Alsoft has updated its DiskWarrior 2.1 CD to work with the Power Macs introduced at Macworld Tokyo 2001 and Macworld San Francisco 2001, according to a MacNN reader: \"Alsoft\'s DiskWarrior has been updated with a 9.1 CD that supports the new powermacs and the new Titanium PowerBook. Also with a new updated DiskWarrior disk utility. The upgrade is free to anyone who has bought or upgraded since December.\"
Mactella 1.03, an updated version of the alternative distributed peer-to-peer sharing system, includes a new Clip2 Reflector, allowing low-bandwidth users to connect to a reflector and get most of the advantage of a full network connection (for searches).
Nourison, the world\'s largest importer and manufacturer of fine handmade oriental rugs, today unveiled an interactive multimedia kiosk program for its authorized dealers. Developed in close collaboration with First Wave and Apple, allows dealers to lease a kiosk for their retail outlet to provide consumers with instantaneous access to a virtual inventory of thousands of rugs. The Nourison kiosk runs on a touch-enabled iMac is powered by First Wave\'s Kiosk Communicator that can be easily updated remotely via phone lines.
4D, Inc. has released 4D v6.7.1, an update to its professional suite of application and web development tools. Version 6.7.1 is a \"significant release for current 4D v6.7.x users with many improvements and optimizations along with the addition of a few minor new web features.\"
Salem, NH-based computer dealer Computer Town announced today that it has been taken over by Jim Hancock, a \"long-time professional in the Apple dealer channel for 13 years.\" The company says it will conduct business as a premier retailer, business sales, and professional services company for markets nationwide - beginning with southern New Hampshire, metro Boston, and the Phoenix (Paradise Valley) areas and that it is undergoing a rebuilding effort beginning immediately that will include attempts to satisfy national and local debts, continued liquidation of inventory, and repair of customer satisfaction issues.
RPG Vault has posted its fifth Elements of the Week for Volition\'s upcoming 3D role-playing game for the Mac and PC, Summoner. The three elements this week include two spells, Lightning and Resurrection, in addition to screenshots and a movie showcasing the summoned Posion Elemental. \"This summoned creature takes the form of a large two-tailed serpent spirit,\" describes the site. \"It appears in a large green colored mist, and when formed, will bear its massive serpent like fangs.\"
An interview with Raven Software\'s Kenn Hoekstra at Daily Radar provides new details on the as yet unnamed add-on pack for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the recent attacks on its Battle.net servers have subsided except for a continued attack on the US East realm for Diablo II. \"The Battle.net team has taken measures to mitigate the service disruption on that realm,\" notes the company. \"We wish to thank you for your understanding during this time.\"
The official web site for Master of Orion III, the Mac/PC turn-based strategy game in development at Quicksilver Software, has re-launched with a completely new design that is easier to navigate and use.
German site GameSurf.de has published a dozen new screenshots from Wolfpack Studios\' upcoming massive multiplayer online role-playing game for the Mac and PC, Shadowbane. In addition, the site has posted a Quicktime movie featuring Wolfpack giving a brief demonstration of the game\'s features.
Tobias Opfermann has released Oni Save Game Editor 1.3, a new version of the cheat utility for editing saved games in Bungie\'s third-person 3D action game, Oni. The new version adds compatibility with the final, shipping version of the game (all language versions) in addition to adding an option for setting whether Griffin is available in the last fight against Muro.
Thunderwizard Software has released Zroids 1.0.0, a new $10 \"fast-paced action game with stunning light, animation and sound effects.\" The game features 6 levels (and an limited number of custom and user-made levels), 6 ships, 16 weapons and the ability to play between up to four humans and two computer AI opponents for a total of six players.
Westlake Interactive has updated its Project Status page with word that the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch should be available in an estimated one week. In addition, a new \"unnamed project\" has been added to the game roster.
French Touch Software has released six new free add-ons for its water racing game for the Mac, WaterRace. Among the add-ons are an alien space ship, a mad cow and a star wars racer. In addition, the company will soon release a new patch for the game to fix a problem where the game would not recognize that the CD is in the drive.
GameSpot\'s Designer Diary for Myst III: Exile has been updated by Game Studios\' Daniel Achterman. The entry begins with the current status of the 3D adventure game as it nears its May 7 release date...
Evening console news: id Software and Activision are teaming up to bring Commander Keen\"the kinder, gentler side of id Software\"to the GameBoy Color this spring; Sony has confirmed that Hot Shots Golf 3 will be released for the Playstation 2 later this year; and Konami is offering everyone the opportunity to potentially have their name be featured on the dog tag of a soldier in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty for the Playstation 2.
