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Microsoft launches Office Insider program, rolls out new PowerPoint Designer and Morph features

Microsoft today launched Office Insider, an ongoing preview program for Office 365 subscribers looking to test new features and improvements coming to the suite’s apps. Office Insider currently only applies to Office 2016 for Windows, which arrived just two months ago, though Microsoft says that a Mac version “is coming soon.” This is essentially the […]

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Visa is exploring using the blockchain to power money transfers

Visa is diving into blockchain technology with a new project focused on revamping remittances. The company’s innovation arm, Visa Europe Collab, is working on a proof-of-concept that will “explore an alternative to conventional remittance processing” using the blockchain. To see if the blockchain can work for it, the company is teaming up with a Bitcoin startup called Epiphyte, which […]

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Epic’s Tim Sweeney believes virtual reality will evolve more like console games than mobile

It seems like we just can’t get enough of Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games. Sweeney has been a video game graphics guru for more than two decades. During that time, he has seen computing technology get 100,000 times faster. He has such a command of tech that it’s fun to pick his brain […]

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Bethesda says it shipped $750M and 12m copies for Fallout 4’s launch

Bethesda Softworks said that it shipped 12 million copies, or $750 million worth of post-apocalypse role-playing game Fallout 4 to retailers for its launch day. And it says that follow-up shipments have already begun, suggesting that the initial copies have sold out. Bethesda did not, however, supply any sell-through numbers yet, or the numbers that […]

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Adtech companies: Why you should care about good vs. fuzzy location

SPONSORED: Mobile apps must continually seek new ways to differentiate in a competitive market that is only getting fiercer by the second. Brought to you by Skyhook, this post is part of a series called “Apptitude”  looking at how app owners can reduce friction, boost user engagement, monetize, and get to the user’s home screen. See all the […]

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The DeanBeat: In the VR industry, a thousand startups will bloom. Most won’t make it

We’re all trying to get a handle on virtual reality, and its cousin, augmented reality. Will it be a bust? Or will the two industries become a $150 billion market by 2020, as tech advisor Digi-Capital predicts? Will the game segment of these industries look more like mobile or consoles? I’ve moderated a three sessions […]

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