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Microsoft’s Android Launcher Now Lets You Track Your Kid’s Location and App Usage

Microsoft's Android launcher has family-location tracking feature

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Microsoft is reportedly rolling out a new locating tracking feature to its Android launcher app to help users track locations of their family members.

The new update also includes an activity report of what apps are being used on a device and for how long, The Verge reported.

Microsoft’s Android location tracking is part of a broader set of family-focused improvements on Android and the web.

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“While Microsoft has always supported website blocking on Windows PCs, the software maker is extending this feature to Android as well,” according to the report. “Any existing Microsoft family group website blocks for Windows machines will now carry over to ‘Edge for Android’, making it easy to block websites across mobile and PC,” the report added.

Microsoft is reportedly also launching a “Microsoft Network (MSN) Kids” site to provide news specifically for kids in the elementary or middle school age range.

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“The site offers editorially curated, age-appropriate news and features from partner publishers such as Time for Kids, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic, and USA TODAY,” Shilpa Ranganathan, General Manager of mobile experiences, Microsoft, was quoted as saying. (IANS)

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Tata Communications Partners Microsoft for Connected Car Applications

There will be additional capability to equip vehicles with encrypted vehicle-to-cloud connectivity globally through the Tata Communications' "MOVE" platform to address key challenges that complicate the creation of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) applications

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Tata Communications has announced it is working with Microsoft to help speed up the development of new innovative connected car applications.

By combining the IoT connectivity and network intelligence capabilities of Tata Communications’ “MOVEa platform with Microsoft’s “Connected Vehicle Platform”, the companies will enable automotive manufacturers to offer consumers seamless and secure driving experiences.

“In the not-too-distant future, you won’t view your car as a mode of transportation, you’ll view it as a mode of entertainment – and the opportunities that this opens up in areas like video streaming, retail, advertising and insurance are immense,” Anthony Bartolo, Chief Product Officer, Tata Communications, said in a statement late Wednesday.

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Tata Communications joins Microsoft in connected car space. IANS

Microsoft’s “Connected Vehicle Platform” combines Cloud and edge services with a strong partner network to empower automotive companies to build connected driving experiences.

There will be additional capability to equip vehicles with encrypted vehicle-to-cloud connectivity globally through the Tata Communications’ “MOVE” platform to address key challenges that complicate the creation of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) applications.

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This integration means that players within the connected car ecosystem – from manufacturers, dealerships, insurers to fleet operators and others – will be able to bring to market new value-added services more quickly and cost-effectively, and ensure that they offer drivers reliable, consistent user experiences, anywhere in the world.

“The integration will make analysing data from vehicles easier for car manufacturers across all services and allow them to complete software updates quickly. It will also help service centres maintain vehicles more effectively,” said Tara Prakriya, Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform and Mobility, Microsoft. (IANS)