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AppMac has released eManager 1.02, an Internet Explorer helper utility that offers floating window with \"iFunctions,\" such as fullscreen mode for Internet Explorer, access to browser or to mail application, and other functions. A Lite version is available now, while a Pro version with extended functionality is due next week.
Promising to upgrade its wireless system to 802.11A standard that supports bandwidth speeds of up to 50MB, Georgia Tech has deployed an AirPort-compatible 802.11B wireless network throughout its campus and says it has developed its own \"authentication program requiring wireless users to log in through a web browser before access to the Internet is granted. If a userís connection is inactive for a certain amount of time, the authentication system closes the userís access, deterring potential hackers from taking advantage of the connection.\"
Gathering of Developers has announced that Tropico, its building-oriented real-time strategy/simulation game in development at PopTop Software, will be released on the Mac on May 15, which follows the PC version that will be released on April 16. A Mac demo of the game is expected to be released in mid-June.
Summoner\'s Blood Elemental and the Sledgehammer are this week\'s Summoner Elements of the Week at RPG Vault. Meanwhile, the official Summoner web site has been updated with a new screenshot from the multiplayer aspect of the game as well as an MP3 featuring a remixed version of the game\'s title track, 596VM. Volition\'s 3D role-playing is currently in the final stages development for the Mac, and is expected to be released in April. [updated]
Infogrames has unveiled the official Unreal II web site complete with new screenshots and concept art from the sequel to Unreal being developed by Legend Entertainment. The game has yet to be announced for the Mac, although an announcement is expected as the title begins to reach the end of its development. In addition, FGN has posted an article providing many new details on the game including characters, technology, gameplay, weapons, creatures and more. [updated]
The Omni Group, a development company focused on creating products that run natively in the Cocoa environment of Mac OS X, has disclosed that it is currently working on bringing four major games to the Mac OS X platform. Among them is Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, which was released for the Mac late last year by Aspyr Media. The Omni Group was also responsible for much of the work on the Cocoa version of Quake III: Arena. The Omni Group\'s Timothy Wood will be delivering a speech at next week\'s Game Developers Conference on the APIs that the company has used for porting games to Mac OS X.
Evening console news: Microsoft hopes that Amped, its upcoming snowboarding game for the X-Box, will top EA\'s SSX for the Playstation 2 with its open environments, higher polygon counts and a focus on freestyle tricks rather than racing; Sony may re-release the PSOne later this year in Japan with the now separately available LCD screen included, depending on how much further LCD prices fall; and Klonoa: Empire of Dreams for Nintendo\'s Game Boy Advance, a 2D side-scrolling adventure game, will mix both action and puzzle-oriented gameplay.
Adobe today announced that John Warnock, its co-founder, is retiring from the company, although he will continue to remain co-chairman of the board. Adobe also reported first quarter revenues of $329 million, with a $69.8 million profit, narrowly beating analysts\' expectations. Analysts recently have questioned Adobe\'s ability to maintain its revenue growth. Tech heavyweight Oracle, meanwhile, today reported profits of $583 million on revenues of $2.7 billion for its third quarter, meeting revised expectations.
After Aimster agreed yesterday to discontinue using a Pig latin scheme to work around Napster\'s copyright song filtering techniques, Webnoize reports today that Napster users are sharing nearly 60 percent fewer digital recording files since the company began an effort to filter recordings owned by plaintiffs in a copyright case. Webnoize asserts that as more titles continue to be blocked, use of Napster will decline further and users will migrate to alternate systems.
Marathon Computer has introduced the JukeJoint, a rackmount created exclusively for the PowerFile C200 DVD/CD Jukebox. The JukeJoint, which \"lets you fill your Jukebox to maximum capacity and then rackmount it in just 5U of rack space,\" features a front-rail mounting, aircraft-grade aluminum construction and jet black electrocoat finish. The rackmount is available now at the retail price of $125.
Farallon has released a version 2.3 driver for its SkyLINE 11Mb Wireless PC Card (PN473) and SkyLINE 11Mb Wireless PCI Card (PN476), which improves stability and adds support for the included firmware updater.
Situated at the Banana Creek VIP Center at the Kennedy Space Center, professional audio engineer Bob Katz and co-engineer Andy Deganahl recorded the liftoff of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 24 bit/96kHz stereo. The recording was then analyzed using SpectraFoo Complete for the Mac, Metric Halo\'s visual audio metering system, and posted online at the Digital Domain web site.
VueScan 7.0.1 is a new version of Hamrick Software\'s film scanner that offers batch processing, automatic color-balancing, cropping and more. Version 7.0.1 adds support for the Minolta QuickScan 35 and new Microtek Artix scanners, adds an eject button and fixes a problem with the scan stopping when the scan tab was chosen during a scan.
