Evening screenshots: The official web site for Red Faction has five new screenshots from the Playstation 2 version of Mars-focused first-person shooter also coming to the Mac and PC later this year; and GameSurf.de has posted twelve new screenshots of Shadowbane, the massive multiplayer online role-playing game from Wolfpack Studios and Gathering of Developers.
MacWEEK, a cornerstone of the Mac press for 14 years, has shut down. Mac Publishing today announced that the site, which originally was published as a weekly magazine, will be merged into MacCentralMac Publishing\'s daily Mac news sitein an effort to streamline online operations within the company.
Cornered Rat Software\'s Chris \"Mo\" Sherland notes in the company\'s online forums that the sea aspect of its upcoming massive multiplayer online war combat game, World War II Online, will be added as a free download during the summer. \"...when we add ships we\'ll be adding Subs, DDs, cargo ships and the like, as well as coastal ships,\" says Sherland. \"The plan is for Subs, DDs and above classes to be persistent while the smaller boats will be \"spawnable\". Persistent ships will need to be \"purchased\" by countries with resources \"saved off\" from their infrastructures.\" Thanks World War II Online HQ.
RPG Vault has published a transcript from last night\'s chat with Bioware\'s Neverwinter Nights development team. Among the questions answered is the company\'s plans for supporting some of the NVIDIA GeForce3\'s unique features. \"We are using a variety of features to get improved performance,\" replied Scott Greig, Lead Programmer, \"and we are putting in support for several specific features. There will also be support for other video cards too, but I can\'t comment on the specifics at this point.\"
EverGlide.com has announced the release of its re-engineered mousing surface, the EverGlide Mousing Surface V-1. The new design includes several important improvements over its predecessor...
Sickware has certified the first community add-on for its Targetware series of massive multiplayer online flight sims; the first game, Target Korea, is expected to ship later this year. The add-on skin, titled \"Paper Tiger\", is based upon the aircraft of Capt. Harold \"Hal\" Fischer of the 39th Fighter Squadron and was created by Mike \"Oil Can\" Caulk. Players may fly their F86-F30 Sabre in the actual game using this unique skin, or any other provided by Targetware and the add-on development community.
iCamMaster 1.8, a $20 shareware internet application specialized in collecting, viewing and recording webcams, now allows you to save the current windows state and has other features. Both Classic and Carbon versions are available.
Evening console news: Both InterAct and Mad Catz have entered into a worldwide license agreement with Microsoft to design, manufacture, and market licensed third-party peripherals for Microsoft\'s X-Box console; Activision has released Disney/Pixar\'s Toy Story Racer for the Playstation and GameBoy Color; and Nintendo has updated its GameBoy Advance release list with some new titles including Capcom\'s Final Fight and Super Street Fighter 2, THQ\'s WWF and Namco\'s Tekken Advanced.
Mac Deus Ex, a fan site for the popular action/role-playing/adventure hybrid Deus Ex, has posted skins for The Sims featuring three of the game\'s main characters: JC Denton, Gunther Hermann and Anna Navarre. In addition, the site notes that GameRanger will provide support for finding opponents for the upcoming Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch.
*DAMN Gamer has released two new map conversions for the Mac version of Rogue Spear: Urban Operations, a popular game among GameRanger users. Jungle Compound plays in the Jungle and gives the player a lot of cover while Shadow World 2k1 is a fiction map only for multiplayer and is well suited for sniping.
Richard Bannister\'s RockNES/MacOS 1.810 is a maintenance release of the popular Nintendo Entertainment System emulator for the Mac. The new version fixes over a dozen outstanding bugs.
Afternoon screenshots: GamePen\'s hands-off preview of Bioware\'s Neverwinter Nights includes four new screenshots of the upcoming role-playing game; RPG Vault has posted 16 new screenshots featuring the Lenele portion of Volition\'s upcoming role-playing game, Summoner; and MPOG\'s review of Starfleet Command Volume II: Empires at War includes screenshots from the game that is slated for a Mac release in October.
Volition programmer Nick Lee explains the difficulties of cross-platform development in pc.ign.com\'s latest Developer Journal for Summoner, the company\'s upcoming 3D role-playing game for the Mac and PC. The article begins with a misleading statement from Nick on the support of input devices on the Mac. \"...how do you port a program written for multi-button mice to a platform that only supports single-button mice?\"
Beginning this weekend, Napster will block 5,600 copyrighted songs that were submitted by major record labels from distribution over its service. The voluntary move was announced at a court hearing today that could determine the fate of the service.
games.macnn.com has published its first Covert Gaming Corner column since its last edition in July 1999. This new edition features a three-page interview with Pangea Software President Brian Greenstone, talking to the programmer about the company\'s newly announced 3D action/adventure game for the Mac, Otto Matic.
With today\'s return of The Covert Gaming Corner, MacNN Games Editor Trevor Covert speaks with Pangea Software President Brian Greenstone about the company\'s upcoming 3D action/adventure game for the Mac, Otto Matic, announced earlier this week. The three-page interview covers all new details about the game including more on its inspirations from 1950\'s sci-fi movies, the game\'s planets and aliens as well as whether it will take advantage of NVIDIA\'s new GeForce3.
Yesterday we published an in-depth preview of Tropico, the upcoming building-oriented strategy/simulation game from the makers of Railroad Tycoon II, PopTop Software; Blizzard Entertainment announced that attacks had subsided on its Battle.net servers; Westlake Interactive indicated that the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch should be available in approximately one week; and Game Studios\' Daniel Achterman provided an update on the development of Myst III: Exile, the 3D adventure game set for a simultaneous Mac/PC release on May 7.
Helix 5.0.1 brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility to the rapid application development environment. A free demo copy of is available online. The company has also extended its special promotional offer through April 30th, offering $100 coupon at the Chip Merchant with the purchase of Helix RADE ($200) and $200 coupon off the purchase of Helix Server ($400).
FireLogic, Inc., a software solutions company, announced HealthEngage-Asthma, a Java application that allows users to track their health data using the home equipment by entering vital data onto the HealthEngage secure server, where it is stored for viewing by the patient and his caregiver (i.e, doctor). The Mac version has been optimized to run under Apple\'s MRJ and a Mac OS X version been announced for availability the first day MacOS X is available. Future versions of the HealthEngage will include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Weight Loss/Fitness Management. A 15-day trial is available as well as $20 discount of the regular $60 price through March 15th.
Black Magik Software has released Auction Monitor v1.2, an update to its $20 utility for tracking eBay sales that brings compatibility with eBay\'s latest round of changes.
Adaptec today issued an earnings warning, adjusting its expected earnings per share to 10-15 cents, short of the 23 cent consneus estimate. Sequential fourth quarter revenue is expected to be down some 15 percent. The company is currently working to reduce expenses by more than $7 million, and will take a $10 million restructuring charge in the process.
The teaser trailer for the upcoming Marathon Infinity scenario, Marathon Rubicon, has been released. The trailer is available in small, medium and large sizes. The scenario features 360+ new textures, over a dozen new characters, tons of new scenery, 8 new weapons and more solo levels than any other Marathon scenario to date.
Afternoon console news: Terminal Reality\'s 4x4 Evolutionwhich came to the Mac, PC and Dreamcast last yearfor the Playstation 2 has been approved for manufacturing and will be appearing on store shelves soon; Eidos Interactive has released the first video clip of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 for the Playstation 2; and The 3DO Company announced a GameBoy Advance version of High Heat Baseball 2002, joining the Playstation, Playstation 2 and PC versions of the title.
D-Link earlier this week announced price reductions on its D-Link Air Series of wireless 802.11b networking products, including its DWL-1000AP Access Point has been reduced to $200. [included software is for Windows-only]
Macintosh freeware/shareware creator StimpSoft is shutting down as a result of financial difficulties. The site and its software, which are both still accessible, will be taken down within the month.
Morning tech news: Gateway has surprisingly announced it will abandon offering extra services and software and focus solely on selling PCs, which it has lost money doing in recent quarters; Microsoft will shift management of WebTV to its MSN unit; Oracle yesterday issued an earnings warning, blaming the slowing US economy, that sent its shares down more than 20 percent in after-hours trading; and Oracle\'s warning contributed to a 3.3 percent drop on Japan\'s Nikkei exchange that closed at a 15-year low.
Apple won\'t be promoting the March 24 release of Mac OS X in large part due to a number of issues with the operating system that won\'t be addressed until a later a date, according to a c|net article. These apparent issues range from sleep problems with PowerBooks/iBooks to a lack of DVD support. The article quotes sources as stating that a summer update to OS X, code-named Puma, will address many of these issues.
The Associated Press has published a positive overview of iTunes, citing only a lack of visual plug-ins and skins as the application\'s shortcomings.
We yesterday noted several new Media 100 announcements, including its CineStream interactive streaming media authoring solution, availability of Cleaner 5 MPEG Charger, and its new audio:box turnkey solution for management and delivery of audio content. Other news included ComputerTown\'s efforts to rebuild itself and an updated DiskWarrior 2.1 CD for new Macs. Software updates included March virus definitions, FolderSynchronizer 2.0, Aestiva\'s HTML/OS 1.9, and 4D v4.7.1.
Tenon yesterday posted an OS 9.1 patch for its products, including WebTen 3.x, XTen 6.1.6, MachTen 4.1.4 and NetTen 1.4, which replaces several files to bring Mac OS 9.1 compatibility to the aforementioned products.
Gary Bart, a former employee at the now defunct MicroNet, has posted an \"An Open Letter About MicroNet Technology,\" which solicits user support for rebuilding the company with \"new management and ownership\" and is actively seeking new investors.
Hamrick Software\'s film scanning utility, VueScan 6.7.4, has a few minor changes, including improved cleaning on scanners with infrared channel (Nikon LS-30 & LS-2000, Minolta Scan Elite, ScanWit 2740S) and GUI and memory bug fixes.
Qualcomm has posted an EIMS 3.03 updater for its commercial email software package for the Mac, which fixes IMAP and POP3 issues as well as handling of messages with header lines longer than 32767 characters.
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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