HoloLens IRL: What it's like in Microsoft's version of augmented reality

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SAN FRANCISCO — I really didn’t get comfortable with the most recent version of the HoloLens until I got comfortable.

I’d traveled to San Francisco, California, ostensibly for the Microsoft Build Developers conference, but my real quarry was the company’s now-shipping augmented-reality headset, the HoloLens Development Edition. It’s finally shipping to developers who preordered for $3,000. This wasn’t my first experience with HoloLens, but it was the first time I’d get to see the packaging, unbox it myself and use it, unfettered by Microsoft handlers, for hours.

Perhaps more importantly, for the first time, I could finally document my experience in photos, videos and even Vines. Read more…

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How to trick your iPhone into freeing up storage space

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A trick to get more storage space on your iPhone has been circulating around the Internet today — but you have to have less than a gig of available space left on your phone to make it work.

Redditor eavesdroppingyou posted a tactic for clearing up extra space that involves renting a movie from iTunes (don’t worry, it won’t charge you). Eavesdroppingyou suggests picking a long movie like The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, because the trick requires that the movie’s file size exceeds the amount of storage left on your phone. Read more…

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Elon Musk starts Tesla Model 3 online orders early, opens to more countries

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Just a few hours before Tesla unveils its long-awaited Model 3, the upstart EV automaker’s CEO and co-founder, Elon Musk, tweeted several major updates about the online ordering process.

Not only has he opened up orders an hour before he’s set to take the stage and unveil the car, he’s also opening the online order forms to more countries.

The countries now allowed to place online reservations for the Model 3 include Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, New Zealand, Singapore and Ireland.

Musk’s tweets also include a bit of bad news: Tesla is limiting Model 3 reservations to two per customer. Read more…

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Nope, Microsoft Edge will not be getting built-in ad blocking

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On Thursday, a report from ZDNet claimed Microsoft was planning to build ad blocking right into its new Microsoft Edge web browser. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not going to happen.

Mashable has confirmed that Microsoft is not building native ad-blocking features into Edge. According to Microsoft, the slide that was circulated at a Build 2016 session was “in reference to work we’re already doing in bringing extensions to MS Edge, such as AdBlock and AdBlock Plus” and not referring to built-in ad blocking features.

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Cleartext only lets you write with the 1,000 most common words

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Writers who work on children’s books or are looking for a unique challenge might be intrigued by Cleartext, a barebones text editor for Macs that doesn’t allow you to use anything other than the 1,000 most common words in the English language.

Seen by Product Hunt, Cleartext forces you to write simplistically, and if you try to type any words beyond the 1,000 most common, it will stop you in your tracks. Words like “intrigued,” “challenge,” necessary” and more are forbidden. If you try to type them, they will be highlighted and you’ll have to type in a more common word to move on Read more…

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Mac users will finally get add-ins for Microsoft Office, including Starbucks

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Mac users will soon be able to do a lot more with Microsoft Office.

Add-ins, extensions that allow third-party apps to run inside Office, will soon roll out to Mac versions of the Office suite. Support for the plugins will be available on Mac in the coming weeks, Microsoft says.

Microsoft also plans to make add-ins available for Office’s Android apps, though it’s not clear when that will be; Rob Howard, director of Office 365 ecosystem marketing, would only say that Android is “on the roadmap.”

Since add-ins for Outlook and Outlook.com were first announced at last year’s Build developer conference, developers have created more than 100 extensions (there are more than 1,000 for the entire Office suite). These include productivity apps like Evernote as well as services like Uber and Yelp Read more…

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