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Feb

Android users will have to wait a while longer for Outlook Mobile’s add-ins


It’s too bad that Android users weren’t prioritized for an update that brings native Evernote, Giphy, and Trello integration.

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Microsoft is celebrating two years of Outlook mobile with a new feature. Unfortunately, it’s only for your iPhone-using friends for now, but at the very least, here’s a preview of what’s to come in three concise GIFs.

Outlook mobile now features add-ins, essentially extensions or plug-ins that help integrate other services into the email app. The initial batch of add-ins includes Evernote, GIPHY, Nimble, Trello, Smartsheet, and Microsoft’s own Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Translator.

It’s unclear how add-ins will work on Android. On iOS, you have to enable them from the settings panel (as exhibited in the screenshot above). On the plus side, once they’re turned on you can use them on Outlook for iOS, as well as Outlook 2016 or 2013 for Windows, Outlook on the web, and Outlook 2016 for Mac. The desktop apps actually offer more add-ins than the ones mentioned in the original blog post. You just can’t use them on Android — yet.

2
Feb

Get pumped for the big game with our Super Bowl themes!


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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALLLLLLL?????!!!!!!!

The parties are prepped. The commercials are cued. The fans have completely taken Houston — as an Austinite, you can have it, by the by. Super Bowl LI is Sunday, and that means it’s time to give the teams their theming due. Only one team may walk outta Texas with a ring, but both teams and their fans can deck their phones in these simple, sporty themes on their Android phones.

So, I say again: are you ready for some football?

Atlanta Falcons

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If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Atlanta Falcons would be in the Super Bowl, my response wouldn’t’ve been “Who??”. In addition to delicious, delicious Coke and terrible, terrible traffic, Atlanta also has a pretty good football team, and a color scheme after my own heart: black, white, silver, and a beautiful blood red.

  • Falcons Wallpaper, courtesy of /r/Falcons – There are both red and black variants of the wallpaper. I like the color of the red, but some may prefer the darker version.
  • Whicons
  • 1Weather
  • A launcher that supports icon packs, or an app like Awesome Icons that will create app shortcuts with custom icons on your home screen. These instructions are drafted using Nova Launcher, but you could use Action Launcher or the launcher of your choosing.

Long-press a blank space on your home screen.
Tap Wallpapers.

Tap Pick image.

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Navigate to your downloaded team wallpaper and tap it.
Tap Set wallpaper.

Open Nova Settings.

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Tap Look & feel.
Tap Icon theme.

Tap Whicons.

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Return to the home screen and long-press your app drawer shortcut.
Tap Edit.

Tap the icon box to edit it.

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Tap Whicons.
Scroll down to N (for NFL) and tap the Atlanta Falcons icon.

Tap Done.

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Long-press a blank space on your home screen.

Tap Widgets.

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Drag a 4×2 1Weather Tabbed widget to the top of your home screen.

Set Background color to Transparent.

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Set Accent to Black.

Tap Done.

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Long-press a blank space on your home screen.
Tap Widgets.

Drag a 4×1 Jack’s Music Widget to the bottom of your home screen.

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New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots are one of the best teams in football and they’ve got a lot of rings and titles to show for it. They’re also got a lot of scandals over the last twenty years to show for it, too, from recording teams they could beat easily anyway to Deflategate. But it’s the Patriots!! The Patriots have have one of the best names in the league and the best colors: Red, White, Nautical Blue, and New Century Silver. New Century Silver should’ve been a Pixel color. Just saying.

PATRIOTS! TO THEMES!

  • Patriots Wallpaper, courtesy of /r/Patriots
  • Whicons
  • 1Weather
  • Jack’s Music Widget – Before starting this theme, open Jack’s Music Widget app once and enable Notification Access for the app using the button at the top of the app as a shortcut to the proper page in Settings. You can also set the Widget style to Clear.
  • A launcher that supports icon packs, or an app like Awesome Icons that will create app shortcuts with custom icons on your home screen. These instructions are drafted using Nova Launcher, but you could use Action Launcher or the launcher of your choosing.