GameSpot UK has published an interview with Jason Jones, Bungie co-founder and the lead designer on Halo, the first-person shooter action game coming to the X-Box, Mac and PC. \"You know we\'re concentrating on the Xbox version at the moment,\" says Jones, \"there\'s still a lot of work to do, a lot of cool shit which we\'ve got to pull out, so we\'re not even really thinking about the PC and Mac stuff yet. We\'re committed to doing it after we\'re done, but the core Halo team, actually a bunch of the guys from Oni, are doing everything they can to make Xbox Halo work out.\"
Afternoon console news: LucasArts Entertainment has announced that it will bring Escape from Monkey Island to the Playstation 2 this spring; after evaluating the market, Sony has indicated that it has no plans to develop its own portable game console to compete with Nintendo\'s Game Boy Advance and will instead rely on the gaming power of cell phones to add mobility to its Playstation 2 console; Infogrames has announced Test Drive for the Playstation 2, which will ship this Fall, complete with a recompletely revamped graphics engine to take advantage of the console\'s increased graphics performance; and Broadwing Communications has been named the exclusive network provider for New Millenium Entertainment, the service formed by former executives of Sega.com to offer a high-speed gaming network capable of hosting over a million users simultaneously.
In order to make controls as easy as possible, Bungie has moved Halo to a first-person perspective for everything except driving vehicles, according to Blue\'s News. When driving a vehicle, the view will shift to a third-person camera angle, and, according to numerous reports, the camera currently shifts slightly while driving before making a turn. However, Bungie Community Guy Matt Soell notes that the game is still under development and anything can change. The game will ship this Fall on Microsoft\'s X-Box gaming console followed by Mac and PC versions afterwards.
Afternoon tech news: The prices of flat-panel monitors continue to plummet and are luring some budget-minded consumers to the the world of Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD); a Senate committee, chaired by Sen. John McCain, continues to hear arguments on Internet sales tax as a Congressional ban on new Internet taxes expires in October; and this year\'s spring Internet World Conference is noticeably smaller with the \"dot-com bust\" continuing and the U.S. in an economic downturn.
Carrot Software has released a Technology Preview for Shapes II, its new puzzle game that combines portions of several different classic games while adding many new features and twists. The technology preview, which has been built from the ground up as a Carbon application and will work under both Mac OS 8.x/9.x and OS X, is not register, contains no reminders to register and will expire on April 15 upon the release of the 1.0 shareware version.
Titan Computer has released a patch for the Mac version of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division that fixes a problem with ATI Radeon graphics cards.
Morning console news: Eidos Interactive has released the first details and screenshots of the sequel Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 for the Playstation 2; Sony has announced the release of Disney\'s Aladdin in Nasira\'s Revenge for the Playstation and PS one; Konami plans to place a large majority of its game development efforts, 70 percent, on Playstation consoles, noting that they expect Sony to aggressively market the Playstation 2 and possibly even cut the price of the machine; and Shenmue II for the Dreamcast will feature a new command interface from its successful predeccessor.
Vicomsoft\'s Internet Gateway 6.8.3 and SurfDoubler 6.8.3 have an improved Auto-setup facility to accommodate more unique types of configurations and include update trial versions to more effectively handle a wider range of environments.
PhotoPage 1.3 is a final version of the freeware application that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web: \"It allows you to enter descriptions for each picture, and it creates the HTML file for you. It also creates thumbnails and all the necessary links.\"
Wolfram Research earlier this month introduced CalculationCenter, a \"midmarket\" technical calculation software that combines \"algebraic operations with numerics, graphics, and a technical word processor as well as a \"point-and-click interface concept, smart plotting, and unique InstantCalculators\" with automatic input correction. The application is available for $300 in an introductory offer.
Ending a legal dispute between the two companies over Connectix\'s Virtual GameStation PlayStation emulator, Sony and Connectix announced a joint technology agreement in which the \"companies proceed to define a series of development initiatives in the area of advanced emulation solutions.\" As part of the agreement, Sony will acquire all assets related to the VGS emulation technology; however, Connectix will continue to offer the current version of the CVGS for Macintosh and Windows until June 30, 2001 and will provide continuing support to existing users of the software: \"all further emulation development for PlayStation after this date will proceed under the auspices of the joint agreement.\"
Apple stock was up 1.5% in preopen Island trading, after the company yesterday announced plans to pay $62 million in stock for Powerschool, a provider of Web-based information systems for schools.
Uni Software Plus has released a public beta version of its flagship version control tool VOODOO Server for Mac OS X, a plugin that brings a client/server architecture to CodeWarrior to provide a solution keep track of development files.
MacNN has learned that Sears and Apple have terminated their business relationship effective May 31st. This follows the recent announcement that Sears was going to sell only the entry-level iMacs and iBooks just last month.
games.macnn.com has information on Halo\'s shift to a first-person perspective while the users battle over the game that will be featured in next week\'s desktop picture at Custer\'s Corner.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s acquisition of PowerSchool, disbanded Cube development team, and announcement of Final Cut Pro 2 as well Matrox RTMac, a real-time editing card for Final Cut Pro, Real Expression\'s ETShade Professional and OS X shipping upgrades and status. Other updates include Apple\'s Macintosh Manager 1.4, Thursby\'s DAVE 2.5.2, a Mac beta of Viewpoint Media Player, and Clarkwood\'s Peek-a-Boo 1.6.
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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko