Apple is making its iWork apps multi-platform! In other news, BlackBerry’s new phones are now available from an American carrier and Huawei is giving you the deal of the (Chinese) year!
No one has ever been able to fully replace Microsoft’s Office suite, but you can be sure Apple’s iWorks apps have a strong follower base. There is one downside to liking Apple’s iWorks, though – it has been exclusive to Apple devices so far. Apple is now becoming more friendly and non-Apple users can give iWorks a test run.
It’s a beta product, so don’t expect it to be perfect. All you need to do is go to iCloud beta and sign in with your Apple ID (yes, you will need one of those). This will give you access to Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Users also get 1 GB of free cloud storage to test iWorks apps with.
Opinion: I have never been a huge fan of iWorks, to be honest. Even when I do use a Mac computer, I usually just use Google docs or Open Office. It’s nice to see Apple getting less exclusive with its software, though. Especially as we move into the age of the cloud.
The BlackBerry Passport and Classic have been available for a while as the company’s latest and greatest, but in the USA we have only seen them through direct sales. It’s important for phones to be launched through carriers, at least in the USA, so we are glad to see AT&T is becoming the first American carrier to launch these bad boys.
The BlackBerry passport is actually slightly different from what we have seen before. The AT&T version comes with rounder corners, which makes it look a bit interesting. I actually like the square design better, but it’s not a deal breaker.
The BlackBerry Classic looks as… classic as always. Both will be available starting February 20th. The Passport will cost $649.99 off-contract or $199.99 with a 2-year agreement. Meanwhile, you can pay $419.99 and walk off with a BlackBerry Classic, or sign a 2-year contract and get it for $49.99.
The year of the goat is upon us, at least for those of us who follow the Chinese year cycle. Chinese New Year is to be celebrated this Thursday, which would be February 19th, and Huawei can’t think of a better way to party it up than to give you some sweet deals.
The Chinese manufacturer is holding a couple deals until February 28th. You can get one of two things with the purchase of a Huawei Ascend Mate 2, which is already super cheap at only $299.99. Anyways, you can get either $30 off the purchase or opt for a free bluetooth speaker (Huawei Color Cube Mini Boom Box).
Both would come with a Net10 SIM card with 30 days of unlimites talk, text and data. Check out the links below to see how you can cash in on these deals.
Opinion: Who is signing up? This is actually a great alternative for those of you looking for an affordable mid-end device with a large display. Start the year of the goat the right way!