Long-press a blank space on your home screen.
Tap Wallpapers.

Tap Pick image.

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Navigate to your downloaded team wallpaper and tap it.
Tap Set wallpaper.

Open Nova Settings.

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Tap Look & feel.
Tap Icon style

Tap Whicons.

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Return to the home screen and long-press your app drawer shortcut.
Tap Edit.

Tap the icon box to edit it.

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Tap Whicons.
Scroll down to N (for NFL) and tap the New England Patriots icon.

Tap Done.

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Long-press a blank space on your home screen.
Tap Widgets.

Drag a 4×2 1Weather Tabbed widget to the top of your home screen.

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Set Background color to Transparent.
Set Accent to Red.

Tap Done.

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Long-press a blank space on your home screen.
Tap Widgets.

Drag a 4×1 Jack’s Music Widget to the bottom of your home screen.

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2
Feb

Mozilla shutters its connected devices division


Mozilla will close its gadgets division, laying off some 50 employees working on products for connected devices (like smart TVs, for example) in the process. While the company wouldn’t comment on the specific number of employees affected, it offered the following statement:

“IoT is clearly an emerging technology space, but it’s still early. We have shifted our internal approach to the IoT opportunity to step back from a focus on launching and scaling commercial products to one focused on research and advanced development, dissolving our Connected Devices initiative and incorporating our IoT explorations into an increased focus on Emerging Technologies.

This is much like our approach to Quantum which emerged from Servo/Rust. We continue to grow our headcount and investment across all of Mozilla, including investments in new areas like IoT, VR, AR and Decentralized Web.”

It sounds like the company is doing what it can to make sure employees land as gently as possible. Mozilla said it’s working to transfer affected workers to other positions internally and that if one isn’t available, it will provide “severance, extended benefits and outplacement services.”

“Although we believe it is the right strategic decision for Mozilla, we recognize that it will impact people’s lives and are are committed to supporting their well-being. People are the reason why we can get anything done — this isn’t lost on us — and we did not make this decision lightly.”

As CNET reports, the firm doesn’t appear to be struggling financially. Recent tax returns show that through partnerships with Yahoo, Yandex and Baidu the company made $421 million.

Via: CNET (1)

2
Feb

Tim Cook to Receive Newseum’s 2017 Free Expression Award


Apple CEO Tim Cook was today named the recipient of the Newseum 2017 Free Expression Award in the Free Speech category.

According to the announcement, Cook is being recognized for both creating technology with a “profound impact” on communication and for using his position to “take a public stand” on issues like racial equality, privacy, the environment, LGBT rights, and more.

The Newseum, based in Washington, D.C., aims to explain and defend free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment through a range of interactive museum exhibits.

Cook will be accepting the award at an event set to be held at the Newseum on April 18, 2017.

Alongside Cook, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Executive Director of Becket Law Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent co-anchor Martha Raddatz, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and Hatch Beauty Chairman Christie Hefner will all receive awards this year.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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Feb

AmpMe’s speaker-linking app adds access to your Spotify library


When AmpMe arrived in late 2015, the app that links phone and tablet speakers for a more robust audio setup only played tunes from SoundCloud. Shortly after launch, an update added the ability for users to access any locally stored music through the app. Now the company is piping in songs from the biggest streaming service of them all: Spotify.

As you might expect, AmpMe says the ability to tap into Spotify’s massive song library was the most requested feature. All you have to do is add your credentials for that streaming service in the AmpMe app and you’ll be able to get the music going quickly. Of course, the app not only syncs phones and tablets for a multi-speaker setup, it also works with those portable Bluetooth speakers as well. In terms of where you can pull music from, AmpMe is still limited to SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube and your local files so it will be interesting to see if the company continues to add more options in the future.

As part of today’s update, the app will also let you know when a fellow AmpMe user has joined your mobile audio “party.” The software automatically detects any “parties” that are going on nearby, making it easy to join so long as you already have the app installed. AmpMe will also sync with any connected Bluetooth speakers that are part of the festivities. If you’ve yet to give the device-syncing app a go, you can download it now via the App Store or Google Play.

