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Review: Heavy Metal FAKK 2
We have published a review of Heavy Metal: FAKK2, the new third-person 3D action game for the Mac and PC which uses the Quake 3 engine.
Global Village ships v.92 modem
Global Village today began shipping the first Mac-compatible 56K/v.92 modem. First announced in August, the device offers support for the new v.92 protocol that allows users to receive data at up to 56Kbps, and send data at up to 48Kbps. Previous v.90 modems were limited to sending data at 33.6Kbps. The modem also offers support for the new v.44 compression standard, which Global Village claims can improve Web browser performance by as much as 100%. ISPs are expected to add v.92 and v.44 support some time next year. The $100 modem is currently only available as a serial port device. A USB version is expected down the road.
LightWave 6.5 for Mac OS X out today
Newtek plans on posting a public beta of LightWave 6.5 for Mac OS X later today. The software will be available free of charge to LightWave 6.5 customers, and represents the first 3D modeling application available for Apple's next-generation OS.
Games: Q3A Team Arena details, Tomb Raider
games.macnn.com has information on today's announced release of Sim Theme Park for the Mac; earlier today, the site posted word on the announcement of Quake III: Team Arena reaching golden master status and how Mac users will be able to play it. In addition, the site covers today's release of the teaser trailer for next summer's blockbuster film, Tomb Raider, starring Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie. [updated]
G4 Cube picked as best product of the year
Business Week has picked Apple's G4 Cube as one of the best products of 2000 in its December 18 issue. "This computer is remarkably small for its size--9.8-by-7.7-7.7 inches, however, it doesn't allow for internal peripherals and the reset button is on the bottom." The list "reflects a range of products that though they may appear simple in design are quite sophisticated in their execution." Other picks include the BMW Z8, Honda Insight, Nikon CoolPix 880, Sony PlayStation 2, and The Sims. [subscription required]
Kensington begins shipping FlyLight
Kensington today announced that it has begun shipping its FlyLight laptop USB light. The device plugs into a USB portrequiring no softwarethat powers its "gentle" white LED, which is rated at 100,000 hours of use. Kensington claims the $20 device draws less than 90 seconds of battery power for every hour it's in use.
Optigold ISP updated to 2.6.2
Optigold ISP 2.6.2, a cross-platform business application for running an ISP, has been posted. This version adds support for OpenSRS domain registrations, PlanetPayment and eProcessingNetwork credit-card processors, and more. A free, fully functional demo is available.
AutoScript.fm Pro 2.0 released
Gregory Rivers has posted AutoScript.fm Pro 2.0 for FileMaker Pro 4 and 5. The utility allows users to export, create, edit, manipulate and import FileMaker Pro scripts in ScriptMaker WYSIWYG plain text format.
TWAINPlug imports images
RealNice has posted TWAINPlug plug-in, a Macintosh REALbasic 2.x plug-in that extends the capabilities of REALbasic 2.x for importing images from TWAIN-compatible scanners and cameras.
Sapphire Patterns 1 now available
Sapphire Innovations has introduced Sapphire Patterns 1, a collection of patterns For Photoshop 6. The more than 300 royalty-free patterns are stored as Photoshop PAT files, and most are 250-by-250. The collection costs about $20.
3D textures CD-ROM now available
Matt Hoffman has released a set of 117 royalty-free, seamless textures on CD-ROM for $40. The 32-bit textures are grouped into 10 categories, and most are 640-by-480 or higher. The collection comes with premade .sft files that can be dragged directly into the textures folder of Strata 3D or 3D Pro.
MacHack calls for speakers
MacHack: The Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers is currently soliciting speakers for the 16th-annual conference scheduled for June 21 to 23 in Dearborn, Mich. The conference sessions are alternative platforms, business track, multiple computing, network E, infinite monkeys (open source), yoots, state of the Mac OS and hardware. Proposals are due by Jan. 31.
Apple in science
Apple has updated its Science and Technology site with stories on UCLA's Plasma Simulation Group, the Visible Human Project, Human Genome Sciences and breast cancer detection. The articles all discuss how these projects are using Apple products in their research.
FileMaker add-on enhances date entry
StepUp Software has posted StepUp Pal-it! 1.1, an enhancement for FileMaker Pro. The release adds a calendar window for helping users when entering dates in any field in a FileMaker application.
Cube in \'Renovation Style\'
Drew Maynard notes that Power Mac G4 Cube was highlighted in the winter issue of "Renovation Style" magazine in an article titled, "Small but mighty: this sculptural computer has already become an icon of design. "
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