Microsoft releases Office 2016 16.9, offers real-time collaboration, automatic cloud saves

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:22
Category: Google, Microsoft, News, Software

Microsoft Office 2016 reached version 16.9 today, the update bringing some nifty features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the 16.9 update displays thumbnails in the upper-right corner, indicating who else is working on a document. In Word and PowerPoint specifically, flag icons show where edits are taking place — PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

Users can now see each others’ updates via the cloud functionality as well as roll back to a previous version if someone makes a mistake or otherwise unwanted change.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, iOS 11.2.2 supplemental updates with Spectre fix for Safari and WebKit

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, 03:33
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software

As tired as you are of hearing about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Apple has just released something that could help with part of these.

The company has released both a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 supplemental update designed to help prevent Spectre attacks in the current Mac and iOS operating systems. Prior to this, there was still the possibility of exploiting the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript in the Safari browser.

While there’s no absolute fix against the vulnerabilities, this patch, and others like it, can help mitigate the risk and make the bug that much harder to exploit.


The patch repairs Apple’s WKWebView API to display the web content with Apple’s WebKit implementation and thus fixes every app that displays web content on your iOS device and should be installed immediately.

On the macOS end, the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental app helps secure Safari and apps that use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine. If you’re a Google Chrome or Firefox user, be sure to update to the latest version of the Chrome browser or Firefox 57.0.4 or later.

An update to the latest version of the Chrome browser with Spectre mitigations is expected in Chrome 64, currently scheduled for release in late January.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld

Apple joins Alliance for Open Media, will help determine AV1 video

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2018, 03:44
Category: Google, Intel, News, Software

It never hurts to be on the consortium that’s setting the standard.

Apple has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the technology consortium developing AV1 the new industry standard, high-efficiency video code.

The group includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Intel, and many others. Apple was quietly added to the website’s homepage today, and is even considered a founding member.

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Apple has partially repaired effects of Intel “KPTI” memory/security bug, will add additional fixed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 03:04
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, Processors, security, Software

Following public disclosure of a security flaw with nearly every Intel processor produced for the last 15 years, concern grew that a fix may take up to 30 percent of the processing power away from a system. But Apple appears to have at least partially fixed the problem with December’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 with additional fixes seeming likely appear to be coming in macOS 10.13.3.

A number of anonymous sources within Apple have confirmed that routines exist within macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 that could grant applications access to protected kernel memory data. These measures, alongside existing programming requirements regarding kernel memory that Apple has implemented over the past decade, seem to have mitigated much of the issue.

The fix was further confirmed by developer Alex Ionescu, who called the code regarding the issue the “Double Map.”

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New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help accurately predict sleep apnea and hypertension

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:30
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

A new study released from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that wearable devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

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Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help improve communication following Hurricane Maria

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, wireless

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

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Updated Google app for iOS now offers content-related search suggestions

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, 07:13
Category: Google, iOS, News, Software

The latest version of the Google app now offers suggestions to assist with your searches.

The new version now automatically offers suggestions for related content when you pull up the bottom of the page.

Google has stated that this feature, which is presently only currently available to users in the U.S., will expand to additional languages and locales soon.

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Apple posts $45.4 billion in revenue, $8.7 billion profit in Q3 2017 financial report

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Google, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

Apple’s financial returns are in for the third quarter of 2017, the company boasting an $8.7 billon profit and $45.4 billion in revenue on strong iPhone, iPad and Mac sales.

The company offered the following highlights in its conference call with analysts:

Apple has surpassed 1.2 billion cumulative iPhones sold, and the iPhone 7 series continues to be a strong performer.

iPad grew for the first time in 4 years, and U.S. education market sales of iPad were up more than 30 percent.

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Google Chrome 60 offers Touch Bar support, other features

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:58
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

Google Chrome is up to version 60, is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac and for you MacBook Pro fans, now sports full Touch Bar support for the most recent MacBooks. Chrome 60 now allows Touch Bar users to customize Chrome shortcuts by adding, removing, or rearranging buttons as they please.

Users can update this setting in Chrome 60 by heading to View > Customize Touch Bar from the Menu bar. You can then combine laptop controls, such as brightness and volume settings, with the Chrome shortcuts and stack them as you feel comfortable.

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Adobe announces “end of life” date for Flash Player at end of 2020

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple, Developer, Google, iOS, iPad, Microsoft, News, Software

Adobe’s Flash Player now has an end date: the end of 2020.

Adobe says it’s working with companies including Apple and Google to prepare for the upcoming death of Flash, as quoted here:

Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

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