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We have posted an in-depth look at the PowerBook G4, including numerous both technical and non-technical points regarding the system.
After indicating that the Velocity Engine (Altivec) enhanced version of Quake III: Arena 1.27h could be released as early as Thursday, id Software\'s Graeme Devine made a post to the Quake3World forums revealing that he s putting more work into the Altivec overhaul. \"I\'ve been encouraged to add more than a sprinkling of altivec operations into the code,\" says Devine, \"so I\'m about half way through with a larger overhaul. I\'ll carry on.\"
Spiderweb Software has released a 1.0.1 update for Avernum 2, a new version of the fantasy role-playing game for the Mac. The new version fixes a variety of bugs and typos.
With the release of Mac OS 9.1, Margi Systems\' Display-to-Go 4MB is now compatible with the Mac. The Display-to-Go 4MB allows PowerBook users to connect digital (DVI) or analog (VGA) external displays.
4D, Inc. today announced the availability of WebSTAR Server Suite 4.4 Beta for the Mac. WebSTAR 4.4 will offer users integration between WebSTAR Server Suite and 4th Dimension relational databases, support for Tomcat Java Servlet and JSP technology, a customizable web-based mail interface, built-in FlexMail form-processing utilities, and stronger encryption for international customers. Several improvements to the core WebSTAR Server are also included to improve overall performance and reliability.The beta, which has been demonstrated during the past week at Macworld Expo San Francisco, is now available for download. [form]
Wolfram Research announced today that the company plans to release Mathematica 4.1, \"the world\'s leading technical computing system\", in a version that takes full advantage of the advanced capabilities of Mac OS X.
Xochi Media has released iScreensaver Toolkit 1.11, a maintenance release of the dual-purpose screensaver for the Mac. As a screensaver, the software lets you add photos, movies, and Macromedia Flash files to create customized savers. As a toolkit, the software will build user-friendly installer files to share your customized screensavers via the internet.
MacRun Games has released Captain Bumper 0.87, a new version of the company\'s \"cartoon-style\" game which fixes an incompatibility with OS 9.1.
The 3DO Company has released the Heroes III Complete Demo for the Mac. The game features over 200 different maps and scenarios to explore and conquer, turn-based gameplay which allows everyone to play at their own speed, Internet multiplayer support for up to 8 players at one time and more.
Carrot Software has released Mega Minesweeper 1.6.5, the latest version of the modern version of minesweeper which features extreme field sizes, plug-in based themes and sounds, the ability to save games and more. Version 1.6.5 fixes several bugs and adds some new features, as well as bringing it in sync with the latest CarbonLib build.
games.macnn.com covers the release of the Heroes III Complete Demo for the Mac, a trial version of the turn-based game from The 3DO Company. Earlier today, Custer\'s Corner was updated with a new desktop picture/wallpaper for the week, \"Lawful Good\", featuring the Paladin from Diablo II. [updated]
Custer\'s Corner has been updated with a new desktop picture/wallpaper for the week, \"Lawful Good\", featuring the Paladin from Diablo II. In addition, the site has the final update to the journal detailing the daily adventures at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001.
A thread in our Mac OS 9 forum is tracking incompatibilities with Mac OS 9.1. Countless other threads in the forum are tracking other issues and comments regarding the new operating system.
Metrowerks introduced CodeWarrior 2.0 Learning Edition for novice programmers during Macworld this week. This version includes a voice-guided multimedia tutorial. The tools also include a simple install process and a simple IDE.
Today is the last day of Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001. Conferences and workshops are scheduled from 10:30 AM to 3 PM and the exhibit hall is open from 10 AM to 4 PM (All times are Pacific.)
ZDNet has posted an article on Mac OS 9.1 that says the new version lost many features in its year-long development. \"Despite the long incubation period, however, some planned features have been either deferred to later revisions or have been reserved as unique features for Mac OS X ...\"
MacNN has published an in-depth look at the PowerBook G4, including numerous technical and non-technical points regarding the system, as well as a list of popular and interesting forum threads with comments and information regarding the announcements made at Macworld Expo San Francisco.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a free shipping preorder offer for the new PowerBook G4 Titanium, a refurbished G3/300 iBook for $999, 128 MB PC100 SDRAM for $114 and The Complete National Geopgraphic (31 CD-ROMs) for under $10.
David Pogue of the New York Times has written a positive article about the new PowerBook G4 Titanium, calling it \"a sports car [rather] than a subcompact.\"
Unmarked software has released a patch to fix a problem with textSOAP 2.6.2 and Mac OS 9.1.
Yesterday we published an update on Aliens vs. Predator: Gold Edition for the Mac, Blizzard Entertainment ackowledged a bug with potion-wielding Barbarians in Diablo II and some users began receiving their ATI Radeon Mac Edition PCI cards. We published three new photo galleries from Macworld Expo San Francisco as well as an update to the Custer\'s Corner Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001 Journal.
Yesterday we published three new Macworld Expo San Francisco photo galleries, Sorenson announced the upcoming beta release of the Sorenson MPEG-4 codec, Akamai revealed that Apple\'s keynote webcast for this year\'s Macworld Expo San Francisco captured the largest audience for a live webcast, Apple celebrated iTools\' first birthday with the release of a $10 coupon and Napster 1.0b1.1 for the Mac was released.
Morning tech news: The FCC has approved the merger between AOL and Time Warner, but AOL must open its AIM services to one other provider immediately and a second within 180 days; new research suggests adoption of Internet technologies continues to have a positive impact on the U.S. economy, according to the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce; and Cable & Wireless has unveiled plans for the world\'s most advanced transatlantic telecom cable, at a cost of up to $1.2 billion, which is designed for carrying Internet and data traffic.
TIBCO Extensibility has posted Turbo XML 2.0 for Windows, UNIX and a beta version supporting Mac OS X. This version of the solution for developing and managing XML assets includes new production releases of XML Authority, XML Instance and XML Console. There is a free 30-day trial available.
Our forums continue to attract much discussion regarding Macworld announcements, especially regarding the new Power Mac G4 and PowerBook G4. More popular/interesting threads include: Power Mac G4: Radeon vs. GeForce 2 · 466 MHz vs. 533 MHz · Dual 533 MHz vs. Single 667 MHz · What is write combing? (new G4s have it) · New price points disappointing · Where is the Cube going? PowerBook G4: 1152x768 screen resolution is too big · What about a sub-PowerBook? · Lack of expansion bay is disappointing · PowerBook G4 lacks ADC port · PBG4 disappointments/shouldhaves · PBG4 case design thoughts
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
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