Microsoft slates Office 16 for second half of 2015

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will launch its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015, according to an online report.

ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported on comments made by Julia White, general manager of marketing for Office and Office 365, at Microsoft's Tech Ed Europe conference in Barcelona.

LG smartphone sales soar, boosted by G3

From PC World: Strong demand for its flagship G3 boosted LG Electronics’ overall smartphone shipments to a record 16.8 million in the third quarter.

The results appear to be sharply in contrast with that of rival South Korean company Samsung Electronics, which in its earnings guidance earlier this month warned that its third quarter operating profit could fall by almost 60 percent because of sluggish sales of mobile devices.

iOS 8 adoption rate inches up to 52 percent

From CNET: iOS 8 adoption continues to creep up, though it's not setting any speed records.

Updating the stats on its App Store Distribution page on Tuesday, Apple revealed that iOS 8 adoption is up to 52 percent, with iOS 7 at 42 percent and older versions collectively at 5 percent. The numbers show adoption rates as of Monday.

$199 Motorola Droid Turbo Gets Official with 48-hour Battery Life, 5.2” QHD Display

From DailyTech: After weeks of leaks and teases, the Motorola Droid Turbo has finally been announced. As we previously reported, the Droid Turbo is a specs monster, boasting 48 hours of battery life and the ability to capture an 8-hour charge in 15 minutes with its included Turbo Charger wall adapter.

Given all the leaks that made their way to the internet over the past month, the specs shouldn’t be too surprising:

Microsoft gives Office 365 customers unlimited OneDrive storage

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will no longer try to "one up" competitors in cloud storage, opting instead to eliminate the ceiling for consumer and business subscribers of its Office 365 suites, a move that will put it on par with some vendors and ahead of others.

All Office 365 editions will include unlimited capacity in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as Microsoft now begins a gradual rollout of this enhancement that will continue into next year. OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are designed as file repositories for individual users.

Shoot 360-degree omnidirectional videos with Ricoh's Theta m15 camera

From PC World: If you’re into action sports, Ricoh has a new camera that can film your moves in 360 degrees.

The Theta m15 is a slender handheld shooter with a spherical lens that can shoot omnidirectional videos up to three minutes long.

By adding video, it improves upon the previous Theta, which Ricoh described last year as the only consumer device that can take 360-degree photos with a single release of the shutter. The Theta m15 also doubles the Wi-Fi transfer rate of the previous model.

Apple reveals drop in sales of iTunes music

From CNET: iTunes music sales took dip over the past 12 months, according to Apple's latest regulatory filing.

In an 88-page annual report, filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said the iTunes Store overall raked in more revenue in fiscal year 2014 -- which ended September 27 -- than in fiscal year 2013, but that music sales have fallen.

1 Million Apple Pay Transactions Completed Within 72 Hours, Walmart CEO Hopes Visa "Suffers"

From DailyTech: Apple launched its Apple Pay wireless payment service last week to much fanfare. Apple Pay allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to make quick, secure payments using their stored credit cards.

Speaking at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that over one million credit/debit card transactions were processed using Apple Pay within its first 72 hours of availability.

"The early ramp looks fantastic," said Cook.

Azure, Office 365 drive Microsoft revenues, while mobile lags

From InfoWorld: Microsoft had a lot to brag about when it announced its first-quarter 2015 financials yesterday. The company boasted of higher gross margins and revenue, big gains in hardware and cloud sales, and -- most important -- a success story in its ongoing reinvention as a cloud services outfit, in both its business and consumer operations.

AMD's flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card prices cut to an insanely compelling $300

From PC World: Prices for AMD’s flagship Radeon R9 290X just keep on plummeting. Mere days after Nvidia unveiled its new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, AMD’s hardware partners slashed the cost of many R9 290X models to $400—a triple-digit cut from its previous price. (Other Radeon cards received similar price cuts.) Checking Amazon and Newegg this morning, however, at least two R9 290X models are selling for $299.99 after rebate, and several others are sporting sticker prices between that and $370.

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