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Articles Archive for June 2012

Microsoft Word 2013 to Support built-in PDF Editing

You probably have not even seen the new beta version of Word 2013, but you will happy to learn that now you be able to directly open and edit PDF content in Microsoft Word 2013.

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Unlocks Your Smartphone’s Senses Using Behav.io

“When you leave the house, the three things you usually take with you are your keys, your wallet, and your phone,” says Nadav Aharony. And the phone is a now “sensing and processing machine,” he says. The smartphone in your pocket knows where you are, who you’re with, how fast you’re moving, whether you’re standing up or sitting down.

What if we could refine all of this invisible metadata into meaningful stories?

Aharony and his colleagues, Cody Sumter and Alan Gardner — all recent or soon-to-be recent MIT Media Lab grads — have built an open-source platform that simplifies this kind of mobile data collection. They want to enable a new generation of apps that detect social and behavioral trends in communities or groups of people.

Paintable Battery – Yes Spray On Batteries

Many major tech giants seek sleeker and ever-more powerful batteries to power devices such as phones and tables so they’re pushing engineers to create unconventional, more space-efficient batteries. A group of students at Rice University, in Pulickel Ajayan’s lab, have done just that. They actually created a “battery” that can be sprayed on virtually any surface like a spray paint. The idea sounds far fetched, and the project leader, graduate student Neelam Singh, admits she was a bit skeptical herself.

Google Analytics Gets Official Mobile App

Google just announce the launch of Google Analytics App for Android phones!

With the Google Analytics App, you can access the same accounts and profiles you see when you open Analytics from a desktop browser, but the reports that are optimized for your phone.

Google will be providing access on an incremental basis to Google Analytics users who sign up to participate in the beta test, with general availability coming later this summer.

Google Will Merge Hangouts, Talk & Messenger

Google has been working on unifying various real-time messaging applications across all devices, and the result are likely to be a unified messenger that allows anyone to do one-on-one chats as well as group video Hangouts.

According to Google Product Manager Nikhyl Singhal, Google has “done an incredibly poor job servicing our users here.” Singhal said that Google doesn’t have anything to announce, but that the company is definitely working on unifying all messaging experiences in the near future.

Ford Adds to Its Portfolio – Auto Parking and Auto Driving

Ford has unveiled its latest addition to its active park assist (APA) package — perpendicular park assist. The technology complements the existing parallel park assist, which is currently available on most models. The system will back your car into perpendicular parking lot spots, allowing for perfect parking all the time.

Ford is also looking to tackle is traffic jams. Ford group vice president Raj Nair, comments, “As an engineer we’re always looking for a smarter way, a better way.”

Their plan is to combat congestion and frustration, by introducing Traffic Jam Assist, a technology which can optionally take over driving when the user is in stop and go traffic. The technology is similar to a low-speed cruise control, but adds automated braking and lane-keeping to the mix. Drivers can override the system at any time to change lanes.

Apple Releases New Podcast App

Apple has released a brand new Podcasts app, which is available for free. The app is designed both for the iPad and iPhone and requires iOS 5.1 or later. Get the app at the Apple AppStore.

Facebook Now Allows You To Edit Comments

Surely there have been times you written a comment in Facebook, responding to an update, only to find that you have a typo or simply didn’t write what you wanted. Before, all you could do was delete that comment or, if you saw an error quickly, you could edit it within a few seconds after you wrote that post.

Facebook has rolled out a new update that allows users to actually edit a comment long after it has been posted. Facebook’s support page has the simple details on how to edit a comment you’ve already posted. This new feature should be available to all Facebook users in the next few days. With the new update, users will be able to edit their comments at any time, even with comments that you have previously written on other user’s status updates.

New Prepaid Mobile Broadband Service From Walmart

Walmart and TruConnect launched a prepaid mobile broadband service that lets you pay for the amount of data you use, rather than monthly. Essentially, you don’t have to pay $40 every month regardless if you used all your data. You just pay for the data you used. The service is called Internet To Go, and it uses Sprint’s 3G wireless network. Its a smart option if you only use your device to check email and do sporadic connections.

Lantronix xPrintServer – Printing From Your iOS Devices

Lantronix recently released a new version of its xPrintServer which turns any printer into a wireless printer for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The company released its first xPrintServer late last year, allowing you to turn any network-connected printer into an iOS printer by simply plugging an Ethernet cable into the little box. Now the company added the xPrintServer Home Edition to its lineup, adding a USB port for the types of printers you’re more like to find at home.