A c|net article speculates on the announcements that will come next week at Macworld, including a return to single-processor Power Mac G4s running at up to 733 MHz, the PowerBook G4, Mac OS 9.1, and combo DVD/CD-RW drives. (See AppleInsider for other, related information.)
English, French, and Japanese versions of FileBuddy 6.02, the popular file/folder editing system utility, are now available from SkyTag software, bringing compatibility fixes for pre-Mac OS 9 systems and emptying space on large volumes.
Thoth Software has released Rosetta 1.0.2, a maintenance release of the $15 utility that can decode files that have been encoded using the most common encoding methods such as BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64 and uuencode. The company has also released Ptah 1.0.2, a maintenance release of the $15 shareware player for text, image, movie, and sound files. Both applications require either Mac OS X or OS 8.5 or later with CarbonLib 1.0.4 installed.
cxc, Inc. has released Mactella 1.0, the first Mac-native client for the Gnutella file sharing system. The company recognizes that there are issues with connecting to the Gnutella network and has attempted to remedy the situation by adding a \"turbo start\" feature that is explained in detail in the software\'s release notes. In addition, long file names not recognized by the Mac file system are truncated by removing characters from the center of the filename in an attempt to preserve important identifying file extensions such as .mp3. Work on a Carbon version of Mactella is underway.
McSebi has released Bub & Bob 1.7.2, a Mac re-creation of the classic arcade game Bubble Bobble. This new version adds music to the title screen.
Today\'s DealNN bargains include: refurbished PowerMac 7100/66 for $70; Yamaha 16x10x40x SCSI CD-RWs for $295; and NEC 19\" flat-screen monitors with free USB hub for $360.
Monkey Byte Development has released Monster Hunter Demo 1.0 for the Mac. The $20 game offers \"level after level of fiendish monster destroying\" with no blood in a top-down view. The game requires a 120 MHz Power Mac 604e or better (iMacs, iBooks, Power Mac G3/G4 supported), 32 MB RAM and a good pair of speakers.
Bruno Blondeau has introduced iLabel 1.0, an application for easing repetitive printing tasks, such as business cards and mailing labels. It is available for Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X.
Essential Reality has announced that its upcoming P5, the company\'s glove-like USB product for full motion 3D graphics control, will be fully compatible with Mac OS X. The P5, expected for release in May 2001 at $129, aims to dramatically enhance the 3D experience in interactive gaming, business, education and personal computer assistance for the disabled. The device is fully USB compliant and will be compatible with Mac, PC, Sony Playstation 2 and Microsoft X-Box.
osx.macnn.com has news today of Photogenics and Videogenics from QBeo, Farallon announcing support of Mac OS X, a hack for the desktop, and numerous application updates.
QBeo has applied its ImageOp technology to Mac OS X in the form of PhotoGenetics 2.0 for Macintosh and VideoGenetics 1.0 for Mac. Both products will be demonstrated next week at Macworld. ImageOp makes it improves digital pictures or video by automatically altering 12 characteristics, such as hue, gradient, color balance, saturation and contrast.
Farallon has announced the NetLINE 10/100/1000 24-port Switch which will be available this month for $1,400. In conjunction with this switch Farallon announces driver support for Mac OS X. [see osx.macnn.com for more info]
At Macworld Expo next week, Matias Corporation will unveil its Half Keyboard for Mac. The $100 device allows users to quickly type with just one hand using existing touch-typing skills and is scheduled to ship later this month. The idea for the Half Keyboard was originally conceived on a Mac in 1984, says inventor Edgar Matias, and original prototypes were used on a Mac 512. Maitas will be exhibiting at booth #1748.
Farallon has announced that it will release drivers for Mac OS X for its NetLINE Gigabit PCI Cards which are available now for Mac OS 8.1 and higher and retail for around $700. These cards support either FiberOptic networks or Fast Ethernet networks.
Following a surprise, half point interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve that has sent both the Nasdaq and Dow up nearly 300 points, shares of Apple are trading up more than 10 percent at 16 1/2. Countless big tech firms alike are trading anywhere from 10 to 30 percent higher on average.
IDG has announced that the Macworld MacBeginnings sessions, which debuted at Macworld New York last July, will be held at Macworld San Francisco next week. The sessions, which are geared towards new users and can be attended free of charge, help illustrate several features of the Mac platform. Topics include a guide to Macworld Expo SF 2001, mastering the Web, Macintosh basics, and desktop movies. The sessions will be held January 10 and 11 at the Yerba Buena Ballroom at the San Francisco Marriott.
Westlake Interactive President Mark Adams has indicated that the company plans to do at least one patch for the Mac version of Rune, according to IMG. \"We probably will do a patch at some point to clean up any Mac specific bugs and roll in any major PC changes,\" says Adams.
GA-RPG Editor-in-Chief Chris Johnson takes a first look at the Diablo II Expansion Set, the add-on for the popular Blizzard game expected for release in the first half of 2001. \"I wonder if there has ever been a game that will have more items in it than Diablo II will after the expansion,\" remarks Johnson. Our own first look at the game covered many of the major elements of the game.
Several readers note that Apple has pulled the recently-posted AGP Update 1.0 from its servers, and removed the software\'s information page without notice. AGP Update 1.0 has also stopped appearing in the Software Update control panel. The update is supposed to improved the stabilitiy of the Rage 128 Pro in some AGP Power Mac G4s.
Blizzard Entertainment\'s StarCraft Map of the Month is Operation Claus, a 128x256 ice map designed for 1-2 players and requiring StarCraft: Brood War.
Mick \"VerMoorD\" Beard, Level Designer at Human Head Studios, has released a Rune Map Pack consisting of DM-Sanctum, a Rune conversion of his Unreal/Quake III map of the same name, and DM-Rotarena, a small 1-on-1 Honor Match map situated in a rotating suspended arena. Thanks Stomped.
At Macworld next week, Keyspan will introduce the USB 4-Port Serial Adapter, which allows four legacy serial devices to be connected to a single USB port with each port supporting data rates up to 960 Kbps. The $150 device will ship later this month. Keyspan will be exhibiting at booth #3535 in the North Hall.
Neverwinter Vault covers yesterday\'s forum highlights from Bioware\'s Rob Bartel on weapon finesse, difficulty classes, moving between modules and the number of spells in Neverwinter Nights. Just to clarify, the initial release of Neverwinter Nights will have approximately 200 spells in total. This is less than the 300 available in BG2 but more than the approximately 125 available in BG1 (that number\'s coming off the top of my head but it sounds about right). Also, don\'t forget that the 3rd Edition rules allow you to modify your spells through the use of Metamagic Feats - This will add a lot of variety to an already robust system, I assure you. Even so, should Neverwinter warrant a sequel, further spells will be included at that time.
While retail PC sales in December fell by 24 percent from the year-ago period, according to PC Data, sales of Macs suffered far worse than the industry average, falling by nearly 40 percent. Among the more popular sectors showing significant growth this holiday season were MP3 players, PDAs, webcams, CD burners, and digital cameras.
Sig Software has posted Drop Drawers 1.5 for OS X. This update to the utility brings dozens of new features, including configurable grids with multiple styles and arranging options, support for scripts with built-in compilation and parameter passing and several included drawer templates. The shareware costs $15, but can be bought with Classic Menu for $20, a savings of $5.
The official web site for Rune has been updated with \"release notes\" from Human Head Studios\' Chris Rhinehart. The page includes notes on what the development team has been working on since the game\'s release and the company\'s plans to release additional deathmatch maps and models for the game. \"Our modelers have been working on some new models/skins for the game,\" says Rhinehart, \"specifically more female models for multiplay. Additionally, we will release information on how the mod community can use their own models and skins in the game.\"
Blizzard Entertainment has outlined the steps users should take for flagging their Diablo II character to be revived back to its December 19 state. In addition, the post answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the restoration. The process of restoring Diablo 2 hardcore and standard characters will begin on Sunday January 7th, 6:00 P.M PST (GMT -8). This process requires that the realms be shut down for 24 hours, with the exception of the Asian Realm, which will take 30 hours due to the large number of characters on that realm. We expect that all realms will be running by Tuesday January 10th 12:00 A.M. PST (GMT -8).
XBOX365 reports that Microsoft has purchased two ad slots for the promotion of the X-Box, the company\'s upcoming console, during this year\'s Super Bowl. According to the site\'s unconfirmed report, one of the commercials will heavily promote Halo, the highly-anticipated action game from Bungie which will first be released for X-Box and later for the Mac and PC.
games.macnn.com has published a first look at Escape from Monkey Island, the upcoming 3D adventure game from Aspyr Media and Westlake Interactive. The second half of the article contains a detailed update on the progress of the game\'s development including word that the title has reached \"alpha\". In addition, the site has news on a forthcoming Mac demo for Diablo II.
One reader notes that Adobe has mysteriously pulled the Illustrator 9.0.2 update from its servers, after first posting the software on December 28. The Illustrator 9.0.1 update is still available.
Atimi Software is a new Mac software development company whose \"mission is to help solve two problems that Macintosh users face in their search for better software: late release of software titles and the lack of cross-platform titles due to Windows publishers not being able to find sufficient quality Macintosh programming talent.\" The company urgers users and other developers alike to contact them with titles they would like to see brought to the Mac.
Apple is among ten tech companies featured on a front page CBS Marketwatch Poll that asks readers which company\'s stock will fare the best in 2001. Apple was in sixth place with six percent of the vote at the time of this writing.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Audit TT (cars), chaotic supernova (starscapes), dancing silver (art) and danger girl (animation).
David Bakkers has posted AShare Helper 1.7, an update to his AppleShare helper application that performs a number of server-monitoring (and also provides notifications via email). The new version adds HTML-based logging options, support for paging via email, and the ability to schedule the Web & File Server to be restarted at specific intervals as well as other updates.
Iomega has introduced its Zip 250MB USB Powered Drive. The unit receives both data and power through a single USB cable, eliminating the need for a power cable. The $180 drive is compatible with all Zip 250 MB and 100 MB disks. It is shipping now in North America, and will be available in Europe during the first quarter this year.
Marc Moini\'s Startup Doubler 2.6, a free update to his $20 acceleration utility that compensates for sub-optimal disk performance to make extensions, control panel, the Finder and startup applications load faster. Version 2.6 adds support for Mac OS 9.1 (not yet released), fixes a bug in the Installer that would sometimes prevent installation, and has other improvements.
Panic has released Audion 2.1, a free upgrade to the popular $20 MP3 player that brings bug fixes as well as a new AIFF encoder (for preparing audio files for CD burning), a SID decoder (for listening to Commodore 64 tunes), "vastly" improved CD playback, an improved control strip module, and expanded help. A limited 15-day demo is available online. The software is also available with an MP3 encoder for $33.
Ron Lichty\'s Birthdays and Such 1.4, a simple "What\'sItWorthWare" reminder program, adds an AutoHide feature that automatically hides the application in the background on days when there are no reminders.
James Walker has updated PrintToPDF 2.1.6, his shareware Macintosh printer driver that creates PDF files. Version 2.1.6 includes better support for Word and PowerPoint, better compression for text-based documents, and several bug fixes.
Yesterday we noted FileMaker\'s decision to discontinue HomePage (which generated several interesting responses from readers), new Epson printers available in non-US markets (updated with links), PowerLogix price cuts, Apple\'s listing of satellite downlink locations for next week\'s MWSF keynote, and NEC\'s new 50-inch XGA plasma display. We also noted the release of Meta Communications\' Virtual Ticket 3.0 and Job Manager 3.0, Power Windows 2.4.4, and File Buddy 6.0.
Early morning tech news: Microsoft is being slapped with a $5 billion discrimination lawsuit by seven former black employees; Microsoft and Starbucks are partnering to wire all of Starbucks\' coffee shops via MobileStar\'s wireless network; a new study shows that 210 Internet companies folded in 2000, representing more than $1.5 billion in investments; and some content companies are forgoing the courts and beginning to track known media pirates themselves.
Some of the discussions in our forums deal with Multi-threading for OS X Developers, getting OS X to work on a 9600 with a Sonnet upgrade card, changing the dock\'s orientation which we posted here earlier though we haven\'t confirmed it yet.
Today we\'ve published a first look at Escape from Monkey Island, the upcoming 3D adventure game from Aspyr Media and Westlake Interactive. The second half of the article contains a detailed update on the progress of the game\'s development including word that the title has reached \"alpha\".
Blizzard Entertainment\'s Brian Fitzgerald told games.macnn.com early this morning that the company plans to release a Mac version of the Diablo II Demo very soon. \"I believe the plan is to have a few copies to hand out at Macworld,\" says Fitzgerald, one of the company\'s Mac programmers. Blizzard will not have a booth at the show but will meet privately with members of the press to demo the Diablo II Expansion Set on the Mac. The Diablo II Demo will consist of a portion of one of the game\'s four acts and allow access to the Barbarian, one of the game\'s five character classes.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktop pictures including F-16 (Falcon 4.0), a new gaming desktop picture featuring a jet from the popular flight sim with obvious Mac overtones. The site is the host of desktop picture archives for Custer\'s Corner 2.0, games.macnn.com\'s collection of gaming desktop pictures by talented artist, illustrator and web guru, Brad Custer.
Yesterday Blizzard Entertainment acknowledged a problem on the Diablo II Battle.net servers allowing some Hardcore characters to be killed or stripped of many items and announced a plan to remedy the situation; Alliance Games released Alliance 2.0 for Quake III: Arena; APO Games released Naumachia, a new turn-based strategy game for the Mac; and UT JailBreak 100, the \"escape from prison\" mod for Unreal Tournament, was released. We added a new weekly poll to our left sidebar; this week\'s poll concerns a recent hack into the Diablo II Battle.net Realms and how this has affected your view of the service\'s security.
ResExcellence has posted two hacks for the desktop today: defaults write NSGlobalDomain Desktop.HasDarkBackground 0 and defaults write NSGlobalDomain Desktop.HasDarkBackground 1 These hacks turn on and off outlines around your icon names on the desktop. See ResExcellence for screenshots.
Sven Schmidt has posted CronniX 1.1 which is a freeware GUI front end for installing and modifying a \"crontab\" in Mac OS X. Please send feedback to Sven if you use this tool.
jEdit 3.0 (final release) has been posted for Mac OS X. jEdit is an open source Java based text editor that supports syntax highlighting, auto indenting, and multiple clipboards to name a few.
Rob Griffiths has posted a short and simple explanation of the basics of chmod for those that have little or no experience with the UNIX part of Mac OS X.
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Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu