Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.3.8 update

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Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 15:32
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a steadily updated app.

Microsoft on Tuesday released version 14.3.8 of its Microsoft Office 2011 suite for the Mac. The update, a 113 megabyte download, features the following changes:
- This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. For more information about this update, please visit the Microsoft Web site.

- Applies to: Office 2011, Office 2011 Home and Business Edition, Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, Outlook 2011, Office for Mac Standard 2011 Edition, Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Student 2011, and Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011

The update can also be located and installed via the Microsoft AutoUpdate feature.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.8 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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

Why the Mac (still) beats the PC

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Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 08:25
Category: Apple, Opinion

Christopher Laincz, Ph.D., is director of the LeBow Ph.D. Program at Drexel University, and associate professor in LeBow’s Department of Economics and International BusinessI’m publishing this guest blog by Dr. Christopher Laincz, because I couldn’t agree more with his opinions. If you don’t agree, be sure to read the pro-PC counter-point article by his colleague Mark Eyerly and sound off in the comments below.

I find myself in a strange town, and I want a cup of coffee. I see a Starbucks and some local dive. I choose Starbucks.

Here’s why: When you walk into Starbucks, you know exactly what you’re getting; and, they’ll customize it to your taste. If they make an error, they fix it immediately. I expect a good experience right from the start.

On the other hand, the local dive might prove great, but it might serve bug-infested sludge.

Perhaps you’re thinking, “risking a dollar or so on the local dive’s coffee is no big deal.” Sure. But when it comes to computers, it’s much riskier. You could easily spend $1,500 on some crappy PC. Perhaps for an extra $500, you could take home a (beautiful and better-designed) Mac with similar specs.

Why do I spend more on a Mac? Because Macs are better. In fact, the quality-adjusted price actually makes the Mac the better deal. PCs can be made in any Joe’s garage – and too frequently are – hence the hardware quality is a crapshoot. The Windows environment is fraught with holes and issues. Ever try to get service help for your PC? Ugh.

Furthermore, I do not need or appreciate my computer warning me at every turn about this risk or that issue. Just fix it, dammit! I’m busy with my own work. I don’t have time to invest in searching for the answers to every PC/Windows security or design flaw that crops up.

This isn’t a problem I encounter on my Mac. Apple takes care of maintenance and quality-control, so I am willing to pay for that. Buy a PC, and the maintenance and quality-control risks are on you. You may have paid less for the hardware up front, but over time you’ll pay with time, money and frustration to keep the thing functioning and not destroying your own tireless efforts.

Mac products stay way ahead of the Windows environment in terms of innovation and user-friendliness. I blame the PC/Windows marriage from hell.

The Justice Department brought an anti-trust suit against Microsoft for abusing its market power to kill off Netscape (which it did successfully). One of the punitive options in front of the Justice Department was to break Microsoft up into two companies: operating system (Windows) and software (MS Office).

Had the Justice Department gone with that option, the software would have been thrown into a more competitive environment. But it didn’t, and as a result the Office Suite has not evolved much.

Some complain that Apple excludes other products from seamless integration with its own. Sure, that may be true, but for me it isn’t a problem.

After falling in love with my 4-year-old MacBook Pro (which I’m using right now), I got a Mac desktop for my home, another for the office, and I just added the iPhone.

Digital bliss.

Christopher Laincz, Ph.D., is director of the LeBow Ph.D. Program at Drexel University, and associate professor in LeBow’s Department of Economics and International Business. He’s actually pretty down-to-earth for a Mac-toting academic.

SpamSieve updated to 2.9.9

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Date: Monday, October 7th, 2013, 08:02
Category: News, Software

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SpamSieve’s about ready for Mavericks.

Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.9.9. The new version, a 10.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- SpamSieve is now compatible with the GM build of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. It is recommended that you update to SpamSieve 2.9.9 before installing Mavericks. If you’ve updated to Mavericks first, and you don’t see the SpamSieve commands in Apple Mail’s Message menu, be sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu.

- Made various changes to improve SpamSieve’s filtering accuracy.

- Microsoft Outlook 2011’s notification sounds are now available in SpamSieve’s Notification preferences.

