Apple released updates for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for the iPhone and iPad on Thursday, letting users know they haven't forgotten about their productivity apps for iOS. The updates are minor and the release notes only say they include "stability improvements and bug fixes."
iBooks users in Japan have been dealing with a hobbled experience compared to other countries since they've been limited to public domain titles up until now. As of Tuesday, that changed and now users have access to to thousands of commercially available titles.
Speaking of Java updates, Apple also issued an update for the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_43. Apple hasn't yet posted the specifics for this update, but it likely incorporates the same fixes Oracle addressed earlier on Monday with its Java browser plugin patch.
Another day, another Java exploit: Oracle released an emergency patch—update 17—for its Java browser plugin that addresses two vulnerabilities, one of which is being exploited in the wild. That exploit allows the bad guys to install a piece of malware on targeted computers.
Apple released iTunes 11.0.2 on Tuesday, an update that adds a composer view. We show you where it is and how to use it.
As promised, Apple released an update for Java on Tuesday that addresses an exploit used to attack some of Apple's own Macs. Java for OS X 2013-001 1.0 updates Apple's Java implementation of Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_41, and is being released for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. [Updated with additional information]
Microsoft has quietly jacked up the price of Office for Mac 2011 by 17 percent for the Home & Student edition and 10 percent for the Home & Business edition. The move brings pricing for the Mac version in sync with the 2013 Windows version of the productivity suite, which underwent its own price increase when it was released.
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Microsoft has been pushing its user base towards software rentals for the last ten years or so, and these price increases are likely intended to make Office 365 Home Premium look more attractive.
Apple released iMovie 1.4.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Wednesday with fixes to improve stability when importing images from iPhoto. iMovie is Apple's consumer-level movie editing app.
Apple updated its Retina Display MacBook Pro lineup on Wednesday with faster processors and a price cut. Along with the changes in the Retina MacBook Pro line, Apple also reduced the price of the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB SSD to US$1,399.
Wireless speaker system maker Sonos officially introduced its new PLAYBAR on Tuesday, adding home theater support to its product lineup. The PLAYBAR is a wireless speaker bar with stereo and simulated surround sound support designed for music and movie playback.
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