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More than 93,000 individuals packed the Moscone Center last week for Macworld Expo San Francisco, according to numbers released by IDG World Expo. The figure makes San Francisco 2001 the most popular Macworld Expo ever. Additionally, more than a 250,000 users across the world tuned in via Webcast for Apple CEO Steve Jobs\' January 9 keynote.
Apple today announced that in its first week of release its free MP3 application, iTunes, received more than 275,000 downloads.
MacNN Reader \"Dev-Em\" offers his first impressions of the ATI Radeon PCI Mac Edition which recently began shipping. The comments cover performance with specific games such as Diablo II, DVD playback and 2D scrolling speed.
OSP 0.99r is the latest release of the popular mod for Quake III: Arena created by Orange Smoothie Productions. The new version adds dozens of bug fixes and minor new features; a full list of changes is available online.
Gaming News Network has posted an interview with PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer on Tropico, the company\'s building/strategy coming to the Mac, PC and Dreamcast later this year. \"[Tropico] was loosely inspired by SimCity,\" remarks Steinmeyer. \"I thought - Being mayor is great, but I\'d rather be the absolute boss of a whole country - the dictator.\"
Markus Hadwiger, a member of the development team working on the massively multiplayer online 3D space combat game Parsec, has posted his master\'s thesis, \"Design and Architecture of a Portable and Extensible Multiplayer 3D Game Engine\", in both PDF and Postscript formats. The thesis describes the inner workings of the Parsec engine and will be the core documentation of the forthcoming Parsec Software Development Kit (SDK).
Macromedia today reported a profit of $16.2 million for its third quarter, a 97 percent year-over-year increase, on revenues of $103.3 million, a 61 percent increase. The company also announced that it will merge with Allaire, an e-commerce content management company. Meanwhile, Handspring reported a narrower-than-expected loss of 7 centers per share on revenue of $115.62 million. Wall St. had expected a loss of 12 cents per share.
WS4D/eCommerce 3.3b18, a single application that includes a Web server, shopping carts and order/customer tracking, is now available for Mac and Windows. This version adds support for PayPal, support for LinkPoint HTML for credit-card approval and different price levels based on quantity ordered. The company is also offering WS4D/Banners, a new optional integrated module that rotates banners and tracks impressions and clickthroughs.
Reuters has published an article about The Access 2 Technology Project, a program that for teenage \"misfits.\" In one such class, one-third of previously trouble-making kids discovered they were good at computers \"once they started touching parts and reconstituting old Apple Macintoshes.\"
The Female Factory Worker is this week\'s Character Highlight for PopTop Software\'s building/strategy game, Tropico. \"As any good dictator knows, you\'ll need plenty of healthy, skilled workers to keep the factories running strong. You can either please them or control them; just don\'t think you can ignore them.\"
MindlessGames.com has published an interview with Cornered Rat Software\'s Chris Sherland, Producer on the upcoming massively multiplayer online war game, World War II Online. \"All our vehicles, including tanks, trucks, ships, and aircraft will be multi-crew-able,\" notes Sherland. \"From a two man R35 to many many players parachuting out of a Ju52.\"
XGR has published 15 new screenshots from the Playstation 2 version of Red Faction, the first-person shooter also in development for the Mac and PC at Volition and expected for release on the Mac by GraphSim in July.
Roxen WebServer 2.1 Beta is an open source web server for Mac OS X Public Beta, offering the ability to perform run-time server-side image processing such as on-the-fly Photoshop file conversion, the ability to render antialiased text, and apply filter-like effects on images. It supports HTTP 1.1, HTML 1.0, SSL 3.0, WML 1.0, Java 2, Java Servlets 2.2, Perl, Pike, JSP, Unicode, CGI, FastCGI, TTF and image formats such as PSD, TIFF, JPEG and GIF and is available under the Gnu Public License (GPL).
Roxen has also released Pike 7 Beta, its open-source, general-purpose programming language for Mac OS X Public Beta with which developers can build applications on Mac OS X and deploy Pike server applications across existing server installations such as Mac OS X Server, Sun Solaris, Windows 2000, and Linux. Pike 7 will support Mac OS X when it is released in early 2001.
Our Macworld Expo San Francisco coverage concludes with a final Photo Essay that takes a look at FWB, harman/kardon, Imation, MacAlly, MCE, iRez, Netopia, and Digital Playground.
Afternoon tech news: Motorola has announced that it will shut down its Harvard, Illinois cellphone manufacturing plant and lay off 2,500 workers; Intel has divulged plans to increase production of its Pentium 4 chip to an expected 20 million in 2001; tech companies are teaming up to fight hackers by sharing information about cyber-attacks and vulnerabilities; and Sun Microsystems plans to throw a coming-out party today for the company\'s new Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE).
