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OS X: On Intel x86; vs. Linux; a 'throwback
osx.macnn.com has links and discussion on Mac OS X on Intel's x86 architecture, whether it could challenge Linux as an open-source project, and Mac GUI project leader Raskin's comments on the GUI, which he described as a "throwback to the '70s."
Interface GURU: Mac OS a 'throwback'
Jef Raskin, described as the man who conceived and implemented the project for the first complete GUI-based OS, is currently "out of favor in the Mac community" after he was quoted in a recent interview as saying "Look at OS X, that Apple's coming out with: everybody who works on it says it's a throwback to the 1970s in terms of structure. It's UNIX, it's backwards."
Businessweek: Apple without Macs?
Charles Haddad of Business Week continues his coverage of Apple with a look at why Apple could not survive as a software-only company: "While software may never be a big moneymaker for Apple, it does drive hardware sales. It gives newbies a reason to buy a Mac over a PC and offers longtime users an incentive to upgrade to the next generation of Macs. [However] why spend $129 on [Mac OS X] for which there is little new software and which won't make your your current programs run any better than they do now?"
OS X on x86; Linux challenged by OS X
Hogwasher 2.6 gets enhancements, OS 9.1 ready
Asar's has updated Hogwasher 2.6, its on- and off-line news reader application with powerful filters, scheduling, and email support. Version 2.6 resolves an incompatibility with OS 9.1, and adds several feature enhancements. It is a free update for registered users. [full -- 2.8MB; update -- 985KB]
New SkyLine Wireless v2.2 driver
Farallon has posted the latest release of its driver for its AirPort-compatible PC and PCI cards, SkyLINE 11Mb Wireless v2.2 driver (for part nos. PN473 and PN476). (The revision history is not noted in the download.)
TypePopper 1.5: changing type/creator codes
Selznick Software's TypePopper 1.5 fixes a few bugs in its $12 shareware utility for quickly changing the Type and Creator codes of selected files in the Finder.
QuickCrypt 1.9: simple shareware encryption
QuickCrypt 1.9 is an update to the simple encryption utility, offering the ability to encrypt files, improved import/export options (to SimpleText), and other enhancements.
Apple Web casts Antarctica research project
Apple Learning Interchange will be posting video reports from Kevin Lavigne in Antarctica. Lavigne, a high school science teacher from Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H., will post supporting video vignettes highlighting the research projects he is involved in on his visit to Antarctica.
WarCraft III cut to four races, release date
Blizzard Entertainment announced today that it has finalized the four races for WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, its role-playing strategy game for the Mac and PC. The final list includes Humans, Orcs, Night Elves and Undead, with the previously included Demon race demoted to a non-player character (NPC) race in the game. In addition, the company announced that the Mac version of WarCraft III is expected in early 2002 with the PC version in late 2001.
Tech: PowerNP processor, AOL IM virus
Evening tech news: IBM plans to offer new application-specific versions of its PowerNP network processor that will speed up development;Terra Lycos' CEO Bob Davis is stepping down amid a top-level management shake-up; and the "hey you" e-mail virus that steals passwords of people that use AOL's AIM is back again this month.
Classic Cribbage 1.5.1 Released
Classic Cribbage 1.5.1 is a new release of Freeverse Software's $20 Internet-playable card game for the Mac. The new version adds the latest HMS Freeverse libraries, fixed bugs in network messaging and chat length, implements server-side rankings and fixes other miscellaneous bugs.
James Tsai Interview
The Daily Telefrag has published an interview with Volition's James Tsai, Assistant Producer on Red Faction, the company's first-person shooter for the Mac, PC and Playstation 2. "Setting the game on Mars gave us the creative latitude to incorporate everything we wanted to into the story," said Tsai. "A mining colony with deplorable conditions, advanced weaponry and vehicles, freedom in designing compelling environments for the game's levels, and a foreboding sense that you're stuck in unfamiliar (or alien) territory, among other things."
Parsec January Screenshot
The January Screenshot of the Month for Parsec shows a spacecraft designed by J.I. Logan that is firing its EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) cannon, "a near-range weapon that sends several energy blasts into all directions at once and is especially useful to hit enemies approaching from behind". The persistent 3D space combat game has been in development for several years, although two demos have been released by the Parsec team in the last year.
New Urban Terror game types
The official web site for Urban Terror, the mod aimed at bringing more realism to Quake III: Arena, has been updated with information on four new game play modes which the team is planning to add for the next major release. The new modes -- Search and Destroy, Tax Collector, Infiltrate and Assassinate -- are aimed at creating a team environment and encouraging players to work together toward a common goal.
Summoner Elements of the Week
RPG Vault has kicked off its Summoner Elements of the Week featuring by offering screenshots and movies of the Wraith, Falchion and Katana from Volition's 3D role-playing game. Summoner for the Mac is expected for release from Graphic Simulations Corporation this spring.
TitleTrack Jukebox 2.0 for Sony devices
RiverSong InterActive has begun shipping TitleTrack Jukebox 2.0, a "significant" update to date to its application for "controlling the Sony line of 5 to 400 disc capacity music CD changers, adds many new features and enhancements, including the ability to control any device that has a remote control, play MP3 and other sound files, [and] generate reports." It is a free upgrade to registered owners of the $290 software.
Analysts chime in on Apple's future
TheStreet.com has published the reactions of Bear Stearns, Prudential Securities, and UBS Warburg regarding Apple's financial future following the company's analyst meeting yesterday.
Outpost.com changes shipping policies
Apple-authorized reseller Outpost.com will no longer be offering free overnight delivery on orders below $100. The company today announced it would be charging $13 for overnight delivery and $9 for 2nd day delivery (via Airborne express).
Apple DVD Studio Pro now shipping
A MacNN reader notes that Apple has begun shipping DVD Studio Pro, noting receipt of his Fedex tracking number. The $1000 full-featured DVD authoring solution based on technology acquired from Astarte, offers support for both DVD-5 and DVD-9 projects, allows users to record finished projects to DVD-R, DVD-RAM, or DLT tape, and supports both Dolby Digital AC-3 format audio and 16:9 format.
Warren Spector interview
Cheese and Whine has published an interview with Ion Storm's Warren Spector, a veteran of the games industry and Producer on the action/role-playing/adventure hybrid, Deus Ex. Spector comments on his hopes and dreams for future games as technology and creativity in the industry evolve:
Well, I look forward to the day when we can simulate an entire world, with all the detail people expect. I'm talking about a world in which every single object is functional, in the ways you'd expect based on your everyday interaction with the real world. I'm talking about a world in which every non-player character looks, sounds and behaves like a real person. I'm talking about a world where the limits on interaction are imposed by the player's imagination and not by our ability to push polys on a screen...I want a fully simulated world so I can decide where to set the boundaries of player experience rather than having those boundaries be set for me by the machine.
DR: USC Conference Report
Daily Radar has published a report on the conference on video games recently hosted at University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communications, "Entertainment in the Interactive Age". "Some of the most memorable moments for this year's conference include the striking success and influence of The Sims," notes the report, "PC developers recognizing the need to give away many of their tools to the game community, the use of games as therapy and the announcement of an MFA degree at USC on game design."
Review: Rogue Spear
We have published a review of Rogue Spear, the tactical, SWAT team-based first-person shooter sequel to the award-winning Rainbow Six.
Opera browser for Mac, Linux to be free
Opera Software has announced that final versions of its Linux and Mac Opera browsers will be available for free to all users and will be available later this year, according to the latest update from the company.
Boogle Slimline 1.0 Released
C.DEV has released Boogle Slimline 1.0, a $10 lean version of its popular Boogle game for the Mac based on the Boggle word game. The slimmed down version hogs less than half the RAM of previous versions, fits on a floppy so you can take it to work and removes much of the flash and "meaningless statistics". Boogle Slimline is free to those who have already registered Boogle.
Carmack to enter Hall of Fame
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences will induct John Carmack, id Software's Lead programmer and the technical innovator behind many of the foundations of today's first-person shooter genre, into its Hall of Fame during the Fourth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards on March 22. Squaresoft's Hironobu Sakaguchi, Firaxis' Sid Meier and Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto are the only others to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Quake III: Team Arena FAQ updated
A new question on the official FAQ for Quake III: Team Arena explains why users can't play with bots on some of the terrain maps and how they can learn the maps without being slaughtered online in the process.
