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Microsoft makes Office for iPhone and Android phones completely free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 12:59 am

Office is available for iPad, but Microsoft's productivity suite is now free for the iPhone and Android smartphones. You can download it right now from the Apple App Store, or the Google Play Store.

 

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Why did the Redmond-based software giant make it free? The company wanted to better align Office Mobile for Windows Phone with its iOS and Android versions. Office Mobile is now capable of allowing users to view, and edit content while on the go, all for free. Previously, an Office 365 subscription was required.

 

But, Microsoft considers tablets a premium device, which means tablet users who use Office have to pay for the mobile goods that Office offers - which is locked to iOS for now. The company has confirmed it is working on bringing Office for Android tablets, as well as a Metro-based version for touch-capable Windows slates.

Prepare for Google to push 'Powered by Android' branding on devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:46 pm

The iconic Apple logo on the back of an iPhone is something that Google doesn't have going for it, but this looks like it could all change. The new HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5 upon first being booted up will display to users "Powered by Android".

 

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Google is mandating that the phrase "Powered by Android" be used during the boot animation on new smartphones. Pushing this further, both HTC and Samsung are both using the classic Android logo that was used as the boot animation on the original Android phone, HTC's G1 device. We should see this rolling out across devices going into the future, and I think this is the big lead up to the true competitor to the iPhone 6, the Nexus 6.

UFO, or most likely a military aircraft, spotted flying over Texas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 pm

Well, it looks like the military is having some fun above the skies of Texas, where defense technology blog Ares is reporting on a mysterious, unidentified flying object flying over the skies of Amarillo, Texas, back on March 10.

 

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Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week's defense experts is perplexed, but he is convinced it's real. "Three of us here-myself, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris-concur that the photos show something real. Guy and I have known Steve Douglass for a long time, and know that the reason that he sees (and monitors by radio) unusual things is that he spends time looking for them. Here is Steve's account of one of his better radio intercepts. This is more than a random image.

 

The photos tell us more about what the mysterious stranger isn't than what it is. The size is very hard to determine, for example, although the image size at contrailing height suggests that it is bigger than an X-47B. However, the basic shape-while it resembles Boeing's Blended Wing Body studies or the Swift Killer Bee/Northrop Grumman Bat unmanned air system-is different from anything known to have flown at full size, lacking the notched trailing edge of Northrop Grumman's full-size designs".

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The full trailer to The Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending looks amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:51 pm

The full trailer to the incredibly gorgeous Jupiter Ascending is now out, and embedded for your viewing pleasure below. Jupiter Ascending, if you didn't already know, is a new fantasy sci-fi flick from The Wachowskis, the duo behind The Matrix Trilogy.

 

 

The movie stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, with a battle for Earth, spaceships, incredible looking machine, alien world's, superpowers and much, much more. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Mayim Bialik: Interest in STEM 'must be nurtured' in high school

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:20 pm

Mayim Bialik isn't just a leading cast member of the hit CBS show "The Big Bang Theory," she's also a neuroscientist and strong advocate for helping develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest in the United States. Bialik plays the role of "Amy Farrah Fowler," a neurobiologist, enjoying her time studying animals as part of her research.

 

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Bialik continues to strengthen her leadership in driving interest in US STEM programs, especially for women trying to break into the field.

 

"Right now, research shows that more than half of high school freshmen who declare interest in STEM-related fields lose interest by the time they graduate," Bialik recently told TweakTown. "For female students, the problem continues into college. One-third of women who enter STEM bachelor's degree programs switch their major to a non-STEM field by the time they graduate,"

 

There has been a large effort to try and generate interest in STEM fields for women, though it has been a continued uphill battle.

 

"Girls' interest in STEM must be nurtured in high school and beyond so it is maintained throughout their education and professional lives. One of the best ways to do that is by introducing them to real-life role models who can show them how to succeed in STEM-related careers. Young women can then envision themselves as part of the STEM fields and develop a sense that STEM offers challenging but realizable opportunities."

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Gun makers hope smart technology make their weapons even safer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:32 pm

In the world of gun safety, companies are scrambling to try and manufacture some type of technology to prevent accidents - and from stolen weapons used in later crimes - but there haven't been a lot of easy answers. The Identilock biometric authentication technology, created by Omer Kiyani, a gunshot victim from Detroit, provides an added layer of handgun security.

