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Evening tech news: A series of glitches and missteps have made Intel vulnerable to competitors in the microprocessor industry, according to a growing group of analysts; concerned government regulators and experts are meeting this week to discuss the economic impact of long-distances telephone calls over the Internet; the creator of a new robotic nurse, which helps find a needle\'s target vein for injection, will test the device for the first time on a humanhimselffor the first time on TV; and after having its sales figures officially adjusted by IDC, Dell has declared itself number one in the educational market over Apple.
Game Jolly has published a preview of Blizzard Entertainment\'s upcoming expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, which includes a Q&A with Senior Producer Bill Roper. \"The Spirits are one of the summoned types of creatures for the Druid,\" explains Roper. \"There are three types of Spirits that all basically follow you around and imbue Auras on you and your minions.\"
MacFreenet 1.0a5 is the latest Mac front end to the Freenet Project, the large-scale peer-to-peer network created for privacy, security, and distributed, decentralized information sharing.
Y! Groups Extractor 1.2, a Yahoo! Groups binary downloader that automates downloading of binaries, such as pictures and other attachments, from the free Yahoo! Groups mailing list service; version 1.2 adds support for proxy servers, better retries, more preferences, true sorting and post-processing of files based on Internet Config (Mac-only) and a logging facility.
CXC has again updated MacTella 1.04, a Mac version of its Gnutella file sharing client, fixing a networking issue, changing the file/type creator on downloaded files to Apple\'s iTunes, and providing a fix for long files names. (Both Classic and Mac OS X versions of Limewire, another Gnutella client, are also available.)
Intech Software\'s popular CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.7, a free update to its $40 utility, adds the ability to invidually enable/disable CD-DA for SCSI and ATAPI devices, more support for more drives with Toast Audio Extraction, improved write speed for all DVD-RAM devices, support for VirtualPC (as well as restored support for Virtual Game Station), and compability with iTunes and SoundJam. A demo is avaialble.
HTTP BenchMark 1.3.2, an update to the tool for benchmarking web servers\' bandwidth from client side can now alculate average rate processing individual rates, check files under a specific domain, and has other enhancements.
NVIDIA has expanded its GeForce2 MX line of graphics card with the GeForce2 MX 200 and GeForce2 MX 400, alternate configurations of its original mainstream graphics chip. The original GeForce2 MX currently comes standard on most of Apple\'s Power Mac G4 configurations.
Online Game Review has released 27 new screenshots from Volition\'s upcoming 3D role-playing game for the Mac and PC, Summoner.
NVIDIA has released the OpenGL Software Development Kit (SDK) for its new GeForce3 graphics chip, scheduled to be released in April on the Mac. In addition, the company has revealed details on its new OpenGL extensions such as NV_vertex_program, NV_evaluators and NV_texture_shader.
Blizzard Entertainment has released two new screenshots from its upcoming expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The first shows the assassin charging up blades of ice while the second shows Blades of Ice being released with an attack on a band of Moon Lords.
XLGaming.com has published an interview with Cornered Rat Software\'s Chris \"Mo\" Sherland, Producer on World War II Online. To conclude the interview, Chris conveys just how large the game is and all that it will offer once released this spring...
Intelli Innovations has posted P.O. Toolbox 1.3, an update to its advanced U.S. Postal Service package management software. Version 1.3 includes AppleScript and FileMaker Pro support for package tracking services, new APO/FPO Restrictions code detail section (for shipping to military destinations), and integrated State Abbreviations and Street Suffixes databases.
Evening console news: A Merrill Lynch analyst predicts that Microsoft will lose $2 billion on its X-Box gaming console before breaking even in five years; Nintendo and camera maker Olympus will reportedly work together to develop games for its GameBoy Advance handheld, allowing people to play games using characters downloaded from electronic data cards; Nintendo\'s next-generation GameCube will be released this September in the U.S., followed by a Spring 2002 release in Europe; and Nintendo\'s Game Boy Advance will be released in the U.S. on June 11 with a $100 price tag with games costing between $30 and $40.
The PC version of Summoner is expected to ship by the end of March, according to a report issued by GoneGold.com and confirmed by publisher THQ. The Mac version of the game, which is being published by Graphic Simulations Corporation and simultaneously developed by Volition, will likely ship in April.
Stomped has conducted an interview with Raven Software\'s Kenn Hoekstra, discussing the recently announced expansion pack for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. The interview covers many features of the expansion pack in depth including the new character models, the new multiplayer game types and the virtual voyager mode which lets players participate in recreational and training exercises with the crew.
Norbyte has released Manic Minefields 1.4.3, a new version of its $7 shareware game which offers \"10 uniquely designed minefields to choose from.\" The new version enhances some of the graphics, fixes a bug causing the pointer to disappear in some rare cases and fixes a potential system conflict.
MacSoft has today announced that Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition for the Mac has reached golden master and will appear on store shelves shortly at an expected price of $20. Not previously announced for the Mac, the special edition of the first-person shooter includes the original game, three map pack add-ons and three all new modes of play. The three mods in Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition include...
Smart Stuff has released FoolProof 3.5, an update to its security program that offer support for multiple security groups, locking of applications and control panels, direct file saving, remote administration, and file distribution. This version offers some compatibility with Mac OS 9.1, however, its Advanced Disk Locking feature conflicts with SCSI drives that \"have had their drivers updated with version 1.8.1 or later of Drive Setup , which ships with OS 9,\" and will cause loss of all data on the drive.
German developer Native Instruments made several music audio software announcements at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2001, including Reactor 3.0, Absynth, FM7, and Battery for the Mac and several other Windows-products.
