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IN THE NEWS: MICROSOFT RELEASES iPAD VERSION OF OFFICE SOFTWARE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's most popular software application is now available on the world's most popular tablet computer. Microsoft is now out with an iPad version of its Office suite. The move comes nearly four years after Apple released the iPad — the device that has contributed to a steady decline in sales of desktop and laptop machines running the Windows operating system. The move also signals a new era for Microsoft, which is now under the reign of Sayta Nadella as CEO. Nadella has promised to focus more on the devices people are using — rather than trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise.

IN THE NEWS: AMAZON WON'T BE OFFERING MEDIA STREAMING SERVICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — So much for speculation. Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service. Word had been spreading that Amazon was about to make an announcement about such a streaming service when it promoted a media event in New York next week. But spokeswoman Sally Fouts says the company has no such plans in the works. The Wall Street Journal reported Amazon is thinking about an ad-supported streaming TV and music video service. That story followed an email Amazon sent reporters inviting them to hear about an update to its video business.

ON THE WEB: CHERRY BLOSSOM WATCH

CYBERSPACE (AP) — People come from around the country and around the world to see them — but so far, there just isn't much to see when it comes to the cherry blossoms that bring flocks of tourists to Washington D.C each spring. Though the National Cherry Blossom Festival began more than a week ago, there are few signs of the signature pink and white buds along the Tidal Basin. The peak bloom period is predicted for April 8-12. You can keep tabs on the progress through a site run by the National Parks Service, which includes a blossom cam.

Online:

Cherry Blossom Watch site: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/bloom-watch

IN STORES: V-MODA CROSSFADE M-100 HEADPHONES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some things you have to see to believe. In the case of the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones, you have to both see — and hear them — to believe. The headset is built to last, with metal and steel parts for the cups that cover your ears and the parts that attach to the headband. But the sound the headset produces sure isn't tinny. The M-100 has 50mm dual diaphragm drivers. And that means whether you want to listen to music or talk on the telephone, the sound is excellent; the bass pounds your eardrum even as higher pitched sounds remain clear — and the headset has noise isolating functions. M-100s come with a mic cable, share play audio cable — which can also be used to mix in a second source — and a quarter-inch adapter for those who need a phono plug. The headset also has an exoskeleton hard case to protect it all. For those who want to use the headset for gaming, podcasting, broadcasting or other types of recording, there is a Boom Pro microphone that plugs into the headset — but it is sold separately.

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Online:

V-Moda Crossfade M-100 site: http://v-moda.com/crossfade-m-100

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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