 

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The lock connects to a handgun's trigger and uses biometric authentication to ensure only the authorized gun owner is able to disable the lock - which takes less than one second from initial contact on the fingerprint sensors.

 

"The key is reliability," said Kiyani, when speaking to CNN. "The sensor has proved itself in different sectors over the past few years and the market is aware of its capability. The main point of firearms ownership is home defense, and home defense means quick access. But the other side of that is accidents."

 

Kiyani isn't interested in trying to get into a debate regarding gun ownership, rather wants to create a safe, easy-to-use locking mechanism.

Kim Dotcom launches new Internet Party via YouTube video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:09 pm

Kim Dotcom is one of those people that I liken to the gunslingers of wild west legend, or something like Zoro or RobinHood even. Even though he faces very serious allegations that could land him in prison for quite a long time, he never gives up and continues to champion for internet freedom, and net neutrality.

 

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Dotcom's latest venture is not a new file-sharing website, or even attempting to dominate the latest first person shooter style video game. In fact, Dotcom has decided to move into a more political world where he can influence the path that government's take when it comes to internet legislation. Today Kim Dotcom officially launched the new political party which he named the "Internet Party," and has released a few videos detailing the party's new mission, and goals.

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Amazon to launch free ad-supported streaming TV and music service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 8:29 pm

Amazon is expected to launch a free, ad-supported video service focused on television episodes and music videos, and could launch in the next few months. Both original content and licensed material might find its way to the service, with Amazon executives reaching out to potential partners.

 

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Amazon continues to expand efforts to dominate, with media invited to an event next week in which the Amazon set-top box could be announced. Although Amazon remains the most dominant e-tailer, the company wants to compete with YouTube in Netflix, especially as more users stream content in the living room.

 

In addition to providing content, Amazon will also be able to use the service to test its budding advertising capabilities.

 

Amazon currently only offers TV, movies, music and video content to its Prime members, which now costs $99 per year, though this offers a new twist.

Titanfall forces cheaters and hackers to play with each other

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 8:07 pm

There is nothing more I hate in this world that someone who cheats at online games such as Battlefield 4, Call of Duty, or any of the FPS shooters. The latest blockbuster to hit the FPS gaming world, Titanfall, has a solution for this. Over the last few weeks, Respawn Entertainment has been silent and letting cheater cheat so they could collect data on what could be hundreds of cheaters, and has just now implemented a fix that will take these players out of the general population.

 

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If you get caught cheating in Titanfall, you will not be banned from the game, but rather placed on a special blacklist that will only allow you to play on maps populated entirely by other cheaters. The segregation from legitimate players began this past Friday, and those caught saw a "FairFight: Cheat Detected" message pop up on their screen while inside the private lobby interface. Respawn included a contact email for those who feel they were incorrectly flagged to use, but users will have to prove they have not cheated.

 

Even though cheaters are banned from public servers, their non-cheater friends can still play with them though, but the match will have to take place on the isolated, cheater friendly servers. For now, the anti-cheating system is limited to the PC as it is the easiest platform to enable cheating on. While I despise cheaters to the core, I feel that this is the best solution possible for removing cheaters from the game, and could prevent those huge kill to death ratios we often see from cheaters.

Facebook teams up with other tech giants to launch WebScaleSQL

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 7:47 pm

Companies like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google have the task of operating and maintaining some of the biggest websites on the internet, and due to not only the amount of content they host, but the massive number of user accounts they must keep up and online at all times requires a massive database. These three companies have teamed up to create the perfect database designed to scale to massive proportions.

 

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Facebook along host one of the largest MySQL database deployments ever built and as the service continues to grow, a vanilla distribution of Oracle's MySQL was just not cutting it, so Facebook teamed up with Google, LinkedIn and Twitter to develop a MySQL alternative, WebScaleSQL, that was both scalable and robust enough to keep the social networking empires running for the foreseeable future. WsSQL is built with collaboration in mind and speed in mind, and allows database engineers from different companies to work together to create the best database possible.

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