Over a year after it first introduced real-time co-authoring in Office Online (or Office Web Apps as it was known back then), Microsoft has finally gotten around to making the next logical addition to its online productivity suite: the ability to chat in real time with other collaborators from within an Office Online web app. The Redmond-based tech giant has now begun rolling out the long overdue feature to Office Online users and the roll out is expected to span a few weeks.
XB270HU will deliver a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time
Acer is said to be readying a new addition to the XBO range of gaming displays it launched a while back. A G-Sync enabled monitor like the two existing models in the XBO family, the upcoming XB270HU appears, based on its specs, to be a potential rival to the 27-inch Asus ROG Swift PG278Q that made its commercial debut in July as the world’s first WQHD (2560x1440) monitor with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.
Would you pay to get rid of ads on a website? That is the question being asked as Google has announced its Google Contributor subscription service, which would remove ads from a participating website for a fee. Suffice to say, this announcement comes as a surprise considering that Google’s lifeblood is advertising.
Dell originally intended for its Alienware Alpha console to be an official Steam Machine, though Valve threw a wrench in those plans when it delayed the platform in order tweak its Steam Controller to satisfaction. Instead of tossing aside all that R&D into building a console-sized game box for the PC, Dell re-marketed the device as the Alienware Alpha, and it's now begun shipping out to customers.
Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB of cloud storage for two years
It's getting to be all-out warfare in the low-cost computing market. In response to the growing interest in cheap Chromebooks, Intel and Microsoft have been working together to push sub-$200 Windows laptops into the market place through its hardware partners. That's caused Chromebooks to come down in price as well, but it isn't stopping there. Google today announced that new Chromebook buyers can get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years at no additional cost.
Internet backlash prompts Mattel to apologize for a book published in 2010
Toy company Mattel apologized on Facebook this week for a controversial book portraying Barbie's failed attempt at becoming a computer engineer. The book received intense criticism on the web after comedian Pamela Ribbon stumbled upon the title at a friend's house and wrote a scathing review of it on her blog. At issue is the depiction of the iconic doll as being incompetent and needing to rely on men to save the day after she screws things up.
Following up on its funky square-shaped monitor announcement earlier this week, Eizo has introduced a self-calibrating DCI 4K (4096x2160) display for media and entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting. The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31.1-inch monitor featuring a built-in sensor to enable self-calibration if you'd rather not muck around with settings. Should you need or want to manually fine tune the settings, it comes with ColorNavigator 6 calibration software.
New and used games retailer GameStop reported its third quarter financial results this week, which fell below what analysts were expecting. GameStop's total global sales for Q3 came to $2.09 billion, a drop of 0.7 percent compared to the $2.11 billion in the same quarter a year ago and below the $2.2 billion analysts on average were predicting. As a result, GameStop's stock went into free-fall mode.
A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders
There's something to be said for building a quiet computer. It takes a bit of research to build a truly silent (or near silent) system, and of course it starts with your choice of case -- an open air chassis is probably not the best option. There are several quiet cases available, and beginning today, you can add Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition to the list of quiet computing enclosures.
Intel today announced that its board of directors approved an increase in its cash dividend to 96 cents per share on an annual basis, representative of a 6 percent increase, starting with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015. In addition, Intel predicted full year revenue growth for 2015 to be in the mid-single digits, trumping what most analysts were expecting.