Microsoft To End Support For Office 2011 for Mac

With the upcoming release of Apple’s macOS High Sierra in Fall 2017, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end support for Office 2011 for Mac on October 10, 2017.

The official end of support means Microsoft will no longer release any new software updates (critical or not) nor provide technical support (free or paid) for Office 2011 for Mac on or after this date. Microsoft has also stated that they have not tested Office 2011 for Mac for compatibility with macOS High Sierra nor do then plan to officially support the latest version of macOS.

Current users of Office 2011 for Mac can upgrade to Microsoft’s latest version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, Office 2016 for Mac, to continue receiving updates and support. However, upgrading to Office 2016 for Mac won’t guarantee 100% support and compatibility with macOS High Sierra, at least not yet. Microsoft Office does not officially support macOS High Sierra while the macOS is in beta.

As with its predecessors, Microsoft Office will likely receive a batch of software updates to make it compatible with and supported in macOS High Sierra; though it’s unlikely to happen until High Sierra reaches final release or RTM.

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Jana Kramer Drops New Single “I’ve Done Love”

Jana Kramer

Country music artist and American actress Jana Kramer dropped her brand new single, “I’ve Done Love” on Friday and you’ll want to hear it!

It’s been a year since Kramer dropped new music and this single was well worth the wait. “I’ve Done Love” is the perfect follow-up to her hit singles “Love,” “I Got the Boy,” “Said No One Ever” and “Circles” from her 2015 studio album Thirty One.

Fans of the television series One Tree Hill will remember Kramer for her role as Alex Dupre. Kramer also appeared as a celebrity competitor on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and in numerous commercials for Nationwide Insurance.

“I’ve Done Love” is available now and can be heard and requested on country radio.

You can check out some clips below from Jana Kramer’s 2015 performance at Gramercy Theatre in New York.

 

 

Get Certified in Lifesaving Skills

Scenario One: You’re at a restaurant with friends for brunch. You hear someone start coughing. The coughing becomes continuous and more aggressive. You look around the room and see someone who appears to be choking.

Scenario Two: You arrive at work. As you sit down at your desk and get ready to start your day, you hear a loud noise in the breakroom. You head over to investigate and see your co-worker collapsed on the floor and unconscious.

Scenario Three: You’re at the park with your family. Lots of families, adults and children are having a fun time. Suddenly, you hear a cry for help. A child playing has fallen and is crying. The child’s left hand is grabbing the right shoulder. There’s a gash on the child’s knee and elbow.

Accidents and emergencies occur when we least expect it. Some may be minor but others may be life-threatening. In critical situations, the difference between life & death may be a matter of time and the immediate care provided.

If you faced one of the scenarios above, would you know what to do? What if the situation involved a co-worker, a friend or a family member? How would you respond?

Get trained & certified in First Aid & CPR/AED

Training & certification in First Aid & CPR/AED not only gives you the skills and confidence to help when an accident or emergency occurs but it also helps you recognize different types of emergencies, educates you on best practices, Good Samaritan laws and when it’s necessary to obtain consent before providing help, teaches you the proper steps to assess a scene for safety before providing help, teaches you how to deliver proper care (First Aid, CPR/AED) to someone in need and learn the importance of when to call 911 & access advanced emergency care.

Of course, you should only provide care to the extent of your training and not beyond. Being trained and certified in First Aid & CPR/AED does not mean you can play doctor! Do only what you have been trained to do!

The American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org) and the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org) are two reputable and recognized organizations where you can get trained and certified in First Aid & CPR/AED. Both organizations provide various classes throughout the year. Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you’ll receive a certificate typically valid for two (2) years from the date of completion. The validity of your certificate may vary depending on which First Aid or CPR/AED certification course you take.

If you are taking certification courses for a job, check with your workplace for their specific requirements. You may be required to take a First Aid or CPR/AED course for professionals instead of one for lay responders. Also, while your certificate may be valid for two (2) years, some jobs may require annual recertification. Again, check with your workplace for certification requirements.

While we hope that we’ll never have to use our First Aid & CPR/AED training in practice, getting trained and certified will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to step up and help!

Hey, you may save a life!

Raise Your Glass! P!NK Is Back!

It’s been almost four years since P!NK concluded The Truth About Love Tour and took a hiatus from music to spend time with her family and give birth to her second child with husband Carey Hart. Last year, fans got a chance to hear new music from P!NK when the song “Just Like Fire” dropped from the soundtrack for Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass.

On Thursday, P!NK’s brand new single, “What About Us” dropped from her upcoming album Beautiful Trauma. “What About Us” is an incredible song with heartfelt relatable lyrics, a wonderful melody and showcases P!NK’s amazing vocals.

Beautiful Trauma is currently available for pre-order and is due to release on October 13th. “What About Us” is currently available as a standalone single or as an immediate download with pre-order of Beautiful Trauma.

You can catch P!NK performing at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival 2017 being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 22nd & 23rd.

Aly & AJ are back!

Pop music sensation Aly & AJ are making a return to the music world after a long hiatus. It’s been ten years since the sister duo of Alyson & Amanda Michalka released a studio album. Their last studio album, Insomniatic, was released by Hollywood Records in 2007.

Fans will recall the duos’ hits including “Rush,” “On The Ride” & “Chemicals React” from their debut album Into The Rush (2005) and “Potential Breakup Song” & “Like Whoa” from Insomniatic (2007). In addition, Aly & AJ released a holiday album, Acoustic Hearts of Winter, in 2006.

The duo briefly changed their name to 78violet and released the single “Hothouse” before returning to their Aly & AJ roots. While on their hiatus from music, both Alyson & Amanda have appeared in numerous films and television series.

Aly & AJ mark their return to music with their new single “Take Me” due to drop on August 18, 2017 with an EP to release thereafter. Fans can join the Aly & AJ fan club on the duo’s PledgeMusic site –

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/alyandaj

by purchasing one of the available bundles, experiences or items on the site. Fan club members will have access to exclusive content, behind-the-scenes, updates on the duo, merchandise and more.

Social Media: The Good, The Bad & The Detox

The advent of social media has profoundly impacted modern society and culture. Social media can be an extremely powerful and positive platform for communications, interactions & connections, information sharing & collaboration and more. By the same token, social media if not properly checked can be misused, overused or manipulated in ways that may induce negativity and be hurtful & harmful. It is important that social media be used responsibly.

The Good

Social media is a great platform for family & friends to keep in contact and stay up-to-date with one another on life events regardless of where each person is located. From a marriage – to the birth of a child – to last weekend’s BBQ, social media allows people to connect & share from around the world. Social media is a great way for fans to connect and interact with celebrities, musicians, artists, writers & performers in ways that traditionally would not be possible. It is also a great resource for delivering news, important alerts & announcements, broadcasting live interactive feeds & events, connecting consumers to services & support, serving as an advertising, marketing & promotion platform and so forth. 

The Bad

Like with most things, there is a flip-side to social media. Negative and mean comments on social media can be hurtful, harmful and greatly affect one’s self-esteem. Social media can be misused & manipulated as a tool for cyber-bullying & shaming. Social media can become a distraction resulting in unsafe and dangerous activities like live streaming or posting while operating a vehicle or performing an extremely dangerous stunt to gain likes and views. Social media can also become overly addictive resulting in some living their lives in their social media fantasy world while alienating friends and family in the real world.

The Detox

Social media can be fun, enjoyable and positive; but, it is crucial that you use it responsibly and periodically detach yourselves from it. You don’t need to take extreme steps like deleting your social media accounts or stop using social media altogether for prolonged periods of time to detox. However, do realize that there is a world outside of social media and detoxing from social media from time-to-time is a good thing. You can take small steps by reducing the amount of time you spend on social media each day and gradually expand that break for longer periods of time. As you begin to reallocate your time spent on social media, you may start to see things a bit differently (in a positive way!)

Backup Your Files!

In the world of computing, there are two words that will be permanently ingrained in your head . . . SAVE & BACKUP!

While it’s a no-brainer that we should frequently backup our files on our computer, there is a tendency for us not to do it or not to do it frequently enough. Often times, we’ll wait until we run into major problems like clicking hard drives, bad sectors on a hard disk, disk read/write errors, boot failures, blue screen of death (BSOD), flashing folder with a question mark and so forth. Other times, it may be something like accidentally overwriting a file (ex: using Save instead of Save As), deleting files we thought we did not need but in fact we did, file corruption and so forth.

With the availability of affordable high-capacity external storage, free & paid cloud storage and backup automation, we should all get into a good practice of frequently backing up files on our computers. Whether you choose to perform manual backups or utilize backup software to automatically perform backups, backups are a must! You’ll never know when something may happen to your files which will make them irretrievable & irrecoverable.

The most basic approach to backup is periodically copying your files manually to external physical storage (ex: external hard drive) or cloud storage (ex: Dropbox, OneDrive, Box). Set a schedule where you sit down and spend time copying your files from your computer onto external or cloud storage. Become disciplined . . . Keep a routine/set schedule for performing the manual backups. If you prefer automation, you can use backup software like Windows Backup & Time Machine for macOS which are included in the current versions of Windows and macOS, respectively. After a few configuration steps, your backups will run on a recurring schedule to the storage medium of your choice. There are also third-party backup software applications that you can use to perform similar backup functions like that of Windows Backup and Time Machine (ex: Acronis True Image, Carbon Copy Cloner) as well as direct backup to cloud storage (ex: Carbonite). Regardless of which application you choose to use for backup automation, be sure to check on the backups and review the logs to make sure your backups run successfully as scheduled. A common mistake is to setup an automated backup and make the incorrect assumption that the backup has run successfully when in fact, it has not. Don’t make this mistake!

Keep in mind that if you primarily use cloud storage to store all your files (ex: Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, Box), you should still keep a backup of those files on external storage or another storage medium. You are typically responsible for the files you store onto cloud storage and cloud storage providers will usually have a disclaimer and clause that absolves them if there is data loss (review the service agreement / terms & conditions). While providers should have backup and redundancy in place, even with a service level agreement (SLA), don’t rely on the provider to be responsible for the backup of your files on the cloud. Even if the provider should be able to restore your files after a massive data loss, the recovery and restoration can take quite some time depending on the scale of the data loss and scope of the impact. If you have files that you need to access at a moment’s notice, you don’t want to rely solely on a third-party provider. Don’t chance it and keep your own set of backups.

Tip: When using cloud storage, make sure to sign-up with reputable providers (you don’t want to use some fly-by-night provider that can shutdown at any moment). Review the security and encryption features offered with the cloud storage account and use strong-passwords to secure your account from potential breaches. Routinely change your passwords and if available, use two-factor authentication.