Blue is to Windows as Gemini is to Office. Any questions? Well, that’s unfortunate — we don’t have a ton of answers. What we do know, courtesy of some top-notch ZDNet reporting, is that Microsoft’s next Office release is codenamed “Gemini,” and that it could be making its way to your desktop by the end of this year. The site quotes a potential fall ship date, at least for the first release, which is set to include new versions of Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word. Rumor has it that the next version will be somewhat platform-independent, and will rely heavily on the Office 365 subscription concept. Beyond that, there isn’t really much to share, but you’re welcome to hit up our source link for a few more (minor) details.
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It’s not every day your class gets a visit from a tech bigwig like Eric Schmidt. Google’s executive chairman paid a visit to a UK school, alongside Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. The duo were there to talk code, an appearance that coincided with the announcement that a grant from Google Giving will be bringing 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model Bs to kids in that country. The companies will be working alongside six educational partners to decide precisely whose hands those little computers will end up in. More info on the program can be found in the source link.
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Google Shopper has just gotten the bump to version 3.0 with an update that brings a roster of fresh features, including a new UI with speedier navigation and larger images. In addition to the fresh coat of paint, the app sports a brand-new sales screen, image-focused search results and product ratings provided by GoodGuide. Page and Co. have also thrown in push notifications to keep users abreast of new features and content, and an area to showcase retail promotions. Itching to start penny pinching? Hit the source link below for the download.
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Google Shopper adds push notifications, new UI and more with 3.0 update originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Nov 2012 06:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Google has revealed just how it harnesses your idle curiosity on every subject imaginable to supercharge its voice search. A database of 230 billion googled words was fed into a language model that can then work out the probability of what you’re going to say next. Mountain View researcher Ciprian Chelba explained that one example of this is if you say “New York,” you’re statistically more likely to say “Pizza” than “Granola,” regardless of any new year’s resolutions. If you’d like to learn more, you can find the algebra-packed original paper down at the source link.
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Google pulls back the curtain on its new voice search, sums it up in this graph originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Netflix saw a return to profitability and more than half a million new US subscribers in the second quarter of this year, and it’s now announced that it’s added a full two million more streaming members worldwide for the third quarter. That brings the company’s global base of streaming subscribers to 29 million, 25.1 million of which are in the US. It’s also announced another bump in profits to $8 million in net income, with global revenue of $905 million. It’s unsurprisingly a different story when it comes to DVD subscriptions in the US, however, with the company reporting a drop from 9.24 million total subscribers in Q2 to 8.61 million in Q3.
In terms of usage, Netflix says that its streaming members have now consumed over three billion hours of content, and that TV shows now account for about two thirds of that viewing activity. The company has also reiterated its commitment to original programming in its letter to shareholders, although it notes that commitment comes with some front-loaded expenses that will result in negative free cash flow for the next “several quarters” beginning with Q4. The company further adds that it believes “investment in originals is wise, and we will evaluate the performance of the slate next year to determine at what level we should fund additional original.” You can find the full letter and all the numbers at the source link below.
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Netflix Q3 2012 earnings: 2 million more streaming subscribers worldwide, $8 million net income originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Oct 2! 012 16:1 0:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that more Americans than ever now own tablets, but if you’d ever wanted some quantifiable data to go along with that homespun wisdom, then the Pew Research Center is glad to help. According to its latest report, 22 percent of US adults now own a tablet of some form. While the iPad remains the dominant player in the space with a 52 percent market share, this figure starkly contrasts the 81 percent share that Pew reported in 2011. As you might expect, Android tablets have made significant inroads and now account for 48 percent of the overall tablet space. Leading the Android charge is the Kindle Fire, which alone accounts for 21 percent of all tablets sold. It’s worth pointing out that Pew’s survey was conducted before the release of either the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD, which means that even the most recent information is a bit behind the curve. You’ll find a press release after the break that provides a much broader take on Pew’s latest findings in the mobile space, but those who want to go straight to the meat should hit up the source link below.
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Pew Research finds 22 percent of adults in US own tablets, low-cost Android on the rise originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Love Amazon’s renowned two-day shipping? How about organic eats and other miscellaneous environment-friendly products? If so, then today’s your very lucky day. Adding to the endless list of shopping sites it already owns, Amazon has just introduced Vine.com; a site which aims to be a one-stop web store for folks looking to snag anything from organic ingredients to beauty products like all-natural shaving oils and Kiss My Face foam soaps — and yes, as we stated earlier, there’s an option to get that speedy two-day delivery service. While chatting with Bits Blog, a Vine representative said the goal isn’t “necessarily about saving the planet,” but that his team does “feel the products are useful in that regard.” Currently Vine.com is live in beta form, though that doesn’t mean folks interested can’t go browse around and order some goodies — to do that, give the source link below a quick tap.
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Amazon launches Vine.com for shoppers who live life on the ‘green’ edge originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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App.Net posts terms of service, asks for feedback originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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