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4D, Inc. has posted WebSTAR Server Suite Plug-in v4.3.3, which \"resolves a known method of crashing WebSTAR. 4D, Inc. is strongly urging those users operating versions earlier than 4.3.2 of the WebSTAR Search Plug-in to upgrade now.\" (Both non-G4 and G4-optimized versions are available.)
Ion Storm Austin is seeking designers to work on Deus Ex 2, the sequel to the award-winning game Deus Ex. The position is located in Austin, Texas and the only technical qualification needed is experience with a level editor or 3D building program. A detailed message from Lead Designer Harvey \"Witchboy\" Smith explains additional requirements and instructions for applying.
Nuclear Winter Gaming Network has posted four new screenshots of Summoner, the 3D role-playing game already available for the Playstation 2 and coming to the Mac and PC in April.
AppleInsider recently published an article on Motorola\'s G4 development team and the company\'s manufacturing problems, as well an article on features removed from Mac OS 9.1 that hint at a future 9.x release.
osx.macnn.com has new about the release of QuickTime Streaming Server 3 preview, a technology release of Sophos Antivirus utility for OS X, and NFS Manager 1.03, which allows convenient access to the NFS features of OS X.
Apple has posted the English-North American version of QuickTime Streaming Server 3 Preview. This preview offers quality of service enhancements, new Web-based administration and support for Mac OS X.
BusinessWeek online has a very complimentary article about iTunes, calling it the \"Best of Show.\" \"Where iTunes excels is in look and ease of use. Its brushed metal motif, identical to sister programs Sherlock and QuickTime, is elegant and simple to navigate. And iTunes is by far the easiest software-music player to use.\" MP3.com\'s review of iTunes says that it \"is a visually pleasing program that\'s not as easy to use as Apple claims, but is pretty darned good anyway.\"
Publicspace.net has release of MacBreakZ! 2.8, a $25 personal ergonomic utility to monitor the use of keyboards and monitors. This release further enhances the utility\'s \"microbreaks\" feature. A demo is available.
The Riven Unofficial Home Page has posted a special report on the appearance of Myst III: Exile at this year\'s Macworld Expo San Francisco including comments from Presto Studios PR Manager Susan Weyer and Writer Mary DeMarle as well as photos from the event. \"The game is coming together nicely, as thousands of people witnessed at MacWorld Expo, San Francisco last week,\" said Weyer.
IXSoftware.com has introduced \"Make It So!,\" an Adobe Photoshop automation module for preparing image files for output. Accessible via the menu bar in Photoshop, the software contains three modules: \"Make It Right!\" prepares a raw image for accurate display on-screen; \"Make It Print!\" converts and prepares the screen-ready image for print; and \"Make It So!\" enables Photoshop to batch-process a master folder of images, simultaneously converting all files to different output sizes and color spaces. It will be available in April. [pricing not available]
Blizzard Entertainment has posted a new trailer featuring in-game footage of WarCraft III, the role-playing strategy game expected for release on the Mac and PC in the second half of 2001. The movie runs for over two and a half minutes and is in Bink format. [requires Bink video player]
We have posted a review of Cleaner 5, the video compression solution from Terran Interactive. Earlier today, a review of Driver was posted as well.
iREZ Technologies has reduced the retail cost of its KritterUSB from $100 to $70 and the KritterUSB Bundle, which includes a stand, has been reduced from $130 to $100. In addition to the price reduction, iREZ has extended the warranty from one year to two years, with registration.
Beenox Studios\' Dee Brown has updated the Coldstone Game Engine progress log with a list of the changes and additions in beta 2 of the role-playing game creation utility. Our recently published preview of the Coldstone Game Engine included screenshots from the scenario which will ship with the utility, PoG, while publisher Ambrosia Software has posted screenshots of the editor itself.
We have posted a review of Driver, the new driving game from MacSoft which features high speed police chases, spectacular crashes and the ability to create your own car chase scenes.
Creative Labs\' Brian Souder has clarified his earlier statement regarding the addition of SoundBlaster Live! sound cards as a BTO option at The Apple Store, according to IMG. \"Actually, not BTO yet,\" says Sounder. \"We would like to see it. It is just going to be available at the Apple store when it starts shipping.\"
Sophos has posted a technology preview of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X, which includes Sophos SWEEP, the Installer and On-line help (in the new HTML format), but does not include InterCheck, Sophos\'s on-access scanner which comes with the full product. This preview also has support for detecting viruses in MS Office 2001 files and Stuffit Expander launch support.
Lynn Fredricks has posted Notes from a Henna Gaijin, which is described as \"a series of articles about traveling to and making the most out of MacWorld Expo Tokyo 2001, from the perspective of someone who regularly travels there. These articles will be practical in nature, getting to the show, seeing the Mac in Japan and enjoying your trip.\"
Our note a few days ago on \"unnecessary restrictions\" in Apple\'s DVD burner has generated much commentary readers, including a note about the 1-hour recording restriction. Other topics of interest include the decline of Macs in education, continuing debate over G4 PowerBook delays, Apple\'s next \"killer app\", availability of OS 9.1 with Pro keyboards, QuickTime\'s market share, and Sears\' move to reduce its Mac product line.
GameSpy.com has published an in-depth look at the Quake III: Arena 1.27 point release and the possibilities it opens for mod teams specifically. The point release is currently available only as a beta for Mac users with a final non-debug release expected soon. GameSpy.com will publish part two of the feature tomorrow which talks with four mod teams to discover how the point release has affected their mods.
