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Volunteer to test a tablet-friendly version of Office for Android

Well looks like a version of Microsoft’s Office specifically tailored for Android tablets is on the way. While we still wait for a touch-friendly version of the productivity suite for Windows, word on the street is users will soon be able to beta test a build for Google’s tablet OS. According to the Verge’s sources both companies and individuals should be able to sign up for access to pre-release versions of Office soon. Obviously we’re still waiting for a lot of details, but it’s expected that a finger-friendly interface (similar to that found on the iPad) is going to hit Android later this year. But Windows will have to wait until early 2015. While it’s slightly surprising to see Microsoft’s bread and butter productivity hit a competitors OS first, it highlights Satya Nadella’s decision to build Redmond’s future on the cloud and cross-platform accessibility. Rather than focusing solely on Windows.

Filed under: Tablets, Software, Microsoft


Via: The Verge

Source: Microsoft


SYNEK’s countertop tap puts your kegerator out to pasture

There’s no question that draft beer is the best beer, but the cost of getting fresh from the tap brews at home can be substantial. Purchasing a kegerator (along with all of its accessories), CO2 and the kegs of whatever varieties you prefer can add up quickly. But what if supplying a tap system was as easy as getting one of those reusable growlers filled? And what if the dispensing device took up minimal space on your kitchen counter? Well, that’s what SYNEK is hoping to do. The draft system hinges on refillable bags that rest inside it’s toaster oven-sized unit with adjustable temperature and pressure settings and easy-to-use hose connections. In the future, WiFi connectivity could be built in for monitoring supply levels and making the whole thing social amongst fellow imbibers. So what’s the catch? Well, SYNEK offers a cost-effective solution for keeping a fresh beer supply around, but it’ll need to convince breweries to allow bag fills before its project is ready for widespread adoption. For now though, this will resolve the headaches homebrewers face of individually topping off dozens of bottles when a five gallon batch is ready. And that’s certainly worth the $349 ($299 for early adopters) retail price.

Filed under: Household


Source: Kickstarter


Pennsylvania is the latest state to go after Uber and Lyft

Ridesharing Salt Lake City

It’s no secret that some places, whether it be in the US or other parts of the world, are not in approval of the way ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft operate. And, starting today, we can add Pittsburgh to the list of cities where these app-based car services can’t do business legally, at least not for the time being. The news comes after two local judges have granted the Pennsylvania Public Utility’s petition to issue cease-and-desist orders to them. As the Pittsburgh Business Times notes, Uber and Lyft won’t be free to continue offering their service “until they secure the appropriate authority” from the PUC.

According to the commission, there are three main concerns at stake here: that drivers have the appropriate background checks, insurance and inspection. Furthermore, the PUC also states that Uber and Lyft don’t have the Certificates of Public Convenience, something required for all auto ride companies to have in order to provide service — they have both already filed applications and are awaiting an answer. For its part, Lyft says it remains “committed to finding a path forward for ridesharing in Pennsylvania,” adding that it is already “working with elected officials to ensure that consumers continue to have access to peer-to-peer transportation.” Uber and Lyft have a week to respond to Pennsylvania’s PUC, after which a final decision is expected to be made within 30 days.

Filed under: Transportation


Source: Pittsburgh Business Times


Tim Cook Emphasizes Importance of Voice Messaging, Sparking iWatch Speculation

UBS analyst Steve Milunovich recently had a chance to meet up with Tim Cook, as detailed in a new note Milunovich sent to investors on Tuesday (via Fortune). During the meeting, Cook reportedly touched on the subject of voice messaging and based on Cook’s comments, Milunovich is predicting a voice messaging app as a key feature of Apple’s upcoming iWatch.

“When we visited with Tim Cook, he said that walking down streets in China one sees people speaking into their phones sending voice rather than text messages. Porting this capability to the watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone. It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go.”

Cook’s comments on voice messaging were likely in relation to a new feature built into Messages in iOS 8, which allows users to record and send audio messages. In iOS 8, the Messages app has a new Microphone icon located to the right of the text box, which can be held down to record a quick voice message.

It is not known if Apple has plans to build a similar feature into the iWatch, but it is not out of the realm of possibility. Rumors have previously suggested Siri’s voice-recognition capabilities might play an important role on the device given its limited screen size, and voice messages may be another natural fit.

Apple’s iWatch is said to be entering production in the near future, in preparation for a possible October launch. The device, which is expected to run a version of iOS 8, is believed to be reliant on existing iOS devices for some of its core Phone and Messages functionality. Current rumors suggest it may have multiple screen sizes up to 2.5-inches in size, a range of health-related sensors, and a multitude of designs to suit different fashion tastes.


Mophie Adds 64 GB ‘Space Pack’ to Battery Case Lineup [iOS Blog]

Mophie today announced a new 64 GB version of its Space Pack for the iPhone 5 and 5s, which is currently available for pre-order on the company’s website. First introduced in January of this year, the Mophie Space Pack is a 1700 mAh battery case that includes built-in storage.

The Space Pack aims to double the battery life of the iPhone while also increasing the built-in storage space. Originally only available in 16 and 32 GB capacities, the new 64 GB option doubles the storage space of Apple’s highest capacity iPhone.

Using an accompanying Space app, the Space Pack can store photos, videos, music, and more. Accessing files does not require a data or Wi-Fi connection, and content like music and movies can be played directly from the Space app.

The 64 GB Mophie Space Pack, currently only available in black, can be pre-ordered from the Mophie website for $249.95.


Random musings on smartwatches present and future


There’s obviously no doubt about the fact that smartwatches are our future. Or they will at least be a big part of our future and those days are coming quick. We’ve now seen smartwatches such as the LG G Watch, Samsung Galaxy Gear, and others. Personally, I’m currently rocking a Martian Notifier by Martian Watches and this is what brings me to… Read more »

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HTC Volantis (Nexus 9 aka Flounder) tablet could pack 5GB of RAM, leak says

htc volantis macro shot

We’ve seen HTC Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9 (whatever you want to call it) leak on several occasions. First we’ve seen the render of the device plus a revealing list of specifications, after which a document leaked containing the codename “Flounder”. New rumors are in, this time courtesy of a trusted leaker, @evleaks (as was the mentioned document).

This time around we get an alleged macro shot of the device along with a list of its specifications, though they’re somewhat different from the ones leaked before. According to @evleaks earlier concepts/renders were fake and this is the real deal. So, the leaker says that the device will sport a silver aluminum unibody construction. As for specifications, the device will feature a 64-bit Tegra K-1 processor, 5GB of DDR3 RAM (OMG, although he says this is not final), an 8.9″ 2560×1600 display and a 64GB of internal storage. The leaker is not sure whether the device will sport a 5MP or 8MP camera. He claims BoomSound speakers will also be a part of the package.

This is a lot to take in. 5GB of RAM? Damn. The leak says that’s not final, but still, that would be weird and extremely nice at the same time. We like what we see, how about you?

Source: @evleaks

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The Google Cube mixes up your visual music experience with 6 sided music Videos

Google Cube

Google is always playing about with new ideas and technology. The few things we ever see are plenty to keep us interested in what might be coming. A new music centric experiment has begun called the Cube. The Cube is an interactive visual media box. Like a Cube, it offers six sides, each side offering a different visual music video for your enjoyment.


Google partnered up with an Australian band, The Presets, to put together the first working demo of  the Cube. The song is called ‘No Fun‘. The main song plays in the background while other aspects and mixes play in sync on various sides of the cube. You can rotate around cube with your finger, or your mouse. View from one side, multiple sides or open the cube up and lay it flat for an even more intense experience. I bet you want to check it out, right? Well, you can. Just hit play below and experience the Cube for yourself, minus the cool Google Cube boxes they had in the video above.

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Source: 9to5Google

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Rumors continue about the NVIDIA Shield 2 with supposed August Release

I wouldn’t call the original NVIDIA Shield  a mainstream device. It was more of a niche Android based gaming marvel. A follow-up Shield has been making the rumor mills now for a few months and we have been keeping our eye on what it might bring to consumers. Some of what the rumors speculate make for a very impressive Android based gaming monster. Like all rumors though, there are some conflicting specs being documented.

