The Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office


While Microsoft office is regarded as the standards application for word processing, there are still a lot more word processors available that you can get for free. Naturally, one would wonder why they should avoid paying $10 for what seems to be the best word processing software on the market. Open source word processing software has come a long way, which allows business owners to choose free software over expensive proprietary software. If you are a business owner who wants to saves hundreds or even thousands depending up on the size of your company on word processing software, then these best free alternative to Microsoft Word are exactly what you need.

Office Online

As surprising as it may seem, the best possible alternative for using Microsoft Word without losing any major benefits or features is using the online version of Microsoft Word. For those who aren’t aware of Office Online, Microsoft has a free online version of MS Word which allows users to open, create and edit Word documents online. Office Online has an additional feature that actually makes it a more viable option for word processing then its offline paid version. For example, Office Online saves your content in real time and allows you to share and collaborate on documents in real-time as well.

Office Online
Office Online

FreeOffice 2016

SoftMaker’s FreeOffice 2016 is the most similar free alternative for Microsoft Word. The latest version of FreeOffice 2016 provides full compatibility for DOC, DOX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, and PPT formats. The software design is rather sleek and resembles MS Word in more ways than one. The best part about using FreeOffice 2016 is that it has almost no loading times and can be used to make PDF files or ePUB files.

Free Office
Free Office

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is one of the more well-known MS Word alternatives due to its versatility in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases. Apache OpenOffice allows users to read, edit and save MS word files as well as saving normal files in OpenDocument format. Apache OpenOffice contains features for spreadsheet applications, drawing simple diagrams to 3D illustrations and can even be used to create mathematical equations.

Open Office
Open Office


If you are someone looking for something exactly like MS Word your best bet is LibreOffice. LibreOffice used to be a part of OpenOffice 5 years ago but since the software split LibreOffice has focused more on its word processing features rather than design and additional features. LibreOffice resembles older versions of MS Word, more than compensates for the lack of design with faster processing power. It has all features any writer would need which includes auto-saving, auto-correction, spell & grammar check. It supports all the features MS Word does, from reading files in docx format, to saving in PDF format, to header and footer support, all MS word features can be found in LibreOffice.



AbiWord is one of the few word processing software you can use without having to install any suite. Though AbiWord looks like an older version of MS word, it has a lot more to offer. Due to its advanced document layout capabilities, mail merge features and free plug-ins to add more features and design, AbiWord is one of the most flexible and customizable free word processing software available.


Samsung Galaxy 8 Rumors

Samsung has officially announced the release date of their new device, but they have not yet announced how it would look like.

Samsung Galaxy

The official release date of Samsung Galaxy S8

As mentioned earlier, Samsung has announced that Galaxy S8 would officially be released on 26th of February in Barcelona. However, you will have to wait one more month for the device to be launched in New York. During the past few years, Samsung announced their latest devices on the end of Feb Mobile World Congress, but this year they would take a little extra time. The Samsung Galaxy S8 would be available for sale from 21st of April.

How the new smartphone would look like?

As per the leaks and rumors, we can predict the latest flagship device to be a massive one. In other words, Samsung is looking forward to release this smartphone to the market in two different sizes, one with a 5.8inch display and the other with a 6.2 inch display. In addition, this smartphone would come out with an impressive 83 percent screen to body ratio. The super AMOLED display will be larger than that of Samsung Galaxy Note 7.


The Samsung Galaxy S8 specs

The specs of Samsung Galaxy S8 have also been leaked and they seem to be impressive. It would become one of the fastest and most powerful devices after the release. In fact, it would become the first smartphone to run on the VR capable and fast, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Samsung has ordered all the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipsets and LG will have to move ahead with the Snapdragon 810 chipset when manufacturing their latest smartphone. This indicates that Samsung is looking forward to go big with the Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be 11% faster when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7. It would come along with 23% more graphic processing power as well. 4GB of RAM would also be introduced to this smartphone.

