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Connectix updates Virtual Game Station to 1.4
Connectix has posted Virtual Game Station 1.4, fixing a Mac DVD lockup issue and providing some game-specific fixes as well as support for NTSC and PAL format titles.
Connectix releases VPC updater update
Virtual PC 3.03A is also now available from the company, addressing problems users were having with the v3.03 updater posted yesterday: "If you downloaded the Virtual PC 3.0.3 Updater you may be experiencing problems due to older versions of Virtual PC being resident on your system; use revised Update Version 3.0.3A above ."
Quit CSM updated to version 2.0
Quit CSM 2.0 is an update to the control strip module which lets you quit applications, quit and restart the Finder, quit background-only applications, and displays memory information (application sizes and largest unused memory block).
Money Magazine questions Apple's valuation
In a piece questioning the value of Microsoft and Apple as the Internet could move users towards a more operating system-free world, Money magazine is calling Apple stock overvalued. "...Apple is also valued near its historical peak, trading at 3.3 times sales with a P/E of 40, so much of that optimism is reflected in the stock price. Apple's Internet moves are encouraging, but it sure isn't a value stock at these levels."
StarNine announces 4th Dim. RAD/RDBMS Environ
StarNine Technologies, publishers of the WebSTAR Server Suite, and 4D, publishers of the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment, announced that they will host the premiere WebSTAR Summit Conference to be held Oct. 4 to 8 in San Diego, Calif. WebSTAR Summit 2000 will have sessions and programs concerning WebSTAR users of all levels and backgrounds.
Aspyr announces Mac versions of Sim games
Aspyr Media today announced that they will be publishing The Sims for the Mac, currently the #1-selling PC game and the latest title from SimCity creator Will Wright. The game is under development at Westlake Interactive and Aspyr Media is already taking preorders with an expected release of Summer 2000, according to MGL.
MailSiphon 1.5.1 released
Alexandre Carlhian has posted Mail Siphon 1.5.1, a maintenance release that adds compatibility with Mac OS 9.0.4 and offers better support for some specific POP 3 servers.
Iomega releases USB Click! Dock
Iomega has released a USB Click! Dock that enables Mac users to use attach its 40MB Click! PC card drive with USB-equipped Macs.
AMD introduces new low-cost processor family
Advanced Micro Devices has introduced a low-cost processor family, called Duron. "Duron suggests a name that's lasting, dependable, reliable and stable," according to the company. The chip family will compete with Intel's Celeron.
QNX considering port to iMac hardware
Kamil Drzewinski noticed a comment made by Dan Dodge of QNX that the operating system may soon be ported to the iMac.
"The only mass produced PPC machine that is available worldwide at reasonable cost is the iMac We are considering doing a port to it. Actually we are running on it today minus USB support. That is the disk, and GUI and Ethernet all work today. ... Give us 2 months and some spare cycles to get it on the iMac and we will see what the demand for QNX on this machine is."
ClickTime updated to 1.4 with new features
Andrew Snyder has updated ClickTime to 1.4, which incorporates start and end dates for each person, the data export now includes task information and includes inactive jobs on reports. The program is for tracking time, both online and offline.
Yamaha SCSI / FireWire 8x8x24 CD-RW sighted
"Aracnet" noticed that the French catalog, Inmac, is advertising a Yamaha CD-RW 8x8x24x that comes in both SCSI or FireWire versions. However, neither European nor U.S. Web sites have been updated with the product, and pricing information is not yet available.
GroupeSQLI to sponsor F-Script Project
Groupe SQLI has become an official sponsor of the F-Script Project, the first open source scripting language specifically designed for the capabilities of Mac OS X. F-Script gives access to advanced object techniques, such as distributed objects, persistence, interactive object manipulation and query language.
