Not every computer comes with a proper word processor, and this is occasionally a problem for those who do not have the disposable income to buy a yearly subscription to Office 365. While there is also the option to buy a single copy of the productivity suite, we should also explore the possibility of getting the option of not paying for anything.
The following five options are word processors and productivity suites that are free of cost, and work almost as well as having a full subscription to Office 365.
Stacksocial is hosting a bundle sale that allows customers to name their price for 10 Mac apps. Like most software bundle sales of this type, it is being done as a charity drive. Customers are able to choose between Child’s Play, the World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons. While only 10% of the sale is being donated, the mark down on the software still makes it very worth looking into.
WhatsApp continues to grow, even after being acquired by Facebook. The instant messaging service has recently revealed that they have surpassed 500 million active users. Most of these users come from Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia; which Engadget has pointed is also where Facebook has a very large number of active users.
Always wanted to be one of the first to test out something and get to know everything before anyone else? Apple has just opened up an OS X Beta Seed Program for non-developers, allowing anyone and everyone to test out its pre-release software for free. The beta testing program was previously only available for Apple developers, which costs $99 a year.
A couple of weeks ago, an app called Virus Shield was released into the Play Store and almost immediately jumped to the top of the paid app list with over 10,000 downloads. The app boasts the ability to “prevent harmful apps from being installed on your device”, can “scan apps, settings, files and media in real time” and “protects your personal information”, with “low impact on battery life”, all for a price of USD$3.99. Sounds good doesn’t it? That was what those 10,000 users who downloaded it thought but unfortunately, it is a fake app that does absolutely nothing at all.
Google was informed about the problem and on top of refunding back users the $3.99 they spent on the app, the company is also offering an extra $5 dollar credit to affected users.
Users on Reddit have discovered an unusual piece of malware that only exists on Apple devices that have been jailbroken. Called Unflod, it intercepts all incoming data and attempts to steal user’s Apple passwords. Security researcher Sophos is currently looking into the source of the malware but neither it, nor Reddit users, have been able to determine how it spreads.
Essentially a subscription service, Office 365 Home allows users to use Microsoft Office to up to 5 different PCs or Macs together with up to 5 tablets. While it might be a great value for users that owned multiple devices or for a family, users that owns only one device might not be able to utilize it fully for the amount they pay for Office 365 Home.
The internet feels very much like an extension of my home. My own little corner of the internet is very much like the TARDIS: bigger on the inside than on the outside. Games, pictures, documents, notes, and friends all reside within a digital space that is both easy to access and conveniently does not fill up my shelves with junk. Unfortunately, the last week has pointed out that while the internet feels like home, many of us still leave the front door open.
Since you can’t be too safe these days seeing as how the HeartBleed bug is one of the most widespread and publicised vulnerabilities in recent years. The list of websites that are affected by it is pretty long so figuring out if you need to change your password is a little on the troublesome side.
In the meantime, hit up Chromebleed, an extension for Google Chrome that tells you if the site you are on was affected by the bug and is still vulnerable.
For the bulk of us, it’s pretty difficult to wrap our heads around the Heartbleed bug that was making the headlines last week. The combination of jargon and server level functionality makes for a trip to wikipedia. So for a simple explanation that even I can understand, the amazing comic strip XKCD knocks it out of the park. Hit the jump for the full comic strip.
One of my fondest gaming memories was playing Total Annihilation back in 1997. It was a time when Cavedog Entertainment provided new units to use every month; free of charge. These new units weren’t all that game-changing either; just nice additions to the already massive arsenal that few other games have managed to provide. Things have changed a lot since then.