Unreal Fortress Build 420 is a new version of the class-based teamplay mod for Unreal Tournament. The new version adds two new mods and a new \"Command Point\" gametype among dozens of other gameplay tweaks and bug fixes.
German site Spieleflut has published an interview with Quicksilver Software on its upcoming turn-based strategy game, Master of Orion III. The interview, available in both English and German, delves into the details of the title, although some things are still undecided well before its expected release in Q1 2002.
Richard Bannister has released Jum52/MacOS 1.0, a new Carbonized Atari 5200 emulator for Mac and Mac OS X that promises \"reasonable compatibility\" with Atari 5200 titles.
UTilities 2.6 is a maintenance release of the utility designed to help Mac users with common installation tasks for Unreal Tournament.
Bruce Payan has released a Mac version of HPIDump 0.9, a utility for extracting maps, units and other material from the UFO and HPI files used by Total Annihilation.
Afternoon tech news: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is split along party lines over continuing its involvement in regulating the broadband industry, although both sides agree that broadband has been a tremendous success; Microsoft lawyers sent a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals citing precedent for removing a judge who had commented publicly on a pending court case; and Toshiba plans to begin making small flat-panel displays using organic electroluminescence (OEL) technology by March 2002 for use in mobile phones and handheld computers.
An appeals court announced today that it will announce its final decision on Monday on whether it will allow music-sharing service Napster to continue operating. The well-publicized copyright lawsuit by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is pending a decision on whether to lift a stay on an injunction against the service.
Motorola today said it would cut as many as 4,000 jobs, or about 3 percent of its work force, from its semiconductor operations by the end of the year, the third round of employee cuts in 10 weeks because of a \"slowdown in the semiconductor market and falling profitability in its cellphone operations.\"
Freeverse Software has released Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab 1.6, a new version of its color coordination puzzle game for the Mac. The new version adds support for GameRanger, patterned pieces for color blind users and more. [14.4 MB -- full; 686 KB -- update]
PlanetUnreal received information from a source within Epic Games on Unreal Warfare, the company\'s next game which is expected to be a monstrous technology leap over the advancements made in Unreal Tournament. \"On the tech side, we are rendering scenes with 50 to 100 times more polygons (literally) than Unreal Tournament, and the new engine can handle very large outdoor areas well -- so draw your own gameplay conclusions.\" The comment came in response to a question on whether Unreal Warfare would be a massively multiplayer title, a sub-genre currently synonymous with role-playing games but quickly expanding into flight sims and first-person shooters.
Canto today released a new version of its URL AssetStore, an add-on option to its Cumulus product line that enables Cumulus 5 users to catalog and access files stored on remote FTP or HTTP servers and now offers the ability for users to upload cataloged assets to FTP servers.
Ian Patterson has released OniTools 1.1, a new version of his utility for viewing textures, 3D objects and sound files for Bungie\'s third-person 3D action game, Oni. The new version includes more complete editing, compability with the final version of the game, support for new resource types and lots of bug fixes.
games.macnn.com has posted information on a new massively multiplayer flight sim for the Mac and PC, Target Korea; Custer\'s Corner has been updated with this week\'s new desktop picture, Vanity, featuring characters from first-person shooter action game SiN.
Voodoo Extreme has posted a development update on Tropico, the Caribbean dictator building/strategy game in development for the Mac and PC at Railroad Tycoon II creator Poptop Software. \"The political model in the game is pretty much in now,\" says PopTop President Phil Steinmeyer, \"and reasonably balanced. I started tinkering with it earlier this week - first it was too hard - 2 coups and 3 uprisings in 20 years, and I was actually doing a decent job running the island. I\'ve got it toned down now and it\'s really cool.\"
We began our Macworld Tokyo 2001 coverage yesterday with several pre-show reports. Yesterday we also noted CNN\'s laptop review (included Titanium comments), ADC members pending receipt of Mac OS X builds, Terran\'s Cleaner 5.02 update, performance tests of the Radeon 32MB DDR graphics card, and updates for Maxon\'s 3D applications.
