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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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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL