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Microsoft updates Office mobile and web apps to support third-party cloud storage services (Kirk Koenigsbauer/Office Blogs)

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team. We want Office to be the preferred way to work with documents no matter where they’re stored.  In November we announced a special partnership with Dropbox to make it easy to access, edit and share Dropbox files from the Office apps.  And today, in addition to the existing Dropbox integrations, we’re pleased to announce two new integration features for an even broader set of cloud services: First, file picker integration for the iPad and iPhone; and second, Office Online integration for viewing and editing.  While these may seem like small enhancements, these new features represent a big step forward for Office integration into the apps and services that are important to our customers. Native cloud storage integration in the iOS apps Starting today, third-party cloud storage providers can natively integrate into the “Locations” picker in the iOS Office apps. This will enable users to open, edit and save documents from these providers right from within Office. While we’re announcing availability of the iPad and iPhone integration today, we’re hard at work on the same type of integration for the Office universal apps for Windows 10 and the Office for Android apps. So in the future, no matter what device, platform, or storage provider you’re using, your Office documents will only be a tap away. New Office Online integration We’re also making it possible for cloud services to integrate Office Online into their applications—enabling users to open, view, and edit documents stored in those services in any web browser.   We’re excited to announce that Box, Citrix, and Salesforce are already working with us on this as a part of our new Cloud Storage Partner Program , and we’re looking forward to working with other service providers in the future.  Interested partners can learn more and apply here . Today’s announcements are just one more step on our continuing journey to open up Office in new ways for our customers and partners. Living in a cloud-first, mobile-first world is all about having the flexibility to get things done from anywhere and on any device. And these exciting, new features will make it easier than ever to use Office with virtually any combination of apps, platforms and cloud storage services. —Kirk Koenigsbauer

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Apple Orders More Than 5 Million Watches for Initial Run (Lorraine Luk/Wall Street Journal)

By Lorraine Luk and Daisuke Wakabayashi CONNECT The Apple Watch Sport, the entry-level model, on display last fall Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first quarter ahead of the product’s release in April, according to people familiar with the matter. Half of the first-quarter production order is earmarked for the entry-level Apple Watch Sport model, while the mid-tied Apple Watch is expected to account for one-third of output, one of these people said. Orders for Apple Watch Edition – the high-end model featuring 18-karat gold casing – are relatively small in the first quarter but Apple plans to start producing more than one million units per month in the second quarter, the person said. Analysts expect demand for the high-end watches to be strong in China where Apple’s sales are booming. Apple Watch Sport will start at $349. Apple hasn’t announced pricing for the other models, but Apple Watch Edition is expected to be among the most expensive products the company has ever sold, likely surpassing the $4,000 Mac Pro computer. Apple sets production plans based on its forecast of demand for the new product. But Apple quickly adjusts these plans if sales are different than what it estimated. Suppliers say that Apple adjusts its so-called “plan of record” more often and more quickly than any other consumer-electronics company. The orders are similar to early sales of Apple’s last major all-new product.

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Microsoft announces its cloud services are compliant with ISO 27018, a new international standard for privacy (Brad Smith/Microsoft on the Issues)

Today marks a major milestone, as Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international standard for cloud privacy. It’s another reason customers can move with confidence to the Microsoft Cloud. The standard in question may seem technical, but it has important practical benefits for enterprise customers around the world. It’s known as ISO/IEC 27018 , and it was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to establish a uniform, international approach to protecting privacy for personal data stored in the cloud. The British Standards Institute (BSI) has now independently verified that in addition to Microsoft Azure , both Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online are aligned with the standard’s code of practice for the protection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in the public cloud. And similarly, Bureau Veritas has done the same for Microsoft Intune. Why does this matter? The reasons are multiple. Adherence to ISO 27018 assures enterprise customers that privacy will be protected in several distinct ways: You are in control of your data. Our adherence to the standard ensures that we only process personally identifiable information according to the instructions that you provide to us as our customer. You know what’s happening with your data. Adherence to the standard ensures transparency about our policies regarding the return, transfer, and deletion of personal information you store in our data centers. We’ll not only let you know where your data is, but if we work with other companies who need to access your data, we’ll let you know who we’re working with. In addition, if there is unauthorized access to personally identifiable information or processing equipment or facilities resulting in the loss, disclosure or alteration of this information, we’ll let you know about this.

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Sony opens pre-orders for SmartEyeglass Developer Edition in the UK and Germany; $840 device ships in March (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

Ryan Whitwam 2015/02/16 11:36pm PSTFeb 16, 2015 Sony slipped the official SmartEyeglass app into the Play Store yesterday, and now here we are with an official announcement on availability (sort of). The developer edition SmartEyeglass is available for pre-order in the UK and Germany today and ships in March. It'll cost you a hefty sum to get a piece of the next wearable concept. Sony is asking $840 (£520, €670) for the developer unit. The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition (model SED-E1) has a few things in common with Google glass, but the design approach is quite different. The display is a full-frame transparent lens that fills your field of vision for a true augmented reality experience. The UI painted on top of your vision is only monochrome, but like Glass it ties into your phone to do navigation, searching, and messaging. Okay, so it looks kind of dorky and huge, but that's just the start. There's a  wired  controller that allows you to use the SmartEyeglass. This controller also contains the battery, speaker, mic, and some other sensors.

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Sony announces pre-orders of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition, in the UK and Germany for $840 (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

Ryan Whitwam 2015/02/16 11:36pm PSTFeb 16, 2015 Sony slipped the official SmartEyeglass app into the Play Store yesterday, and now here we are with an official announcement on availability (sort of). The developer edition SmartEyeglass is available for pre-order in the UK and Germany today and ships in March. It'll cost you a hefty sum to get a piece of the next wearable concept. Sony is asking $840 (£520, €670) for the developer unit. The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition (model SED-E1) has a few things in common with Google glass, but the design approach is quite different. The display is a full-frame transparent lens that fills your field of vision for a true augmented reality experience. The UI painted on top of your vision is only monochrome, but like Glass it ties into your phone to do navigation, searching, and messaging. Okay, so it looks kind of dorky and huge, but that's just the start. There's a  wired  controller that allows you to use the SmartEyeglass. This controller also contains the battery, speaker, mic, and some other sensors. Let's keep in mind this is a developer device (there's an SDK to go along with it)

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