Source: iTunes, Google Play

2
Feb

Archaeologists want you to spot ancient sites from your PC


Checking Twitter can get pretty traumatic these days, so why not use your time making a groundbreaking discovery instead? That’s now possible using GlobalXplorer, a “citizen science” platform that lets you check high-res satellite images for signs of ancient civilizations. The site was conceived by National Geographic Fellow and “Space Archaeologist” Dr. Sarah Parcak, and won the $1 million TED Prize last year.

The idea is similar to the MH370 search campaign launched in 2014, which let anyone check a satellite grid for pieces of the lost plane. In this case, however, you’re searching for thousands of possible hidden archaeological sites, by looking for a very particular type of activity: looting. That often happens when opportunists stumble onto ancient walls and other features before archaeologists can get to them. A video tutorial (below) shows you how to find the numerous pits that are often dug around such features in search of valuable artifacts.

Spotting the pits is a relatively simple activity, but after you’ve gained some experience you can “level up” and hunt for more exciting items. Once you advance far enough, you can unlock behind-the-scenes sneak peaks of sites on video and even virtually join archaeologists at actual dig sites.

The tiles (sourced from partner DigitalGlobe’s commercial satellites) are displayed in a randomized fashion and contain no geolocalization data, so if looters happen to spot a site, they won’t be able to tell where it is. With the aid of National Geographic, the organization is also working with local experts and communities to inspect and protect newly discovered sites.

1.5 million tiles!!! All of you on @Global_Xplorer are heros. 14k+ explorers. We only launched Monday…where will we be next week?

— Sarah Parcak (@indyfromspace) February 2, 2017

So far, over 15,000 volunteers have inspected 1.6 million 50 x 50 meter tiles (around 400 square kilometers, or 150 square miles). That might not seems like a lot, considering that there’s some 200,000 square km of land in Peru to check, but then again the site only launched a couple of days ago.

Eventually, the team wants to create a global network of “citizen explorers,” open field schools centered on archaeological preservation and even launch satellites geared directly to the search for ancient sites. If you’re interested in checking some tiles yourself (I’ve done around 100 so far) head to GlobalXplorer site to sign up. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t spot any right away — tiles you mark as negative are also a big help to the team.

Via: DP Review

Source: GlobalXplorer

2
Feb

NVIDIA makes it more difficult to resell bundled games


NVIDIA is putting the brakes on a cottage industry in consumer game code resales. Until now, if you got a free game with a card like the GTX 1080, you could redeem it on NVIDIA’s web site and get a key from sites like Steam, Microsoft or Origin. Lots of users simply traded those keys, gave them away or sold them on eBay, effectively pocketing a tidy discount on the card. As PC Games N noticed, however, the company has introduced a new policy making that all but impossible.

According to its new code redemption FAQ, coupons “are intended for use by the purchaser” and no one else. As such, you’ll need to redeem the codes through your GeForce Experience app account, which then links to the relevant store. Unfortunately, it’ll also perform a hardware check “to ensure that the coupon code is redeemed on the system with the qualifying GPU,” the FAQ states. NVIDIA didn’t say that it’s tied to one particular card, so presumably, you could give or sell the code to a user with the same model.

NVIDIA may be trying to stop a recent fiasco that allowed users to order a GTX 1070, get a Gears of War 4 code, then return the card, scoring the game for free. However, some Reddit users think that it could also be an NVIDIA ploy to get users signed up for GeForce Experience, an app that many PC gamers despise. Another theory is that publishers asked NVIDIA to implement the checks to kibosh shady discounts. Given the attention it’s getting, however, it may actually provoke gamers to check out this whole discount code thing, proving once again the power of the Streisand effect.

Via: Ars Technica

Source: NVIDIA

2
Feb

SpaceX test fires the first Falcon 9 it landed on a barge


SpaceX failed to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket back in May or June last year like it originally planned, but it’s getting closer to its goal. The private space corporation had its historic Falcon 9 booster — the very first one it successfully landed on a barge in April 2016 — complete a static fire test at its Texas facility recently. It has revealed the development on Twitter and Instagram, where the company announced that it’s “prepping [the booster] to fly again.”

Elon Musk’s space corp test fired one of the other rockets it relanded in July 2016 at the same facility, but this is the first time it fired this particular booster. SpaceX has been treating this Falcon 9 with some extra TLC, since it’s the one the company chose to ferry another payload to orbit and to prove that its rocket’s first stage truly is reusable. The test’s success shows that the booster still works, though the company has to ensure it can be restored to perfect condition before the relaunch can happen. SpaceX is aiming to send the used first stage to space as soon as March, so keep an eye out for more announcements out of its HQ.

Prepping to fly again — recovered CRS-8 first stage completed a static fire test at our McGregor, TX rocket development facility last week. pic.twitter.com/QEtKVJ1Jhc

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 1, 2017

Via: Ars Technica

Source: SpaceX (Twitter)

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Feb

Devolver will highlight games from banned nations at GDC


At the end of the month, developers from around the world will congregate in San Francisco for the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). Or rather, that was the plan. This year that’s not going to happen: President Trump’s executive order on immigration established a blanket ban on residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which was initially interpreted as including those with permanent residency in the US or dual citizenship. While courts have slowly been ruling against the order, the situation is still in flux, and the Trump administration has indicated it will continue to pursue the order’s underlying aims.

The political situation has left several developers unable to attend GDC, unwilling to enter the US or unable to leave. Shahid Kamal Ahmad, current independent developer and PlayStation’s former director for strategic content, said over the weekend that he was not going to the conference. He later clarified that “so long as any Muslim is banned from the US for no reason other than their religion,” he would not attend.

“President Trump appears to be serious about clamping down on Muslims entering the US and has created confusion and heartache, not just for Muslims, but for everyone who stands for equality and mutual respect,” Ahmad told Engadget. He said he feels “deeply uncomfortable” that “a lot of people who happen to share the same religion” as him are being affected. “This kind of awful prejudice starts with smaller things and, unchecked or unquestioned, affects all of us eventually. Where do were draw the line? For the above two reasons, I’m drawing my line here.”

Although the UK has assurances from the Trump administration about British citizens traveling to the US, Ahmad said he doesn’t want to “tacitly support a prejudiced executive order,” or “sit idly by and watch as everything we in the West hold dear is dismantled in the face of blind nationalism.” He added that he “loves the USA and Americans deeply, so this hurts me deeply too.”

For Navid Khonsari, the problem isn’t getting to the US, it’s leaving. Khonsari is the creator of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, a portrait of the Iranian revolution and one of our favorite games of last year. He’s also a Canadian-Iranian, and a legal permanent resident in the US for the past two decades. Khonsari was forced to put his international travel plans on hold following the executive order.

Speaking with Engadget, Khonsari said that game studios are diverse, and emphasized GDC’s importance for those in the industry. “To put up walls and barriers to stop people from attending it has an impact on the industry,” he said. “The impact is not one of strength, it’s one of breaking down the possibilities of what we can achieve as a cohesive group collaborating together.” What concerns Khonsari more is that the executive order came so soon into Trump’s tenure.

“If this is the first step that’s being taken within the first two weeks of the administration, what should we be anticipating in the future? What’s the impact that that’s going to have on our industry?” He argued that “we shouldn’t be taking a look at this as a ban of these seven nations that I’m being directly impacted by,” but rather as “the creation of walls that affect how we work together as an international group.”

Khonsari and Ahmad are both established voices in the games industry. But GDC is not solely for established voices; it’s supposed to be a place for all developers. That’s never quite been the case — as Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail laid out in an article for The Guardian, the flights and entry fees make the conference prohibitively expensive for those from developing nations. Nonetheless, the path to GDC is now significantly rougher for developers from predominantly muslim countries.

GDC’s organizers have spoken out against the executive order, tweeting they are “horrified by the #MuslimBan,” and offering to “refund affected attendees and keep fighting for inclusivity.” And it’s not the only organization attempting to help. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price posted a strong video speaking out against the executive order; Vlambeer and other developers have donated to the ACLU; Devolver Digital, an independent publisher that’s released games like Hotline Miami and Broforce, has announced an initiative to help banned developers show their games in San Francisco.

Devolver, as always, will be set up just outside GDC, but it’s a big enough name that it draws crowds of developers and journalists alike. It’s asking studios impacted by the executive order to get in touch so it can highlight their games at its off-site location. It says it’ll have gaming PCs and, if necessary, VR headsets on hand to demo the games. Priority will be given to those that were set to travel to GDC already, but anyone from the banned countries can submit their game. It’ll accept submissions up until February 20th. If you’re interested in submitting your game, you can find details on the company’s site.

Khonsari welcomed the move, with a powerful statement, published verbatim:

“That’s exactly the kind of support that we need. This cannot be a message that comes from those that are directly impacted by it. This needs to be a message that comes from the entire industry, and it needs to come from white, brown, black, man, woman, gay, straight, LGBTQ. This needs to be a statement made by everyone. If it just comes from those that are at the forefront like myself, who are making content and being impacted, it’s just going to be seen as our issue. The fact is, if you play games and you want to enjoy really good games, you probably have no idea who’s working on them.

There are a diverse group of people making these games that you love so much, and if you want that game to be good, and you want them to continue to strive to be better and better, and entertain you, you need to be concerned about the impact this is having on limiting those that can be involved in making them. It’s an industry issue, and a world issue, and a social issue, this is not just a ban on seven countries. We need to look at the universal statement that this is making, and draw a line in the sand on which side we’re on. This isn’t about right or left or about Trump, this is coming together as a cohesive group about what we think is right or wrong.”

Ahmad said Devolver’s decision was “fantastic news,” and Ismail was also supportive, calling it a “brilliant, concrete way of helping, unique to a publisher. It won’t make up for the feeling of being banned from the country at the heart of our industry, but it gives those developers a tiny chance to still reap some benefits from GDC.” Ismail added that Devolver had contacted him before making the plan public, and he is helping the publisher reach out to affected developers.

Source: Devolver Digital

2
Feb

A breath monitor could soon be used to detect the flu


What if you could pick up a device from the drug store that could tell you if you have the flu and save you a trip to the doctor? That’s one possibility for a breath-analyzing gadget that University of Texas at Arlington professor Perena Gouma has developed. The device is similar to the breathalyzers law enforcement use to determine if you’ve had too much to drink. The difference is that it employs low-cost sensors to analyze a person’s breath and isolate biomarkers that can indicate whether or not you have the flu.

The materials science and engineering professor used existing medical research into the biomarkers in a patient’s breath when they have a particular medical condition. For example, people who have asthma have a higher concentration of nitric oxide in their breath. Gouma then built the flu device using nitric acid and ammonia sensors to pick up on the virus. What’s more, this breath-testing gadget could detect the flue just as well as the tests your doctor preforms during an exam to confirm that you’re sick.

Gouma eventually sees devices like this being able to test for other diseases and medical conditions — like Ebola. “I think that technology like this is going to revolutionize personalized diagnostics,” she explained. “This will allow people to be proactive and catch illnesses early, and the technology can easily be used to detect other diseases, such as Ebola virus disease, simply by changing the sensors.”

If a device like this were available over-the-counter, we could catch the flu early and treat it before it becomes a major health problem. What’s more, the breath-analyzing gadget could be used to help keep the flu virus from spreading in places like your office.

“Before we applied nanotechnology to create this device, the only way to detect biomarkers in a person’s breath was through very expensive, highly-technical equipment in a lab, operated by skilled personnel,” Gouma said. “Now, this technology could be used by ordinary people to quickly and accurately diagnose illness.”

Source: University of Texas Arlington

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