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Office universal apps are headed to Windows 10 for phones before the end of April

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The new touch-friendly Office universal apps have made their debut on the Windows 10 preview builds in February, but so far they’ve only been available for tablets, laptops, and desktops.

However, before April is over the same Word, Excel, and PowerPoint universal apps will make their way to the Windows 10 preview for phones, which itself was released a couple of months ago. Read more »

All Nippon Airways announces Star Wars R2-D2 themed jet plane

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All Star Wars fans feel overwhelmed with the first official trailer of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, Star Wars teamed up with Twitter to introduce new emojis for the social network.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways has now also joined the hype train by announcing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Jet Plane. Painted with Star Wars’ adorable R2-D2 droid look, it also bears a massive Star Wars logo. It would be fun if the internals are customized as well. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge camera ring suffers chafing issue

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Samsung has been beating its chest over the strong Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panels used in the Galaxy S6 edge flagship smartphone. The metal frame around those panels appears strong too but there still appear to be some weak spots in the design.

A Greek Tech Blog pointed at a potential issue with the chrome finish around the camera of the Galaxy S6 edge. The color layer on top of the chrome-finish aluminum ring over the protruding camera easily comes off by simply rubbing it with a finger. Read more »

European privacy watchdogs to jointly probe Facebook’s privacy controls

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Looks like Facebook is staring at fresh trouble in Europe, as data protection authorities there have launched a joint probe into the way the company handles privacy.

“There is concerted collective action between five European authorities, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain,” said head of France’s CNIL privacy watchdog Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, adding that the project is being coordinated by the Netherlands. She revealed that watchdogs are also likely to look into the sharing of data between different apps such as Instagram or Whatsapp, both of which are owned by Facebook. Read more »

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer leaks [Update: Official trailer released]

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Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of the most anticipated superhero movies (or just movies) right now. For the first time, we will be seeing Batman and Superman duke it out in live action on the big screen.

The movie is still a year away from launch and other than a few images of the characters we haven’t seen much. Until this drops by. Somebody managed to record a video of the teaser trailer that was screened in some places and so here we are. Read more »

WikiLeaks publishes all emails and documents from last year’s Sony hacking scandal

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Just a few months after hackers breached Sony Picture Entertainment’s computer network, stealing sensitive information and effectively bringing the studio to a standstill, WikiLeaks has published the stolen data – comprising 173,132 emails and 30,287 separate documents – in a fully searchable format.

“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation,” said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.” Read more »

Chrome for iOS update brings widget, pull to reload, and extension support

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Chrome for iOS got a major update today that added several useful new feature. The first one is a new widget that sits in your Today view. The widget allows you to open a new Chrome tab or do a Google voice search right from the notification window. And if you happen to copy a URL from some other app, the URL will appear in the widget so one click will open it straight into Chrome.

Another addition is pull to refresh, which lets you refresh the web page by pulling down on it, which was first implemented in the Android version of the app. What wasn’t in the Android version, however, was that you can pull down and then slide your finger left to quickly open a new tab or right to close the current one, which is displayed with a neat little animation. Read more »

The second trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here

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“Chewie…We’re home.”

Imagine the hysteria and adrenaline among the Star Wars fans when Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) show up on the screen. These are the two beloved characters from the original Star Wars saga and are part of the official seventh movie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This movie is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

Disney is hosting a fan convention Star Wars Celebration, at the Anaheim Convention Center through the weekend. The has been offering live stream of the fan event and also the special panel for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read more »

Google once again extends support for Chrome on Windows XP

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Back in October last year, Google said that it’d keep supporting Chrome on Windows XP through at least April 2015. Now that April has arrived, the Mountain View, California-based company has announced that it is once again extending the support period for the browser on the unsupported OS.

“We will continue to provide regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP through the end of 2015,” said Chrome’s director of engineering Mark Larson in a blog post. He also encouraged XP users to update to a supported, secure operating system. Read more »

Microsoft released Halo: Spartan Strike for Apple iOS devices

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In a truly surprising fashion Microsoft released its mobile top-down shooting game Halo: Spartan Strike for Apple iOS devices. The touch-optimized premium title is now available in the Apple App Store for $5.99.

The Redmond giant also made the game’s predecessor Halo: Spartan Assault available for iOS. Read more »

Amazon now offers 25 paid Android apps for free, a total value of $105

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Today Amazon has unveiled yet another of its Android app deals. This time around, you can download 25 apps which normally cost money, entirely for free. There are both apps and games in the bundle, and you can take advantage of the offer until April 19. Added together, the whole thing is a $105 value.

To download the apps you’ll (obviously) need to use the Amazon Appstore for Android. The free apps are basically a way for the retailer to make sure people use its app store. Read more »

Live video streaming app Meerkat coming to Android, beta sign up begins

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Live video streaming app Meerkat, which is currently iOS only and has got a lot of coverage recently, is finally coming to Android. In a tweet sent out yesterday, the company announced that it’s opening up the Android version of the app to external beta testers.

To join the Meerkat Android Beta program, head over to a Google Docs form (click the Source 2 link below), and fill in the required information, which includes your name, Twitter handle, and email. It isn’t yet clear when the app will be released to everyone though. Read more »

Yahoo reportedly working on a messaging app that includes Snapchat and Skype-like features

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Internet giant Yahoo may be developing a messaging application that will not only include text messaging features, but will also let you share live as well as recorded video, according to a report from The Information.

“[Yahoo] will unveil a mobile app that combines live and recorded video and text, blending aspects of live video apps like Meerkat, YouNow, and Skype and the recorded video messages popularized by Snapchat,” the report said, adding that the app will be unveiled later this quarter. Read more »

MediaTek plans 10-core Helios X20 chipset mass production by year end

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Earlier this year, MediaTek announced its silicon roadmap in order to shake up the competition bay which mostly includes Samsung and Qualcomm. That initial buzz of the 10-core and 12-core Helios chipsets may have felt like a goof while octa-core chips are just setting their foot. But by the year end, we may expect to see a 10-core chipset.

MediaTek showed its 10-core Helios X20 to select handset makers such as Xiaomi, Vivo, and other select members yesterday at a special event. The 10-cores loaded Helios X20 SoC may shatter the synthetic benchmarks but we are yet to share any light about the power-management in real-world situations. Read more »

Latest Google Chrome update for Android brings a couple of new and exciting features

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Google has really become meticulous in its updating habits, especially in the Android realm. Work is done quickly and rollouts are usually quite speedy and come in bulk, especially when an exciting new technology has to be delivered to users.

We’ve already mentioned a few goodies in the newest versions of Google Drive, as well as some brand new releases, like an advanced Handwriting Input app and Android for Work on a broader range of devices. Read more »