Looking for a free office app for your iOS device? You can always find one in the Apps Store. Some examples include Documents and Documents 2 apps. But the common problem among the free versions is the limited capabilities. For example, Documents app has the basic capabilities like creating and editing text and excel files. But recent updates on the app does nothing good but pull back some of the capabilities in the free version which appears to be a push for current users to upgrade to a paid version.
Smart Office 2 – Complete and Free Office App
As I explore the app store last week, I noticed that one of the top application in the chart was Smart Office. It was free and offers almost all the needed capabilities of an office app. It can view, create and edit Microsoft Office documents such as Word 2003, Word 2007, Excel 2003, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2003, and PowerPoint 2007 files. You can even store them in your Google Drive or Drop Box accounts. Yes, all of those capabilities are for Free.
One of the few things though I don’t like about the App is its navigation. It doesn’t match the iOS conventional navigation and it can be really confusing to first time users. Also, it will take some time for an average users to learn to create the presentations and excel files. But I guess the latter was primarily die to the touch environment, not about the app itself. But again, the fact that it is powerful yet it was offered for free readily overshadows the flaws I just mentioned.
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The Department of Education (DepEd) proudly announced today that they have teamed up with Google to provide IT infrastructure that will enable quick and easy collaboration among the 600,000 teachers, staffs and administrators nationwide. DepEd will be using Google Apps, Google’s cloud-based collaborative IT solution which is basically composed of email (Google Mail), chat (Google Chat), calendar (Google Calendar) and document storage, sharing, and editing (Google Docs and Google Drive).
With this move, the Department of Education is expected to save significant amount from their IT expenses. Also, DepEd will join over 16 Million students and and teachers around the world who uses Google Apps for Education.
Cloud Computing is a technology that allows the user to use software solutions without actually installing the software in their devices. The cloud-based software is typically used via internet browser. And because the software doesn’t need to be installed in many devices, cloud computing offers advantages in cost and ease of management because the data is centralized. One concern though with cloud computing is security.
Among the leading providers of cloud computing applications were Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.
see press release here.
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Heard the big tech news of the day? Microsoft has unveiled its new logo, a change that took place after 25 years since the company introduces its former logo. And for the first time, a symbol (four colored squares) are now present in the design.
Well, according to the company, the change is not simply just to change the logo. The change represents a milestone in the company. In their official blog, Jeff Hansen, General Manager of Brand Strategy at Microsoft said that this is the perfect time to change since the company made significant changes to almost all their products including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Office and Xbox. The introduction of the symbol, four squares matching those of the former logo Windows represents Microsoft diverse portfolio of products. See the video below for more information.
The Yellow Square Represents What? A New Product?
If you notice in the video above, each colored square represents major Microsoft products. The blue represents Windows, the orange represents Office, and the green represents Xbox, Microsoft’s gaming console. Well how about the yellow? What product does it represent? Does it represent Microsoft venture to hardware by introducing the Surface Tablets or it is something that is still coming? Well, we can only speculate. For one thing, Microsoft is a great company, a great technology company that has a rich history of innovation and excellence. It wouldn’t be surprising if they launch a new product in the future.
Phishing is a deceptive email or instant message that pretends to be from a genuine source. The goal of phishing attacks is to get information from the victim. Typically, the attacker wants you to reply with your personal information or even your credit card information. The purpose of which is for the attacker to be able to access your account whether online or offline (using phone banking).
Usually, popular web mail services such as Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Outlook.com and Yahoo’s Yahoo Mail automatically direct those emails to your spam folder. But there are cases where it can still penetrate your inbox. Here’s one an example of a Phishing email that penetrated by outlook.com account. It looks genuine, and if you’re not careful, you will be deceived.
The email is pretends to be sent by Visa and asks me to update my information via the links shown in the email. If you click those links, it will take you to this page:
Page looks like genuine visa website. If you fail to recognize that this is fake, you will be giving them your credit/debit card information which will eventually lead to your account being accessed. And worst, they will make transaction using your account. Many already fell victim to this and later saw their accounts transacted huge amount of money. What a big loss!
How to know if this is indeed phishing email? Well, here are some details you need to examine closely.
1. sender’s email address
As you can see below, the email address is from firstname.lastname@example.org. See the anomaly? VERFIEDBYVISA.COM…again, VERFIED, not VERIFIED. Wrong spelling.
2. The TRUE URL of the link.
The displayed link may not be the true URL of the website. In this case, the link says www.visa.com/usa/update.php and www.visa.com/usa/validation.php. If you check the true URL, it was actually: tsasgas.com.
If you entered that URL, it will eventually redirect you to a website that looks like genuine visa.com.
The key to avoid being a victim of phishing is vigilance. Especially if it involves money, you really have to be careful. Anything that seems to be anomalous should be checked and examined carefully before you disclose any information. In this case, the fact the MasterCard and Visa will sent a joint email is already anomalous because they are a separate company and in stiff competition.
If you receive this email. Erase it from your inbox or mark it as spam.
Microsoft has re-branded their free web-mail service. From Hotmail, it will now be called Outlook.com.
Outlook.com have revamped Microsoft’s email interface making it clutter-free with touches echoing Metro style which is common to new Microsoft products such as Windows Phone 7 and Windows. Outlook.com have also integrated Skype video calls into their email service.
