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TidBITS#879/14-May-07

The debate surrounding Apple and Greenpeace continues, as Adam looks at responses to the environmental topics raised at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting and finds a better measurement scale from the Green Electronics Council. He also looks into why fax technology isn’t yet pining for the fjords and what the Danes have against Apple (and the iBook G4’s logic board). In the news, we look at the releases of Microsoft Office 11.3.5, Apple’s Pro Application Support 4.0, PopChar X 3.2, the promising Encyclopedia of Life, and the Macworld Apple TV Superguide.

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Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.3.5 Update

Microsoft has issued an update to Office 2004 for Mac, which the company says includes "fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code." The update is 58.5 MB, largely because it also includes all previous Office 2004 updates, and is available as a stand-alone download or via the Microsoft AutoUpdate application

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Apple Releases Pro Application Support 4.0

Apple has released Pro Application Support 4.0, a non-specific update that "improves general user interface reliability for Apple's professional applications." Affected programs include Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD, Soundtrack, Logic Pro, and Logic Express

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Encyclopedia of Life Launches

A number of high profile scientific institutions joined together last week to announce the Encyclopedia of Life, a global project to document on a Web site every one of the 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other organisms

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PopChar X 3.2 Gets More Subtle

Along with fixing a variety of bugs, Ergonis Software's recently released PopChar X 3.2 font utility adds an option to hide the application's corner "P" unless the cursor is nearby, something regular users might appreciate, whereas less frequent users may prefer the constant reminder of PopChar's presence

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DealBITS Drawing: Parallels on USB Drive from Small Dog

A year ago, I might have needed to explain this week's DealBITS drawing in more detail. But a year ago, virtualization - the capability to run Windows and other PC operating systems on an Intel-based Mac - was just getting started, and Parallels Desktop hadn't yet become the must-have application for anyone who needs to use Windows applications on a Mac

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Danes Publicize iBook G4 Defect

The Consumer Complaints Board of the National Consumer Agency in Denmark is claiming to have found evidence of a manufacturing flaw in Apple's iBook G4 - defective solder joints that fail after a year or more of use

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PageSender 4.0 Shows Fax Isn’t Dead

Fax is dead, right? After all, you don't see ultra-hip Web 2.0 sites trumpeting their fax services, and the Internet in general has surely supplanted the lowly fax machine, hasn't it? And if you do need to fax a document, Mac OS X has fax capabilities built in

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/14-May-07

Skype on MacBook Pro -- A reader encounters poor performance using Skype's Voice-over-IP service, but is the problem in his network connection or audio input source? (11 messages) Timeslips in Parallels -- Are others encountering a problem running the program Timeslips in virtualization? (1 message) ICeCoffEE functionality everywhere -- Recent discussion of old Apple Data Detectors technology leads to an awareness of how it's hard to find a solution as easy as Command-clicking a URL to open it in a Web page