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Westlake Interactive has reiterated the announcement made by Aspyr Media earlier this week that Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac should be released later this week, but has also announced that the company is currently in the early stages of building an OS X version of the game. Escape from Monkey Island will be one of the first games on the Mac to ship initially with full support for Creative\'s SoundBlaster Live!.
GameSpot has published an excellent preview of Bioware\'s upcoming fantasy role-playing game for the Mac, PC, Linux and possible BeOS, Neverwinter Nights. Among many other details, the preview discusses the game\'s single-player game and the plot line in which it follows...
THQ has released a new Bink trailer for its upcoming Mac, PC and Playstation 2 first-person shooter, Red Faction. The trailer comes in both hi-res (640 x 480) and lo-res (320 x 240) versions and is only available in Bink video format; the Mac Bink video player is required to view Bink videos on a Mac.
Rune: Halls of Valhalla, the expansion set for third-person 3D action game Rune, has reached golden master and is expected to ship for the PC on April 24, according to The Adrenaline Vault. The Mac version is expected to be released in May or June. The game does not require the original Rune to be installed, but those who purchase the expansion set will only have access to multiplayer gameplay.
Evening console news: Quake III Revolution for the Playstation 2, which features six different gameplay modes including deathmatch, capture the flag, elimination, and an enhanced single-player mode, is now shipping to retailers; Microsoft\'s Seamus Blackley told News.com that users should expect announcements to be made at the Tokyo Game Show on the XBox\'s online capability, while leaked reports indicate that the company will add an online service to its offerings in 2002; The 3DO Company has released the first screenshots from Army Men Advance for Nintendo\'s upcoming Game Boy Advance handheld; Infogrames has released new screenshots from Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare for the Sony Playstation; and Daily Radar explores five disaster scenarios for the launch of Microsoft\'s X-Box, such as Sony dropping the price of its Playstation 2 or coinciding a major game release (such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty) with the release of Microsoft\'s X-Box.
iREZ is promising OS X driver support for its Kritter Cam video cameras in 3 months, according to a note forwarded to a MacNN reader from the company\'s technical support staff.
Agere Systems, formerly known as the Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies, writes that it will not be supporting Ornico wirelesss products under OS X. Although Apple\'s AirPort 1.3 under Mac OS 8/9 supports Ornico cards directly with its built-in drivers, OS X does not. Agere representatives forwarded concerned customers the following reasons for its development stance: 1. Apple computers, both mobile and desktops, are equipped with non-standard built-in Airport slots and antennas since late 1999. Apple\'s intention with this approach is to have customers with an Airport-equipped Mac to choose Airport Cards as their preferred WLAN client products. 2. We have full confidence that Apple will continue to support Airport under MacOS-X on Airport G4s, iMacs, iBooks and Powerbooks. This allows Macs to be fully respected clients on Orinoco WLANs. In addition to that we will continue our support for the older MacOSes on the Apple platform. (MacOS 7.5.5, 8.x, 9.x). \"
Gabriele de Simone has released an OS X-compatible version of Address Pad 1.2.6, a simple contact manager to help you manage addresses, phone numbers, email and URLs: \"While I decided to make a Mac OS X version of my software, I strongly encourage its abitual users to keep running it under Mac OS 9, as my personal observations of Mac OS X are that it is unstable, buggy and extremely unresponsive under most circumstances (comments are welcome).\" [Carbon, Classic]
KDS has unveiled its Radius FireWire Digital Video Editing Kit, a three-component set that includes all the necessary tools for \"home users to create professional quality movies with a digital video camcorder.\" The $50 package ships with a 2-port FireWire PCI interface card, a 6-to-4 pin FireWire cable, and software such as Digital Origin\'s EditDV Unplugged and Terran\'s Media Cleaner EZ 4.
CDW-Government is now offering the full line of Apple products listed on the General Services Administration\'s Federal Supply Schedule, noting that it already has added Apple Products to several contracts including US Air Force, National Institute of Health, and Department of Health and Human Services.
Recently added Apple Tech Info Library articles describe \"kernel panics\" in UNIX-style operating systems, logging a kernel panic and providing it to Apple in order to help solve bugs and the steps necessary to restore a lost root password.
Asanté today announced its FriendlyNET FR3004C, a new addition to its cable/DSL router that now offers a redundant back-up modem. The $160 router shares a connection with up to 253 users, offers a packet filtering firewall with network address translation (NAT), and includes complete access control for up to three groups (based on TCP and UDP ports), physical security hooks/mounting holes, and an integrated 4-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch. A model with a parallel printer port (and integrated print server) and redundant modem is $180.
SuSE Linux announced the upcoming release of SuSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC Edition in early April. The $50 package will include the latest Linux operating system (with an optimized Kernel v2.4.2) and more than 1,000 applications on 6 CDs. SuSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC Edition includes enhanced USB support and support for the sound system ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) for Power Macs as well as support for IBM Power3 machines (with up to 3 GB RAM and expanded multi-processor support).
Lexar Media Europe has announced that its line of digital film and accessories products will now be available in The Dixons Group, one of the largest consumer electronic retailers in Europe. The company\'s products are now available in all 346 Dixons stores, 277 Currys superstores and 97 PC World stores in the U.K. and Ireland.
A.B. Watley Group today announced that Ultimate Trader II, its Java-based direct-access trading software, is in the final optimization stages for Mac OS X. The product will be the first of its kind for Apple\'s new operating system.
Apple is eyeing the Buffalo market as one of the sites for its Apple-branded retail store, according to The Buffalo News: \"[Apple] is said to have inked deals in select markets across the U.S.\"
Apple\'s \"Neverending Stories: Baldur\'s Gate\" includes information on the original Baldur\'s Gate as well as the forthcoming expansion set Baldur\'s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast and sequel Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn for the Mac. In addition, Graphic Simulations Corporation President Jeff Smith comments on the company\'s plans to add Mac OS X compatibility to many of its games. \"We are in the process of making all of our new and viable existing products Mac OS X compatible as soon as possible. Our current list of products scheduled for compatibility are Summoner, Baldur\'s Gate, Tales of the Sword Coast, F/A-18 Korea Gold and Descent 3. Also, we anticipate that Red Faction will be compatible at shipping.\"
FrontBase has announced FrontBase 2.22, \"the first\" scalable, relational database server available for Mac OS X.
Prominent fan site PlanetQuake has put together a pack featuring some of the greatest space/floater maps for Quake III: Arena. The Space Madness Map Pack includes eight maps that \"float in space\" such as Flying Plutonians, Space Jam and Cosmic Debris.
PopTop Software artist David Deen, who created half of the characters in the company\'s upcoming strategy/simulation game Tropico, is the featured guest in an interview at Russian site Gameport.ru. Deen talks about the game\'s inspirations, the political choices players will have to make and the shady or illegal activities that are possible. \"...there are prostitutes (veiled as \"showgirls\"), assassinations, unwarranted arrests, under-the-table bribes and skimming off the top of the treasury for your own Swiss bank account.\"
The Marathon Open Source page has released a Mac OS X compatible version of Aleph One created by Steven Bytnar. The build of the game has not been fully tested, has many features remaining to implement as well as several known bugs to fix. However, the author has successfully played the original Marathon 2 levels using this build of Aleph One.
Mac Deus Ex has released nine new multiplayer maps for the Mac version of Deus Ex, including \"Skyline\" which has received a tremendous amount of attention due to its unique architectural style and polish. All nine new maps are available either separately or packaged together in a \"Map Pack 2\". In addition, a new single player map and single player mod are also available.
Afternoon console news: Nintendo has announced that it will ship only 500,000 Game Boy Advance unitsjust half of its earlier expectation of 1 million units on launch day (June11)in the U.S. in order to supply other regions of the world with a greater supply; Sonic Team has released a new downloadable English quest, Lionel\'s Quest, for the massive multiplayer Dreamcast RPG, Phantasy Star Online; Sega will give the first sneak peek at Crazy Taxi 2 during a Crazy Taxi competition in San Francisco on April 7; and Zabed Mahmood from Long Island City, NY will be entered into the Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records after scoring the highest score in Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 for the Playstation.
