Most office workers aren’t actually using Microsoft Office 

According to a report by John E Dunn for PC World, startup firm SoftWatch has been studying how employees use Office apps and concluded that many businesses can save significant resources by switching from Office to cheaper cloud-based applications.

Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, increasingly notify users of secret data demands after Snowden revelations

Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators’ demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information is targeted for government seizure.

Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be … Paper

Paper books were supposed to be dead by now. For years, information theorists, marketers, and early adopters have told us their demise was imminent. Ikea even redesigned a bookshelf to hold something other than books. Yet in a world of screen ubiquity, many people still prefer to do their serious reading on paper.

How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of BASIC, Steve Wozniak has written some memories about his first experiences with this popular language—and how he created his own BASIC from scratch for the Apple I and Apple II computers. An incredible feat. Enjoy!—JD

37% of U.S. Millennials Say Mobile Tech Increases Their Work Hours [CHART] 

It’s no secret that smartphones and tablets increase levels of interpersonal communication. It’s never been easier to get in touch with family and friends.

However, results from a recent Gallup poll show that mobile technology influences other areas of American adults’ day-to-day lives as well, such as business and politics.

Shadow IT: Far Bigger, Less Manageable And More Important Than You Think – ReadWrite 

Shadow IT is widely considered to be a significant problem for enterprise IT, yet nobody knows how to fix it, or even measure it. After all, how do you control something that, by its very definition, is designed to evade control?

F.C.C., in a Shift, Backs Fast Lanes for Web Traffic

WASHINGTON — The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead.

The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.

Tim Cook says Apple is ‘closer than it’s ever been’ to new product category | The Verge 

Apple is “closer than it’s ever been” to entering into a new product category, company CEO Tim Cook tells The Wall Street Journal. Apple has been regularly promising to enter into a new product category for some time now, with Cook perennially reiterating that it would happen this year.

This is How the Vatican Will Digitize Millions of its Documents 

Digitizing the Vatican’s 40 million pages of library archives will take 50 experts, five scanners and many, many years before the process comes to a close.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and has around 82,000 manuscripts, some of which date back about 1,800 years. It will work in tandem with NTT Data, a Japanese IT firm, to convert the first batch of 3,000 manuscripts. It is expected to take four years to digitize the initial round, though some of those documents will be online toward the end of 2014.

40 Steve Jobs Quotes: Freaky, Fun, Inspiring, Rude Words of Wisdom 

Back in the day, people would line up and sleep outside in the cold just to hear Steve Jobs talk, well, about just anything and he rarely disappointed, turning any product into marketing gold. And, Tapscape has the Steve Jobs quotes to prove the point, again and again.

User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet? — Tech News and Analysis 

The world of business is changing, as are the locations of the people who are driving that business. How companies reach new users and how they treat them once they do will be the defining business issue of the future. Those who deliver the best user experience to a global audience will win this race will change the internet as we know it.

Google Chrome Android Operating System – Business Insider 

Google SVP of Chrome, Apps, and Android Sundar Pichai

A lot of people have wondered over the years why Google has two operating systems, Android and the newer Chrome OS.
Unlike Android, a mobile and tablet platform, Chrome OS runs on desktop.

So why does Google have both?

Balzello equo compenso, la battaglia sui rincari hi-tech alla stretta finale

Sull’equo compenso la partita, ora sottotraccia, rischia di diventare davvero spinosa, anche a livello politico. Del resto, agli inizi di febbraio, due senatori renziani del Pd, Andrea Marcucci e Isabella de Monte, erano usciti allo scoperto: «L’Italia – dichiarava Marcucci – ha bisogno di più digitale a prezzi accessibili, non dell’aumento ingiustificato di balzelli a fondo perduto».

Google wants to buy mobile payment startup Square, but CEO wants to sell out to Apple 

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s other business venture, the mobile payment startup Square, has a cozy relationship with Apple.

As a case in point, not only does Square develop for iOS first, Apple itself is happy to carry Square’s $9.95 credit card reader for the iPhone and iPad and the $99.95 Square Stand for iPad on its web store.