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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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