Apple\'s retail website confirms two new store openings on August 31st: Apple Store Mayfair (Wauwatosa, WI) and Twelve Oaks (Novi, MI).
.Mac is now offering a new slideshow sharing feature and an updated backup utility: .Mac Slide Publisher is a small application that shares a group a of photos via a drag & drop interface. The application transfers photos to your iDisk and turns them into a screensaver that can be viewed by any Mac OS X 10.2 user via the \"Screen Effects\" pane in System Preferences. The feature provides automatic updates to all subscribers of the slideshow. [247 KB] Backup v1.2 for Mac OS X 10.2 adds the ability to backup to multiple CD or DVDs, improved performance, and updated interface with \"more QuickPicks, an enhanced report log, and streamlined controls.\" Use of the utility requires a valid .Mac account (trial .Mac subscribers have limited functionality). [download requires login]
MacNN reader Chris Nicholson writes: \"I posted some quick pics from the event [Apple Store, Schaumburg, IL], there were way more people there than any of the Apple staffers or mall people suspected (and way more than _I_ thought would be there!).\" The page notes that Apple Stores offered a one-night-only discount of 10% to attendees. Other photos are available from MacCenter (Ft. lauderdale, FL) and Apple Store Westfarms (Farmington, CT).
Apple\'s has released a number of updates for OS X 10.2 as well as other information articles on the new release: QuickTime Streaming Server 4.1.1 now allows allow for remote operation of the QuickTime Broadcaster under Mac OS X 10.2. It offers web-based administration for users to easily administer their broadcasts from a remote machine (as well as from the local server machine). [8.5MB] Apple\'s WebObjects 5.1.4 includes versions of the WebObjects developer tools updated to run on Mac OS X 10.2; however, there is no update needed for the deployment version. [8.7MB] A Knowledge Base document notes that Apple Remote Desktop 1.1 chooses between two versions of its preference file, and installs the version that is appropriate for your system: \"When your an existing installation of Mac OS X 10.1 with Apple Remote Desktop 1.1 is updated to 10.2, you must reinstall Apple Remote Desktop 1.1 to get the correct preferences file.\" Mac OS X 10.2 does not include Mac OS 9, according to another Knowledge Base article: \"The Classic environment of Mac OS X 10.2 allows you to use Classic applications provided you already have a copy of Mac OS 9. Customers in the United States who use Mac OS 8.6 or earlier and have a Mac OS X-compatible computer may purchase a copy of Mac OS 9 by calling the Apple Store at 1-800-MY-APPLE.\" Mac OS X 10.2, however, will update some Mac OS 9 components, even though it does not include a full OS 9 install: \"Mac OS X 10.2 includes some Classic components with version numbers later than Mac OS 9.2.2. These are later versions than the same-named components included with Mac OS 9.2.2.\" Apple\'s Knowledge Base also documents OS X startup graphics corruption when multiple OS X installs are present, problems using Classic by some system users, the computer\'s Rendezvous Name (different from the computer\'s name), changes to the Apache Document Root Behavior, loss of AppleTalk connectivity and Sound in Classic apps after sleep, problems with iBook waking from sleep when using a RGB video cable, and problems recognizing an iPod after it has been renamed. Other Mac OS X 10.2 changes include: replacement of inetd with xinetd (although inetd is still running), Apache 2.036 is included for evaluation in OS X Server, and problems using the \'apachectl\' script for Apache.
Several third party developers continue to release updates for Jaguar, including: Griffin\'s iMate 1.5.2 for its universal ADB-to-USB adapter adds complete compatibility with Jaguar and also adds support for many non-input devices in Classic (e.g., running an application in Classic that has an ADB hardware protection dongle). It also has a preference pane that can select whether you want the iMate to operate under Classic (hardware protection dongles, calibrators, and other non-input devices) or OS X (input devices like mice, keyboards, or trackballs). [502KB] Griffin\'s PowerMate 1.1.2 offers complete compatibility with Jaguar, adding both mouse and scroll functions as well as a sensitivity adjustment and a gaming mode. PowerMate 1.4b2 for Classic also adds several new features including Long Click and CD Eject. [Classic, OSX] Keyspan has posted updated Jaguar-compatible drivers for its products, including the Keyspan USB Serial Adapter 1.4b9 driver and its Keyspan SX Pro Serial 1.1b3 driver. [USB, SX Serial]
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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj