Microsoft has finally released the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0. If you'll recall the converter got off to a bad start, but it's here at last. According to Microsoft's website the Converter will allow you to convert Open XML files that were created in Mac Office 2008 or Office 2007 for Windows to files that you can open,edit and save in earlier versions of Office for Mac (Mac Office 2004 and Office v.X for Mac). It's compatible with Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. You have the option of converting or opening one file or performing a batch conversion of multiple files. It's available for download here as a 45MB DMG file. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1 Update offers the standard improvements to enhance stability and performance. For more information about this update, please visit the Microsoft Help and Support site. The knowledge base article goes into explicit and lengthly detail about this update. It looks like the Mac BU team is working hard to make Office 2008 even better. The update applies to: Office 2008, Office 2008 Home and Student Edition, Office 2008 Special Media Edition, Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008, Entourage 2008. It's available for download here as a 153MB DMG file.
Apple doesn't send its brave retail employees into the trenches without proper training. To prepare the Apple Army, the company has issued an internal document outlining how to deal with customers on July 11.
Sister site and arch nemesis, Maximum PC, put Apple's corral of notebooks to the test against Windows notebooks with similar features and specs. The results? The MacBook Air got good marks for its value, while the MacBook Pro took down the Dell XPS M1530. Take that Michael Dell! Check out the full article and start writing emails to your Windows lovin' friends.
Not to be outdone by AT&T’s rumored 8AM iPhone 3G launch in the US, the UK’s O2 is now reportedly set to open their stores at 7AM, an hour earlier than usual, on July 11 to eager customers. This rumor comes second hand from a poster in the Mac Rumors forum who claims to have received the information from an O2 employee. According to the employee, O2 will be signing up customers for iPhone 3G service starting July 1. By July 11, the credit check and service contract would be in place so users can waltz into their local O2 store and pick up their new iPhone. The source also claims that O2 stores will be receiving shipments of 5,000 iPhone 3G’s per location. That’s a mighty number, causing some to question the validity of the source. Although the employee also states that O2 stores received the same number for the original iPhone launch in November. If the winners in this picture are O2 customers, then the losers are the UK Apple stores. Because there is no O2 account activation system and a lack of proper training for employees, Apple may be forced to sell only pre-paid iPhones in their stores. Via AppleInsider
The much anticipated iPhone 3G apparently costs less to make than its predecessor. iSuppli released a report concerning the first round of a preliminary “virtual teardown” of the phone’s hardware and reported that the Bill of Materials (BOM) on the 8GB model is only $173. That is pretty extraordinary considering the next-gen iPhone is loaded with new features and is now well equipped to take advantage of AT&T’s 3G network.
A source for Gizmodo claims that it's "highly probably" that the iPhone 2.0 operating system Golden Master will be out this Friday. That's two weeks earlier than the iPhone 3G hits the streets and just in the nick of time for Apple to make good on its promise for a June iPhone update. "The iPhone 2.0 operating system Golden Master will follow the release of build 345, which has seen the activation of two code-signing and encryption features not previously available." Although this date is not officially confirmed, Gizmodo's source was confident enough to say that "this is the plan." The 'plan' just might help out the iPhone Dev Team which is working furiously on unlocking the final build before July 11.
AppleInsider reports that Apple is battling a complaint based on a touchscreen patent created in 1995 and 1997 by a company called Typhoon Touch Technologies. Filed yesterday in an Eastern District Texas court--a region reputed for ruling in favor of companies filing patent lawsuits--the Seattle-based company claims that the patent refers to any electronic device equipped with touchscreen technology capable of collecting and storing information. The broad language of the patent implicates a wide range of companies. This isn’t the first time Apple has received heat for apparent copyright infringement. Back before the iPhone had made its debut, Cisco Systems fought for its right to the coveted “iPhone” alias. Then, New York-based Klausner Technologies ravaged Apple for $360 Million in damages alleging that the company violated two patents regarding the visual voicemail feature. At least this time, Apple isn’t heading to battle alone. Typhoon plans to involve several other major manufacturers, including Fujistu, LG, Lenovo, Nokia, Panasonic, Palm, Samsung, and Toshiba. The infringement suit had initially involved Dell and its Latitude XT tablet PC.
The Boy Genius Report got a tip that the iPhone 3G will be launched at 8AM instead of the evening launch favored by Apple during the OG iPhone launch. The early morning launch may be because of the in-store activation issue. No one wants to have their employees working until 5AM the next day activating iPhones. Think of the overtime! If your original plan to leave work and get and iPhone is smashed by this leaked information, we have a few tips to help you call out sick on July 11.
The MacBook Air SuperDrive has one giant flaw. It only works with the MacBook Air. tnkgrl Mobile decided to fix the MBA SuperDrive by replacing the custom firmware IDE to USB bridge, with an off-the-shelf $9 IDE to USB bridge. The result, an untethered MBA SuperDrive. While we can't approve of the use of the SuperDrive on a HP Mini-Note, the actual hack and attaching it to a Mac mini gets the *Mac|Life seal of approval. Check out the how-to photos. *Mac|Life seal of approval not vaild in Arizona, Puerto Rico and Vermont.