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Microsoft opens up cross-platform Office support for Android apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 56 mins ago

Microsoft recently announced that 20 more tablet manufacturers will pre-install Office applications and other Microsoft services on their Google Android-powered tablets. Customers will have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive without needing to download and install an update.

 

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"We expect more customers who purchase Android devices directly from the OEM will receive the pre-installed services and applications," a Microsoft spokesperson told PCWorld. "In the event a mobile operator chooses not to pre-install the MS Services and apps, customers still have access to these apps by easily downloading them from Google Play."

 

Microsoft announced the following new partners: Axdia, Cube, DL, General Procurement, Grupo Nucleo, Haier, Inco, Ionik GBMH, Iview, LG, Multilaser, Noblex, Pacific, Philco, Positivo, Prestigio, Sony, Teclast, TMAX Digital, and Wortmann.

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SpaceX will be able to launch US national security payloads into orbit

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 hour, 56 mins ago

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will now be able to launch satellites and other national security payload for the US government, after receiving US Air Force certification.

 

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The certification could help break a stranglehold on the United Launch Alliance, a nine-year-old space venture created by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. SpaceX is muscling its way into conducting launches for NASA and Department of Defense, so it will be interesting to see how ULA responds in the future.

 

"SpaceX's emergence as a viable commercial launch provider provides the opportunity to compete launch services for the first time in almost a decade," said Deborah Lee James, Air Force Secretary, in a statement. "Ultimately, leverage of the commercial space market drives down cost to the American taxpayer and improves our military's resiliency."

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Phanteks adds Titanium Green to its Enthoo Pro line of cases

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 2 hours, 18 mins ago

PC enthusiast company Phanteks has announced the addition of the Titanium Green to its Enthoo Pro Series line of computer cases. The chassis is ideal for PC owners especially interested in water cooling, with a window side panel to add a bit of flare while showing off the cooling setup.

 

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The company said its Enthoo Pro Titanium Green Edition will have multiple radiator support, removable SSD bracket, closed HDD panel, and Velcro cable management. The entire Enthoo Pro line has been designed to enhance cooling potential while also making it easier to swap and expand hardware inside the chassis.

 

The Phanteks Enthoo Pro Titanium Green Edition will be available starting in June, with a $99.99 MSRP.

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Microsoft opens up Cortana for Google Android, Apple iOS devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 56 mins ago

Who needs Google Now or Siri? Microsoft is preparing the Cortana voice assistant app for Google Android and Apple iOS. The app will be available for Android devices starting next month, and an iOS launch will take place later in 2015.

 

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"The 'Phone Companion' app on the PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you'll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go," Microsoft said on its Windows Blog.

 

The Cortana app is able to set reminders, track flights, use the Cortana Notebook, and other simple tasks available on Windows 10 PCs. However, there won't be voice activation or toggle settings in the initial version, but that functionality could be added in future releases.

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Not looking forward to standardized testing? DDoS the school instead

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 hours, 56 mins ago

A 17-year-old high school student in Idaho is in big trouble after paying a third party to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack at his school. The student has been suspended, will likely be expelled, and faces criminal charges for allegedly hiring someone to DDoS the school.

 

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The student could face a felony computer crime, which has a maximum sentence of up to 180 days in a detention facility. It's likely his parents will have to pay monetary restitution, and the teenager could face federal charges.

 

The DDoS attack negatively impacted the Eagle High School's network for almost two weeks - with students accessing the Idaho Standard Achievement tests losing their work - and some students had to take the standardized test numerous times. The school administration were unable to reliably access records, including payroll, while e-books and online classes were inaccessible.

SOUL Electronics unveils Pulse, new wraparound earbuds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 5 hours, 11 mins ago

Audio peripheral company SOUL Electronics has unveiled Pulse, the lightweight wraparound earbuds that provide comfort and sound for owners.

 

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SOUL is best known for creating audio products embraced by athletes and those with an active lifestyle, and it looks like Pulse should fit in with that category. The earbuds have a reversed fitting ear lock cable, so the earbuds shouldn't fall out of your ears while working out.

 

The SOUL Electronics Pulse earbuds are available now with a $49 MSRP.

