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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    KB 2929755 and KB 2912390 for Windows Embedded Standard 7 are Online Only Updates

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

    Two KBs, issued as part of the April 2014 Security Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 (Standard 7) are considered "online only" updates. They cannot be correctly added to an answer file and deployed using the Standard 7 Toolkit but must instead be applied to an online image. These KBs are:

    • KB 2929755 - Out of memory when you load some image resources in a Windows application.
    • KB 2912390 - Vulnerability in Direct2D could allow remote code execution

    Both of these KBs require that KB 2670838 be installed first, before they can be installed.

    If you attempt to install these KBs by adding them to an answer file and installing them with Image Configuration Editor (ICE) or Image Builder Wizard (IBW), they will not be correctly installed and you will receive an error.

    These two updates are not being offered on Windows Embedded Developer Update (WEDU) because of this online only requirement.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    A Prediction for the Future of Retail Technology: The Rise of Vending Machines

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    Congratulations to my fellow ninja followers. If you’re reading this, that means you made it out of the holidays and 2012. Happy New Year!

    All joking aside, happy 2013 to all of you readers that have come to enjoy the peek behind the curtain that the Embedded Ninja brings. The start of a new year for me wouldn’t be quite the same without two specific things: NRF’s Big Show (the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO) and a technology prediction for the year to come. The Big Show, as some of you probably know, is the largest retail-focused trade show, put on every January in New York City. The books are all closed on the retail business for 2012, all the holiday decorations are down, and it’s time to start figuring out how to do it all over again. I use the show as an opportunity to analyze technology and make predictions for the year. Regarding my prediction for 2013, put on your Wayfarers for a moment (indeed, they’ve made a comeback), jump in the Wayback Machine with me and let’s talk retail technology for a few moments – specifically vending.

    Now, I imagine I just got an “Ugh, really? Vending?” response from all of you readers. But go with me on this. Vending has a tremendous history throughout the world during the 19th and 20th centuries. And it is still shockingly paramount in the retail-tech world, where I predict it will only continue to grow.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Signs of the times: the shifting consumer experience, part 1

    Posted By Guillaume Estegassy
    Windows Embedded Business Group Lead for Japan

    From attracting customers through digital signage to creating in-store dressing-room intelligent systems, technology is no doubt transforming the consumer experience. Today, Guillaume Estegassy brings you part one of our two-part blog series exploring these ‘smart’ shopping trends.

    As a daily user of the remarkable Tokyo metro and train systems, alongside 40 million people (yes, that is daily), I started to notice something peculiar: empty conventional signage spaces.

    Empty signage space in the Tokyo subway

    Empty signage space in the Tokyo subway

    Where you have an opportunity to reach tens of thousands of people a day in one given station, why isn’t every signage space occupied? Simply because they are evolving, from a past where static, “disconnected,” mono-directional communication tools are no longer relevant. Indeed, if I owned a business and wanted to increase my reach, what would compel me to rent this empty space? I’d want to know how many people look at it; whether they are men, women, adults, kids; how long they looked at it; and if they were happy, or making a face. I’d want to see the data to support the claims, too. Am I asking for too much? Not anymore. As the technology is becoming available today, these questions are also part of the thinking process when considering digital signage.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Creating a Better Cup of Tea in Taiwan

    Posted By Alan Lee
    Windows Embedded Business Lead for Taiwan

    These days, people are not just using the Internet for “people” communications; increasingly, the Internet is used to power “things” for business. The hot new trend in intelligent systems is IoT, the Internet of Things. In Taiwan, as elsewhere, we are seeing more and more connected devices, generating and transmitting huge amounts of data, creating the new question of how to use this “big data;” how to make it valuable and useful.

    A very typical industry we are seeing this transformation in Taiwan is retail stores. From cash registers, to point of sales and point of service devices, to cloud services, retailers are using end-to-end systems to collect sales data, and then analyze the data to create business intelligence

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Field Report: Discussing Big Data at the Cloud Developer Conference

    Posted By Werner Reuss
    Windows Embedded Business Lead for Germany and Eastern Europe

    Cloud computing and big data are two of the hottest trends in the enterprise. The question on most CIOs mind is, “How can my team securely connect all of the end points (PCs, phones, edge devices) and take advantage of the resulting data?”

    This was the issue discussed during the Cloud Developer Conference 2013 here in Darmstadt, Germany, earlier this month. Over the two days around 600 attendees --mainly coming from an traditional IT background, and typically being a IT decision makers like CIOs--joined us to get the latest information on big data, cloud and also on the intelligent systems approach by Microsoft.

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