Trying to understand how to use Passbook can be difficult for new users. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to setup the free Walgreens and Fandango applications to use Passbook. The first thing to understand is that Passbook is just a place to keep store bar codes handy for checkout purposes. In the case of Walgreens, you can use Passbook to earn points and redeem rewards. You just let the cashier swipe the Balance Rewards QR code in Passbook. To get started you need to launch Passbook. You will see a screen like below. Just tap on the App Store black button at the bottom of the screen.
Steve Ballmer and Microsoft have unveiled the pricing for their Office 2013 suite of software which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, et al. For boxed versions of the software, prices have been raised up to 17% per copy. Don’t bother thinking you can use that software on more than one machine, because you can’t. In making this move Microsoft is also introducing their new “rent your software from us” model that Ballmer has been talking and dreaming about for years. Why sell you a copy, when they can rent you their software for ever. For “just $100″ a year, you get a home license that allows you to install the software on up to five PCs and on “select smartphones and tablets”. Tech writer Paul Thurrott whom I respect, thinks that users will love this approach to purchasing software and calls it a “no brainer”, and refers to those of us who prefer owning our software as luddites. I disagree. In jacking up the price and reducing licensing options, users are being strong-armed into renting software. There are of course other options out there. Libre Office is an open source free suite of office software that is compatible with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Apple allows their customers to install their office suite of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on an unlimited number of machines at much lower prices. But as tech writer Ed Bott notes, Microsoft is “using a classic ‘carrot and stick’ approach” to get users to switch to their new rental scheme. Note to Microsoft, we don’t like getting hit by sticks.
So if you have something to say—as an aspiring artist, a global celebrity, or a concerned citizen—you can now go live in front of a global audience. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to:
Broadcast publicly. By checking “Enable Hangouts On Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
Record and re-share. Once you’re off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it’s easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it’s over.
Today, Adobe has released its new Creative Suite 6.0. Some of the new features include flexible website layouts in DreamWeaver to target multiple screen sizes for different devices, better jQuery Mobile and Phonegap integration for mobile applications, and an optimized and faster 64-bit Cocoa version of Photoshop for Mac.