Confirmed prices for Office 2013: in line with previous versions

Yesterday we heard about possible updates to Office 2013 from Office 2010, and read that one of the unknowns that remained clear about the new version of the Microsoft Office Suite was the price. Today they have taken care of those concerns in both the case of a subscription to Office 365 as in the case of those who want a single license.

Microsoft seeks to leverage the subscription of its Office subscription, and it shows, but probably many will think twice after seeing the numbers. The Office 365 subscription is priced at $8.33 dollars a month or $99.99 a year for the Home and Student version of Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and including Outlook) that may be installed on up to 5 computers Windows or OS X.

This would include 60 minutes of Skype World monthly (lets you call traditional phones), and the ability to access Office from any computer by downloading the necessary files needed to run Office by allow us to access its valid components, and with the promise of several annual updates.

There will also be a form of Office 365 Premium, which does not include the Skype minutes but in return we can receive HD video conferencing via Lync and space to share calendars and documents via Exchange for employees of a small company (which is the ideal buyer of this subscription, priced at $149 per year per user). This would be in addition and primarily, the only option to access InfoPath.

But there will those looking to buy, simply, a license of Office 2013 for their computer. Prices here remain almost constant with respect to the previous version: $139 for the Home and Student version (without Outlook), $219 for the version that includes Outlook, $399 for the Professional version (with Access and Publisher). This version can only be installed on a PC, and in the case of the professional version, Windows only. And obviously not included in the price are upgrades to new versions.

However we still have a key mystery: when can we buy Office 2013 or subscribe to Office 365? November is supposed to be the month Estimated for its RTM, and by February its supposed to appear in the final version via various dealers. We will look into more details when they appear and post them here at

Via | The Verge | ZDNet
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These are the new Kindles

The family of Kindle digital readers and tablets has three more members staring this week. The first, called Kindle Fire, is an improvement over the previous version: a 7” inch tablet with ability to surf the web, play music and movies and of course, read digital books.

The second is the HD version of Fire, a powerful tablet, for $500, becomes an interesting competitor for the iPad.

The last of the devices is a digital book reader e-ink, but also takes orders by touch. All devices will show advertising for products sold by Amazon to be blocked or at rest. According to the company, this is the reason we can sell the devices at a lower price than the competition.

The new Fire

During their press conference in Los Angeles this week, Amazon introduced the new version of its Kindle Fire tablet, with notable hardware improvements, and the not-so-pleasant surprise is that they will now implement a system of ‘compulsory advertising’ when the equipment is not in use.

In terms of technical features, the new Kindle Fire has a multitouch 7” inch screen, dual-core processor and a battery that lets you play 7 ½ hours of video. Unfortunately for readers, the battery life is only half an hour longer when the device is used to read eBooks.

The tablet, which has double the memory than its predecessor, weighs 410 grams, as opposed to 650 grams of the Apple iPad 3, and 565 grams for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The price of the device, available in presale from Thursday, is $160, $40 less than the previous version.

Subsidized by advertising

The high-definition version of the Kindle Fire has a multitouch 8.9” inch screen, and a much higher price. Available for Pre-order this week, the device costs $500 or $600, depending on if you buy the 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. But the value becomes attractive when compared with other high definition tablets, like the iPad 3, the cheapest version with 32 gigabytes of storage, costs $730.

Those who buy a Fire HD will find that the device also shows special offers and sponsored listings of movies, books and music on your screen when idle, or in locked mode. Amazon, however, said that advertising does not hinder the use of the device.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, says his company is different from companies like Apple trying to make money by providing services, not selling their devices. So this is how they can can offer them at a competitive price without obsessing over them for huge profits.

Indeed: the reduction of the company’s net profit during the third quarter of last year made Amazon think that they where losing money for every Kindle Fire it sells.

(Almost) no distractions

The third and final version of the Kindle that Amazon will launch in the coming weeks is called Paperwhite: a tablet that can not play videos or pictures in color, and only uses its battery when a user moves a page or access a menu.

This is possible because it has an LED screen but with digital ink, a white surface where the dots that make up the letters and pictures are magnetically ordered, and then remain in that position naturally.

Although this model has a feature missing from previous versions: lighting of its screen, you can read even with no external light sources.

Priced at $70, The Paperwhite is also the cheapest version of the Kindle, designed for those with reading as a priority to access over the Internet or buying items from Amazon.

With regard to advertising, the model also shows product announcements from online store offers, but Amazon said that in the future will give your users the option of paying for to disable advertising in the device.

Pi: a PC for $25

The Raspberry Pi is not the first computer with a price less than $100 in the market, and the first with a price below $50, but promises to be one of the most popular. This week, the makers of the PC announced that its prototype is ready to be mass produced, and that the production will take place in the UK.

Last year, a team of British engineers discovered that they could buy the parts needed to build a incredibly small PC for just over $20.

After joining the team and prove they could run a modern version of Ubuntu, an operating system completely free, the team calculated that the system could hit the market at a price of $25, with a version a bit more powerful for $35 dollars.

While the Raspberry Pi became popular on the Internet, its creators discovered that the only way to maintain the desired selling price, the equipment was to be manufactured in China. But this week the team announced it will begin manufacturing the computer in England, keeping its cost unchanged.

Unfortunately, managing to make the Raspberry Pi in the West delayed the release of the computer almost a year. The team, which could become a favorite among governments and educational institutions, faces competition from models such as the Cubieboard, which for $50 gives four times more RAM, and a faster processor.

Motorola launches new family of Razr HD

The event organized by Motorola and Verizon happened yesterday evening accompanied by live music and words of Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. There were three devices who will be Motorola’s bid to gain market share this end year.

This is the new Droid Razr family, a union of brands that could end up being called Milestone Razr or Razr just like their predecessors. In summary, the three devices are an family that are in an middle area in terms of power, especially in software, screen resolution, and importantly, size, appearance and price.

The star is the Droid Razr HD, which is in line with the original Razr, but with a screen with 78% greater density of pixels and a 2530mAh battery, which will allow you to overcome a day of continuous use. The processor is 1.2 Mhz dual core and has 1GB of RAM, almost the same as the previous version. As for the camera, maintains the 8 megapixel rear and 1.3 megapixel front camera with LED flash. Of course, you will have NFC, Gorilla Glass, water repellent layer.

Second is the Droid Razr Maxx HD, which is basically the HD Razr with a bigger battery. Reaches 3300 mAh, allowing you to survive a day and a half or more, depending on usage patterns. Ultimately, this may be one of the most attractive devices of the brand, because it meets the standard features of this generation of smartphones, but with a standard battery.

Finally we have the Droid Razr M, who is the younger brother of the family, with a 4.3 inch screen of 540 x 960 px, less memory, same camera as the later but with a HD VGA at front. This is a mid-range device that takes some aspects of the high-end at a spectacular price: only $99.

The three smartphones presented run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from the factory, but Jelly Bean will be updated later this year.

It also highlights the physical appearance of the new Razr family. They retain the rectangular shape with rounded edges, but the back is more aesthetic than the previous generation, set to be completely covered by Kevlar fibers, including the outline of the camera.

Apparently the improvements over the previous Razr might not seem significant, although, the new Razr is not full of magical and innovative features, they are an excellent choice for those looking for a smartphone that offers the latest in Android with excellent battery and endurance.

The M Razr is now available in the United States and the other two are expected by years end

You can learn more about this release in the press release from Motorola.

Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro will cost $40

Microsoft has unveiled its pricing scheme for the upgrade to its latest operating system, Windows 8. After its launch, anyone with a Windows 7 operating system, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at a standard price of $39.99 in all major markets – 131 regions, according to Microsoft – one can also add Windows Media Center for free after installing the new operating system.

Its upgrade for $40 will be made through the site, once we finish the process of buying the wizard will start downloading the upgrade, featuring a pause and resume functions in case we need the bandwidth for other tasks. The wizard will guide you step by step through the upgrade process, offering a complete compatibility report that will tell us what applications might not work under the new operating system. The update will allow us to keep updating our personal files, settings and applications if we are upgrading from Windows 7 , personal files and settings if we upgrade from Windows Vista, or only our personal files if you’re upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows XP, though of course we simply choose to delete everything and start from scratch.

The update consists only of a digital copy, but we also have the option to purchase a Windows 8 DVD for $15 additionally. However, once downloaded via the update wizard, we can also create an image file that we can burn to a DVD, if needed later. In stores, the “upgrade” version to Windows 8 will be available for a price of $69.99 (and its equivalents in other currencies) while the promotions continue in force until January 31, 2013. Failure to have a previous version of Windows on our system, one can purchase and install the “System Builder” version of Windows 8 Pro, at a yet undisclosed price. This is a good initiative from Microsoft, and a very kind gesture from the company to which version after version, its users updated their machine to obtain the advantages of its new Windows systems. An upgrade to a lower price than usual will improve the rate of adoption of Windows 8, which could cause little “problems” among the more traditional users because of the new Metro interface, which is not liked by everyone.

Barnes & Noble introduces a new Nook, now with Glowlight

The world of e-readers does not take a break, with two high quality competitors, B & W with the Nook and the Amazon Kindle, occasionally pulling sporatic advantages as soon the other responds with something of equal quality. I recently saw the next generation Kindle, yet it is now Barnes & Noble who took the next step first. The company introduced a new version of the NST, the Nook Simple Touch, which provides the only advantage (to me) to read what a tablet to read ebooks in front of an e-reader: with light itself.

It is called Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight (could not complicated any more), the device is almost exactly the same, physically, than the previous version, except for a white ring around it (which, in particular, I do not like). The main difference, of course, happens when you turn it on, a slight glow illuminates when we are reading, without straining our eyes, although the battery, we do not need to worry: if the original ST Nook lasted two months, this one with the light on lasts a month, more than enough.

