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Whew! It's only Thursday, but it feels like we've already experienced a full week after hitting the ground running in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday at Adobe MAX 2013. There's been a number of notable product introductions over the last few days you might have missed, so here's a quick recap of a handful of those while we catch our breath.
With all the hoopla surrounding Microsoft's recent move to the cloud with Office 365, support for the existing Office for Mac 2011 has been relegated to security patches for the most part. While there's still no new 2013 edition, the folks in Redmond finally made good on an update to add Office 365 compatibility. Version 14.3.4 does indeed include the usual barrage of bug fixes, but also adds the ability to save files to both SkyDrive as well as SharePoint from the existing Mac release. The update can be installed by direct download or using the Microsoft AutoUpdater, and applies to all flavors of the Office for Mac 2011 editions.
Free VoIP service Viber is making some very Skype-like moves this week, introducing version 3.0 of its existing platform along with Mac and Windows clients so its more than 200 million users worldwide can now communicate between mobile and desktop. The Mac edition of Viber Desktop works with OS X Lion 10.7 and up and serves up the usual free messaging and calls Viber has become known for, with cross-platform support between Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Nokia and Bada devices. With all those possibilities, it's a good bet you already know one of the existing users, so jump over to the Viber website and get calling!
In a move many Angry Birds gamers will find too little, too late, Rovio has announced a new feature called Rovio Account, which allows players to sync game progress between different devices. "Our fans have been asking for a way to play their game on different phones or tablets without losing their progress when changing the device," the company noted in a blog post this week. "This is exactly what Rovio Account lets you do!" For the moment, the feature is limited to the original Angry Birds in Finland and Poland only, as well as The Croods game worldwide, and will be gradually rolled out to other properties in the coming weeks.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Wi-Fi provider Boingo has introduced an all-new version of its existing Wi-Finder app for iOS which allows travelers to use their iTunes account to pay for wireless access on the go. Instead of requiring a Boingo account, the app update uses an existing Apple ID to facilitate the $7.99 per month payment, which then allows users to log in at one of more than 600,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, all of which include VPN service to keep your connection safe and secure at all times. Existing Boingo users take note: The iTunes payment model is completely different than the direct billing model, so you'll have to choose one or the other.
Luca Visual FX has again teamed up with Noise Industries to announce a new batch of Final Cut Pro X plugins called XOverlays. Billed as "a wealth of stylish and extremely customizable motion graphics to use as overlay on a great variety of projects," the $49 XOverlays includes more than 15 different unique effects to spice up almost any video. If you don't believe us, have a look at the YouTube video embedded below, then head over to the Noise website to download the free trial version, which can be unlocked as a full version just by purchasing a registration code from the company's online store.
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