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Office Mobile for iPhone and iPad app references revealed by Microsoft

Office Mobile for iPhone and iPad app references revealed by Microsoft | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Microsoft has confirmed the existence of its Office Mobile for iPhone, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps in newly posted support documents at the company's official Office site. Spotted by Mac4ever,...

 

iPad and iPhone users should be happy to hear they are not stuck with iWork anymore. It's reported that Microsoft Office will come to iOS. Office Mobile will debut as a free app for iOS and Android, providing basic viewing functionality. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out since Microsoft has entered the tablet market. One of their competitive advantages was that the Surface has a full version of MS Office.

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Review: Microsoft Office 2013 features new look, prices | PCWorld

Review: Microsoft Office 2013 features new look, prices  | PCWorld | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Microsoft's refreshed productivity suite sports a major design overhaul and seamless cloud integration—at a higher price.

 

Office 2013 will be available in the first quarter of 2013. It's already available for business customers. The new Office applications look much sleeker and deliver several improvements. However, the suite will also cost more. $140 for Office 2013 Home and Student and $400 for Office 2013 Professional which throws in Publisher and Access. MS Office went through a redesign and now uses white backgrounds almost everywhere creating less clutter and a more fluid look. The suite offers easy integration with Microsoft's online storage options such as SkyDrive. It has also been improved for reading documents, not just writing. Microsoft introduced a read mode. Bottom line: Microsoft introduces a new design and usibility improvements but also with higher prices and the improvements over 2010 might not be worth updating.

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Apple-Google Team Up for $500 Million-Plus Kodak Patents Bid

Apple-Google Team Up for $500 Million-Plus Kodak Patents Bid | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have joined forces to offer more than $500 million to buy Eastman Kodak Co.’s patents out of bankruptcy, said people familiar with the situation.

 

Apple and Google have joined forces to offer more than $500 million to buy Eastman Kodak Co.’s patents out of bankruptcy. It's interesting that two companies competing for dominance of the smartphone market have partnered together. 

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Confirmed: Effective Immediately, Say Goodbye to Instagram Photos Inside of Twitter

Confirmed: Effective Immediately, Say Goodbye to Instagram Photos Inside of Twitter | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Goodbye, Lo-Fi....

 

Say Goodbye to Instagram integration into Twitter. Instagram completely shut off support for Twitter Cards on Sunday. Users can still post Instagram links to Twitter but you can no longer view Instagram photos from within Twitter. However, Twitter will probably integrate photo filters inside the Twitter app before the end of the year. Twitter confirmed this on their blog. If Twitter integrates filters into its app, this could be an advantage making people rely on only Twitter rather than both Instagram and Twitter.

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This week at Microsoft: IE10, Windows 8, XP, and Outlook.com

This week at Microsoft: IE10, Windows 8, XP, and Outlook.com | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Friday is upon us yet again, my dear friends, making it time for yet another weekly Microsoft roundup. I do hope that you are mentally prepared for our endeavor.

Now, to spare us ...

 

Interested in what's going on at Microsoft? Check out this article which identifies trends with IE10, Windows 8, Windows XP, and Outlook.com. IE10 has reached the .5% market share barrier. Yes, a small start but since it's only on Windows 8 and trial versions for Windows 7, it's a measurable one. On the other hand, Chrome fell 1.31% between October and November. Windows Phone sales have quadrupled and app download rates and revenues have doubled. This week Windows 8 passed the 1% market share while Windows XP fell just below the 40% market share. Lastly, Outlook.com is Microsoft's new email provider, and Microsoft is currently beginning to push Hotmail users to the new Outlook.com.

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Acer C7 Chromebook review: the rebirth of the $199 laptop?

Acer C7 Chromebook review: the rebirth of the $199 laptop? | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Chrome OS is in the midst of a sort of existential crisis. Google's web-based OS was originally used on full-fledged, full-powered and full-priced laptops, but its niche now seems to be cheaper,...

 

Looking for a cheap Chromebook? Read this review before you step into Best Buy to purchase. Google first positioned the Chromebook as a full powered, PC with full powered specs. However, recently Chromebook prices have been dropping lower and lower as well as the specifications with them. It may be that the Chome OS simply does not need a full powered PC (similar to Windows RT). However according ot David Pierce at the Verge, Acer is taking cheap to a new extreme. Apparently the C7s has multiple design flaws which Acer did not take the time to fix or simply did not care. However, they did find that it had pretty solid performance, a quick resume time, and good keyboard. Some of the flaws included the design, short batter life, poor trackpad, and slow boot time. Just a few things to consider before purchasing this Acer Chromebook.

