Apple has released a new update today for all of their Thunderbolt-enabled Macs (all current models except the Mac Pro). The update is intended to provide stability fixes and improvements for the Thunderbolt interface, as well as Target Disk Mode.
The update weighs in at just 1.22MB, requires OS X 10.8.3 or later , and is available now through Software Update for supported Macs, as well as for direct download from Apple’s software update page.
Galaxy S4 is undoubtedly the most anticipated phone of the year and Samsung has big expectations from it. The features of this phone have impressed the critics and the customers alike. The uniqueness of its specs has placed this phone at the top of …
Microsoft’s yearly conference is slated for June 26 to 28 and it promises to be a great time to drop by and discover the company’s plans for the Windows 8. During the recently held Wired Business Conference, Windows head Julie Larson-Green announced that Microsoft would be releasing a preview of the Windows 8.1. Also known by its moniker, Blue, the revamped system is touted to be integrating changes that users have been clamoring for.
It goes without saying that Microsoft really needs to revamp its newest operating system. The much hyped Windows 8 system was a big disappointment and has been the scapegoat that analysts point to with regards to the serious decline in personal computer sales. It’s quite the bitter pill to swallow for a company that was so arrogantly confident about the product. However, the changes hint at the company’s acknowledgement of its shortcomings and are in fact moving to make the Windows 8 better.
There’s no denying that the idea behind Windows 8, with its colorful, interactive tiles and touch controlled screen, was pretty impressive. However, it was also baffling and confusing. The biggest complaint about the new system was the disappearance of the “Start” button. Instead of the familiar button that housed all the commonly used programs and shortcuts, the Windows 8 shows a collage of tiles that were designed to be swiped on with a finger instead of clicking on with a mouse. I can only imagine how happy most Windows users would be over the news that the Windows Blue might bring back the start button. There are also reports that Windows Blue will be improving on the Internet Explorer 11 and will also make it easier to find controls that are located at right side of the screen and that have to be pulled out when used.
The aforementioned changes are unsubstantiated, of course as Microsoft is keeping mum on what changes are being made with Blue or what its official name will be. Microsoft is aiming for a holiday release for Blue and more details about the revamped operating system will surely come out before the company’s Build event in June.
Microsoft has updated Office for Mac 2011, fixing some bugs, adding some features, and adding compatibility with the Office 365 subscription service.
The latest Office for Mac 2011 version 14.3.4 includes a variety of feature additions that brings the application suite somewhat up to spec with its Windows counterpart, and includes bug fixes for compatibility issues that hindered interoperability between PC and Mac versions of Word, Outlook and other titles.
In what could be the most important update, Microsoft added the ability for existing Office for Mac 2011 users to integrate with Office 365, the subscription service that gives users access to the latest and greatest software updates, SkyDrive cloud storage, and SharePoint access for Word.
Fixes included in the new version:
- Coauthoring session with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App and Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
- After token expires, does not prompt for credentials in Microsoft Outlook for Mac
- Calibri Light font not included in Office for Mac
- SetupUI is shown to user on start after Office for Mac is already activated
- Saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac
- Folder contains excess white space: Error 1025 in Outlook for Mac
- XLIST command that is used by Gmail is deprecated in Outlook for Mac
- Local group mail cannot be sent in Outlook for Mac
- Remote devices lose control while in Presentation Mode in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
- File format extension support in PowerPoint for Mac
- Searching continues after user cancels in Outlook for Mac
- Items go into Junk Mail in Outlook for Mac
- Blocked Senders List under Junk Email Protection in Outlook for Mac
Tuesdays update will allow Office 2011 users to sign up for Microsoft Office 365 if they’d like. A subscription to the Home Premium edition runs $ 99.99 per year, or $ 9.99 per month. The subscription allows the use of Office on up to five computers.
The update is available through Auto Update or Microsoft’s website.
Japanese automaker Honda has issued another recall affecting thousands of Fit Sport vehicles in the US.
Around 43,782 2012-2013 Honda Fit Sport vehicles need to have its Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) software upgraded (free of charge) immediately for safety purposes. The current VSA software could malfunction that could affect certain tires to exceed yaw rates allowed by the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) requirements. The flaw was discovered during a recent FMVSS compliance testing.
Although there are no accident reports related to the faulty VSA program, the Japanese carmaker doesn’t want to take any chances. Fit Sport vehicle owners are encouraged to go to their respective authorized dealers immediately after receiving mailed notification from Honda. Alternatively, owners can go to this website to know if their vehicles are affected or call (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.
To date, this isn’t the first time Honda has issued a recall for this year. Earlier, the automaker along with Toyota and Nissan issued a massive recall (over 3 million vehicles) due to defective airbags system. Another recall had to be made on over 200,000 CR-V, Odyssey and Acura RDX vehicles due to faulty braking system.
Let us hope that the Honda Fit Sport vehicle recall is the last.