Microsoft releases Office 2004 11.6, Office 2008 12.2.6, Open XML Converter 1.6 updates

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2010, 05:45
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Late Tuesday, Microsoft released version 11.6.0 of its Microsoft Office 2004 suite and version 12.2.6 of its Microsoft Office 2008 suite as well as version 1.6 of its XML Converter utility. The Office updates, which weigh in at 192 and 332 megabytes, respectively, focus on improving security for both suites, fixing vulnerabilities that could allow malicious code to overwrite portions of your Mac’s memory and run arbitrary commands.

The updates are free and available through the AutoUpdate programs and require Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run Office 2004 and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run Office 2008.

If you’ve installed the updates and have any feedback to offer, let us know.

Adobe releases Flash Player 10.1.82.76 for Mac, adds hardware acceleration for H.264 content

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2010, 05:25
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In spite of the constant back and forth between Apple and Adobe, a new version of Flash Player for Mac has shipped that officially supports hardware acceleration for H.264 video content.

Per AppleInsider, the update 10.1.82.76 was announced Tuesday by Adobe product manager Thibault Imbert on his blog. The feature, code-named “Gala,” had been announced several months prior, but was unavailable with the official release of Flash Player 10.1 for Mac in June. In a break from usual protocol, Adobe enabled the new feature in a security release.

Hardware acceleration in Flash Player 10.1 for Mac is available only for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the following graphics cards: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M.

According to Adobe, a CPU utilization reduction of up to two-thirds is possible when GPU hardware acceleration is active.

Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 can be downloaded here and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

Apple Japan agrees to replace overheating iPod nano units

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Date: Wednesday, August 11th, 2010, 04:04
Category: iPod Nano, News

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Following the request of Japanese authorities, Apple has finally agreed to replace a number of iPod nano music players, which may have proved a fire risk.

According to AFP, Japan’s industry ministry once again warned the first generation iPod nano, sold from 2005, had caused a number of accidents. “Four people burned themselves after they touched the device, which had overheated during charging,” an official from the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said.

The ministry had called on Apple to reveal just how many iPods, both in the US and worldwide, had suffered from similar over heating issues.

Under pressure, Apple’s Japanese unit has agreed to replace the aging iPods, admitting “very rare cases of overheating” in the iPod nano’s battery, originally sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

Apple blamed the fault, which could also lead to bulging iPods, on faulty batteries, traced to a particular third-party manufacturer.

The ministry called Apple’s delay in resolving the issue “truly regrettable,” but noted they are “aware of the amendment” on the Apple site and offer of replacement iPods from the company.

“But we have yet to receive any formal report from the company about it. So we cannot make any comment at this stage,” said Naotake Fujushiro, who added that Apple has sold about 1.8 million units of the 2005 iPod nano in Japan since September 2005.

Apple did not reveal if the company would extend the iPod nano replacement scheme to countries other than Japan.