Microsoft launches Office for iPad

Posted in Microsoft by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPadMicrosoft announced on Thursday the much anticipated release of Office for the iPad. Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO just last month, announced that the app would be available on iPads by 11 AM PST on Thursday the 27th.

Microsoft released Office for the iPhone back in June of last year, but surprisingly had not yet released a version specifically formatted for the iPad until now. Office for the iPad is free to install and view Office documents, but to do anything more than that you will need to buy an Office 365 subscription for $99.99 annually.

The Office app includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint with a familiar ribbon interface, similar to the desktop version of the application. Buttons are slightly larger to support swiping instead of clicking to also try to integrate into the familiar usability of …

Inflatable Pillow Tie

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2011

Working in the office can be tiring. If only you were wearing something that could inflate into a pillow. Well, you can. The pillow tie is a neck tie pillow. If you get tired just blow it up and lay your head down for a little nap.

Sure, it doesn’t look that great, but your nap is more important than looks. A tie is a tie, but being refreshed by taking a little siesta is priceless. Or in this case $19.99.

Windows Phone 7 Mango shots reveal built-in IM, cloud Office

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Microsoft’s Mango update for Windows Phone 7 had some more features unveiled today. The release will have built-in instant messaging for Windows Live Messenger and also for AIM and Facebook. Microsoft’s system is smart and weaves into the people hub, automatically detecting which is the best network and create group messages.

Integrated SkyDrive and Office 365 will be included in Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft is rumored to be building support for editing documents with Internet Explorer 9 mobile. Other features include album art on the lock screen with an active track and syncing for the games hub to pick up progress from an Xbox 360 game on WP7 or the other way around.

UBoard: USB Multi-Board for your keyboard & office

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2009

UBoard: USB Multi-Board for your keyboard & office The UBoard is basically a glass shelf with 3 USB ports built in. Depending on how you have your desk and office set up, this is actually a pretty handy thing. It’s like having some spare USB ports built into your office itself.

It’s compatible with Window Vista and Mac OS 10. The package consists of the glass top, the frame and a Cup & Memo Holder. You’re safe to place monitors or other objects that weigh under 15kg on the unit.

Pillow-filled clothing for those late nights at the office

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

Pillow-filled clothing for those late nights at the officeLate nights at the office just got a lot fluffier thanks to this concept from Polish designer Maja Ganszyniec that turns your collar, tie and sleeve into a pillow and looks very very comfortable. So whether you finish your work and slowly lay your head down or just plain pass out, it’s all good.

You work hard, so why not dress soft? Serta or some other bed manufacturer needs to start churning out clothes like this and completely cover us. I don’t know about you, but I want to live in a world where everyone looks a little more like the Stay-Puft marshmallow man.

Yamaha MyRoom II: Ultimate office for shut-ins

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2008

Yamaha MyRoom II: Ultimate office for shut-insWhen you want to get away from it all, sometimes it seems like there’s nowhere to go. All you desire is a little peace and quiet. Is that too much to ask? You need your own little Fortress of Solitude away from kids, TVs, phones, etc. A place to drown out the sounds of the world so you can work. Serenity now!

The Yamaha MyRoom II is more then happy to rescue you with a soundproof booth the size of a tiny prison cell. It has enough room for you and a chair and desk. It even has it’s own air conditioning system and adjustable lighting. The whole thing is about, 4.5 by 6 feet, so you won’t be taking any naps. You might also want to throw problem people inside, so you have the now quiet house to yourself. What are the chances these things end up with WoW stickers all over and nerds enter but never leave?

Hands On: Epson EX70 Multimedia Projector

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2008

Hands On: Epson EX70 Multimedia ProjectorThose who tote around a portable projector for presentations will appreciate this one. Connecting to your computer with a VGA or DVI cable is very clumsy. The great advantage of the Epson EX70 is that you can connect via a USB cable. There are maybe one or two other projectors that can do this. If you want that convenience, check out the Epson EX70 for $799. You’ll like the fact that a USB cable is pretty easy to carry with you rather then a DVI or VGA cable. It makes setting things up a breeze.

The WXGA 1,280 by 800 resolution will go good with widescreen notebooks and the EX70 is easy to carry around. You can even show presentations without a computer, using an SD card or a USB drive. All of the ports are easily identified. Even a monkey could do it.

