Asus joins Samsung, Sony, and Dell in bundling Microsoft apps on Android

At a time when Google’s tight grip over Android is arousing interest from antitrust regulators, Microsoft is doing a pretty good job of getting its services onto its competitor’s platform. In a joint statement with Asus on Thursday, Microsoft revealed it has expanded a patent-licensing deal with the Taiwanese firm, which will see Office productivity services preloaded on Asus’ Android smartphones and tablets.

Another global Android vendor makes Microsoft Office a feature of its mobile devices

The cross-licensing agreement covers Asus’ use of Microsoft intellectual property in Android devices, though Microsoft also gets the benefit of Asus’ patent portfolio in delivering its own software, devices, and services. Samsung, the biggest…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Listen to Will Smith's first new song in 10 years

Rap megastar and greatest actor of our generation* Will Smith has released his first song in ten years. Only it’s not technically Big Will’s song. The track, Fiesta, is actually the work of Colombian group Bomba Estéreo, but Smith apparently liked it so much that he came out of rap semi-retirement to contribute a few bars to a remixed version. The new track, available now on iTunes, Spotify, and on YouTube, features Smith rapping in English and American-accented Spanish, and keeps the same celebratory vibes as his biggest tracks.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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New Street Fighter V Character Laura Leaked

A new character for Capcom’s upcoming fighting game Street Fighter V has been leaked online. Screenshots of newcomer Laura were accidentally shared by Japanese publication Famitsu (via Eventhubs). The screenshots were reportedly shared by mistake when Famitsu was revealing images of returning character Zangief, who was announced earlier today.

Laura is a brand new character to the series and appears to use electricity in her attacks. According to Eventhubs, the images of her attacks show influence from the Brazilian jiu-jitsu martial art. The stage shown in the screenshots also features visual cues pointing to Brazil as the location.

Capcom previously confirmed that there will be four brand new characters coming to Street Fighter V. In addition to Laura, the studio previously announced Necalli and Rashid, which leaves one more brand new character to be revealed.

Street Fighter V does not currently have a confirmed release date, but Capcom has said that the game will be out during its current fiscal year, which ends on March 31 next year. The game is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC, and will allow for cross-platform play between both systems.

Check out some screenshots featuring Laura in the gallery below.

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Author: Zorine Te

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High-school dropouts are much more likely to die in traffic accidents than college grads

Although US roads are generally getting safer, a new study shows that the benefits afforded by tighter laws, safer cars, and better driver education are not being felt by all sections of society. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that as the number of educated people — those who graduated high-school or college — dying in traffic accidents fell between 1995 and 2010, the number of people without a high-school diploma killed on the country’s roads actually increased.

In the case of high-school graduates, figures dipped from more than 3 crash deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 1995 down to only around 2.4 in 2010. For college graduates, and those with some college experience, the number was…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks privacy and dodges car questions in NPR interview

A few weeks after he was a guest on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made another media appearance, this time on public radio in the United States. Cook was a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, answering questions posed by host Robert Siegel during an 8-minute segment during which he discussed user privacy, governmental requests for information, and the possibility of an Apple car.

Spiegel started the interview by noting that Apple has refused to give user information such as texts to the US government in the past, but questioned whether, if the conversations were about “hijacked airplanes, and skyscrapers, and dirty bombs,” Apple would provide that data. Cook said that the government comes to the company for…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Megaupload prosecutor wraps up arguments to extradite Kim Dotcom to the US

For two weeks, Kim Dotcom and three other former Megaupload staffers accused of criminal copyright infringement were bombarded by accusations from New Zealand prosecutors.

To hear prosecutors tell it, Dotcom is the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of illegal file sharing. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that the defendants operated Megaupload as a criminal enterprise designed to profit from the illegal swapping of movies, music and software by users. A hearing is underway to determine whether New Zealand will extradite Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk, and Finn Batato to the US. Much is at stake for the four, who may eventually face lengthy prison sentences.

To this point in the hearing, it’s been all Christine…

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Author: Greg Sandoval

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4chan thread under federal investigation after Oregon college shooting

Federal authorities are looking into a suspicious thread on the anonymous message board 4chan that appears to include someone with similar intentions to today’s unnamed shooter who killed at least 10 people in Oregon, according to The New York Times. The thread, archived here, shows an anonymous user on 4chan board /r9k/ advising others, “Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest,” late in the day on September 30th. The identity of the shooter who attacked students this morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon, remains unknown, though it is confirmed police shot and killed the 20-year-old man.

It is not yet clear whether the anonymous 4chan user and the shooter are the same person. 4chan has become…

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Author: Nick Statt

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HBO is thinking about making a Watchmen TV series with Zack Snyder

Director Zack Snyder may already be busy with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and just about everybody else in the DC universe, but that’s not stopping him from revisiting another group of superheroes from his past. HBO has confirmed that it is in “preliminary talks” with the filmmaker about a TV series adaptation of Watchmen, the classic Alan Moore graphic novel that Snyder turned into a feature back in 2009. Collider first reported the news.

That film adaptation of Watchmen was hyped for its devotion to the source material, recreating visuals and even specific frames from Moore’s book. That led to a big opening weekend, after which audience interest quickly cratered, with even die-hard fans criticizing the condensed plotting…

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Author: Bryan Bishop

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