The Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 are finally on sale. The Office 365 Home Premium is currently available for $99.99 a year as expected. For that kind of cash you get to install the software on up to five PC’s or Macs.
Office 365 is also available in a “University” version for all the college students and the variant is priced at $79.99 with a four year plan. Read more »
Google Maps can now show you detailed maps of North Korea – both road maps and satellite view. This is something I never thought I’d see so soon.
This happens shortly after Eric Schmidt returned from his visit to North Korea. Read more »
Google+, one of the latest additions to the social network club has overtaken Twitter to become the second most popular social networking website after Facebook.
According to Global Web Index report Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are the most used social platforms. Read more »
Nokia unveiled its Music+ service, which builds on the free Nokia Music by adding an optional monthly subscription of around €3.99/$3.99. Nokia Music+ will roll out over the next couple of weeks.
Nokia Music+ adds unlimited skips, downloads, lyrics and the option to listen to your music on a PC via a web-app. Read more »
H.265, the successor to the highly popular H.264 video codec, used for over 80 percent of all the online video, has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to be used for the creation of video content that is significantly smaller in size than what we have today.
Known also as High Efficiency Video Coded, H.265 allows file sizes that can be around half as much as the current H.264 encoded videos while maintaining the video quality. This allows content providers to supply much smaller files with the same quality, thus reducing the time required to download or stream the video. Read more »
Creators of the BitTorrent open source protocol have launched their own cloud storage service called BitTorrent Sync and it is rather unsurprisingly, based on the same protocol.
The service comes with its own application allowing users to store and sync folders to multiple devices. Interestingly, the service offers unlimited amount of storage making it a match made in heaven for large teams who collaborate on large files. Read more »
Google has announced a new version of their Image Search service. The changes are specifically targeted at improving the time required to find and download images.
Previously, clicking on a thumbnail in the Image Search results would load a silly iframe where the selected image was floating on top of the source page. This considerably increased the time required to access the image as the browser would be loading the image as well as the source page simultaneously. What Google has done now with the new Image Search is eliminate the iframe page altogether and display the image directly within the search results. Read more »
Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage, which was launched yesterday has allegedly hit the one million users mark already. The eye popping stats was acknowledged by Dotcom himself during the cloud storage party in New Zealand.
Dotcom explained that Mega was built upon MegaUpload, which turned out to be a prey for the US Justice Department. Read more »
Exactly a year ago, The US Justice Department shut down popular file sharing website Megaupload on grounds of promoting piracy, with the founder Kim Dotcom being arrested for it.
Dotcom has since then been working on a successor to Megaupload, which now a year after the original site went down, has finally gone live under the name Mega. Read more »
Apple is notorious for not letting competing ecosystems expand their services on its turf by demanding 30% of in-app sales and generally making those services jump through hoops to even get to be on iOS.
But Amazon found a loop hole in Cupertino’s tight defences and has now brought its MP3 store to iOS users via the Safari browser. Read more »
Viber is among the most popular apps for connecting with your contacts over a data connection and allowing you to offload a few bucks off your mobile bill.
The app’s latest update (v 2.3) for BlackBerry might be a little behind the curve (iOS and Android have been enjoying it for a while now) but in it users get stickers and emoticons as well as a revamped UI. Read more »
Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud sharing platform gets some welcome upgrades, including optimizations for touch devices and drag-and-drop support.
The new implementations are enabled by HTML5, so you know they’ll be future-proof for a wide range of browsers. Read more »
You’ve heard (or seen) Korean singer-slash-internet-phenomenon PSY and its Gangnam Style hit record.
Today it became the first video in YouTube’s history to surpass 1 billion views, breaking all sorts of other records in the process. Read more »
Flipboard has been available on both Android smartphones and iOS devices but it’s just now that it comes to Android tablets.
The app has been tailored specifically for the various Android screen sizes and display resolutions. Read more »
After the European launch last month, Google is now bringing the music match feature for the folks in the US. If you don’t know how this works, the service scans your local library and then adds those track to your online Google Play library so you can stream them later from anywhere.
This feature was already available on both iTunes and Amazon’s music service. Both these services are paid. Apple and Amazon charge $24.99 per year, which is not a bad deal when you consider what you’re getting but Google is offering an even better deal, where it’s free of cost, at least for the first 20,000 songs. Read more »