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Adobe Document Cloud takes your work wherever you go

Adobe Document Cloud takes your work wherever you go

Even traditional workers may soon have nowhere to hide. Continuing its invasion of the cloud, Adobe is announcing its third "Cloud" product, following its more popular Creative Cloud (CC) and less known Marketing Cloud. While Document Cloud may sound like a storage service that will take on Dropbox or Google Drive, it is actually a more focused product. While it does store documents on the cloud, it is actually more interested in getting you and others to sign them or to keep track of changes to them.

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Smart running shoes inbound courtesy of Li Ning, Xiaomi

Smart running shoes inbound courtesy of Li Ning, Xiaomi

After watches and fitness bands (and bras), smartness might soon be coming even to footwear. That is certainly the proposition that Chinese athletic shoes and sporting goods maker Li Ning is trying to make when it revealed that "smart" running shoes will soon be the talk of the running community, at least in China. It won't be doing it all by itself however. For this quest, it has enlisted the help of Huami Technology, which is part of the Xiaomi family and is responsible for the latter's own Mi fitness bands.

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Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

The words "Windows" and "lightweight" don't usually go together, unless bridged by a negation. However, with Microsoft's push to make Windows 10 a universal OS for all its devices, it cannot but put the operating system on a crash diet to fit devices with as little as 32 GB of storage. Microsoft claims that it has made significant strides in that aspect, thanks to changing the way recovery is done as well as making Windows smarter about how it compresses system files depending on the hardware capacity of the device.

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Apple’s online TV service tipped for Fall launch finally

Apple’s online TV service tipped for Fall launch finally

Those in the digital world that have fully embraced Apple's ecosystem might be in for a treat starting June this year. According to sources familiar with the matter, that will be when Apple formally announces its yet to be named Internet-based TV service, with a launch slated later in September. If true, this will finally provide some closure to years of on and off talks and rumors about Apple providing a service that will appeal to cord cutters who prefer a more basic programming package delivered over the Internet.

Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

While Google Now has grown a following thanks to its timely suggestions and relevant information, it hasn't exactly grown by leaps and bounds, partly because of the limited supply of apps that actually integrate with Google's smart assistant, if you could call it that. Things might change soon, now that Google has, at least informally, revealed that it plans to open up the API for Google Now for other app developers. It's a feature that is truly a long time coming, something that Google Now could have suggested to its own masters.

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Windows 10 leaked build hints at P2P update distributions

Windows 10 leaked build hints at P2P update distributions

Considering Microsoft is taking its sweet but absolutely necessary time to get Windows 10 finally into users' hands, it isn't unusual to turn to leaks for clues of what might soon be either the tech giant's salvation or its final damnation. Microsoft has taken great pains to ensure Windows 10 won't be as hated as Windows 8 and it has indeed introduced some rather interesting new features to make that happen. One of the latest isn't exactly going to make you drool in awe but should make updates a bit easier on bandwidth thanks to peer-to-peer technology.

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Smartphone cash withdrawals set to fight card fraud

Smartphone cash withdrawals set to fight card fraud

Technologies like LoopPay, which tries to combine traditional payment methods or equipment with more current smartphone technology, is inspiring people to take a second look at the whole mobile payment proposal. The next big movement might come from ATM withdrawals. BMO Harris Bank, a unit of Canada's Bank of Montreal, will try to do just that in the US, allowing users to make cash withdrawals without even having to put in a card. All they need is their smartphone and, of course, an app.

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Student creates 3D extruder using hot glue gun and LEGO

Student creates 3D extruder using hot glue gun and LEGO

What do you do if your research project calls for equipment that you don't have access to or can't afford on your own? Well, you can either beg your school for it, weep to your professor about the difficulty of the project or just wing it and make your own. Whatever muse took hold of Vimal Patel, it must have been a pretty strong one. In the absence of a 3Doodler-like machine, he decided to make his own contraption using some creativity, imagination, and LEGO.

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Oculus Rift might not land in 2015 after all

Oculus Rift might not land in 2015 after all

The music, film, and interactive festival that is South by South West, more popularly known by its SxSW acronym, is happening and, given the growing hype around virtual reality for the past few month, you'd expect Oculus would have some great announcement to make at Austin. If you were one of those who expected such, you might have walked away pretty disappointed. But more than just the admission of having nothing to announce at SxSW, it might be the implication that there might not be anything to announce in 2015 that has some fans worried.

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Flying car maker AeroMobil: flying cars to take off 2017

Flying car maker AeroMobil: flying cars to take off 2017

While some car companies are still scrambling to develop self-driving cars or at least integrate smartphones into the dashboard, some are already look far ahead into the future and into the skies. But for AeroMobil, who has been working on flying cars since 1989, it might not actually be too far into the future at all. It believes that by 2017, the first commercial flying car will be available to the highest bidder. But considering its business revolves around flying cards, it's not hard to see why AeroMobil would be so optimistic.

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