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Monday was a big day for Microsoft, who officially launched a revamped, free version of OneNote and celebrated by coming to Mac OS X for the first time. Can the titan from Redmond compete with the likes of Evernote? Time will tell, but for now we'll sit back and see what happens, along with gathering up all the other news that you might have missed from the last 24 hours or so...
Microsoft OneNote fans finally had their prayers answered on Monday with the debut of a Mac version, available free on the Mac App Store for the first time ever. But that's not all: The OneNote service is now completely free across all platforms, with premium features optionally available to paid customers. Billed as "the ultimate extension for your brain" (which sounds curiously close to rival Evernote to us), third-party developers can also join in the fun with a new cloud API which includes IFTTT and popular scanners such as Epson and Neat. Last but not least, the service now includes options for clipping notes from websites or emailing them straight into OneNote as well as connecting to blogs and news articles through popular sources like Feedly and News360.
Flixel Photos pinged us with a heads-up about a pretty amazing deal they've got running in the Mac App Store for the next few days. The company's Cinemagraph Pro for Mac turns photographs into moving videos, and the usually $199.99 software can be had for a mere $14.99 until Thursday, March 20. It's pretty rare that Mac fans ever see this kind of software discounted by 90 percent, and the deal has pushed Cinemagraph Pro into the ranks of the top paid photo app in more than 76 countries -- so grab it before the price soars back into the stratosphere! (Updated with deal cutoff date.)
Taking pictures with a smartphone or tablet is pretty great, but those who miss the tactile feel of real photo prints might want to check out a new Kickstarter campaign for LifePrint. Billed as a "wireless social printer," the diminutive piece of hardware creates color prints in as little as 60 seconds, and the companion iOS or Android app allows friends and family to link their remote LifePrint printers together and instantly share with each other, even when halfway around the world. The only potential downside is the cost: $200, which includes a modest 10 pieces of film. LifePrint hopes to raise $200,000 by April 25 and have offered some lucrative pledges for both mobile platforms to help entice backers.
The fine folks at Adobe pushed out a new update to its Digital Publishing Suite on Monday, and while readers on the iPhone and iPad may not notice any big changes, Android and Windows users certainly will. That's because DPS now includes native content viewers, which make the non-iOS experience much closer to that of Apple's own devices. Content creators can also now choose to use an AIR-based DPS App Builder on the Mac, or a web-based version that can be used on any platform. The entire process is also now more secure now that DPS enable encryption of .folio files during delivery to Adobe's servers, while text and push notifications are now more streamlined than ever. Last but not least, Adobe has made the technical specifications for the .folio format available to all under a free license, presumably a first step toward making the file format as widespread as PDF.
Tuesday, March 18 is the day Windows 8.1 tablet lovers have been waiting for: Microsoft announced Monday that the Surface 2 is now available in a model with mobile broadband built-in, courtesy of AT&T's 4G LTE service. The 64GB variant sells for $679, but you'll need to head to the Microsoft Store or Best Buy (web or retail) to nab one -- AT&T won't actually be selling this model. The good news is the Surface 2 with AT&T 4G LTE can be added to an existing Mobile Share plan for only $10 per month, and the carrier has plenty of other enticing prepaid and postpaid packages available, and the deal includes 200GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for two years.
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