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Microsoft Updates Office 2016 Apps With Security Fixes, Feature Improvements

Microsoft today released updates for each of its Office 2016 apps, introducing feature improvements, security enhancements, and bug fixes to Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. All apps have been updated with a security fix for vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution should a user open a specially crafted Office file.

All of the apps have also gained new Chinese and Japanese default fonts and improvements to the Visual Basic Editor that allows users to add modules and references and use debug shortcuts. Other fixes and improvements are listed below:

– Improved VoiceOver support for weather in the Calendar feature.
– Email address is now included in the default message attribution when you reply and -forward.
– Message list is now displayed correctly when you switch folders by having the Reading Pane turned off.
– Improved Reminders functionality to reduce CPU consumption.
– Improved use of advanced search operators for non-English languages.

– Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.
– Custom paper sizes in Page Setup are now supported.
– Find/Replace is corrected to move to the next matched word when Track Changes is turned on.
– Fixed crashes that occur when you use Mail Merge together with Outlook.
– Headers/Footers: Page numbering: Number of Pages option is corrected to display numbers greater than two digits.

– Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.
– Improved support for pasting from external applications.
– Scroll bars now correctly respect OS X scroll bar settings

– Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.

It is not clear if today’s Office 2016 update fixes problems that Office users have been having with Office 2016 and OS X El Capitan, as Microsoft does not outline specific fixes for those issues in the software release notes. Problems with Office 2016 and OS X El Capitan include frequent crashing, inaccessible email, and an inability to open some apps.

Microsoft has also released an update for Office 2011 that preserves ribbon customization in documents and allows calendar events with online meeting details to be edited in Outlook for Mac and opened in Outlook for Windows. Microsoft previously released an Office 2011 update that fixed issues users were having with OS X El Capitan.

The updates can be downloaded through Microsoft’s AutoUpdate tool which is available within each app. The updates are available for OS X Yosemite and later.


Pinterest’s location pins offer easy access to directions and tips

Pinterest is quite handy for stowing away project ideas, recipes and more for future reference. Today, the internet repository is making those stored pins even more informative. Location info is now automatically added to pinned links, so you’ll have easy access to tips from other users, contact details, directions and more. You’ll notice that pins have a thumbnail preview showing the location on a map, and if you tap the image, you’ll get recommendations from other users. Pinterest will also show you other pins that reference that spot, too. From there, calling for reservations or getting directions via Google Maps or Apple Maps are just a click away as well. You can browse nearby spots on the map too, in case you’re wondering what other folks have found in the area. The new location pins are rolling out today, so you should be seeing them in your feed and on your boards soon enough.

Source: Pinterest


New York Times offers newsstand customers ‘Digital Day Passes’

The New York Times Co. Post An 82 Percent Decline In 2nd Quarter Profi

The New York Times is launching a new “digital day pass” program today to help convince folks that still buy the paper at newsstands to instead get their news from its website. The day pass will will grant access to the publication’s website and apps for the day to anyone that buys a physical paper. Each paper will include a keyword that the customer will text to the number provided and receive a link that activates their digital access. Of course, if the customer doesn’t yet have a account, they’ll need to create one. The day’s access will be revoked at midnight every night.

“The goal is to drive incremental loyalty among our newsstand customers and to also give them a similar benefit to that of our home delivery customers, who receive All Digital Access complimentary with their subscription,” a spokesperson for the paper told TechCrunch. “We also want to give newsstand customers a taste of all of the additional content available on and our mobile apps, that they can’t get with print.”

[Image Credit: Getty Images]

Via: TechCrunch

Source: New York Times


Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ feature has controls to filter out sad times

Facebook’s On This Day tool is a nice feature when it recalls good times that may have slipped your mind. It has a tendency to bring up events and people that you might prefer to forget, though, and the social network added preferences to curtail the sadness. On This Day now has controls that’ll let you filter out specific people and dates so the feature doesn’t remind you of those bits of nostalgia you’d rather not revisit. Facebook has come under fire for toying with our emotions and digging up the past before, and there’s already been some criticism of On This Day since it launched in March. By adding preferences, Zuckerberg & Co. are offering a way to keep those bad memories at bay. It’s a nice touch, since you never know exactly when the memory machine will pop up in your News Feed. If you’ve noticed On This Day posts there, the new controls should be available for you to tweak.

Via: The Verge


Experiments may prevent autonomous cars from killing people

A Stanford Professor's Quest to Fix Driverless Cars' Major Flaw

Rather than working out the problem purely theoretically, Stanford professor Chris Gerdes (pictured above) is actually putting the rubber to the road to conduct real-world experiments in ethics in autonomous vehicles. In a fascinating read posted by Automotive News, Gerdes discusses the fascinating issues that his research will explore.

In one of the new experiments, Gerdes points an autonomous vehicle at a simulated road crew. The software then must decide to barrel into the mass of cones or break the law by crossing a double-yellow line. While the decision would be obvious for a human, the machine has a much more difficult time deciding. Gerdes has also been doing workshops about the issues for engineers from top companies, including Tesla and Google.

Gerdes has been at the forefront in the autonomous field for years. He and his team built Shelley, the Audi TTS that sprinted up Pikes Peak without a driver. More recently the coupe has been lapping Thunderhill Raceway Park faster than an amateur racing driver.

After years of autonomous vehicle ethics being largely a thought experiment, they are quickly becoming a real-world issue with legal implications – Volvo accepting liability for autonomous vehicle accidents being the latest example of this trend. That means Gerdes important work will have practical implications in the not-so-distant future.

