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SSEYO\'s new free Koan Dreamweaver Extension allows developers to integrate interactive audio: \"Koan audio pieces are embedded directly into the web page as tiny text \'vectors\' - typically less than two or three kilobytes for an entire piece of music or sound effect. Audio content can range from themed backgrounds to interactive elements that play spot sound effects or musical riffs in response to standard HTML event handlers or Macromedia Flash FSCommands.\" The extension also offers control of the Koan audio engine\'s programmable to dynamically alter the music in real-time according to actions performed in the web page. (Playback of audio requires a small browser plugin.)
Adobe\'s NN6 Support for Adobe GoLive 5 is a special extension that addresses issues with Netscape Navigator 6.x new Document Object Model (DOM), fixing display problems that might occur with DHTML animation, actions, rollovers, and URL pop-ups used on Golive pages: \"Once the ?Make NN6 Compatible? extension has been installed successfully, the Special menu will include the Make NN6 Compatible command, which you can apply to either an entire site or selected documents.\"
Evening tech news: Intel has switched its stance on the wireless technology it supports from HomeRFsupported by Compaq and Motorola, among othersto 802.11B, the technology used in Apple\'s AirPort product; Dell CEO Michael Dell said today that the company is on track to meet the financial expectations it made last month; Oracle has revealed that the second largest software company plans to reduce its workforce by one to two percent through attrition and regular business performance assessments; and Microsoft has outlined its \"three-pronged wireless attack\" by partering with established names in the wireless industry including Motorola and Mitsubishi.
Planet Neverwinter regularly highlights forum posts from the Neverwinter Nights development team at Bioware. Recently, the site spotlighted a post from Bioware\'s Trent Oster, Producer on the 3D role-playing game, concerning combat animations.
Creative Labs, after yesterday announcing cost-cutting measures that include a 10 percent reduction in its workforce and the closure of its U.S. manufacturing plant, has confirmed with MacNN today that the company still plans to ship the highly anticipated SoundBlaster Live! sound card for the Mac. \"In fact, we\'re very close to shipping the product,\" said Creative PR Manager Phil O\'Shaughnessy.
A MacNN reader reports that WebObjects 5 and \"Moonlight,\" an update to Mac OS 9.x, has been (privately) seeded to Apple\'s ADC members. [updated]
Blizzard Entertainment has released a new screenshot from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the upcoming expansion set for its bestselling action/RPG game Diablo II. The screenshot shows the Druid, one of the game\'s two new character classes, preparing to take on a frozen creeper.
Aurora Video Systems has updated the drivers for its Igniter cards for QuickTime 5, Adobe Premier 6, and Final Cut Pro 2. The newly \"Carbonized\" Igniter v3.1 driver also adds a new Video Output Component to better support newer NLE applications, improved color conversion routines for both accuracy and speed, and a new ConvertMovies utility to update existing Uncompressed movie files to the newer signature.
Calling Apple \"A Diamond in the PC Rough,\" IdeaAdvisor notes that Apple is the top technology stock in its list of S&P 500 \"value\" stocks. The site, which used a methodology explained on the site, notes that Apple\'s share price relative to free cashflow is half that of IBM and Dell. The site gives Apple a risk tolerance of three out of five.
The Apple Store notes that \"CD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-ROM drives are not yet fully supported\" under OS X. Meanwhile, c|net has published yet another article that essentially focuses solely on that fact and the operating system\'s differences compared with OS 9.
In its latest newsletter, Aspyr Media reveals that the Mac version of Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 is currently at its second beta. In addition, Westlake Interactive\'s Mark Krenek provides early estimates on the game\'s system requirements, which are available from our THPS2 Game Center page. The game is expected to begin shipping in April.
Aspyr Media has announced that Escape from Monkey Island has reached golden master status and is expected to begin duplication this week. The final system requirements for the game have been set, and our available from our Escape from Monkey Island Game Center page. The game is expected to ship by the end of the month; pre-orders are still being accepted at the Aspyr Online Store. A demo will be made available following the game\'s release.
