Saturday, September 21, 2013

Free QuickOffice from Google with 10GB Google Drive as Bonus

Everyone likes free stuff, which is why starting today we’re making Quickoffice available for free, for everyone. With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft® Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice also integrates seamlessly with Google Drive storage so you can safely access your files from anywhere. And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven’t gone Google yet

Alan Warren, Google VP of Engineering, Google’s blog

Google acquired Quickoffice in June 2012, and it instantly became a part of Google’s Apps for Business. Quickoffice offers mobile access to Microsoft Office components as Word, Excel and PowerPoint services, enabling on-the-go users to create, open and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as share and email files via multiple cloud service providers including Google Docs, Dropbox,, Huddle and SugarSync.

Google previously offered Quickoffice free to Google Apps for Business subscribers but otherwise charged businesses, consumers, students and other users $14.99 for the Pro version or $19.99 for the Pro HD version.

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You can get the new, free Quickoffice app for Android and iOS phones and tablets on Google Play and in the App Store. Simply sign in with your Google Account to start editing Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on mobile. You’ll also notice a number of new features, including a refreshed icon, the ability to create ZIP folders, and view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files. Plus, the new app works across devices so you don’t have to worry about installing separate versions anymore when you go from using your phone to editing on your tablet. 

As an additional bonus, Google are also offering 10GB of free Google Drive storage for two years to anyone who signs in to the app on Android or iOS by 26 September.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

United Airlines Miles for Opinion – Opinion Miles Club

If you are fan of free (or almost free) travel, you may like the opportunity to collect extra miles for United Airlines, answering surveys. It may give some boost to your miles accumulation effort and prevent your unused miles from expiration. As per United Airlines guidelines, your miles will expire 18 months from the last posted activity.

So, you may earn 300 award miles when you join Opinion Miles Club and complete your first survey. Plus, you may earn additional award miles for other surveys you complete.

Currently, there is a special offer for all MileagePlus credit cardmembers and Premier members as they may benefit from double award - 600 miles when they join Opinion Miles Club and complete their first survey.

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The sign-up process looks easy enough, until you’re identified as a “professional.” That’s when an extra round of questions is presented in and the process takes a bit longer. You will have to fill out a profile in order to get matched up with future earning opportunities.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ribbet: Professional Online Collages for Free with Flavor of Fun

Ribbet opened their services for public about a year ago, in June 2012, and since then they increase the range of features and themes proposed. You may create professional-looking collages online for free with 100s of layouts and customizable settings.

Main Features:
* Choose from numerous attractive collage layouts for your creation.
* Easy customizable features as proportions, spacing, kookiness and roundedness.
* You may easily use your Facebook and Flickr photos, photos from any other images storing websites, or your own uploads to Ribbet.
* Add text, stickers, borders and effects to your masterpiece and share it online.
* Full-featured picture editor, with substantial amount of artistic filters and other features.
* Share your creations directly to Facebook or Flickr, or download them to your Hard Drive.
* All the tasks are accomplished online with nothing to download or install on your computer.
* You can use photos directly from your Facebook and Flickr albums (or Facebook friends' albums).

Note that some of the templates are marked as Premium, and their use requires creating account and logging in. Since that is free and can be done easily, should not be a problem. Also, when you create a free account, Ribbet will save a copy of your photo and all the edits you made to it in History, so you may access it next time you need to modify your creation. Registration is super-fast, and super-easy, and you get instant access to all premium features.



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Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to get the start button back in Windows 8?

If you are a fresh Windows 8 user, you might have several surprises, and some are quite unpleasant. One of the annoying feature, noted by multiple users, is a lack of the start button, everyone so used to. Targeting new gadgets, Microsoft is committed to having everyone use the Start screen instead of the Start button and start menu found in previous versions of Windows and therefore has no setting to enable or disable the start button.

Eventually, you may find the new approach satisfactory. For example, if you're a power user looking to access easily such options as the Command prompt, Computer management, Device Manager, Event Viewer, Control Panel, Windows Explorer, you may use the Power user shortcut key (Windows key + X). However, if you miss the start button and some functionality, you are used to from the older Operating Systems, you may bring it back through the multiple third-party utilities, we are presenting now.

1. ViStart

Windows Start Menu Vistart 8 is a nice free utility allowing getting the Start menu back to Windows 8, almost identical to what was in Windows 7. The utility also includes several custom start menu skins, like the windows 8 start menu metro skin, different start menu buttons’ designs, and lot's of extra useful customization features.

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2. IObit Start Menu 8

IObit Start Menu 8 is specially designed for Windows 8. It offers a suitable solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new Metro start screen in Windows 8. This smart tool brings back both the start button and Windows Start Menu, and offers the option to skip Metro start page, allowing users who only work on desktop to boot to Windows 8 desktop directly.

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3. Classic Shell

Classic Shell is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows 8. The main features includes highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins, bringing back the familiar start button, and adding toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer, and many others.

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4. Pokki

Pokki brings you back a start button for Windows 8, where you can find and open your programs, files, control panel, and power options with one click.

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5. StartW8

StartW8 is also designed to provide the classic Windows functionality to the Windows 8 users, adding Windows Start menu in Windows 8 design, but Windows 7 functionality and ability to switch automatically to desktop immediately after signing in. It also includes possibility to activate menu with Win key, log off, lock and turn off your computer, and provides a traditional search field.

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