There are a few facts that remain constant. The Global Certification Forum has posted an entry to their website that describes a marketing name of “SHIELD Tablet” from the NVIDIA Corporation. It also outlines of R99 band, GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 and EDGE class 12 along with HSDPA. Plus some other cellular band information. A benchmark popped up back in May that seemingly confirmed some internal details as well. Such as a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, quad-core Tegra K1 processor at 2.1GHz, 13GB storage (16 total) and 1.7GB RAM (2GB). The code name on the device was that Mocha and sported Android 4.4.2.All of that is fact. regardless if it is what will end up coming out or not is yet to be seen.

Tegra K1As for the rumor side of things, I am picking up a few other details that contradict some of the specs above. That is OK, because a test benchmark doesn’t always mean that it is the final products internal hardware. Game-Debate is reporting that the Shield 2 will pack in 4GB of RAM vs the 2GB from the benchmark listings. They stay firm with the Tegra K1, and we see no reason that would ever change. Where they expand a little bit is stating that the Shield 2 will push 1080p at 60Hz to your TV through a HDMI out.

All this talk has me thinking and wondering though. The original Shield offered a 5-inch flip-up screen attached to a physical XBox style controller. It is possible that they did the same thing with a 7.9-inch tablet sized device, but with that aspect being in the benchmarks I am more inclined to think that there would be a tablet and a separate controller that will most likely connect via Bluetooth. This could be quite the combination as you would be buying a tablet that you could use as is and be able to stream your PC games to the garage or your living room TV.  It would free it from being ‘just a gaming device’ and could pique the interest of more potential customers. After all, flipping open a screen attached to a controller to check your email seems a little silly. However, one could take the thought the other direction too. Various other companies have simply placed the controller around the screen, the Archos GamePad 7 is one example. Then you have the WikiPad 7  that had a detachable controller. Is that what NVIDIA is going to do though? A FCC filing back in early June depicted the back of what looked like the original Shield controller. Our bet is that the Shield 2 will be a stand alone tablet with a physical Shield controller. Perhaps they will build on a kickstand or something for the tablet too.

Until we see what NVIDIA’s design and plans are we can only speculate and share what the rumor mills are concocting. If Game-debate is right about an August launch, then we might not have too much longer to wait to see what the new Shield will be all about. As long as they get the Shield 2 updated to Android L with the Android Extension Pack I will be all for saving up for it, even if it end sup being a tablet with a connectable controller.

Via: Game-Debate | Android and Me

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Apple Discontinues AIM Support for Many OS X Users With Legacy IDs

aim_runningEarlier this year, Apple announced in a support document that it would be discontinuing support as of June 30 for AIM iChat logins using a or a ID for customers who were running an older version of OS X. Customers who wanted to continue to use that login combination were advised to upgrade their Mac to OS X 10.7.2 or later.

Following this change on Monday, a growing number of customers, even those on more recent versions of OS X and those using third-party services, are experiencing issues using AIM, reports AppAdvice.

I was using an old .mac address for AIM. Messages on my Mac were sent and received through the third-party Adium application. On July 1, the service was no longer operational on either of my two Macs. Currently, my iMac has OS X Yosemite installed, while my MacBook Air has OS X Mavericks.

The issues with AIM began this week and have been discussed in Apple’s support forums as well as on Twitter. According to the reports, some users attempting to log in via the AIM web interface or third-party Mac and iOS such as Adium are no longer able to login to their AIM account using their or IDs, regardless of their version of OS X. Users have reported varying levels of success with working around the login problems, but many users may be unaware of how to troubleshoot the problems.

Apple has not responded nor provided any details on the issue, but it likely involves the security update that terminated support for older versions of OS X. Apple didn’t announce any changes to this update that would expand it to include all and users, leaving those users without service or any explanation as to why it won’t work. There’s also no information on when or if the service will be restored to supported users.

Users who wish to avoid the issue may find it easiest to simply create a new AIM login, although they will have to recreate their buddy lists on the new accounts.

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