National Geographic World Atlas iOS App Free

For those of you who are fans of National Geographic maps then you may want to get over to the App Store today to pick up a free copy of their Atlas. The 2013 version of the App features new and improved functionality, including HD maps and weather forecasts. It is not clear how long this sale will be in place, it was previously $1.99, so you may want to get it ASAP.

Source: iPhone in Canada

Blackberry World starts to get populated (Updated)

Update:

Well Blackberry World is now live with all the new content recently announced.  Albums will run you from $8 to $12 and individual tracks from $0.99 to $1.49 while television episodes will cost $1.99.  All media is available with free samples except for television shows.

Source: Engadget

Just days before the launch of BB10, another piece of the Blackberry puzzle has come into place today with announcement of the music and video offerings as part of the reworked Blackberry World. RIM boasted that it’s storefront will offer an extensive collection of songs through it distribution deals with such companies as 4AD Records, Matador Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The music will be available in 18 countries, including: Canada, USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany and Italy. TV shows and movies available for purchase or rent will be available from a number of movie and TV distributors such as: BBC, FOX, CBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and Warner Brothers. Many of the video offerings will be available the same day as their DVD release and TV shows the day after they were aired. No word on pricing yet, but it is expected to be in line with similar media available from Apple through iTunes and Google through Google Play. More about these new media offerings will no doubt be announced this Wednesday at RIM’s press conference.

Sources: Mobile Syrup and Engadget

Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium now available

As expected Microsoft has released a new version of its popular software, Office 2013, today.  For those who like to actually get a hard copy, there are three versions available: Home and Student, Home and Business and Professional.  The Home and Student version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and sells for $139.  The other two versions are selling for $219 and $399 respectively.  If you are a type of person who prefers to get your software from the cloud then you may want to look into Office 365.  The Home Premium version is a little cheaper than the hardcopy at $99, but it is a subscription and allows access for only 1 year.  An advantage though is that is always up to date and you can load it onto up to five PC’s and Macs at the same time.  It also includes 20 GB of SkyDrive storage.  Engadget just posted a review of the Microsoft’s new offering if you want to determine if the upgrade is for you.

Source: Endgaget Office 365 and Office 365 Review

 

128 GB iPad available February 5

Apple has just announced that a 128 GB version of the Retina display iPad will be available on February 5. The new giga-sized iPad will be available in black and white and as a WiFi and WiFi + cellular model. Keeping in tradition with their established pricing formula, the new models will be $100 more than the next lower sized model, making the 128 GB WiFi and WiFi + LTE versions $799 and $929 respectively.

Source: The Verge

Apple Software Updates

If you have an iOS device then you’re in store for an update today as iOS 6.1 is now available for downloading. Not much to look forward to here other than the usual incremental improvements and bug fixes. A couple of things to note are: LTE support for more carriers, iTunes match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud and there is a new button to resent the Advertising identifier. Also receiving an update today is Apple TV which will now have Bluetooth keyboard support as well as the ability to play your iTunes purchased music directly from iCloud on their Apple TV.

Source: Engadget Apple TV and iOS

Windows 8 price to go up February 1

For those of you thinking of getting the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft you better hurry since the price is going up on February 1.  If you want the Pro version of the software you can get it from Microsoft.com as a download for only $39.99 until January 31, this also includes the Windows Media Center Pack for free.  The DVD is available from retailers for $69.99.  After February 1, the price of the regular upgrade and the Pro versions will be $120 and $200 respectively while the Media Center Pack will set you back $10.

Source: Engadget and Microsoft