Sonnet Technologies announced it has hired \"all key engineering personnel\" of Newer Technologies, which closed its doors on December 27, 2000. The addition of the Newer team effectively doubles Sonnet\'s engineering resources, according to the press release: \"The group will begin working on new Sonnet projects immediately following acquisition of office space in Wichita.\"
Several readers have noted that Apple has now posted the Mac OS 9.1 updater as a single file download, after making the multipart archive available for download the last week.
Rage Software\'s CSM Maker v1.1 allows you to create CSMs at \"the click of a button.\" It now allows you to drop a file onto CSM Maker\'s Icon to create a CSM for it. It is free for personal use and free when distributing a CSM with a freeware applications.
Real Software has posted the second beta of REALbasic 3.0b2, a tool for creating software. This beta adds the new registration scheme; adjusts the behavior of the Project window; and, when adding new classes, the Code Editor window does not automatically open. [PPC Classic, Carbon]
Joshua Pickering has posted a petition to Microsoft requesting the features missing from the Macintosh version of MSN Messenger (which are present in the Windows version) be added to it -- specifically, free PC-to-phone capabilities. Windows users of MSN Messenger get to make free US-to-US phone calls.
Reader Bob Grip discovered a CNN internal memo posted on drudgereport.com that discusses cutback plans, including equipping news teams with Macintosh laptops. \"We intend to accelerate our plans to introduce compact hi-tech newsgathering gear. Look for the quick introduction of small, high-quality DV cameras and laptop editing equipment (a Mac laptop), enabling us to deploy smaller reporting teams one or two people at times when it makes sense.\"
Mark Tuleweit notes Apple has posted DVD-ROM v1.1 update for people using iTunes with iMac\'s and G4 cubes: \"Although no new version number is listed on the site the release date is the 16th and I can confirm that this update is labeled 1.1. The bad news is that this update still does NOT update my G4 Cubes ROM although it does at least let me get one step further then the last updater did before it fails.\" The update is also available via the Software Update Control Panel.
Rich Oeckler reports downloading MRJ 2.2.4 from the Mac OS 9.1 Software Update control panel, which \"which addresses a security issue affecting our users. In some cases, this would have permitted unauthorized applets to access the local hard drive.\" The software is not yet available on Apple\'s Website.
Power On Software has posted Rewind 1.1, a $90 application that remembers all the inforamtion that is being modified on disks, allowing for a return to previous versions. This version fixes a compatibiltity problem with Mac OS 9.1, adds the ability to select certain types of events to display in the Rewind Disks window and updates the user interface. [site not updated]
Evening tech news: Rolling blackouts began today in Northern California as the state struggles against an energy crisis; AOL Time Warner could raise rates for America Online later this year, according to some analysts; Novel Concepts has registered two patents for a cooling technology which could help shrink portable devices while not decreasing battery life; and Intel is developing an entirely new mobile chip which it plans to debut in 2002.
Aspyr Media games dominated the Mac game sales charts in December 2000 with The Sims, The Sims: Livin\' Large and Sim Theme Park topping the bestsellers, according to PC Data. MacSoft, owned by Infogrames Entertainment, also had several titles in the top 10 including Age of Empires at #4, Scrabble at #7, Mac Fun Pack at #8 and Risk II at #10. The Sims was the second best-selling Mac software title overall for the month.
Jonas Echterhoff has released Reckless Drivin\' 1.2, a new version of his $12 shareware overhead 2D racing game. The new version has been carbonized for Mac OS X compatibility, now remembers the last name entered in the high score list, fixes misspellings and adds a FAQ section to the Readme.
Bullseye Software has released SkyFighters 1945 1.01, an updated version of its combat flight sim for the Mac. The update fixes many minor bugs and includes some cosmetic tweaks.
Inside Mac Games has published a preview of Myst III: Exile, the 3D adventure game expected for release on the Mac and PC in April.
Norbyte has introduced Headbanger 1.0.0, a $7 shareware action game. The game, based on a similar game for the Atari published in the early 1990s, is an original creation and presents 10 columns on the screen, where various heads and other stuff pop up. The player uses 10 keys on the keyboard (one for each column) to drop heavy things on the heads, without hitting anything else.
Apple has reported a loss of $247 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2001 on revenue of $1 billion; in line with revised estimates. [updated story, conference call notes, additional information]
Reverend\'s 3DPulpit has published an interview with 3dfx Interactive co-founder, and now NVIDIA 3D architect, Gary Tarolli, on the demise of the former powerhouse in 3D graphics technology. \"3dfx ignited the PC 3D gaming market,\" says Tarolli, \"and I\'ll always be proud of that, and the many other things we accomplished. Now it\'s time to move on...\"
Riley Lynch has posted Space.app 0.4, which provides \"virtual workspaces\" to for organizing the desktop: \"When you open Space.app, any non-hidden applications will be added to the first desktop. Switch to other desktops by clicking on the corresponding buttons. Any applications that you open or switch to (e.g. using the dock or command-tab) will become associated with the desktop that you are using.\" The source-code will be available soon for others to help collaborate on the software.
eGroups Extractor 1.0 is a shareware application that can be used to download and extract attachments from eGroups archives. It is compatible with Mac OS X as well all systems with CarbonLib 1.2 installed.
Gathering of Developers has released a teaser trailer for the forthcoming Myth III: The Wolf Age, now in development for the Mac and PC at Mumbo Jumbo Studios. The trailer runs 53 seconds and mostly contains footage from Myth II: Soulblighter with the final portion showing an animation of the new ghol in the game.
Italian sites Diablo Italia and Multiplayer.it have each posted three new screenshots from the Diablo II Expansion Set expected for release in Q2 2001.
Myth Village has posted an article detailing the known members of the development team at Mumbo Jumbo Studios currently working on Myth III: The Wolf Age. The majority of the development team has extensive experience with the Mac including Lead Programmer Andrew Meggs, who most recently completed the Mac port of Heavy Metal: FAKK2, and Michael Donges, who was previously a Games Partnership Manager at Apple.
Softobe has released Eudora Archiver 1.5, which adds Mac OS 9.1 compatibility and brings support for saving file with creator of BlueSky Research \"Textures\" to the $20 shareware utility for archiving Eudora ( v. 4 or 5) emails and attachments.
games.macnn.com has published a first look at Master of Orion III, which offers an in-depth look at the strategy game\'s features, gameplay and concept art, as well as information on today\'s release of the Myth III: The Wolf Age Teaser Trailer. [updated]
PineHill\'s CreativePage 2.5 adds several new features and enhancements to its $25 Web page creation tool that features syntax coloring, HTML assistants, a built-in FTP client, backup and auto save features, and other tools. Version 2.5 adds support for CCS when creating a new page, compatibility with Mac OS 9.1, contextual menu support, server side include support, and multiple simultaenous FTP sessions.
Extension Overload 5.7, an update to the $20 shareware system component database that contains descriptions of 4265 extensions and control panels, control strip modules and contextual menu items, has been updated with info on Mac OS 9.1 and has better support for non-English Mac OS.
We have posted a first look at Master of Orion III which offers an in-depth look at the strategy game\'s features, gameplay and concept art.
We have posted a review of Tanks of Terror, the tank combat racing game for the Mac developed by Klink! Software.
We have added Master of Orion III, the turn-based strategy game announced for the Mac last week by MacSoft, and Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2, the skateboarding game announced for the Mac last week by Aspyr Media, to our Game Center. [updated]
Yesterday we published an update on the Mac version of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen, DreamCatcher Interactive released a 1.02 update for Riddle of the Sphinx and a MacNN reader offered his first impressions of the ATI Radeon PCI Mac Edition. We published part 1 of our Women in Gaming series in which we interview \"hepkitten\" and \"emmatheodd\", two renowned female gamers in the first-person shooter gaming community. Also, we added both realMyst and Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed to our Game Center.
Unlike the PowerBook G3, Apple\'s new PowerBook G4 only features support for low-profile SO-DIMMs, according to a developer tech note. The significance of this is only realized when adding 512 MB RAM modules, which cost nearly four times more than a standard SO-DIMM.
Online Game Review has published an interview with PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer on Tropico, the company\'s building/strategy game coming out for the Mac, PC and Dreamcast later this year. \"Tropico is unique, great looking, a blast to play and something that I think a lot of people out there are really going to enjoy,\" says Steinmeyer.
id Software has updated the official FAQ for Quake III: Team Arena. The update consists mainly of acknowledgements of known issues with the add-on pack that the company is investigating.
Willow Design is now shipping its 15\" Apple Flat Panel Display Carry Case, which has compartments for the Flat Panel Display as well as two compartments on a lower level for accessories. The $116 carring case has a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or craftsmanship.
The Mac Show, a weekly Internet radio show streamed live via Quicktime, will include a guest appearance by Graphic Simulations Corporation President Jeff Morgan tonight. The interview is likely to cover the company\'s announcement last week that it would publish both Summoner and Red Faction for the Mac in addition to the latest news on the development of the multiplayer patch for Baldur\'s Gate and add-on Tales of the Sword Coast. The show begins at 9:00 p.m. EST (6:00 p.m. PST) and runs for two hours.
Minolta has introduced two color copier/printers: The DiALTA CF2001 and CF1501. The DIALTA CF2001 produces 20 ppm, and the CF1501 produces 15 ppm. With optional print controllers, the printers can be networked. Both copiers have 600 dpi copy and print resolution; 256 levels of grayscale per pixel; Minolta\'s Screen LIMOS III technology; and tandem technology, which applies all four colors in one pass. Both also have the ability to produce full-bleed 11-by-17-inch originals on 12-by-18-inch paper. The CF2001 is $17,500, and the CF1501 is $14,000. [site not updated]
Apple will report its first quarter earnings for fiscal 2001 today after the market closes. A conference call with investors and analysts will take place at 5 PM EST and will be available to the public via a live audio stream. In early December Apple issued its second consecutive earnings warning and announced that it expects to post a loss of $225-$250 million for the quarter on revenue of $1 billion, down from an initial estimate of $1.6 billion. Still, some analysts expect Jobs\' outlook on the future may not be as positive as it was after the warning was issued.
RiverSong InterActive has recently released TitleTrack Jukebox, a $290 complete hardware and software package for controlling the Sony line of music CD changers. Up to 12 changers can be controlled by the product, which inventories, organizes and accesses music collections. Version 2.0, which will be released soon as a free upgrade to registered users, will add the ability to play MP3 with CDs and add an IR transmitter for controlling any component in a user\'s home-entertainment system.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including angel (still life photos), Apple soda (logos, Apple), Buffy (portraits) and Cartman (animation).
The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4), whose role is to administer the Job Definition Specification, has elected its Advisory Board. JDF is an emerging, open print-workflow standard that is XML-based. Members of the board include Christian AnschŁtz of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen; Martin Bailey of Harlequin; Johan Berlaen of Agfa; and Paul Gaboury of printCafť.
Semiconductor Business News has more details on the new G4 processors, which were quietly introduced by Motorola last week , including pricing on the new chip. [see our reader comments thread]
Bear Stearns PC analyst Andrew Neff yesterday recommended a \"massive and immediate consolidation of the major U.S. PC vendors,\" despite strong dissents among his peers. Recommendations included Dell\'s purchase of Gateway and IBM\'s PC business as well as Apple\'s abondonment of the PowerPC architecture in favor of porting Mac OS X to the Intel architecture.
Alsoft is expected to release PlusOptimizer 1.3 this week to bring compatibility with Mac OS 9.1 and OS X: \"versions 1.0 through 1.2 will not function if you are running Mac OS 9.1. This updater updates these versions of PlusOptimizer to version 1.3 for complete Mac OS 9 - 9.1 compatibility and adds enhanced features when running under Mac OS 9 - 9.1. PlusOptimizer 1.3 now optimizes Mac OS X Extended disks. It also recognizes when it is running in Mac OS X\'s Classic environment.\"
Version 1.7 of Email2FMP, formerly Eudora2FMP, now offers support for importing Netscape Communicator mailboxes as well as Eudora mailboxes. The update is free to registered users of the shareware ($10) set of FileMaker databases that can import and archive email.
AIMM v1.2, an update to Jeffrey Rosen\'s AOL IM clone, offers the ability to import/export buddy lists to the standard AOL IM client, view logs from within the applications, and other enhancements.
A ResExcellence tutorial today explains how to use the Mac OS X Terminal to terminate troublesome applications that don\'t appear in the Application Manager.
Greg Landweber has posted Power Windows 2.4.5, a maintenance release to his popular $10 shareware window transparency utility that addresses glitches with transparent menus in Appearance themes and in Kaleidoscope schemes without built-in transparency as well as fixes a conflict between PopChar Pro and transparent window dragging.
Chaotic Software\'s MP3 Rage 3.0 adds a Gnutella client, support for running natively on Mac OS X, a newly revamped player with play lists, support for artwork embedded in MP3s, filename to ID3 tag converter, long filenames support, and other features to the $25 shareware collection of MP3 tools.
Mac Army Knife 2.5 is an update to Chaotic\'s $25 all-in-one collection of useful system utilities for MacOS 8, 9 and X. Version 2.5 updates the process manager and resolves some issues running on Mac OS 9.1 with CarbonLib 1.2.
Yesterday we noted record attendance numbers for Macworld Expo as well as the Keynote streaming event, our final Photo Essay from the Macworld Expo show floor, record downloads of iTunes software from Apple\'s servers, and Macromedia\'s merger with Allaire. Other updates included Open Door\'s Who\'s There 1.0, new Canto Cumulus add-ons, updated developer notes on the new PowerBooks and Power Macs, and Apple\'s 5-minute PowerBook G4 QT video.
Alsoft\'s DiskWarrior Extension 2.0.5 adds compatibility with Mac OS 9.1 as well as visual indication during startup of whether the extension has loaded: \"Older versions of the DiskWarrior Extension will not load when your Mac is starting up with Mac OS 9.1. The DiskWarrior 2.0 application does not need to be updated for compatibility.\"
A new public beta of WebMerge 1.5b adds workflow automation options, better HTML generation, support for tab-delimited export formats, Apple event support, and other enhancements to the $70 cross-platform tool for generating static Web pages from database files.
A second public beta version of Screen Catcher 2.2b, St. Clair Software\'s screen capture utility, improves support and control of preferences for the file formats as well as fixes a conflict with Chronos Personal Organizer.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl