Rumor: Microsoft Office to arrive for iOS, Android in March of 2013

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Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012, 08:33
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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The plus side: This is cool and interesting and, if true, could be outstanding.

The negative side: Someone’s probably getting fired over this leak.

Per Czech web site IHNED (translated by The Verge), Petr Bobek, a Microsoft product manager in the Czech Republish, reportedly indicated that native versions of Office for iOS and Android will arrive next year [updated]

Bobek stated that his company’s market leading productivity suite will make its way to Apple’s devices, as well as those running Google Android, sometime after March of 2013. The details came from a press release issued by Microsoft’s Czech Republic Team.

“In addition to Windows, Office will also be available on other operating systems: Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian,” the company’s statement said.

The press release separately noted that a new version of Office Web Apps will also be available. In a statement, Microsoft’s U.S. arm noted that the company previously indicated Office Mobile will be available on iOS and Android, in addition to Windows Phone.

Rumors of a version of Microsoft Office for iPad have swirled for the past year, and tablet publication The Daily even showed a screenshot of the rumored application. One report from late May pegged a specific release date for Office for iPad: Nov. 10, 2012.

However, Wednesday’s statements from Microsoft’s Czech team would suggest that date will not be met, with a launch instead coming in early 2013.

It was also reported earlier this year that Microsoft was working on a new native iOS application for Outlook Web App, called “OWA Mobile Client for iOS,” that will offer compatibility with Exchange 2012 mailboxes. It, along with a new version of the Lync application for iOS, will reportedly feature Microsoft’s Metro interface, just like Office for iPad is expected to do.

Rumors have said that Office for iPad will allow users to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Dedicated Outlook functionality is not expected to be included in Office for iPad.

While earlier reports focused on Office support for the iPad, the mention of iOS in the overseas Microsoft press release suggests that the productivity suite could also be coming to Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. Apple’s own iWork suite, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote, offers universal support across portable iOS devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Rumor: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display to arrive in 2012

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Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012, 07:37
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor

A 13-inch MacBook Pro with a snazzy Retina Display may be closer than you think.

Per CNET, research firm NPD DisplaySearch says Apple is likely to release a Retina display-packing 13-inch MacBook Pro before the year is out, with production currently on schedule for sometime in the fourth quarter.

Analyst Richard Shim stated that Apple will be launching its second Retina display MacBook Pro offering later this year, reiterating earlier reports suggesting the laptop would be released in fall 2012.

Shim confirmed that the portable would boast a screen resolution of 2,560-by-1,600 pixels, expectedly lower than the 15-inch model’s 2,880-by-1,800-pixel screen. The unit is also thought to be priced somewhere between the current top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and a high-tier 13-inch non-Retina model, though final cost is up in the air as the product is a new entry to Apple’s laptop stable.

While only speculation, Shim believes Apple is planning on debuting the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display after the iPad mini announcement, which is rumored to be coming up later in October.

It was reported in August that 13-inch Retina displays bound for an as-yet-unannounced MacBook were being produced, with initial output volumes supposedly higher than the 15-inch model. If true, Apple is preparing for an onslaught of orders as the current MacBook Pro with Retina display saw stock shortages when it was first announced in June.

A number of reported “leaks” regarding the 13-inch laptop have been circulating since the first Retina display MacBook Pro was released, including supposed online benchmark scores logged in June and August.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Mozilla releases Firefox 16.0 update

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Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012, 07:12
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 16.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 33.3 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
- Firefox on Mac OS X now has preliminary VoiceOver support turned on by default.

- Initial web app support (Windows/Mac/Linux).

- Acholi and Kazakh localizations added.

Changed:
Improvements around JavaScript responsiveness through incremental garbage collection.

Developer:
- New Developer Toolbar with buttons for quick access to tools, error count for the Web Console, and a new command line for quick keyboard access.

- CSS3 Animations, Transitions, Transforms and Gradients unprefixed in Firefox 16
Recently opened files list in Scratchpad implemented.

Fixed:
- Debugger breakpoints do not catch on page reload (783393).

- No longer supporting MD5 as a hash algorithm in digital signatures (650355).

- Opus support by default (772341).

- Reverse animation direction has been implemented (655920).

- Per tab reporting in about:memory (687724).

- User Agent strings for pre-release Firefox versions now show only major version (728831).

Known Issues:
- If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash (see 573369)
For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see 579260).

- Pointer lock doesn’t work in web apps (see 769150).

Firefox 16.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.