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In case you haven’t launched Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 in the past few days, there’s an update for the office suite that became available on May 7.
The 14.3.4 update of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is considered to be a “critical” update, and includes a number of fixes. Most of the fixes appear to be for Outlook for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac, although there is one issue with saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac that has been fixed as well.
A few weeks ago, Apple filed a motion alleging that Google’s efforts to respond to Apple’s discovery requests — with respect to its ongoing suit against Samsung — were lacking. Specifically, Apple claimed that the search terms Google employed in response to Apple’s document production requests weren’t sufficiently inclusive and consequently left out documents that would have otherwise been responsive.
Apple’s brief stated in part:
The decryption on your iPhone is apparently secure enough that law enforcement agencies are waiting in line to have Apple “crack” the lock and provide data to be used as evidence.
According to a report by CNET, Apple has the ability to decrypt seized iPhones and has created a waiting list to handle requests. At one point last summer, the wait was over 7 weeks long and one ATF agent reported that it took his request at least four months to be processed. The ATF had tried to decrypt the iPhone 4S of a Kentucky man accused of distributing crack cocaine and became so frustrated that it contacted Apple for assistance. That’s where the wait started…
For those who are concerned about how secure their personal information is on an iOS device, the fact that the devices can’t be cracked by Federal agents is good news. No one is sure exactly how Apple can decrypt the information for police, whether there’s a backdoor that only Apple knows about, has custom hardware for decryption, or just has better-trained cryptologists.
While Microsoft has invited Apple to produce a Windows 8 iTunes app, Cupertino’s response has essentially been “don’t hold your breath.”
Speaking to CNNMoney, Microsoft’s chief financial officer Tami Reller said, “The welcome mat has been laid out [for Apple]. It’s not for a lack of trying.” Note that Windows 8 customers can use iTunes, but only on the desktop. That’s a less-than-optimal experience, and poor Surface RT users are without iTunes altogether, as the device wont’ run non-Microsoft desktop software.
As CNNMoney points out, Apple’s position is understandable. With the best-selling tablet in the market, why would it rush to make Microsoft’s offering more competitive?
Have a Mac equipped with Thunderbolt? Then head on over to your friendly neighborhood Mac App Store this morning, click on Updates and get yourself a nice firmware update.
Firmware update v1.2 for Thunderbolt “provides stability fixes for Thunderbolt and Target Disk Mode” and requires a machine restart. If the update hasn’t made it to the Mac App Store yet, you can also download it from the Apple Support Pages.