Microsoft to support UN use of “Big Data”, track human rights abuse

Via Engadget

In what’s described as a “landmark” partnership, Microsoft and the United Nations are teaming up to help help predict and fight human rights abuses, among other potential projects. Microsoft is providing a $5 million grant to the UN Human Rights Office, which will support the development of new technology tools for the intergovernmental organization. That includes “Rights View,” a dashboard tool that lets the UN use big data and cloud computing to track potential human rights issues globally in real time.


Software-defined Smart Batteries Could Make Gadgets and Electric Cars Last Longer – via MIT Technology Review

Microsoft researchers test combinations of different battery types, managed by software, to improve endurance, efficiency and performance.

Per MIT Technology Review:

“Microsoft researchers show that batteries that can be more actively managed by software might make our devices last longer.”