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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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Microsoft And NASA Come Together to Make A New Spacecraft

Microsoft said that NASA was using the HoloLens to find the best places on Mars to build bases.

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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. Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday. VOA

Engineers at American aerospace company Lockheed Martin are using Microsoft mixed reality smartglass HoloLens to build NASA’s Orion spacecraft designed to transport humans to destinations such as the Moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth, the MIT Technology Review reported.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building NASA’s Orion spaceship.

The technicians at the firm use the HoloLens to learn a task or check the directions in 15-minute increments rather than for a constant feed of instructions.

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A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge. VOA

For the team constructing the heat shield skeleton of Orion, the new technology takes the place of a 1,500-page binder full of written work instructions, thereby helping them to perform tasks faster, said the report on Tuesday.

NASA’s partnership with Microsoft on HoloLens is not new.

In 2015, the US space agency announced that it was teaming up with the software giant to develop Sidekick, a new project using commercial technology to empower astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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NASA charts roadmap for human missions to Moon, Mars. Pixabay

Sidekick uses Microsoft HoloLens to provide virtual aid to astronauts working off the Earth, for the Earth. A pair of the devices was launched to the ISS on December 6, 2015.

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In 2017, Microsoft said that NASA was using the HoloLens to find the best places on Mars to build bases that would one day house astronauts exploring the planet.

Rather than putting users in a fully computer-generated world, as virtual reality does, HoloLens allows users to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them. (IANS)

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