Tech Tidbits: 9-18-2012


A few Tech Tidbits for your reading pleasure today.

Internet Explorer Security Hole

Microsoft has found yet another security hole in it’s Internet Explorer browser.  According to Microsoft, the hold will allow hackers to exploit the bug to infect the computer of someone who visits a malicious website.  Microsoft has also released a free security tool they are calling the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), downloadable here.  I would not recommend you download and install, unless you are technically inclined.

I would suggest instead that you all download and use either Google Chrome or Firefox.

Twitter Changes

For all you Twitter users, new apps have been released for the iPad, iPhone, and Android.  The newly designed iPad app for Twitter now operates just like the iPhone app.  The Home, Connect, Discover, and Me sections have been moved to the left of the screen.

You now have space on your profile for a header photo, similar to Facebook.  Simply tap on the Me icon, go to Settings, and then choose the Edit Profile option.

Tap on an entry in your Twitter feed, and it expands the display to show photos, and parts of the article.  This is such a huge improvement.  It makes browsing your Twitter feed so much easier.

Microsoft Office 2013 Pricing

Microsoft has announced it’s pricing structure for Office 2013, release date TBD.  The pricing is based on subscription fees, and the structure is as follows:

Office Home Premium, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, etc, will cost you $99.95 per year, or $8.33 a month.  This software can be shared with up to 5 devices.  You will also get 20 GB of storage on Microsoft’s Skydrive, as well as 60 Skype minutes a month.

Office 265 Small Business Premium will go for $149.99 a year or $12.50 a month.  Yes, you can use it on 5 devices, and it integrates with SharePoint, Lync, and Exchange.

If you want to pay a flat fee, you can purchase Office 2013  Home & Student for $139.99 Home & Business for $219.99, and $399.99 for the professional version.  The license can only be used on one computer.

If you purchase Microsoft Office 2010 after October 19th, you will get a free upgrade to the new version when it becomes available.  One would have to assume it will be soon afterwards.

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