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 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