A lot of Samsung users were complaining about the poor battery life of the Galaxy smartphones. Samsung has paid special attention towards it as well and the Samsung Galaxy S8 would come up with a 3000mAh battery. It would be 20% more energy efficient as well. However, the 6.2 inch device is expected to be provided with a 3500mAh battery.


It seems like Samsung has not brought any major improvements to the camera of the Galaxy S8. As a result, you can expect the same 12MP rear camera and the 8MP front camera in it. However, few software improvements have been introduced to enhance the performance of the camera.

As you can see, Samsung has expanded the display size and specs of the Galaxy S8, while keeping most of the other features slightly unchanged. However, it would be marked at a steep price tag and people will have to spend a considerable amount of money in order to purchase the device.

Top Rated HDTV’s of 2017

Best and Top Rated HDTV’s of 2017

The early months of the New Year are the perfect time to get your hands on a new TV. Since new models already have been announced, CES stores are willing to drop prices and even offer special sale for certain products. Top rated HDTV’s of 2016 are selling out fast. We’ve compiled a list of the top rated HDTV’s on the market so you know which to buy before new TV sets arrive in March and April.

LG B6-Series 4K OLED TV

Top Rated HDTV's of 2017
LG B6-Series 4K OLED TV

The LG B6-Series 4K OLED TV is by far one of the finest HDTV’s you can currently buy. The picture quality is truly amazing and shines brightly enough to perform adequately at all times of the day making it ideal for high lit place. Due to the OLED display technology, the LG B6-Series is ultra-thin, has rich colors and outstanding contrast. Additionally, this TV series also packs HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR standards which are rarely found in TV sets of the same time.

Samsung KS9500 Series

Top Rated HDTV's of 2017
Samsung KS9500 Series

Samsung KS9500 series is the brightest HDTV TV series in the world as of now. Samsung KS9500 series established a reputation for being one of the most high quality HDTV’s in the market thanks to its unique ability to make the most of HDR, that enables it to deliver incredible life like, dramatic and dynamic picture quality along with high contrast and rich colors to make for one of the best HDTV’s is 2016. Due to the LED lighting with local dimming, the Samsung KS9500 range can also deliver deep beautiful dark colors that will mesmerize you without fail.

Samsung KS7000 Series

Top Rated HDTV's of 2017
Samsung KS7000 Series

The KS7000 Series much like the KS9500 series brings high bring quality HDR that only falls behind the KS9500 series. The sets are ultra-thin, stylish and have a well thought out design that adds charm to your entire room. Using an ultra-bright panel and Quantum Dot color reproduction provides a level of dynamism that needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. The best part is you can get your hands on this HDTV TV for under £1200.

Sony Z9D Series

Top Rated HDTV's of 2017
Sony Z9D Series


Known to be on the expensive side of the best HDTV’s of 2016, the Sony Z9D Series has every other brand beat when it comes to picture performance. Thanks to Sony’s outstanding engineering approach and advanced backlighting system paired with outstanding picture processing, smooth motion, and photographic magnificence the Sony Z9D Series is perfectly suited for 4K Ultra HD HDR content. Taking into account its sleek and ultra-thin design, we have a HDTV that will add class to your humble abode.

Panasonic DX902 series

Top Rated HDTV's of 2017
Panasonic DX902 series

Panasonic was set on making its flagship HDTV a hit in 2016 that it came up with an entirely new ‘honeycomb’ LCD panel technology to seamlessly deliver that high dynamic range picture quality. To cut down on the usual LCD problems of backlight clouding honeycomb LCD panel technology places physical dividers between different ‘zones’ of picture illuminated by its direct-lit backlight system around bright HDR objects which results in one of the most top rated HDTV’s of 2016!

Ten Free Tools for Productive Programming

Ten Free Tools for Productive Programming


Freedcamp centralizes the project management functions such as project planning, project organization, and action. Freedcamp facilitates distribution of the project to files and engaging in discussion with the working team of the project. It is an open source utility program for use by people in their area of interest to speed up processes. Freedcamp allows customization procedures carried on it at a cost per add-on such that it is convenient and economical for a firm to only pay for what they need.


