Evening tech news July 16 2012

Today’s tech news, neat and tidy in a single post for you.

The sad state of Office 2013 touch support

Ars Technica’s Peter Bright examines the state of Microsoft Office and touch computing. Considering the emphasis on touch in Windows 8‘s Metro interface, Bright wonders why Office 2013 — one of Microsoft’s important products — isn’t a Metro-style app. Office ’13 does offer some touch support. Specifically, the ribbon features greater spacing between elements when in “touch” mode and apps like Word and Outlook support two-finger zooming. And that’s about it.

What’s worse, Bright explains, is how many elements do not support touch at all, like check boxes and radio buttons in the options screen, as well as dialog boxes like Excel’s “format cells.” As Bright says, “The Office team appears to be positioning touch support more as a way of enabling simple edits to be made as a kind of fall-back—a stopgap solution for those times when the mouse and keyboard aren’t available.”

Adobe releases fix for OS X 10.7.4 InDesign crashing bug

Warning! Of something!

Earlier this week, Adobe admitted that InDesign was crashing on Intel Ivy Bridge-equipped MacBooks running OS X 10.7.4 in the form of blank dialog boxes. Today the company has released a fix, though it’s not easy to apply. The ZIP file includes the necessary components and instructions on how to get InDesign to behave. There’s a script that will install the files for you, and instructions on updating manually if the script fails. If neither of those solutions work, Adobe suggests a third option: “Do not install or remove the installation of the MacOS Mid 2012 Software Update for 10.7.4.” No, “MacOS” is not my spelling error.

iOS 6 will offer icloud.com email addresses

iOS 6 beta three was released today, and MacRumors notes that the changelog mentions the pending availability of icloud.com email addresses:

“icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.”

Note that existing @me.com and @mac.com users will not be required to switch. Heck, I still use the @mac.com address I got through iTools. Still, I wondered if Apple would make @icloud.com email address available some day. Now I know.

Apple working to fix in-app purchase security problem

Late last week, a hacker demonstrated how to bypass Apple’s in-app purchasing system. This week, Apple has responded to say its working on a fix. Too bad, I was looking forward to ripping off some of my friends while interacting with a Russian hacker’s server.

Microsoft, NBC part ways

MSNBC.com now resolves to NBCnews.com. Here’s a look back at MSNBC’s first broadcast from July, 1996.

Reviewers struggle to get a Nexus 7 out of the box

Not news, but a fun way to end this post. Plus, “Fandroid” is a great name for  a blog.