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Apple reportedly readying iPhone for Japan with tap-to-pay – CNET

iPhone maker is developing a handset that will tap FeliCa, the mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan.
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'Rick and Morty' co-creator wants to hire you for his VR world – CNET

Writer, producer and voice actor Justin Roiland says he wants to make “super duper games” through his new VR development company, Squanchtendo Games.
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​Adobe to support advanced photo format debuting in Canon's hot new SLR – CNET

The dual-pixel raw format lets photographers fine-tune focus and clear up distracting flare. Those advantages won’t be restricted to Canon’s own software forever, though.
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Office supplies as fingernail art? This tutorial nails it – CNET

This viral video shows you how to use Liquid Paper, Sharpie pens, scented markers and glitter glue for something more artistic than school and office work. If you’re into that sort of thing.
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Norwegian lawmaker caught playing Pokemon Go in parliament – CNET

Technically Incorrect: Trine Skei Grande, leader of the liberal party, just can’t get enough of monsters.
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Ultrarare Apple-1 falls short of expected $1M auction price – CNET

Computer believed to be a prototype sells for $815,000 in an auction that sees a portion of the sale price being donated to charity.
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Artist submerges black dress in Dead Sea, salt turns it white – CNET

Salt crystals not only changed the color of the dress, but added hundreds of pounds to its weight.
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Texas students fight new campus gun law with sex toys – CNET

Technically Incorrect: At the University of Texas, some students decided that gadgets of pleasure were the way to protest a new state law that allows guns in classrooms. The campaign has quite some name.
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All hail Octobot! Harvard debuts adorable 3D-printed soft robot – CNET

Harvard researchers build a tentacled little robot made entirely of flexible parts. No electronics needed.
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Google Fiber reportedly ordered to cut costs, downsize – CNET

Building a fiber-based network is expensive and time-consuming. The company is said to have fallen “well short” of its subscriber goals.
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Meet the (alleged) aliens of Proxima b – CNET

Almost 60 years ago, an account emerged of aliens from a planet around Proxima Centauri. It’s been largely forgotten, but now that we know the planet is real, does the wild story deserve another look?
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Sportswriter gets Twitter account back after flap over posting Olympics GIF – CNET

The social network restores the account of a sports writer suspended for posting a GIF of US gymnast Aly Raisman.
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New emoji are on the way, including airline pilot and rainbow flag – CNET

The list of hugely popular little drawings on your phone are going to expand again, making your life a little more colorful, one message at a time.
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Pie in the sky: Drones to deliver Domino's pizza in New Zealand – CNET

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a hand-tossed Hawaiian with mushrooms. And you don’t even have to tip the delivery drone.
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Some Kindle users reporting Windows 10 Anniversary compatibility issues

Microsoft officials say they’re working on a fix to alleviate compatibility problems involving Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Kindle Voyager and Paperwhite e-readers.
Source: Microsoft

​NFL Network available on PlayStation Vue, but RedZone is a $40 add-on – CNET

PlayStation Vue subscribers can now access the NFL Network for complete coverage of the upcoming season, Thursday Night Football games and shows like NFL GameDay Morning.
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Did Uber just burst the sharing economy bubble? – Roadshow

The ride-hailing company is losing a lot of money these days.
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'That music is scary!' Robots react to the trailer for new thriller 'Morgan' – CNET

How will human-like robots react to the creepy trailer for a new movie starring Kate Mara and Paul Giamatti?
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Netflix teases the first 11 minutes of 'Narcos' Season 2 on Facebook Live – CNET

The streaming service has released a short clip on Facebook Live showing the first 11 minutes of “Narcos” Season 2.
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No Apple Music? Frank Ocean's album now streams free on Pandora…if you're patient – CNET

Pandora is the first free, legal way to stream Ocean’s hit record “Blonde” without paying Apple, but licensing rules mean you’ll be hearing a lot of Drake in the deal, too.
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Review: Download review: Sumatra PDF review

Review: Download review: Sumatra PDF review

Sumatra PDF is optimized for speed and ease of use. There are no fancy extras – just the essentials for viewing PDFs and ebooks, navigating, searching and organizing them.

Download Sumatra PDF freeAs an added bonus, the app is also available in a portable edition so you can stick it on a USB drive and take it with you to use on other computers.

User experience

Sumatra PDF is just about as simple to use as you could hope a program to be. Once you have loaded a PDF (or one of the other supported files), the minimalist tool bar provides easy access to the most common things you might want to do – zooming in and out, skipping back and forth between pages, searching, and printing.

In the majority of cases, all you’ll want to do with PDFs is view them, so you may never have to venture further into the program. However, if you peek into the menus you’ll find that there are more viewing settings than you first thought, as well as the option to send files via email without leaving the program and add an attachment to a message manually.

Another nice touch is the screen that appears if you launch Sumatra PDF on its own rather than using it to open a PDF directly, which presents you with a list of the files you have opened most frequently. This is a handy feature if you tend to use certain documents for reference – which could be the case if you’re looking at recipes books or manuals.

Sumatra PDF frequently read files

We liked

PDF readers have, over the years, managed to earn themselves something of a reputation for being slow, lumbering beasts – thanks largely to Adobe Reader. Sumatra PDF bucks the trend. It is small, svelte, lightweight and lightning fast.

Sure, the program is a little light of features, but that’s because the focus is on quick and easy viewing of PDFs, plus ebooks in EPUB and MOBI format, and XPS, DjVu, CHM, CBZ and CBR reader files.

Sumatra PDF options

We disliked

One thing that’s a little strange about Sumatra PDF is the apparent paucity of settings available for adjusting how the program looks and behaves.

The main Options link in the Settings menu reveals a few things you can change, but more can be found under Advanced Options. The only problem is that this is an HTML file that you need to edit. While this isn’t a major problem, it’s a strange approach to things that could have been better implemented.

Sumatra PDF basic settings

Final verdict

Download Sumatra PDF freeIf you’re looking for a quick, simple PDF and ebook reader and organizer, SumatraPDF is perfect. It really is no-frills, but it has all of the essentials covered.

Specifications

Developer: Krzysztof Kowalczyk

Licence: Freeware

System requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Processor: Not specified
  • RAM: Not specified
  • Disk space: 4.34MB

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In Sweden and Finland, tech companies help refugees find work – CNET

Both Nordic nations are stretched thin processing thousands of new asylum seekers. The tech industry is lending a much-needed hand.
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WhatsApp draws closer to Facebook, makes it easier for businesses to message you – CNET

WhatsApp finally updates its terms and conditions, two years after being bought by Facebook.
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Amazon offers up car advice with Amazon Vehicles – Roadshow

The new site within Amazon.com can steer you to research on thousands of cars and trucks, as well as customer reviews.
Source: CNet