Ubisoft may not have a way to turn back time and release Assassin’s Creed Unity without a slew of glitches, but it’s at least trying to make amends to jilted gamers. The studio has announced that it’s giving every Unity owner a free copy of the upcom…
This Friday you’ll find Star Wars: The Force Awakens, aka Star Wars 7, available not only in the theaters we listed earlier this week. Instead, the limitations are being expanded just a bit to Apple’s iTunes Trailers. No longer will you need to actually get out and go to a movie theater to see said trailer – no way! Now …
The failure of the USA Freedom Act in the Senate earlier this month was a disappointment to many in favor of reforming the National Security Agency. The bill, far from perfect, and certainly incomplete in its scope was thought of by some as a possible first step. To others, it was a way for Congress to pass something that merely looked like reform. It didn’t advance after a procedural… Read More
Jigglist is a group chat app centered around finding places to go that are appropriate for the group that will attend. Read More
It’s that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we’ve got a slew of great recommendation…
AT&T isn’t backing down from its threat to halt its fiber rollout, which was a not-so-subtle jab at President Obama’s pro-net neutrality / Title II comments earlier this month. Following an FCC inquiry about that announcement, AT&T said in a letter t…
The fall-out from the Takata airbag recall continues to intensify, with US federal safety regulators giving the Japanese company a deadline to take responsibility for the flawed safety tech and agree to a national replacement program. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had told Takata earlier this month that it wanted all cars in the US fitted with the …
Google’s Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps are a lot of things—they’re fast, they’re convenient, and they’re available on both iOS and Android—but you couldn’t call them “powerful.” Even the Web versions of Google’s productivity software are pretty basic compared with the feature-stuffed behemoth that is Microsoft Office, and the mobile apps are minimalist by comparison.
Microsoft was slow to recognize and respond to the things Google’s apps did well (they were good at collaboration and they didn’t cost anything) but it’s made big strides that culminated in the free-to-use Office for iOS apps we got earlier this month. These apps fall short of the capabilities of “real” Microsoft Office, but they offer plenty of the most essential features, and they preserve your documents’ formatting no matter where you’re opening them. Soon, Microsoft will be expanding those efforts by releasing a similar version of Office for Android tablets. We’ve got our hands on a preview version now—let’s take a look at how they stack up to the iPad versions and whether they’ll get the job done for workers who need more than Google’s apps offer.
Different platform, similar experience
Office is going multi-platform, but Microsoft is clearly focused on making all the different versions of it look and feel more or less the same. You can see it in the new OneNote and Outlook apps for OS X, the Office apps for the iPad and iPhone, and now in Office for Android tablets. Look back at Office 2010 for Windows and 2011 for Mac, and you’ll see two products that look and behave pretty differently. Compare any of the newer apps to Office 2013 for Windows, and you’ll see more similarities than differences.
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Twitter is now keeping track of which apps you have on your phone, and sending that data back to the mothership (birds nest?)
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Starting today, Twitter users on iOS and Android devices will be alerted to a change in the type of data the social network is collecting on them, and will be offered the option to opt-out by adjusting their settings. The data in question is a list of the apps you have installed on your mobile device – a collection of data Twitter is calling the “app graph.” The company… Read More
It’s no secret that Twitter has been looking for ways to put more targeted ads in your social feed, but its latest approach may make you uncomfortable if you jealously protect your privacy. The service has revealed that its app will start tracking wh…
While I did say that the Razor Crazy Cart was, well, crazy, it’s well worth a closer look if you have the space and safety equipment to send your kids careening around your driveway at about twenty miles per hour. That’s right: this is your dream go-cart from the folks who made the Razor scooters and, if you have the space and helmets it’s the best fun your kids will have… Read More
AT&T now says it isn’t really going to halt a huge fiber investment because of net neutrality despite its CEO recently claiming the company would do just that.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told investors on November 12 that “We can’t go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed.” Stephenson was referring to an April announcement in which AT&T said it would “expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas.”
Because of uncertainty about net neutrality rules, Stephenson said at the investor event this month that it would be better to “pause” instead of proceeding with the 100-city investment. Construction in all 100 cities was never guaranteed to begin with, as it was contingent on municipal cooperation with AT&T.
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If you use Pocket, you know how helpful it can be to tuck a webpage away for later viewing. Whether it be a long-form article or just something you don’t have time for, the ability to save for later is handy. In attempting to better understand their users, Pocket began analyzing how we consume via their service. Comparing iPads to …
A planet-scale force field sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists using NASA probes have discovered that Earth is in fact protected by just such a phenomenon, with a vast and naturally-occurring twin torus of radiation keeping speedy electrons away from us. The Van Allen belts were first measured in 1958, each a gathering of charged particles kept …
Never in tech history have so many bought so much in such a short time. There was a memorable tweet sent in the final days before the first iPad was released: Someone in tech — and I forget their name and can’t find the tweet, sadly — noted in less than 140 characters that they were about to embark on their last weekend before they would never have to have another without… Read More
You’ve all used a QR code, right? Those weird-looking barcodes you’re supposed to scan using a mobile to open a related web link. Nope? I thought not. For one reason or another, the technology, which was originally developed for the automotive industry to track parts in vehicle manufacturing, has never really gained critical mass from a consumer point of view. Enter Quikkly,… Read More
This week Steam is bringing about one of their yearly initiatives aimed at getting you as many games as you can possibly handle – all at once – as fast as possible. It’s a Steam Sale, an infamous event, one in which you see so many games for costs so undeniably low, you can’t control your impulses. This week is …
Thanksgiving is a time to remember things to be grateful for, stuff yourself with turkey and watch MST3k re-runs. But what happens the following day, when you wake up with a meat hangover that could kill a horse? That’s the moment you’ll stumble onli…
On Monday, employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment—the television and movie subsidiary of Sony Corp.—discovered that their internal corporate network had been hijacked. A message from an individual or group claiming responsibility appeared on corporate systems, pledging to release sensitive corporate data taken from the network by 11pm GMT on Monday.
Twitter accounts associated with promoting several movies, including Starship Troopers, were briefly hijacked by the attackers. The attackers posted to at least three Twitter feeds, leaving the same message: “You, the criminals including [Sony Pictures CEO] Michael Lynton will surely go to hell. Nobody can help you.” The image posted with the message shows a digitally edited image of Lynton’s head in a dark, hellish landscape.
As of this morning, the network at many Sony offices still appears to be down. Based on information reportedly shared by employees, it could be down for weeks before being restored. The Twitter accounts appear to be back under Sony Pictures’ control.
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