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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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