Visomate tells your boss when you’ve been sleeping

Posted in Office Gadgets by Conner Flynn on September 25th, 2008

Visomate tells your boss when you’ve been sleepingSo you get into work in the morning and you immediately head for your spot under the desk, where you hope to pull a George Costanza and get some sleep. It’s worked so far. Suckers never check in on you. Little do you know, your boss had Visomate installed. Not good at all.

The device connects via USB and will detect when your posture is bad at your desk by keeping an eye on your eye level. If your posture slouches too much an alarm goes off, which you can silence, but you can’t stop the flashing lights. But come on, we all know that George Costanza can find a way to beat this machine. What does a guy need to do to get some shuteye at work?

T6 Volkswagen concept car is also your office

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2008

T6 Volkswagen concept car is also your officeThe days of working only at an office are long gone. It’s getting harder and harder to stop working and leave our work behind thanks to all of our gadgets. I’m afraid the T6 concept car for workaholics doesn’t help.

Designer Alexander Zhukovsky is to blame should we all end up on the highways working our asses off. It comes complete with all the office space you and your co-workers need. Plus a nice sturdy table so you can have your coffee and get to work. The round sliding door slides up to let the next victim in and closes promptly so you won’t hear the screams.

Updated Google search appliance looks like Swiss Cheese

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on August 6th, 2008

Updated Google search appliance looks like Swiss Cheese
Google will be rolling out a new updated version of its hardware appliance. A device that helps companies and government organizations search through office documents on Google while attracting rats and cheese connoisseurs. The latest version of their Google Search Appliance can store up to 10 million documents in one box, with storage hardware from Dell.

Some other features are superior encryption for better security and Google Alerts will notify users when new documents are uploaded onto the network by others in the office. he dvice supports as many as 27 languages, with search results in 40 different languages. It takes up just a small two unit rack space.

Microsoft announces Equipt subscription service

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 2nd, 2008

Microsoft EquiptMicrosoft has made no secret that it likes the idea of subscription based software. A subscription service has often been rumored to be a potential distribution method for all sorts of Microsoft software from productivity applications to operating systems.

The first product to come to market from Microsoft as a subscription service was announced today and is called Microsoft Equipt. The Equipt service will cost users $69.99 per year and includes a combination of Microsoft Windows Live OneCare and Microsoft Office Home and Student.

myP.O.D: Like putting an apartment in a cubicle

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2008

myP.O.D: Like putting an apartment in a cubicle
This workstation is more then a little disconcerting when you first see it. We are so used to minimalist design, it’s nice to see something fully loaded. As you can see it’s like they crammed an entire living space inside. It’s designed by designer Peter J. Sucy and it has tons of functionality. So much so that it requires an arch to enter.

Your first destination, the seat, which is fully adjustable. From there you’ll work away with fully adjustable monitors, a keyboard and a mouse. Plenty of storage here too, all easily accessible. Better still, look at all the room it has for your toys and gadgets. The kid in me wants to live in one like a fort. But alas, it remains a concept. Keep your fingers crossed.

Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 coming on June 16

Posted in Microsoft by Darrin Olson on May 9th, 2008

Office 2007 SP1 available on June 16Microsoft has put on an announcement through one of its many channels that Office 2007 owners can expect Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 to show up in their Windows Automatic Updates sometime on or after June 16. The Office 2007 SP1 has been available since December of last year but Microsoft has been careful about forcing it into the general population of Office users.

As they had done with Office 2003, they are giving a 30 day warning/notice that the automatic update is coming. They also said that not everyone will see it at the same time since they will rolling it out a little at a time to be sure that their servers can handle the download requests.

TF2000 proximity sensor locks your PC

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2008

TF2000 proximity sensor
If you have many untrustworthy people around you where you work, you may want to lock your PC whenever you step away from it. This prevents someone from sabotaging your work, viewing sensitive documents or playing a nasty prank on you. Still, you might forget, so the TF2000 Proximity Sensor can automatically lock your system for you, whenever you walk away.

It looks like a small square webcam on top of your screen. Using ultrasound technology, it detects your presence and acts accordingly. The software allows you to specify things like what keystrokes are triggered when you walk away, how long before they’re sent and how far away you have to be before it locks you and anyone else out.