Microsoft launching Office 2013 on 29 January 2013

Microsoft is going to launch the latest version of Office, according to a tweet from the official Microsoft’s Office Twitter account posted over the weekend. The tweet also contains a picture of what Microsoft is setting up in New York City’s Bryant Park for launch day, specifying January 29 as the day of the event.

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The new version of Microsoft Office 2013 represents a re-think of the productivity software. Microsoft re-designed Office for Windows 8, changing aspects of the design, features and back end to better support the world of touchscreens, cloud connectivity and social networks. Although the new Office is designed for Windows 8 machines but actually its not just a Windows 8 app, it can also be installed and used on traditional desktop environment, even on Windows RT devices.

Microsoft Office 2013 will cost $140 for the Home & Student Edition with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. A Home & Business edition, which includes Outlook, costs $220, and a Professional edition with Publisher and Access costs $400.

Microsoft is also changing the way of selling the Microsoft Office 2013. When a customer buys Office, they will be able to download it and install it on up to five machines. A subscription also includes 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes per month of Skype calls and updates for new versions of the apps.

Improvements in Office 2013

Office 2013 has a new look, in line with the “Modern-style” aesthetic of Windows 8. Microsoft has included a “Touch Mode” that makes Office easier to use on Windows 8 tablets. It includes a new “Read Mode” in Word for viewing documents without distractions, built-in PDF editing, additional analysis tools in Excel and tighter integration with Web services such as SkyDrive and Facebook.

Unlocking your cell phone is now illegal and against the US law

It is now illegal and against the US law to unlock your cell phone without carrier’s permission.

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The U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress are no more allowing to unlock phone, it has just become illegal as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

When you buy a “carrier locked” smart phone/cell phone, it’s usable by only one carrier. That refers just to the carrier from whom you bought the cell phone service. You must obtain permission from your carrier to unlock the phone or face a potential fine of up to $2,500. Anyone found unlocking handsets for profit could be forced to pay up to $500,000 and may even go to jail, according to ABC News.

Some people purchase various types of software online or make changes, edits and tweaks to the software in the phone to unlock cell phones. The changing of the software in the phone is now illegal. You can’t unlock your cell phone until you get the permission in written so that you can prove you have permission to unlock your cell phone, getting the carrier’s permission in writing is very difficult due to the new law and also the copyright. You can refer to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You can still legally purchase an unlocked phone new (though usually for a higher price).

The law is in effect from January 26, 2013 and you need to obey it.

You can read the full docket here

Google Chrome Beta Update for Android Now Support WebGL

Google had released an update for Chrome Beta[Android platform]. The update fixes an issue that freezes devices that utilize a particular Qualcomm GPU driver. It also contains bug fixes for known issues such as random flickering that occurs when opening a new tab.

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Chrome Beta now allows users to access experimental features by entering chrome://flags into the address bar, view a list of flags which you can disable or enable. It a hidden menu page that offers many features including WebGL, an FPS counter (shows a page’s actual frame rate), a JavaScript API for rendering 3D and 2D graphics within the browser without the need of a plugin. It also gives ability to disable accelerated CSS animations.

Download Chrome Beta for your Android device – click here

Note:- Google Chrome and Google Chrome Beta are two separate applications.