Aestiva\'s HTML/OS 1.9, the latest version of its Web operating and development platform, includes new multi-tasking capabilities, improved database cross-platform compatibility and new tools to help developers build Web-based applications. Version 1.9 now includes both a developmental ($800) and runtime versions ($350).
Tri-Bar Software has released of Calculator v1.0.2, a new unique calculator based upon \'fifth generation\' and declarative programming languages. The scientific calculator allows users to enter an incomplete equation for solving. The latest version includes minor bug fixes, more constancts and support for 68k machines.
games.macnn.com has published an in-depth preview of Tropico, the upcoming building-oriented strategy/simulation game from the makers of Railroad Tycoon II, PopTop Software.
We have published an in-depth preview of Tropico, the upcoming building-oriented strategy/simulation game from the makers of Railroad Tycoon II, PopTop Software. The game pits the player as the dictator of a remote Caribbean island that is faced with maintaining power and prosperity amidst a sea of opposing forces.
Yesterday Raven Software announced an add-on pack for its Quake III-engine game Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force; id Software\'s Graeme Devine released a new build of Quake III: Arena 1.27h for the Mac; Volition re-launched the official web site for Summoner in addition to new media and music for the game being released; and Apple OpenGL Team Leader John Stauffer pledged to developers initial support and ongoing improvements for Radeon and GeForce products under Mac OS X.
The Titanium PowerBook would be the one laptap Hiawatha Bray would take on a desert island, according to another glowing review in The Boston Globe that opens by saying \"Apple is a personal computer company at a time when that\'s not good enough any more.\" (Oddly, the review does note excessive \"stuttering and pausing\" during DVD playback, which other reviews and readers have not noted.)
Media 100 announced \"the first\" fully-automated stream publishing system for capturing, encoding and managing digital audio content. audio:box can convert audio assets from audio CD, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM to any streaming media format, including MP3, Windows Media, RealAudio, QuickTime and .WAV using Cleaner 5 software.
Media 100 is now shipping CineStream 1.0, a software-based interactive streaming media authoring solution that \"provides a unique, software-based approach to creating video programs specifically designed for the interactive nature of the Internet...\"
Media 100 today announced the immediate availability of Cleaner MPEG Charger, its software-only MPEG solution for Cleaner 5 that provides comprehensive control over MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 content creation for DVD, Video CD, CD-ROM and digital broadcasting. It includes support for constant bitrate and both single- and dual-pass VBR encoding, both NTSC and PAL ecoding, and support for 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 chromas. Cleaner MPEG Charger is a $500 add-on option for Cleaner 5.
Softobe\'s $30 synchronization and backup utility FolderSynchronizer 2.0 boasts speed improvements, background operations, alias resolution, vastly improved memory management, and copying of file/folder attributes as well as custom icons.
id Software\'s Graeme Devine made comments in response to our story yesterday on Apple\'s commitment to fully supporting Radeon and GeForce products under Mac OS X and to making continued improvements and additions to its feature set. \"As someone who has seen builds of OS X as they were made over the last few weeks, I\'ve been more and more impressed with the quality of the builds (using it right now),\" commented Devine. \"The OpenGL support, through the team led by John Stauffer, is dedicated, and the most hard working group I\'ve ever encountered, if all of Apple is as focused as this team, then there is no doubt that OS X will succeed.\"
GameSpot has posted a variety of movies illustrating the advanced effects capabilities of NVIDIA\'s new GeForce3 including shader effects, lighting, shadows and more. Among the movies is Zoltar Speaks, the novelty machine featured in the Tom Hanks movie \"Big\", that shows off the ability of the graphics card to animate faces realistically in real-time.
Today, O\'Reilly\'s FreeBSD Dev Center has a great article titled \"Understanding Unix Filesystems\" that explains the basics of how file systems address disks, read and write files, and how performance is affected by some of the different filesystems out there.
Today\'s Bargains at DealNN include 128 MB PC133 RAM for $25, ACTION Utilities for just a buck, Refurbished iBook\'s $889, Newer G3 266 processor upgrade for 7100 and 8100 for $200 and more. The top 10 deals at DealNN are listed at the bottom of MacNN, as well as options to sign up for the DealNN newsletter.
Acrux Software\'s multimedia authoring environment, iBuild Lite/Pro/Site preview 0.9.5, offers improved object editing, new object tools and stationery, an improved window design mode, stack printing, and other enhancements. Version 1.0 is expected to be released in about 30 days.
The freeware FlashRipper 1.1r is a tool used either to \"remove the import protection from Macromediaô Flash movies (.swf files), or to extract an .swf file from a Macromedia Flash Projector. Version 1.1r works with Windoze Projectors as well.
Graphics chip maker ATI today announced that revenue for the quarter will fall short of initial estimates, at about $230 million. Instead of breaking even for the quarter, as originally expected, the company expects to post a loss between $0.11 and $0.13 per share. ATI cited weakened marketing conditions and a higher than expected cost for memory as the reasons for the shortfall. Last quarter, the company posted a narrow profit on revenues of $350.5 million, while revenues for the quarter last year came in at $413.5 million. Shares of ATI have fallen 75% in the past year.
We have posted a review of ContentBarrier, the new Internet filtering solution from Intego.
Morning console news: Earthworm Jim for the GameBoy Advance is based on the classic SNES side-scrolling platformer and is scheduled for release this summer; EA\'s NBA Street for the Playstation 2, scheduled for release this spring, will include a momentum meter that increases as players perform difficult dribbling manuevers such as fake crossovers and behind-the-backall realistically animated using motion-capture; and Sony has released new screenshots from its survival-horror action game, Extermination, set for release in Japan on March 8 and in North America in July.
DXoft\'s Software & Hardware Tracker 4.0.5 is a maintenance release to the shareware collection of FileMaker databases for tracking software registration information. Licensing fees range from $15 to $50.
ProFunda Software is offering Storeys 1.6, the most recent version of its 3D spreadsheet application, for $30 through March 7. A demo is available online.
Yesterday we noted the future of Radeon and Gforce products under Mac OS X, Samsung\'s new 24\" LCD, MaxGate\'s new wireless broadband gateway, the delay in International-English versions of iMovie, differing Cube software bundles, and a summary of recent Apple TILs. Other updates included a new public beta of WebSTAR 4.4b2, PipeLine 2.5.1 proxy server, MacGhostView 2.04, and Intego\'s NetBarrier 2.02 and ContentBarrier 1.02 updates.
As noted here several days ago, Sonnet today officially announced price cuts on its line of G3 and G4 upgrades. Crecendo/7200 G3 and G4 PCI upgrades were cut by $100 each to $300, $400, and $500 for G3/400/512k, G3/400/1MB, and G4/400/1MB versions respectively. Additionally, Encore G4-ZIF upgrades were cut by $50 and $200 respectively for the 400- and 500-MHz models respectively.
TMDC has released its new SysMenu 1.0, a $15 utility which offers a system-wide, customizable menu with support for submenus, plugins, and other features. It also released a freeware Droplet Builder 1.0, a simple utility to create droplets that modify file attributes such as the Type, Creator, Name Lock, and more when files or folders are dropped upon them. The freeware FileChanger 2.01 for changing file attributes and the freeware WebPad 2.0 (for storing links, comments, and related notes) have been rewritten and updated with new features as well.
Chaotic Software\'s FlavorSavers 2.7.2, an update to the $25 shareware screensaver package, fixes a few bugs and adds a SimpleBlack module.
VSamp 3.1 is an update to the $40 software sample player for the Mac that includes functions for creating and playing virtual instruments and a VST plugin for playing VSamp instruments from within a VST sequencer. Version 3.1 adds LFO with its own editor window, a new MIDI Inputs window, a new Reload button to VSamp VST, and the ability to play VSamp banks with 4 assignable stereo outputs.
A new iTunes patch v1.11 installer, which hacks the application to work with Mac OS 8.6, now supports iTunes 1.0 and now patches for the iTunes extension 1.1 extension. It also includes the CD Authoring Support files that \"are part of the iTunes 1.1 installer, but which do not install on Mac OS 8.6 (or even 9.0.4) when you use Apple\'s iTunes v1.1 installer.\" A FAQ answers more questions about the patch, but notes that it does not allow you to \"burn CDs or connect USB MP3 devices to their Macs under Mac OS 8.\"
Dr. Bott LLC is now distributing (and shipping) the $20 CoolPad, an ultra-thin rotating stand for laptops, and and the recently updated $30 Podium CoolPad from RoadTools, which provides an adjustable keyboard tilt for laptops.
March virus definitions have been posted for Symantec\'s NAV, Network Associates\' Virex, and Inetego\'s VirusBarrier.
AcutAbove Software has released an update to its $10 shareware, ScriptStrip 1.1, a control strip module that runs AppleScripts and applets from within the Control Strip. The update adds a user-configurable recent items menu and the ability to toggle scripts on and off.
Jamie Pentland describes how he converted a spare G4 Cube shell to a kleenex box, in what he calls The KleenexCube.
Version 2.1.1 of CrushFTP, the $20 Java FTP server has been posted by Ben Spink, fixing a bug with directory creation and offering better Mac compatibility with ASCII file transfers.
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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe