On the heels of announcing updates to the iLife apps across both Mac and iOS platforms, Apple's Eddy Cue moved to to discuss the future of iWork, including the addition of collaboration for iWork in the Cloud.
Throw a virtual rock inside the App Store and you'll hit any number of titles touting support for venerable Microsoft Office documents, but all of them have one problem: They're not from the folks in Redmond. That situation has finally changed with the arrival of the poorly named Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers, a free mobile companion for Microsoft's productivity suite. While the app mostly performs as advertised, it has Achilles' heels on both feet: First, it's limited to users of the company’s $9.99-per-month Office 365 service, and second, it's only for the iPhone and iPod touch – at least for now.
It’s easy to forget the iPad’s been around for only three years, since it’s made such a big footprint in our day-to-day lives. It’s great for lean-back, leisurely weekend activities like watching a movie, video chatting with faraway relatives, and playing a few rounds of Words with Friends. But don’t leave it behind when it’s time to return to the salt mines Monday morning—turns out, the iPad works at the office almost as hard as you do.
Every Mac power user knows the might of the OS X menu bar. For the rest of us, that ever-present beam topping our desktops has been ignored for too long. You’ll likely see a few icons there already—system items such as Wi-Fi signal and volume, for example. Apple calls these “Menu Extras.” What we’re interested in, though, are third-party menulets or “applets”—super-charged icons that when clicked offer quick access to inspired utilities and novel services. If you’ve got a Dropbox account, you have one; likewise if you have Growl. But there are many more out there just waiting to be discovered. Here’s 20 of the very best.
If you’ve always found that you do your best work in coffee shops, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s a scientific reason for it. Last year, researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered that moderate levels of steady background noise (at approximately 70 decibels) actually spur creativity and abstract thinking better than silence. Heading to the local coffee shop isn’t always an option, of course, but with headphones, these eight ambient noise apps do an excellent job of delivering a similar audio experience, regardless of your surroundings.
Cultured Code's Things can help you get organized and keep tasks, ideas, and inspiration from falling through the cracks. And through January 31 it's on sale for half off, $24.99. I'm here to tell you, it's worth every penny.
It's the battle of the social media titans. LOL, JK. Facebook unveiled some rather interesting stuff today if you like searching among your friends for plumbers or Grateful Dead fans (you probably know who, right?) and making calls to your Facebook friends. And on the other hand, former player MySpace is letting itself be used by Justin Timberlake to launch his new album. Heck, they're probably paying him. What a gig. So what else happened that wasn't about social media? Let's have a peek.
Ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the workday to tackle all the tasks you need completed? We know the drill. Being busy isn't always conducive to being efficient, but a range of helpful apps make it possible to shave some of the extra time and hassle off your chaotic workday. From quick troubleshooting to serious life-hacking, these must-have productivity apps will maximize your daily awesomeness on the job, letting you get more done with greater ease.
This is it, friends, the very last Price Drop of the year. Did you get the apps you wanted this time around the sun? No? Well, then this is your last chance for some cheapies. Or it's time to put some money into your App Store account and suck it up and buy what you want, no matter the cost.
Despite early criticisms of the iPad as a device for content consumption rather than creation, a wide range of third-party productivity solutions continue to flourish in the App Store. One of newer kids on this block is Polaris Office, a suite from Korean developer Infraware promising to bring the Microsoft Office experience to iOS for cheap (currently $9.99; regularly $19.99). Better known on the Android platform where it’s preinstalled on select carrier-branded handsets, Polaris Office made the leap to iOS this year with an all-in-one solution for viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the go.