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Tech: Intel vulnerable to competitors
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.
GJ: Diablo II: LoD Preview
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: Mac front-end to \'Freenet\
Y! Groups Extractor 1.2: proxy, log support
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.
MacTella 1.04: Mac Gnutella client updated
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.)
CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.7 improves DVD-RAM speed
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 1.32: client benchmark util
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 expands GeForce2 MX line
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.
27 new Summoner screenshots
NVIDIA GeForce3 SDK released
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.
Two new Diablo II: LoD screenshots
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: WWII Online Interview
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...
P.O. Toolbox 1.3 supports AppleScript, FMPro
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.
Console: GameCube in September
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.
Mac Summoner in April
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: Hoekstra Interview
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.
Manic Minefields 1.4.3 fixes bugs
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.
Unreal Tournament: GotY Edition for the Mac
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...
SmartStuff 3.5 adds OS 9.1 compatibility
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.
Native Instruments introduces audio software
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.
ATI to stay competitive with NVIDIA
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 released
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."
Tax software tip: GriffTax
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!"
EIMS filer for Nake Wife Virus
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 improves search
Power Email Extractor 1.2 filters out email addresses from text files. The new version improves the $12 application's search function.
Australia gets OS X one day before the US
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.
Mac OS X goes Gold Master
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: UT: GotY Edition for the Mac
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\" invention uncovered
"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.
ATI confident of its future, new GPU
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.
MacDesktops: 14 new pictures
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).
FWB discontinues SoftWindows 98 for Mac
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: 190/5300 trade-up, loyalty, more
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.
Roundup: Deus Ex MP later this week
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.
Tech: MOT vacation policy, IBM PPC tools
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.
Readers has success in \"trading-up\" TAM
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 updates two utilities
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.
Wapp pro 3: shareware window switcher
JÚrome 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 posts new \"Rip. Mix. Burn.\" commercia
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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