Microsoft Office 2004 Updated to Version 11.3.7

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 13:53
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, software giant Microsoft released version 11.3.7 of its Office 2004 for Mac productivity suite. The new version, an 8.6 megabyte download, repairs a security vulnerability in which malicious code can be inserted.
The update can be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s web site as well as through the Microsoft AutoUpdate application, which is typically found in Mac OS X’s Applications folder after the software has been installed.
Microsoft Office 2004 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and varies in price depending on the version purchased.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version of Office 2004, let us know in the forums.

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Flip4Mac 2.1.3.3 Beta Released

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 12:51
Category: Software

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It’s one of the most useful chunks of shareware out there and where Windows Media Player for the Mac went south so many years ago, this filled in perfectly.
Flip4Mac, the popular shareware collection of Windows Media components for QuickTime, has been update via a public beta of version 2.1.3.3 of the software.
The new version, a 7.6 megabyte download, repairs an issue with failed export functions after installing QuickTime 7.2.
Flip4Mac 2.1.3.3 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have two cents to chip in about Flip4Mac, let us know in the comments or forums

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Shape Services Announces IM+ for Skype for iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:33
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, Shape Services announced its IM+ for Skype for iPhone, a program that allows iPhone users to access the Skype VoIP network.
According to Macworld News, IM+ for Skype currently functions on other mobile devices such as BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME. Once a user has logged in, they receive full access to their Skype accounts and can make voice calls through their SkypeOut credit balance.
Where the iPhone is concerned, the software is currently in a public beta testing stage. Users can access the service by pointing their iPhone Safari browser to www.skypeforiphone.com.
Shape has stated that the application functions on any network and doesn’t specifically require a Wi-Fi connection to work.
If you’ve tried this and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:48
Category: Software

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Late Monday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002 software.
The fix, a 7.7 megabyte download, includes fixes and updates for the following wireless-related applications:
- AirPort Utility.
- AirPort Disk Utility.
- AirPort Base Station Agent.
The revision brings the AirPort Utility program up to version 5.2.1 and supports Apple’s current wireless router lineup such as the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n, AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Express Base Station. Per Apple’s specifications, the software requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to install and run.
If you’ve installed the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Ecamm Works Out iPhone Videoconferencing Hack During “Iron Coder” Contest

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 12:06
Category: iPhone

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It’s not for sale yet, but it’s as shrewd as it gets.
Apparently the guys at Ecamm Network attended the C-4 developer conference and during the “Iron Coder Live” event, crafted a quick mirror-based hack to allow for videoconferencing via an iPhone.
According to Mac Daddy World, the hack was based around a quick program installed into the iPhone (after the iPhone jailbreak tool created by the iPhone Dev Group was installed) that worked with the camera function to provide the videoconference. The iPhone was then set to speaker mode and a series of Huckleberry mirrors acted as a periscope of sorts with the software reorienting the image and allowing for the image to appear correctly.
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words:


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No software or source code has been made available, but it’s a clever workaround and will hopefully inspire a cool product.
If you’ve seen anything like this or come up with a cool iPhone camera workaround of your own, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Nova Media Releases message2net 1.2.3

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 09:39
Category: Software

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Late last week, German software firm Nova Media released message2net 1.2.3, the latest version of its SMS management software. The updated package, a 2.9 megabyte download, boasts the following fixes and changes:
Address Book support:
Search for a name and get the associated mobile phone numbers displayed in a snap without the need to open Address Book.
Multipart SMS-support:
Don’t stop at 160 characters. Just continue typing with multipart SMS support. There is a limit of 10 SMS you can sent in a row, however.
Group SMS:
Share your insights with group SMS. message2net supports sending one message to 10 people at once, so there is no need to leave someone in the dark.
Easy SIM-management: With message2net is is simple as drag and drop to copy names and associated numbers from your Address Book to the SIM-card and vice versa. Or just add a new number to your already existing contacts.
New supported phones:
-Siemens BenQ S81
-Siemens BenQ S88
-Siemens BenQ SX1
-Motorola KRZR K1
-Motorola RAZR V3xx
-Motorola RAZR V6maxx
-Motorola V980
-Nokia 6085
-Nokia 6131
-Nokia 6233
-Nokia N76
-Nokia N93i
-Samsung Z150
-Samsung Z400
-Sony Ericsson P1
-Sony Ericsson P910i
-Sony Ericsson W200i
-Sony Ericsson Z610i
Improvements:
-GUI improvements.
-Easy product activation and de-activation.
-Improved sorting system.
-Adressbook pictures used, if available.
-Dock-icon displays numer of unread messages.
-Multiple recepients are displayed and saved for a message.
-Send SMS messages to pstn phones (if these support this function) general bug fixes and improvements.
Message2net 1.2.3 retails for 8.95 Euros plus tax and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program is a universal binary and runs at native speed on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version of message2net or have a preferred Mac-SMS package, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Users Point Out iPhone Volume Issues

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 08:30
Category: iPhone

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Either the iPhone’s the greatest thing since self-slicing bread or the worst thing ever.
It seems to come down to the individual unit itself.
The guys over at iPhone Atlas are reporting that dozens of iPhone owners have expressed concern with the volume from their iPhone’s earpieces, speakerphone, ringer and alert sounds. In these cases, the volume has proven below normal and the quick fix of setting the volume to the maximum level has sometimes resulting in a severe echoing noise.
Currently available fixes are as follows:
-Apple’s recently-released iPhone Update 1.0.1 seems to have provided a volume boost to some users.
-Performing a restore function can sometimes result in a temporary volume boost.
-Connecting to a stereo or Bluetooth headset can result in higher volumes for calls, but doesn’t address the problem at its core.
Per the article, the problem seems to affect specific iPhones rather than every unit, even though some readers have reported that their replacement units exhibited identical problems.
If you’ve seen this problem on your iPhone or have ideas regarding a workaround or fix, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Adium 1.1 Released

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 08:38
Category: Software

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Over the weekend, Adium, the open-source instant messaging client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) was updated to version 1.1.
The new version, a 14 megabyte download, boasts the following new features and changes:
-Rewritten tabs using PSMTabBarControl (Kent Sutherland, mentored by David Smith).
-Tabs can now be oriented vertically or horizontally (#3372).
-Tabs handle overflow better, by showing a “chevron” (») pop-up menu (#12).
-Improved drag & drop behavior with tabs (#2555).
-Improved tab length calculation (#6775).
-Tabs can display the number of unread messages Contact List.
-Horizontal autosizing of the contact list is now more accurate (#6618).
-Added an animated transition for contact list sorting (#5633) Hi, LH. Xtras.
-StatusItem can now be customized via .AdiumMenuBarIcons AdiumXtras (#7237).
-Improved Adiumy emoticon text equivalents (#6327).
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iTunes String Files Reveal Interesting Possibilities

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 13:28
Category: iPhone

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iTunes may have a few tricks up its sleeve in the near future. The guys over at DownloadSquad have apparently gone digging through the Localizable.strings file on iTunes 7.3.2 and pulled some interesting results according to iPhone Atlas:
/* ===== iPhone Game Item Strings ===== */
“4329.001″ = “Are you sure you want to remove the selected game from your iPhone?”;
“4329.002″ = “Are you sure you want to remove the selected games from your iPhone?”;
We did a little more digging, and found some other interesting entries:
“4320.077″ = “Voice Memos”;
“4320.079″ = “The iPhone “^1” contains new voice memos. Would you like to move these voice memos to your iTunes library?”;
“4320.080″ = “Moving voice memos to your iTunes library…”;
and
“4320.295″ = “You must connect using FireWire to update the iPhone “^FILENAME”.”;
“4320.296″ = “You must connect using FireWire to restore the iPhone “^FILENAME”.”
The strings don’t point to anything specific, but could provide hints that the program will voice memo or Firewire support while the iPhone may be receiving additional game support.
Nothing definitive, but it could point the way to some cool stuff down the road.
Let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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Apple Offering Additional Help with iPhone Dead Spots

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 08:03
Category: iPhone

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A group of iPhone users have reported that their handsets have permanently lost responsiveness to touch inputs across parts of the screen – generally about half an inch from the top and bottom of the screen.
According to AppleInsider, the problem remains even after the iPhone has been reset, updated with the 1.0.1 firmware software and cleaned. Most reported instances of this case have required replacements from Apple, whose technical support representatives have become “very familiar” with the touch screen failures and appearing to be bypassing the usual protocols for sending out replacements.
In several cases, customers who took their iPhones into Apple Store locations received brief inspections and three-day repair cycles from Apple. Per the stated US$29 iPhone rental, one customer mentioned that he’d successfully negotiated a waiver of the fee during the repair cycle.
Although Apple hasn’t officially commented about it, the unresponsive touch screens represent the second major hardware anomaly affecting the iPhone, the first being a wide variety of failed AC adapters that shipped with the iPhones.
If you’ve seen the touch screen problem on your end or have an idea or workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.

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