Chapter 26 of the Developer Journal for Summoner is online at pc.ign.com with Volition\'s Brian Keron and Mitri Van explaining the technical aspects of changes made between the Playstation 2 and Mac/PC versions of the game in addition to optimizations made to the graphics engine. \"Summoner runs on video cards with a wide spectrum of performance, from a Voodoo 2 at the low end to a GeForce 2 at the high end. Summoner\'s scene complexity can be scaled down so that lower end cards are not overwhelmed, and scaled up to take advantage of the power of high-end cards.\"
Q3 Gridiron 2.30 Tournament Edition is a new release of the \"football with rocket launchers\" mod for Quake III: Arena. version 2.30 adds new ball code physics, new HUD graphics, a faster grappling hook, new gamemodes such as Instagib and Hot Potato and more.
LaCie has posted Silverlining Pro 6.4 updater, which updates the full version of its drive utility software (sold with LaCie Storage Utilities) for OS 9.1-compatibility as well as other specific fixes.
The Adventure Guild has published a preview of Myst III: Exile, the 3D adventure game in the final stages of development at Presto Studios and slated for an April 16 release. (You can find more in-depth information on the game in our interview with Presto Studios CEO Michel Kripalani.)
DAMN Gamer has released 10 international MilSkin packages for the Mac version of Rogue Spear. The skins, originally created by Rogue Spear Couturier and converted by Studio Neo, are real uniforms used by Armies around in the world including African Armies, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Scandinavia, UK, USA and Australia.
Intego has posted NetBarrier 2.01, which offers improved compatibility with AOL Instant Messenger, iCamMaster, and others programs, improved log export, and a tweaked interface. [see our NetBarrier 2.0 review]
After more than six months of segmented development, Westlake Interactive has released a public beta patch for Total Annihilation, the real-time strategy game originally developed by Cavedog Entertainment. Among the changes in Total Annihilation 3.1.2b6 Public Beta are GameRanger support, more robust DrawSprocket support, tweaked networking code, the addition of six downloadable units and, as an unsupported feature, MaxUnits can be increased up to 1000 for Skirmish and Multiplayer games by holding down \"Command\" while launching the game. Westlake plans to continue working on the game, although the company is very busy with other titles and admits that it has no timeframe for returning to Total Annihilation development.
ConceptDraw Server, now in beta, is a test website of the application designed for distributing (publishing) documents, created in ConceptDraw. This program can be of great use for companies, possesing and actively using several copies of ConceptDraw. It automatically generates HTML pages from ConceptDraw documents, located on a Web server, and displays updates that are made on document immediately. Both Mac OS and Windows clients for creating, modifying and viewing your documents online is available.
A beta version of the Macintosh FinanceVision player is now available from Yahoo!; however, there are a few caveats...
This week\'s new desktop picture at Custer\'s Corner is Vanity featuring John Blade, J.D. and Alexis Sinclaire from Ritual Entertainment\'s first-person shooter, SiN.
San Francisco, CA-based Sickware has announced a new series of flight simulators that features a unique development architecture and focuses on direct \"hands-on\" community participation in order to create a potential massively multiplayer (250+) player on-line environment which essentially has been designed by the customer base itself. The first game in the series, Target Korea, is currently in closed beta testing and will move to a general open beta within the next three months. The game will be distributed online for the Mac and PC with a $10 flat monthly fee for playing on either Targetware or user-hosted servers.
Yesterday Bioware\'s Trent Oster posted an update on the continuing development of Neverwinter Nights, Dark Horse Comics released Issue #0 of the three-part comic book series based on Bungie\'s third-person 3D action game and new information emerged on the first-person shooter realism in World War II Online for the Mac and PC. We added Railroad Tycoon II to our Game Center, which is a resource created for our users to obtain information on old, new and upcoming Mac games.
Neverwinter Nights Co-Lead Designer Brent Knowles is interviewed at Planet Neverwinter, discussing the creative 3D role-playing game coming to the Mac, PC and Linux this summer. Brent covers how the game\'s voice communication will work...
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord 1.12 is a new release of Battlefront.com\'s turn-based war game for the Mac and PC. Version 1.12 adds a number of gameplay tweaks and bug fixes including improved gun accuracy at long range, an \"unrestricted\" force type for quick battles and a forced cease-fire when both sides have a global morale below 25 percent.
Scott Kevill has announced the addition of real-time strategy game Total Annihilation to his popular online multiplayer gaming service, GameRanger. The free service now has more than 40,000 members and supports over 60 games.
Business Week\'s latest column discusses iMovie 2.01, which Charles Hadded says lets amateurs record their vision: \"This software, now in its second version, is doing for video what Macs initially did for desktop publishing -- turning a formerly expensive and cumbersome process into one nearly anyone can figure out and afford.\"
Version 2.0fc1 of the $20 Java FTP server, CrushFTP, brings a \"revamped intelligent directory browser and Virtual File System window.\"
\"Mac creator\" Jef Raskin has posted an editorial about Mac OS X in direct response to criticism and debate over a previous editorial which quoted his remarks about the fundamental structure of OS X and his view of the operating system.
Pixar has reported that its fourth-quarter profits more than tripled. Net income rose to $35.2 million, or 71 cents a share, from $9.6 million, or 19 cents, a year earlier. Revenue more than tripled to $75.7 million from $24.9 million. The company raised its 2001 earnings estimate to 30 cents to 50 cents a share from an earlier estimate of 20 cents to 45 cents.
The San Jose Mercury News has an article about a pilot program in a Palo Alto elementary school where 50 sixth graders use iBooks. One student told the reporter about what he sees as one of the benefits: \"My handwriting isn\'t that good, and with this I can write faster and be neater!\"
No U-Turn Software has posted Dot What? 1.2, a $15 directory of file extensions and related applications. This version makes the File Types window skinnier, makes it Carbon-reliant, improves the scroll bar and adds arrow keys support for scrolling the list.
Silicon Film Technologies and Altamira Group have partnered to bundle Altamira\'s Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE software with Silicon Film\'s Electronic Film System product line. Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE is an Adobe Photoshop plug-in that brings resolution on demand to PhotoShop users. It will allow EFS-1 users to capture images with EFS-1\'s 1.3 megapixel resolution and create output in much larger print formats.
Wadsack-Allen Digital Group has released Report Magic 2.05, an add-on for Analog, logfile analysis program. This version updates to language files for Analog4.90Beta1 in English, Swedish, Catalan and Italian; fixes bugs in parser and fixes a bug in the navigation menu.
Adobe will try to reach profit forecasts amid weak demand by trimming marketing and by delaying the purchase of customer-relations software for managing its direct sales, which would have accounted for about 10 percent of revenue.
Chaotic Software\'s collection of MP3 tools, MP3 Rage 3.1, adds support for converting Finder comments to ID3 tags, for iTunes as the primary player, and longfile names.
Pocket Software has posted a 2nd beta version of PocketDock 2.0b2 fro MacOS X Public Beta. PocketDock, a $20 utility to organize and launch applications, documents and web links, now includes skins support and several bug fixes. All beta versions are free and a 25% discount is being offered for all pre-orders.
Maxon has posted new updates to its popular 3D animation studio bundle, CINEMA 4D XL 6.3 and Bodypaint 3D v6.3. (The update requires the original CD of each application.)
Power On Software has posted a \"quick patch\" for those having problems with its Now Up-to-Date Public Event Server when there is a network address translation (NAT) routing system,firewall, and/or AirPort in use: \"The symptoms are when you connect to a server behind one of the aforementioned type(s) of systems and the Now Up-to-Date client doesn\'t get any further than \'Reading from...\' in the server status line.\"
Apple\'s Software Update Control Panel has URL Access 2.3 available for download, which it says \"provides improved access to secure sites that are either new or current new certificates. It also removes the issue associated with downloading files greater than 360K.\" The control panel is dated February 1st, 2001, but is not yet available online. (Mac OS 9.1 includes URL Access 2.2.1.) Meanwhile, A recent Apple TIL describes an start-up issue with URL Access 2.1 (found in pre-Mac OS 9.1 systems) and some third-party items in the Scripting Additions folder, which may prevent the Mac OS from completing the start up process and may display the \"\"unimplemented trap\" error message.
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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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