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Tech: Microsoft breakup in doubt
Evening tech news: The ordered breakup of Microsoft is now in doubt as federal appellate judges harshly criticized the trial judge who compared the software giant to a murderous street gang; Gateway will be dramatically reducing the number of computer configurations it sells, from 23 million to hundreds, in order to reduce costs; and new media workers, such as web designers and others who work in the cybertrenches, are challenged daily by long hours, a lack of formal training programs and issues around tenure and benefits.
New app helps generate abstract artwork
Auto-Illustrator, now in beta, is designed "to sit alongside your existing vector graphics applications, it is most useful when generating abstract graphical artwork for use in web and screen design, printed media and animation/video production."
International-English iTunes due in March
Kenneth MacArthur sent us a note about International-English version of iTunes, which he says has been delayed until mid-March:
"I was informed by someone from Apple Europe today that the reason for the delay in producing an international English version of iTunes (and presumably other European language versions as well) - which was initially supposed to have been available this month but has now been delayed to March - is that they are having to include in the installer program software which uninstalls the US English version of iTunes first, since they expect a lot of users will have already installed that whilst waiting for localized versions."
SnapperHead 3.0: screenshots across the Web
SnapperHead 3.0, now fully carbonized for Mac OS X, brings some GUI changes to the freeware application that sends screenshots to people who enter your IP address into a web browser.
Apple support for Radeon and GeForce in OS X
John Stauffer, a member of Apple's OpenGL team, told developers earlier today that the company plans to support "all of the power and features of the Radeon and GeForce products under Mac OS X. Clearly not all features will be available in Mac OS X 1.0," says Stauffer, "but Apple will be releasing additional features and optimizations as fast as possible."
New Diablo II: LoD screenshot
DiabloII.Net notes that Blizzard Entertainment has released a new screenshot from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the upcoming expansion set for Diablo II. The screenshot shows the Druid fighting an Overseer boss pack with an Oak Sage Spirit, Vine and Wolf aiding him in his struggle.
More Neverwinter Nights GeForce3 screenshots
In addition to the GeForce3-enhanced Neverwinter Nights screenshots noted yesterday (story), Neverwinter Vault has discovered six more screenshots from the 3D role-playing game taken on a machine using an NVIDIA GeForce3. Bioware's Rob Bartel, Co-Lead Designer on the game, notes that the screenshots are not mock-ups...
New WarCraft III screenshots
WarCraftIII.net spotted a new screenshot of WarCraft III featured in a recent HappyPuppy.com editorial and analyzed its contents, noting that it shows an essential addition to the interface, a better example of the Wyvern Rider art, an interestingly-named Orc hero and a newer cursor in the form of the green Orc hand.
Summoner Media and Music
Volition has re-launched its official web site for Summoner in anticipation of the Mac and PC release of the 3D role-playing game this spring. In addition, Summoner Watch has posted Summoner Select 5, which offers ten new screenshots of the game in action, and RPG Vault has posted a short video clip of Joseph summoning and then banishing a Celestial Sumurai. Finally, Scott Lee's web page at MP3.com offers soundtracks of music from Summoner.
GA-S: Elite Force Add-on screenshots
Console: Video game sales up 12 percent
Evening console news: Video game sales rose 12 percent in January over figures from last year with GameBoy Color games selling extremely well at a 100-percent increase; EA Sports has signed the Oakland A's Jason Giambi as its cover athlete for Triple Play Baseball for the Playstation, Playstation 2 and PC; and Sega of Japan has released the first video showing Crazy Taxi 2 for the Dreamcast in action.
Games: Elite Force Add-on and Quake III 1.27h
games.macnn.com has information on a newly announced add-on pack for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force as well as a new Mac build of Quake III: Arena 1.27h.
New Quake III: Arena 1.27h for Mac
id Software's Graeme Devine updated his .plan today announcing the release of a new build of Quake III: Arena 1.27h for the Mac. The new non-debug version uses the new Metrowerks compiler and "should run as well or better than previous builds," according to Devine. "The sound code is still taking up more CPU time than it should," continues Devine, "this is a Quake code issue I'll resolve quickly." Devine continues with more information on the Altivec and OS X builds of Quake III: Arena...
Raven announces Elite Force add-on pack
Raven Software has announced an official add-on pack for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, the Quake III-engine first-person shooter released for the Mac and PC last year. The add-on pack will include two new single-player campaigns, 17 additional multiplayer maps, 12 new models, two new game mods and a Tour mode which lets players explore an interactive 3D recreation of Voyager's interior, complete with unrestricted access to 15 decks of the ship, many functional systems and the ability to talk and interact with the entire Voyager crew. A Mac version has yet to be confirmed; the publisher of the Mac version of Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, Aspyr Media, was unavailable for comment. [updated]
English-Latin translation application
Latinor Pro 1.3.2 is an application which allows the users to translate English words to Latin and visa versa. Latinor Pro is Carbonized and available in English or French versions.
