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Skype for Web (beta) now available in the US and UK

Skype for Web (beta) now available in the US and UK

Microsoft has Skype apps available across almost every desktop and mobile platform. But not everyone wants to install and run the heavy-handed client. The solution - Skype web - which is now available to anyone in the US and UK, without the need of installing the regular Skype client.

Microsoft updates Office Online with various new features and improvements

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft has announced several new features and improvements it will be bringing Office Online, the web version of its productivity suite which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive.

The background update brings improved reading experience, extra options for file management, OneDrive integration, proofreading tools, and more. And because these web-based productivity apps are only available in the browser, there is no need to update anything - you'll get the new features on a rolling basis.

Microsoft OneDrive updated with several new features

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft has updated its cloud service OneDrive with several new features and enhancements. Among the new features are Albums and tags for OneDrive which are now available on OneDrive for iOS, and will be coming to Android and Windows Phone soon.

WhatsApp Web lets you get your notifications on your desktop

WhatsApp WebThe popular cross platform WhatsApp Messenger is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and others. Now customers are able to access their WhatsApp message notifications directly on their desktop web browsers.

Google launched an "Inbox Happy Hour" to gain more users

Inbox Happy Hour

Earlier today Microsoft launched Outlook Preview for iOS and Android, which is a result of the company's acquisition of Acompli. Now Google wants to remind users of its own email services, and is doing so with an "Inbox Happy Hour".

Microsoft starts rolling out Skype for Web beta

SkypeOn November 14, Microsoft announced Skype for Web, which aims to allow users to communicate using Skype without having to download the app. Now the company has started rolling out the beta version of Skype for Web that will run on most modern web browsers.

The new version will work on Windows with IE 10 or above, the latest versions of Chrome or Firefox and on a Mac with Safari 6 or above. Users will eventually be able to access Skype for Web by visiting 

Currently, users need to install a small plug-in in order to start a Skype conversation, but in the future, once Microsoft implements Web RTC (Real-Time Communications), no downloads or installs at all will be needed.

Microsoft starts rolling out Skype for Web beta

Because of the requirement of the plugin Skype for Web currently won't work on Chrome OS. Those will devices like the Chromebook can still use Skype for Web for IM, but the voice and video features wont be supported until the Web RTC version is released.

According to a Skype blog post about the new beta, there are currently some battery-consumption issues with Skype for Web on a Mac, along with a delayed ring for outgoing calls. These are to be expected with beta releases, and should hopefully be resolved as the service matures.

Hangouts for GMail updated with online contacts tab and pinned favorites

Hangouts for GMailGoogle has continued to improve Hangouts since it was released to fully replace Google Talk as the main messaging solution for its users. We recently saw Google reintroduce the ability to see which of your friends are online, and now the company has included a new tab on the GMail version of Hangouts, which puts online contacts on top.

Its still possible to message your offline friends, but you will have to scroll down to find them on the list. Many of us have contacts we want to keep at the top of the list regardless of their online status (a significant other, a good friend, maybe even a parent), so Google has also added the ability to pin people them there. Just right-click and select the option.

Hangouts for GMail - Online ContactsHangouts for GMail - Pinned Favorites

The feature may take awhile to appear for all users, as it is still rolling out. If you see the new online user sorting on your contacts, leave us a comment and let us know.

source - Google

Microsoft updates Office Online, now available in the Chrome Web Store

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft has released a major update for Office Online (available on Along with the update, Microsoft has also released their web based Office apps on the Chrome Web Store. You can now add Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to your Chrome App launcher.

Users of the Chrome web browser and Chrome OS will be able to launch the Office apps and create Office documents online with a single click from their desktops.

With the update to Office online, you will now notice the following new features and improvements to the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote:

Microsoft Word Online
  • Microsoft has extended commenting to editing mode, so you can make comments and changes at the same time as others.
  • Footnotes and endnotes can now be added inline
  • When making a list, if you’re directly below an existing numbered list and start typing, your next line automatically becomes part of the list - just like in desktop Word.
  • You now have the option to download your document as a PDF file and added improvements to make printing easier for users with PDF readers installed on Internet Explorer and Chrome.
  • Improved rendering support for merged and missing cells

Microsoft Excel Online
  • Microsoft has added the ability to insert new comments as well as edit and delete existing comments.
  • You can now open and edit VBA-enabled spreadsheets without removing (or corrupting) the VBA contained in the file.
  • Tell Me feature lets you ask Excel how to do something, and have the relevant commands presented in a simple drop-down list so you can perform your action right away.
  • Added support for the most common way that users hide and unhide rows and columns, using a context menu that appears when you right-click a row or column header - just like in desktop Excel.
  • Min, Max, and Numerical Count aggreregates now available and visible in the status bar configurable - just like in desktop Excel.
  • Enter GoTo (Ctrl+G), a “pro” feature that allows you to quickly type in a reference and jump to that location in the spreadsheet.

Microsoft PowerPoint Online
  • Re-engineered text editor so the layout when editing slides looks more like your final result.
  • Microsoft has also made some performance and video playback optimizations by speeding up advancement of slides in the editor and by adding the ability to play back embedded YouTube videos.

Microsoft OneNote Online

  • You can now print your notes.
  • Multi-column section or page navigation has been added.

Word Online for Chrome Download Microsoft Word Online for Chrome
Create, edit and share Word documents. Work with others on shared projects, in real-time.
PowerPoint Online for Chrome Download Microsoft PowerPoint Online for Chrome
Create, edit and share PowerPoint presentations. Work with others on shared projects in real-time
OneNote Online for Chrome Download Microsoft OneNote Online for Chrome
All your notes in one place and with you, anywhere. Get things done with your friends, family, classmates, and colleagues.

Microsoft Excel Online will be coming to the Chrome Web Store shortly, according to Microsoft.

[29 Oct 2013] Watch the Google+ Event livestream here

Google+ has been around for some time now and despite what the mainstream says, it's actually reaped substantial success and is now the second-largest social networking platform in the world. Having surpassed Twitter at the beginning of this year, it now boasts over 500 million registered users, of which over 235 million are active at any one time.

With this in mind, it'll be interesting to see what Google has in store during its Google+ event, set to take place just minutes from now. What's more, there is some speculation that we could even see something as major as the Nexus 5 unveiling take place today, but don't go quoting us on this particular bit. Anyway, sit back and enjoy the show!

[UPDATE] Despite the power failure that delayed the start of the event by 30 minutes, we're not live!

[Chrome app] DJ's Mobiles - HUB

DJs Mobiles HUB for Chrome OSSince our migration back to Google's services from Wordpress we have split out DJ's Mobile's website into too component. With DJ's Mobiles now acting as a tech news blog, we have extended the other functionality of or website into the DJ's Mobiles - HUB.

The HUB is also available as an app for Chrome or Chrome OS users and can be downloaded through the Chrome Store or by using the following link:

Google Play web store updated with new design

A few months ago the Google Play Store app for Android was updated with a new user interface. Now the web based version of the store has also received a similar visual update with card based interface which is spreading across the Android ecosystem.

The various sections of the store appear on the left, just as they did before. However when you dive into these sections, you will see the content now presented in its own card with a large preview image similar to the Android Play Store.

The product pages have also gone through some transformation with details of a product on a single page which includes larger screenshots. Google has also used the web.p image format for all the images which promises to be more efficient than PNG images.

Moving your mouse to the far left corner will reveal the menu which will take you into the various other sections of the store which have to color coordinated with their Android store and app counterparts.

The overall navigation within the store seems smooth and fast and you can still send any apps you discover directly to your devices. Google has even made it easier to access your own content from the left menu. Try the store out foryouselves and share your thoughts on the new design below.

Xbox Music now available on the web

Microsoft looks to be serious about spreading their services across multiple platforms and devices. As of today the Xbox Music service is available on the web, with its minimalistic Windows 8 style design. Keep in mind that you will require an Xbox Music pass (which costs $9.99 per month) if you want to use the service. If you haven't used it yet, you could take advantage of a 30 day free triall.

However having tested the application on Android and iOS it looks like the service is only available for Mac and Windows users at this point. Microsoft will have to work on making the service available to iOS users if they really want Xbox Music to be considered a serious competitor to services like Spotify.

If you have a compatible device, simply point your browser to and get started. This will be most useful to Mac owners who have recently switched to a Windows Phone or if you have a tablet low on memory. Additionally it offers the ability to read music stored on your device SD card, just sign into your Microsoft account and your entire library should quickly synchronized.

iWork for iCloud announced - Allows editing documents on Mac and Windows

Today Apple announced iWork for iCloud at the WWDC 2013 keynote, which allows you to view and edit your Pages, Keynote and Numbers documents on your web browser. iWork for iCloud aims to bring the best features of its desktop suite to the cloud, thus eliminating the need to store files on your computers and having your files stored directly on the cloud.

The demonstration during the keynote shows the experience of iWorks on iCloud to be smooth and fluid, almost resembling a desktop app rather than a web app. Additionally Apple is not picky about which web browser you use as iWorks on iCloud will work with Safari, Chrome, Firefox and yes, even Internet Explorer. However Apple did state that you will require Safari for the 'best' experience.

This isn't the first time that Apple has attempted to launch an online iWork suite, but this may be the right time for the company given the current popularity of iOS and iCloud. The demonstration even showed iWork for iCloud being used to edit Microsoft Office documents,which has been quite a process in the past.

If you are a developer registered for an Apple Developer subscription, you can get a Developer Preview of iWork for iCloud today. The final version of the suite will be available to the public sometime later this year.

Redesigned GMail with 'Smartlabels' coming on Wednesday ?

A recent report suggests that Google has readied a newly redesigned version of GMail which will automatically categorize your email into separate inboxes. The redesign is expected to arrive across Android, iOS and the web mail app which can be accessed through any web browser.

The Android version has a slide-out navigation panel and a top-only action bar. Your contact's profile picture will appear in front of each email to give you a quick look at who has been mailing you. Check out the screenshots of the various updated interfaces below.

The report also claims that the updates may go live as early as 4 PM GMT on Wednesday, so we dont have long to wait before we see if this rumor pans out.

source - Android Police

Google+ updated, with a new Stream, Hangouts and awesome Photos

Google+ updated, with a new Stream, Hangouts and awesome Photos
Its been two years since Google Plus was launched as a competitor to Facebook and while it may not match Facebook's user base,  it has become a big part of Google's ecosystem. Today it is getting a huge update with brings a new user interface with 41 new features in three categories: stream, hangouts and photos.

Google Play Music updated with All Access, new interface and more

Google Play Music for Android has received a significant update to version 5.0 which brings several new features and improvements including a new user interface, a radio streaming service and All Access. Google Play Music makes it easy to discover, play and share the music you love on Android and the web.

You can download the update directly on your device through the Google Play Store or by using the link which follows:

Price Free
Requirements Android 2.2 or greater

The new user interface offers a clean and easy to access approach to your music. Your content stored in the cloud will be easily displayed on your Android device or through the Chrome browser web app. There is a new Listen Now section which will try and recommend music based on your tastes.

All Access which is the biggest part of the release is a new streaming service which gives you access to Google's collection of 20 million songs and unlimited radio. Google refers to All Access as "Radio without rules".

Google Music now features a discovery system which makes it easier to discover music. It builds suggestions based on the music you are already listening to and suggests a list of titles which is will play through. If you find a song you like, you can add it to your library and the All Access library will be combined with your personal collection making it easy to compare and select which ones you want.

You can also build a radio station based on the songs you like. This will build a playlist in the background which you can peek at, view and edit. You only listen to the music you want.

When you first load up the updated app it will let you know about All Access and offer you a free 30 day trial. If you choose the free trial you will be automatically charged after the trial period is over. All Access will cost you $7.99 per month if you start your trial before June 30, after which is will cost $9.99.

[Chrome app] Hangouts Extension

Hangouts for Chrome brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. It lets you connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices. You can install Hangouts on your Chrome browser on Windows, Mac and Linux or on your Chrome OS device. Hangouts will replace the Google Chat extension if you already have it installed.

You can download Hangouts for Chrome through the Chrome Web Store or by using the link which follows:

Google Hangouts lets you:
  • Group conversations are better than ever. Send photos or emoji, see when people are engaged in the Hangout and message friends anytime, even if they're not connected right now.
  • Turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends.
  • Hangouts is available for Android, iOS and Chrome devices

Google Hangouts for Chrome also lets you:
  • Use Hangouts as you move from tab to tab in Chrome, or even without a Chrome window open.
  • View and continue your Hangouts across devices.
  • Get notifications just once. After you see an alert, it’ll be removed on other devices.
  • Snooze your notifications if you’d prefer to respond later.
  • See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
  • Keep a record of any Hangout for just a short period of time by turning history off.
  • View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
  • Choose from over 850 emoji to express what’s on your mind.

  • Unlike the Chat for Google extension, Hangouts does not support “invisible” status.
  • Mobile carrier and ISP charges may apply where applicable

Microsoft introduces Google Chat support to

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft introduced Skype integration to users. Now the company is also introducing Google Chat integration which will allows Microsoft's webmail users to interact with their Google friends directly from their browsers, without having to load up GMail or Google Talk.

While some may be surprised by this move, it makes sense that Microsoft would want users to stay on the company's services without switching to their Google accounts to stay in touch with their friends.

The Google Chat integration will be rolled out to users over the course of this week, and you will have to link your Google and Microsoft accounts in order to chat with your Google friends. Microsoft has chosen to make this move based on user feedback on the improvements they would like to see on the service.

Initially the service will only support text chatting. However Microsoft seems keen to take it a step further and offer voice and video calling to your Google contacts in future. Whether Google will agree to that is still unknown.

All in all is shaping up to be a well rounded email service and a proper competitor to GMail. Are you an user? What do you think of all the new changes? Leave us your thoughts below.

Microsoft integrates Skype into

Skype users in the UK can now make audio and video calls directly from within the (formarly Hotmail) email service. Microsoft promised that they would be bringing Skype integration into Outlook eventually and it looks like they have finally started rolling out the feature to their users.

Microsoft has chosen to pilot the service in the UK and you can test it right now by visiting your email accounts on your web browser if you live in the United Kingdom.

Microsoft promises that the service will be rolled out to the U.S. and Germany in the coming weeks, but have not given a specific date on when it will arrive.

When you sign into your you will be asked to merge your Skype and Microsoft accounts. Next you have to download all the necessary plug-ins when asked to install.
All you have to do is click on the Skype video / audio buttons from the contact's picture and you can initiate a Skype call.

With the addition of Skype on Outlook, Microsoft has positioned itself to better compete with Google, which has been offering Google Video chat from GMail for some time now. In fact the merger of Skype into can even make the Skype desktop or Skype for Windows 8 client obsolete for many users (at least in the UK)

Those who don't live in the UK, US or Germany will also eventually get access to Skype calls from Unfortunately you will have to wait until sometime later this year.

Twitter Music goes official with Rdio and Spotify integration

Twitter has officially announced their Twitter #Music service which can be accessed through the web or through an Twitter Music for iOS. A Twitter Music for Android app is expected to arrive soon. Twitter Music is much like other music apps and is categorized into four tabs: Suggested, #NowPlaying, Popular, and Emerging.

Additionally Twitter Music is completely integrated with Rdio and Spotify, two of the most popular music streaming services. It also synced with iTunes to help build a collection which perfectly matches your tastes and preferences.

Twitter Music is not planning to take small steps into the world and instead is going mainstream and you can access it right now by following the source link below.

source - Twitter Music

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