The New Microsoft Office: 20 Things to Like, Not Like and Worry About

When Steve Ballmer took the stage in San Francisco on Monday to reveal the next step in the evolution of Microsoft’s most important application, he gave the world’s 1 billion users of Microsoft Office plenty to look forward to – but also some things to worry about. Here’s a sampling of what to look for, what to avoid and what to be afraid…

Kippt Reinvents the Internet’s Favorite Hobby: Sharing Links

With its update on Monday, the link listing tool Kippt adds social features that make it a one-stop shop for practicing the Internet’s favorite hobby: sharing interesting links. It helps you keep track of links you like, as well as find and follow people who share interesting things. You can easily share links with your friends on…

New Chromebook & Chromebox Are Good Enough to Grab Minds & Market Share

Google unveils two new computers today: the latest Chromebook and a new desktop machine, the Chromebox, both from Samsung. Google says they’re just the first of many new Chrome devices to come out this year from various manufacturers. Chromebooks have received lukewarm reviews so far, but these machines – and Chrome OS itself – are ready for…

When Words Fail, Text an Animated GIF

Think emojis are fun? Now you can send messages that move. A new iPhone app called MyFaceWhen makes it fast and easy to record and send video in the form of animated GIFs attached to text messages. 

Engagio Gives the Web a ‘Context’ Button

The killer app for the social Web is the one that will filter the signal from the noise. In the Facebook age, even casual Web users hold tons of conversations at once. Engagio, the conversation discovery company, pulls them all into one place. It also leads you into new ones. And with a new dashboard view released today, it lets you click one…

Dark Sky for iOS: A Weather App to Keep You Dry

No one has figured out the right formula for the weather app yet. Phones come stocked with basic forecast apps with cartoony icons, but today’s mobile devices have more potential than that. One ambitious effort called Dark Sky recently hit the App Store, and I teamed up with weather guru and former RWW webmaster Jared Smith to test it…

Drafts for iPhone: Write First, Then Act

Drafts is a new starting point for typing anything on an iPhone. Every time you launch the app, there’s a blank note ready. You can jot down a tweet, an email or a note immediately, and then send it to the right place. There’s no need to worry about file names or folders. It’s just the fastest way to capture text. It might solve problems you…

The iPad Isn’t Ready for Working by Hand

Last week’s release of Paper for iPad was a huge boon to the cottage industry of third-party iPad styluses. It was hardly the first app for drawing or writing directly on the screen of an iOS device, but it struck a chord. It was just the right blend of skeuomorphic real-world design and familiar iOS gestures. I had never even considered a stylus…

ReadWriteWeb Recommends: MLB at Bat 12 for Opening Day

I’m working in an empty conference room today, unable to partake in the national pastime of skipping work on baseball’s Opening Day. I’m in a cinderblock building where radio reception is next to impossible, and the local radio station that carries Red Sox games, which I can normally access through Stitcher, has a game-long blackout on online…

No More Attachments: Edit Team Documents With Revisu

Here’s an educated guess: You work with other people. You sometimes have to work on the same documents together. You send a lot of emails back and forth with those documents as attachments. They have awful file names like 0312_BigReport_v3_FINAL.pdf.

If any of that sent shivers down your spine, prepare to rejoice. You never have to…

Found: All Your Local & Cloud Documents in One Place

Files are not going away anytime soon. Apple, Google and Microsoft can try as hard as they want to push users and our stuff into their clouds, but we still need files for a reason those companies won’t face: We’re not just Apple users or Google users or Microsoft users. We use them all.

Consequently, files of all types live sprawled across our…

The Social Network for Creatives, by Creatives

The Creative Finder is a site from the creators of popular daily creativity and innovation news site, designtaxi.com. Around since 2009, the site dubs itself as a global search engine for creatives, aiming to connect people for business, networking or just collaboration. Creator Alex Goh just launched a new edition of the site, which not only…

5 Apps for Working From the iPad

Let’s be real about this. You can’t do everything on an iPad. As Shawn Blanc pointed out the other day, you can’t make iOS apps on it, for example. But you might be surprised by how much real work you can do on it with the right tools. If your work requires generally office-like capabilities, there are definitely iPad solutions.

Here are five…

Gear Patrol: Rechner Calculator App

Bean counting has never been our strong suit, which is why we studied our12c and TI instruction manuals like a boss back in the day. As technology progressed, we thought our math skills on the iPhone were still pretty snappy, until we came across the Rechner Calculator.

PostPost Fixes Twitter’s Sucky Search

Twitter’s features need some work. It has search, and it has a discovery tab, but they’re weak. Twitter is so focused on what’s happening right this second that it lets deeper searching and browsing go by the wayside.

Enter PostPost. It has been around for a while as a Twitter search engine that actually remembers things that happened more than…

News.me Exposé Puts Your Friends In Charge of the News

I’ve been playing around with a new tool from the crack team at News.me called Exposé. It’s a browser bookmarklet that shows you what a news site would look like “if [y]our friends were in charge.” It pops up a News.me menu that lists stories from that site your Twitter, Facebook and News.me friends have shared, along with their comments.

News.me…

Why Photo Inboxes Are The Future

Last night, Zuckerberg liked Friendsheet on his Facebook profile. But he said nothing about Pixable, a Web service and app that wants to become your new photo inbox. That’s probably because Pixable has plans that extend beyond just Facebook.

“Pixable will be your mobile photo inbox,” says CEO Inaki Berenguer. “So people will check their Gmail…