Screen Catcher 2.3: screen capture utility
St. Clair Software today released Screen Catcher 2.3, an update to its screen capture utility, which now integrates with major email applications such as Eudora Pro, PowerMail, Mailsmith, Emailer, and Outlook Express to quickly send snapshots as email attachments. This release also corrects several compatibility problems, including fixing a conflict with Chronos StickyBrain and improving overall performance.
Stomped: WWII Online screenshots, pricing
Stomped has posted three new screenshots showing Cornered Rat Software's massive multiplayer persistent online war combat game, World War II Online, in action. In addition, the site has learned that the game will cost $40 with a $10 monthly fee for online play.
Humongous closing online store
Humongous Entertainment, creator of popular kids titles such as Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish and the Backyard sports series, has announced that it will be closing its online store.
MacSQL Monitor 1.6.1 released for OS X
MacSQL Monitor is a client application for managing SQL databases from within the MacOS. It allows users to view schema information and issue queries to SQL Databases. Included are native drivers for MySQL, JDBC and PostgreSQL for Mac OS X. MacSQL Monitor is fully AppleScriptable. ODBC and Oracle drivers are also supported for Mac OS 9.
Ambiance 2.0 announced
Ambiance is a sound playing utility designed to produce completely randomized sound effects. This is not a typical relaxation sound producer, but rather a randomizer. This software is currently being distributed as a semi-public beta. Users who register during the beta period will be given a credit in the about window as an official beta tester, as well as having extra consideration when feature requests and sound collection ideas are received. Ambiance 2.0 is only certified for Mac OS 9.0.x and CarbonLib 1.2.x
Gerry's ICQ Carbonized
Gerry's ICQ has been updated and is now carbonized for Mac OS X. Gerry's ICQ is a popular, feature rich alternate ICQ client.
LAME 3.70 for Darwin
LAME 3.70 for Darwin has been released by Mike Cheung. This LAME encoder is terminal based, and should provide faster encoding than SoundJam or iTunes. LAME is an open-sourced MP3 encoder with a large following.
Pref Edit hits version 1.0 Beta 3
PrefEdit is now at version 1.0 Beta 3, and "is a utility that allows you to inspect and edit all preference settings for Mac OS X applications. The settings are displayed in a browser and can be edited by simple point-and-click operations. You can also do a full-text search on all settings, or clean up unused entries of applications that have been uninstalled. PrefEdit can access all preference settings of 'well-behaved' Carbon and Cocoa applications. Older Mac applications running in the Classic environment used a totally different system for storing preference settings. The settings of such programs do not appear in PrefEdit."
ContentBarrier 1.02 gets bug fixes
Intego has also updated Content Barrier 1.02, a maintenance release to its parental control software that works seamlessly with Multiple Users, allowing you to provide multiple levels of content-based control over chat, Web, and forms of Internet access.
Intego releases NetBarrier 2.02
Intego's Internet security application update, NetBarrier 2.0.2, includes cosmetic enhancements and bug fixes to its Password dialogs; compatibility with GoBar, Extension Strip, AppleTalk, and Epson printers; improved support for Yahoo POP3 servers and Eudora Mail Client; and a new option to create log-only rules as well as other bug fixes.
Console: X-Box TV commercial
Afternoon console news: ActiveWin has got their hands on an advance copy of a television commercial for Microsoft's X-Box gaming console; Team 17's Worms World Party for the Dreamcast will not include support for the brandband adapter; and the DVD drivers in Microsoft's X-Box will include support for both Progressive Scan and HDTV output, high-end features currently missing from rival PlayStation 2's feature list.
Roundup: Deus Ex MP Patch Preview
Yesterday we published a preview of the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch and began a poll on Mac users' willingness to spend $600 on an NVIDIA GeForce3; Blizzard Entertainment filed a suit against New Line Cinema over the use of the "Diablo" name in movies; and id Software co-founder John Carmack commented on the creation of the character animation used in the Doom III engine demo shown during the Macworld Expo Tokyo keynote.
DealNN's Bargains for 2/28/01
Today's bargains at DealNN include ACTION Utilities for just a buck, Norton Utilities 6.0 for $70, iMac 350's for $649, G4 Cubes for $1,099, $40 off MaxGate Cable/DSL routers, an Acer 18.1" Flat Panel Display for $999.00, Mac OS 8.0 for $15.00, and 8 other new deals. Some of these deals expire today, and as always the top 10 deals are listed at the bottom of MacNN.
RFW: Red Faction Interview
RF World has published an interview with Volition's Mike Breault, a writer on the company's upcoming first-person shooter, Red Faction. At the end of the interview, Volition's Alan Lawrence jumps in to provide specific details such as the multiplayer modes that they plan to include in the game. "Certainly deathmatch, team deathmatch, CTF, and other modes typical of FPS multiplayer," says Lawrence. "We're also working on vehicular combat modes and other modes made possible by the ability to geo-mod."
Planet Moon Studios has updated its web site with word that a modified version of Giants: Citizen Kabuto will ship with the Elsa Gladiac 920 GeForce3 graphics card. "The game will be enhanced to support all the bells and whistles that the GeForce 3 can do," notes the site. A Mac version, now in development at MacPlay and scheduled for release this summer, could potentially take advantage of the enhanced version, although MacPlay has not commented on the possibility.
Console: Legend does the X-Box
Morning console news: Legend Entertainment, hard at work on Unreal II, has disclosed publicly that the company is also working on a game for Microsoft's X-Box console; Nyko has released pricing information on its accessories for the GameBoy Advance which are scheduled to be released within two weeks of the GameBoy Advance North American launch on June 11; THQ has announced Power Rangers Time Force for the GameBoy Advance; and Sega has released the first screenshots from its multiplayer bomberman game, Bomberman Online for the Sega Dreamcast.
Roundup: Apple updates, Fantom G-Force RAID..
Apple yesterday released Disc Burner 1.01, which adds support for third-party CD-RW drives, and also provided an online download of URL Access 2.3. We also noted shipment of Fantom's new G-Force RAID arrays with 15,000 rpm drives, Apple's recently received GUI theme patent, upcoming PhotoParade for the Mac, and Purity's WebSiphon Enterprise module with ODBC connectivity. Other updates included Vicomsoft Internet Gateway and SurfDoubler 6.8.2, Son of Weather Grok 2.0, Eudora 5.1b1, and a new build of Fizilla (on osx.macnn.com).
Samsung introduces new 24" digital LCD
Samsung, in whom Apple invested $100 million to further expand Samsung’s TFT-LCD flat-panel display production capacity, is now offering a 24" digital LCD monitor.
MacDesktop: Britney Spears, Clark Fork gorge
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including 3 tone slither, Britney Spears, Clark Fork gorge, Danger Girl, "Rip. Mix. Burn.", and many others.
Kids GoGoGo: new Web filtering software
MAKI Enterprise has released its new web filtering software for MacOS, Kids GoGoGo 2.4, which filters known adult sites using a built-in 500,000 URL database and related sites by "analogy". The database can be updated manually as well and the application logs requests to monitor Web activity. Licensing ranges between $30 and $200 for single- and 20-user license respectively . A 14-day trial is available online.
MaxGate UGate 3300 wireless broadband router
MaxGate is now shipping its UGate 3300 Cable/xDSL wireless broadband gateway. The $330 router shares a single connection over a an 802.11b wireless network and/or a wired LAN; it includes built-in support for Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS) for automatic naming of workstations and supports up to 253 users. The UGate 3300 also includes a built-in single-port print server, Network Address Translation (NAT) services, and browser-based network management controls as well as VPN and PPPoE support.
Tech news: Office XP, IE 6, eBay monitoring..
Morning tech news: Microsoft unveiled a worldwide corporate preview release of Office XP, giving 500,000 corporate customers in more than 30 countries a look at the new version of Microsoft Office for the PC; EBay has begun monitoring items for sale on its site for possible copyright infringement in response to pressure from software makers and intellectual property interests; and Microsoft is nearing its goal of delivering the first public preview of a standalone, next-generation browser, IE 6, although it is debating whether to make IE 6 available only as part of Windows or also as a separate product.
WebPrint, Adobe to deliver Internet printing
Webprint, Inc. and Adobe will collaborate to deliver products and services to enable the emerging Internet printing market. As part of the alliance, Webprint will integrate Adobe's PDF and other Internet printing technologies with Webprint's own customized, desktop-to-delivery solutions for digital printers.
IBM announces G3 chip for embedded systems
IBM recently announced a new version of its modified G3 chip, the PowerPC 750CXe microprocessor for use in embedded computer systems (not for PC computers). The new 750CXe is now compatible with 133MHz system buses and is promised in speeds up to 700MHz by April.
