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Archives: July 2013

Microsoft Office Now Available as Android App

Microsoft has released Microsoft Office Mobile 365 app for Android users. The app lets MS subscribers access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents on their phone. The release follows the release of a Microsoft Office app for iPhone which launched last month.

The app lets you access and work on MS documents from your Android phone. Once you are done editing a document, you can save it to the Microsoft cloud SkyDrive or email it to yourself. Here is more from the Microsoft blog:

Office Mobile has been optimized for the small screen of your phone so you can get things done efficiently.  When reviewing Word documents, the Resume Reading feature takes you to the exact point in the document where you left off on your PC so you don’t waste time searching. The new Slide Navigator lets you browse through PowerPoint presentations fast while Speaker Notes help you practice on the run.

The app is free, but requires an Office 365 subscription to work. You can sign up for a free 30 day Office 365 trial here.

Court Rules That Warrant is Not Required to Obtain Cellphone Location Data

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to access the location data records of individuals from phone companies. The court found that court orders authorized by the Stored Communications Act that make cell phone providers share the historical location data of customers are not unconstitutional as the The ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation had argued.

According to the court, cell phone location records are not protected under the Fourth Amendment because they are not the private records of individuals but rather the business records of cell phone companies. The ACLU was disappointed with the decision. ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump wrote on the ACLU blog:

Cell phone companies store records on where each of us have been, often stretching back for years. That location information is sensitive and can reveal a great deal—what doctors people visit, where they spend the night, who their friends are, and where they worship.

National Ice Cream Month Goes Social

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July is National Ice Cream Month! Dessert pics are scrumptious, tempting, and calorie-free, giving ice cream brands plenty of possibilities for highly sharable social posts. So, let’s take a look at how top ice cream brands chose to celebrate this very important social holiday.

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‘Pet Rescue Saga’ Joins Top Free Android Apps List

Pet Rescue Saga has joined the top free Android app this week at No. 10, according to research from Google Play. The game app from King.com challenges players to solve puzzles in order to rescue their kidnapped pets.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

As part of Mediabistro’s Media App Summit which took place last year, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Video Ads | Tweeting Mom’s Death

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Report: Facebook Preparing to Launch TV-Style Video Ads for $1 million and Up (LostRemote)
Facebook has stepped up its social TV efforts over the last few weeks, and now there’s growing evidence the company is planning a video ad product aimed at capturing TV dollars. Bloomberg reports that Facebook will roll out 15-second video ads priced between $1 million and 2.5 million sometime later this year.

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