Intego\'s antivirus utility VirusBarrier 1.5.1 brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility, improved Turbo mode, and adds detection/eradication of 45 new viruses.
Apple has posted the English-International version of AppleShare IP / 9.0.4 Update, which improves compatability with AppleShare IP 6.3.1 and Macintosh Manager 1.3 running on Mac OS 9.0.4. (The North American-English version was made available in mid-December.)
Apple\'s financial analyst meeting began with CEO Steve Jobs\' recap of Apple\'s recent Macworld Expo announcements.
CNN has reposted a positive Macworld review of the new line of (low-end) Power Macs, saying \"We tested the two less-expensive models -- the 466MHz ($1,699) and the 533MHz ($2,199) -- and we are pleased to report that in nearly every respect, these are finer and more capable Macs than their predecessors.\"
Aladdin Systems has begun shipping Spring Cleaning 3.5 Spanish version, a $50 uninstaller with 13 cleaning utilities for Macintosh, from its Spanish partner, Evinter. This version adds iClean desktop tool, which rids hard drives of unwanted Internet-related clutter; and speeds up searches
Rage Software has posted CSM Maker 1.1, a free application for creating control strip modules out of any file. This version adds drag-and-drop capability, adds a confirmation message when the CSM is created and fixes a few bugs.
All Oni is a new fan site for the newly released action game from Bungie Studios, Oni. The site offers news, articles, forums and information on the game itself including story, characters, combat, weapons and items.
We have posted a review of Charts Pro 1.5, Adrenaline Software\'s application for quickly creating 2D and 3D charts.
Action Vault has published a preview of Red Faction after getting a first-hand look at Volition\'s unique first-person shooter coming to the Mac, PC and Playstation 2 this summer. \"At least one weapon, the rail gun, will allow for infrared sighting. Alan Lawrance demonstrated how it can shoot through walls and other barriers, making it deadly to opponents even though they are not in plain view. As another offensive option, there are also riot shields that can be used for bashing.\"
Mac-O-Rama is preparing to move to Nevada and is clearing out inventory on its Mac games and hardware including Madden NFL 2000 for $19, Baldur\'s Gate for $18 and an ATI Radeon Mac Edition AGP graphics card for $229.
Scott Nichol notes that 3D application developer Maxon has released an preview of its integrated demo of Cinema 4D XL/BodyPaint for OSX. The demo includes both Cinema 4D, a fully integrated 3D-modeling, animation and rendering package and BodyPaint 3D, its 3D painting application for creating high-quality, detailed textures.
][2Mac v2.1b1 brings compatibility with the Keyspan USB-serial and better Mac OS X support to the suite of of 3 applications that allow you to backup and restore Apple-][ floppies to/from a Mac.
Daily Radar has posted new media from the PC version of Summoner including five movies and two dozen screenshots of the 3D role-playing game in action. The movies show scenes from the game including an encounter with a sewer Golem and summoning a samurai.
OpenGL Mac DoomLegacy 0.9.2 is the newest version of the revitalized hardware-accelerated version of Doom II. The most recent additions to the game are an increase of the maximum frames per second from 35 to 70, MP3 support via Quicktime, improved mouse support and more. The author is looking for someone with a dual monitor setup to confirm that the game works properly in such an environment.
The Economist, writing about the explosion of 802.11b wireless Internet, notes deployment of wireless LANs in airports, hotel lobbies, sports stadiums, suburban neighborhoods, and even local Starbucks coffee shops, where Microsoft has joined forces to deliver access over the next two years. (Over the weekend, we noted 802.11b wireless access in airplanes, regional wireless ISP access in the SF Bay, and Toshiba\'s sales push for wireless LANs.)
Arenagames has published an interview with Quicksilver Software\'s Alan Emrich, co-designer and writer on Master of Orion III for the Mac and PC. Emrich comments on what is currently playable in the game with its release still in the far distance at Q1 2002. \"We\'ve got several screens working,\" says Emrich. \"Technologies can be researched, populations grow and spread out across the cosmos, basic industries are generating output... stuff like that. The art department has \"arted\" out a few pieces here and there that have been integrated. Typical pre-alpha stuff that you\'d see in a software laboratory while they\'re stitching Frankenstein together.\"
We have posted the second part of our Oni Strategy Guide, providing step-by-step instructions for completing Chapter 02: Engines of Evil - Manufacturing Plant. The guide includes more than 50 screenshots to aid the reader along; a printer-friendly version is also available.
Rage Software\'s Invisible Finder 1.0 is a $15 utility to find, manage and organize your invisible files.
In celebration of this week\'s release of Oni, Custer\'s Corner will be featuring new desktops for the third-person 3D action game all week long. The first two desktop pictures have already been posted: \"Konoko\" and \"Big Guns Big Fun\".
games.macnn.com has posted the second part of its Oni Strategy Guide, providing step-by-step instruction for completing Chapter 02: Engines of Evil - Manufacturing Plant; in addition, the site has information on the release of a 1.05 patch for Diablo II.
id Software\'s Graeme Devine has updated his .plan with an update on the Mac version of the Quake III: Arena 1.27 point release. Devine notes that a new build will be released once he clears up issues with OS 9.1, and that the Altivec-enhanced version of Quake III: Arena is running phenomenally. Metrowerks is currently running a new version of its compiler through Quality Assurance testing; among other things, the new version fixes a problem preventing the Altivec code in Quake III: Arena from building correctly. Finally, the Mac OS X version of Quake III: Arena will be released along with the next release of the Mac build.
Yesterday ATI Technologies released version 1.11 of the Radeon/Rage 128 Driver, Oni Shots released a Save Game Editor for Bungie\'s third-person 3D action game and a new version of the popular arcade emulator was released, MacMAME 0.37b11a. We published the results of last week\'s poll on neglected genres and began a new one on video cards.
