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Microsoft Office 2008 12.2.1 Opens XML Office Docs Again

Microsoft has released an update to Microsoft Office 2008 to fix a bug introduced in version 12.2 that prevented certain Open XML documents from being opened.Show full article

GarageBand '09 5.1 Offers Security Fix

Apple has updated GarageBand '09, fixing a bug that would change your cookie settings in Safari without telling you and tweaking a few features.Show full article

TheMacSale and MacWeed: Two More Mac Bundles

Need more Mac software? Two new bundles will help you load up your hard drive. But are we all starting to suffer from bundle fatigue?Show full article

Sony Drops Ebook and Reader Prices

It's a race to the bottom, as Sony matches Amazon's price of $9.99 for the ebook versions of bestsellers for its Sony Reader. The company also announced two new Reader models for $199 and $299.Show full article

Tr.im Trims Its Shortening Service

The URL shortening service tr.im has decided, in the face of increased traffic and no revenue potential, to halt its operations at some point in 2010. It's hard to make money redirecting millions of URLs from long to short.Show full article

Apple Explains Why Dictionary Required Mature Rating

The saga of Apple's strange pronouncements on apps submitted to the App Store continues with a dictionary required to get a 17+ rating due to mature words. Phil Schiller then explains to Daring Fireball's John Gruber what happened.Show full article

Mac OS X 10.5.8 Fixes Bugs, Plugs Security Holes

Time to do the update dance again - Mac OS X 10.5.8 offers a slate of bug fixes that improve reliability throughout the operating system and close a number of security holes.Show full article

iPhone 3GS Hardware Encryption Easy to Circumvent

Although the iPhone 3GS automatically encrypts all data on the device using special hardware, the implementation is deeply flawed, allowing access to your information if someone has access to your iPhone.Show full article

NewsGator Switches Users to Google Reader for Sync, Online RSS

NewsGator, maker of NetNewsWire, said it will abandon its own online RSS newsreader and synchronization servers in favor of Google Reader. Users will have to switch by the end of August.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 10-Aug-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10-Aug-09

Notable software releases this week include QuarkXPress 8.1 and Firefox 3.5.2.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 10-Aug-09

Readers this week are tracking recent Mac news items, such as the release of a higher-capacity Time Capsule, Apple's decision to reject the Google Voice app for the iPhone, NewsGator's surprise switch to Google Reader, and issues with Mac OS X 10.5.8. Also this week, readers talk about the Windows software that drives some Ford car dashboards, get help with AppleScript, relate experiences with Web hosting companies, and recommend printers.Show full article

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