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Software developer SoftMaker has announced that it will donate a certain amount of money to charities for each download of its free FreeOffice 2018 suite or FlexiPDF Basic app from now until Christmas. Through the company's Load and Help fundraiser initiative, the... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Windows Software

Microsoft Office on MacOS Mojave adopts Dark Mode

In its latest update to the Office 365's suite of apps, software giant Microsoft revealed support for MacOS Mojave's Dark Mode, which will let users write papers or create spreadsheets without straining their eyes.

Since Apple debuted Mojave's Dark Mode this fall, many software companies have updated their apps to allow for a more muted version instead of the usual white background. Microsoft also rolled out a number of smaller changes to its apps, but the Dark Mode... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Mac Software

10 apps to help you throw a holiday party in 2018

Attending a party during the winter months can help relieve some of the holiday season stress. Enjoying a meal with friends, drinking festive cocktails, wearing an ugly sweater, and listening to Mariah Carey's Christmas album on repeat can make for a great night.

If you're the one hosting the party, the planning process can be hard work. Check out these apps to ensure your soiree is fun, safe, and memorable.

1. Wunderlist

Planning your party is the first step. There's a... Read More »

Topics: DIY & How-To Software , Productivity Software , Entertainment Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

Apple is removing competing third-party screen time apps that break its data privacy policies

Apple's iOS 12 update included a built-in screen time app to track how long users spend on their devices. Since the release, third-party digital wellness apps have noticed increased scrutiny from the company.

Developers of screen time trackers are being reviewed at a higher frequency. Some are even being rejected and pulled from the App Store, TechCrunch reported.

It's likely that Apple simply wants to avoid confusion in its users if they're seeking out the iOS 12 screen time app.... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Microsoft adds live captions and subtitles to PowerPoint and Skype

Most people are able to listen to a speaker doing a PowerPoint presentation or hear the other person in a Skype call. But those who are deaf or hard of hearing are at a disadvantage in those situations. Now, Microsoft is trying to enhance these applications to reach out to a wider audience.

SEE: Video Chat VOIP - Top Skype Alternatives

Both PowerPoint and Skype will support live captions and subtitles, Microsoft announced in a blog post marking the United... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Productivity Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Microsoft's Sticky Notes adds dark mode and faster syncing

Those of you who use Microsoft's Sticky Notes to save and sync your notes will find a couple of helpful new tricks in the latest version.

SEE: How to use Sticky Notes 3.0 in Windows 10: A guide

Following its recent test phase with Windows Insiders, Sticky Notes 3.1 is officially rolling out to anyone running Windows 10 version 1803 or higher, Microsoft said in a new blog post. That means those of you with the Windows 10 April 2018... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Windows Software

New Dropbox Extensions let you open a file with the web app of your choice

Dropbox is a convenient way to access and view your stored files from any connected PC or mobile device. But sometimes you also want to edit or modify a document, image, or other file. In the past, you'd have to download the file and work with it offline. Now, there's an easier option.

SEE: How many photos you can store in the cloud?

Dropbox has officially unveiled a feature known as Extensions, as described in a new blog post. Through... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Productivity Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

GigEconomy app automatically creates invoices to help freelancers get paid

Freelance writing is all about the hustle. Get ideas together to pitch to editors, cover events, meet a word count, make endless edits, and hope that the meager check (depending on when you get it) makes ends meet.

Setapp's GigEconomy app is a tool for freelancers to manage time, finances, and set professional boundaries. The program is available for Mac OS Yosemite or later.

One of the perks is the program's ability to create professional PDF invoices for easy... Read More »

Topics: Business Software , Productivity Software , Mac Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

How Google Sidebar wants to make you more productive

After Gmail's August update, users saw a few changes to their inboxes. One of the bigger ones was the addition of Google Sidebar.

The Sidebar is similar to the Samsung Edge's ability to swipe for a drawer of your frequently used apps. The sidebar also shows up other Google productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets, and Calendar.

The new right-side panel houses Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks and offers the potential to add other apps. Taking advantage of the apps in Sidebar... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , E-mail Utilities

Apple spruces up its GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork apps for iOS and Mac

Those of you who use some of Apple's key productivity apps on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac will find new features awaiting you with the latest versions.

SEE: The 10 most important iPhone apps of all time

In what's shaping up to be a busy week, Apple has kicked off new versions for its GarageBand, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps. The updates range from new features for iMovie and GarageBand to bug fixes and stability improvements for the iWork suite.

Beyond... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Mac Software