Office 365 Personal: Lower, $69 per Year Option for iPad Users

Microsoft Office 365 Personal

This week Microsoft has launched Office 365 Personal – a new flavor of Office 365 that makes it more affordable for iPad users and others who don’t need to install it on a large number of devices. It’s priced at $69 per year – about 30% off the standard $99 annual subscription.

Office 365 Personal subscription allows installation on one iPad or Windows tablet, and installation on one Mac or Windows PC. The $99 standard Office 365 allows for installs on up to 5 supported PCs and tablet devices.

The Office 365 Personal subscription provides the latest versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access; full editing features on the Office iPad apps, 7GB of OneDrive cloud storage, and automatic upgrades on the Office applications.

This is a very good move by Microsoft to release this new version of Office 365. This should lead to a lot more sales to iPad users, and to many users who don’t need to install these apps on more than a couple of devices.

You can see more details and buy Office 365 Personal via Microsoft or at Amazon for the same price.

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NBA Game Time for iPad Updated for the Playoffs

NBA Game Time for iPad

NBA Game Time for iPad 2013-2014 was updated yesterday, to Version 5.3.

This update is specifically for the NBA Playoffs, which tip off today. Here are the changes in this update:

It’s that time of year again, NBA Game Time has been updated for the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
We’ve added a live playoff bracket showing status for each series and the most recent games.
For each series there is also a series hub, which includes:
• Series Status
• Series Videos
• Series Schedule
• Series Leaders
• Series Notification Toggle

Good stuff, especially for those times where a game you really want to see is not on TV or you just can’t be around a TV. As always, I’m looking forward to the playoffs – and this is a great app to help me keep up with them.

Here’s an App Store link for NBA Game Time 2013-2014; it’s a free app.

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Notable New iPad Apps: iOOTP Baseball 2014

iOOTP Baseball 2014

iOOTP Baseball 2014 is the latest, greatest version of the excellent baseball management game for the iPad and iOS. It hit the App Store yesterday and it’s got quite a nice set of new features for this year’s edition, including:

• Real Opening Day 2014 rosters. Every player on every major league team is available, along with the top 20 minor league prospects for each team. Major league player ratings are based on PECOTA by Baseball Prospectus, the best player projection system available today.

• Player Editor. Players can edit everything from names and biographical information to hitting, fielding, and pitching ratings.

• Improved AI, including a direct port of the new player evaluation AI from OOTP 15

• Retina display support

• iOS 7 support (iOS 4.3 is the minimum required)

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Fandango Movies iPad App Updated: New Spotlight Carousel, New Icon, and More

Fandango Movies iPad app

The best movies app for the iPad just got another great update yesterday. Fandango Movies has a new icon, a very cool new Spotlight carousel feature, and a few more nice improvements.

Here’s the short but very sweet change list for Version 6.0 of Fandango Movies for iPad:

We’ve made your Fandango mobile experience even more exciting. Check out our latest updates:
• The Spotlight carousel now available for both iPhone and iPad!
• Our brand new look features visual enhancements to movie pages, theater lists, as well as a new rating system and easy-to-spot ticketing information icons
• Sign in to your Fandango account using Facebook or Google+ (iPhone only; iPad coming soon). Don’t have an account yet? Create one now for one-tap purchases and to save your favorite theaters.

Fandango has been an excellent movies app for iOS for as long as I can remember. It makes it quick and easy to find a great movie, check out when it’s showing in nearby theaters, choose seats and book tickets right within the app. This is a very nice update to this already stellar app.

Here’s an App Store link for Fandango Movies; it’s a free app and a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.

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Notable New iPad Apps: WordPerfect X7 (Limited Free Trial)

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Well here’s a new iPad app that I never expected to see – WordPerfect X7, a new version of the word processing app and old-time rival of Microsoft Word.

I didn’t realize WordPerfect was still around, though I do recall my brother mentioning to me years ago that it is very popular with lawyers and law firms. Anyway, it looks as if it still going strong, and it now has a new iPad version – though it is currently a limited free trial and a ‘virtualized desktop’:

This is a free trial, available for a limited time and subject to limited availability. This virtualized desktop companion requires you to be connected to the Internet. During the trial period we recommend you connect to the internet through Wi-Fi for enhanced performance.

Here’s a bit more of the app’s description:

WordPerfect X7 ® iPad companion is designed to work with the new WordPerfect X7 ® for desktop. Availability is limited… activation is required
With WordPerfect X7 iPad Companion, you can experience a full-featured word processor which offers hassle-free, easy-to-use formatting options that help you do more with documents on an iPad.
Word Processing essentials on the go!
· Open Microsoft® Word documents
· Streamlined document creation
· Reveal Codes and other classic features
· New collaborative tools and applications

A little bit of an odd way to launch an iPad app, especially hot on the heels of the release of a full-blown version of Word and Microsoft Office for iPad, but likely still of interest for hard-core WordPerfect users.

Here’s an App Store link for WordPerfect X7 for iPad.

Do we have any WordPerfect or WordPerfect for iPad users here?

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Stick Around for iPad: Powerful App for Educators

When teaching, one of the great practical ways to inspire discussion, debate and higher order thinking skills is by categorisation/card sort exercises, ideally where a student can decide to put things in a certain order, and change their mind by moving their idea about depending on the discussion. Back in the ‘good old days’ (pre-iPad), [...]

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