A MacNN reader writes that \"AOL has put a survey into their beta-area in order to determine the participitation in a beta-test of an OS X client of their Software. According to this survey a beta-client will be available for testing by April. It does not say though, whether it will be AOL 5 or 6...\"
We have posted a comparative review between Toast 5 Titanium and Discribe 4, the two leading CD authoring solutions for Macs. Earlier this week a review of PhotoWebber, an application for creating Web sites from layered Photoshop files, was posted.
Infamus Software\'s mAdmin 1.0 is a Mac administration utility that can restrict access to applications, control panels, directories, system folders, file sharing, use of removeable media, and other system and application resources. Each feature can be turned on/off individually as well scheduled for certain time. Licensing starts at $24 for a single user, with modest volume discounts.
osx.macnn.com has information a Mac OS X 10.0.1 update (Build 4L5) that Apple is preparing for release, Adobe\'s commitment to OS X (and compatibility notes), revisions to Agfa\'s Scanwise and FotoLook utilities, and MacVentor, a genetics sequencing and analysis software tool.
Riven Unofficial Home Page has received some new information on Myst III: Exile from its new publisher, Ubi Soft. The site has posted the game\'s final box art and has confirmed that the Collector\'s Edition will be available in some retail stores. 68,000 copies of the Collector\'s Edition will be released63,000 in the United States and 5,000 in Canadaand each will be numbered. Finally, the DVD version of the game is still in the works, although there is currently no ship date set.
After we noted yesterday the release of a Cro-Mag Rally Demo Beta which was playable on Mac OS X, Pangea Software has also released a version 2.0b1 application that provides OS X compatibility for the full version of the game. Like the demo, this carbonized beta includes some caveats when running on Mac OS X...
EuroGamer has published a preview of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Blizzard Entertainment\'s upcoming expansion set for its isometric action/role-playing game for the Mac and PC. \"[Assassins have] a range of psychic shadow abilities, ranging from Cloak of Shadows, which masks the player in darkness to make it harder for enemies to spot you, to the powerful Shadow Master skill, which creates a shadow of you that is able to fight independently and use all the same skills, weapons and abilities that you have.\"
Morning console news: InterAct Accessories is currently in the final development stages of the GameShark for Nintendo\'s upcoming Game Boy Advance handheld, which will go on sale in North America on June 11; Microsoft has selected Conexant\'s CX25871 video encoder chip to connect its upcoming XBox console to both analog and digital television displays, including high-definition television (HDTV) displays; Warren Spector and his team at Ion Storm Austin are reportedly working on a Playstation 2 version of Deus Ex, which is known internally as Deus Ex 1.5 because it contains levels from both the original Deus Ex and Deus Ex 2; and speculation is abound of the announcements that will be made at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, including one rumor that Sega will announce a horde of titles and full-fledged support for Microsoft\'s XBox.
Microsoft is offering $50 cash back on purchases of Office 2001. The mail-in rebate runs through June 15, 2001. (Microsoft earlier announced that Office 2001 customers can receive upgrade version of Office for Mac OS X for half price ($150) upon its release. )
Apple\'s The Making of a Comic Strip talks about how the author of \"The Norm\" used a Mac to develop a website as his interactive brochure and sales aid. Man, Music, and Mac features Kurtis Mantronik, artist, remixer and producer, who uses his PowerBook and a keyboard controller to create unique, precise, complex and funky musical sounds.
Apple\'s iMovie Gallery \"plays host to great iMovies from all over the world,\" by accepting reader submissions. (We also noted a similar solicitation for OS X customizations at osx.macnn.com a few days ago.)
UMAX says will not provide support or have software that will support Mac OS X \"for at least 90 days from the date of Apple\'s official release date. At the time of this writing, Apple\'s official release of Mac OS X is set for March 24th, 2001. After June 24th, UMAX will make a determination at that time as to which product models will be supported on Mac OS X and when such software support will be released. It is recommended that persons interested in OS X visit email@example.com for more information on release dates.\"
Kent Smotherman notes that Sun\'s Forte for Java IDE runs under OS X: \"I\'m running it on my original iBook and while performance isn\'t the greatest it does seem to function well. I did have some problems with the install, but if you ensure that the desired install folder already exists it will install successfully.\"
X2max Software has announced an upgrade to its FileMaker Pro charting plug-in, xmCHART 2.0, which it says is a \"completely redesigned\" version of its software. Version 2.0, which the company claims is available now, has new charts, improved chart markup, scaling functions, improved positioning, data import/export functions, error bar support, and curve fitting routines (linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic). Free upgrades are being offered to registered users of the old version. [unable to locate download]
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 17 new pictures, including 10 (Movies), Danger Girl (Animation), Feel The Velocity (PowerMac G4s), several OS X-related themes, Konoko and Techno-Oni (Games), and Wind of the Storm (Landscapes - Rural).
