Development has begun

Microsoft working on new version of Microsoft Office for Mac




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Thorsten Hübschen, Business Group Leader at Microsoft Germany has just confirmed in a presentation today that Microsoft is indeed working on a brand new version of Microsoft Office for Mac, which is apparently currently in the midst of development. Microsoft has been lagging behind Office development on the Mac platform since the release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, to date the latest version of the popular office suite to hit the platform.

Hübschen told the crowd that “while I don’t have details to share on timing, when it’s available, Office 365 subscribers will automatically get the next Office for Mac at no additional cost,” confirming the continued value of Office 365 for Mac users.

Unfortunately, she had little to say in regards to specific new features or functionality for the Office suite. Many have complained of apparent incompatibilities between the Mac version of Microsoft Office and the Windows version, however compatibility and interoperability does remain strong across the platforms, especially when compared to Office compatibility support between iWork and Microsoft Office.

Source: MacWorld


Add bling to your bling

Pebble brings the Watch Appstore to Android with new Pebble 2.0 app




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Good news to our Android users today as Pebble has officially announced the release of their new Pebble 2.0 application for Android, complete with the one thing that made the new version so great on the iOS side – the Watch Appstore. If you hadn’t heard of this before, the concept is simple – the new Pebble Android application now allows you to load actual working applications to your Pebble smartwatch, giving the device an extendable ecosystem similar to any other mobile platform.

Prominent applications include eBay, Foursquare, and Yelp with more and more applications getting released all the time. The new Pebble app requires Android 4.0 or newer – sorry, Android 2.x laggards, hope your manufacturer still cares about your device – and is available now on Google Play free of charge. Better late than never, I guess?

Source: Droid-Life


"Was all this legal? Absolutely not!"

Popcorn Time is a new app to stream movies over BitTorrent – for free




Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 1.14.41 PMChances are, the biggest deterrent against movie piracy in the mainstream was the general skill  required to actually find a working torrent of quality, find a working piece of BitTorrent software, and actually completing the download. If that sounds familiar to you would-be-movie-pirates at heart, take notes: a new application, Popcorn Time, has just surfaced for all three of the major desktop platforms – Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux – that makes streaming pirated movies over BitTorrent as easy as clicking a single play button.

Torrent sources are found and curated by the developers behind Popcorn Time, assuring that movies streamed are not only of extremely high video and audio quality, but also stream fast and without any sort of ridiculous load times typically associated with movie piracy. As you may expect, Popcorn Time is currently streaming some extremely well known and award winning movies, some of which have yet to even be released on Blu-Ray, DVD, or other official sources – including Gravity, The Hunger Games, American Hustle, and much more.

Interested? The developers would like to kindly remind you that movie piracy is “probably” (ie.,almost certainly) illegal wherever it is in your country, so as per usual use this at your own risk and discretion. Download links are at the source below.

Source: Popcorn Time


Flaw's been around since July

Whoops: Tinder security flaw gave everyone easy access to your location




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Well, whoops. Let’s hope you aren’t paranoid if you are, or have been in the last year, a Tinder user. According to a new report by security firm IncludeSec, Tinder has left a security flaw open for the greater part of a year that gave hackers super easy access to your smartphone’s location services remotely. While the attack, which is reportedly now patched, required that attackers had already intercepted your Tinder identifier number, such information would have been child’s play to obtain for anyone on the same network with a simple packet sniffer.

The flaw has been around since July, and was only recently patched last month on January 1st – however Tinder reportedly refused to communicate with IncludeSec, who reported the issue to the social networking service that’s disturbingly similar to “hot or not” services that have been around the net for forever.

The lesson here? Never trust an application that requires access to your phone’s location services unless you’re absolutely sure that the development team is able to find and fix these sort of flaws in short notice. Such a security flaw could have easily put you, and any other Tinder user, in danger if the data was put in the wrong hands.

Via: The Verge
Source: IncludeSec


It's gone forever

Flappy Bird developer speaks out – he pulled the app for your, and his, sanity




Flappy_Bird_logoFlappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has at long last made his first public interview since the sudden removal of Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play. While Mr. Nguyen originally only claimed that he removed the insanely addicting and popular game from the App Store because he couldn’t “take it anymore”, we’re now finding out more behind his actual reasoning behind removing the popular game.

