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Office for iPad release set for 11AM PST today

Office for iPad release set for 11AM PST today

This week the folks at Microsoft responsible for Office have revealed that they’ll be releasing the first full-blown iPad iteration of the app today. This release will take place at 11AM Pacific time - that’s 1PM Central or 2PM Eastern - and it’ll be free. You can view documents and give presentations of documents without cost, but you’ll be paying a subscription fee to edit.

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Google I/O 2014 registration in April with random selection

Google I/O 2014 registration in April with random selection

Supposing you’ve been frustrated in the past with Google I/O and the registration process which always leaves developers wanting without a quick trigger-finger, today may make you happy. Google has just made clear their intent to implement an April 7-9th (OR April 8th-10th, there seems to be some confusion at the moment between presentations) registration period. Inside that period you may register on the Google I/O registration site once, and applicants will be randomly selected after the 9th.

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Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

While it would seem that virtual reality is going a bit social on one side of the equation, the Project Morpheus at Sony continues to gain gaming steam. Here we’re seeing the developers at Slightly Mad Studios extend their love for virtual reality to Project Morpheus. What this means in practice is that once the game is out for PlayStation 4, it’ll also (eventually) be ready for use with Sony’s virtual reality headset.

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NVIDIA SHIELD gains remote game streaming: outside your network, anywhere

NVIDIA SHIELD gains remote game streaming: outside your network, anywhere

Starting this April, NVIDIA will be activating Remote GameStream abilities in Beta mode on their handheld gaming device NVIDIA SHIELD. In an update to NVIDIA SHIELD, the company will allow your PC to stream games outside your personal wireless network for the first time. Where before this ability was only allowed inside your own home (without creating your own server, that is), here NVIDIA opens the gates to "anywhere access."

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NVIDIA SHIELD’s GameStream ready to pair with gaming notebooks

NVIDIA SHIELD’s GameStream ready to pair with gaming notebooks

Support for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M collection of graphics processors is now ready alongside several other sets of processing hardware for the NVIDIA GameStream experience. What this means for NVIDIA SHIELD owners is that their gaming laptop, if too large for any given situation, can be used to stream games to their NVIDIA SHIELD. This ability will be activated immediately if not soon for a number of Kepler and Maxwell based GPU-toting notebooks.

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NVIDIA SHIELD enables Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse

NVIDIA SHIELD enables Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse

This week the folks at NVIDIA have unveiled a collection of features that’ll be running on NVIDIA SHIELD in the near future, one of them allowing you to be a living room-bound high-end gamer wirelessly. While we’ve seen Console Mode before, it was always up to the wireless gaming controller (think XYAB) to make use of it. Today you can return to the combo that best suits you - the mouse and keyboard.

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HTC One M8 Extreme Power Saving Mode: up all day

HTC One M8 Extreme Power Saving Mode: up all day

There are several elements contributing the the HTC One M8’s ability to last all day in the field with minimal charging. One is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor's ability to make optimum use of the energy it does expend. Another is Quick Charge 2.0 - a system that, though not entirely ready to roll right out of the box*, allows you to charge extremely quickly. Finally - and perhaps most importantly - the HTC One M8 works with "Extreme Power Saving Mode."

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Roku overhauls app interface with update

Roku overhauls app interface with update

Roku has offered users the ability to control their device via a mobile app for a while now, and though it has received updates in the past, the look has largely remained the same. That changes with version 3.0, which was launched today for mobile users, bringing with it a completely overhauled interface.

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EA Games Star Wars titles to follow Batman “Arkham” model

EA Games Star Wars titles to follow Batman “Arkham” model

We may be living in an age when LucasArts is dead, but EA Games are not about to let the Star Wars gaming universe fall to the wayside. This week it’s been stated by Andrew Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Arts (EA), that they’d be pushing forth with a new model for the Star Wars gaming universe. Much as Batman’s gaming presence was made a formidable force with the "Arkham" series of games, so too will Star Wars be reborn in EA’s first title.

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