Kawasaki snubs Apple, touts IBM laptop
Longtime Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki has snubbed his former company where he worked as an evangelist for years by appearing at a pep rally for 4,000 IBM loyalists at IBM's PartnerWorld 2001 convention yesterday, where he touted his new IBM ThinkPad laptop, according to Macworld UK: "This is a historic moment. If Steve Jobs could only see me now."
TextBroom 3.5: text manipulation utility
TextBroom 3.5 adds a "New File" command as well as the ability to print to Blue Line Studio's $20 text utility that can perform customizable text search and replace functions. The update is free for registered users and a limited demo is available online.
Pipeline 2.5.1: flexible proxy server util
Ekim Software has released Pipeline 2.5.1, a maintenance update to its utility that gives anyone the ability to run a proxy server on a network. Pipeline can run multiple servers off one machine on different ports and features the ability to host SOCKS4, SOCKS5, and HTTP proxy servers as well as the ability to route application access through the server and limit connection speeds (for both bandwidth and testing purposes). Version 2.5.1 is $25 while version 1.0 with only SOCKS4 support is available for free.
CDs-On-Demand from Insider Software
Insider Software is now providing CDs-on-Demand as part of its UpdateAgent software update service, allowing users to request an up-to-the minute snapshot of all updaters available from over 2,000 software publishers and have it sent on CD the next business day. The service supplements its traditional Internet-based updating service, which uses an application to scan local drives for updates, provide a list of needed upgrades, and offers direct download of the user-selected updates. It is available for $90 per year (with per-request shipping/handling charges of $10 for US Priority Mail; other delivery options are also available).
4D begins public beta of WebSTAR 4.4b2
4D has released a public beta of its WebSTAR Server Suite 4.4b2, which has "increased Java support, integration between WebSTAR and 4D, new customizable web based mail, and the built-in form processing utilities of FlexMail" as well as better performance and reliability and stronger encryption capabilities for international customers. It includes a plug-in that connects WebSTAR to the Tomcat Java Servlet engine for utilizing Tomcat's JSP technology. [Altivec and non-AltiVec versions available]
Freeware creates playlists for Archos Jukebox
Howard Shere's freeware MacEmThreeYou 1.01 addresses a few bugs in the software for Archos Jukebox 6000, a 6GB USB drive that acts as an MP3 player and also allows Mac users to create DOS style M3U playlists for compatibility with the device.
MacGhostView 2.04: Postscript, PDF viewer
MacGhostView 2.04, an update to the general purpose Postscript and PDF previewer, now performs checks to verify if an "opened Postscript file has changed whenever MacGhostView becomes the front application. If the file has changed and it is DSC-compliant, MacGhostView opens the new file at the currently displayed page." A new Carbon version is also available, but "does not include the library and font files needed to run MacGhostView. You must download the Classic version of MacGhostview to get the necessary support files." [Classic, Carbon]
Apple TILs on iTunes, Disc Burner, iDVD
Apple's Tech Info Library has several interesting articles on iTunes, Disc Burner and iDVD software. We have a rundown of recent TILs...
Updated software bundle not for all G4 Cubes
Derek Wong notes that Apple's updated software bundle for the G4 Cube does not include DVD-models, according to documentation at the Apple Store: "Only CD-RW models include Bugdom, Nanosaur, CroMag Rally, Mac OS 9.1 and AppleWorks 6."
Pioneer to sell internal "SuperDrive"
Pioneer has confirmed plans to start selling a branded version of its "SuperDrive" drive, which can play and record both DVDs and CDs. Due in May for around $1000, it will be available from Pioneer as an internal unit, while other peripheral makers will be allowed to sell it as an external drive, including CD CyClone who will be selling a FireWire version due in April for about $1000 (available through AllDVD and FireWire Depot).
Trout Mask 1.0: news, chat, messaging
Trout Mask Client/Server 1.0 is a simple, Carbonized chat application with features such as icons, news, user level permissions, and private messaging, but "is not intended to be a file transfer system, and most likely never will be." [Server, Client]
Call for submissions for People Choice Awards
Macromedia is soliciting submissions for The People's Choice Awards, which will determine the "best Web and CD-ROM content created using Macromedia products across a wide variety of categories." The winner will be announced on the final day of Macromedia UCON 2001, which runs from April 10 to 12 in New York City and costs $1,400. The theme of this year's user conference is "Champion the User Experience." Submissions need to be received by 5 p.m. PDT March 16, 2001.
Rainbow Painter 2.0 adds tools, effects
Norbyte's Rainbow Painter 2.0, an application for painting and photo retouching with support for layers, masking, and more than 60 effects and tools, adds new image editing tools, effects, and color palettes to the $25 shareware.
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