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Microsoft Delays Release of Office 2008 for Mac

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 12:32
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On Thurdsay, software manufacturer Microsoft announced that it would delay the release of its long-anticipated Office 2008 for Mac suite until mid-January of next year.
According to Macworld News, the suite, which will be Intel-native, was originally scheduled for release in the second half of 2007. Representatives have stated that the software will go to manufacturing this December and be released at the next Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
“We made the decision to do this so we could give users the type of quality that they deserve,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit. “This is a quality-driven decision.”
Eisler also commented that changes, such as Apple’s hardware switch to an Intel-based architecture and new Office file formats, made the originally scheduled release that much more difficult. Transitions such as a change from FreeScale’s CodeWarrior to Apple’s Xcode system to build the software became necessary and added to the duration of the project.
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Apple Releases Safari 3.0.3 Beta

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 08:48
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Apple released a public beta of Safari 3.0.3, the next version of its proprietary web browser. Safari 3.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
The new browser, a 14 megabyte download, features security component updates found in the recently-released Security Update 2007 – 007 update. With the update, Mac OS X components such as bzip2, CFNetwork, Core Audio, cscope, gnuzip, Kerberos, mDNSResponder, PDFKit, PHP, Quartz Composer, samba, WebKit, and WebCore receive additional stability and security.
As with all betas, Safari 3.0.3 is still a work in progress, so be careful and be sure to have an alternate browser lined up just in case.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, throw in your two cents in the comments or forums.


iPhone 1.0.1 Update Details Explored

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 08:26
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The iPhone 1.0.1 Update being about a day old, the guys over at MacFixIt have begun exploring fixes and changes that weren’t publicly documented in Apple’s description of the patch. For those of you who haven’t installed the update yet, the piece also offers some good advice as to being patient with the update and by no means stopping or disconnecting the firmware update process.
Other changes noted in the update are as follows:
“-Earpiece/speaker volume reportedly louder: One of the biggest complaints prior to this software/firmware revision was that earpiece and speakerphone volume are too low, even at the loudest setting. Readers noted that compared to most other mobile phones, some iPhones‚Äô sound output ‚Äî for voice functions, at least ‚Äî is sub-par.
Last week we reported that a firmware update from Apple would likely address this issue. Ask and ye shall receive. Several readers report that volume from the earpiece and the built-in speaker (for speakerphone functions) is noticeably and pleasantly louder.
-Improved stability: Though we don’t have any concrete data on the subject, it appears that overall stability has been significantly improved with iPhone update 1.0.1. In particular, MobileSafari appears to crash less often, and an annoying crash that occurred while Safari and the iPod function were simultaneously active happens far less frequently.
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Apple Preps Developers for Mac OS X 10.4.11 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 10:30
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Late Tuesday, Apple began informing select developers that there will be at least one more maintenance update to Mac OS X 10.4 prior to the planned release of Mac OS X 10.5 this October.
According to AppleInsider, developers have yet to begin receiving the first pre-release seeds of the software version.
Sources close to the project have stated that an unresolved third-party webcam bug that arose with Mac OS X 10.4.10 may be targeted. The bug prevents third-party webcams from being detected as USB audio devices, thereby making them inaccessible as a USB audio device except when running under the Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software.
The webcam bug appears to only surface on Intel-based Macs. Apple has yet to comment on the issue or submit a fix for it.
Stay tuned for additional details as they emerge and if you’ve found problems or workarounds for bugs in Mac OS X 10.4.10, let us know in the forums.


iPhone Update 1.0.1 Released

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

With the iPhone about a month into its product cycle, Apple has just released the first firmware update for the best-selling handset.
According to Gizmodo, the update, which is available through iTunes, makes the following changes and adds the following features:
Impact: Visiting a malicious website may allow cross-site scripting.
Description: Safari’s security model prevents JavaScript in remote web pages from modifying pages outside of their domain. A race condition in page updating combined with HTTP redirection may allow JavaScript from one page to modify a redirected page. This could allow cookies and pages to be read or arbitrarily modified. This update addresses the issue by correcting access control to window properties. Credit to Lawrence Lai, Stan Switzer, and Ed Rowe of Adobe Systems, Inc. for reporting this issue.
Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted web page may lead to arbitrary code execution.
Description: Heap buffer overflows exist in the Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) library used by the JavaScript engine in Safari. By enticing a user to visit a maliciously crafted web page, an attacker may trigger the issue, which may lead to arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of JavaScript regular expressions. Credit to Charlie Miller and Jake Honoroff of Independent Security Evaluators for reporting these issues.
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Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 007

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:13
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On Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2007 – 007, a collection of updates for the Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) operating systems.
The update, which ranges between 14.2 megabytes and 63.3 megabytes depending on which version you download, applies security fixes to the following system components:
-Core Audio
-Quartz Composer
Security Update 2007 – 007 also incorporates the security fixes found in previous version of Apple’s security patches.
Users will need to have Mac OS X 10.3.9 installed for the update to be functional on the Mac OS X 10.3 operating system and Mac OS X 10.4.10 installed for the update to be functional on Mac OS X 10.4. The patch can be obtained through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Given that this is a substantial update no matter how you slice it, any and all feedback would be appreciated. Let us know how the patch treats your computer over in the forums.


Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:14
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Late Tuesday, Apple released AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004, a small update geared towards improving the reliability of wireless connections on the Intel-based MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac Mini desktops.
The update is a 745 kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Users can also find the patch through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.