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Briefly: OS X Server updated again, Flyover gains new cities

updated 07:31 pm EDT, Mon March 24, 2014

Mavericks server 3.1 pulled, version 3.1.1 posted with no changelog

Having released OS X Server for Mavericks nearly a week ago, Apple on Monday replaced the former 3.1 version available on the Mac App Store with a revised version, 3.1.1, which does not list any differences or bug fixes from the previous 3.1 release. The previous and current release both list a number of improvements, including new support for a Device Enrollment Program within Device Manager; new management of fonts, AirPrint and Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 settings, and improved Activation Lock use for admins. The suite costs $20 for new users, but the updated version is free for existing 3.x users.

Apple adds three European cities to Flyover locations in Maps

Over the weekend, Apple has bolstered its 3D "Flyover" feature in its Maps for OS X and iOS by adding views for cities in Spain, Australia and France. The cities added are (respectively) Cordoba, Perth and Saint-Tropez. Unlike most Mac or iOS applications, Maps is updated silently and nearly continuously rather than notifying users through formal updates or version number changes. The program has improved by leaps and bounds over its chaotic debut a little less than two years ago.

Apple was forced to develop its own mapping application when Google, which had supplied map data for the previous iteration of Maps, refused to allow some of its best features -- available in the Android and web versions of the mapping service -- to be incorporated into the iOS version, such as turn-by-turn directions and voice support. While Apple's Maps app is still dinged by users who want it to include public transit directions, plans are afoot to reincorporate the feature, possibly with the release of iOS 8, which is expected late this year.

Saint-Tropez, France now on Flyover
Saint-Tropez, France now on Flyover

by MacNN Staff



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