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Learn how to edit nearly any file on your phone or tablet

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Gizmodo gives good tips on how to edit nearly any file on your phone or tablet …

“The mobile versions of Word (Android/iOS), Excel (Android/iOS), and PowerPoint (Android/iOS) are obvious apps to call on if you get a lot of Office files sent to your phone or tablet. They’ll give you perfect previews of your files, and assuming you’re on a device with a screen less than 10.1 inches in size, they let you make edits too, as long as you have a free Microsoft account.

If you have a large tablet, or don’t want to set up a Microsoft account, all is not lost. You can use Apple’s own Pages, Numbers, or Keynote apps for iOS to import and edit office files, though you might get some formatting quirks along the way. Likewise, Google Docs (Android/iOS), Sheets (Android/iOS), and Slides (Android/iOS) will have a stab at opening and editing Microsoft Office files, though the formatting and layout might not be perfectly preserved.”

Government shutdown will not stop the Santa Tracker

NORAD's Santa tracker

BREAKING NEWS: The government shutdown will not affect the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

“For 60 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.”