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Robots in the cockpit? Apparently, don't rule it out

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 hours, 24 mins ago

New aircraft already rely on sophisticated computers, and government agencies are openly discussing robots and remote operators flying commercial aircraft. Commercial aviation flies millions of passengers around the world each year and already utilizes computer autopilots - and there is greater discussion to how much human interaction is needed to fly commercial aircraft.

 

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"The industry is starting to come out and say we are willing to put our R&D money into that," said Parimal Kopardekar, manager of the autonomous operations project at the NASA Ames Research Center, in a statement to the New York Times.

 

Pilots currently only spend minutes actually piloting planes, with pilots of Boeing 777s saying they operate the aircraft for about seven minutes - and pilots of Airbus planes spending less than four minutes piloting their aircraft.

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Project NanoXia, a German-designed desk with two high-end PCs inside

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 7 hours, 35 mins ago

There have been a few attempts at fusing the worlds of PCs and computer desks together, but this is something else entirely. PC-Cooling GmbH has housed two, totally separate high-end PCs into what htey call: Project NanoXia.

 

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Project NanoXia has two, fully watercooled, high-end PCs made up from an Intel Core i7-5960X, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, custom-built 430mm and 560mm radiators, and so much more. One system is powered by two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980s in SLI, while the other is powered by two AMD Radeon R9 290Xs in CrossFire.

 

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For more details, check out the Project NanoXia Facebook page.

TweakTown Deals: Father's Day Gift Guide

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 8 hours, 36 mins ago

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This Father's Day, get Dad one of these awesome gifts currently available at TweakTown Deals. These are guaranteed for delivery in time for Father's Day if ordered by 6/5, so be sure to take advantage of these great deals (and don't forget a card)!

 

Check out what we've got:

 

Limited-Edition Code Black HD-Camera Drone

For dads who still love to play, this powerful quadcopter is just the thing. Ready to fly right out of the box, it uses 6-axis gyro technology for smooth maneuvering during its 10-minute flight time. It flips four ways and can run in beginner or expert flight mode for endless entertainment.

 

Get the limited-edition Code Black HD-camera drone for 50% off

 

Innori 22400mAh Portable Battery Pack

If Dad's always on the go, make sure his favorite gadgets are always fully powered with this compact charger. Not only does the Innori power smartphones, tablets, and other USB-powered devices super fast, but it has three outlets for simultaneous charging. The Innori even recognizes devices and automatically allocates the appropriate current. And for all that power, it's lightweight and slim, perfect for Dad to slip into his pocket or bag.

 

Get the Innori 22400mAh portable battery pack for $34.99

 

Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

Whether he's got a man cave or just a well-worn couch cushion with an imprint of his rear end in it, any TV-loving Dad will love this universal remote. The Blumoo connects the home theater to a smartphone using Bluetooth, with a one-touch control system that's beyond easy even for Dads who aren't tech-savvy. Plus, he can use it to stream music and even pull up a TV guide customized to his services, zip code, and preferences. Not to mention, he'll never ask you to help him look for a lost remote control again.

 

Save 34% on the Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

 

ShaveTech USB Travel Razor

Sometimes Dad's five o'clock shadow looks more "escaped felon" than "Don Draper." And for those times, there's this electric razor. Lightweight yet powerful, it's perfect for both travel and everyday use. The sharp blazes and fast vibrations guarantee a close shave, while the USB compatibility means no hunting around for an outlet to charge it.

 

Get the ShaveTech USB travel razor for $18.99

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Slightly Mad Studios says that Project Cars 'loves' DirectX 12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 21 mins ago

Now that Project Cars is out, gamers across the world have been pushing their systems and consoles to the limits playing one of the best looking games ever made. But it could soon get better.

 

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According to Slightly Mad Studios boss, Ian Bell, the team has been working on the Xbox One version of the game to optimize its performance, as it has been suffering from stuttering problems. Bell added that Project Cars "loves" DirectX 12, and that the DX12-powered version of Project Cars will run "extremely well" on the Xbox One.

 

Bell said: "With DX12 the Xbox will perform extremely well for us. With the upcoming imminent patches it's already much better. We'll need to do some work of course but the way our engine is structured lends itself to the main benefits of DX12. We never said we'd run 30 cars at night in the rain at 60. We said the game runs at 60FPS, which it does. So Gran Turismo, but it drops to 20's under heavy action in the wet at night".

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