In the interview, which was conducted with Forbes, Nguyen claims that the removal of Flappy Bird has been significantly “thought through”, claiming that fans of the game should in no way expect it to reappear any time soon. The actual reason behind the removal? “It happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem,” Nguyen says, seemingly pointing out the hundreds of thousands of collective hours likely spent smashing a small pixelated bird into a SNES era sprite of a Mario World-inspired pipe, or the fact that a busted old iPhone 4 fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars on eBay just because it had Flappy Bird. “My life has not been as comfortable as I was before… I couldn’t sleep.”

While Nguyen has spent the last couple of days offline, avoiding his online profiles and not responding to emails or tweets, Nguyen did claim in his last tweet that he will continue to develop games, and prior to the removal of Flappy Bird he was said to have been considering a sequel to the game. The question is – now that Nguyen has achieved such an immense level of fame, will he ever be able to develop a true indie game – one that won’t commandeer thousands of independent blog posts, hundreds of thousands of downloads, and fan frenzy? Or has Nguyen, like those at popular Minecraft developer Mojang, already crossed the threshold of “indie” developer to superstar?

Source: Forbes


Someone is making undeserved bank

Why would someone pay $400,000 for an old iPhone 4 with Flappy Bird installed?




flappybird-screenshotThat’s the $4000,000 question of the day, isn’t it? Why would someone pay $400,000 for an old iPhone 4 with a copy of Flappy Bird installed? This may sound like a joke, but it isn’t – eBay is currently being absolutely littered with iPhones and other similar devices with the infamous Flappy Bird mobile game preinstalled after Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen pulled his insanely popular game from Google Play and the Apple App Store. And as promised, one such listing is for an old, kind of beat up sounding iPhone 4 – and its currently going for over $400,000 with over 200 bids.

The success of Flappy Bird on its own is insane enough – a simple game with cool, retro style SNES-era graphics that challenges the player to keep a pathetic, yet adorable looking bird with abnormally large lips afloat and guide him through a series of verticle pipes by simply tapping. The game shot up to the top of the App Store charts seemingly out of the blue after months of sitting unnoticed on the App Store. The explosion of press, attention, and even death threats led Mr. Nguyen to pull the game, apparently skyrocketing the value of any device with Flappy Bird already installed.

Let’s assume, just for a second, that it’s not completely insane that having a mobile game installed has the ability to raise the value of your phone or tablet. Even pretending that that’s normal and not a sign of the impending apocalypse, why would someone pay over $400,000 for an iPhone 4 – a nearly four year old smartphone – with it installed? Do these bidders know what you could do with $400,000? You could feed the homeless. You could pay for sick children’s medical bills. You could donate it to a worthy charity. You could fill an above ground swimming pool with it and lounge on top of it, if your life is like something out of the movie The Wolf of Wallstreet. Or, apparently, you could buy an iPhone 4 with Flappy Bird installed.

I’ll be right back, I need to go take photos of my iPad mini. It’s got Flappy Bird installed. I hear I could make a pretty penny.


And that's a damn shame

Apple puts final nail in coffin for Bitcoin on iPhone, removes Blockchain




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One has to wonder what it is about Bitcoin that Apple just seems to despise. While everyone’s “favorite” fruit company has never claimed an official stance or opinion on the widespread and ever growing virtual currency Bitcoin, the company has certainly done everything in its power to make their lineup of iOS devices as hostile against storing or trading Bitcoin as possible. The company has been banning applications that include even the smallest semblance of Bitcoin support for a long time now, and today the company has put the final nail in the coffin so to speak as it has removed what is arguably the last remaining big Bitcoin application – Blockchain.

Blockchain, maintained by Blockchain.info, was a Bitcoin wallet application that functioned exactly as you may think – as a way for customers to securely store and interact with their Bitcoins. Blockchain.info claims that Apple has notified them that the application, which was on the App Store for the last two years, had to be removed “due to an unresolved issue” – an issue that Apple has yet to make apparent.

Some argue that Apple’s stance against Bitcoin stems from a line in their Developer Guidelines, which states that developers can not include functionality that “enables, facilitates or encourages an activity” that is illegal in any country that the application is offered. However, as many are quick to point out, most nations – including the United States – do not hold the stance that Bitcoins are in any way illegal.

