 1990 ‘work hard’, his son made the same sacrifice to don the black, green and gold in athletics.“I used to tell him that there was no better feeling than to be inside of a stadium and hear the national anthem being played in front of thousands of people,” Barrett Sr said. “So, that Sunday morning when a Cornwall College old boy posted in our social media group that my son had made the Carifta team, it was joyous moment not only for me but for the entire family, my wife Suzette and his two sisters. We were beaming and I cried.”He continued: “I always tell people that he has the same passion for his sport as I have for football, and when he was chosen to represent the country, it reminded me of when I made my debut for Jamaica.”Barrett Jr made attempts to become a goalkeeper like his father, and even made the Cornwall College Under-16 football team in that position, but his talent as a thrower was too immense and he was pulled from the team because of fear that he might pick up an injury.“He really worked his socks off. I remember sometimes he would be alone at Cornwall (College) working and people would see me in the streets as say, ‘Mr Barrett, I’m not surprised that your son is doing so well, sometimes I would pass him up by the school and is him and God alone up there working,” Barrett Sr recounted.Like he did in 1998 in France, the now 49-year-old is hoping that his son can also make it to the pinnacle of his sport.“I would love to see him at the Olympic Games or even the World Championships, and we are working towards it,” Barrett Sr said. “He was working hard during the break due to the coronavirus, but he is back at UWI (University of the West Indies) doing his final exams.”last_img read more

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