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Free Microsoft Office Apps are Now Officially Available on Android Tablets By Clip Syndicate Android tablet users now have full-fledged Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps — for free. The beta versions of the Android apps have already been available in "preview" to some Microsoft users, but the official suite of Office apps launched in the Google Play store on Thursday. Some of the premium and business features, though, are only available for Office 365 subscribers. As with the Android, Microsoft Office for iOS, which launched in March 2014, is free to use. Of course, Microsoft has other plans for its Office suite beyond free-to-use apps. The desktop-friendly Office 2016 is slated for launch sometime later this year.

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Samsung Electronics Fourth-quarter Profit Meets Guidance; Outlook Cautious By Clip Syndicate Samsung Electronics reported on Thursday its first annual earnings decline in three years, as strong chip earnings failed to make up for weakness in the South Korean giant's smartphone business. The semiconductor division was a bright spot as Samsung posted fourth-quarter operating profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.88 billion), in line with the 5.2 trillion won profit the firm guided for earlier this month. ...Read More »
Facebook Tops Wall Street Revenue Target in Fourth Quarter By Clip Syndicate Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales. Facebook shares fell about 2.6 percent in after-hours trade after vacillating above and below the closing price. Facebook's business has boomed thanks to its mobile ads for smartphones and tablets. ...Read More »
Qualcomm Cuts Fiscal 2015 Outlook After New Chip Skipped by Big Customer By Clip Syndicate Qualcomm reduced its outlook for fiscal 2015, saying it expects its newest Snapdragon mobile chip will not be used in a major customer's flagship smartphone, sending its shares lower. The chipmaker said in a statement on Wednesday it expects fiscal 2015 revenue between $26.0 billion and $28.0 billion, down from a previous estimate of between $26.8 billion and $28.8 billion. ...Read More »
Apple Sells Record 74.5 Million iPhones in Quarter By Clip Syndicate Apple posted a far better-than-expected 29.5 percent jump in quarterly revenue, driven by record sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones in the holiday shopping season. The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in its first quarter ended Dec. 27. Revenue rose to $74.6 billion from $57.6 billion a year earlier. According to Thomson Reuters, analysts on average had expected revenue of $67.69 billion.

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Sony to Cut 1,000 Jobs in Smartphone Business By Clip Syndicate The Nikkei business daily reported that Sony Corporation plans to cut another 1,000 jobs in its smartphone division, mainly in Europe and China. The cuts are in addition to the 1,000 jobs Sony said it would eliminate in its mobile unit in October. The report said that overall, Sony's mobile division workforce will shrink by about 30 percent to 5,000 by the end of the fiscal year ending March 2016. ...Read More »
How These Energy Geeks are Re-imagining an Old School Utility By Clip Syndicate Welcome to the utility industry's future - or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping. Here in a non-descript, 53,500-square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar panels. Those are some of the roughly 60 projects in the works at Edison's Advanced Technology division. ...Read More »
Prynt Smartphone Case Prints Your Photos, Polaroid-style By Clip Syndicate It seems a lot of us would love to crawl back in time to an era when instant Polaroid photos were the height of cool. If Instagram filters aren't enough for you anymore, check out the Prynt camera case on Kickstarter. Prynt essentially turns your smartphone into a Polaroid-style instant camera so you can print out pictures and hold them in your hand, rather than show them off on the screen. Put the case on your phone, take a photo using the Prynt app and then collect the photograph from the top. You can also print out your social-media selfies, Instagram images and photos from other sources.

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Apple Takes Top Spot in Chinese Smartphone Market - Data Firm By Clip Syndicate According to data firm Canalys, Apple has shipped the most number of smartphones in China in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics and homegrown companies such as Xiaomi (rhymes with how-me) for the first time, . Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched last September have proved to be popular in Asia despite being costlier than most handsets. " The report said Samsung fell to the third place. ...Read More »
Facebook Quietly Rolled Out a Bare-bones Apps in Emerging Markets By Clip Syndicate While 1.6 billion people around the world take the latest and greatest smartphones for granted, many in emerging markets remain tethered to older devices. That's likely why Facebook quietly rolled out Facebook Lite, a lightweight Android version of the full app, to eight countries last week. ...Read More »

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