Microsoft has issued an update for the popular Office for iPad app that brings some new tricks for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The update brings several user requested features to the apps, with one of the big new features being the ability to export files as PDFs.
Each of the apps has also received new Picture Tools that allow users to the ability to crop to focus on the portion of the image that's important. All three of the apps also get support for third party fonts in the update.
Excel also gets improved support for external keyboards and support for "Flick to Select" so you can select data in a cell with a flick of your finger. The new features for Word include the Picture Tools, fonts, and PDF feature. PowerPoint received more improvements with a new Presenter View, new presenter tools for highlighting and drawing, and more.
It looks like NVIDIA will unveil its GeForce GTX 880 sometime next month at a press event, but what to expect from NVIDIA for its next-gen GPU? We shouldn't expect too much in the performance department, but a decent price is something we can smile about.
VideoCardz.com is reporting that the GeForce GTX 880 will be announced mid next month, with retail availability of the GPU starting in late September. When it comes to the nuts and bolts of the GeForce GTX 880, we should expect NVIDIA to offer up 4GB and 8GB GDDR5 versions, both on a 256-bit bus. The best part about the GTX 880 will be its price, which is expected to fall somewhere around $400-$500 price range.
When it comes to performance, we should expect it to obviously beat the GK104-based GTX 780, and hopefully beat the GTX 780 Ti. By how much, we don't know. I think we can expect it to fall 10% either side of the GTX 780 Ti, and at $400-$450, this is going to push the prices of the GTX 780, and GTX 780 Ti down, too.
One of the best things that BlackBerry has going for it right now is that its BlackBerry Messenger or BBM service is very popular with users. BlackBerry is working on opening that BBM ecosystem up to other smartphone users and has announced that it has now launched the BBM app for Windows Phone users.
The big draw for BBM is that it promises to be a secure service for messaging. Last year BlackBerry launched an app for people on the Android operating system and iOS allowing them to use BBM from those rival devices.
With the addition of the BBM for Windows Phone app, the major platforms are now supported. Keeping the BBM platform closed for so long and only allowing BlackBerry devices to use it hurt the service and made it hard to compete with WhatsApp and other rivals for secure messaging.
Reuters is reporting that the wreckage of a crashed drone was found outside of a maximum security prison in South Carolina, where it is believed that the drone was attempting to deliver contraband into the prison.
The UAV was reportedly delivering phones, marijuana, tobacco and more into the Lee Correctional Institution. The discovery of the drone wreckage eventually lead to the arrest of 28-year-old Brenton Lee Doyle, and a search for a second suspect. Stephanie Givens, the spokeswoman for the State Department of Corrections has said: "officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state."
This is a first for South Carolina, but it's nothing new for some other prisons around the world. Down in my part of the world, Australian authorities arrested a man who was controlling a drug-packed drone, and before that four people were arrested in Georgia on charges of delivering tobacco into a prison yard with a drone.
Over the last few years, several firms have tried to buy wireless operators in the US with varying degrees of success. We have seen mergers of US telecom firms blocked by courts while firms from outside the US have had more success moving into the US market, such as Sprint and Softbank. A French company called Iliad has made a bid for T-Mobile US and a result of that bid is that its stock price has dropped 13% in trading.
Iliad made a cash offer for T-Mobile US of $15 billion for 56.6% of the wireless firm. Iliad says that T-Mobile has a "disruptive position" in the US that is very similar to the position Iliad has in France.
Sprint parent company Softbank and T-Mobile have already reportedly agreed to broad terms for a deal that would see Softbank buy into T-Mobile. The Iliad deal may be easier for T-Mobile to pull off since it will have no red flags for regulators concerned about competition in the US market.
Microsoft is currently in the middle of a legal campaign that sees a US court trying to force the software giant to turn over email that is stored on servers housed in Ireland. The catch for Microsoft is that to comply with the US law and court order, it will have to break European Union law. EU law says that only local courts can make the decision to release data stored on local servers.
The court order issued by the US court requires Microsoft to turn over any data it controls, regardless of where that data is stored. The crux of the argument form the US court is that even though the data is physically stored outside the US, the company that controls the data is in the US and therefore must obey US law.
In the end Microsoft is in a bad place, turning the data over to the US court will violate EU law and not giving it to the US court will violate law in the US. Microsoft will likely appeal the ruling so it's not clear yet if it will have to turn the data over.
DDR4 will make its debut later this year when Intel launches its Haswell-E and X99 platform, but ADATA has come out and officially launched its first kit of DDR4 RAM for consumers in the form of their new Premier line of DDR4 RAM.
We have JEDEC specifications on the DDR4 base frequency of 2133MHz, with sub-timing latencies of 15-15-15 at 1.2V. ADATA has hit this exact line of specs for its first DDR4 modules, but we should expect higher frequencies to be right around the corner. The first DDR4 pack from DDR4 comes in a 16GB kit, with two 8GB sticks in the pack. We should expect ADATA to officially have this on shelves within the next couple of months.
Tesla Motors has reported its Q2 2014 results, which saw the electric car maker pull in non-GAAP revenue of $858 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.11. The non-GAAP revenue is up a huge 55% from the same period of last year.
The company delivered 7,579 vehicles in the three-month period, building a total of 8,763 vehicles in that time. Tesla has said that it is "on track" to deliver over 35,000 vehicles for the whole of 2014. Analysts had expected Tesla to report non-GAAP revenue of $810.61 million, so Tesla just edged out those expectations for the quarter. Shifting to normal accounting metrics, which are much easier to understand, Tesla Motors had revenue of $769 million for the quarter, losing $0.50 per share.
Moving into Q3, Tesla expects to build around 9,000 vehicles for the three-month period. The company expects to reach 10,000 vehicles per year on a run-rate basis by the end of 2014, which would see revenue growth expand for 2015.
The latest numbers from market research firm Strategy Analytics for Q2 2014 see that Google is completely dominating the mobile OS market, with Android hitting a global market share of 84.6%, up from 80.2% in the same quarter of last year.
Google's biggest competitor, Apple, has just 11.9% market share, which is down 13.4% from the same period of 2013. Microsoft has also lost market share to Google, dropping from 3.8% in Q2 2013 to 2.7% in Q2 2014. BlackBerry is barely hanging on, dropping from an already low point of 2.4%, to just 0.6% this year.
When it comes to smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi has become the world's fifth-largest brand, which has Strategy Analytics calling the company a "star performer" for taking control of 5% of the global smartphone market by shipping 15.1 million units. Samsung is still number one, with 74.5 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2014, down from 76 million units in the same quarter of 2013. Apple shipped more units this year, hitting 35.2 million shipments, up from 31.2 million in Q2 2013.
How are the console wars going? Well, according to Sony's latest financial report, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One three to one in Q1 2014. Sony has said how many consoles it sold separately between the PS3 and PS4, but combined, they sold some 3.5 million units in the first three months of the year.
In the same period of 2013, the company sold just 1.1 million units, so I would say the majority of those 3.5 million units would've been PS4s. Its competitor, Microsoft, and its finanical report that was announced last week saw shipping numbers for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 sitting at 1.1 million total. So when we see Sony selling 3.5 million PlayStation consoles versus just 1.1 million Xbox consoles, we can see that Sony is kicking some major ass here.
Sony generated a huge $2.5 billion in sales from its Games & Network Services division, something that is credited to the launch of the PS4.