Microsoft today posted the final version of Windows Media Player 7 for Mac, which supports digital rights management and the newest Windows Media codecs, Windows Media Audio and Video 8 (also released today). The player offers \"skins\" for a customizable interface, MP3 playback, and includes plugins for both IE and Netscape browsers.
Yesterday Aspyr Media provided updates on many of its upcoming games including Escape from Monkey island, Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2, American McGee\'s Alice and Tomb Raider: Chronicles; Custer\'s Corner was updated with two new desktop pictures, Software Pirate and Ahoy, Matey!; and the results of our poll showed that most users would like to see force feedback incorporated into future Mac games.
Classic and Carbon versions of the popular IRC client, ircle 3.1b10, are now available online. It is available in English, French, and Italian. [Classic, Carbon, 68K]
The Mac OS 9.1 CD included with OS X does not start up computers introduced in early 2001, including the PowerBook G4, digital audio Power Macs, and new iMacs: \"Because your computer was produced after the release of Mac OS 9.1, it requires the computer-specific version of Mac OS 9.1 that came with it.\"
Yesterday we noted IBM\'s 48GB laptop drive, Outpost.com\'s changing shipping policy, PowerLogix\'s OS X compatibility statement, pending release of more OS X drivers, new MP3/CD-RW devices from Archos, Neon\'s new VPN client distribution, and a possible explanation for firmware update problems. Other updates include Iconographer 2.02, MacTella 1.05, Mozilla 0.81, and Connectix\'s DoubleTalk 1.01 updater.
Agfa says it plans support for OS X in future versions of its ScanWise and FotoLook scanning software and expects to release Carbonized versions of its scanning software during the third quarter of 2001, with beta versions expected to be available in June.
Eovia Corp is shipping AMAPI 3D v6, a new version of its NURBS and polygon modeling software that brings NURBS and polyhedral modeling, subdivision surfaces and smoothing tools, fillets and chamfers and solid Boolean operations as well as new modeling tools, an enhanced rendering module, and 3Space Export for 3D Web and multimedia content. Upgrades to the $400 application are $200.
File Freak 3.1 is a free update to John Scalo\'s shareware utility for quickly locating and launching applications and other files via the keyboard. Version 3.1 adds \"filters\" which allow you to ignore volumes and files, improves compatibility with OS X, and has minor bug fixes.
MacVector is a genetics sequencing and analysis software tool that is being finalized for native operation under Mac OS X. Genetics Computer Group officials say that Mac OS X will allow sequencing functions previously reserved for high-end UNIX systems to be performed on desktop computers.
Morning tech news: Douglas R. Kraul, one of the \"initial product developers\" at Apple, has joined the Smart Disk Corporation as Chief Technology Officer. SmartDisk is a manufacturer of VST-branded Macintosh FireWire and USB-based storage devices and PowerBook peripherals. Handspring says it sees \"continued sales growth in our business at this time\" despite the current economic conditions, following rival Palm\'s warning yesterday that sales were beginning to slip.
Toshiba has introduced a new full-featured digital projector, dubbed the TDP-P4. The new device weighs 3.1 pounds and sports a footprint roughly equal to that of a date book. It produces 1100 ANSI lumens of brightness, has an XGA resolution of 1024 x 768, and can support other inputs like NTSC, PAL, and SECAM. The Mac-compatible projector is expected to ship in April 2001 for $6,500.
Westwind Computing has announced a new class called \"Mac OS X Bootcamp,\" which is aimed at giving users the ability to sucessfully transition to OS X and give them basic skills in installation, use and troubleshooting. Currently, Westwind is offering Mac OS X command line meanings and tips at its Web site.
Evological has released CoolCam 1.8, an update to its $20 webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items functions for live video feeds from connected video cameras. Version 1.8 adds Mac OS X compatibility, improved FTP support, several new features and bug fixes.
Apple is expected to make available in the coming days a Mac OS X 10.0.1 Update (build 4L5) that optimizes system performance, among other enhancements. Michael Barsoom reports being told it is due tomorrow: \"There was a Mac Demo today at our campus and the Apple rep told me that there is an update for OS X which will be released tomorrow via the software update control panel.\" [updated]
Keyspan has posted version 2.0.1 of the software for its Digital Media Remote.
ATI Technologies posted an adjusted net loss of $26.1 million in the second quarter on revenues of $232.4 million, in line with the company\'s revised estimates. Sales for the quarter fell nearly 40 percent from the year-ago period.
eMail Alert! 2.5, an update to the $15 shareware e-mail notification and messaging software, adds printing support and a new \'Guest Access\' feature, allowing others to quickly check their mail on your computer.
Over the past few days, we\'ve noted Adobe\'s commitment to OS X, Apple\'s pulled AppleWorks 6.1 preview updater, pending release of more OS X drivers, a public beta of WebCrossing, and Symantec\'s commitment to release a bootable CD for OS X as well as statements from Epson, Brother, Nikon, Logitech, APC, and Turly O\'Conner. Software updates include Video Funhouse 1.1, Fizilla 3/26, Fire 0.23a, Fetch 4.0b7, Granet 1.1 for network monitoring, and Mirabilis\' ICQ 2.6b.
Gluon has released updates to several of its Quark XTensions: TableMaker 5.01 adds support for multipage tables, balancing column text, text wrap control, vertical/horizontal rules, and saved presets to the $100 XTension for converting TAB-delimited text into tables or creating custom tables within Quark documents. Slugger 5.04 is a $60 upgrade to its utility for adding pertinent tracking, document, and revision info to each page. Verison 5 brings support for multiple slug layouts, new default slug type templates, barcodes, better customization and other enhancements. Full versions are $150. Its $90 PrintTrack 2.51 system extension tracks all printing from any application to a central location; and ColorBreaker 4.16 is a $150 XTension, which places \'tags\' that contain pertinent color information on each colored item and text block.
MacSpeech is recruiting beta testers for the upcoming version of its popular iListen 1.1 speech recognition application, which will allow users to adapt their voice model through correction and allow users to add new words to the user\'s vocabulary from a text file.
Following RAM recognition problems experienced by some after applying Apple\'s recent firmware updates, several Mac-specific memory vendors have written with guarantees (although there are rumors that the issue will be resolved in an another upcoming firmware update from Apple): [Ramjet] \"Ramjet has successfully tested all of its memory products for compatibility with Apple Firmware 4.1.8. The standard Ramjet warranty has now been extended to guaranty compatibility with the latest Apple firmware. Any Ramjet memory user, that is experiencing any RAM issues when running 4.1.8, is asked to please call 1-800-831-4569, and Ramjet will provide an immediate replacement.\" [MacSolutions] \"MacSolutions RAM is 100% tested and compatible with Apple\'s latest firmware updaters.\"
ResKnife 0.4d1, now with OS X-compatibility, is a recent beta version of \"developmental, freeware resource editor with ambitions to challenge Resorcerer as the premier tool of choice for developers.\"
MacBrowse has released DataShell 1.2, a driver kit that allows FutureBASIC^3 developers to use Valentina XCMD, an object-relational, SQL-powered database engine, in their applications. Version 1.2 features an improved parameter cache system and performance improvements.
Kineticon 2.03, a free upgrade to registered users, brings a simplified interface, streamlined replacement, and other bug fixes to the $15 shareware that replaces selected icons on your Macintosh desktop with icon animations (\"kines\"); It includes an integrated editor which allows you to create your own icon animations.
Yamaha has posted a firmware update for its CRW2100 series CD-RW mechanisms, including both SCSI and FireWire models for Mac: Firmware 1.0n improves audio ripping performance of a scratched CD and fixes read issues when data is written incrementally in Track-At-Once mode and also allows users to properly cancel operations during simulation in Session-At-Once mode.
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