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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Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I
Amazon Prime Now available via website
Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service is now available to use from the web, giving users an alternative to using the normal mobile app. Available as a free option for Prime subscribers in certain areas, the web-based service continues to offer the same selection of goods as the mobile version, and is still free for deliveries within two hours, $8 for within one hour. http://amzn.to/1UvqYgi