Today\'s featured move on Gathering of Developer\'s official Oni web site is the running lariat, a spin around the throat of an enemy which knocks down any opponents in the immediate vicinity. [flash 5 required]
Stone Table Software is soliciting \"creative writers\" to help test the next version of its non-linear word processor, Z-Write. The beta program will be starting shortly: those interested in joining should send an e-mail message. Z-Write 1.2 is scheduled to be released in late February.
Epic Interactive has released a demo for the Mac version of Earth 2140, a futuristic real-time strategy game featuring over 70 different vehicles and buildings, 50 missions, multiplayer with up to 6 players and more. The game requires a 180 MHz Power Mac or better, 32 MB RAM, 80 MB hard disk space, a 3D video card with at least 4 MB VRAM and OS 8.6 or later.
games.macnn.com has information on today\'s releases of a new trailer for role-playing strategy game WarCraft III and the Earth 2140 Demo, a futuristic real-time strategy game for the Mac. [updated]
Hot topics in our Mac Games forum include ideas for the ultimate Mac commercial, advice for a young teenager interested in buying a computer for games and the best mouse for hacking, slashing and spellcasting through Diablo II.
Yesterday it was reported that new drivers for the PCI Radeon should be released this week, Wolfpack Studios and Gathering of Developers released new information on the MMORPG Shadowbane and Westlake Interactive\'s Jesse Spears provided games.macnn.com with the latest progress report on the Mac version of Escape from Monkey Island. We published Kitty\'s Adventures in The Sims Volume 3, our ongoing series that tells the ficticious stories of life in The Sims while also sharing some extras to download for owners of the game. This week\'s edition provides everything needed to create your own art gallery.
Sid Meier\'s Alpha Centauri 1.5.2b1 is a new version of the epic turn-based strategy game from Aspyr Media. The update primarily fixes a problem for OS 9.1 users where absolute black pixels become white. However, the company notes that this is a beta release and still contains some minor display issues for users of OS 9.1.
Aspyr Media has released Sim Theme Park 2.0.4b3, a patch for the strategy/simulation game which fixes a problem launching the game for some users.
NFS Manager 1.0b3 allows users to access the NFS feature of OS X without modifying any of the FSTAB files (FSTAB, FSTAB.HD, STAB.RD or STAB.SD).
Cisco today announced Aironet 350, a family of 802.11b (Airport) compliant enterprise networking products that support up to 5,000 simultaneous users. The Wireless Access Point, Wireless Bridge, and Workgroup Bridge sell for $1,500, $2,000, and $6300, respectively. Microsoft and UNC are among the first adopters of the technology, with Microsoft hoping to expand the Aironet 350\'s capacity to 20,000 users.
MAKI Enterprise has posted Magellan 1.7.2, an update to its multilingual e-mail client that adds various small features and bug fixes. Pricing has also been reduced to $50.
AShare Helper 1.7.3 is a minor update to the application to help with the upkeep of ASIP servers fixing an alias bug and adding more detail to the Empty Network Trash routine when logging is set to Debug level.
UPresent 2.2.6 (formerly MacPresents) is a free, cross-platform, multimedia presentation application developed by the University of Minnesota. Users can define up to 55 menu titles, each containing graphics, video, audio, 3DMF, text, videodisc sequences or links to URLs and software applications. A Mac OS X version will be released on or around March 24.
Following its acquisition of Farallon last year, Proxim has announced that it will acquire Netopia in a stock-for-stock merger. Proxim provides wirefree networking solutions to homes, enterprises and service providers, while Netopia is best known on the Mac platform for Timbuktu Pro, netOctopus, and its line of routers.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Brescia, Italy (landscapes); Bruce Lee -- Respect My Authority (movies); Catherine Zeta-Jones (portraits); and Hazard Team (games).
The State University of New York Cortland, the largest teacher-education institution in New York state, uses iBook computers and QuickTime videos to help bring mathematics, science, social studies and educational technology into focus for the instructors of tomorrow.
Yesterday we noted Corel\'s refocus on the graphics market, QuickTime\'s share in the streaming media market, the pending release of ColorSync 3.03 (which was released as part of the Mac OS 9.1 CD), and the release of MacAmp 2.0. Other OS 9.1-related updates include Smith Micro\'s FAXstf 6.05 updater, Vicomsoft\'s Internet product updates, and several other updates.
Brian Johnson notes that MSNBC\'s recent (re)launch of Highspeed.MSNBC.com does not support Macs: \"MSNBC has recently launched Highspeed.MSNBC.com, which touts: \'The new user interface, a destination news page for broadband users, provides easy access to interactive rich-media features as well as live and on-demand video including MSNBC.com\'s hourly Video Headlines.\' But when a mac user attempts to use the site, a window pops up with this message: \'The MSNBC HighSpeed page is not supported on the Macintosh platform.\'\"
Microsoft and Sun yesterday settled a 3-year-old lawsuit, with Microsoft agreeing to pay Sun $20 million for limited use of its Java programming technology. The suit had alleged Microsoft had violated terms of its licensing agreement for Java by improperly modifying the technology so it would only work with its Windows computer operating system.
Morning tech news: Intel plans to cut its desktop chip prices by more than 40 percent; now that the merger between AOL and Time Warner is complete, Time Warner laid off about 2,000 employees, bringing total cuts to 2,400; and Lucent Technologies has posted a first-quarter loss and said it would cut 10,000 jobs as part of a plan to cut $2 billion in expenses.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