Internet biz software MetroShop 3.0 released
Ecommercesoft has released MetroShop v3.0, a suite of software for creating and managing Internet businesses. The suite runs on Mac OS X Server, Windows NT and Solaris and includes features such as embedded business logic, flow processes and legacy integration. The suite comes in three different versions: Express, for the beginning merchant; Pro, for those businesses already taking online orders; and Corp, for businesses that have been on the Internet and expect to grow. Available now, prices start at $1,000 for the Express and $10,000 for the Pro. Users must contact the company for Corp pricing.
Apple features fully digital studio
Director Mike Figgis' "Time Code" is the first studio film shot entirely in digital video, using handheld digital cameras in a single continuous take with no editing. The production opens tomorrow. There is a QuickTime trailer available.
Today's hot forums at forums.macnn.com
Forums readers today have questions about QuickBooks, a hard drive noise, a Sony ICD-R100 and iTools personal Web site features; and problems with a Kensington mouse that freezes, iBook that won't read CDs, QDRestore regions bits error and MPEG with QuickTime.
Humongous releases children game set
Humongous Entertainment has introduced One-Stop Fun Shop series, an arts and crafts activity CD-ROM line for children. Available in July, the One-Stop Fun Shop titles are based on Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam characters. The Mac-Windows hybrid CD-ROMs allow children to create printable activities from hundreds of interchangeable images.
Connectix pulls VPC 3.03 updater
Several readers report that Connectix has pulled the VPC 3.03 updater from its website: "We are revising the Virtual PC 3.0.3 Updater. This revised version will be posted in the afternoon April 26, 2000. Thank you for your patience."
QTVR app PanoPict 1.0 released
PanoPict 1.0 is a drag & drop editing application for QuickTime panoramas, offering the ability to insert images and other graphical elements into a QTVR panorama and re-generate the panorama.
Tess 1.0 is an educational math application in which you can quickly create attractive symmetric planar illustrations.
MacNN.com Feature: Office 2001 for the Mac
We have a report on Office 2001 for Macintosh, with complete details on the new email/PIM application that will be included with the next version of Microsoft's popular application suite. We also have details on its availability, along with a roadmap of Office for Mac OS X, and several screen shots.
Federal gov't, states, to pursue MSFT sep.
Sources familiar with the Microsoft anti-trust case are reporting that the 19 states involved in the lawsuit are expected to join the Federal government in proposing a break-up of the software giant. Earlier this week reports surfaced that the states were having difficulty arriving at an agreement among themselves, and that they were even further from agreeing with the Justice Department.
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Amazon.com launces new Macintosh store
Amazon has launched a new Macintosh store, where users can purchase both books and many peripherals and software titles.
Earthlink to offer huge discounts on DSL
In an effort to increase the number of broadband customers, Earthlink will reportedly offer free DSL installation, saving customers roughly $300. Several other DSL providers have offered, and continue to offer, free installation. Whether Earthlink's free installation will cover the cost of the DSL modem is unclear; DSL modems typically cost $100-$300, depending on rebates. Jacob Lyles passed along some comments:
"A few days ago I started an Earthlink DSL installation for a client. Setup was free as was the 'self-install package' which includes the DSL modem and the filter for the phone line. Additionally, Earthlink requires a 6 month commitment. Within this 6 month commitmenint, the second and third months are free (You only pay for 4 months) but you pay $50 for ending the service. The 'Self-install package' is the result of a backlog in installs by the phone company. Earthlink believes the consumer is capable of performing the installation themselves once the DSL link is turned on."
Arctic releases iStream 1.3
Artic Software has posted iStream 1.3, an application that allows users to set up their own MP3 streaming server. Thew new version fixes bugs and does away with the need for MP3 Purifier. A $15 version supports 30 users, while a $30 version supports 60.
Zoomie 1.0.3 released
Zoomie 1.0.3 is a small extension that keeps the cursor over the window zoom button after it has been pressed, allowing users to more easily revert to the previous window size. Version 1.03 works better with non-standard windows generated by programs such as Kaleidoscope.
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