Dropbox has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to let MS Office users access its service from within the Office apps, and allowing its users to edit Office files from their Dropbox mobile app. Users will be able to sync changes across devices and any edit they make will automatically be saved to their Dropbox account. The files created using this integration of Office and Dropbox could be stored and shared via Dropbox links like any other Dropbox files. As of now, this integration is only applicable to MS Office for Desktop, though according to the official announcement, Dropbox for Business customers with Office 365 licenses will soon be able to take advantage of these new features.
The announcement, made in the form of a blog post over here, does not mention anything about the financials related to this partnership, or which one of the companies approached the other.
It never really took off and was never termed as a game-changer or a revolutionary product by any of the hot-shot ‘specialists’, but HP’s webOS did have its fans. Some of the features of this operating system, particularly multitasking was highly praised, but that didn’t help boost up the sales of the devices it powered. And that’s why HP necessarily killed the OS when it discontinued its TouchPad tablet and the webOS-based smartphone line. But the company still supported the services related to the webOS as it wanted its customers to ‘have a richer user experience’ even after three years of webOS’ unofficial demise.
Well, the people at HP have now decided to kill webOS officially, and have announced that the Cloud Services related to the webOS will be sent to /dev/ null on January 15, 2015. Head over here to read the ‘FAQ’ announcement.
Microsoft has decided to collaborate with Docker Inc. by providing Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Docker Engine will be compatible with the next release of Windows Server, and Docker will provide Docker Engine images for Windows Server in the community-driven Docker Hub. According to the public release related to this announcement, developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux with the same growing Docker ecosystem of users, applications and tools.
Under this new partnership, Docker Hub will be integrated into Microsoft Azure directly through the Azure Management Portal and Azure Gallery, and the developers will be able to directly work with a pre-configured Docker Engine in Azure to create a multicontainer Dockerized application.
Much like Apple, Amazon is known for its ecosystem via which the company tries to contain the users within its universe. Everything they build is connected to their existing products and can easily be linked to any of the future products company plans. Whether it is the retail store, Amazon Prime, or their cloud platform, Amazon has ensured that it acts as a one-stop shop to teh netizens. While being a one-stop shop for entertainment related services as well as a plethora of other products ensures longer retention of users, which is directly proportional to the dough an Internet-based company generates, it also provides necessary ‘user trends’ to Amazon based on which the company launches new services and integrates them.
In a yet another move to integrate its services, Amazon has now made Cloud Drive available on its Instant Video app for PlayStation, LG and Samsung products.
Good news, game devs! Unreal Engine 4.5 has been released and it comes bundled with more than 40 new features and improvements over the previous versions of the UE. Much awaited features such as animation retargeting, automatic C++ hot reload, light map UV generation and streaming video textures are included in this release along with a new video tutorial system, a new project creation window with target hardware selection, and a new dynamic shadowing method which the Unreal Team is calling ‘Ray Traced Distance Field Soft Shadows’. The inbuilt GUI Designer of Unreal Engine, UMG, is ready to be used and is available by default.
The announcement was made earlier today over here at Unreal Engine’s blog. The 4.5 release contains hundreds of targeted improvements that allow complex online games to pass console certification tests, according to the announcement.
Back in August, two of the EU’s highly ambitious GNSS satellites were dropped into wrong orbits, though the space agency said at the time they were still under its control. Arianespace, the company responsible for the launch of those satellites, set up an Independent Inquiry Board in the aftermath to identify and analyze the anomaly that caused the insertion of the satellites into wrong orbits. The initial findings of the Board talked about an anomaly which they thought to have occurred during the flight phase involving the Fregat upper stage, causing the satellites to be injected into a non-compliant orbit.
The Board has now announced its definitive conclusions which blame the failure of two of Fregat’s attitude control thrusters during the preceding ballistic phase due to a temporary interruption of the joint hydrazine propellant supply for the Gallileo satellites insertion into wrong orbits.
Even if we don’t consider the military applications of drones, the UAV industry has been able to attract a lot of investors and their dollars in the recent years. Whether it is a certain online marketplace which plans on using UAVs for delivering packages directly to its consumers, or a certain company which is working to provide medicine and other supplies to remote places using UAVs compensating for the lack of developed roads in that country, UAVs are increasingly becoming mainstream, and wide adaptability and publicity they receive is also ‘helping the cause’. Although a number of those UAVs are open source, they are maintained by different organizations making them nonviable for projects requiring collaboration between different developers.
Enters Dronecode, a collaboration between 3D Robotics, Linux Foundation and a few others to provide a nonprofit structure for bringing together existing open source drone projects and assets.