Evening console news: Gamers looking for MLB-endorsed baseball games this year can choose from All-Star Baseball 2002 for the Playstation 2, Triple Play Baseball for the Playstation and Playstation 2, and High Heat Baseball 2002 for the Playstation, Playstation 2 and Game Boy Color; Electronic Arts has released new screenshots from The World Is Not Enough for the Game Boy Color; Revolution Software has announced the third installment in its adventure series, Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon for the Playstation 2 and XBox; and Take Two Interactive has announced that the Playstation 2 version of offroad racing game 4x4 Evolution will ship to retailers on March 27.
TMDC SysMenu 1.02 adds the ability to resolve aliases and brings several bug fixes to $15 utility which allows users to access their applications, documents, control panels, as well as SysMenu plugins from a system-wide menu as well as organize them within folders and submenus. Also available are new iTunes and Keychain plugins.
Stomped has published a preview of PopTop Software\'s upcoming building-oriented strategy/simulation game for the Mac and PC, Tropico, based on hands-on time with a beta of the game. In addition, a second part of the preview offers an interview with PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer that covers such topics as the game\'s music, the proposed demo and the game\'s current status. \"We\'re 19 days from Gold Master,\" says Steinmeyer. \"Cleaning up unit pathing, some bugs, and adding a few pre-designed scenarios (although the focus will definitely be on random map generation).\"
Badia Software\'s $60 Quark XTension, FullColor XT 1.0 adds \"significantly improved\" color handling to QuarkXPress with interactive palette for creating, editing, duplicating or finding colors, or viewing color usage and applying color to items. It has built-in support for English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. A demo is available online.
Aestiva today announced Aestiva LiveHelp, a software for providing sales and customer support over the Web. The Mac OS X application can provide live support online or embedded in e-mail messages through hyperlinks that launch a customer chat window. The completely Web-based application offers remote administration as well. A small-business version for a single-person support staff is $800, while a corporate version for businesses with more than one customer support representative will be available in April.
Sources report that the retail version of OS X ships with build \'4K78\', settling rumors around the Web. We have a few screenshots, including a shot of the back of the retail box, the retail OS X CD, contents of the retail box, the information flap on the retail box, \'About this Mac...\', install screenshot on a 22\" Cinema display and on a Power Mac G4/733.
GameSpy.com has published a preview of World War II Online: Blitzkrieg, the upcoming massive multiplayer online war game for the Mac and PC from Cornered Rat Software. \"The end of your real social life begins after you create an online character.\"
MacHTTP 2.3, now final, adds a few minor performance enhancements, corrects some minor bugs, and updates the contact and license info included with the original Mac Web server. Version 2.4b1 is also available, which includes \"support for the complete ACGI AppleEvent as supported by newer versions of AppleScript.\"
Marathon Computer has introduced the Rackmount IOGEAR MiniView, which shares a single monitor, keyboard and mouse with up to four computers. The $225 rackmount KVM switch is available now and can accommodate any configuration of USB devices and is simultaneously compatible with Macs and PCs.
Freeverse Software has released Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab 1.6.1, a new version of its action-packed puzzle game for the Mac. The new version adds better stability in GameRanger games and fixes a bug that was impeding net play over the HMS game server. [14.4 MB -- full; 687 KB -- update]
games.macnn.com has published an editorial that discusses new gaming-focused hardware offerings soon to be available to Mac users and how it changes the viability of the Mac as a gaming platform. In addition, the site has a new poll on Mac users\' interest in force feedback and the announcement of Rune: Halls of Valhalla for the Mac. [updated]
Afternoon console news: In response to a memo sent to retailers by Nintendo encouraging them to not run X-Box promotions, Nintendo of America\'s Vice President of Marketing told cube.ign.com the reason for the memo and that the GameCube will definitely ship this year; Midway has released new screenshots and information on its upcoming Playstation 2 title, CART Fury; Metro 3D has decided to halt development of Armada 2 and Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse for the Sega Dreamcast; and Raven Software\'s gory first-person shooter Soldier of Fortune is scheduled for a release on the Playstation 2 this September.
Afternoon tech news: Among the products expected to be unveiled at this week\'s CTIA Wireless 2001 Expo in Las Vegas is the first wireless headset that can work with mobile phones equipped with Bluetooth short-range radio technology; Microsoft has opened a new office in Amman, Jordan to tap the potential of developing the nation into an information technology (IT) hub for the Middle East; a High Court judge has ordered two web sites in the UK to reveal which user was behind defamatory messages placed in discussion groups, a ruling that could have implications for any website that lets people post messages anonymously; and librarians and civil liberty activists plan to challenge a law scheduled to take effect on April 20 that would require U.S. libraries and schools that receive federal funding to block access to web sites that can be deemed obscene or harmful to young people.
Cliff Joseph of The Independent says that Mac OS X\'s launch this Saturday will be a quiet launch: \"The crucial period for Apple will be in about six months\' time. If major Mac programs haven\'t made the switch to OS X by then.\"
Yamaha\'s newest CD-R/RW drives, the CRW2200 series, will make their debut at the upcoming CeBIT 2001 tradeshow in Germany, which runs March 22-28. The new drives use a 20x/10x/40x mechanism that supports 4x-10x CAV (constant angular velocity) for constant and controlled rotation speed during data writes to the inner tracks and higher-speed random disc accesses. (Partial CAV is also supported in 12X-20X speed modes.) The drives include SafeBurn technology for enhanced buffer underrun protection and an 8MB buffer. The internal ATAPI version, the CRW2200E, is due in the second quarter of this year. FireWire, internal/external SCSI-3, and USB 2.0 are expected to be available after this summer.
Vividon today announced that its streaming solutions now support the QuickTime file format. The company says it has integrated Apple\'s Darwin Streaming Server technology: \"Vividon\'s streamer has shown sustainable throughput capabilities well above OC12 speeds to support over 700 megabits per second of concurrent QuickTime streams in a single low-profile device.\"
We have published The Hardware Alternative, an editorial discussing the new gaming-focused hardware offerings soon to be available to Mac users and how it changes the viability of the Mac as a gaming platform.
Vsamp 3.1.2 is an update to the software sample player that includes a program for creating and playing virtual instruments and a VST plugin for playing VSamp instruments from within a VST sequencer.
PCV Software has released Double 2.0b1, a new game for Mac OS X inspired by the Chinese game of \"Mah-jongg\". The game, which can also be played on earlier operating systems with CarbonLib 1.0.4 or later installed, uses the player\'s own custom icons.
The latest edition of Askin\' Haskins at the Gathering of Developers web site contains the first details on two of the new game typesArena and HeadBallin the upcoming multiplayer-focused expansion pack for Rune, Halls of Valhalla. Arena lets players go one-on-one with spectators queued up to wait for their turn to battle the winner. HeadBall, best described as \"basketball for Vikings\", lets players of a team grab severed heads (arms and legs are an option as well) and run to any of the goals strategically placed around the map to score points. Some difficult goals are worth more points, and some of the goals are team-specific.
Human Head Studios Business Director Tim Gerritsen has confirmed that a Mac version of the $20 multiplayer-focused expansion set for Rune, Halls of Valhalla, will be developed by Westlake Interactive and released a few weeks after the PC version in April. In addition, Gerritsen has provided additional details on the expansion set after noting that Gathering of Developers \"jumped the gun...and released an early and incomplete bit of info before it was time.\"
European Mac news site MacGeneration passed along a clarification on the recent closure of OnStream: \"In fact, only the US Offices have ceased operations, OnStream (A spin-off of the Holland Based company Philips Electronic) will continue to support and build the whole line of products from its European base in Holland.\"
Scott Nichol noticed some extensive reogranization on users\' iDisk, part of Apple\'s iTools service: \"I just decided to check my iDisk this morning out of curiousity to see what\'s \'new\'. turns out someone was in my Software folder yesterday between 4-5pm. lots of things have been moved around and under the \'Apple Software\' folder there is a new \'Mac OS X Software\' folder. There is also a file called \'About this folder.rtf\' which explains some basic troubleshooting on how to mount the disk images. The date stamp at the end of the document is March 19, 2001. there are sub-folders inside the Mac OS X Software folder for Creative, Games, Home, Productivity, Utilities, and Web just like the original (and supposedly for 3rd party software) Mac OS X Software folder. Looks like Apple\'s prepping everyone\'s iDisk so we\'ll have some things to play with this weekend!\"
Intelli Innovations has released eMail Alert! 2.3, an update to its e-mail notification and message browsing software. Version 2.3 offers xtended ISO-8859-1 (X-MAC-ROMAN) character support and new \'Select All\' feature.
