AWT News Update: August 12, 2015

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of Apple news... the thrill of new product introduction... and the agony of share price declines... the human drama of technological innovation... This is AWT's News Update!

    •    Microsoft is at it again, this time releasing a new version of Remote Desktop for Mac
    •    20 more Apple Maps Flyover locations!
    •    Chicago is getting a glass cube Apple Store on the Miracle Mile
    •    Twitter opens DMs to 10,000 characters

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 12, 2015.

Remember the old Microsoft Remote Desktop app? No? Well, it was quite popular with Windows users for remote support of other Windows users… The company has rolled out a new version of the Mac version of the app, featuring improved user account management and the ability to use native Mac keyboard shortcuts like COmmand-X, C and V to cut, copy and paste in a remote session. Remember, it’s a beta, but the new user interface should be welcome as is the fact that Redmond is thinking of us.

Have you ever used the Apple Maps flyover feature? You get a somewhat guided tour from the air of over 150 cities all over the world. 20 of those locations were just added, so you can now fly around Aarhus, Denmark; Bobbio, Italy; Budapest, Hungary; Cádiz, Spain; Chenonceaux, France; Dijon, France; Ensenada, Mexico; Gothenburg, Sweden; Graz, Austria; Loreto, Mexico; Malmö, Sweden; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; Millau, France; Nice, France; Omaha Beach; Rapid City, SD; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sapporo, Japan; Strasbourg, France; and Turin, Italy. Whew! Have fun, and don’t let your arms get tired from all the flapping as you fly around…

Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that Apple plans to build a new glass structure resembling the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City in front of a 35-story office building. The new store sill use basement space underneath Pioneer Court that was formerly used as a food court. Hopefully it won’t smell like Cinnabon, pizza, and cheese fries.

Finally, finally, finally. Twitter now allows Direct Messages or DMs that are longer than 140 characters. That limit is now 10,000 characters, which means that it can become something like email… Public messages will still max out at 140 characters. At this time, only Twitter’s official iOS and Android apps, the web, Tweetdeck and Twitter for Mac support the longer DMs.

We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.