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P-Edge Media has announced a new Mac OS X Game Server Configulator (GSC) application, which is specially made for Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: "[It] allows the user to set up and run a dedicated Jedi Academy server, without knowing Terminal commands and editing all the variables in the configuration file. GSC Jedi Academy will have over 25 configurable options and the user can load and save several different server configurations." It will run on Mac OS X and be available in the first week of February. (Pricing not available.)
Sony has posted a Mac OS X 10.3 Panther-compatible version of its Puppy Suite for Mac OS X, software for its Puppy Fingerprint Identity Device. It allows you to login to your Mac system without using a password. The version also includes support for Fast User Switching, authentication services, and screen saver unlock. A limited-time, evaluation version of the software is available now as a public beta. The full hardware is $160 from Sony and also available retailers around the US such as Fry's and CompUSA.
Though only available for less than a week, Apple's GarageBand is already making helping users make headlines, according to MacNN reader Brian Kim: "MSNBC has an article about the various remixes that parody Howard Dean's concession speech in Iowa. These remixes have been getting national airplay and media attention. The first 2 remixes that the MSNBC article links to appear to have been made with GarageBand. The blog of Jonathan Barlow, creator of one of the Dean remix spoofs, notes that Rolling Stone is working on an article on GarageBand and the interesting timing between its release and the sudden appearance of so many Howard Dean remixes."
Infoworld notes that Apple is officially denying any stragtegic enterprise move, but yet is releasing compelling Internet product line (G5 Xserve, Xserve RAID) and current hiring choices suggest otherwise: "here are a couple of other obstacles Apple faces in selling into larger markets. For one, enterprise customers donít like to buy version-one products. They need to be tested by time....Apple also needs to convince the enterprise that its products exist in an ecosystem. The server in itself has less value if the complementary products and applications aren't ported to go with them."
CNN reports that The Mac turns 20 today, noting the the strength of the community and large base of passionate users: ""Macintosh users tend to be a very independent type, and they tend to be very loyal to their product," Wozniak said. "They've been threatened with [Macs] going out of business and being put out of their schools and out of their companies, and they've got to fight. There's so much passion for it."
Red tape is delaying the European launch of Apple's Internet music store iTunes, according to Reuters report: " A maze of licensing contracts, music release dates that differ by country and incompatible billing systems have combined to sidetrack the service, which many recording executives still hope will make its European debut in the first half of 2004. 'We will be here this year. I'm not going to announce the date at this time, but we are working very hard,' Eddy Cue, vice president of applications and Internet services for Apple, said at the annual MidemNet music conference on the French Riviera."
KB roundup: Websites are able to disable Safari's autofill functions; Mac OS X 10.3.2 should only be installed on the startup disk to avoid problems; Apple describes how to reset the iPod and the default export options of iMovie 4 and minor export glitches and spurious font message errors in GarageBand and issues joining tracks in iTunes 4.
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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 Herm√©s 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
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir