Office for iPhone? Not without a subscriptionMicrosoft pushes Office 365 memberships with its new iPhone app, Project M.O.J.O. enters the Android-console competition, and Google+ rolls out new features.
Finally, Microsoft Office is coming to the iPhone. Well, sort of. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Microsoft has released an Office Mobile app for iPhone users but there is a bit of a catch. You have to be a subscriber to Microsoft's Office 365 service which starts at $100 a year and it gives subscribers the ability to install Office apps on up to 5 devices like PCs, Macs, tablets and phones. The iPhone app includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It's not really meant for creating documents but it does make it easy to quickly edit or fix an existing document. You can sync it also to SkyDrive. It's not optimized for iPad and there's no Android app yet. So, honors of other devices, you'll have to access Office web apps through the mobile web browser. Android is invading the living room as yet another Android-based video game console enters the scene. The latest is Project MOJO by a company called Mad Catz. You plug the MOJO to your TV and it brings up a direct link to the Google Playstore and Amazon app store, and you could just play whatever games you already purchased with your existing accounts. It will ship with a wireless controller by the holidays and it will be competing with other Android-based system like the OUYA and GamePop. When you're searching for something on Facebook, you won't see anymore ads in the search results. Facebook says most advertisers don't see the need to pay for a search ad when their product already showed up in the search results. It was redundant. It's always a good idea to double check the app you're downloading on Android to make sure it's legit because a hacker created a malicious app that masqueraded as the popular game Bad Piggies. It had the same photo and description as the real game but it was just called Bad Pigs and it was downloaded more than 10,000 times before it was taken down. One other clue it wasn't the real game, the developer was listed as Dan Stokes rather than the game publisher Rovio. Todays featured app is Google Plus, which just got a few upgrades. The biggest change is to notifications. Now, it syncs your accounts across all your devices. So, when you read or dismiss a notification on your phone, it won't keep bothering you on your tablet or PC. There will also be a new bell icon and a new notification tray that separates old items from new ones. That's slowly rolling out to everyone starting with Android users and on the web and then later iPhones and iPads. And the Android Google Plus app now can let you delete photos from the photos view and if you tap a post, you can see the number of comments, shares and +1s. That's your tech news update. You can find more details on these stories at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.