We have posted three pre-show Macworld Tokyo Photo galleries.
Our forums are tracking reader response to tonight\'s announcements, including thoughts on the GeForce3, Apple\'s abandonment of DVD drives, Cube price cut, and new iMac designs.
Greg Palmer notes that CarbonLib 1.2.5, previously available via the Apple Developer CarbonLib SDK, is now available to users via the Mac OS 9 Software Update Control Planel.
As anticipated earlier today, Apple has posted iMovie 2.03, an update to version 2.0 of its consumer movie editing software. An English-International updater is also available online.
In his keynote at Macworld Tokyo, Steve Jobs made several new announcements in addition to recapping announcements made at Macworld San Francisco (more details are coming and note are available on our live coverage page). nVidia\'s GeForce 3 graphics chip will be available for the Mac first beginning in late March. It will be available as a BTO option at the Apple Store and at resellers for $600. Three new iMac models with 400-, 500-, and 600-MHz G3 processors priced at $899, $1199, and $1499. The top two models ship with CD-RWs, while the low-end ships with a CD-ROM. All models all now include video out and FireWire. Apple also added new \"Flower Power\" and Blue Dalmation colors, while keeping only the Indigo and Graphite colors. The Titanium PowerBook was introduced in Japan. The price on the 450-MHz Cube dropped to $1299, while a new 450-MHz model with a CD-RW (128MB/20GB)was added for $1599. Apple dropped the price on its 22\" Cinema Display to $2999. iTunes 1.1, now available, supports over 25 third-party CD-RW drives for burning from iTunes. Apple\'s iTools services, which are still down, are now available in Japanese.
MacNN will be covering the Macworld Expo Toyko keynote live tonight featuring Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The keynote begins at 8:00 pm EST (5:00 pm PST, 10:00 am JST).
Gamer\'s Alliance Strategy has published the first details and screenshots of Trade Wars: Dark Millenium, a massively multiplayer real-time strategy game for the Mac, PC, Linux and console platforms.
games.macnn.com has published an article detailing the Mac games that are among those nominated for the 4th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. In addition, the site has an update on the Mac version of Escape from Monkey Island. [updated]
Several MacNN readers note that Apple\'s iTools are down \"for scheduled maintenance\" just 90 minutes prior to the Macworld Expo Tokyo keynote.
Micromat has made available TechTool Pro 3.0.3, which adds compatibility for the latest Power Mac G4 and PowerBook G4 systems as well as improving the utility\'s disk repair and diagnostic capabilities.
PC Data\'s list of top-selling Mac games for January 2001 is topped by The Sims and The Sims: Livin\' Large from Aspyr Media. SimCity 3000, Driver and Sim Theme Park round out the top five while titles from Infogrames-owned MacSoft, including tactical combat game Rogue Spear which came in at number seven, complete the top ten.
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences today announced the nominees for its 4th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, and we highlight the games currently or soon to be available for the Mac.
Charismac has extended its special pricing for Discribe 4.0, its CD mastering solution, through March 9. Upgrades and competitive upgrades are available for $30, a savings of $10, while new customers and purchase the software for $75, a savings of $25. A five-burn demo is also available.
Future Shop has announced that it will be closing down all five Computer City locations in Canada, after they failed to turn the stores around following their acquisition in Nov. 1998. Future Shop shut down its US operations a year ago, primarily due to lack of profitability which can be attributed to poor customer service. Future Shop\'s Canadian stores will be unaffected by this latest move. [updated]
Power On Software is currently offering customers who purchase Rewind ($90) or Now Up-To-Date Contact ($90) a copy of Action Utilities for just $1. Action Utilities, which regularly costs $80, includes Action Files, Menus, WYSIWYG, and GoMac. Speical MacNN reader pricing on selected titles from Power On Software, including $10 off Rewind, $30 off ACTION Utilities, and and $30 off Disk Lock, expires Monday.
Westlake Interactive\'s Jesse Spears today told games.macnn.com that the company is very close to completing Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac with the third beta release being distributed to beta testers earlier this week. As announced today, Escape from Monkey Island has been nominated for several interactive achievement awards including Art Direction, Original Musical Composition and PC Action/Adventure Game of the Year.
Kaleidoscope 2.3.1 resolves several issues with the $20 shareware user interface utility, including problems with the menu bar clock under Mac OS 9.1, extended menu borders under Mac OS 8.1, and potential crashes when printing. [full install (1.8 MB), 2.3 updater (200 KB)]
Yesterday id Software\'s Graeme Devine noted that he plans to release the latest Mac build of Quake III: Arena 1.27 later this week, Playnet\'s Chris \"Mo\" Sherland provided a status update on the development of World War II Online and MacPlay released version 1.1.2 of SiN Gold for the Mac. We published a brief Q&A with PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer on the company\'s upcoming building/strategy game, Tropico.
Realm Interactive has announced a new massively multiplayer real-time strategy game set in a vast universe composed of thousands of players, Trade Wars: Dark Millenium. The game is based on the original Trade Wars, a turn-based strategy game popular on many early bulletin board systems (BBS). The game is expected to be released on the PC in the second half of 2001 with Mac, Linux and console versions following shortly thereafter...
Kmart\'s BlueLight free Internet service, the last Mac-compatible nationwide provider of free Internet access, has announced that it will begin limiting free access to just 12 hours per month. Users can also opt to purchase a premium account for $10 per month that includes 100 hours of access. In December, BlueLight hinted that such changes to its free ISP service would arrive in February. Last week, Juno, a pioneer in free Internet service, admitted that the business model was dead and that the company was open to acquisition offers.
As we noted yesterday, Napster has offered record labels $1 billion over five years in return for keeping the service alive. Furthermore, the company revealed details of its future business model, including a two-tiered service that would include a basic membership for $3-$5 per month with a restricted number of file transfers, and a premium membership for $6-$10 per month with an unlimited number of transfers. Expected to launch this summer, the \"new Napster\" would be billed as a promotional tool, limiting the bitrate of its restricted MP3s to 128 Kbps and forcing users to pay extra if they wish to burn those files to CD or MP3 players. It\'s unclear how this service will be implemented or if the current Napster will continue to exist, as CEO Hank Barry last month insisted it would.
RPG Vault has learned that Ion Storm\'s Bob White, a member of the design team on Ion Storm\'s award-winning action/role-playing/adventure game Deus Ex, is leaving the game industry to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Non-proliferation and International Security division. \"It has little to do with Ion or others in the industry,\" says White, \"but just a general dissatisfaction with what I do for a living.\"
Total Training Inc. has released Total Training for Adobe Photoshop 6, a series of instructional videos presented by Photoshop guru Deke McClelland. The instructional videos are available in three series, with each consisting of four tapes and a CD for $100, or can be purchased altogether for $250. Both NTSC and PAL formats are available.
Afternoon console news: NVIDIA\'s contributions to Microsoft\'s X-Box are vast, numerous and poised to provide the real power behind the upcoming console system; Australians shouldn\'t be expecting a price drop on the Dreamcast console despite heavy price reductions for residents of North America after the announcement was made that the console will cease production in March; and after its successful launch on the Playstation 2, Unreal Tournament\'s launch on the Dreamcast is highly anticipated due to its support for playing with up to eight players online.
Tolstiy\'s Place has published an interview with Ion Storm\'s Harvey \"Witchboy\" Smith, Lead Designer on Deus Ex who discusses the team\'s process for managing a game\'s design document...
Mythwolfage.com has published the second part of its interview with Mumbo Jumbo\'s Craig Goodman (Santa\'s Head), Paul Callender (fisj), and Richard Cowgill (iggy popped) on Myth III: The Wolf Age. \"Imagine seeing 50 such characters on screen at once over open rolling terrain,\" says Cowgill. \"And you can zoom up to a unit or terrain object and see increasing detail at any distance. Grass waves, tree branches bend, and units move totally smoothly.\"
Gathering of Developers PR Director Jeff Smith will be a guest tonight on The Mac Show, a weekly radio show broadcast live using streaming Quicktime. The show, which begins at 9:00 pm EST (6:00 pm PST), will also give away a G.O.D. Games Mac Pack complete with all of the company\'s titles for the Mac including Oni, Heavy Metal: FAKK2, Rune and more.
Madsonline has announced its PowerBook G4 line of power products, consisting of the G4 Micro Adapter, which is similar to the G3 Micro Adapter but with a smaller plug to accommodate the G4; the G4 Auto/Air adapter, which is also similar to the G3 version; and the G3 to G4 \"Generation Gap\" adapter, which allows power adapters from the PowerBook 1400 to the PowerBook G3 to function with the PowerBook G4. Pricing and availability for these products will be announced in March. Additionally, the company introduced the G4 Saver, a $58 1/4\" neoprene sleave with nylon handles for protecting the PowerBook G4 from marks and scratches during light transport. The G4 Saver is available now. [updated]
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will kick off Macworld Expo Tokyo with his keynote at 8 PM EST this evening (10 AM JST). As noted yesterday, the keynote will not be Webcast live, but will be available for viewing as a video-on-demand archive at a later time. MacNN will bring you complete coverage of the keynote and showfloor.
Yesterday we noted that G4/667 systems have begun shipping, following Apple\'s G4/733 shipping announcement two days ago; tomorrow\'s release of Opera 5.0 Technical Preview 1, as well as a feature on the alternative browser; Apple\'s warning that some CD-RW drives in new G4 systems cannot write at speeds faster than 4x; Napster\'s $1 billion bid to keep the service alive; and the release of Virtual PC 4 Windows 2000.
CE Software, creators of QuicKeys and QuickMail, reported a first quarter loss of $186,000 on revenues of $494,000, down from the year-ago quarter that saw a net loss of $52,000 on revenues of $916,000. The company blamed declining sales of QuickMail for the reduced earnings, and announced that it is working on several new products that will be presented to shareholders at its annual meeting on Mar. 23.
Early morning tech news: Motorola will acquire Blue Wave Systems, a maker of high performance digital signal processor (DSP) solutions; growth in PocketPC sales grew in January while Palm/Handspring sales fell; and Sony, Sega, and Namco have created an alliance where Sony will develop methods to distribute game content over fiber-optic cables to arcades run by Sega and Namco.
PagePlanet Software has posted MGI Forms Processor, a WebStar plug-in that enables forms-to-email functions. The plug-in can validate the syntax of an email address, includes mgiPGP encryption, and other features. The $100 software is compatible with both Mac and Windows.
MacHack has announced the addition of a third keynote speaker for its 2001 conference, Bruce Horn, who was responsible for the design an implementation of the original Mac Finder, Resource manager, clipboard, and other underlying features of the Mac OS. Horn will join Andy Hertzfeld and Guy \"Bud\" Tribble for the keynote, two other members of the original Macintosh development team. MacHack 2001 takes place June 21, 2001 in Dearborn, MI and runs for 72 hours non-stop.
In the past week MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktop pictures, including: Oh so fast... (PowerBook G4), Opal Creek (Landscapes - Nature), and Seattle, Washington (Landscapes - Urban). Two new pictures are posted daily.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
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