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Microsoft Office 2013 Preview made available to Download for Free Trial

Microsoft Mouse - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) unveiled a preview of Microsoft Office 365. The upcoming release of Microsoft Office will integrate new social features, such as note taking, meetings, and communication. Microsoft has made the preview available to download to try for free before it is released. The catch is that the preview version of Office only works on Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft Office has improved functionality with input devices such as with a touch screen, a stylus, mouse, or a keyboard. The touch screens of tablets will benefit from the latest version of Microsoft Office. The new software will allow for a swipe of the finger to move inside an opened Office file. By doing a pinch motion, it will zoom in or zoom out, which could come in handy for a presentation.

Nikon Digital SLR Camera Battery Recall announced for Overheating

Nikon Battery Pack Recall - CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall of around 5,100 batteries that were sold in the US because they could overheat and melt if they short circuit. Worldwide, there are 195,000 batteries recalled and in Canada, around 1,100 batteries are listed.

Nikon received seven reports from consumers outside the US that had their battery packs overheat. No batteries in the US overheated and no injuries have been reported.

iGoogle to be completely retired in 16 Months - Mobile Support will end this Month

closeup of laptop keyboard - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Google announced today that they will be retiring iGoogle, which is a personalized homepage. The iGoogle website offers users a way to customize several feeds of information such as weather, news, games, and more at one location. The mobile version of iGoogle will be retired on July 31, 2012, while the standard computer web-browser version will retire in 16 months on November 1, 2013.

Google suggests users download any data that may be stored up there. They can do this by looking for a "download all" option in a drop down menu next to the widget’s title. Many of the widgets come from a third party, and might not have this option. Google suggests contacting the third party widget maker to ask how to get the data downloaded.

Lead exposure in California Condors threaten Population Growth

California Condor - Credit: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior/USGS, U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Susan Haig - PD

(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of California, Santa Cruz, found that condors in the state are being exposed to detrimental lead levels, which is slowing the repopulation of the endangered species. On June 25, the researchers published their study results in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The primary source for lead exposure comes from lead found in ammunition. The researchers determined this based on a “fingerprinting” technique of isotopes. Additionally, they studied the lead levels in the birds’ feathers to understand the history of lead exposure.

Temperatures in Southern California predicted to increase 4 - 5 Degrees by 2060

sun and thermometer - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from UCLA predict that temperatures in the Los Angeles region will increase by an average 4 to 5 degrees by 2060. The downtown Los Angeles area is expected to triple the number of hot days. The valleys and high elevation areas are expected the quadruple the number of hot days.

The study is called “Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region.” The study was funded and supported by the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) group. The LARC group is made up of leading municipal governments, agencies, universities, and other organizations.

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