IMG has published a short interview with NVIDIA PR Manager Brian Burke which covers such topics as NVIDIA\'s development of the hardware abstraction layer for the Apple DVD Player. \"We worked with Apple to implement a hardware abstraction layer - a layer that removes the direct chip dependencies between the DVD player application and the underlying graphics architecture beneath it, which could be found in the previous version of the DVD playback utility provided by Apple,\" says Burke.
Computer Games Online has published a brief preview of Myth III: The Wolf Age, the third title in the real-time strategy game series now in development at Mumbo Jumb Studios. \"Our 3D unit models will be using a skeletal-based animation system, allowing them to react to their scenery (like move their head to watch an oncoming foe, or to lean into a slope as they walk up it),\" explains Scott Campbell, lead designer. \"We are planning for 3D generated foliage that will sway in the wind or deform with a wight\'s blast. Translucent water will allow you to see into the river, as real-time lighting will play over the scene like a sunset.\"
DreamCatcher Interactive has released Riddle of the Sphinx 1.02, a new version of the company\'s 3D adventure game for the Mac and PC. The new version fixes more than a dozen bugs and tweaks some aspects of gameplay.
Open Door Networks today began shipping \"Who\'s There? 1.0\" firewall advisor for analyzing and investigating access attempts. It offers advanced logging with automatic host name look-up and security risk level assessment as well as a database of info on most types of attacks. The $40 utility is available online as a demo.
games.macnn.com has published Women in Gaming: Part 1, an interview with two renowned female first-person shooter gamers, which covers such issues as obstacles that women face in gaming, suggestions of gender-neutral games and how women can find a place in a male-dominated pastime.
In part 1 of our Women in Gaming series, we interview \"hepkitten\" and \"emmatheodd\", two renowned female gamers in the first-person shooter gaming community. The interview covers such issues as obstacles that women face in gaming, suggestions of gender-neutral games and how women can find a place in a male-dominated pastime.
MacNN has posted a final Photo Essay from its Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001 coverage which includes harmon/kardon\'s iSub and SoundSticks as well as MacAlly\'s new iShock II which includes force feedback support.
We\'ve added realMyst, the upcoming real-time 3D version of the best-selling adventure game Myst, and Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, the upcoming first release in the popular racing series on the Mac, to our ever-expanding Game Center. Publisher, developer, expected release date, description, screenshots and in-game movies are just some of the items provided on each Game Center page.
The results of last week\'s poll which asked, \"Are you ready to buy a new Power Mac G4 with an Nvidia GeForce2 MX included?\" have been tallied. 59.49% of participants are ready to buy a new Power Mac G4, 25.83% are not ready and 14.68% are undecided. Our new poll, available in our left sidebar, asks, \"After playing the Oni Demo, will you be purchasing the game when it\'s released on January 29th?\" Please take the time to place your vote.
Yesterday Pangea Software released Cro-Mag Rally 1.0.7, id Software\'s Graeme Devine provided an update on the status of the Altivec-enabled build of Quake III: Arena and Quicksilver Software posted their latest Developer Diary for Master of Orion III. We published MWSF 2001: Photo Essay II which covers the gaming companies present at the show: Aspyr Media, Bunch Media, Game Studios, Graphic Simulations Corporation, MacPlay and MacSoft. Also, we added Monopoly, the classic board game from Parker Brothers recently released for the Mac, and Shadowbane, the upcoming persistent online role-playing game for the Mac and PC, to our continually growing Game Center.
IMG received word from The Collective\'s Doug Hare that the Mac version of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen is being delayed by the incomplete nature of the game\'s MP3 playback system. \"The Mac version of the game is complete apart from the music playback,\" says Hare. \"We used the Miles Sound System on the PC which provided us with MP3 playback and unfortunately the Mac version of Miles is running late which is the reason for the Mac delay.\" The company hopes to enter final testing by the end of the month.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a refurbished iBook G3/300 for $1,000; $200 off on an iMac DV+ or iMac DV SE; a PowerMac G3/500 PCI upgrade and FireWire for $400; and the Complete National Geographic on 31 CDs for $10.
Ekim Software has released Pipeline 2.5, a proxy server application. It is fully configurable and can host SOCKS4, SOCKS5 and HTTP proxy servers in one application. This version includes SpeedLimit, a new feature that gives the ability to slow down the speed of connections.
Apple summarizes the Gaming Area at this year\'s Macworld Expo San Francisco with \"2001: A Gaming Odyssey\". The article highlights the games which appeared and were announced at the show while also offering a short video of some games being displayed including Escape from Monkey Island, Summoner and Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim.
Utterer.com has published an interview with NVIDIA PR Manager Brian Burke regarding the company\'s new presence in the Mac graphics card market. The Macintosh platform will have a separate unified driver that is derived from the Detonator driver, similar to our mobile strategy. NVIDIA\'s has the world\'s only true forward/backward, and top-to-bottom unified driver architecture. The same experience and effort expended in creating the stability and robustness of the Detonator drivers for the PC is being leveraged on our Macintosh drivers.
Jesse Spears has released updated text resources for Harpoon3 for the Mac which allows users to see important descriptive text in the Platform Display of downloaded scenarios.
Canto has released Cumulus PowerPoint SupportKit, which offers an extended feature set for managing single slides. The SupportKit is an option for the entire Cumulus product line. Another option available is the Cumulus DIG35 AssetStore, which allows for the efficient management of all assets that include DIG35 Metadata. The company is also offering its MP3 Filter for free. It automatically captures all metadata, such as title, artist and copyright notices, with any MP3 file.
\"Jon\'s Mac OS 9.1 mods\" is a collection of ResEdit modifications that add key commands to the Finder, enlarge old-style Open/Save dialog boxes, adds the ability to windowshade QuickTime and Sherlock windows, and more.
Black & Bleu 3.0 lists 5,045 Mac OS error codes with Apple\'s explanation of each. Black & Bleu enhances Apple\'s explanation by providing explanations in plain English. Version 3.0 adds 661 new error codes, 31 more error groups and adds the ability to search your annotations as a separate option. The Pro version allows for exporting the detailed explanations to a file. The standard unlimited use electronic version is $30, with the update for $20; the Pro version is $130, with the update for $75.
Apple has updated its new Digital Audio Power Mac G4 developer note and the new Titanium PowerBook G4 developer note, which provide details on the specs of the new machines.
The current version of KeyStrokes is not compatible with Mac OS 9.1; Version 2.1, which will be released as a public beta and will be a free update, will be fully compatible with Mac OS 9.1 as well as improved features including function keys and a new type generator that makes the program 100% more responsive and now fully compatible with MS Word.
John Lascurettes notes that Chapura has no plans to deliver a Palm conduit for Mac users to sync Outlook with Palm OS devices: \"We have investigated the possibility of an Outlook synchronization for the Mac, but currently have no plans. It is our understanding that Microsoft plans to include a Mac-to-Palm synchronization tool with [its] next release of Outlook for the Mac.\"
CG Software has recently released PADMaker for Macintosh, a free application for creating Portable Application Descriptions XML files.
SearchWare Solutions has released Pix Lite 1.1, a free update to the $15 shareware, QuickTime-based media viewing tool. This version adds more AppleScript support, improves performance and fixes numerous bugs.
Dave Alpert found out from Tenon that WebTen 3.04, an Apache Web server for Mac OS, \"does not function under 9.1,\" due to the major Open Transport changes.
Marc Moini\'s Smart Scroll 3.7.1, which allows you to set your scrolling speed in all applications, adds support for Mac OS 9.1, runs under Mac OS X\'s Classic, and fixes a few minor issues.
Sailmaker Software has updated all its PPP utilities for compatibility with Mac OS 9.1. Control PPP is now version 2.2. The Universal PPP API is now version 1.4. PPPquencer is now version 2.2. MacPPP QuicKeys is now version 4.3. Those who have purchased the source code for the Universal PPP API will be receiving an update by separate e-mail.
Bluedays Software has posted iSynch 1.4b6, a tool to synchronize Web sites and FTP servers and your local folder. Also available are beta versions of iSynch Lite for Mac OS X and iSynch Lite for Classic.
UMAX has posted MagicScan 4.5 drivers for its Mirage, PowerLook and Gemini scanners.
Crescendo Software has released iTimer 2.5, an application for timing and regulating Internet use from one computer. The $20 software supports multiple users and is fully administrable. Site licenses are $800.
Jeremy Kezer has posted Thermograph 1.2.0, a $7 shareware utility that measures the internal processor temperature of any late-model G3 or G4-based Macintosh.
Apple has posted the 5-minute PowerBook G4 video that was shown during the Macworld Expo keynote last week, which features commentary on the system from various Apple and non-Apple personalities.
LinuxPPC has announced that it distributed more than 1,000 copies of the operating system free of charge during Macworld Expo. LinuxPPC can be ordered for $20, or with a getting started guide and T-shirt for $32.
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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