Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.3.5 Update

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 16:19
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On Tuesday, Microsoft released a version 11.3.5 update of its Office 2004 suite for Mac. The update, a 58.5 megabyte download, repairs security-related vulnerabilities that can cause file contents to be overwritten by malicious code.
According to Macworld News, the update also corrects a bug that can increase the use of system resources when files or objects are dragged to an Office application windows. Other fixes include a patch for Excel which would prompt the program to suddenly open workbooks or other files, a patch to reduce PowerPoint’s number of unexpected quits and an update which improved responsiveness in Microsoft Entourage.
The update can be downloaded via Microsoft’s web site or through the Microsoft AutoUpdate program. Office 2004 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and retails between US$149.00 and US$499.00 depending on version purchased.
If you’ve tried the new version and have comments about it, let us know.


PageSender Updated to Version 4.0

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 12:36
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In other news, SmileOnMyMac has released PageSender 4.0, the newest version of its fax program for Mac OS X. Historically, PageSender has worked as a beefed-up version of Mac OS X’s internal faxing features, offering a browser and additional functionality such as automated/scheduled sending and receiving of faxes.
The new version offers the following changes:
-Spam filtering.
-PDF cover pages.
-Direct lookup in Address Book (no launching).
-Preview faxes in PageSender Fax Center.
-Preview cover page in print dialog.
-More space for cover message in print dialog.
-Font and style support for cover message.
-Enhanced performance with Printer Sharing.
-Improved PageSender Fax Center user interface.
The new version retails for US$39.95 and can be purchased as an upgrade version for US$20.00 or for free if purchased from January 1st, 2007 to the present date.
PageSender 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-native hardware. The software is a 6.6 megabyte download.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Rumor: Apple to Release LED-backlit 15″ MacBook Pro at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 11:33
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Although most of us have yet to see an LED-backlit display, this has been the stuff of techno-lust for the past couple of weeks, especially where Apple’s future product line is concerned. The cool news may come ahead of schedule as Apple will announced an LED-backlit laptop on or arround the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 11th.
According to ThinkSecret, sources close to the project have stated that Apple placed a mid-April order to Asian component manufacturers for more than 100,000 15.4″ LED backlight displays.
Sources have also stated that the order called for a mid-May delivery, which would allow for a three to four week window for manufacturing and shipping. The delivery would coincide with Steve Jobs’ scheduled keynote address for the event.
Unfortunately, the anticipated LED-backlit displays seem to be limited to the MacBook Pro for the time being. Sources did not refer to any order placed for 13.3″ LED backlight displays that could be used in the MacBook line, but discussed that this could be seen in a third-quarter rollout of Apple’s consumer laptop.
Even if LED-backlit displays don’t emerge in as near a term as the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, this has been confirmed via Steve Jobs’ open letter regarding its environmental policies. The upgraded displays could provide a brighter image, lower power consumption and make for an environmentally friendlier product.


Mophie Announces iPod Shuffle Case/Drink Opener

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 07:50
Category: iPod

We’ve arguably reached an apex of technology – and an iPod Shuffle case that can also open your beer on a sunny day more or less proves it.

According to the guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, accessory maker Mophie has pulled this off. The Bevy is a combination bottle opener, earbud wrap and key chain, wrapping a second generation iPod Shuffle in a hard plastic case which then attaches to your key chain.

The unit exposes the headphone port and navigation controls while sporting a bottle opener on its underside. The Bevy retails for US$15.00 plus shipping and handling.