Microsoft officials are finally going public with the planned timeline for Office Next/Office 2013.
First up is release to manufacturing (RTM). Believe it or not, the next version of Office has RTM'd today, October 11 -- a month earlier than my sources and many Microsoft customers, partners, and pundits were predicting.
(A quick aside: The naming of the clients, servers, and services known by codename Office 15 is fairly confusing. Products with "2013" in the name -- like Office 2013 or Exchange Server 2013 -- seem to be the on-premises/locally installed versions. "Office Next&… Read more
With hours ticking down before Apple is said to unveil the new iPhone 5, old iPhones are flooding the market. eBay and Craigslist are full of them, and companies that specialize in buying back used mobile devices are reportedly busier than ever.
According to USA Today, NextWorth, which buys back used phones and gives quotes on their worth, had a record number of iPhone quote requests the past three weeks. From August 17 to September 6, requests for quotes increased by 610 percent over the same period before the launch of the iPhone 4S.
This may be because many iPhone … Read more
Whether the Apple TV undergoes a full transformation into something representing the future of television, a number of apps are attempting to take us there today. Live TV and the increasing number of streaming-video apps on iOS present a seemingly unbridgeable gulf, but apps like Dijit's NextGuide are doing their best to synthesize the experience.
Much like TV Guide's recently updated app, NextGuide is a mix of standard TV listings, social recommendations, and direct hooks to launch streaming-video apps with the content you're looking for. The layout and discovery of shows is based on tiles and genres, … Read more
The Nextbook Next3 8.4-inch tablet runs Android 2.1, houses a 600MHz Rockchip processor, and comes with 2GB of internal storage with SD expansion.
It also includes integrated Borders eBook Store software, powered by Kobo, as well as built-in 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi. The screen sports a resolution of 800x600 pixels and comes with a protective case and pointer stylus.
The tablet is currently difficult to find in stores and you may have better luck with the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Google, Canadians and Nic Cage. Tuesday's top tech stories are nuthin' but trouble.
Google may pay a record $22.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle a charge over a privacy violation made public six months ago. Google is accused of exploiting a loophole around user privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser. And the Wall Street Journal says this would be the largest penalty a single company has been asked to pay to the FTC. The Journal first brought the issue to light and exposed how Google used a code to get around privacy controls. Ad … Read more
Earlier this year, Next Issue Media introduced a unique approach that could revolutionize the way digital magazines are sold.
In what has been referenced as a Netflix-for-magazines-like scheme, tablet owners can essentially pay $10-$14 a month for all the magazines that they want to read -- not just one title but any of the "premiere" titles from the likes of Conde Nast, Time Inc,. and Hearst.
Initially, the platform has only been available for Android tablets running Honeycomb. CEO Morgan Guenther noted in an interview last week that the service already has approximately 40,000 accounts signed … Read more
In the hundreds of millions of Asian, Latin American, and African households where water is only available once every week or two weeks, families lose both time and potential income waiting to fill their buckets. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das talks to a founder at NextDrop, an organization that's using SMS technology to help families make sure they never miss a precious drop.
This post first appeared on SmartPlanet under the headline "How texting can solve unreliable water issues."
Skype's got ads, Vizio's got PCs, and we got issues (a whole Newsstand full of 'em):
Time Inc. has had a change of heart with Apple and will now begin selling magazine subscriptions through iPad's Newsstand app. Previous apps for Time Inc. magazines, like Sports Illustrated, only allowed for one issue to be purchased at a time. It also gave print subscribers free access.
Last year, Time Inc. opposed how Apple handled subscriptions, such as taking a 30 percent cut of sales and not releasing data on subscribers. But since then, Apple has lets readers opt-in to … Read more
First, an apology to those who've read this article before in its various iterations, you probably have a bad case of deja vu.
Truth be told, I originally published this column shortly after the iPhone 4 came out back in June 2010, which is why you see a lot of dated comments -- but they are fun to read.
Hopefully, this will be the last update, but you never know, considering how long this whole waiting-for-iPhone-5 saga has gone on. … Read more