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McAfee has posted a new January Virus definition file update for Virex users.
John V. Holder\'s TypeSaver 1.01 is a maintenance release to his $10 shareware for recording keystrokes to a file for recovery after power outages or system crashes.
Newer Tech has posted Gauge PRO 1.1, which offers the ability to display bus speed, processor speed, and CPU core temperature as well as other functions. [version incorrectly listed on Newer\'s page
Mac Baldur has received an update from Graphic Simulations Corporation on the steady progress of Tales of the Sword Coast, the multiplayer patch for Baldur\'s Gate and the DVD version of the game. \"We have an alpha version of Tales of the Sword Coast with multiplayer that Jeff and I have been testing like crazy, but there are still too many problems to release it as a beta version.\"
Raven Software\'s Kenn Hoekstra has written a detailed and comprehensive tutorial covering everything you\'ll need to know about getting a job in the game development industry. The article covers the basics, required education, the resume, getting your foot in the door and specific recommendations for 2D and 3D artists, 3D animators, programmers, sound designers and webmasters.
Daily Radar has published a preview of Dragon\'s Lair 3D, the upcoming 3D action/adventure game for the Mac and PC based on the original laserdisc classic, Dragon\'s Lair, created by legendary animator Don Bluth and team. \"Dirk will also have a crossbow that will fire a wide variety of bolts found throughout the castle, which will add some strategy to the action.\"
Silicon Ice Development has released Urban Terror 1.27b, a new version of the mod for Quake III: Arena which primarily adds compatibility with version 1.27g of the game. However, the team notes that the mod still has problems when running on the Mac and that they are working with id Software\'s Graeme Devine to try and correct the problems to provide Macintosh compatibility.
GameSpot has published an interview with Blizzard Entertainment\'s Rob Pardo, Producer on WarCraft III. The interview primarily covers detailed on the fifth and most recently unveiled race in the game, the Night Elves. \"[Night Elves] primarily use gold, with ents being their peon class of unit,\" says Pardo. \"The ents can actually transform themselves into the building structures for the race, which are [called] treants.\"
In an interview with Ritual Entertainment\'s Richard \"Levelord\" Gray at Stomped, information is uncovered on Ritual\'s next project: a Quake III engine game. The company released Heavy Metal: FAKK2, which uses the Quake III engine, for the Mac and PC earlier this year while their previous effort, SiN, arrived on the Mac earlier this month. Our next project is going to be very light in technology upgrades. We are going to use the Quake III engine with the new Arena Terrain system. We already have the best geometry/character/camera scripting system in town, ...and you know we have the best creative minds, too ;) Seriously, our next game is already designed and we are going to focus on nothing but what will make it one of the funnest games ever. As I mentioned above, we just started a major 1st-person shooter to be published by Electronic Arts. So far, things are looking really cool! I am definitely into the game\'s story and theme. These are the brainchild of Richard Hilleman who is a twisted old hippy like me. Seriously, it is innovative, creative, and twisted. On top of that, EA has been tremendously helpful during the initial design phase. I saw firsthand how well they treated Rogue at the end of Alice, so I anticipate making one of the funnest games I have ever made.
Gathering of Developers and Bungie Studios have released the Oni Demo for the Mac. The third-person 3D action game takes obvious inspirations from classic Japanese anime and combines elements of hand-to-hand combat and gunplay. For more detailed information on the full version of the game, check out our in-depth preview of Oni.
Yesterday Titan Computer announced the release of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division for the Mac, Fantasoft releases the Monkey Shines 2: Gorilla Warfare Demo Public Beta and WarCraftIII.Net re-published a timeline of WarCraft events for the leading up to WarCraft III. We published a review of Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, the new real-time strategy game from Cyberlore Studios and MacPlay which offers fresh new twists to the genre.
games.macnn.com has information on today\'s release of the Oni Demo, a trial version of the upcoming anime-inspire 3D action game from Gathering of Developers and Bungie Studios which combines elements of hand-to-hand combat and gunplay.
Power On has released four new calendars at no charge for users of its popular PIM, Now Up-to-Date &Contact, including Weeks of the Year -- through 2001, US Holidays -- through 2005, Jewish Holidays -- through 2005, and Canadian Holidays -- through 2005.
A demo of the much anticipated Oni, the third-person 3D action/adventure, is now available online.
KazooStudio 1.3, a free application that can insert 3D models into photos from digital cameras, now includes enhanced K3DLight sets as well as a 10-day demo of Grinch K3DModel. A free variety pack contains 15 free 3D models.
Sonnet\'s new unified installer software for its Crescendo/7200 G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards, Crescendo/7200 1.0, was posted earlier this week for its Power Mac 7200 and 8200 upgrades.
Entourage Email Archive 1.0 is a new $15 utility for archiving emails and attachments, offering the option to export emails to FileMaker Pro with the tab-text file.
Optigold ISP 2.6.3, a cross-platform business software designed to assist in running all aspects of an ISP, has been posted. This version adds support for customer invoicing for domain renewals, new domain manager section and more subaccount support and is compatible with Macintosh and Windows.
iView Multimedia will introduce and demonstrate iView MediaPro, its media browser and media asset-management software, at Macworld Conference and Expo next month. MediaPro allows for archiving, organizing, finding, viewing, playing, printing and converting different types of media files. Features include support for Mac OS 9 and X; PDF and EPS rendering; and import formats, including HTML, Quark, Canvas, Painter and Live Picture. [no pricing information available]
Interesting threads in our forums include a user\'s difficulties in using a Quark dongle with a USB-ADB adapter, a mysterious slow-down with an iBook hard drive, having two AirPort base stations communicate with each other, inputting Chinese characters, a discussion regarding Audion vs. SoundJam, and a new company using a similar logo similar to the Mac OS smiley.
PCalc 2.2.1 is a maintenance release to the $10 scientific calculator, fixing a bug that could cause the application to crash under certain calculations.
Guillermo Ortiz, Apple\'s director for worldwide developer relations, recently explained Apple\'s strategy for Mac OS X to more than 100 German developers, confirming that it will ship by February, according to ZDNet.
Iconographer 2.0.1 is a minor update to $15, 32-bit icon editor, which supports editing both standard Mac OS icons as well as Mac OS X icons.
Morning tech news: Flat-panel displays are expected to take an increasing slice of the market for desktop monitors, according to presentations at theStanford Resources Flat Information Display conference; guidelines were issued Thursday to make Web pages more accessible to people with disabilities; and HP will delay paying its employees raises for three months.
Steve Jobs may be distracted by his Gulfstream V jet and his option for a split-adjusted 20 million shares, according to a Bloomberg article that talks about Apple\'s fallen stock and Steve Jobs\' the "largest option ever given to any CEO on a single day."
Yesterday we noted the release of AGP Update 1.0 from Apple, Stata Corp\'s Stata 7 statistical software, Iomega\'s FireWire adapter for Jaz drives, a new "stylish" Epson printer and scanner, and FileMaker 5\'s award from The Post as well as posted a review of Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim.
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Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