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Smart Writing Tool - 7notes HD review

Smart Writing Tool - 7notes HD gives you the tools to take notes in a variety of ways and include them all in one document. You can type on a virtual keyboard, write things out longhand with your finger or a stylus, or draw a diagram to ensure your instructions or reminders are clear. You can then quickly send them off in an e-mail or post them to Twitter, Facebook, and more.

This app has an intuitive and accessible interface, and the tutorial that opens the first time you use the app clearly explains how to take advantage of all … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 next up for KitKat upgrade at Sprint

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 will soon be updated to Android 4.4 aka KitKat, Sprint has confirmed.

The carrier on Thursday published an update to its Galaxy Note 3 support page, saying that the KitKat rollout has commenced and that Galaxy Note 3 owners will soon see Google's latest mobile operating system on their handsets.

According to Sprint, the software updates could "take several days for delivery."

Microsoft relaunches Office Web Apps as Office Online

The online version of Microsoft Office has a new name, along with some new features intended to streamline certain activities.

Why the name change? In a blog post on Wednesday, Office Online product marketing manager Amanda Lefebvre acknowledged that the name Office Web Apps confused users. Some apparently thought they had venture to an app store to find the software and then manually install it.

"No, to use them all you need is a web browser," Lefebvre said. "Ah! You say. So it's like Office, online. Yes, exactly. Office Online."

Beyond a new name, the … Read more

OneDrive replaces SkyDrive, and adds features in the offing

Microsoft OneDrive is a revamped version of the company's cloud storage service (formerly called SkyDrive) that lets you store files in the cloud outside of your computer or smartphone, so that they're accessible from any device connected to the Internet. With the news, the company also added some tweaks to its accompanying app for iOS.

OneDrive is just one of many cloud services available, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, but has the unique advantage of working flawlessly with Microsoft Office documents as long as you also own the Office app with a subscription to Office 365. Without … Read more

Though still a great tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro isn't your laptop replacement

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro won't completely replace your workstation, but it comes closer to doing so than any other Android tablet before it. That's right, the Windows RT-based Microsoft Surface 2 is still the closest thing to a workstation replacement among ARM-based tablets in the market.

With enough accessories -- mouse, keyboard, or keyboard with a touch pad; none of which are included or come cheap -- the Note Pro could satisfy some business users looking to carry around something lighter, and cooler-looking, than their tired old portable "computer."

Still, the Note Pro's incredibly … Read more

Samsung to Apple: Ha, yours is tiny

Anyone who watches the NBA knows that to win it all, you need size.

Samsung wants you to know that it's the same with smartphones.

Oh, Apple might think it's a terribly pretty and clever Steve Nash. But, let's face it, he should be called Steve Gnat when faced with the larger, extra-dimensional presence of LeBron James.

So in its latest ad for the Note 3, Samsung begins to chuckle at just how tiny Apple's device is.

The Note, you see, has 5.7 inches of HD. Apple, on the other hand, has 4 inches of … Read more

Samsung updates Galaxy S4, Note 3 with Android KitKat

Google's Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, launched in October, will now hit a variety of Samsung devices.

The Korean electronics giant said availability of KitKat varies by carrier and product, but updates will begin Tuesday and will continue through the coming months. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are among the devices that will now run Google's latest version of its mobile software.

New features of that operating system include a redesigned dialer that allows users to search for any number, even if it's not in their phone books. For example, users can start typing the … Read more

Smartphone shipments hit the 1B mark for the first time

For the first time ever, more than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2013. This is mostly thanks to Android.

New data from research firm IDC shows that Android stayed strong throughout the year reaching a total of 793.6 million shipments -- this gave it 78.6 percent market share. While Apple's iOS held a steady second place with 153.4 million shipments and 15.2 percent market share. Together the two operating systems accounted for 95.7 percent of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013, and 93.8 percent for the full year.… Read more

Heads up! Crocs like to go climbing

Crocodiles are majestic, powerful creatures that can grow up to 23 feet long. Oh, and they could pretty much snap you in half with one well-timed munch. It's one thing to admire these animals at ground level, where you can keep an eye on them. It's another to imagine them dangling above you in a tree canopy. As it turns out, crocs and alligators have a hunger for heights.

The news of the proclivity for these large aquatic reptiles to shimmy up trees comes from a team of researchers and their paper titled "Climbing behavior in extant crocodilians" from the journal Herpetology Notes.… Read more

Asus VivoTab Note 8 goes on sale at Microsoft Store for $329

The Windows 8.1-based Asus VivoTab Note 8 has gone on sale for $329. The trouble is, it's already out of stock.

Microsoft started selling the tablet on its online store over the weekend. The device, which was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, offers an 8-inch HD display and runs on Intel's Atom processor. The "Note" in its name comes into play, courtesy of an included stylus.

The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy Note line, which also includes support for a digital stylus. The trouble … Read more