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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    A More Intelligent Way to De-Ice

    Posted By Myriam Semery
    Windows Embedded BG Lead

    A big freeze is descending upon much of Europe today and this weekend, causing thousands of canceled flights or completely closed airports, extremely cold temperatures and snowfall, and dangerous roads. I’m the Windows Embedded lead for Southern Europe, living in Paris, where getting around is no picnic. My colleague Werner Reuss has been braving the roads in Munich, Germany; here, he reflects on an innovative Italian technology that’s making a big difference in wintertime driving.

    It has been snowing pretty heavily the past few days in Munich, where I live, and the forecast doesn’t show any signs of it letting up soon. As an avid skier, living in a city within an hour and a half’s drive of some of the best skiing in the world is major incentive. I love the snow when I’m hitting the slopes, but there is a downside to living in a winter wonderland.

    Munich is very prepared for snow; the city has snow plows ready at the first sign of a flake. Due to environmental and economic concerns, we plow and salt only major roadways, which keeps traffic flowing and accidents to a minimum. Unfortunately, if you have to drive on side streets to get to the main roads or have to cross a bridge, driving can feel like sledding.

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    January 2013 Security Updates Are on ECE for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    The January 2013 Security Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.

    The list below applies to Standard 2009 only:

    • KB2736428 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742595 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    The list below applies to XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2736416 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742596 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2756918 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2757638 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2753842 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    SYNC with MyFord Touch Update Available from a Browser Near You

    Posted By Chris Elliot
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Software updates are a common occurrence these days. Whether it’s your mobile phone, laptop or Xbox 360—we’ve become used to our technology updating without worry. These updates enhance our experience by improving quality or providing new features. Well, now you can add the car to the list of technologies that get software updates.

    Select Ford owners, who have SYNC with MyFord Touch, can now update their system just by going to www.SYNCMyRide.com. Simply download the update to a thumb-drive, plug it into your Ford’s USB port, and presto—your MyFord Touch system updates. You can also take your vehicle to your local Ford dealer if you choose that route.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Intelligent Vending: Smarter Than You Think

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    In speaking to customers, one of the device categories that continually raises some of the most interesting progressive conversation is kiosks. Many of us, when asked, could probably do a great job describing the qualities of a kiosk solution. More importantly, however, is how many of those qualities could also be said to be true for digital signage, interactive POS devices, and vending machines. One of our ninjas, Eric Kamont, speaks to a very interesting scenario for vending machines and their progression beyond your father’s “insert-quarters-and-press-D5” vending machine. Enjoy!

     

     

     

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    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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