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Open365 brings LibreOffice into the cloud, Spotify may have been hacked, Apple doesn’t want you tampering with your MacBook, Steam starts renting movies, and an honest commercial for video games.

Open365 Is a Free Office Alternative

Open365 is a free, open-source alternative to Microsoft’s Office 365 An Introduction to Office 365 -- Should You Buy Into the New Office Business Model? An Introduction to Office 365 -- Should You Buy Into the New Office Business Model? Office 365 is a subscription based package that offers access to the latest desktop Office suite, Office Online, cloud storage, and premium mobile apps. Does Office 365 provide enough value to be worth the money? Read More . Unlike Office 365, Open365 is free, and unlike Google Docs 10 Google Docs Tips that Take Seconds & Save You Time 10 Google Docs Tips that Take Seconds & Save You Time When you dive down into the depths of the Drive, the right feature can help you create professional looking documents. Our speed tips will help you do it that much faster. Read More it’s not reliant on you handing over control of your data to a corporate giant.

Open365 is a suite of office products that builds on the existing LibreOffice Online. With it, you can create, edit, and view documents in the cloud, and synchronize files across a range of different devices.

You can access Open365 through your Web browser, or download clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android. An iOS client is even in the works. Open365 is currently in beta, and there are complaints it’s very slow to use right now.

You can sign up to join the Open365 beta here, and on doing so you’ll have an email address assigned to you, as well as 20GB of free cloud storage. The developers Are planning to release the source code soon, as well as tools enabling you to install Open365 on your own server.

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Ghacks has a thorough rundown of Open365 for those who want to know more before signing up to the beta.

Spotify Credentials Leak Online

Your Spotify account may have been compromised, but Spotify is insisting this isn’t the result of a large-scale hacking incident. All we know is that the credentials for hundreds of Spotify accounts have been posted online.

According to TechCrunch, the email addresses, usernames, and passwords for hundreds of Spotify accounts have been posted on Pastebin. The accounts appear to have been compromised in the last few days, with the Pastebin post published on April 23.

However, Spotify maintains it has not been hacked, issuing the following statement:

“Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords.”

This unequivocal statement paired with the relatively low number of users affected suggests these Spotify users have fallen for a phishing scam How to Spot a Phishing Email How to Spot a Phishing Email Catching a phishing email is tough! Scammers pose as PayPal or Amazon, trying to steal your password and credit card information, are their deception is almost perfect. We show you how to spot the fraud. Read More of some kind. So, if you have clicked on an email pertaining to be from Spotify in the last week you’d do well to change your password just in case.

Apple Screws With Its Customers

Apple updated the MacBook Facebook Wants You to Tip Your Friends, Apple Updates MacBook... [Tech News Digest] Facebook Wants You to Tip Your Friends, Apple Updates MacBook... [Tech News Digest] Facebook talks tipping, Apple gives the MacBook a makeover, Android is surprisingly secure, Netflix is open to offline viewing, and Mark Zuckerberg was once young and stupid just like you. Read More last week, upping its specs and adding a new don’t-call-it-pink finish. As it does with every new piece of Apple hardware, iFixit has completed a teardown of the new MacBook, and found that Apple has taken steps to ensure its customers don’t go meddling with their new toy.

The hinge screws on the new MacBook are “filled with some sort of substance that disintegrates when you insert a screwdriver”. This means Apple will know when someone has tried fixing their MacBook themselves before turning to the company for help. Because you never quite own Apple hardware, at least in the eyes of Apple.

Tamper-evident stickers are pretty standard these days, but tamper-evident screws are a rarity. And those screws coupled with the proprietary components and OTT soldering mean the new MacBook scores a 1 out of 10 for repairability.

Rent Hollywood Movies on Steam

You can now rent or buy hundreds of Hollywood movies through Steam, with Valve doing a deal with Lionsgate to bring a selection of its titles to the gaming platform. Films currently available include Saw, The Hunger Games, Reservoir Dogs, and The Cabin in the Woods.

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“We’re delighted to partner with Steam, a leader in the digital entertainment and gaming space, as part of our commitment to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in delivering content to online audiences around the world. With over 125 million users, Steam represents a unique, exciting and disruptive opportunity to expand our global distribution business.”

If Video Game Ads Were Honest

And finally, advertising in all of its various forms is a necessary evil. To enable companies to actually sell stuff, and to bring in revenue to pay for the content you actually want to consume. However, we just wish advertising was a little bit more honest with consumers.

Video game ads are particularly guilty of sidestepping the truth Big Game Studios Are Killing the Video Game Industry Big Game Studios Are Killing the Video Game Industry The big names in gaming—like EA, Square, Valve, Blizzard, and Ubisoft—have a big problem. They've lost sight of their most important market: gamers. Read More in order to persuade you to part with your hard-earned cash. That footage probably isn’t real, the paid-for DLC isn’t mentioned, but you’ll buy the game anyway because you’re an addict in need of a fix. [H/T Cracked]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be signing up to try Open365? Will you be changing your Spotify password just in case? Should Apple let you fix your own hardware? Would you ever rent a movie through Steam? What form(s) of advertising do you find the most annoying?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Some Guy
    May 15, 2016 at 11:51 am

    spotify shouldn't know our passwords anyway so I can't see how they could post them, they should be encrypted in a way that you cannot decrypt them

  2. fcd76218
    April 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    "advertising in all of its various forms is a necessary evil."
    Have any definitive studies been done on whether advertising really works? Do ads convince enough suck.., I mean customers, to purchase a product to justify the $billions spent on advertising by the manufacturers? Or is it something that the advertising industry has convinced the manufacturers they MUST do?

    Based on the anecdotal evidence of my family, advertising does not work or only works marginally. We buy products that we like and need, not because they have the 'best' or most ads. The way I see it is that ads are only necessary to perpetuate the existence of the advertising industry.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

      We have had this debate many times at MUO, because we're a business reliant on ads to pay wages. I have argued that online ads do not affect me any more, but you can never be sure they're not having a subconscious effect when you're standing in a shop deciding which brand to buy.

      • fcd76218
        April 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

        You may have been subconsciously influenced by advertising or by a family member or friends mentioning it. Either one is possible.

        I don't think that the "subconscious effect" can be proven or disproven through any kind of a study or an experiment because of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. You can never be sure whether the subconscious bias existed before you started looking for it or was it introduced by your questions.

  3. kashu
    April 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    1) Open365 dosen't support Chinese characters at this moment.
    2) You are experiencing unsteady internet connectivity. Please check your network access.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Bummer. It is only in beta at the moment though, so patience is required.

  4. Louis
    April 26, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    The latency experienced with the Open365 beta is a result of the servers being flood with user traffic. We are doing our best to scale with the high demand to test the beta :)

    • Dave Parrack
      April 29, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Good to hear. This could prove very popular indeed, so I can see you having to scale this up substantially in the coming months.

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