The buffer is a utility program for sharing articles on social media platforms without having to know much about the whole process. Content scheduled by the user for sharing without user intervention at different times depending on the time specified. Buffer has a Bookmarklet button for adding specific content to the shared queue with a time specified regardless of the source provided it is online. The ability to store content relieves the user of the burden of having to cram content and reproduce it when the need arises.


IFTTT stands for If This Then That and is a utility program that lets you processes that allow various applications and services to communicate and work together to achieve the intended purpose.  The integration of various applications to work together can facilitate automation of repetitive tasks such as uploading photos and documents to cloud storage facilities.

Google Drive (and Company)

Google Drive is an open source utility program that makes it easy to share and edit a variety of files. Team members can chat and share notes from within a document.

ODesk / ELance

ODesk and ELance are free sites to sign up for interested bloggers then charge a 10% interest per each payment per project from the blogger.


Evernote is a handy and versatile app that can save audio or text notes, organize photos, set reminders, and upload attachments, all synchronized all your supported devices. Evernote has a bookmarklet that allows marking and storing web articles for future reference, a characteristic that fits it for those people who keep changing working devices most often.


HootSuite is near to perfect utility program for managing multiple social media accounts. All your social media activities can be monitored by a central easy to use dashboard. The dashboard lets youmanipulate the content and its viewers on the social media.


Toggl is a utility program designed to work as a tool for time tracking. Toggl works by simple button clicks to control a timer by defining the start time and stopping it when needed.Toggl generates and stores reports on the various time intervals taken in doing given tasks throughout the week.


LastPass is a utility program used to recover forgotten last used passwords on various devices. LastPass stores password in a vault to allow for audits to identify weak passwords and rectify them.


Unroll.Me is a utility program that is used to manage email’s inbox by combining several identical emails into one scannable when the need arises. Unroll.Me is an excellent tool for preventing some emails from entering your mailbox but instead hinder their entry.

W3c Markup Validation Service

W3c Markup Validation Service is a free service from the W3C helps you to check the markup validity of different web documents. The service ensures that the quality of web documents is within the allowed standard for use with the target people.

How to Make Real Money Blogging

 Make Real Money Blogging

How to Make Real Money Blogging

A blog is an informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries. These entries normally appear in reverse order in such a way that the most recent posts appear at the top followed by the old posts in that order on the website. Many people do blogging for fun whereas a good amount of people does blogging for business whereby they create awareness of their existing products. Starting a blog is a good way to grow your authority and establish yourself as an expert online especially if you happen to be an expert in a particular niche. Like any other business venture, to start blogging requires one to come up with a comprehensive plan to be sure of success. You have to identify and define your personal interests on the Google platform that not only may enrich you but also stabilize you cash flow with time out of doing what you like most. The following five steps can lead a beginner to become a prolific blogger who commercializes his content and earns out of his work:

  1. Setting up a blog

Setting up a blog is the initial stage that entails building a firm foundation of the kind of blog you want to establish. You have to think about things that excite you the most to start with writing about them. By doing so, you will ensure that you are doing something you have confidence in and the whole process shall be full of fun and walk through. The choice of the tool to use in establishing your blog is very important as it will determine the appearance and functionality of the website. For instance, I recommend WordPress for its outstanding power to create a working blog in a few clicks.

  1. Write content that gets lots of traffic

The content you write on your newly developed blog should be informative and comprehensive to your target audience. What you write from day to day will determine whether or not visitors come and go for good never to revisit again or keep revisiting the blog for more. You have to apply various techniques including numerous research and consulting experts who have made it a success before. This way, you will always produce almost the best fit for your audience if not exactly what the audience requires of the posts.

  1. Convert visitors into email subscribers

At this stage, your blog is no longer new, and the number of visitors is increasing steadily. You now need to think of how to establish relationships with the visitors and convert them into potential consumers of your content. One way would be by introducing a button or a form that they use to fill in their email addresses for mailing newsletters and customer follow-ups. Alongside collecting contact information, be accompanied with a clear specification in the statement of privacy and security of their contact information in such a way that they wouldn’t mind linking to you via electronic mail.

  1. Send those subscribers content that builds trust

The email addresses collected in step 3 above should be for the sole purpose of strengthening the bond and earning trust from the willing subscribers. Therefore, always compose and send them content that is most likely to maintain their attention on your work and also learn to trust you and so applies to your work. You have to make a range of considerations to ensure that your content will always upgrade than degrade by maintaining a high quality work with consistency and precision. In a similar manner, you will shape your professionalism and expertise as you go on with doing the work of your choice and seeing your ultimate progress.

  1. Sell products or services your audience wants

Trading in products and services that your audience wants is the final step towards achieving the ultimate goal of every blogger. It may seem simple but complicated when it comes to implementing it. The purpose is to ensure that the so developed website converted to serve commercial purposes in an attempt to generate income out of it. Monetization can be made possible by including such services as Advertising, Affiliate Marketing, Digital Products, Physical Products and Services in the blog as an alternative way to provide referrals to areas of interest. You should keep track of every move you make to maintain the level of success you require high always.

Best Virtual Reality Headsets for Gaming and Beyond | New Technology

Best Virtual Reality Headsets for Gaming and Beyond

All virtual reality headsets work together with a good pair of headphones. Other accessories also exists such as hand controllers and treadmills all designed to enhance the user’s simulation experience of being in another world. Hand controllers convert real-world gestures into the appropriate application environment used.

Virtual reality gaming provides gamers a different kind of experience that feels like the real thing. The experience is however, limited because of the cables attached to the handsets that restrict movement or even exposing gamers to injuries and accidents. Research has revealed the most practical solution to be putting an entire computer in a backpack to allow continuous streaming of high-resolution data into the headsets without space limitation. The following is a range of the best virtual reality Headsets available for gaming and beyond.

HTC Vive

HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation designed to utilize room scale technology converts a room into 3D space by sensors. With the virtual world, HTC Vive allows the user to navigate naturally. It provides the ability to walk around by aid of handheld controllers for motion tracking to clearly manipulate objects and experience immersive environments.

  Virtual Reality Headsets for Gaming and Beyond

Sony PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR is a virtual reality head-mounted display developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Sony aims for the PlayStation VR to be more than a solitary experience by including a feature called VR Social Screen, which shows what is on the headset on your TV screen, so friends can join in or watch. The design of PlayStation VR is such as full support of the PlayStation 4 home video game console.

 Virtual Reality Headsets for Gaming and Beyond
Sony Playstation VR

The game player acts differently relative to players without the headset. With PlayStation VR system, the television can either mirror the picture displayed on the headset or display a separate image in the case of competitive or cooperative game play.

Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality headset developed by Samsung Electronics, in collaboration with Oculus, and manufactured by Samsung. It makes use of a compatible Samsung Galaxy device which acts as the headset’s display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself acts as the controller, which contains the high field of view, as well as a custom inertial measurement unit for keeping track of rotation linked to the phone by micro-USB.

 Virtual Reality Headsets for Gaming and Beyond
Samsung Gear VR

The Gear VR headset also has a touchpad, back side button and proximity sensor to detect when the headset is on.

Google Cardboard and Daydream

Cardboard was Google’s first commercial attempt at virtual reality, and truly the headsets were made of actual cardboard. Software for Google’s Cardboard and Daydream built into the new Android smartphones as well as hardware, in the form of headsets and handheld controllers.  

 Virtual Reality Headsets for Gaming and Beyond
Google Cardboard and Daydream

Google’s headset is made of fabric and comes with a motion controller that translates various gestures into apps and games. Google targets to release a new VR SDK, which will include an API for using the Daydream View controller as the Cardboard button for Android smartphones. Thereafter, all apps designed based on Cardboard shall start working in the Daydream View without a much difficulty.

Best Top Five Antivirus Cleaners for Computer

Top Five Antivirus Cleaners for Computer


Kaspersky Anti-Virus (KAV) is an antivirus program developed by Kaspersky Lab. It changed its name from AntiViral Toolkit. KAV works to protect users from malicious software. Its design is for computers running Microsoft Windows and macOS although a Linux version for business consumers’ exists. Its features include defense against malware such as spyware, adware, keyloggers , trojans, worms and viruses and auto-dialers, real-time protection and detection and removal of rootkits. It also incorporates the “Kaspersky Security Network” service for instantaneous automatic updates to the virus definition database, which enable KAV to detect and eliminate newly developed malware.

Kaspersky Antivirus Cleaners for Computer

According to Kaspersky, “Kaspersky Security Network service allows users of Kaspersky Lab security products from around the world to help facilitate malware identification and reduce the time it takes to provide protection against new (“in the wild”) security risks targeting your computer.” Kaspersky Lab maintains a strict privacy policy for use of this service and asserts that volunteering to use this service by sending certain information “contains no personally identifiable information about the user and is utilized by Kaspersky Lab for no other purposes but to enhance its security products and to further advance solutions against malicious threats and viruses.”


Avast is a an antivirus program developed by Czech security software company, that develops antivirus software and internet security services. Its free version and low prices offers reliable protection and fulfills all basic requirements of the average user. Avast has the largest market share in the globe. Its portfolio consists of a wide range of security software products such as Avast Antivirus and Avast SecureLine for Android, Microsoft Windows, iOS and macOS platforms, for consumer and corporate markets. The free version offers complete real-time malware protection and automatic software updater and browser add-on remover and network scanner along will the ability to scan your computer using Quick Scan, Full Scan and Boot-time Scan. Avast contains some features acquired from AVG antivirus.

Avast  Antivirus Cleaners for Computer

However, recommended for security in the internet is Avast Pro; a version designed with the ability to scan connections and malware when browsing the internet.


AVG (Anti-Virus Guard) AntiVirus is a family of anti-virus and Internet security software developed by AVG Technologies, a subsidiary of Avast Software. It has versions for Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and OS X. AVG is quite similar to Avast when it comes to free antivirus programs in that they offer similar features with the same protection level. AVG free version safeguards a computer and email against most of the potential threats such as malware and link. 

AVG Antivirus Cleaners for Computer

AVG has a premium version with complete internet security. This includes online and offline data encryption, safe downloads and completes payment protection.


Norton AntiVirus is anti-malware software developed and distributed by Symantec Corporation. Norton does not have a free version but the premium version offers complete PC and online protection. According to Symantec Corporation, “Norton offers 100% virus removal guarantee (no one else offer this), and claims it will refund all the money if they are unable to remove any malware”.

Norton  Antivirus Cleaners for Computer

However, Norton Antivirus is resource intensive in order to maintain the high-level alert on security threats should they arise. It uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Norton’s additional features include up-to-minute updates, parental controls on browsing protection and complete malware and Internet usage protection.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is an anti-malware software Made by Malwarebytes Corporation for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Android OS that finds and removes malware. It cleans up even the latest types of malwares that even top antivirus programs may not be able to detect. It is lightweight and fast, however, the free version has to run manually and only cleans up a computer already infected but no real-time protection provided.

Malwarebytes  Antivirus Cleaners for Computer

The Premium version offers real-time protection and other few internet protection features. It is recommended that is be used alongside another antivirus that offers real-time protection because it only focuses on new threats hence risking attack by old viruses.

Leasing a Car the Smart Way

Lease a Car
Leasing a Car

Leasing a Car the Smart Way

A Car Lease involves paying a small amount of money in order to drive a car. Monthly installments made for the term of the lease, and on expiry of the term, you return the car. Before leasing a car, it is important to think whether it is right for you to start with. If it is, then follow the right way to ensure that what you are getting is the best deal.

Leasing a Car

However, leasing a car has some disadvantages. These include:

  • Your ownership of the car is limited with the lease agreement. Since you only rent the car, you do not have equity in it to channel towards purchasing of another vehicle.
  • Terms of lease can contain unfavourable penalties and may confine you to paying the penalties if you fail to meet what is required in the agreement.
  • The effect of prolonged lease spanning a few years, say 12, may surpass that should you have bought one car either new or used.

Majority of those who like leasing go with the fact that monthly payment is less than the actual purchase plan because you are not paying for the car. On the other hand, you are actually paying for the amount by which the car is likely to depreciate between the times in which your lease remains in effect, interest and fees factored in.

Interest rates are lower nowadays relative to prices for used cars, a reason for the low lease rates that attract most of the car hires.

Once you have decided to lease a car, you need to consider a number of factors. These are:

  • Your cash flow in a month will determine whether car leasing is a good deal. I f you need access to more money in a month, leasing it will favour you.
  • You need to consider whether you have enough money for down payment and initial cost. Most leases have low down payments, waived depending on what you agree.
  • How much you drive also is very important. Some car owners charge per mile travelled to cater for the wear and tear of the car under hire.
  • Your experience on maintenance of a car will also guide you since those who are prone to damage or scratches are not suitable for lease to prevent unbudgeted loss.
  • The purpose of the leased car also needs be considered. For instance, driving a leased car for business will lead to depreciation and car finances deducted in your taxes.
  • How long you intend to keep the car and your flexibility. Leases do not know emergencies or challenges that can be risky especially if you cannot alter your schedule; you may end up incurring penalties.

Once you see the binding agreement, check to make sure the capital cost is the price you have negotiated, and a reasonable acquisition fee from the bank. After setting the capital cost now, look at the terms of the lease contract. Consider how much the lease costs right at the beginning before you even get the car. Ensure that you understand the expected of you after entering the contract. Try to reduce your attachment with the car because if you do and decide to purchase it once the lease expires, you may end up paying more than the car is actually worth.


Best Online Employer Thank You Letter


Dear Employer,

I am writing to express my faithful gratitude to (Your Employer) for being there for me when I needed help. My recent joblessness had taken me into the world of imagination where everything I wanted to try seemed impossible. Thank you very much for granting me the opportunity to work online while I take breaks at my own comfort while seeking to meet deadlines. Your method of relating with new employees and establishing beneficial relationships is outstanding and highly recommendable. The links thereof strengthens each day as many people join the firm and those who are not willing to continue leave to let the system sustain itself together with the loyal workers.

I am specifically thankful for your trust and readiness to work with me even with the minimum information that you asked me for during my registration process prior to joining you as a writer. Your kind consideration is beyond what can be put in plain text for is extends further than words are capable of. I categorically understand that trust is a very expensive virtue, that one has to earn than build it through experience yet you have gone a mile ahead and chose to let people express themselves. Feel most honored and respected for being my employer on whom I have lived to rely for survival. Without you, life could be a nightmare on my side while hope would not do much to propel me towards overcoming it. As a result, I cannot stop myself and absolutely nothing can hinder me, not even challenges can deter me from showing my sincere gratitude.

I highly pride myself being one of your employees while enjoying the benefits of teamwork and sharing of interests for the better of not only us who work but also those who interact with us. I t is very difficult to convince a person that things can work out whichever way provided if there is a well drawn plan but you have made it. The large numbers of employees who have good hearts to a large extent attract customers to develop the urge to become one the workers in their firms. The general guidelines provided and employee update through such things as email notifications and newsletters ensure that the employees are up to date with the latest information even at their own comfort.

My entry into the organization’s team has formed a threshold by which I have seized the opportunity and converted my challenges into successes and failures to challenges. Each day I live by increased hope of success and a promising triumph over the frustrating threats of failure and doubt. This has helped me also develop the spirit of fearlessness in venturing into what other people are doing to earn what they have earned in a similar or different way. I have come to comprehend the secrets behind every success and increased my resistance to failure and frustrations. All this has been made possible my ways and means only obtained from your ever promising guidance and expertise work on me to this far.

I greatly appreciate your effort, continued support, and always promise to be under your debt as long as I shall be able.