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Netscape has posted Netscape 6.01, a maintenance update to its browser based on the new Gecko engine.
Formac today began notifying customers that pre-orders for its 12x/10x/32x FireWire CD-RW drive will begin shipping on Monay, Febraury 12th; however, there was no mention of the ship status (or date) of the faster 16x version was announced at the same time.
A European reader notes the closure of \"the only\" Mac shop in Northern Ireland: \"Only Solutions, the only Mac shop in Northern Ireland, closed their retail operations a week ago. Their engineering department seems to be surviving as a separate entity but the managers of O.S. claim to be continuing with their Education and Corporate customers and ignoring the Mac user on the street. This doesn\'t come as a great surprise however but it does leave a gap in the market for someone with a little customer focus.\"
Heartsoft has begun shipping its Internet Safari, a secure browser for children. The company has also added three Web sites to its list of Premium Content Providers: Time for Kids, CBS Sportsline Kid\'s Zone and Crayola.
A reader from the East Coast e-mailed us to say that the Computer Town in Brookline, Mass. has closed its doors: \"Another Mac-centered retailer is closed: Boston\'s Computer Town presence (in Brookline, really) is gone as of today. (You\'d think a community full of college students, media-types, and urban hipsters could keep a store like this in business....) I just went and picked up a laptop they were holding for repair; when I was called the tech said that I had to come get it today, and when I showed up the windows were papered over and the shelves were bare! I was told that the New Hampshire store would stay open. This is interesting, since the Boston store really used to be in downtown Boston, but moved a few miles west to a cheaper neighborhood about a year ago. Apparently the rumors surrounding their condition are being borne out.\"
Integrated CADD Services, LaCie and Quantum are conducting a free, half-day seminar, called Storage Solutions for Architects and Designers. The seminar will be held March 7 in Boston from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A reader notes that QuickTime Preview 3 is now avaialble to developers: \"Quicktime 5 Preview 3 released for Mac and Windows. Available through the Quicktime updater IF you have the developer release (last update was b8). The update is not available to those who downloaded the regular Public Preview 2 yet (though presumably will soon). Of course, no word on what\'s new or improved. :-(\"
Bioware\'s Trent Oster, Producer on Neverwinter Nights, notes in the game\'s official forums that the company recently added the ability to switch to higher resolutions in the 3D role-playing game. \"...the game looks amazing at 1600x1200. The frame rate doesn\'t totally suck either,\" says Oster. \"The only problem is the higher resolutions take up greater amounts of video memory, leaving less for high resolution textures.\"
MacPlay is currently testing a patch internally for SiN Gold which corrects a problem that prevents those using an international version of the Mac OS to play the game. The company does not recommend using an unofficial patch currently circulating which claims to correct the problem.
Ambrosia Software\'s Matt Burch has updated the progress log for Escape Velocity: Nova, the company\'s space action/role-playing game threequel. \"Each size of asteroid can have up to 8 graphic types,\" notes Burch.
Gamasutra has posted a Postmortem for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, the first-person shooter action game for the Mac and PC. The article was written by Raven Software\'s Brian Pelletier, Mike Gummelt and James Monroe and includes the usual \"what went right\", \"what went wrong\" and \"final thoughts\" along with unique insight into the game\'s production including story boards that sketch out the game\'s plot.
Several readers have reported that Titanium PowerBook G4s are beginning to appear at retail CompUSA locations accross the US: \"Powerbook G4s are hitting CompUSA stores... most of Florida already has stock, but not too much, only a few units per store.\" However, all catalog and mailorder resellers indicate delays of 1 week or more on initial shipments of the PowerBook, which were expected this week.
Extensis has discontinued PhotoGraphics 1.0, its drawing tools and advanced text suite for Photoshop, after a \"major incompatibility\" with Mac OS 9.1, according to emails from company representatives: \"Development efforts on Photographics has been discontinued due to declining interest from our customers and a major incompatibility introduced with Mac OS 9.1. For these reasons, we have decided to cease selling this product. Technical support will still be available though September 1, 2001. In light of this there will be no further updates to the product.\"
We have a posted a review of NetBarrier 2, the latest version of the Internet security utility from Intego.
Centipede for the Mac, in development at Westlake Interactive, has reached the alpha stage of development. Alpha means that the game is \"still pretty buggy, and a few features are not working fully\".
