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 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.
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.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]
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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: 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 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.
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.
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. "
Epigroove has released A.I.D. 3.1.5 for Macintosh and Windows, a $30 application for monitoring online auctions. A demo is available.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE