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Microsoft finally revealed Office for iPad today

Microsoft Office for iPad has been a favorite subject of the rumor mill for almost as long as the iPad has been around. Today the rumors are no more, as Satya Nadella used his first event as the company's CEO to announce the first "real" version of Office for iPad.  Read More

Microsoft is ceasing support for Windows XP on April 8th so it's time to consider your opt...

On April 8, Microsoft will cease all support to consumers who are still running Windows XP. On the same day, the company will also end support for Office 2003. If you're a procrastinator still plugging away on an XP machine or working away in Microsoft's aging productivity suite, it's high time you considered your options. Gizmag provides a few suggestions.  Read More

The UpStanding Desk is a simple and affordable way of switching from sitting to standing w...

We have previously covered several innovative standing desks here at Gizmag, such as the XTable and UpWrite. These have all required starting from scratch, which is usually a costly endeavor. The UpStanding Desk offers a simpler and more affordable way to switch from sitting to standing – it's a unit that sits atop a normal desk or table, converting it into a functional standing desk.  Read More

Microsoft has launched Office Online, a free, online version of its Office productivity su...

Microsoft has launched Office Online, a free, online version of its Office productivity suite. It's not surprising that it has been launched, as Microsoft continues to hone its cloud and unification vision. What is surprising for many people is finding out that Microsoft already had a free online version of Office available.  Read More

The distance at which the fob will work is adjustable, meaning it can be set to unlock the...

For some office workers the task of locking and unlocking their computer is a regular part of the job, while for others it's frequency is dictated by the extent of their caffeine addiction. Looking to automate this process is the team behind the GateKeeper Chain, a key fob with a built-in proximity sensor which automatically locks your PC when you walk away and then unlocks it when you return to your desk.  Read More

Simple In/Out simplifies the process of keeping up with employee movements using GeoFences...

Keeping track of who is in a meeting, who is at their desk and who has ducked out for coffee can be the bane of the office boss looking to optimize productivity. The team behind Simple In/Out, a digital platform that automatically checks workers in and out of the office by tracking their location, aims to simplify the process of keeping up with an employee's whereabouts.  Read More

The Guangzhou Circle Mansion (Photo: Joseph di Pasquale architect)

Italian architecture firm A.M. Progetti recently completed work on a circular-shaped skyscraper based in Guangzhou, China, dubbed the Guangzhou Circle Mansion. Despite its appearance, the building's design bears no relation whatsoever to tasty dough-based treats.  Read More

Nendo's cubic rubber bands

Japanese design studio Nendo has launched a range of stationery with innovative twists on traditional ideas for its "by | n" brand. The range was conceived by Nendo founder Oki Sato, and includes a pen that becomes a tablet stylus, a ruler with graded markings for visibility on dark or light surfaces, and a rethought "cubic" rubber band that's easier to pick up and maintains a better grip on rolled documents.  Read More

Balance King's Active Chair makes you work to keep your butt level

Although there are differing opinions regarding the health benefits of using a fit ball as a seat, a lot of people swear by it. That said, they don't always do it, because using a big inflated rubber ball as an office chair just makes them feel a little too silly. That's why Hungarian company Balance King has created its normal-looking Active Chair.  Read More

La Fonction No.1 is a briefcase which transforms into a miniature mobile cubicle

While smartphones, tablets, and ultra-portable laptops have made it possible to work anywhere and everywhere, some privacy has been lost in the process. La Fonction No.1, a briefcase which transforms into a miniature mobile cubicle, is one attempt to bring an element of privacy back to the new work-on-the-go ethic.  Read More

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