Everyday news breaks left right and centre in the world of technology. It is pretty much impossible to capture all these stories and bring a detailed report. And not bring this news to our readers feels unfair.
Just as a disclaimer, we would not be divulging into details of the story and just give a brief outline of what the story was all about. So without any further adieu lets begin on what caught our attention on March 28th, 2014.
Facebook Messenger for iOS gets Group Messaging and Message Forwarding
It is rather strange for a feature to be available on Android first and iOS later, yet Facebook Messenger always seems to be one of those apps that receive the update for Android first. The Facebook Messenger application on iOS has finally received the ability to forward the messages and create a group chat. Your contacts must be all on Facebook Messenger for the feature to be used. This update will take Facebook Messenger app to v 4.0. Several other IM apps such as Whatsapp, BBM etc have had these features for a while, hence it is a classic case of better late than never for Facebook Messenger on iOS.
Microsoft Announces Office for iPad
Microsoft has announced Office for iPad after months of speculations. It was the first time when new CEO, Satya Nadella took to the stage and several observants felt that an air of change was sweeping across Microsoft. All three apps, Word, Powerpoint and Excel have been designed from ground up for the experience on iPad. All three apps can be downloaded for free, but you will need an Office 365 Subscription for $99.99 per year to edit or create new documents. In case you missed out, you can read a detailed report and our first impressions on Office for iPad here
Ms Office for Android and iPhone allows you to Edit Docs for Free
Not only did Microsoft announced Office for iPad, it also made the Office Mobile which so far allowed users to only view documents for free, allow you to edit documents for free too. Microsoft told that the free provision is only for ‘Home’ users and it still expected the enterprise users to shell out the subscription fees for usage. It is obviously unclear how Microsoft will differentiate between enterprise users and Home users, but given several Ms Office users were moving to free alternates such as Google Drive, it is clearly a move driven by the competitive landscape.
HTC Announces Desire 310 in India for Rs 11,700
The budget segment of the mobile market in India is flooded with several players. Apart from Moto G though, there have been no standout players yet. HTC have made their move in the budget category with the Desire 310. The device is available for Rs 11,700 and has pretty modest specs such a 480×854 4.5 inch display. There is 512 MB RAM on board with 4 GB internal memory. The device will come with 2,000 mAh battery, Android 4.2 and 5 MP Camera.
Twitter might get rid of the ‘Retweet’
Twitter might be getting rid of ‘Retweet’. The feature is here to stay but the feature will now be called Share as Twitter aims to make the whole experience a lot more simpler and engaging. Some of the users have already started seeing the share word appear in their feeds as Twitter starts to experiments with the roll out. There has been no official word nor have we seen the feature live ourselves, but with several credible sources reporting the change, it is not beyond the realms of imaginations for something like this to happen.