- Added the Apple Mail – Server Junk Mailbox script. When it’s not possible to turn off a server-side junk filter (e.g., iCloud’s), this lets SpamSieve save you from mistakes that the server junk filter made by moving any messages that SpamSieve thinks are good back to the inbox. It will also consolidate the spam messages from all the accounts into a single spam mailbox (the same one where SpamSieve is already putting your spam).

- Can now repair the ownership and permissions of the SpamSieve and Apple Mail preferences files if needed. This fixes problems where SpamSieve would lose its registration information or Apple Mail wouldn’t show the SpamSieve menu commands.

- Fixed some problems where the Open Window command in Apple Mail was not available or did not always open the specified window.

SpamSieve 2.9.9 retails for US$30.00 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

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

Google Chrome updated to 30.0.1599.69

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Date: Friday, October 4th, 2013, 07:49
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a decent update.

On Thursday, Google released version 30.0.1599.69 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 53.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- [Fix] Tabs freeze up (Issue: 303293).

- [Fix] Lag in some games/GPU issues with certain monitors (Issue: 262437).

Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69 requires an Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.6 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.

Dropbox updated to 2.4.1

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Date: Friday, October 4th, 2013, 07:30
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a steadily updated program.

On Friday, Dropbox released version 2.4.1 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 32.1 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
- Changed Move to Dropbox to be below Move to Trash on OS X (Requires a Finder restart.)

- Fixed rare issue in which screenshots were not working.

- Other minor fixes.

Dropbox 2.4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.1 update

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Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 13:17
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a quick bug fix.

On Thursday, Apple released version 11.1.1 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 225.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Resolves an issue that may cause iTunes Extras to display incorrectly, fixes a problem with deleted podcasts, and improves stability.

iTunes 11.1.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

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

Google Chrome updated to 30.0.1599.66

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Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 06:47
Category: News, Software

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They grow up so fast…

On Wednesday, Google released version 30.0.1599.66 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 53.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Fixes and Improvements:
- Easier searching by image.

- A number of new apps/extension APIs.

- Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance.

Security Fixes:
- Races in Web Audio.

- Out of bounds read in Window.prototype object.

- Address bar spoofing related to the “204 No Content” status code.

- Use after free in inline-block rendering.

- Use-after-free in Web Audio.

- Use-after-free in XSLT.

- Use-after-free in PPAPI.

- Use-after-free in XML document parsing.

- Use after free in the Windows color chooser dialog.

- Address bar spoofing via a malformed scheme.

- Address bar spoofing related to the “204 No Content” status code.

- Out of bounds read in Web Audio.

- Use-after-free in DOM.

- Memory corruption in V8.

- Out of bounds read in URL parsing.

- Use-after-free in resource loader.

- Use-after-free in template element.

- Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives (Chrome 30).

- Use-after-free in ICU.

Google Chrome 30.0.1599.66 requires an Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.6 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.

Google Earth updated to 7.1.2.2019

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Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 06:31
Category: News, Software

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On Wednesday, software giant Google released version 7.1.2.2019 of its popular Google Earth program. The new version, a 45 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- The “Enable Controller” option in user preferences is now turned off by default. This prevents red directional arrows from displaying as a result of uncalibrated joysticks and other controllers being connected to Earth at startup.

- For enhanced security, “Use HTTPS for Google connections” is now toggled on by default.

- We fixed a bug whereby the cache size rose above user-specified limits.

- We fixed a crash resulting from searching on some Windows machines.

- We updated the LEAP API to version 1.08.

- We reduced LEAP controller sensitivity to user hand motions. This enables a smoother flight and greater control over your flight path when using a LEAP.

Google Earth 7.1.2.2019 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Cocktail updated to 6.8.1

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Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 06:24
Category: News, Software

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On Wednesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 6.8.1 of CocktailCocktail (Mountain Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 5.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
- Improvements to the Pilot scheduler. When updating from version 6.7.1 or earlier, the scheduler will be automatically disabled and have to be enabled manually.

- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may crash at startup.

- Fixed compatibility issues with QuarkXPress 10.

- Updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 6.8.1 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.8 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.

QuarkXPress updated to 10.0.0.2

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Date: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 07:26
Category: News, Software

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The QuarkXPress updates are coming a bit more frequently these days.

And that’s not a bad thing.

On Tuesday, software developer Quark released version 10.0.0.2 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 279 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:

- Further improves quality and stability.

QuarkXPress 10.0.0.2 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 later to install and retails for US$849.00 for the full version.

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