Vista Cartel\'s Myth Editing Forum has seen its fair share of visits from the Myth III: The Wolf Age development team this week with posts from Fisj to answer questions and calm concerns for map authors anxiously awaiting the opportunity to show their creativity. \"Since the models will have high-res textures and decent poly counts, Myth 3 will look extremely nice up close,\" says Fisj, \"as well as looking damn sexy far out.\" Fisj also mentions that the team is hoping to allow custom gametypes, although its appearance will depend solely on the amount of time that they have remaining at the end of the project.
PlanetPS2 has published a first look at Red Faction, Volition\'s first-person shooter coming to the Mac and PC this Fall. The game offers a number of unique features including a special trait for the game\'s rocket launchers...
games.macnn.com has posted information on a massive new scenario for Bungie\'s Marathon Infinity engine and new mods for both Rogue Spear and Rainbow Six.
Marathon Rubicon, a massive new scenario for Bungie\'s Marathon Infinity engine, was announced today. In development for several years, Marathon Rubicon features a nonlinear plotline that can be tranversed in any number of ways, featuring different endings based upon a player\'s choices over the course of the game. Additional features include...
Calling the new Titanium PowerBook G4 \"the most impressive notebook computer ever,\" Fortune says that \"the titanium-hard truth is that Apple needs all the innovation, sex appeal, and, well, luck that it can muster if it is to gain market share in a world dominated by the Microsoft Windows operating system.\"
Westlake Interactive\'s Jesse Spears, Lead Programmer on the Mac port of Escape from Monkey Island, told games.macnn.com that one of the few features remaining to be implemented in the 3D adventure game is InputSprocket support. This will give users the standard InputSprocket configuration dialog for setting up their input devices for use within the game. \"Mostly I\'ve just got bug fixes and general polishing/cleaning up [to do],\" says Spears. Westlake announced yesterday that Escape from Monkey Island had started beta testing.
RPG Vault has posted twenty new screenshots from the opening cinematic of Summoner, Volition\'s 3D role-playing game coming to the Mac and PC this spring.
Nikon Corp has introduced two new FireWire-based professional SLR digital cameras. The $5,500 D1X due out this spring features a 5.47-megapixel CCD and offers resolutions up to 3,008x1,960, while the $4,500, 2.74-megapixel D1H, offers offers the ability to shoot up to 40 shots at 5fps, is due out this summer. (Toshiba also announced new digital cameras this week.)
DAMN Gamer has added six new mods for the Mac version of Rogue Spear -- Clashes 2000, Done Deal, Unsanctioned Missions, Cuba Missile Crisis, FemBots and FCF Trainer map -- and two new mods for the Mac version of Rainbow Six -- Croonerb\'s GoCodes 2.0 and R6 Never Dies Map Add On -- to its extensive collection. DAMN Gamer at Planet Rainbow Six hails itself as the \"main Mac resource for Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear mods and news.\"
Mega Minesweeper 1.7, a Carbonized application that runs natively in both Mac OS 8.x/9.x and Mac OS X, is a modern version of minesweeper that supports extreme fields sizes, plug-in based themes and sounds, the ability to save games and more. Version 1.7 introduces a new storage format that cuts the memory requirements of each game by half and includes revamped and OS X-ified application and saved game icons.
Aladdin\'s $20 desktop organizer and launcher, DragStrip 3.7.2, addresses cosmetic issues when running under Mac OS 9.1.
Berkhan Software\'s Easy Fractal 2.0 adds a \"completely redesigned\" interface, a new Fractal Editor with functions for rotation and 3D projection, new interation projections, an expanded color palette, and larger image support to the shareware that calculates fractals (Mandelbrot´s Set and Julia\'s Set).
Mail Beacon 1.2 is a $10 shareware that alerts you when new POP3 or IMAP4 messages arrive and/or when messages are deleted; it can also filter email without downloading it and can function as an online email client. Version 1.2 allows you import and export filters, add password protection, and other enhancements.
Bargains today at DealNN include a Micron 21-inch monitor for $350, a refurbished PowerBook G3/400 for $1,700, nine Mac Games less than $25 and a refurbished Power Mac 6400/1800 on auction for $200.
Yesterday Pangea Software posted its official strategy guide for Cro-Mag Rally, Westlake Interactive announced that beta testing had begun for Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac and Blizzard Entertainment updated its official FAQ for expansion pack Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. We added Baldur\'s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast to our Game Center, started a new poll on Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 for the Mac and published our review of Rune, the third-person 3D action game from Human Head Studios that features a Viking armed with large and deadly axes, swords and hammers.
Yesterday we noted Adobe\'s denial of \'FrameMaker dead\' rumors published by Infoworld, Adobe PS 8.7.1issues with PressReady, printer news from Olympus and Canon, Mac installation in a car for playing MP3s and Apple/HP\'s extended rebate offer. Other updates include SoftPress Freeway 3.1, and Macromedia\'s Fireworks 4.02 updater.
Sig Software\'s NameCleaner 2.1, a utility for the Macintosh to manipulate file names and types, adds support for Internet Config or Internet control panel file mappings, optional case sensitivity, recursive searching, character and string wildcards to the Find and Replace Phrases cleaner and several minor interface improvements. The company has also posted two detailed guides explaining the steps to transfer files between Mac OS and Windows.
Several readers have noticed that Mac Zone is offering a $30-off rebate on preorders of Mac OS X, matching the $30 coupon for beta testers. The Mac Zone e-mail also offers OS X for free with the purchase of a new tower or a copy for $50 with an order of an iMac or G4 Cube.
Over the past week, MacDesktops posted 14 new pictures, including 1984 (Logos, Apple), Apple bullet (Logos, Apple), Power to burn (PowerMac G4s), Supercomputer to go. (PowerBook G4), and many others. The site is updated daily. As always, the pictures are free and available in a wide range of sizes.
QPS today announced it is extending its $30 rebate offer to include all Que! IDE/ATAPI CD-RW and Combo internal drives for all purchases through retail or mailorder outlets through March 31, 2001. (Requests must be postmarked by April 15.)
Interesting threads in our forums include more talk on AirPort reception in the Titanium PowerBooks, data DVDs on the SuperDrive, a customs snafu with Titanium PowerBook G4 orders, forced (higher) external resolutions on a PowerBook G4, IBM 20Gb Travelstar rattle, using a nVidia GeForce 2 in an older G4 AGP, and questions about HP printer drivers for OS X.
Architosh has a report on Mac architect Barry Isakson\'s FileMaker solutions for architecture as well as a story on what NASA Glenn scientists want for Mac OS X.
Ratoc has posted FireWire PC card 2.0, an update driver for its PowerBook FireWire card.
Frank Reiff has posted A Better Finder Rename 3.6, his contextual menu plug-in for renaming files. This release offers more powerful \"manual\" rename operations to be performed and introduces multiple character replacements for exporting of file names to UNIX and Windows computers. It is available as A Better Finder tool series for $45 or separately for $15.
Morning tech news: eBay is opening its marketplace to service providers, such as Web site development, graphics design and language translation; Intel\'s Chairman Andrew Grove wants Congress to include an item in its tax-cut package to encourage small businesses to invest in computers, software and high-speed Internet connections; and Sony will begin adding a CD-RW/DVD-ROM, as a \"single, versatile drive,\" to its VAIO notebook line.
Information Week\'s Mac Suits Up For Business talks about the productivity gains Apple has seen for business users: \"the Macintosh is achieving interoperability and improved performance through better software from Microsoft and Apple, making the Mac a more viable choice for the desktop than it has ever been.\"
Justen Bias sent us a note about Apple\'s Corporate Contributions program, which was canceled several years ago, but has since not been reinstated: \"Apple, certainly, is one of the few Fortune 500 companies, and certainly the only company of its calibre, that systematically and fully denies support to needy organisations. Microsoft, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Epson, Kodak, The Walt Disney Company, Gateway, and Dell are just a handful of Apple competitors and supporters that have fully operational corporate contributions...\"
Digital Voodoo will introduce a 10-bit real-time effects, and full, uncompressed HDTV support in its upcoming D1 Desktop 128HD, which will be showcased at NAB 2001. Its D1 Desktop series offers uncompressed editing with Apple\'s Final Cut Pro, design with Adobe After Effects, and broadcast paint with Adobe PhotoShop.
Paul Berkowitz has released 4 AppleScripts that will export and enable import of multiple contacts from Entourage and OE 5 to other users, other Identities and OE 5.5 (Windows): \"Although Entourage and OE 5 can export entire Address Books to other Identities, and Entourage can do individual vCards, neither can export multiple contacts, nor any contacts to OE Windows. These scripts will do all of that.\" [Export Selected Contacts: E-E, E-Win, OE-OE, OE-Win]
MacInvoice 1.1 adds International support for English-speaking countries, multiple currencies, optional password protection on startup, and email statements to the $40 billing, reporting, and invoice management application. All registered owners are entitled to free upgrades during 2001, including an update to the Cocoa version for Mac OS X due later this year.
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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 ÂPower 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