News for Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.8 Update

By linathael. Original by MacEnsteph - 10/10/2007 13:25:46 CEST - Category: Software
Microsoft released an update for its Mac Edition suite Office 2004 now available in version 11.3.8 (9.1 MB).
This update fixes a vulnerability in Word 2004 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. For more information about this update, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article (KB941809)
Applies to: Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, Word 2004.
System requirements: Before you install this update, make sure that the Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.7 Update is installed on your computer.

Apple Expo 2007 was a Huge Success

By linathael - 10/10/2007 13:24:39 CEST - Category: Apple
Reed Expo, the Paris Apple Expo organizer, released figures regarding the last edition of the largest Apple-sponsored event in Europe. The Apple Expo 2007 attracted 17% more visitors than the previous year (54,000 visitors). The date of next year Apple Expo 2008 is already known so you can book it, it will take place from September 16th to 20th 2008. I really hope to be there this time to meet our readers.

Apple and Orange: Details about their Current Agreement

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 10/10/2007 08:55:30 CEST - Category: iPhone
As announced yesterday, we obtained details concerning the agreement between Apple and Orange for distributing the iPhone in Europe. However, the current drafted contract not being signed yet, it might still evolve.
Let's first mention past issues:
- Apple was concerned by the French law forcing carriers to SIM unlocked mobile phones 6 months after their launch to prevent monopoly and let users the choice of their carrier after 6 month exclusivity. This has nothing to do with the carrier, it is the law, and Apple knew it before starting negotiation with the second largest carrier in Europe.
- Apple did not want to see the iPhone sold cheaper thanks to subscription-linked discount applied by default in most EU countries (customers can get access to high-end mobile phones at a interesting price if subscribing to a 24 months contract with the carrier. The discount applied by the carrier for making the mobile phone cheaper, is then pay back thanks to 24 months subscription fee)
- Orange did not want to pay 30% return on subscription to Apple to compensate potential lost of revenue due to SIM unlocked iPhone after the 6 month exclusivity period.
- Orange wanted to modify the iPhone to add the "Orange touch".

According to our information, the agreement is as follow:
Orange convinced Apple to apply a subscription-linked discount on the iPhone to prevent customers to purchase an iPhone and use it with another carrier. To compensate, Orange will prepay a large amount of iPhones, as well as pay Apple a substantial financial provision on the return on subscription. Orange agreed not to modify the iPhone. On its side, Apple agreed to reduce its return on subscription percentage to a reasonable level, and accepted that by the law the iPhone will be unlocked 6 months following its introduction in France (the iPhone rev2 will most probably be available at that time giving a new 6 months exclusivity for Apple and Orange).
Based on current offers from Orange for high-end mobile phones such as the Nokia N95, one can predict that the iPhone should cost around 300€ with a 24-months subscription contract. It remains unclear if SIM unlocked iPhones will be already available at launch from Orange shops for current Orange customers willing to change their mobile phone while remaining with the same carrier.

Free the iPod Touch

By linathael - 10/10/2007 08:52:32 CEST - Category: iPod
Several readers reported having spotted the first iPod Touch in shops yesterday evening, as stocks might be limited do not hesitate to share shop locations in the dedicated topic of our forum (here). While first units were hitting shelves in Europe, claims to have used the same tiff exploit to expose the root partition via the symlink hack. They could apply the exploit on an iPhone firmware1.0.2 and 1.1.1 and on iPod Touch 1.1.1. A similar strategy was used to hack the PSP.
If this vulnerability is currently used to allow installing third party applications on the iPod Touch, it could also be used for other more nasty purpose, and for sure Apple will soon release a fix.

Being a Student in USA

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 10/10/2007 08:34:39 CEST - Category: Laptop - Source:
Hereafter is a photo taken in an US university for students willing to embrace a journalist career in USA.

If you look carefully you will spot 2 PC notebooks in the audience, proving that the Mac is not the default notebook for journalist student in this university.

Slot-In BD Burner for US$1000

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 10/10/2007 08:33:44 CEST - Category: CD Drives
Fastmac announced to have in its catalog a slot-in BD burner featuring a 12.5mm thickness, making it compatible with all iMacs (including PPC G5-based models) and MacBooks (except for MBPro 15"). Its price, US$1000, is not really cheap, but it will give you the ability to burn BD-R at 2x, support for BD-R double layer burning, DVD at 8x and CD at 8x.
To be noted, if you can burn BD media, you will not be able to play them as none of Apple hardware models feature the required HDCP chips; it would be about time for Cupertino to introduce such chips in all models.

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