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First Look: Office 2016 for Mac Preview

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This morning Microsoft offered up a preview of Office 2016 for Mac. I had the pleasure of giving the suite a go in advance of its public release.

My thoughts on the Office for Mac 2016 Preview are here, at Macworld.com.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 5th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

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NY Times Media Columnist, David Carr, Dead At 58

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Crazy. Saw him with Beau Willimon talking about House of Cards last spring in DC.

NY Times Media Columnist, David Carr, Dead At 58

If you haven’t seen his recent column regarding Brian Williams, you should. Spot on.

UPDATE: This was Carr today talking with Edward Snowden: LAURA POITRAS AND GLENN GREENWALD IN PERSON WITH EDWARD SNOWDEN VIA LIVE VIDEO

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 12th, 2015 at 10:55 pm

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QuickBooks Self-Employed Review

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QuickBooks Self-Employed is a a new offering from Intuit designed with self-employed sole proprietors in mind, helping them parse business and personal expenses and make sure they pay the correct amount in quarterly taxes and pay them on time.

My Macworld review of QuickBooks Self-Employed here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 11th, 2015 at 11:03 am

Harper Lee To Publish New Novel

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I was heartbroken for a brief moment when I saw Harper Lee’s name in breaking news. Now… pretty happy.

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel | via NY Times

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 3rd, 2015 at 11:21 am

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DocMoto Review

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Back in a long dark past I was hired at a NY law firm to find in imaging application that would make it possible to store and manage an inordinately large collection of case-related documents. I wish DocMoto had been around when I was looking.

Powerful, highly configurable, and very easy to use, DocMoto will handle all your document management needs with aplomb. Truly a great application.

My Macworld review here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 13th, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Anypass Review

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Have an older Mac or iOS device that doesn’t support iOS 8’s and Yosemite’s AirDrop features? Enter Anypass, a slick little app that opens the door to file sharing between your Mac OS and iOS devices.

My Macworld review here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 13th, 2015 at 11:21 am

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Word for iOS Redux (Review)

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Microsoft’s recently released update to the iOS word processing offering is, in short, pretty great. Microsoft has removed the Office 365 subscription requirement for editing and updated the iPhone version of the app, making editing Word documents possible on your iPhone and iPod touch.

My Macworld review, here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 8th, 2014 at 10:26 pm