Blizzard Entertainment has released Diablo II 1.05, a patch for its popular role-playing/action hybrid for the Mac and PC. The patch includes many major and minor bug fixes, improvements and balance changes; a full list of changes is available in our forums. The patch is currently only available by logging in to Battle.net within the game.
NVIDIA PR Manager Jim Black, formerly a Games Partnership Manager with Apple, will make a guest appearance on tonight\'s The Mac Show, a weekly Internet radio show broadcasted in Quicktime, to talk about the company\'s new OEM partership with Apple and the GeForce2 MX. The show begins at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST) and runs for two hours.
Caleb Levesque notes that the Apple Store has pushed back delivery of BTO machines with DVD drives to mid-February (from late January). Other readers note the disappearance of DVD-R media from the Apple Store as well.
MacNN sources indicate that many resellers should begin officially taking orders for Mac OS X tomorrow. While some will be guaranteeing delivery on Saturday, March 24 (launch date), others expect to tie in the operating system\'s release with other promotions. Mac OS X will ship for the Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish languages simultaneously for $130.
Aternoon tech news: Intel is preparing samples of its XScale processor, as well as prototypes of the type of handheld devices, flat-panel screens and keyboards in which the chip can be used; IBM is planning to spend another $300 million on Linux--in addition to the $1 billion it has already earmarked for Linux development; and Lucent\'s new spin-off company will focus on producing holographic memory, which stores data throughout a material as well as on its surface.
We received many follow-up responses and reader comments on yesterday\'s articles, including AirPort Base Station failures, ATI\'s new Radeon/Rage 128 v1.1.1 driver, PC \'firsts\' by Apple, state of Java on Mac OS X, cancellation of Apple\'s Product seminars, and info on Apple\'s SuperDrive, DVD Studio Pro, and iDVD.
MacNN sources report that Apple has substantially reorganized its service departments with layoffs coming in Service Provider support and other support departments, although the details are unclear.
Willow Design\'s $250 Inter-urban Laptop Roller Case is designed \"for multi-day travellers able to pack light, or the daily commuter with too much to carry. The Inter-urban Roller fits the Powerbook with its own separate slipcase, and personal items in a covered lower level compartment. The new roller case also features a unique second bag system designed to stretch the amount you can legally and safely carry as on-board luggage.\"
One MacNN reader notes that after installing the developer version QuickTime 5.0b8, a humorous QuickTime setup assistant is available: \"Welcome to the QuickTime Setup Assistant. There is nothing to see here. You are looking and looking for some interesting and helpful information about what sort of things you might want to do here. But, try as you can, you run screaming because of the darkness.\" (Note that QuickTime 5.0b8 is only available to those developers who have the developer version of the QT updater.)
Curious Labs, which last year purchased Poser from MetaCreations, has released the Poser Pro Pack, a $150 collection of plug-ins for Poser 4 that add several new features to the 3D character modeling/animation tool, including Flash export support, 3D Studio Max and Lightwave support, Web-ready characters and animations, and several other enhancements.
Morning tech news: Japan\'s PC shipments are expected to rise by 21 points during 2001; Amazon.com posted slightly better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter 2000, but said it will reduce its staff by 15 percent; and Lucent launched a new venture devoted to commercializing holographic data storage.
Yesterday we noted Apple product design awards, Addonic\'s new 8x4x24 Pocket CD-RW, Adobe\'s slow down warning, and Micrsoft\'s hiring of an Ex-Apple Exec. Other updates included Group Logic\'s ExtremeZ-IP 2.0 file sharing and printing software, development of the original Mac Webserver MacHTTP 2.3b1, updated Virex definitions, Carracho 1.0b1, and OS 9.1-compatible versions of BridgeIt FireWire Extension and Snitch 2.6.6.
Micrporcessor manufacturer ARM Holdings reported fourth quarter earnings of £10.1 million, a 53% year-over-year increase, on revenues of £29.8 million, a 58% year-over-year increase. Apple, which played a major role in forming the company in 1990, has routinely been selling its shares of ARM since the company went public in 1998. Apple, which initially owned nearly 90 million shares of ARM, stated last quarter that it still holds about 31 million shares, worth nearly $700 million based on today\'s market value.
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens used Apple hardware to plan game strategy, according to a Sun.spot article. \"Huddled over one of the team\'s Macintoshes last Friday, [Trent] Dilfer asked the computer to show him every time the Giants blitzed the opposing quarterback during the playoffs. Instantly, the clips were dredged from the Ravens\' vast digital archive and projected onto the wall.\"
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 pictures, including common buzzard (fauna), galaxy figure (art), Heather Graham (portraits) and intergalactic (art).
SuSE Linux 7.1 for PowerPC, which features the new 2.4 kernel, will ship in March. The software will include 5 CDs, a 450 page guide, and a boot CD. SuSE Linux 7.1 for Intel begins shipping Feb. 12.
FontDoctor 4.5, now available from Morrison SoftDesign, adds expanded font repair routines and new font clean-up features to the $70 utility for font diagnosis and repair.
Roxio has posted an update to its audio authoring utility Jam 2.6.2, which includes bug fixes and adds support for \"BURN-Proof\" and Ricoh\'s \"JustLink\" (buffer under-run protection) technologies on compatible drives as well as Digital Audio playback under Mac OS 9.
Apple has updated its Apple Pro Keyboard TIL to reflect that \"new keyboards ship with an OS 9.1 updater CD in the box and will not require the [OS 9.1] download,\" after much discussion on the issue here last week.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R