Google has bought the mobile productivity firm Quickoffice in a bid to make its Google Apps product suite more compatible with various file formats, the search giant said on Tuesday.Quickoffice provides word processing and other office task functions for smartphones and tablets, including those running Google's Android operating system, and iOS-based devices such as the iPad and iPhone.
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The Zamzar website, which converts files between formats, has launched a new service: it will now convert files submitted by email. This could be particular useful to smartphone users who are often emailed files that their device is unable to display.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office publishes patent application detailing Cupertino's technology to offer "low-computational" face recognition capabilities, while new rumors surface of two iPad 3 models.
LogMeIn Ignition for the iPad/iPhone now adds the ability to access files stored in Google Docs and Dropbox.
Dropbox doesn't actively track consumer vs. business accounts but out of 1 billion files, "100s of millions" have formats---.PDF, .XLSX, .PPTX---associated with enterprise use.
Adobe has put out a version of its PDF reader software for Apple's iOS, addressing devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.The free and fully-featured Adobe Reader hit iTunes on Monday, allowing users to read PDF portfolios and password-protected PDF files.
While the Music app on smaller iOS devices may be acceptable, users of the new player software on the iPad say it's more than several big steps backward, especially when listening to large files such as audiobooks.
With Apple's iPad and Android imitators flying of the shelves it's easy to forget that there are other formats, including notebooks that convert into tablets, like Dell's new Latitude XT3.Weighing in at just over 2kg, with the appearance and dimensions of a portly notebook, the Latitude XT3 won't win many iPad converts, but then it's not aimed at that, mainly consumer, market.
An update to the LogMeIn Ignition app for iOS devices, such as the iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, now allows users to perform file-management tasks, in addition to remotely accessing the desktop of other computers.The new version of the iOS app allows users to directly access a computer's file system to view, move, edit, or copy files and folders to a local device for offline viewing.
For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.
Labeled as versions 1.2, there's a common thread in Apple's iWork apps for iPad: better file sharing options and support for more file formats, specifically Microsoft equivalents.
The Memeo iPad Reader provides high-fidelity access to your files stored in the Google cloud. What's more interesting is the way it acts as an intermediary between the two warring companies.
People can now use Google Docs to convert multiple files into a choice of document formats in a single batch
The Microsoft Security Response Center has confirmed ongoing attacks against Excel and is recommending that users either run files through a tool that strips out exploit code or block Office 2003 and earlier formats except for those from trusted locations.
If you dig around the language files in Google Docs, you will find what appears to be traces of a new service preparing for launch soon. Meet Google Presently -- an online presentation creator that will likely read and write the most common formats like Microsoft PowerPoint and Open Office Impress.
Garrett Rogers who covers all things Google for us here on the ZDNet blogging network has the skinny (and some screen shots) on some new file formats supported by Google's Google Base service: Google has updated the uploader tool on Google Base, allowing users to associate more types of files with their items. Until today, uploading was restricted to images — but now users have the option to upload PDF's, Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and more.
CNET's James Kim looks at new digital camera that creates files in multiple formats, takes both stills and video.
I'll be occasionally blogging live on thisthread and others from the Lotusphere 2006 opening session. If you'rehere, feel free to add your thoughts on this post!Notes licenses are up -- 125 million licenses sold71,000+ downloads of Notes/Domino 7Double-digit growth6,000attendees at Lotusphere (some are in the Swan ballroom overflow, severalhundred on-site and last minute registrants) Guest speaker: Jason Alexander Ken Bisconti: - Over 61,000 Notes customers - Over 200 launch events around the world, touching over 21,000 customers- "The best release of Notes in Notes history" -- being implementedfater than any Notes release in history - Notes 7 support for Mac announced (coming in 7.0.2) along with DominoWeb Access for Mac (on Firefox) - Mac/Intel will be supported later this year - Compares three major releases of Notes/Domino vs. more than three yearsbetween Exchange releases, with next release requiring all new hardwareand ISV applications on 64-bit architecture/hardware- "Wanda" -- allows users to carry and run their Notes installationon a USB memory stick - Expanded Notes and SAP integration into workflows... planned to deliverin mid-2006 - Ron Sebastian just demonstrated Sametime on a RIM Blackberry along withNotes application workflow Mike Rhodin -- Announcing connectivity for Lotus Sametime with AOL, Yahoo,and Google. Mike didn't mention this, but one key to this announcementis that the connectivity to these networks is without separate licensingcosts Craig Hayman -- Sametime 7.5 announced. Details and screen shotsfrom thisseparate Sametime 7.5 entry Workplace Forms -- Ron Sebastian has just demonstrated "pixel-perfect"Workplace Forms integration into both WebSphere Portal and Lotus Notes. Cool stuff. Bowstreet Portlet Factory -- Ron is now demonstrating how easy it is tocreate WebSphere Portal portlets. Over 4000 WebSphere Portal customers,unchallenged market leadership. Alistair Rennie -- Announces Workplace Collaboration Services 2.6 and WorkplaceManaged Client 2.6 shipping. The 2.6 release is the first releasewhere the Workplace Managed Client is generally available -- as a partnumber on IBM Passport Advantage. Ron Sebastian -- Showing Workplace Collaboration Services, including anew blog template component. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 -- Runs IBM Productivity Editors stand-alone. Supports common file formats but also all the ODF (Open DocumentFormat) files formats. Alistair -- Over 1 million Domino Designer developers.Maureen Leland is showing Workplace Designer updates....good show eventhough her demo errored out. Craig Hayman came back and demonstrated updates to Activity Explorer andthe Activities model. He highlighted the integration with Lotus Notes7 as well as browser-based access to activities (supporting Firefox, hisfavourite browser, and IE, too).Ken Bisconti -- Next version of Dominowill continue existing Domino architecture but integrate WebSphere Portalcapablities for further improved web application integration..OK, so my battery is starting to run low, so I don't want to let this sessionend without a link to the updatedscreen shots for the next version of Lotus Notes, codenamed "Hannover"What a great opening session! Morecoming from other sessions and events today!
IBM officially announced support for OpenDocument Format in Workplace Managed Client 2.6....Inan announcement Sunday in India, IBM said it will add ODF support to theclient software to give customers more flexibility, since the standardallows files to be compatible with any office productivity suite or otherapplications that support the standard. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 willsupport Version 1.0 of the ODF standard, which is XML-based and was recentlyratified by Organization for the Advancement of Structured InformationStandards. IBM is a member of the OASIS technical committee that developedthe standard. ... "I think it's something that will make life a lot easier for users,because they won't have to worry about proprietary file formats,"said Peter O'Kelly, an analyst at Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. "Anyvendors using ODF make it easier for users; they won't be beholden to anybody."You'll find similar articles on a dozen other publicationsso far. Good news. Link: ComputerWorld:IBM Workplace Client to Support Open Document Format in '06>
In a press release today, Sun Microsystems announced it will deliver on demand network services to convert documents from native proprietary formats such as Microsoft Office into the Open Document Format (ODF), the industry standard file format. Sun will also deliver a service to convert text files to podcasts/audio files for playback at a later date.
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