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Star Apps: Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman is best known for his acting: "The Hogan Family" and "Teen Wolf 2" if you grew up in the '80s, and "Arrested Development" and "Identity Thief" if you're watching him now. But he's also been recognized for directing. Bateman ran an episode of the "The Hogan Family" at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest person inducted into the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Recently he has capitalized on both talents with the feature film "Bad Words," in which he plays Guy Trilby, … Read more

DDoS attack is launched from 162,000 WordPress sites

With some old-fashioned trickery, hackers were able to get more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress-powered Web sites to mount a distributed-denial-of-service attack against another Web site, security researchers said Monday.

Security firm Sucuri said hackers leveraged a well-known flaw in WordPress that allows an attack to be amplified by harnessing unsuspecting Web sites. It's unclear which site was the victim of the cyberattack, but Sucuri said it was a "popular WordPress site" that went down for many hours.

"It was a large HTTP-based (layer 7) distributed flood attack, sending hundreds of requests per second to their … Read more

PixWords review

PixWords is a game that uses picture clues to help you solve mini crossword puzzles and advance on to more challenging levels. As you solve more and more puzzles, the clues get harder and more obscure, but you have a few lifelines you can use, as long as you can afford them.

This game has an accessible interface that makes for a very enjoyable user experience. When you first open it, you can select the language you'd like to play in from multiple options including English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, and more. Then it's time to start … Read more

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

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

Review: WordArt Chat Sticker Free offers dozens of clip-art phrases

WordArt Chat Sticker Free includes lots of phrases and greetings that are easy to share in any messaging app. There are almost enough phrases here to make an entire conversation using the app. While it would be nice if you could design your own stickers, the amount of options you have in the app will be enough to please you.

WordArt Chat Sticker Free gives you a handful of decorated word art to share with your friends through text or chat. Standard greetings like "Hi" and "Hello" are here, as well as more abstract questions and … Read more

WordPress founder Mullenweg takes over as Automattic CEO

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, having hit 30, is taking over as CEO of the company behind the blogging platform, Automattic.

In a blog post Monday, Mullenweg wrote that he and current CEO Toni Schneider are swapping roles at Automattic.

Mullenweg wrote that Schneider is "going to focus on some of Automattic's new products, and I'm going to take on the role of CEO." He added that, "internally this isn't a big change as our roles have always been quite fluid, and I've had some recent practice filling in for him for a few … Read more

Mobile word processor Quip plays well with others

Editors' note: This review was updated on February 27, 2014, to cover new features added in the latest version of the app.

Quip has a bold vision. The app, built by former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor and Google App Engine creator Kevin Gibbs, aims to be "Microsoft Office for the mobile age." However, in its current state, it has a ways to go before achieving that title. The iOS app launched in July 2013 and made its way to Android in December.

That's partly because Quip's designers chose to focus their efforts on helping people collaborate … Read 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