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Office 365 gets personal for $6.99

Since its initial release two years ago, Microsoft's Office 365 has been steadily winning over fans. With the release of the companion iOS apps, there's no better time to sign up. Now Microsoft has sweetened the pot with the introduction of Office 365 Personal and a price tag of $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

For less than the price of a Netflix subscription, you'll receive:

The entire Office 365 suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 20GB of OneDrive cloud storage. Skype PC-to-phone world calling.

You can choose between the PC or Mac version, plus additional access … Read more

Crave Ep. 152: App lets you make music with a full symphony

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How fast can you solve a Rubik's cube? Probably not as fast as the CubeStormer 3 Lego robot, which just set a new world record. We jam with Cadenza, an app out of Harvard that lets you play along with a full orchestra, and we get Superman's POV using a drone, a green screen, and some really creative video. All that and more on this week's Crave show. Read more

Bitdefender doubles protection for half the price

Bitdefender's latest AV suite, Total Security, has already been touted as the Best Antivirus of the Year by AV-Test. It's sure to win you over with its balance of form and function as it did our security editor. Total Security's award-winning AV, unobtrusive interface, and lightning-fast scanner managed to garner an outstanding 4.5/5 star-rating on Download.com. Starting this week, Bitdefender is offering the suite (normally priced at $79.95/year for three PCs) for the low price of only $39, for two years -- and up to five PCs.

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The award-winning &… Read more

Review: Create and view Office documents and presentations on the go with Quickoffice

Quickoffice gives you full control over your Office documents in a package that fits right in with the layout on most Android gadgets. It looks and feels like the Office reader Android has been sorely missing for years. You'd be hard pressed to find a more intuitive, sleek Office app for your phone or tablet without handing over some cash.

Quickoffice lets you view any Office documents -- whether they be spreadsheets, text, or even PowerPoint documents -- on your phone or tablet. Not only does it accept documents from your SD card, it also automatically syncs to your … Read more

CES 2014 gadgets offer new ways to track your life

All week long, CNET Update will break down the top stories from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The show floor isn't open to all attendees yet, but the media got an early peek at many of the new gadgets debuting this week. Several getting early buzz are Internet-connected devices that keep track of your daily activities -- and it goes beyond tracking your steps.

Learn more on the products mentioned in this episode:

- Sense Mother

- Kolibree smart toothbrush

- StickR TrackR

- Fitbug Orb fitness program

- Netatmo June

- Sapphire Wellness Watch

- PrioVR gaming exoskeletonRead more

Kingsoft Office Suite Pro is now 40 percent off

If you're tired of paying for pricey office suites, but find that free word processors lack the tools to get real work done, Kingsoft can meet you in the middle with just the right balance of price and utility. Kingsoft Office Suite Pro is a reliable word and data processor that can help people work effectively. With a smaller system requirement, the suite is guaranteed to be compatible with almost any platform, from the older but still popular Windows XP to the modern touch-enabled Windows 8.

The latest 2013 edition presents a redesigned UI that is clean and responsive. … Read more

Help yourself to a special serving of Avira AV Suite this Thanksgiving

Avira's business is keeping people out of yours. Block online spies, snoops, trackers, and Trojans with its powerful Tracking Blockers and AntiSpyware platforms.

With the holidays approaching, many people are turning to the Internet to do their gift shopping. Catching online deals can be just as fun and much more convenient than driving yourself to the mall. But just as we exercise caution in the real world, it is also important to remain vigilant on the Web. Shop with confidence and protect yourself against viruses and malicious software this holiday season with Avira Antivirus Suite.

Download Avira Antivirus Suite … Read more

Stylin' bulletproof suit absorbs small-arms fire

Bulletproof vests may be practical, life-saving garments, but they're hardly fashion-forward. Some people demand both fine tailoring and the ability to keep bullets from penetrating their bodies. Those people are putting orders in with Canadian tailor shop Garrison Bespoke for a bulletproof suit.

Garrison specializes in luxury garments, so don't gasp when you find out the bulletproof suit starts at $20,000. Carbon nanotubes in a layer under the exterior fabric harden on impact to stop both bullets and knife blades. The technology was originally developed for use in US military applications.… 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

Review: Got HiFi? Try MusiCHI Suite Lite

MusiCHI Suite Lite is a HiFi-ready media player and music library manager. It's optimized for high-quality audio playback over your computer's speakers or, better yet, your stereo system. MusiCHI offers optimized "flavors" for Classical and Jazz music, as well as the more general Classique mode, and it's compatible with Direct Sound, WATAPI, and ASIO. Its full-featured music library manager stores song metadata with the song file so you're not tied to the software -- an important advantage if you decide to switch players at some point. MusiCHI Suite Lite offers the advanced tagging and … Read more