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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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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir