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Google Drive plugs in to Microsoft Office to sidestep OneDrive

Google Drive plugs in to Microsoft Office to sidestep OneDrive

This morning Microsoft Office has released an update with a new Google Drive plugin. This update allows users to use Office for Windows to open Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents stored in Google Drive on the web, straight from the cloud, edit them, then save them back to Drive (in the cloud) when they're done. This is a strange move from Microsoft* since they've recently called Google out as having inferior technology on the office front. Between Google Apps and Microsoft Office there's a war going on in an to control the digital business-place across the planet.

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Cortana on Android: Q&A session

Cortana on Android: Q&A session

Over the weekend the APK (application file) for Cortana was leaked to the public for Android. This version of the app is not final, nor should it be assumed that all of its abilities are finalized. What we're doing today is taking a peek at what Cortana can do in the way of answering a variety of inane questions - just as most people do when they realize they can speak to their phone and have it speak back with a realistic humanoid voice.

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Google Play launches in Sudan

Google Play launches in Sudan

Google's online store for Android apps and more is available to many people, but not everyone. The number of individuals who don't have access to it is ever shrinking, however, and today marks another expansion for Google Play: it has launched in Sudan. Google announced the launch via its Google Plus account today, saying that the launch is part of its "commitment to helping more people around the globe use technology to communicate, find and create information." There is one big limitation, however.

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Cortana for Android leaked early, so we put it on a BlackBerry

Cortana for Android leaked early, so we put it on a BlackBerry

Last month it was announced that Cortana would be arriving for Android in July, and though it has not yet been officially debuted, an apk of what is said to be the official Cortana for Android app has leaked online. The download is still live at this point, and those who have used the personal assistant on a Windows Phone will find that it operates the same way: you can view recent headlines, issue voice commands, adjust what it knows about you, and more.

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Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo is apparently close to formally introducing a replacement for its messaging app, as it recently released a new app on the Hong Kong App Store called “Yahoo Livetext”, a mobile offering described as a video messenger. Livetext has a twist with its messaging feature. Rather than swapping media-less texts or snapping selfies, Livetext is “live video texting" — it presents live video of your friend texting, but with the audio stripped away due to it being inconvenient in many situations. This is said to offer more natural conversations, allowing two people to see each other as they talk.

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OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

Microsoft has just announced updates for its mobile OneNote apps for both iOS and Android, each available now in their respective app stores. On the iOS side, the iPhone and iPad versions have been merged into a single, universal app. This means iPhone users can simply download the update, while iPad owners will need to delete their current app, and install the new unified version. For Android, one of the most requested features has finally been addressed: the ability to move and copy pages with ease.

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Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit reveals "Flash Link", a wearable fitness-tracking device that comes with a built-in button that interacts with your smart devices. Like the Misfit Shine, this new Misfit Flash Link can track your movements as it's attached to your body with any number of accessories - as a watch, as a necklace, or attached to your belt-loop. This new hardware also acts as a do-anything button that, when pressed, is able to do a wide array of tasks on your smartphone or tablet.

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Quantum Interface: changing the way you use your smartphone

Quantum Interface: changing the way you use your smartphone

The folks at Quantum Interface have created for themselves a software revolution, of sorts. While you're not really able to get ahold of it yourself (yet), they're presenting a way to change the way you interact with your devices. Not just smartphones and tablets, but smartwatches as well. They've got an idea for a new way that your finger can access your apps. The basics. The shortest way to any goal in a smartphone or smartwatch won't be a slide, it'll be a slight roll.

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Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

The following is an opinion piece - asserting here with thousands of Star Wars Card Trader app users that this brand deserves better. While it's true that the Star Wars brand has been licensed to countless new companies over the past couple of years due to the Disney deal, Topps is not one of them. Topps has been working with Lucasfilm since "The Star Wars" was released back in 1977. Now something has gone wrong. Someone is dropping the ball. We're living in an age where the Star Wars franchise is open for the best developers and manufacturers to work on it - and this sort of thing is no longer acceptable.

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Vine for iOS update brings HD upload option

Vine for iOS update brings HD upload option

Vine has updated its app for iOS, adding in a new list of suggestions with other “Viners” that makes it easier to find new people to follow. The suggestions are listed under “Find People”, and is in addition to the option for finding people by connecting to Twitter and one’s address book. That's not the best part of the update, however. With this latest version one can choose to have their Vines uploaded in a higher quality than in the past.

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