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Office For iPad, NSA Database, Twitter Billboard, Google Naps [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 28-03-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Microsoft Office for iPad, NSA phone databases, Twitter’s partnership with Billboard, Facebook’s minor legal victory, Twitter photo tagging and sharing, and grabbing 40 winks with Google Naps.


Microsoft Releases Office for iPad

Microsoft has released Office for iPad, proving several years of rumors to be true. Office for iPad brings Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to Apple tablets for the first time, following on from Office landing on the iPhone in 2013.

Office for iPad is free to download and certain features are available at no extra charge. However, if you want to edit documents rather than just view them you’ll need an Office 365 Microsoft Makes Office 365 Cloud Secure With Multi-Factor Authentication Microsoft has finally given users some peace of mind by introducing optional multi-factor authentication in Office 365. In the same announcement, the company said the feature will arrive in Office 2013 this year itself. Read More subscription. This is a bad deal when compared to Apple’s own iWork suite of office apps How the New iWork for iCloud Works With Your Apple Devices iWork for iCloud is a suite of online office applications (consisting of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) that sync with the Mac and iOS versions of the programs. The online versions of iWork mirror most of... Read More , which is free on all iOS devices purchased after September 2013.

The good news is that Office Mobile for both iPhone and Android is now completely free, at least for “home use.” Microsoft is assuming that getting people using its ecosystem means they’ll then pay up at some point down the line. But it’s a gamble for a company not particularly known for gambling.

Obama Dismantling NSA Phone Database

U.S. President Barack Obama has officially announced his plan to dismantle the huge database of phone records NSA Tracking, Pony Passwords, Reversible USB, Santa Trackers [Tech News Digest] NSA is tracking us all, Pony Botnet snags 2 million passwords, next-gen USB to be reversible, Beats Music launch date, Valve joins Linux Foundation, PopUp Archive launched, and two Santa trackers go into battle. Read More kept by the NSA (National Security Agency). The current system will remain in place for at least another 90 days before any change is made.

The NSA will no longer maintain the database detailing calls made by ordinary American citizens. Instead, the phone companies will keep the same data for a limited period of time and only give information to the NSA if and when approval is granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.


This has to be seen as a victory for Edward Snowden How to Encrypt Your Gmail, Outlook, and Other Webmail Email accounts hold the keys to your personal information. Here's how to encrypt your Gmail,, and other mail accounts. Read More , the whistleblower whose leaked documents brought knowledge of this database (and a lot more besides) into mainstream consciousness. And yet the U.S. Government still regards Snowden as a traitor and enemy of the state. Which creates a bizarre mismatch between the reality and the hyperbole.

Twitter Teams Up With Billboard

Twitter may have recently killed Twitter #Music Huawei Spying, XP Upgrades, Twitter Music, Google Glass Myths [Tech News Digest] NSA spies on Huawei, Microsoft wants you off XP, Twitter #Music dies, Google Glass myths debunked, Yahoo Games gets a makeover, Medium comes to iPhone, and a Facebook shaming goes a little too well. Read More , but it isn’t giving up on the music biz entirely. The Billboard Twitter Real-Time Chart is the first in what is expected to be a series of partnerships with music companies.

This partnership with Billboard means all the conversations about music which take place on Twitter will be converted into a chart on So if you want to mess with the algorithm you should start relentlessly tweeting about the worst band ever. Which is Nickelback, obviously.

Facebook Legally Beats Minors

Facebook has won a legal victory against claims it unfairly used the names and likenesses of minors in targeted advertising. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed the proposed class action lawsuit, deciding that the minors gave their consent when they joined the social network thanks to the “statement of rights and responsibilities” agreed to when signing up. In other words everyone is subject to the same rules regardless of age.


Twitter Introduces Photo Tagging


Twitter has introduced photo tagging which lets you tag people in photos you include in tweets. You can also now share up to four photos in any individual tweet, which creates a slideshow your followers can scroll through. Details on preventing people from tagging you in photos are included in our news article about the new Twitter photo features Twitter Gives You Photo Tagging & Four Photos With Each Share Twitter rolled out two fresh "photo enhancing" features that ramp up your social friendships. Now, you can tag the people in your photos and include up to four photos in a Tweet. Read More .

Discover Where To Sleep With Google Naps


And finally, Google Maps Become a Google Maps Boss With These 6 Crucial Tips How can you make use of Google Maps to the utmost? What sorts of tricks await your utilization? Keep reading to find out how you can become a Google Maps pro in no time. Read More may be an immensely useful tool helping people plan their journeys Be Your Own Travel Guide: 7 Tips To Travel Smarter With Google Maps Going on a trip can be such a stressful experience. But, let's walk you through the ways you can use Google Maps to plan every aspect of your next big trip. Read More , but it isn’t at all helpful if you’re looking for a place to rest your head and take 40 winks. Which is where Google Naps [No Longer Available] comes in.


Google Naps (as discovered by The Next Web) is primarily a parody, but one which actually provides some use. As its name suggests, Google Naps pinpoints places you can take a nap, such as park benches. So, of limited use for anyone who prefers to sleep in hotels, but amusing nonetheless.

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  1. dragonmouth
    March 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    "U.S. President Barack Obama has officially announced his plan to dismantle the huge database of phone records kept by the NSA"
    What about "unofficially?" I'll believe this when the NSA data center i Utah is converted into a shopping mall or a prison for miscreant politicians.

    Facebook Legally Beats Minors - Interesting that the judge decided that, in this instance, minors CAN give their consent. Most of the laws are based on the premise that minors CANNOT legally give their consent to contracts, agreements, etc. EX: The basis of Statutory Rape Laws is that a minor cannot give consent under any circumstances. Even in cases of "child" bride the husband can be prosecuted, although, in most cases, prosecution is waved.
    I see this one heading to the Supreme Court.