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Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Microsoft refuses to slow down on its software push, with a new free Office suite for iPhone and by dropping its Office 365 subscription requirement for its iOS and upcoming Android apps, as it redoubles its efforts to grab mobile user share. The new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone - taking on Apple's own Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - arrive alongside updates to the same apps for iPad, but also see Microsoft announce a new Office for Android tablets beta program. Though not quite open for business yet, Android tablet owners can sign up for when the apps are released in early 2015.

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Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google has been on a roll recently, updating its core app suite with Material Design style, and next in line is Google Maps. Both the Android and the iPhone versions of the popular navigation app are getting a revamp, with cleaner graphics, more intuitive controls, and a look that meshes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop aesthetic. Although the most obvious changes are to the design, though, that's not to say there aren't new features tucked in there as well, including closer integration with third-party services like OpenTable and Uber.

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Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

At no surprise to anyone, the least expensive version of the Apple Watch has been tipped to be the "Sport" version. Based on what we've seen of the device range so far, the Sport edition of the Apple Watch will be akin to the lower tiers of the iPhone. The mid-range will of course be the steel models, while the highest-end "Edition" will be made with gold, coming with price tags reaching $5000 USD - unofficially, of course. This information comes well before Apple even taps an official release date.

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Talkase puts a backup GSM phone on your smartphone case

Talkase puts a backup GSM phone on your smartphone case

Some folks who require a mobile phone for business carry more than one device to be sure they have one mobile ready to work at any time. The problem with that is carrying two mobiles is typically very bulky and can be expensive. A new product called Talkase has debuted and it puts a basic GSM mobile phone on the back of your smartphone case making it easy to have a backup device with you.

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Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

It would appear that Starwood hotels are jumping aboard the keyless entry train for their hotel rooms starting this Autumn. Check in, pull out your smartphone, get it activated, and you'll be on your way to walking in your hotel room without a key. Starwood hotels aren't the first company to create such an entry system, nor have they simply jumped aboard a fast-moving fad. They've had this system in the works since January of this year - and it's all ready to go!

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Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

As we settle into the middle of the fourth quarter, figures from the previous quarter are starting to pour in. Last week, we got a peek at the IDC's smartphone shipment numbers, showing Xiaomi's surprising rise to the top 5 of the world's smartphone makers. This time, we're taking another look at the market but drilling down our focus on shipments by platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android takes the lead, with shipments in the three digits. Naturally, this means that other mobile platforms have taken a hit last quarter because of it.

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Gazelle now offers certified pre-owned phones, tablets

Gazelle now offers certified pre-owned phones, tablets

There are plenty of reasons to want (or need) a new smartphone or tablet. Sometimes you just want it, and other times it’s based on need. Maybe you dropped your device, or junior dunked it in the sink. No matter what the reason, there’s a new way to get a replacement device. Gazelle, a leader in the mobile device re-sale space, is introducing a Certified Pre-Owned program. Just like buying a car under the same pre-owned guise, these go through a detailed check-up before being offered to you.

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Apple doesn’t know if iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is more popular

Apple doesn’t know if iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is more popular

There's no doubting that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been successful for Apple, racking up record sales in the first month. 10m in sales in the first weekend would seem to prove that iOS users really were eager for a bigger phone, but the lingering question has been "which size is more popular?" Apple wouldn't address 6/6 Plus split when it announced its latest financial results and, according to Greg "Joz" Joswiak, VP of iPhone, iPad, and iOS product marketing, the answer is that, right now, the company itself doesn't really know.

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Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

This morning the folks at WSJ have released a few key points in their interview series that took place last night with Tim Cook. The CEO of Apple spoke up about the launch of Apple Pay in several regards. He spoke about the Apple Watch. He even spoke about why the original iPod Classic was discontinued from store chains. Tim Cook also spoke briefly about how Apple may be pairing up with Alibaba to bring about a massive payment collaboration the likes of which have never been seen before.

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Steve Jobs biopic signs Christian Bale: “he’s gonna crush it”

Steve Jobs biopic signs Christian Bale: “he’s gonna crush it”

This morning it's been confirmed that the most "official" of the "official biopic" collection of Steve Jobs films to come out after his untimely passing has signed on actor Christian Bale. Master actor Bale will play Jobs himself, and according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, "there isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in." Sorkin also make clear that "he didn't have to audition," but that "there was a meeting," but that's about it. This film will be based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography “Steve Jobs” for Sony Corp.

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