Via: MacRumors
Source: Bloomberg


A standout app

Facebook releases Paper, a gorgeous new way to interact with Facebook on your iPhone




Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 1.43.24 PMIf you haven’t heard of Paper by Facebook yet, it’s time you do. Paper is a new application developed by a small team within Facebook that aims to totally reinvent the way you use the aging social network. By taking your News Feed and Timeline and displaying items side by side along with important stories of the day, Paper makes browsing not only your friends posts but the news of the day more fun than ever.

Paper is an iPhone only app, so if you’ve got an Android or a Windows Phone device you’re out of luck. But if you’ve got that iPhone and are a user of Facebook, you owe it to yourself to at least browse through Facebook’s official Paper homepage if not going to the App Store and downloading it now. It’s already replaced the original Facebook app on my homepage.

Source: Facebook


Don't just check in

Foursquare now lets you order delivery from your favorite restaurant




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If you fancy yourself a Foursquare fan, some good news here – Foursquare has just launched some cool new functionality that allows you to, right from your phone, order out some delicious tacos (or whatever else you’d like) from your favorite local restaurant.

The functionality stems from a partnership Foursquare has undergone with GrubHub Seamless. Just head on over to Foursquare on your iPhone, Android device, or the Foursquare web application (sorry Windows Phone users, ye not apply), find a supported restaurant, and hit that new “Order Delivery” menu. Easy peasy.

Source: Foursquare


One of the best just got better

Dark Sky 4.0 brings the excellent Forecast.io service to a native iOS app




Dark-Sky-logo-on-mevvy.com_I’ve been a huge proponent of the free weather service Forecast.io. Developed by a team of independent developers and funded by kickstarted money, Forecast.io has always provided the most detailed and highly accurate weather forecast of almost any service available today, easily beating the big giants such as Yahoo! Weather and The Weather Channel in terms of the amount of pure accurate data you get.

As good as Forecast.io has been, however, the service has always been limited by the developers decision to make that a web application – there’s only so much a web app can really promise to offer. That’s why it’s so exciting that the developers have just released a new version of the company’s previous weather project, the native iOS app Dark Sky, which now offers all of the excellent data I’ve come to expect from Forecast.io with the added benefits that only a native iOS application could bring.

The new Dark Sky is a little pricy at $3.99, but the price tag is well worth it. It offers an abundance of data, including a live and interactive weather radar, precipitation total estimates. and a new iOS 7 inspired design that looks simply gorgeous. Skip your morning coffee today and go buy Dark Sky 2.0. You won’t be disappointed.

Via: The Verge
Source: Dark Sky (iOS App Store)


A good deal for us cheapskates

Good Deal: New Mac Bundle 4.0 gets you 11 great OS X apps for whatever price you want




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Are you a cheapskate? Don’t worry – I am too. That’s why I was so pumped to hear about StackSocial’s new Mac Bundle 4.0, a collection of 11 pretty impressive looking OS X applications that would normally cost you hundreds of dollars – but can be yours for the low, low price of whatever you want.

For a limited time, StackSocial is letting you pick your own price for the collection of apps. OS X users will recognize quite a few of these as long time favorites, including the excellent WYSIWYG web development tool Flux, Snagit, MacX Converter Pro, Mariner Write, and more. And of course, following the lead by the infamous Humble Bundle promotions, a portion of the proceeds will go straight to your choice of charity – so not only are you getting a bunch of great apps, you’ll be helping some people in need as well. Win, win, right?

Source: StackSocial


A Dropbox competitor with a good deal

Box offering 50 GB of free cloud storage for life with new iOS app




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Dropbox is great, but competition is what makes all sorts of services and products even better. That’s why we’re so happy to see one of Dropbox’s main competitor, Box, really stepping up their game in an effort to one up the king of cross platform cloud file storage with a new deal today. For a limited time, if you download Box’s new iOS application, the company will give you 50 GB of free cloud storage for life, no ifs, ands, or buts (or butts!). This is a great deal considering Dropbox only offers 2 GB of storage free of charge.

Box works similarly to Dropbox. It’s a cross platform service that installs a small applet into your Mac or Windows PC and allows you to sync files and folders using your system’s built in file manager, such as Windows Explorer and Finder. Files can then be accessed from any of your other devices with Box installed, including your iOS device.

Box for iOS supports both iPhone/iPod touch as well as the iPad, and is available starting today on the App Store. With a deal this good, there’s no reason not to hit the source link and download.

Via: Zagg Blog
Source: App Store