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Google Cloud Connect plug-in connects Microsoft Office to your Google Docs

As fast as Google Docs has been growing, many people are still unwilling to abandon their desktop office software and take to the cloud. Well, Google just made it easier with Cloud Connect, a new Microsoft Office plug-in that connects Word, PowerPoint and Excel to Google Docs. That means anything you do in Office will be saved in the cloud using your Google Docs account. Cloud Connect actually...

Adobe Reader X now available for Android and desktop OSes

For better or worse, Adobe's latest iteration of Reader is now available for both Android and desktop OSes. From the sandboxed Reader 'protected-mode', to the new multimedia implementations, there's quite a bit in the new Acrobat X suite of software. Adobe Reader for Android brings quite a few changes with one of the highlights being text search, an invaluable tool for anyone reading any sort of...

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is significantly faster than 2008/2004

The bods over at MacTech have been putting the Microsoft Business Unit's latest Mac offering, Office 2011, though its metaphorical paces, and have found that, on the whole, it's significantly faster than its previous siblings Office 2008 and 2004. App launches are around 70% faster from cold and 98% faster on relaunch, a noticeable and welcome improvement for the user. That's not all, common...

Microsoft Lync 2010 replaces Microsoft Office Communications Server for workplace collaboration

Microsoft's workplace collaboration tool, Office Communications Server, just got a big upgrade and a new, less stuffy name: Microsoft Lync 2010. Like OCS, Lync connects the various Microsoft services in a workplace, including Office, Exchange email and Sharepoint storage. It's also a hub for instant messenging, voice calls and video calls. The major new stuff in Lync 2010 includes enterprise...

Google Docs gets mobile editing support on Android 2.2 and iOS

Google has just announced that it has started rolling out mobile editing support for Google Docs. The roll-out will take a few days and when it reaches you, you'll be able to edit documents in Google Docs by simply pointing your mobile browser to docs.google.com and clicking on Edit while viewing the document you wish to make changes to. This feature will only be accessible for owners of...

Evernote for iPhone and iPad updated with multi-photo select and 90 minute audio notes

Evernote's latest iOS app update takes advantage of new features in Apple's upcoming iOS 4.2, including AirPrint support and the ability to send files to Evernote from Mail, Safari and other apps. In the meantime, though, downloading the new Evernote 3.4 also adds features you can use before iOS 4.2 comes out. Perhaps the most useful new feature is multi-image select. Rather than importing one...

Google Chrome gets official Google Calendar, Docs, and YouTube extensions

There are many, many extensions currently available for Google Chrome in the Chrome Extension Gallery -- over 8,000 in fact -- from both third-party developers and from Google themselves. Yesterday, Google announced the addition of official Chrome extensions for Google Calendar, Docs, and YouTube. The Google Calendar extension adds quick access to your upcoming events and lets you add new...

Tether releases Android tethering app, works on Android 1.5 and up

Tether, a tethering app that's been available for BlackBerry smartphones for some time now, just hit Android phones. For $24.99, it will let you share your Android device's data connection with your computer via USB. Unlike Google's free Android tethering app, Tether works on Android 1.5 and up (the built-in app started with Android 2.2). Now, to readers outside the US, Tether may sound like a...

WorkFlowy is a lightweight outliner endorsed by Matt Cutts

WorkFlowy is deceptively simple. It's just an outliner – a list-maker! You click on a new line, write whatever you have to write, and hit Enter. Done – you now have a bullet, a "to-do item," or whatever you want to call it. Hit Shift+Enter, and you can add some text as a note for that item. There is nothing revolutionary about it, except for one key difference: it lets you drill into...

Evernote passes 5 million users

Evernote has announced that it has reached an important milestone, just passing 5 million users. Also, the latest million users were added in only 83 days, whereas the first million were gathered in a whopping 446 days. As you can see from the graph above, each subsequent million has been added in shorter and shorter periods of time. Evernote has also broken some more records in recent days,...

pleasnotify.me lets you quickly assign tasks over email, spam random people

pleasnotify.me is a fairly straightforward Web app: You fill in a quick form with the recipient's address, a task, a due date, and your address. The email is sent out, and the recipient is supposed to reply by the time the task is done. On the surface, all is well and fine. I mean, it's not the most original application in the history of the universe, but it's okay. But when you stop and think...

0Boxer makes handling your email into a game, is awesome

We all have email. We have too much email, actually. And it stays in the inbox and just piles up, gathering dust, cobwebs and guilt. There are tons of services, systems, and lifehacks to try help us get rid of some of that overload, or at least handle it a tad better. 0Boxer is another such attempt, but it's a particularly graceful one. It comes as a Firefox or Chrome extension that hooks onto...

Coolendar is a slick natural language online calendar

When you think about it, a calendar is basically a to-do list with dates. Sure, we're used to looking at it in a certain format – all of those little squares, one per day. But coolendar takes the concept of a calendar and strips it from that familiar representation, leaving just a neat, carefully dated to-do list in its wake. Visually, it's very cool. It's got that iPhone-app aesthetic that...

History Deleter for Firefox lets you selectively purge browsing history

Let's say you've browsed somewhere you shouldn't have, or at a time when it was inappropriate. And maybe you've even forgotten to turn on the private browsing mode. Tsk tsk tsk! But the deed is done; now what? If you just go ahead and hit Ctrl+Shift+Del in Firefox, you will be able to delete all traces of your browsing from the past several hours, from today, or even the entire history. But...

Evernote 2.0 for Android is now available, brings many improvements

Evernote has announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of its Android application. Obviously, like before, the app will allow you to take notes, photos, record audio, and access all your Evernote data. But it does bring many improvements and feature additions. In fact, Evernote says this is the single biggest leap in functionality any Evernote app has ever received in one release. ...