Office 365 struggled in 2016

Microsoft’s Office 365 for consumers has been around for four years now and has sold 25 million subscriptions. However, according to ComputerWorld, the rate of new subscribers plunged down 62 percent from 2015. In each of the final three quarters of 2016, Office 365 subscriptions grew by approximately 900,000 subscribers, which is its smallest period of growth since early 2014. Subscriptions reached an all time high in the first quarter of 2015, with 3.2 million additions. Microsoft has never set public goals for its subscription numbers, but have spoken in the past about transferring its software business from a one-time

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PayPal teaming up with Amazon?

Do you have a PayPal account? The popular service is now accepted by hundreds of online retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy, and even Netflix. PayPal separated from its parent company, eBay, just under two years ago but according to CNET, it might make a shift over to an even bigger name – Amazon. “We have been in conversations with Amazon,” said PayPal CEO Dan Schulman in an interview with Bloomberg. “We’re closing in on 200 million users on our platform now. At that scale, it’s hard for any retailer to think about not accepting PayPal.” Schulman’s statement makes a lot

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2016 was marked by the highest number of data breaches in history

We will remember 2016 for a lot of reasons; a polarizing election, a slew of tragic celebrity deaths. But there’s another serious problem with 2016 – data breaches. According to the National Law Review and findings by the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout, 2016 showed a record high for data breaches in the United States. The number of recorded breaches last year reached 1,093, surpassing 2015 by 40 percent. While the financial services industry accounted for only 4.8 percent of the total breaches, business, healthcare, education, military, and other government services were hacked significantly more frequently. According to these

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A solution in sight to Samsung’s Pink Line issue?

It was just not Samsung’s year. First, the Galaxy Note 7s began exploding. Then, the replacements did as well. Now, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge has its own unique issue that is plaguing users. According to TechTimes, Galaxy S7 edge users have been reporting a defect in the phone that causes a pink or purple line to appear across the screen. Samsung has now come forward to acknowledge the issue. Samsung claims the display issue occurs only if a handset has been dropped, but it’s possible for the line to appear on a phone that does not have a broken display.

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AT&T launches $10 roaming day pass

International roaming is a hot button issue for customers who love to travel, especially considering the vast differences between carriers. For example, T-Mobile customers have been able to roam for free in over 100 countries since 2013, while AT&T users are subject to AT&T Passport, which starts at $40 a month for 200 MB of data. According to The Verge, AT&T wants to improve this, and has recently announced its new ten dollar day pass for international roaming, which will help reduce costs for some customers. With the new program, customers purchase the international day pass to unlock their domestic

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Samsung Explains Your Exploding Phone

Samsung has finally come out with an official, public explanation for the disastrous series of exploding Note 7s that injured consumers and damaged their property last year. According to CNET, during a press conference on January 22nd, Samsung admitted that two separate battery defects caused both the original batch of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and their replacements to overheat and occasionally set ablaze. Justin Denison, head of product strategy and marketing for Samsung US, explained the issue to the press. The first battery apparently suffered from a design flaw that left it with a small external casing, unable to hold

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LinkedIn Gets a Makeover

LinkedIn offers some really valuable services to its users, but it has struggled in the past with a dwindling user-base. In order to make LinkedIn more appealing and easier to use, the company is doing a total overhaul of its desktop interface. According to ComputerWorld, this will be the largest remodeling the professional networking site has seen since launch. The goal is to integrate features from the mobile application to the desktop experience, LinkedIn’s director of Engineering, Chris Pruitt, explained. Users can expect to see a redesigned feed, tweaked profiles, new messaging capabilities, and a revamped search box. These changes

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Facebook working towards better journalism in midst of fake news crisis

Last week, Facebook announced its new Journalism Project, which aims to forge stronger bonds between the social media site and the journalism industry. According to TechNewsWorld, the goal is to improve the quality of journalism that reaches Facebook users, along with working to eliminate fake news. Facebook outlined the Journalism Project’s set goals as the following: Collaborating with news organizations to develop products, including creating new story formats to better suit their needs, and creating new business models to help partners better distribute and monetize their content; Partnering with the Poynter Institute to launch a certificate curriculum for e-learning journalism

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Looking for a new browser? How about Min?

There are a lot of browsers out there for you to choose from, but sometimes it can take a long time to get comfortable with all the quirks and features of a new one. If you’re searching for a browser that works with your expectations but is simple enough to understand on the first try, Min might be the one for you. An article from TechNewsWorld described Min as having a minimalist design, but that does not mean it has low functionality or a lack of useful features. Browsers like Chrome and Firefox are great with all their add-ons and

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Is Facebook Messenger draining your battery?

According to PC Mag, many Android users have been complaining lately about the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app draining their phone’s battery at an alarming rate. Given that Facebook is working hard on making Messenger the most appealing, versatile messaging center for its users, news of it hindering phone usage isn’t good for the app’s reputation. In order to combat this problem, Facebook Messenger chief David Marcus took to Twitter recently to give users advice on how to fix the issue. In response to a complaint about the battery drainage, Marcus tweeted that the “issue was isolated and

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