Red Faction web site relaunched
Volition has relaunched the official web site for Red Faction, its unique first-person shooter coming to the Mac, PC and Playstation 2 this summer. The relaunch comes with new content including new screenshots, an updated feature list, a ten second clip of the game in action and a mailing list for fans to keep informed of developer diaries, chats and more.
Custer's Corner: "Dark Future"
Roundup: Diablo II 1.05 and more
Yesterday Blizzard Entertainment released a 1.05 patch for Diablo II, OpenGL Mac DoomLegacy was updated for fans of the revitalized first-person shooter and id Software's Graeme Devine provided users with an update on the status of the Mac Quake III: Arena 1.27 point release including OS 9.1 compatibility, Altivec enhancements and an OS X version. We published the latest in our Oni Strategy Guide, and Custer's Corner was updated with two new desktop pictures, "Konoko" and "Big Guns Big Fun", in its Oni Week.
Lurker Lounge: D2 Exp. In-depth Report
The Lurker Lounger has published a report from the winner of a GameSpot contest which offered him the opportunity to play expansion pack Diablo II: Lord of Destruction for a full day at Blizzard Entertainment headquarters. The report begins with a diary of his trip and flying from Philadelphia to San Francisco but eventually delves into the details on the game itself:
Blizzard was experimenting with a new minimap feature in the build we played. They haven't decided whether to include it, but here is how it worked. Instead of a map that is centered on your screen and covers your view, an option to have a mini-map in the upper right corner of the screen was available. This map is smaller and covers a square area about the size of 4 party player icons arranged in a rectangle. The colors and overall look of the minimap were still under development, but it was already a handy feature for those who dislike having the automap planted on top of the action. The minimap allows you to see your surroundings in your immediate area, and doesn't cover as large a range as the full automap.
Dark Shadow readies Star Conquest
Dark Shadow Software has announced that it is in the final stages of beta testing Star Conquest, its science fiction turn-based strategic war game for the Mac, and is preparing for its release in the next 3 months. The company is also running a contest to give away 5 free copies of the game.
Mac OS X to ship with 9.1
Several readers now note that Apple's Mac OS X site now says that Mac OS X will ship OS 9.1 for Classic compatibility.
Apple posts Tomb Raider ads, trailer
Apple has posted the trailer and two Superbowl ads for Tomb Raider: The Movie, the game-inspired action movie starring Angelina Jolie and slated for a release in Summer 2001. Each of the movies is available in small, medium and large sizes.
Heat FireWire Utils 1.2 updated with features
Heat Firewire Utilities 1.2 improves OS 9.1 compatibility, offers better compatibility with older operating systems, and includes RBC (Reduced Block Command Firewire Bridges) support. It also features a new compatability engine to check other drivers that might be controlling a firewire drive and offers the option to disable the conflicting driver. The download is free of charge, while the CD version is available for $10.
Conference about wireless LANs in highschool
Mounds Park Academy (St. Paul, Minnesota) will be hosting a 2-day conference titled Learning With Laptops: Make It Happen beginning April 5, which will focus on wireless laptop computing and will include both teacher and IT support staff tracks. MPA has has issued laptop computers to 50 staff members and 240 students, making it the first school in Minnesota with a 9-12 wireless laptop program.
NetBarrier 2.0 now shipping from Intego
Intego is now shipping NetBarrier 2.0, a new version of its $60 personal security software that provides firewall, antivandal, and Internet filter protections. Version 2.0 includes features for managing Internet cookies, banner ads, and spam; the ability to filter personal info sent when connected to a web site; improved Firewall setup; gauges to monitor data traffic by protocol or application; and log exporting. Updates are $30.
Serial port for new Power Mac G4s
GeeThree's Website says the company is now shipping its $50 Stealth Serial Port for the new digital audio Power Macs, offering a money-back guarantee on "fully compatible serial port [which] works with Localtalk, MIDI, any serial printer and virtually any other Mac serial peripheral."
Canon Digital Express delivers ephotos
Canon's HyperPhoto Digital Express 3000 is an integrated hardware and software solution for converting and delivering photos. It can produce up to 30 CDs per hour as well as index and package prints from a variety of media sources. The HyperPhoto HS-150 film scanner digitizes 35mm, APS film, slides and prints at 600 dpi and can output images to Macintosh and Windows 95/98/NT networks. It will be available in April for $12,000.
Surftron 1.0: new Web-surfing app
Studiotron has introduced Surftron 1.0, a $40 Web-surfing application that offers 'One-Touch Surfing,' where users create lists of bookmarks that they can surf with one touch; 'Smart Marks,' for monitoring changes in site content; and 'Site Sharing,' which allows users to share bookmarks with others on the Web. A 30-day version is available.
More carrying cases coming from Willow
Nigel Peck of Willow Designs notes that the company has been receiving a number of reader requests for case designs (as well as case sales) and it will be focusing on the Mac market over the next few months: "In the works are cases for the G4 Tower, 21" Cinema Flat Panel Display, 17" Studio Monitor, new packs and cases for the G4 Titanium Powerbooks and even a simple but elegant case specifically for the iBook (we never got around to making one for it)."
Analyst meeting offers insight to the future
We have posted a complete recap of yesterday's Apple analyst meeting, which offered several pieces of information regarding the company's future strategies.
Games: New Diablo II Expansion Set Info.
games.macnn.com has new information on the four finalized races, official name and release date for WarCraft III and updated Custer's Corner with a new desktop picture featuring Oni, "Dark Future". [updated]
Follow-up: SuperDrive, G4 PowerBooks, OS X
Readers continue to follow-up with interesting comments and insights on the SuperDrive, iDVD, and Studio Pro, cancelation of Apple product seminars, and shipment of G4 PowerBooks. Other commented stories stories included Mac OS X pre-orders, Apple Store DVD delivery and DVD-R media, SUSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC.
Roundup: Charts Pro Review, SuperBowl champs
Yesterday we posted a review of Charts Pro, noted the March release of SUSE Linux 7.1, and the SuperBowl champion's use of Macs. Other updates included Curious Labs' Poser Pro Pack, FontDoctor 4.5, and Roxio's Jam 2.6.2 update, Intego VirusBarrier 1.5.1 for OS 9.1-compatibility.
Fuji introduces entry-level digital camera
Fuji will also introduce the FinePix 2300, an entry-level digital camera that will list for $280 when it is available in April. Features include a 2.1 megapixel CCD imager, a 1.6-inch color LCD display, a function control dial and USB compatibility. This camera also is bundled with the FinePixViewer software and an 8 MB SmartMedia card.
New mid-, high-end cameras coming from Fuji
Fuji Photo Film will introduce two FinePix cameras, the 6800 Zoom and the 4800 Zoom, at the Photo Marketing Association trade show Feb. 11. The 6800 features a new Fujifilm 6 megapixel (interpolated) Super CCD and a 4.4x digital zoom. The 4800 zoom features a 2.4 megapixel CCD and a 3.75x digital zoom. Both cameras feature videoconferencing support, image voice annotation, and the ability to capture AVI video with sound or record audio. The cameras' design was conceived by F.A. Porsche, the designer of the Porsche 911 sports car. Both cameras are Windows and Mac compatible. The 6800 will be available in April for $900, while the 4800 will be available in May for $700.
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Tech: Palm denies Psion rumors, more...
Morning tech news: Palm has refuted rumors that its looking to buy out rival Psion; Mazda will introduce build-to-order vehicles on its Web site; eBay says it will disable the feature that allows members to look up other members' email address; Bertelsmann AG, which last year struck an alliance with Napster, has hired former chief antitrust lawyer Joel Klein; Microsoft has been awarded $1.5 million in a piracy case, and, unrelated, Microsoft will soon launch a $3 million ad campaign for the PocketPC.
Apple reiterated 'accumulate'
Apple has been reiterated "accumulate" by Prudential's Kimberly Alexy. The 12-month target price is $26 per share.
Workaround for Dreaweaver GIF issue in OS 9.1
MGI 2.0 adds 100+ features to 4D's WebStar
MGI 2.0b2 is a fully functional beta version of Page Planet's WebStar plug-in that adds more than 100 new features to the application, including counters, form processing, and E-commerce.
New beta of FTP client Fetch posted
Fetch Softworks has released Fetch 4.0b5, the latest pre-release of the FTP client for Macintosh. This version fixes bugs and adds a handful of minor features.
AIMM 1.4 extends AIM-clone's features
Jeff Rosen has posted AIMM 1.4, a new version of his AIM-clone. The new version primarily fixes bugs.
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