People – More Social
In replacement to Contacts, Microsoft added the People app (introduced in WP7). With that Microsoft was able to make Outlook.com more social. Using this feature, you can import your contacts from other social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Upgrade from Hotmail.com to Outlook.com email address
If you have existing Hotmail account, you have the option to either retain your old @hotmail.com address or you can switch to a new @outlook.com email address. Don’t worry about your contacts and old emails because even if you upgraded to Outlook.com, you will still have your original mails and the new messages to your old @hotmail.com address will now be redirected to your @outlook.com account. But whether you choose to upgrade or not, the user interface will still be updated.
Other features such as Calendar and Skydrive will still be there.
Microsoft have unveiled probably the most radical version of their popular productivity suite, the Office 2013. The new Office is now tailored to touch and mobile devices, instant access to Microsoft SkyDrive cloud services, and a more fluid and flexible user experience. Here’s a brief preview of the new features.
The new Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 beefs up the productivity software with new and exciting features. For example, in Word 2013, it would be very easy to attach videos from files or from online sources like YouTube. There’s also this feature called Object Zoom wherein objects like charts and images automatically zoom when clicked or tapped by the user. Upon tapping outside the object it returns to its original size. PDF files can now be opened in Word and act just like a Word document with the feature called PDF Reflow.
In PowerPoint 2013, Microsoft added many new templates that can make simple yet glamorous presentations. There’s also this feature called Merge Shapes that lets you do Boolean commands such as Union, Combine, Fragment, Intersect, and Subtract on the shapes you are using.
Excel 2013 has just become more smart than ever. Now Excel features Recommend Pivot Table where the program suggests different pivot tables and let’s you choose which one you want to use. With Recommended Charts, Excel will intelligently suggest charts that best represents your data. But of course the final choice is still yours.
Well, I mentioned just a few of the major revamps Microsoft has done in Office 2013 and 365. To know more why not try it yourself? Microsoft is offering Free Trial versions here.
Nokia-Microsoft deal has finally came to its first product as the largest cellphone maker in the world Nokia unveils their first set of smart phones powered by Microsoft Windows Phone 7 mobile OS – Lumia 710 and Lumia 800
Lumia 710 has a 3.7 LCD display powered by 1.4 GHz processor and 512 RAM. It has a 5MP autofocus camera capable of recording 720p HD videos.
Lumia 800 on the other hand boasts a 3.7 in AMOLED display powered by 1.4 GHz processor and 512 RAM. It comes with an 8MP autofocus camera, Carl Zeiss optics, flash and is capable of recording 720p videos. Lumia 800 looks very similar to the recently release Meego-powered N9 smartphone.
After her two-year stay as Yahoo Inc’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Carol Bartz was fired by the Yahoo Board replacing her with Yahoo’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Timothy Morse as an interim CEO.
The news was first posted by technology blog AllThingsD and was later confirmed by Yahoo’s Official Press Release.
Carol Bartz was hired by Yahoo Board to help the company from its continued sinking brought about by increasing competition from other digital media companies such as Google and Facebook. Microsoft offered to buy the company for $45 Billion but the company, headed by co-founder Jerry Yang back then, refused the offer.
Jerry Yang stepped down a few months after months of continued dip in Yahoo’s performance. He was later replaced by Carol Batz, former CEO of Autodesk, with the goal of saving the once internet star company from falling.
Bartz two years of tenure didn’t prove to be easy. Yahoo stocks continued to fall down and its relationship with Chinese company Alibaba soured because of failed negotiations. Criticism abound about the way Bartz handled the situation which eventually led to her being fired today.
Interestingly, yahoo stocks rose after the news of Batz being fired circulated over the internet.
Another big milestone in technology world was about to happen. Google is poised to acquire mobile pioneer Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion in an attempt to protect Android against impending patent litigation from companies such as Apple and Microsoft.
The acquisition was disclosed today in the Official Google Blog. As you read the blog post written by Larry Page, Google’s co-founder and CEO, you can clearly see that the goal is to strengthen Google’s patent portfolio with the sizable amount of intellectual properties developed by Motorola throughout its 80 years of mobile experience.
Motorola has been one of Google’s biggest partners with Android OS when it released the first Droid phones in 2008. Since then, Motorola has been betting big on Android OS making it the only OS that will run their handsets. And now, with Motorola Mobility under Google’s expanding roof, a sure flow of technology innovation will flow to Android.
Android Will Remain Open
Google made it clear that Android will remain an open source software and Motorola will remain as a licensee along with other manufacturers. Google will run Motorola as a separate business.
Internet calling and video chat software maker Skype has released the much awaited iPad App yesterday but quickly pulled it from the App Store hours after it was released saying that the App was still “premature” for public release.
The Skype for iPad App has all the necessary features we would have expected including the ability to have video chat in a wider screen of an iPad. Unlike the iPhone App though, Skype for iPad has the ability to send instant message while on a video conference. This is likely due to iPad’s bigger screen which allows Skype to place a small chat window without blocking the face of the person you are chatting with.
Skype for iPad works for both iPad 1 and iPad 2 but the former has no ability to video chat as we should already expect.
Since it was pulled out from the App Store, many are asking why it was released in the first place. Is there a communication gap inside Skype team? Does its acquisition by Microsoft affected their decision-making protocols? Or is it their latest strategy in making big buzz? If the latter is true, I’m not buying it.