Google: Working with Word, Excel and Powerpoint docs on Android just got a lot easier

G Suite users will now be able to edit, comment and collaborate on Microsoft Office files on Android devices using Google’s office productivity software. 

The update means that users of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on mobile devices will no longer need to convert Microsoft Office documents into a format that works with Google’s mobile apps. 

As Google notes, Office editing in G Suite will replace QuickOffice, a discontinued mobile app that was originally for Symbian OS phones and was extended to Android in 2010 to let users view, create and edit Microsoft Office documents. Google also called it Office Compatibility Mode. 

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The Office editing feature in G Suite offers real-time collaboration tools as well as improved sharing options and controls. It also reduces the need to download and email file attachments. 

“Office editing will make it easy for G Suite

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Robots stumble amid COVID-19 pressure

New data released by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and ITR Economics suggest that even robots, which in many ways have been the darling technology of the pandemic, are not immune from stagnating sales. The data indicates a substantial year-to-date decline in robotics, machine vision, and motion control orders compared to last year.

Released as part of the Global Economic and Automation Outlook, the numbers put the decline in robot orders in North America, which totaled 13,524 units, at a whopping 18% compared to the first half of 2019. Order revenues fell in equal measure to $716 million in the North American market.

The scale of the contraction may seem surprising given the rosy outlook for automation amid pandemic-related shutdowns. However, the top-line numbers also mask strong performance in certain automation categories.

“It’s clear that our industry is feeling the effects of COVID-19, its strain on supply

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Ericsson 5G rides on Shenyang subway, goes live in Denmark and launches in Spain

Sending more opportunities in the global 5G market, Ericsson has announced deployment and contract wins for its next-generation communications technology in Europe and Asia.

Specifically, Ericsson’s 5G indoor radio small cell solution, the Ericsson Radio Dot System, has been deployed by China Mobile to change public transportation experiences on an entire subway line for customers in the city of Shenyang, while Spain’s two largest cities are set to be the first to benefit from Orange 5G services powered by Ericsson.

In addition, Ericsson is claiming that its technology has allowed Danish communications service provider TDC to beat its nationwide 5G network roll-out timeline and launch commercial 5G across most of the country.

More than 900,000 passengers use the subway system in Shenyang, China every day. The Ericsson 5G Radio Dot deployment on Line 9 is helping China Mobile to meet the increasing data needs from its customers – particularly in

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In the latest iOS 14 beta, Smart App Banners prompt users to open stories in the News app when they open webpages of a News+ partner, instead of publisher apps (Mike Peterson/AppleInsider)

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In the latest iOS 14 beta, Smart App Banners prompt users to open stories in the News app when they open webpages of a News+ partner, instead of publisher apps  —  Apple has made a change to its Smart App Banner API that points users to the Apple News app instead of a third-party app … … Read More