Another disadvantage is the adding of a layer to the gap between the ink and the surface, it loses a bit of contrast, anyway, as people of Gizmodo is just perceptible (and just barely) in the sun or in a brightly lit room . The new e-reader will cost 140US  (which was the cost of the NST in the beginning) and they are now accepting orders and the company expects to send them to their stores this May.

Windows 8, how to download free software for Windows 8

The Consumer Preview version of Windows 8 is available to all users via the internet, the next Microsoft operating system. It is intended for computers but also other mobile devices such as tablets. On Wednesday, the Redmond went to the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2012) in Barcelona to show its latest creation to everyone. In one day, it managed over a million downloads, according to the company. And this trial is not suitable for all audiences.

Being a pre-release software, Windows 8 Consumer Preview is only recommended for advanced PC users who like to experiment with new products. Some experience is required in solving computer problems and knowledge sufficient to restore the previous operating system after trying the previous version. To enable users to explore all possibilities, Microsoft has opened the beta via its app store, the Windows Store for Windows 8.

The access to the store it is necessary to have a previously installed copy Windows 8 Consumer Preview. For now, their catalog of the Windows Store for Windows 8 is composed of a Metro-style free applications. Much anticipation awakens, it is the only place where Metro style applications is being tested, ie those programmed using the Metro design language that debuted with the operating system Windows Phone 7.

The catalog of applications is not too large (does not reach the hundred titles). The interface of the shop is very clear, with many white backgrounds. Can be easily operated via a touchscreen, like the operating system W8. You navigate from left to right, either with a sweeping gesture with the mouse scroll button or using the slider. To find applications you can click on the tile (tile) of the store (store) contained in the home screen and then pressing the Windows logo or use the search tool to locate applications.

Currently, the store Windows Store for Windows 8 is divided into several thematic sections such games, social, entertainment, photos, music / videos, books, news, food, shopping, travel, finance, productivity, and security tools. This section should be added focus (spotlight), which contains a selection made by the company. Within the catalog there are applications designed for Microsoft, but also other external developers, such as WordPress, Kindle, play Cut the Rope or travel search engine Kayak.

The Microsoft development team still needs to further refine the operating system until you have the Release Candidate list, which is the last before the commercial release. For the more adventurous, this is the link to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Review of the new Ubuntu 11.10

Last October, Ubuntu released its latest stable version of Linux baptized with the name “Ocelot”. Ubuntu 11.10 just seen the light.
It would not be exaggeration to say that Ubuntu is rarely indifferent to system users. If the previous version was already reasonably good (although their desktop environment, Unity, has never reached celebrity status), the latter, 11.10, and despite maintaining the same environment, we believe that it has alot of expectations placed on it. In addition to its proven system stability, reliability and safety, Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric Ocelot) runs very good, it is more fluid, provides a faster response, and visually it improved alot, despite maintaining its minimalist philosophy, has improved the general appearance in part through better and more rational presentation of the button icons contained in Dash, in a more organized and is structured better.
Oneiric Ocelot: more compatible and fasterThis aside, to make the necessary comparison with previous versions, Ubuntu 11.10 optimizes its already known integration and compatibility with peripherals, increasing the range and number of these. Connecting a camera, printer or other device, ensuring fast performance.

Another interesting aspect is the loading speed and, above all running applications, programs or any of the processes that the system performs. Ocelot Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer provided it has minimal resources. While other operating systems are slow to load the system, and still more take some time to establish an Internet connection, Ubuntu 11.10 loads up in much less time and your Internet connection is virtually instantaneous.

New look and new kernelThe revamped Ubuntu look has become more evident in the System Center software. This tool not only popular now looks more attractive, but lets you navigate through your screen, and this is important, it is more convenient, comfortable and fluid, recalling in some ways, Apple’s online store or i-Tunes. The redesigned interface for this version lets you view the newly installed programs, classified by category and by the assessment that users have made them. The general aspect of the system can be viewed in 2D or 3DThe engine system has also been renewed. One of the most important features of the new 11.10 is that it is the first version that incorporates Linux Kernel 3.0. Another of the most significant (and discussed) has been the replacement of Evolution for Thunderbird as default mail client. We discuss this, precisely because Thunderbird does not have a legion of enthusiastic fans and, I must say-Evolution has been and remains a quality product rather than proven.
Other notable developmentsInteresting facts:

  • Substantially improved graphics resource consumption over the previous version.
  • New login screen and login user with all options available login (Gnome shell, classic Gnome, Ubuntu 2D Plasma KDE, etc).
  • Higher speed and improved overall system performance.
  • Unity acquired new selective filters.
  • Nautilus 3 (file browser) with a new interface, more optimized.
  • New look and content of the home button or Dash and appearance of the system preferences with spectacular wallpapers.
  • Deja Dup as a tool for backup or backup’s.
  • LibreOffice New version 3.4: more integration and better performance.

Finally, although it does not represent a departure from the version 11.04, it should be stressed that storage in the cloud through Ubuntu One: the link between online services and the system has been enhanced as well, all in a way of keeping up with the times.