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New Office 2016 preview build lets you import AutoCAD files, and more

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 8:08 pm

Microsoft Office is already, arguably, the global standard for office suites, but that clearly isn't enough and even more functionality into its core. The latest insider preview build is letting you access AutoCAD files inside Visio and adding much better collaboration tools into the mix.

 

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Build 16.0.6868.2048 for Office 2016 has been seeded to those in the preview program and seems to let you share and work on files while also chatting with them at the same time. You can make comments, talk about those comments, make changes, chat about those changes, highlight poor logic, chat about that poor logic, and review the entire project with someone from within Office itself. While chatting. The collaborative features are actually quite fascinating and make it easier to address changes that need to be made in real-time, from different parts of the world. Despite the sarcastic comments, it's actually quite nifty and very useful.

 

AutoCAD files can be imported into Visio and you can now add various elements to those files should you need to if you don't happen to have AutoCAD, giving you the opportunity to collaborate on those types of projects as well. These improvements, though slight, are only for the insider preview program and could be further refined, or even thrown out completely. The feedback they receive from the preview members should help, however. This is also only for Windows at the moment, Mac need not apply.

iBooks, iTunes movies blocked from sale in China

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 7:00 pm

iBooks and iTunes movies became available in China seven months ago; now both are blocked from sale on orders from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television. Apple Music and Apple Pay are said to still work.

 

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The electronics giant hopes its services will return "as soon as possible." No doubt there given China is Apple's second biggest market. It declined to offer details on the blockade, but it's known that Chinese regulators are motivated in such decisions by a desire to control media and its population in the name of the Communist Party as well as to favor Apple's Chinese competitors.

New Gears of War 4 multiplayer trailer is exceptionally bloody

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 6:04 pm

The multiplayer mode for Gears of War 4 makes a gore-filled appearance in the latest trailer. They're emphasizing just how ruthless you can be while competing against others in order to receive the best loot. Just as in the past, it's fast-paced and cover-based, but with better graphics.

 

 

The multiplayer beta test is going to officially kick-off on the 25th of April, so The Coalition is showing us but a small glimpse of what to expect once we're able to play. The violence is front and center, as might be expected, but there seems to be much more of it than usual. Enemies splatter across the screen in some truly grisly ways. The gore is expected, though, with plenty of new executions. The trailer is also a showcase of the different new maps and modes you can play. Everything should be very familiar to anyone who's played.

Solar plane resumes flight around the world after 9-month delay

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Energy | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 5:08 pm

Experimental plane Solar Impulse 2 is again back in the skies following a nine-month delay for repairs. Its last trip was dampened by overheating batteries, but it still managed to set a record for longest duration of a nonstop solo flight when going from Japan to Hawaii.

 

 

The vehicle is of course powered by solar. As planes are a major contributor to pollution, the mission here is to encourage clean energy. And there's no better way to do that than fly Solar Impulse 2 around the entire world, which is what's happening as you read this. You can watch the launch here and the journey live via the stream above.

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Amazon might be experimenting with a Prime-only paywall for games

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 4:04 pm

Amazon's Prime service, while a paid one, does have a number of really beneficial advantages if you happen to use Amazon frequently. Free two-day shipping, access to Prime-exclusive movies for free and even discounts on the pre-ordering of games, come to mind. It seems that they might be selling some games, direct, only to Prime members, and it's a little confusing.

 

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A small selection of games can only be bought directly from Amazon if you have Prime. That is, if you're looking for FIFA 16, Dishonored: The Definitive Edition, Minecraft, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Battlefield Hardline, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the year, and Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes. Amazon says that being able to buy certain games is a benefit of being a Prime member, even though you can simply buy them from the Marketplace, or somewhere else completely.

 

Gamesaradar has stumbled across the issue, though I've yet to be able to recreate it through friends that don't have Prime. Even when not signed-in, the desktop site doesn't indicate that it's a "Prime Only" deal. At least the desktop site is devoid of any indication. It could also be region specific, being that the article was written from by someone in the UK. Regardless, if it is indeed a growing trend, then it's odd that they would do such a thing without having, at the very least, a suitable discount that makes it more lucrative to use Amazon instead.

 

If you happen to see any other strange Prime only activity, let us know, because this one we haven't seen first-hand quite yet.

China to send rover to Mars in 2020

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 3:02 pm

China's National Space Administration officially began planning its mission to send a Martian rover into space back in January. In the three months since, the project has been picking up more and more steam, and now it's ahead of schedule with a projected launch of 2020.

 

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If successful, China would join the US and Europe as the only countries to land an object on the Red Planet, assuming Europe is also successful with its ExoMars rover landing in 2019.

 

China is no stranger to space: it landed a rover on the Moon two years ago, attempted to orbit Mars with a spacecraft in 2011 (but failed), and sent astronaut Yang Liwei into space for a day in 2003.

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Paid Steam Workshop mods may return

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 2:16 pm

Modder uLLeticaL noticed a change on the Steam Workshop page for his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map Aim Botz, indicating a paid mods system may be returning to Valve's service. A new message on it reads, "You can subscribe to this item for free because you are the creator or listed as a contributor."

 

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If you attempt to subscribe to it and aren't a creator or contributor, it simply subscribes you as normal, but the above message leads one to believe that could change before long. Other games such as Arma 3 are said to show this message as well.

 

While paid Workshop mods went down poorly before, uLLeticaL says modders would welcome a donation-based system. Time will tell if that's the case.

Rocket League gets a free weekend with special discounts afterwards

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1:00 pm

Rocket League was is one of the best surprises to come out of 2015. Its blend of racing and soccer (or football for those elsewhere) has been a treat for casual and competitive play. Psyonix is running a free promotion this weekend that lets anyone interesting in using automobiles to slam a ball into a net can do so. It started Yesterday, April 21st at 10AM PT and will run through Sunday, April 24th 10am PT.

 

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They say that it's completely free to everyone, regardless of whether you've bought it or not. And after the free weekend, they're discounting it by 40% until 10am on the 25th of April. To sweeten the deal they've also discounted all the various bundles and DLC packs by 20% as well, just in case you'd like a specific skin pack or something else.

 

Psyonix has been very supportive of their hybrid sports game with several optional DLC packs and quite a few updates that have addressed many different issues. Coming soon, the next update will add a basketball-themed motif to it, letting you try your hand and driving a smaller ball into an even smaller net off the ground. Hoops is coming April 26th for free and for everyone. They've even officially partnered with the NBA to offer an NBA flag pack with 30 different flags. Everyone will get one, at least, for free with the update, however.

Atlus teases Persona 5 reveal on May 5, could be release date

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 11:57 am

After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Atlus may finally reveal Persona 5's release date. Let's just hope it's not delayed again.

 

 

Persona 5's official Japanese website now has a mysterious countdown timer with the single cryptic phrase "take your heart", hinting that some big news is about to drop. The timer is counting down to May 5 (5/5) so we could finally see a concrete release date for the hotly anticipated JRPG.

 

Fans have been avidly looking forward to Persona 5's release date for nearly a year now, and the absence of any news or info from Atlus has been obsessively noted. As a result of the scarce updates, the major consensus of the gaming community is that Persona 5 won't drop on during its slated Q3 2016 window and will instead be delayed into 2017. Persona 5 was already delayed once--it was originally planned to launch in 2015, but Atlus pushed it back to Summer 2016. Now that summer is right around the corner, and we've yet to see Atlus blow the lid on the game, we'll likely see yet another delay.

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