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Source: Automotive News


Comet Core’s totally realistic buoyant smartphone has made its way to Indiegogo

Comet smartphone

Back in June we told you about Comet, the world’s first “super smartphone” that floats in water. What makes it so super, you ask? Lots of things. For starters, it’s buoyant and water resistant, and can actually “resist water like no other smartphone”. It also features some of the best specifications available on a mobile handset to date, including a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16MP dual cameras, and even some mood-recognizing LED lights on the phone’s edge that can change colors depending on what you’re feeling. The best part? Comet Core, the company behind this wonderful product, will sell it to you for only $249 if you back their crowdfunding project.

Comet Core originally launched the Comet crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter back in June. But in a wild turn of events, Comet Core was forced to cancel their project due to “the many restrictions and regulations” they endured on Kickstarter. Now they’ve moved the project to Indiegogo, giving interested backers a second chance on throwing away $250.

Comet smartphone

I don’t think I need to tell you that this is pretty much 100% fake. The design, features and price point are all completely unrealistic, especially coming from a company that’s never actually built a smartphone. Take a look at Comet Core’s hilarious promotional video to see what I’m talking about.

Surprisingly, the new Indiegogo campaign is listed as a fixed funding project, which means Comet Core doesn’t get any money at all if they don’t reach their goal by the deadline. At the time of writing this, Comet Core has raised about $29K of its $100K goal, with 31 days left.

If you’re interested in learning more about the revolutionary Comet smartphone, check out the new Indiegogo campaign for more information.


Republic Wireless to begin selling the 2015 Moto G on October 27 for just $199

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Republic Wireless has just announced its plans to begin selling Motorola’s third-generation Moto G starting on Tuesday, October 27th. The device will be available in both Black and White color options starting at $199 for the 8GB model, and $229 for the 16GB variant.

As a refresher, the 2015 Motorola Moto G features a 5.0-inch 720p LCD display, a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 or 2GB of RAM (depending on which storage option you choose), as well as a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and a non-removable 2470mAh battery. If you want to make as little sacrifices as possible while saving as much money as you can, the Moto G is probably the best phone out there for you. If you’d like some more information about the Moto G, check out our full review by following this link.

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As far as plans go, Republic Wireless offers a slew of plans that range from just $5 per month to $40 per month. The carrier will even refund you for unused data, which is a great feature we wish more service providers would adopt. If you’d like some more information about the Moto G on Republic Wireless, head to the link attached below.

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Check out this Lawn Mower Slip ‘N Slide filmed on the all new LG V10


One of the great aspects of the LG V10 is its camera. It has a 16-megapixel rear camera and can take video in 4K, and its capabilities are being demonstrated in a video of a bunch of people having fun with a lawn mower and Slip ‘N Slide.

While the video showcases just how fun it is to be launched across a Slip ‘N Slide by a lawnmower, the real purpose is to show just how insanely good the LG V10’s camera is. Obviously you’ll need to be watching the video on a device that supports 4K to see just how the LG V10 takes quality to a whole new level.

Click here to view the embedded video.

The LG V10 is impressive in that it has a secondary display (think the Galaxy S6 Edge). However, it also has a lot of manual video controls for shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and so on.

Be sure to check out the sample above and let us know what you think about the new camera!

via: Android Police

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Hardwell to Perform Live at Apple Store in Amsterdam This Week

Dutch electro-house DJ Hardwell, one of the most popular EDM artists worldwide, has announced on Twitter that he will be talking about his career and performing a special live set at the Apple Store in Amsterdam on Thursday, October 15 at 7:15 PM local time.

Hardwell’s set will be recorded for broadcast on Beats 1 radio on Apple Music. Apple is accepting a limited number of reservations for the free performance on its Dutch website. You must have an Apple ID to make a reservation.

Apple Stores often hold free events with authors, actors, musicians, filmmakers and other notable individuals. Hardwell will be one of the more famous guests, with more than 2.4 million Twitter followers and his debut album United We Are peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s electronic music charts.


Pad & Quill Review: Timber Catchall and Nightstand Provide Elegant Apple Watch Charging Solutions

The charging stand has been one of the most popular and ubiquitous third-party accessories for the Apple Watch since the wearable device launched in April. A handful of well-known manufacturers have launched their own versions of a charging solution for the Apple Watch, including Pad & Quill with its Luxury Pocket Stand which debuted alongside the new Apple wearable earlier in the year.

Pad & Quill has now expanded its lineup of Apple Watch accessories with two new charging cradles — the Timber Catchall and Timber Nightstand — that hope to provide simple daily solutions for users to rest and charge their Apple Watches. Not only that, but each stand also offers a little extra space to store an iPhone and even the extra bands Apple Watch fans may have accumulated over the past few months.

Timber Nightstand

Pad & Quill sent me a Timber Nightstand in the lighter American Cherry color option, and the $89.95 stand is crafted with the company’s usual care to detail and sturdiness. The back of the Nightstand includes an indentation designed to cradle an extra Apple Watch band or two, while the front is meant for the Apple Watch itself. The Nightstand’s biggest feature is that it’s designed to support the Apple Watch in Nightstand mode, which displays the time and any alarm set in a sideways nighttime-friendly green display.

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The Timber Nightstand is also available in a darker American Walnut variety, but that option will cost users $119.95. Both versions function identically, requiring a separate Apple Watch charging cable to be threaded through to the bottom portion of the stand so the inductive charging puck can rest inside of the Timber Nightstand. There’s also a small rubberized strip placed right below the carved out portion on the front of the stand so that the Apple Watch’s stainless steel or aluminum won’t directly come in contact with the Nightstand’s wood and get scuffed or scratched.
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