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Office 365 Personal now available for $7 p/m

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft has announced that their leaner version of the subscription based Office 365 is now available for $7 per month or $70 per year.

The new package lets you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Mac or Windows computer and one tablet. There is also the possibility of mobile access. This comes in the form of Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. (more…)

Dropping Dropbox? Here are Five Alternatives.

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Dropbox is the King of cloud storage. As any King might tell you, their temptation to become a tyrant is high. This is the dilemma that Dropbox finds itself at the horns of. It’s becoming clear now that the intrusive inspection of users’ private files that happened at the end of March was only the tip of the tyrannical iceberg.

Last week Dropbox announced that former US Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice has joined the company’s Board of Directors. This would be troublesome news because of her involvement in building the case for invading Iraq under false pretenses. It would even be unconscionable considering how she made government sanctioned torture a reality. But what makes this utterly shocking is that she is one of the minds behind the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping policies that have lead to the widespread intrusions into our privacy by the likes of the NSA and GCHQ.

The rise of Dropbox was based around an incredibly simple idea: seamlessly store and share files online. The unprecedented way that the service integrated into a Mac or PC seemed magical. With the dawn of the new age of smartphones, their iOS and Android applications further cemented Dropbox as the cloud storage service of choice. Success, as we know, blazes a trail for competitors to follow. Startups like SugarSync and Box along with tech heavyweights like Google and Microsoft all want a piece of the cloud storage space. (more…)

Google beat Facebook to the punch in Titan Aerospace acquisition

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Last month we caught wind that Facebook wants to buy Titan Aerospace in order to bring internet to more people around the world. The company’s solar drones would be able to stay in the air for years at a time and deliver satellite internet from above.

Google has beaten Facebook to the punch, though. Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace and according to the Wall Street Journal Mountain View hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which would have been a direct competitor to the solar drones.

Facebook, on the other hand, went ahead with another drone company called Ascenta. Check out the official press release from Titan Aerospace: (more…)

More ads coming to your Twitter feed

Published by on Apr 7th, 2014, No Comments

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Adverts in social media are simply unavoidable, and we should all just accept it. But is there a point when you say “Enough is enough”?

According to reports, we might be seeing a lot more ads on Twitter before the end of the year. Twitter plans to debut 15 new types of ad products over the next six months as a bid to gain more advertising dollars and mobile game developers over to its side. (more…)

Windows Phone coming to cars with co-pilot Cortana

Published by on Apr 7th, 2014, No Comments

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Major moves from Google and Apple to bring their software to the automobile industry has inevitably led to Microsoft also having to push in that direction. Windows have no equivalent to Apple’s CarPlay at the moment, but that might change real soon.

In a presentation at the Build conference, the software giant showed off Windows in the Car. It is still a conceptual platform, but with massive potential it seems. It would adapt Windows Phone’s apps and basic functions to in-vehicle interfaces. (more…)

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment

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Microsoft’s annual Build conference is underway and have wasted no time talking about some big announcements. The first major announcement is that of Windows Phone 8.1, of course.

With Windows Phone 8.1 will come a couple of new hardware partners, namely Micromax and Prestigio. They aren’t that well known to the most of us, but are already hard at work on some prototype devices that will launch soon.

There are some interesting new features of the mobile OS show off by Joe Belfoire, the first being the Action Centre. It behaves very much like notification centres we’ve seen on other operating systems and it was sorely needed in Microsoft’s offering. The lock screen is now also fully customisable for third-party alternatives. (more…)

Samsung’s connected home a reality with Smart Home

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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Samsung wants to automate your entire household with an array of appliances and services. It has launched its Smart Home service in Korea and the US, with launches in other territories coming soon.

You can now download an Android app that, in conjunction with Samsung’s cloud service, will give you control over certain Samsung smart appliances. (more…)

Apple considering iTunes Store for Android

Published by on Mar 24th, 2014, 6 Comments

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The only problem with iTunes as a place to get cheap music is that you have to have an Apple device to take advantage of it (if you don’t have a Windows PC). There are multitudes more Android devices out there than Apple devices, and Apple might look to take advantage of the vast numbers. (more…)

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