Apple's newest biz strategy: Free, free, free

Apple revealed lots of new things on Tuesday during its product event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, but the most intriguing among them was not on the product list -- its newest business strategy: aggressive pricing.

"Today we're revolutionizing pricing," said Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, right before announcing that the company would be giving away OS X Mavericks, Apple's new flagship Mac operating system. On the screen behind him, the word "Free" appeared from behind a glimmer of light, one of the hokey slide animations … Read more

Review: Office Clock for Mac provides you with an easy-to-read, office-style clock widget

Office Clock for Mac offers nothing more than a basic clock for your Mac dashboard. The widget installs easily and shows time as intended, but lacks any real customization options and settings.

Office Clock for Mac installs directly onto your Dashboard. The widget features a classic office clock-style with hour, minute, and second hands displaying the time. Apart from showing the current time, this widget offers nothing more to add to its usefulness. We were especially disappointed when we clicked on the information icon, expecting to see options or settings, but instead found keyword-based links to other apps available on … Read more

Microsoft reportedly demos Office Reader app for Windows 8

Microsoft may have cooked up a new Windows 8 app that can display a variety of different files.

Code-named Office Reader, the app supports Office documents, PDFs, Web pages, e-books, and electronic textbooks, according to The Verge. Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's Office plans, The Verge said that the app was demoed at an employee-only meeting on Thursday by Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate VP in charge of Microsoft Office.

Beyond just displaying different files, Office Reader will let you interact with them. For example, users of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet could use a Surface Pro stylus to mark … Read more

Google snaps up $235M of Silicon Valley office space

Google has just thrown down $235 million to buy up some more office space in Mountain View, Calif., according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. This is the company's largest land purchase so far for this year.

The money bought six buildings, or 400,000 square feet of office space, in the Silicon Valley town. Two of the buildings are currently leased to security software company Symantec. The Silicon Valley Business Journal speculates that Google may be looking to make some extra cash as a local landlord as it waits for Symantec's lease to expire.

At the beginning … Read more

Get Kingsoft Office Professional 2013 (Win) free

This is an update of a deal I wrote about a few months back -- for those who missed it the first time around!

Earlier this year I noted that Kingsoft Office Free 2013 might just be the best Microsoft Office alternative you can get, especially if you need only the core elements: word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Kingsoft offers a Pro version, of course, one that includes more goodies. A one-year license normally sells for $29.95, but today only, BitsDuJour has Kingsoft Office Professional 2013 (Win) absolutely free.

Why bother with the Pro version when the free version … Read more

Microsoft offers free versions of Office 365 to nonprofits

With Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates being one of the world's top donors to charity, it's no surprise the company is initiating a new endeavor to help out nonprofit organizations.

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will be giving nonprofits Office 365 licenses to use in their workplace -- free of charge. Any organization that qualifies can get the cloud-based service, which comes with Office applications, e-mail, calendar, HD video conferencing, and more. This donation program is being offered in 41 countries worldwide.

"Choosing the right cloud solution increases your organization's efficiency, saves on technology costs, and fosters … Read more

End of Moore's Law: It's not just about physics

The end of Moore's Law may ultimately be as much about economics as physics, says a DARPA director.

"My thesis here is that it's time to start planning for the end of Moore's Law, and that it's worth pondering how it will end, not just when," Robert Colwell, director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told CNET.

Colwell gave a presentation at the Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University on Monday titled "The Chip Design Game at the End of Moore's Law." On Tuesday, he … Read more

Microsoft ups storage limits for SkyDrive Pro

Microsoft is adding more storage for its Office 365 and SharePoint customers to use with SkyDrive Pro.

SkyDrive Pro, despite its name, is not a variant of SkyDrive. It is designed for business file storage -- either in the cloud (SharePoint Online) or on SharePoint 2013 servers -- which users can access from a variety of devices.

Microsoft announced updates to its SkyDrive Pro capabilities on Tuesday via a new post to the Office 365 technology blog. The changes:

Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB). This is for both new and … Read more

UK regulator seeks comment on Google's Waze acquisition

The UK Office of Fair Trade, a competition regulator, has begun seeking comments on Google's acquisition of map app maker Waze.

With the $966 million acquisition in June, Google got access to Waze technology that gathers data from drivers, such as traffic trouble spots and accidents, to help others navigate better. Google has begun integrating Waze data into Google Maps and has brought Google Maps' satellite imagery and Street View technology to the Waze app.

The Office of Fair Trade "issued an Invitation To Comment on the merger this morning," spokesman Elliott Ball said Tuesday.

With that … Read more

Review: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack manages files created with Office 2007

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack makes files created with Office 2007 and later work seamlessly on earlier versions of Office. If you're using an unpatched version of Office, this download will fix it. However, before you install this pack, make sure to download and install all of the latest updates from Microsoft.

If you're still using Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, then this patch will help you easily open, edit, and save files created with newer versions of Office. It's a surprisingly big download -- checking in at 37MB. That means you should set aside some … Read more