Is this the death knell of the traditional PC? Probably not (and anyone who says otherwise is definitely exaggerating), but the news that Microsoft Office will be available as an app for iOS and Android devices by March 2013 is major news. That means you will soon be able to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and all the rest of the Office gang on-the-go on your tablet or smartphone. This certainly won’t “change everything,” but it definitely puts tablets on a more even level with regular ‘ol computers.
…or maybe we spoke too soon. This leaked Windows 8 commercial showcases an operating system that looks built exclusively for tablets. Can you imagine this actually working on a PC? Oh, the outrage…it is coming…
A recent German study officially shows what we tech geeks have known all along: social media is about as addicting as sex and cigarettes. In the study, a selection of people were given mobile devices and told to keep track of their compulsion to visit Facebook. As it turns out, human beings, really, really, really like their Facebooking.
We’ve previously discussed how the iPhone 5 has been a mixed basket for Apple (stellar reviews and huge sales, demand/shipping issues and Apple Maps), but hey, things could be worse for the world’s biggest tech company. At least we now know why production of their latest device has slowed down so much: they’re attempting additional quality control to prevent the scratches that have left so many early adopters furious.
eBay is heading for a redesign that sure looks an awful lot like Pinterest. It makes sense, though. Imagine an eBay that actively showcases things you’re going to be interested in. That’s a win-win for everyone.