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Google Drive Third-Party Apps: An Introduction

2/22/2013
The ability to install third party Google Drive apps only requires a supported browser and access to the Internet. This has the potential to be a truly disruptive technology for desktop platform ecosystems like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. However, problems with the basic function of actually saving data to Google Drive by third party apps need to be addressed before widespread adoption is possible.

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Add Apps To Office 2013 on Windows 8/RT

12/2/2012
Office 2013, especially the preview version of Office Home & Student 2013 RT that comes with the Microsoft Surface tablet, changes the model for writing add-on programs. There are now Office apps and an Office app section in the Windows Store. Many of these apps are free, but it's easy to see enterprise-oriented apps being developed and charged for. Microsoft's implementation of the apps in Office 2013 is clumsy in some ways, but promising.

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Microsoft Office Web Apps For iPad A Game Changer

8/22/2012
iPad users, rejoice. Microsoft Office is finally available for the iPad. It's buggy in places and browsers aren't made to handle huge spreadsheets, but overall, Microsoft's Office Web Apps for iPad, including Web-based versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, rocks.

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Google Nexus 7: Latest Must-Have Tablet

8/1/2012
Meet the Nexus 7, the first Android tablet sold directly by Google and the first to run Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The 7-inch tablet is priced like an ebook reader but offers a lot more. Its low price, big screen, and impressive performance might give Apple's iPod Touch and low-end iPad a run for the money, too. Don't completely count out Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 just yet, though.

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Python For iOS Brings Coding To iPad, iPhone

7/16/2012
Python for iOS supplies a much-needed scratch for those with an itch to write programs for the iPad or iPhone by letting you write software for the device on the device itself. The app provides a familiar interactive interpreter interface for Python programmers plus some extras that make it easy to use, especially on an iPad.

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Will Microsoft Buy Nokia?

6/21/2012
Microsoft dropped a lot of clues at its Wednesday Windows Phone 8 announcement that it's getting close to buying Nokia. Here's what has BYTE contributor Todd Ogasawara convinced that an acquisition is in the works.

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Microsoft on{X} For Android: A Visual Tour

6/6/2012
Microsoft--yes, Microsoft--has a new Android programming platform called on{x} and it's great. Developed by the Microsoft R&D team in Israel, on{x} lets anyone turn an Android phone into an uber event-driven notification gadget.

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Diet Coda: The iPad Text Editor That Satisfies

5/29/2012
Diet Coda turns iPads into Web developer productivity machines. It provides a code editor that can work with files on remote servers, code highlighting, and a keyboard that displays important additional keys depending on which programming language is used (HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby). It also includes an SSH client that provides secure remote shell access.

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Diet Coda: Visual Tour Of An iPad Code Editor

5/29/2012
Diet Coda lets Web developers leave their notebooks at home. The $19.99 code editor for the iPad from Panic, Inc., is portable friendly, including an adaptive keyboard that tunes itself to programming languages for making it fast and easy to work with remote files.

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Documents To Go: Terrific Office App For Android

5/14/2012
Documents To Go is a workhorse app on my Android tablet. I use it for note taking during meetings as well as reviewing text documents and spreadsheets. It can open and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without conversion and is faster and more flexible than the free Google Docs for Android app.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: The First Must-Have Android Tablet

5/2/2012
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) doesn't cost much more than the ultra-popular Kindle Fire, yet this 7-inch tablet comes loaded with iPad-like hardware and the latest Android operating system, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. Here's hoping the Galaxy Tab 2 launches a new breed of affordable yet capable Android tablet.

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Google Docs App for Android Tablets: The Ugly Truth

4/23/2012
The Google Docs for Android app provides a potentially useful tool for mobile users. However, its lack of presentation creation tools, weak spreadsheet experience, and general instability reduces its potential. But wait, there's more: It's also slow.

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Taposé's Split Screen For The iPad: A Visual Tour

3/28/2012
Taposé (pronounced "tap-oh-ZAY"), a new note-taking app by Zanther, Inc., addresses a problem a lot of iPad users probably wish they didn't have to endure: switching back and forth between two full-screen apps in order to copy and paste items. Taposé lets you split the iPad screen into two side-by-side panes. It comes with five apps that work in the dual panes: Journals, a note-taking app; Web, an integrated browser; Maps, a subset of Go

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Lytro: The Next Big Thing In Photography

3/27/2012
Light field photography can eliminate the biggest problem photographers have: out-of-focus pictures. Don't toss your digital camera just yet, though. Although a major breakthrough, the Lytro is far from perfect.

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Focus On The Lytro: A Visual Tour

3/27/2012
Who hasn't been frustrated by an out-of-focus photo? The Lytro Light Field Camera might be the most revolutionary change in photography since digital came along: it lets you refocus your photos after you take them. Don't sell your old digital camera just yet, though. The Lytro has some serious drawbacks, including a fixed amount of storage. Take our quick tour of this unusual camera's features, from touchscreen to output. To experimen

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iPad Apps That Sync Audio With Notes: A Visual Tour

3/23/2012
Tired of frantically taking notes during meetings, then searching through your audio recording afterward for information you missed? Relax: any one of these apps--Audiolio, AudioNote, and SoundNote--is capable of synchronizing the notes you type into your iPad with the audio it records for easy retrieval. We have the full review and this visual tour.

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