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Surprisingly, touchscreen laptops don't suck

Surprisingly, touchscreen laptops don't suck | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

With Windows 8, touchscreens are more relevant than ever before. However, some pundits have long believed that a touchscreen simply doesn't belong on a laptop. Sometimes, they quote Steve Jobs....

 

 

Here's an interesting article from The Verge's Sean Hollister describing his experience using touchscreens on laptops. In the past, a problem called the 'gorilla arm' has been brought up stating that if you are constantly trying to touch a vertical touchscreen (as in one on a notebook), you're hand will become tired. However, Hollister brings up the fact that you aren't just holding your arm out in space. You would be resting it on a keyboard or a table. Interesting point. Furthermore, he goes on to describe how the touchscreen isn't a replacement for a keyboard and mouse; it's a complement. I totally agree. Why would you want to reach down to a glass trackpad and navigate a mouse when you could simply touch the screen and launch your intended program?

 

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PS Vita firmware update 2.0 adds an email client and improves the browser

PS Vita firmware update 2.0 adds an email client and improves the browser | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Sony has released perhaps its biggest update yet to the PlayStation Vita. Apart from coming with support for PlayStation Plus on the handheld, firmware version 2.0 adds an email client along with...

 

Sony has released a firmware update for the PlayStation Vita that will add a better browser and email client. However, The Verge commented that it is lacking features like push notifications and conversation threading. Sony might be pushing this device to align closer with tablets but with a huge emphasis on entertainment. Sony's latest ploy to keep your phone in your pocket.

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Windows Phone 8 Users Reporting Random Reboots, Freezing; Nokia, HTC Handsets Affected | TechCrunch

Windows Phone 8 Users Reporting Random Reboots, Freezing; Nokia, HTC Handsets Affected | TechCrunch | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Some Windows Phone 8 users are reporting problems with random reboots and freezes.

 

After the release of Windows Phone 8, some users are reporting problems with random reboots and freezes which has been reported on various forums. It's unclear what is triggering the problems whether it is hardware or software. The phones named by the forum include the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X. Nokia has acknowledged that there have been "a small number of people experiencing this unusual performance." Microsoft better hope these problems dissapear. With slow Windows 8 sales and Windows Phone 8 the future might be dim. 

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How To: Map Network Skydrive Folder on Windows & Surface RT

How To: Map Network Skydrive Folder on Windows & Surface RT | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

With the brand new Surface RT with Microsoft Windows RT installed, there are some limitations that are in place as to what it can or can’t do. While the Windows 8 Pro version can do anything ...

 

Here's an extremely helpful article for Windows RT users that are missing the SkyDrive Desktop application. As you might know, Windows RT only allows apps to run from the Windows Store which excludes legacy applications like the SkyDrive desktop app. You might have noticed that your SkyDrive folder is not included in Explorer. Here's the next best thing - a Mapped SkyDrive Drive. The biggest benefit to a mapped network drive is being able to access your SkyDrive files without going back and forth between apps to share something. This is a great way to expand your "hard drive" storage for any Windows RT device. Follow the article to figure out how. It's easy to do!

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Google declares Flash is now ‘fully sandboxed’ in Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS

Google declares Flash is now ‘fully sandboxed’ in Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Google today announced that Adobe Flash Player is now "fully sandboxed" in Chrome on all desktop platforms it supports: Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. This is a big achievement ...

 

Welcome to a much more stable Chrome experience. Google is now fully integrating the Adobe Flash Player into Chrome rather than having it run as a plugin (exactly what Microsoft did with IE 10). This is a huge improvement as Flash is one of the largest causes in system crashes both Macs and PCs. Furthermore, putting it into a "sandbox" will greatly reduce Flash security vulnerabilites. 

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Nokia rebrands maps platform as Here, introduces collaborative mapping system

Nokia rebrands maps platform as Here, introduces collaborative mapping system | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Today at an event in San Francisco, Nokia announced the expansion to its existing mapping platform, which it is calling Here. While many of the functions and services are consistent with prior...

 

Frustrated by the lack of features and accuracy of the new Apple iPhone Maps? With the launch of Nokia's newly branded maps app, Here, iOS and Android users can have another option. Nokia has been known to have a good map database as well as appon the Windows Phone. One new feature with this release is the ability to enter POV or street-view similar to Google maps. Nokia has also developed a way to take collaborative user data and analyze it to make updates to its official maps database. This has the potential to be a very good GPS alternative on mobile devices.

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Can I Access My Mac/PC Remotely From My iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini? - Forbes

Can I Access My Mac/PC Remotely From My iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini? - Forbes | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Time to answer another question from the mailbox: Is there an app I can use to connect to my PC/Mac from my iPhone/iPad/iPad mini? Indeed, there's an app for that. In fact, there are a number of apps for that.

 

Forget to email yourself that file on your PC or Mac? Here's an article that identifies and reviews a couple of iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini apps that will allow you to remotely log in to your computer and control it. The article covers two apps: LogMeIn and Jump Desktop. LogMeIn is the easiest to use and most popular. The basic version is free but you can also purchase the premium version for HD video and audio streaming. The other app it covers is Jump Desktop which creates a secure connection between your PCs/Macs. One advantage is that it does not require you to download any additional software onto your computer. The one downfall is that Jump Desktop is $9.99 in the iTunes app store. If you need a solution to control your computer from your Apple mobile device, check out these two programs.

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Microsoft Says It Has Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses To Date | TechCrunch

Microsoft Says It Has Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses To Date | TechCrunch | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Microsoft just announced that it has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.

 

Microsoft just announced that it has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far. This is the first update the company has given since it announced that it had sold 4 million upgrades over the first weekend after Windows 8 went on sale earlier this month.

       
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12 Essential Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

12 Essential Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Get over it. Windows 8 is different from Windows 7, which means learning new stuff including keyboard shortcuts that can save valuable time vs accomplishing the same thing using touchscreen commands.

 

Here is a great list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts. The list includes shortcuts for:

1. Admin Menu

2. Charms

3. Settings

4. Sharing

5. Second Screen

6. Search

7. Snap an app

8. Running apps

9. Closing apps

10. The Desktop

11. Explorer

12. Lock the PC

 

If you want to get around Windows 8 more efficiently and quicker, you should learn these keyboard shortcuts.  

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Foxconn Planning U.S. Expansion Alongside Apple's Push for Domestic Mac Production

Foxconn Planning U.S. Expansion Alongside Apple's Push for Domestic Mac Production | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
Just as Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that Apple will be bringing some Mac production back to the United States next year, Bloomberg reports that...

 

Just as Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that Apple will be bringing some Mac production back to the United States next year, Bloomberg reports that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is seeking to expand into the country.

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T-Mobile to sell Apple products in 2013

T-Mobile to sell Apple products in 2013 | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

T-Mobile USA has just announced that it'll finally bring Apple products to market in 2013, making it the last major carrier in the US to do so. The company slipped this major news into a press...

 

Apple products will no longer be available at only Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. In 2013, it's reported that T-Mobile will sell Apple products making it the major carrier to do so in the US. T-Mobile expects to carry both the iPhone and iPad. This will definitely help T-Mobile with its declining new subscribers and declining user base.

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Microsoft reportedly moving Surface into additional retail stores 'within days'

Microsoft reportedly moving Surface into additional retail stores 'within days' | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is currently only available in the company's stores across the US or online in select countries, but that might be about to change. Paul Thurrott over at Windows IT...

 

Here's some welcoming news for people wanting to demo the Microsoft Surface but can't because there's no Microsoft Stores near. It's reported that the Microsoft Surface RT, which is currently only available at Microsoft Stores or online, will shortly be available in retail stores. Currenlty, Microsoft has a very limited distribution for its Surface. This may be killing Surface sales. By having it in retail outlets consumers will be able to demo it and have more access to it. This is definitely something Microsoft needs to do if it wants the Surface to be a success.

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Microsoft Rumored To Deliver Three New Surface Tablets In 2013 | TechCrunch

Microsoft Rumored To Deliver Three New Surface Tablets In 2013 | TechCrunch | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

A relatively reliable MSFT tipster @MS_nerd recently tweeted that Redmond will release three new and distinct generations of the Surface tablet sometime in 2013.

 

A reliable Microsoft source recently tweeted that he/she thinks Microsoft will release 3 distinct tablets in 2013. Microsoft has admitted that it had entered the tablet hardware market late, but Ballmer says "that the company would never again let hardware or anything else stand as a barrier to innovation." It's anticipated that one tablet will have a slightly smaller screen than the current Surface with a Qualcomm chipset rather than the Surface with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 Chip. It's also rumored that one with an AMD APU tablet will be released.  Of course, it will probably be a while until we see these but maybe there's a Surface Pro, Surface Mini, and Surface Xbox on the way?

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Syrian Internet Outage Raises Question “Could It Happen Here?”

Syrian Internet Outage Raises Question “Could It Happen Here?” | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Short Answer: It depends on where you live.

 

With the Syrian Internet outage that happened last week, it raises an important question: Could it happen here? Thankfully, according to this article citing Renesys, the United States is very resistant to an internet outage. This is because we have over 40 companies providing Internet infrastructure to the United States. On the other hand, countries like Syria, Libya, Cuba, and North Korea only have one or two companies providing Internet infrastructure to the countries. This makes it much easier for the government to "pull the plug".

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Apple’s OS X 10.9 Reportedly Bringing Siri, Maps Integration To The Mac | TechCrunch

Apple’s OS X 10.9 Reportedly Bringing Siri, Maps Integration To The Mac | TechCrunch | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

A new report from 9t05Mac this morning claims that Apple will be delivering a couple of very interesting features to the desktop, in a move that continues its trend of making its traditional computers more closely resemble its iOS-based devices...

 

Fans of the popular Siri on the iPhone and iPad will be happy to hear that 9to5Mac claims that will be a new feature in Mac OS X 10.8. With every release of OS X the more it resembles its iOS-based devices. Not only will Siri voice commands be included, a "reliable source" hints that Maps might show up on the Mac too. Bringing Siri to the Mac would be a huge advantage. Think of the possibilities. Control your Mac with your voice. It would ultimately replace all dictation software for Macs. We should know more about OS X 10.9 by June.

 

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Nintendo Wii U Launch Hindered by Software Updates, Missing Features

Nintendo Wii U Launch Hindered by Software Updates, Missing Features | TechDeeply | Scoop.it

Nintendo Wii U owners are facing slow downloads of required software updates, and finding some of the most notable features of the new gaming console to be unavailable.

 

While Nintendo Wii U launched last night with a big bang, many users are being hindered by slow mandatory software updates and many features are unavailable including their Miiverse (their social network). Furthermore, some video services including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and TVii weren't available at launch. Therefore, it might be advised to wait to purchase the Wii U until these problems are fixed and video services are available. You're probably going to buy these for the Holidays anyways. If you do want it now, the basic set costs $300 while the deluxe version with more storage and the Nintendo Land videogame costs $350.

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Google's new Search app for Windows RT gives users an alternative to Bing

Google's new Search app for Windows RT gives users an alternative to Bing | TechDeeply | Scoop.it
To go along with the launch of Windows 8, Google had new versions of Chrome and its Google Search app ready to go for upgraders — and the company even produced a little video showing confused...

 

Sick of using Bing and IE on Windows 8 and RT? Finally, there's a solution. Google has released a Chrome and Google Search app for Windows 8. Google is doing a good job of making it easy for Windows 8 and RT users to download and use the app by displaying a video and link to download it on Google's homepage. Furthermore, you can use the Google Search app on Windows RT as an alternative browser. Once you search, you can open the link in the built-in browser with the app. This is definitely a plus for consumers with Windows RT that do not want to use IE as their main web browser.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 10

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IE10 is certainly the best browser for Windows 8, adding speed and support for touch interfaces, but Chrome still leads overall.

 

Microsoft is now rolling out IE 10 for Windows 7. It has been available since the release of Windows 8 and Windows RT on October 26th. PCMag has done a review on it comparing it to Chrome, Firefox, and IE 9. Overall, PCMag identifies it was the best option for Windows 8; however, Chrome still trumps it overall which isn't unexpected. Some of the pros include it integrating with the Windows ecosystem tightly, increased speed, and excellent touch capabilites. Some of the cons include having a "split personality" on Windows 8 where there's the Metro UI version as well as the Desktop version. If you're a Windows user, you might want to check out the upgrade.

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Microsofts Windows head makes exit

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SEATTLE: The executive most widely tipped to be the next chief executive of Microsoft Corp has left the world's largest software maker barely two weeks after launching the flagship Windows 8, as ...

 

Here's some breaking news for Microsoft. The President of the Windows and Windows Live division that headed the recent Windows 8 launch has resigned from his position last night. This definitely surprised me since it was thought that he would be the next CEO after Steve Ballmer. An inside source said, "his relentlessly aggressive style exasperated other leaders and may have alienated too many people." Looks like he had some controversies and was creating tension between some of the executives. If he was indeed unwilling to work cohesively with other Microsoft units, this might be a good move to keep synergy between Microsoft and create a larger product ecosystem. 

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