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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R