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Quickoffice now free

Quickoffice is a popular "office" program for Android and iOS which allows you to easily open and edit office documents and in the past has cost $20 bucks. Now that Google has acquired Quickoffice a few months back they've decided to make it free to anyone who has a Google account and saves you having to buy a Office365 subscription or pay for some other "office" suite. Quickoffice might not be the most powerful office suite out there, but the price sure is right. Arstechnica has more details.

Today Google made Quickoffice—its app for creating and editing Microsoft Office documents—free to all users of iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

Quickoffice was bought by Google a year ago, and it has provided editing of Microsoft Office documents in their native formats on mobile devices for more than a couple of years. The app cost $20, but Google made it free to companies that are paying subscribers of Google Apps for Business. With today's update, it's free to everyone with a Google account, whether you pay for a Google Apps subscription or not.

GTA V: Most Expensive Game Ever Made

GTA V has been making headlines all week with its record-breaking release and selling over $800 Million dollars worth of copies in the first day. According to shortlist, Rockstar pumped out $266 Million bucks to get GTA V made which makes it the most expensive video game ever made. Head on over and check out the graphs they've come up with to show how GTA V compares with some of the top grossing video games of all time.

While the internet seemingly fills to the brim with stories about Grand Theft Auto V and Apple's iOS 7, we thought we'd throw in a few more words to see if we could break it by lunch.

Its launch has been so prolific, it's been easier to count the review groups who haven't given GTA V 10/10. Rockstar Games managed to make a staggering $800 million in first-day sales (before the game even hit the shelves of Japan and Brazil). It's the most expensive game ever made, and set to be the most successful console game ever made.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet

We have just posted our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet.  This is part of the "Note" series from Samsung and includes the S-Pen (Stylus) that adds some extra functionality.  Not everyone is a fan of the S-Pen, but it does help make a great quad-core tablet a little better.  If you're looking for an Android Tablet for a decent price, make sure you check out the Galaxy Note 8.0 in our review.

Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet is a solid product that feels well-built when you pick it up and handle it.  Dropping it is probably not the best idea, but if you did so accidentally I’m sure it could survive a few bumps and bruises. Like most devices, the Galaxy Note 8 doesn't come with protectors or a case and this is left up to the consumer.  If you decide to sit on it - well, I have no guarantees, ask Zeus how that turns out.

Piracy and Music sales are down

TorrentFreak has news on a new study that music piracy in the UK is down significantly since last year which should make record companies happy, right? Unfortunately for music companies their sales are also down once again showing that piracy and lack of sales are maybe not as related as they want you to believe. Also interesting to note is that people who download music illegally still spend double than the average consumer on legitimate media. 

For more than a decade the music industry has attributed a massive decline in sales to music piracy. However, in a week where a report from the UK telecoms regulator indicated that piracy has plunged, no industry press releases hit the wire. Perhaps that’s because the effect on sales appears to be non-existent? In fact, the same research shows once again that those who download without permission tend to spend more on music than those who don’t.

Monster announced M7 Tablet

Monster, the company that is most well known for expensive media cables, has announced that they too are joining the tablet market with their new M7 tablet. The M7 is a 7 inch tablet with pretty average specs and is now available for $150 USD. The Monster M7 tablet will be a Walmart exclusive product and they have plans to release a 10.1" version later on this year. NBC News has more details on Monsters first tablet.

Yes, Monster is best known for its wildly overpriced cabling, so this foray into the tablet world, specifically the budget one, seems a bit unusual. But we can't find any fault with the M7 itself: the 1.6 GHz processor, 1280x800 display, 16 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM put it pretty much in line with other downmarket Android tablets.

 

Grand Theft Auto V sets records

In case you hadn't heard, Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto V and did quite well on opening day. In fact it was the largest opening day for any entertainment title with sales over $800 Million dollars. The previous record was Call of Duty Black Ops II with just over $500 million dollars. In comparison to movie titles, the Avengers did $200 million dollars in sales on their first 2 days. Yahoo has more details.

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, announced Wednesday that their open-world opus Grand Theft Auto V raked in a staggering $800 million in its first 24 hours of availability. Not only is that a new high for both the GTA franchise and Take-Two, but it trounces previous record-holder Call of Duty Black Ops II, which managed to bring in $500 million in its first day of release last year.

WTU Episode #228 - Gaming Goodness: Steam Sharning, GTA5 Records and Cortana

We have just posted up Episode #228 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we've got some great stuff to share. We discuss Steam trying out family sharing, GTA 5 sets a few records and Microsoft's Cortana could be landing on the Windows Surface Phone (rumor).  We have those stories and more. . .

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How Siri Found its Voice

This is an interesting watch and listen as to how Apple and Siri found each other. Still a better love story that Twilight.

BlackBerry Outs 5-inch Z30

BlackBerry is joining the 5-inch revolution with their Z30 smartphone.  This is a full on large device with a 2,880 mAh battery that gives 25 hours of "mixed use".  Also it's not a 1280x780 5-inch screen that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 graphics controller and more.  Its decent for sure, but not ground-breaking.  If you're still on the BlackBerry fence, this may be the device you've been waiting for; then again, maybe not.

The Z30 will arrive with version 10.2 of the QNX-based OS, which should also seep out to beleaguered Z10, Q5 and Q10 owners by the middle of next month via an over-the-air update. This brings a bunch of much-needed fixes and enhancements, including a new notification system that allows one to fire off message replies in an instant.

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iOS 7 Released and Overviewed

If you're an iOS 6 users and you have a a current-generation iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you'll be able to snag the iOS 7 release today.  This comes at the launch of the iPhone 5C and will spawn a whole new generation of "flat" apps and interface touches.  It's a decent update for sure and does add a lot of android-like features, interface touches and more.  Take a look and see if it's worth the upgrade or if you want to stay away from it like you should have with iOS 6 and Apple Maps.

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