In its third interview with the Targetware: Target Korea development team, SimHQ has released the first screenshots showing the terrain in the upcoming massive multiplayer combat flight sim for the Mac and PC. The interview, which is made up of questions submitted by flight sim enthusiasts, also reveals new features of the terrain engine and more. \"The engine itself is based upon what is called a split-only ROAM queue, which is the same algorithm NASA uses for its simulators.\"
Morning console news: 3DO is now shipping Army Men: Green Rogue for the Playstation 2 and Playstation gaming consoles, which features third person, forward-scrolling, arcade-style shooter action that has players doing battle on foot and in amphibious assault vehicles; Activision has announced its Game Boy Advance lineup which includes Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2, Shaun Palmer\'s Pro Snowboarder (working title), X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse and DOOM; and THQ is now shipping Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage, \"the first traditional role-playing game for the Nintendo 64\".
The results of last week\'s poll show that users most want to see a desktop picture featuring Quake III: Team Arena next week at Custer\'s Corner, and we plan to deliver. 32% of respondents voted for the first-person shooter expansion pack, while Escape from Monkey Island came in second with 25.42% of the vote and Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition at a close third with 24.36%. Rune edged out Rogue Spear for the fourth spot with 9.21 and 9.03 percent, respectively. This week\'s poll asks, \"Is force feedback something that you\'d like to see widely adopted in future Mac games?\" (Force feedback allows an input device to \"rumble\" when some sort of physical contact is made by the game\'s main character or vehicle.) Users can vote in the left sidebar across the entire site.
Apple has posted new drivers for the GeForce2 MX, which also updates the card\'s firmware, \"improving performance and applications compatibility.\"
Yesterday we noted Aladdin\'s StuffIt 6.01 updates, Adobe\'s support for realtime editing in Premiere 6, Palm\'s new m500 handhelds, Dr. Bott\'s upcoming TiCase for the Titanium PowerBook, new Viewsonic CRT displays, Olympus\' new 10x zoom camera, and upcoming Toast 5 support for iTunes and Disc Burner. Other updates include My Secret 1.0 encryption utility, XTension 3.5 software for home automation, Griffin\'s iMate 2.6 driver, Text Cleaner 2, and WebPrint Plus 4.0.
A Wall Street Journal article discusses the endurance that is commanded of CEOs in order for them to fulfill their busy lifestyles, noting that \"Apple Computer\'s Steve Jobs, 46, stays energized during the week by avoiding caffeine and drinking lots of water throughout his long workdays.\"
Yesterday Custer\'s Corner released its new desktop for the week, Wheelman, featuring MacSoft\'s Driver; we noted the release of new Marathon Infinity scenario Marathon: Rubicon; Delta Tao Software released a Mac OS X client for its online role-playing game, Clan Lord; and Quicksilver Software posted its sixth developer\'s diary for Master of Orion III.
MCE\'s new FireBay External FireWire Docking Unit accepts expansion bay modules from the Bronze PowerBook G3 and FireWire PowerBook G3, allowing any FireWire Mac to access them. The device is slated to ship in May; pricing is not yet available.
Mandolux has posted 21 new desktop pictures in its \"X Series.\"
Diet Sleuth 3.1.2 is the latest version of Black Cat Software\'s $35 nutritional database and personal health logbook. The new version adds the ability to remove a user from the application.
CodeBurst 1.1 is an update to the plug-in library that adds Blowfish encryption to WebSiphon. The new version adds an option to return URL SAFE encrypted strings and removes the two-hour time limit from the demo. CodeBurst is available for a limited time for $100, or half price.
Taylor Design TextSpresso 1.8.1 improves memory management and fixes a bug with the $30 shareware text cleaning utility that features 190 built-in filters. The company has also announced that owners of TextSpresso 1.x will be entitled to a free upgrade to version 2.0, which will add OS X compatibility.
DelCann Software has released Newtourage 0.3b1, the first public beta of its software for synchronizing Entourage with a Newton MessagePad. The current beta offers Names/Address Book synchronization, with To-Do and Calendar & Notes synchronization currently in development. The beta expires April 9.
Griffin Technology has posted G-Sound 1.1, a free control panel that provides more precise control over the input and output of a Mac\'s audio.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k