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Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses that will eventually supplant its extant offerings.<p>The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases …

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Apple just obsoleted the Mac and nobody noticed

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple is finally showing us its idea of how we’ll compute in the future. Perhaps not surprisingly, this pristine vision of our computing destiny — unveiled after years of secret, patient and painstaking development — aligns perfectly with how we currently use our …

Microsoft's Cortana could soon control your mood lighting

​Microsoft's Cortana may be younger than counterparts such as Google Now and Apple's Siri, but the virtual assistant already stands out thanks to some unique features. One prime example is Notebook, which the service uses to learn about your habits and keep track of your preferences. Another is the …

Microsoft’s ‘Cortana’ personal assistant will debut with Windows Phone 8.1 in April

Microsoft’s take on Siri is a few steps closer to reality.<p>With Windows Phone 8.1, set to be announced next April at Build, Microsoft plans to finally introduce “Cortana,” its own personal assistant software, as the Verge reports. The software, which sounds like a cross between Siri and Google Now, …

Crowdfunded Iron Man Suit Project Seeking 5K Pre-Orders For Production Run

Speaking as someone who’s considered spending nearly $1,000 on a full Stormtrooper costume multiple times, I’m very interested in a new crowdfunding project designed to build and mass produce a complete Iron Man suit with electronic features like an automatic sliding faceplate. The Iron Man Mark …

Part smartwatch, part activity tracker, the Wellograph is a pricey, attractive “wellness watch”

There are plenty of activity trackers out there, but so far they all look better suited to an afternoon at the gym than a night at a black tie event. …

PointGrab will let you control devices and appliances by pointing at them

The future of motion and gesture control is quickly approaching, and a few companies are already working hard to make this kind of a tech not just a reality, but also practical for general consumers. One such company, Tel Aviv-based PointGrab, has maintained radio silence for nearly three and a …

Indie outfit hopes to mass-produce Iron Man armor with crowdfunding

The US military isn't alone in planning custom, Iron Man-inspired armor. Iron Man Factory, an independent outfit with its own Tony Stark ambitions, aims to mass produce its own injection-molded line of (unlicensed) Iron Man Mark III suits. And it'll need 5,000 preorders of $1,999 to pull of a full …

KUBI telepresence robot arm for tablets now shipping, starting from $399

It was almost a year ago when we checked out Revolve Robotics' KUBI, a motorized tablet cradle that lets you remotely pan and tilt your device -- via an iOS app (Android version coming soon) or web portal -- during video calls. After missing its summer launch window, this US-made telepresence robot …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android

Redmond wants to counter Mountain View<p>Microsoft is considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that free future versions are under serious consideration by OS chief Terry Myerson. We …

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2 Psychology Rules for Getting Better at Chess--and Life

We often use chess as a metaphor for life, business, and other competitive sports, because it's such a strategic game. Coder and chess player Gautam …

Kano kit offers an easier way to make a low-cost Raspberry Pi computer

Raspberry Pi provides an inexpensive way for aspiring computer scientists to start hacking, but its bare-bones offering can be intimidating to a newcomer. Kano is a forthcoming open-source computer kit designed to make coding as easy as assembling Legos. A Kickstarter for the project has attracted …

The IT triangle strategy for evaluating enterprise tech startups

There have been plenty of blog posts on why enterprise startups are “hot,” but enterprise startups can range from cloud infrastructure companies to …

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks about team building, product insight, and good design

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made an appearance at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco today to have a fireside chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. During the hour-long conversation, Mayer spoke about her experience relating to teams, the impact of design on products, and how she helps empower …

How to Be Charismatic | The Art of Manliness

According to Olivia Fox Cabane, author of <i>The Charisma Myth</i>, there are three components to charisma: Presence, Power, and Warmth. Last week we talked …

Made by ex-Nokians, the first Jolla phone will go on sale this month

November 2013 is definitely <i>the</i> month for new technology launches, with Microsoft, Sony, and Apple all releasing some of their most anticipated products of the year within weeks of each other. It might come as a surprise, then, that Jolla is choosing November 27th as the day to launch its first …

What Every First Time Home Buyer Needs to Know About Purchasing Their First Home

Buying a first home can be a daunting experience. For as much excitement as there is, the process can be testing, trying and overwhelming. I spoke …

Galaxy Gear Smartwatch And Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone

On September 3, 2013, Samsung unveiled three new gadgets at the IFA trade show in Berlin: the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, the Galaxy 10.1 tablet and the highly anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The smartwatch works as a companion to the new Samsung Note 3 smartphone. (Photo credit: Larry Magid)

Windows 8.1's web use doubles shortly after launch

Web traffic doesn't directly translate to market share, but it's handy for tracking the adoption of brand new operating systems -- take Windows 8.1, for example. Net Applications notes that Microsoft's new OS nearly doubled in web share upon its official launch in October, climbing to 1.7 percent. …

Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

From the archives: Android is open—except for all the good parts.<p>In light of the $5 billion EU antitrust ruling against Google this week, we started …

Considerations for choosing a network monitoring solution

There are several ways to go about procuring a network monitoring solution -- buy, build, or rent. Here is an example of a "buy" solution.<p>Three …

Five Paradigm Shifts To Align Work And Passion

When I do leadership workshops I usually share my story of starting a company to pursue work that I am passionate about. People often come up to talk to me after the sessions. Many of their questions revolve around “how can I earn money pursuing my passion?” Some will whisper “I don’t really think …