If you were excited about the possibility of taking a one-way trip to Mars in the next decade and you just happen to be an observant Muslim, you may suddenly be out of luck.
The Khaleej Times of Dubai reports that a fatwa committee has forbidden Muslims from taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. You may recall that the Mars One project aims to send a group of colonists to Mars as soon as 2024, followed by a second group a few years later.… Read more
Xbox One owners may be hearing from Microsoft about taking the game console's next major update for an early spin.
Due in early March, the update will add new features and fixes related to the Xbox One's party and multiplayer features. The goal is to prepare the console for the release of "Titanfall," an online, multiplayer game.
To stress-test the update, Microsoft is now inviting a number of Xbox Live members to preview the new features, according to Xbox Director of Programming Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson. Microsoft wants the testers to offer feedback on the … Read more
Still waiting for Microsoft to release Office for the iPad? Don't bother. Here's another app that fits the bill, and it's free.
Released in November for the iPad, HopTo lets you view, edit, and create Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, and view PowerPoint presentations. You can access and edit those and other types of files from your local computer and from Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. And thanks to the latest update, you can now tap into your Microsoft OneDrive files.
Xbox One owners will soon be able to buy a Media Remote to handle the entertainment on their consoles.
Slated to arrive in early March, the Xbox One Media Remote will let console users direct the playback of Blu-ray discs as well as streaming video, Microsoft said on Thursday. Dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons will offer access to TV shows and movies listed on the Xbox One's program guide.
Xbox One users will also be able to use the Media Remote on their TVs to control the power and volume through Kinect, which can talk directly to your TV … Read more
The next HTC One is poised for some color changes, according to a new report.
The Twitter account @evleaks, which has been reliably leaking product images for quite some time, has revealed two new versions of the upcoming sequel to the HTC One. The first model comes in a dark gray, while the other features a silver finish. Another Twitter account, @htcfamily_ru, showed off a blue version.
There have even been reports of a gold version of what's been dubbed the HTC One 2.
The next HTC One flagship is widely viewed as an integral component in that company'… Read more
The online version of Microsoft Office has a new name, along with some new features intended to streamline certain activities.
Why the name change? In a blog post on Wednesday, Office Online product marketing manager Amanda Lefebvre acknowledged that the name Office Web Apps confused users. Some apparently thought they had venture to an app store to find the software and then manually install it.
"No, to use them all you need is a web browser," Lefebvre said. "Ah! You say. So it's like Office, online. Yes, exactly. Office Online."
Beyond a new name, the … Read more
Microsoft OneDrive is a revamped version of the company's cloud storage service (formerly called SkyDrive) that lets you store files in the cloud outside of your computer or smartphone, so that they're accessible from any device connected to the Internet. With the news, the company also added some tweaks to its accompanying app for iOS.
OneDrive is just one of many cloud services available, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, but has the unique advantage of working flawlessly with Microsoft Office documents as long as you also own the Office app with a subscription to Office 365. Without … Read more
I've being playing the Titanfall beta for six days straight. My wife hates me! So what else have I learned? A lot. You've probably seen it trending on Twitter and lighting up message boards. So before I start, let me bring you up to speed on just what the heck Titanfall is exactly.
Titanfall is a game made by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA. Respawn is a developer founded by two guys who started Infinity Ward, the studio responsible for seven mostly great Call of Duty games. Titanfall is a console exclusive for Microsoft, meaning it'll … Read more