In an article at EBN Online, ATI Technologies President and Chief Operating Officer David E. Orton discloses that the company plans its own new graphics chip release later this year that will \"beat GeForce3\'s specifications.\" The new chip will also include a programming capability similar to NVIDIA\'s nFiniteFX engine.
Eternal Team Arena 1.0beta is a new release of the variety mod for Quake III: Team Arena which offers \"offhand grapple, bloodtrails, weapon dropping, player cloaking and fully configurable weapons and items, plus all the gamemodes like instagib rails, pain factor, hunted or rocket duel.\"
Robert Wiebe sent us tax software tip: \"I was trying to use Intuit\'s QuickTax yesterday, Canada\'s Tax software program from Intuit and found that their Netfile (allowing us to file over the internet) was not ready for Macintosh yet and might not be this year. In a bit of a panic mode, I returned the package for refund and the dealer told me about another Mac-only program called GriffTax. I found their site, downloaded their program and filed my taxes yesterday on the net. You might want to give a connection to them in your database as you do have a lot of Canadian readers!\"
Alex Hood has created a EIMS filter for the Naked Wife Virus, which \"will deny sending and receiving of messages containing the nakedwife.exe attachment.
Power Email Extractor 1.2 filters out email addresses from text files. The new version improves the $12 application\'s search function.
Apple\'s worldwide release of Mac OS X on March 24th means that Australia and New Zealand will get the new operating system a full day before the US, according to an email written by Apple Australia\'s Tony Smith and sent to the Mac EvangeList. Also, an Apple Store rep has stated that the emails many readers received yesterday regarding an unexpected backorder delay for Mac OS X were sent out in error and that there will be no delay.
Apple today announced that Mac OS X has reached \"Gold Master\" (GM) status and has been released to manufacturing for production. The operating system will ship on March 24 for $129.
games.macnn.com has information on Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition for the Mac, which was announced today by MacSoft and will be appearing shortly in stores.
\"Ginger,\" the mysterious product currently in the works from inventor Dean Kamen, is reportedly a hydrogen-powered scooter, according to the magazine Inside, which hired corporate surveillance experts to learn details on the product. Reader David Munch, meanwhile, reports that a program that aired on CNN last night regarding the invention stated that it would have translucent plastics, as per Apple CEO Steve Jobs\' desires. Jobs is an investor in the device.
Despite an eroding market share and financial constraints, ATI Technologiesformerly Apple\'s exclusive graphics chip supplieris still confident about its position in the market and the future. In an interview with EBN, President and CEO David E. Orton explained ATI\'s position and stated that the company is presently working on a new graphics processor that will exceed the performance of rival nVIDIA\'s recently announced GeForce3. No release date for the new chip has been set, but it is expected some time this year.
In the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including: Blue moon (Starscapes), Copland (Movies), Mt. Hood, Oregon (Landscapes - Nature), and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Portraits).
Jason Greene notes that FWB has discontinued SoftWindows 98 for the Mac, as of March 1st: \"FWB has determined that our RealPC emulation product for the Macintosh represents a better value to our customers. RealPC provides the same functionality and performance as Softwindows, except that you supply your own copy of Windows.\" The company promises tech support via email and its knowledge database through May 31, 2001.
Yesterday we noted a new PowerBook 190/5300 trade-up program, a research report that shows Mac users remain the most loyal, and the release of the Palm m105, Fetch 4.0b6, and N2MP3 Professional 2.0.2.
Yesterday Aspyr Media announced that the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch would likely be released later this week while our preview of the patch was updated with five new screenshots; Custer\'s Corner was updated with a new desktop picture, Hardcore, featuring Unreal Tournament; the results of our poll showed that the majority of people are not planning to purchase NVIDIA\'s GeForce3, although many might add it as a BTO option to their next Power Mac G4 purchase; Beenox Studios and Ambrosia Software announced significant progression on both Coldstone and Pillars of Garendall; and new information emerged on Legend Entertainment\'s Unreal II and the technology that will drive it.
Morning tech news: Motorola is ordering non-manufacturing employees in its semiconductor division to take one week of vacation time this month and another week in the second quarter; IBM\'s expanded e-business offerings for PowerPC processors includes online development, remote evaluation, and testing resources, allowing customers to remotely connect to and evaluate processor systems and use the PowerPC platform in Linux applications.
Belgium reader Mike Adams reports success in \"trading-up\" his problematic Twentieth Anniversary Mac, after reading yesterday\'s report on a similar trade-up program for the PowerBook 5300/190.
Jeremy Kezer has posted NetChronometer 1.4.7 [636 KB], a minor update to the $7 clock synchronization utility, and Thermograph 1.3.0 [348 KB], a new version of the $7 utility for monitoring the internal processor temperature of late-model G3 or G4 Power Macs.
Jérome Foucher\'s Wapp pro 3 is an ultimate windows/applications switcher that provides access any window of any application with a single click in its system-wide menu. The $10 shareware offers many customization options, such as the ability to hide and quite applications and keyboard shortcuts.
Apple has posted its new \"Rip. Mix. Burn.\" television ad that aired last night for the first time. The ad features \"over 20 talented musicians appearing together to demonstrate how Mac users can pick their favorite tunes from their CD library and create (burn) custom CDs on their Macs.\" The 60 second TV spot, which began airing last night, features Barry White, George Clinton, Liz Phair, Steve Harwell of Smashmouth, De La Soul, Lil\' Kim, Ziggy Marley, Chuck Berry, Dwight Yoakam, Exene Cervenka and Deep Dish.
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Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr