NORAD, with assist from Microsoft, tracking Santa around the world

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has teamed up with Microsoft to track the movements of Santa Claus as he makes his way around the world delivering gifts. Google, who cooperated with NORAD in the past to track the jolly elf, lost out to Microsoft this year. The software giant has developed a slew of apps for phones and mobile devices to help kids keep an eye on Santa's progress. Washington Post: Tracking Santa has been a tradition since 1955, when a misprinted ad gave the phone number for what was then known as CONAD as the contact information for a Santa hotline. The director at the time, Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, directed those on duty to give Santa's location on the radar to any child who called. The tradition has continued ever since. This year, NORAD expects more than 1,500 volunteers to help with the effort, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, NORAD's director of public affairs. Volunteers take two-hour shifts, and the command relies on partnerships ...(Read Full Post)