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Part two of EuroGamer\'s interview with Blizzard Entertainment Senior Producer Bill Roper focuses on Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the expansion set coming to the Mac and PC this spring/summer. Among other topics, the interview discusses an idea for combat arenas that was inevitably axed. \"It was a great idea that we came up with - we\'ll have these arenas that people can combat in - but we didn\'t really plan it out very well at the beginning\", Bill admitted. \"So when we tried to implement it in the expansion we realised that we wouldn\'t be able to do it justice, and people would probably be disappointed.\"
IMG has received word from Volition Lead Programmer Mark Allender that the Mac version of Summoner is progressing nicely. \"Basically, it boils down to tweaking the sound code, networking code, and the graphics,\" said Allender. \"I\'m working on the final networking details right now-- basically hooking in support for THQMultiplay.net. Once that is done, I\'ll be moving on to tweaking the GL pipeline and polishing off Macintosh-specific bugs.\"
Evening console news: A variety of new games for Microsoft\'s XBox were unveiled this week at the Tokyo Game Show including Silent Hill 2, Jikkyo World Soccer 2002, Jet Grind Radio Future, Gun Valkyrie and Dead or Alive 3; the first photos of the newly unveiled Japanese X-Box controller are now becoming available online; and America Online will give away a special edition Pokémon VW Beetlecomplete with built-in television and Nintendo 64 game consoleto the Grand Prize winner of its \"Pokémon 3 The Movie\" contest.
An interview with Bruce Hough, consulting engineer-software at Apple Canada, talk about OS X and its potential for market share expansion, noting that \"by the end of April, middle of May, [Apple] will release the Mac OS X Server and [has] included a lot of services in that, everything from the traditional file and printing sharing up to a full Apache web server.\"
osx.macnn.com has information on an XLR8 cache utility for OS X, HP printer drivers, a new version of Fire messaging client, a new version of the Dock utility and other notes.
XLR8 announced that its has its cache utility for Mac OS X, MACh Speed Control X, which will enable the backside cache to be run at 2:1 on all Macs upgraded with XLR8 upgrades, including the MACh Velocity MPe, MACh Speed G3 and G4, MACh Carrier and Carrier ZIF families of processor upgrade cards. The utility also will work with all third party processor upgrades providing they have at least 1MB of backside cache that is capable of running at a ratio of 2:1 and includes support for the pre-G3 machines as well: \"Although these machines are not supported by Apple it seems a large number of people have been successful in getting OS X to install and run on the un-supported machines, we wanted these people to get the best possible experience hence this new release.\"
Black Magik Software has released version 1.3b1 of Auction Monitor, a $20 utility for tracking eBay auction sales; the release addresses eBay\'s latest round of changes and is a free update for previosly registered users.
Deep Sky Technologies has released CODEC v1.0.1, a 4th Dimension component which provides MD5 digest creation routines for 4th Dimension programmers. CODEC, a subset of functions available already in the BASh 4D component, is available for free to the developer community.
Today\'s Covert Gaming Corner features a three-page interview with Cornered Rat Software\'s Russell \"Hoss\" Mirabelli, Chris \"Mo\" Sherland and Rodney \"Hatch\" Hodge on the company\'s upcoming massively multiplayer game for the Mac and PC, World War II Online. The interview covers many aspects of the game as well as details on the Mac version, Mac OS X support and its impending release.
games.macnn.com has published its latest Covert Gaming Corner featuring an interview with Cornered Rat Software on its upcoming massively multiplayer online war game for the Mac and PC, World War II Online.
Buzzle, a consortium of Apple resellers across Australia formed about six months ago was put into receivership yesterday, after reports circulated that the company owed $24 million to Apple Australia. The company is continuing to operate its retail stores, promising staff that their wages and entitlements were not at risk.
Austin Shoemaker\'s Docking Maneuvers 1.1 enables support for changing the orientation and pinning of the Dock for every language supported by Mac OS X.
O\'Reilly, publisher of popular programming and technical books, will be publishing a book covering Applescript in May, \"Applescript in a Nutshell\" by Bruce W. Perry, an independent software developer and writer.
Architosh has a report on 3D modeling/rendering/animation software called Project Messiah, which is expected to be ported to OS X.
Opera Technology Preview 2 fixes most bugs in the first release technology release of the browser, but \"will not work under Mac OS X in Classic mode, this version is just an upgrade because TP1 expires. A new version will follow in April, this will work under Mac OS X Classic mode.\"
Black & Bleu 3.1 is a maintenance release to the $75 application that provides a brief description of over 5000 Macintosh OS error codes as well as a detailed analysis and suggestions for handling the errors.
A Baldur\'s Gate II Postgame Wrap-up at GameSpot offers comments from Bioware joint-CEOs Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk on the development of their latest fantasy role-playing game, Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn. The game is now in development for the Mac at Mumbo Jumbo Studios and is expected to be released later this year.
Evihcra.com has added an archive for Marathon maps and mods known as Lh\'owon Ar\'kives, \"a fully interactive, highly organized, and customizable online database community where you can present your own hard work to the world as well as submit reviews of the work of others.\" In addition, the site has opened a new Marathon Forum for discussing the popular Bungie series.
Blizzard Entertainment has posted a new screenshot from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction which shows the Druid, one of the expansion set\'s two new character classes, shapeshifted into bear form and running through snow in the Barbarian Highlands of Act V.
The Adrenaline Vault has posted a new female character model and five new screenshots from Rune: Halls of Valhalla, the multiplayer-focused expansion pack for third-person 3D action game Rune. The screenshots feature one of the expansion set\'s new female characters.
Morning console news: Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates delivered a keynote speech last night at the Tokyo Game Show where he announced that Sega would release 11 new games for its XBox game console and that the company will throw $500 million into its first 18 months of marketing; Acclaim Sports has announced Blast Lacrosse for the Playstation, \"the first ever lacrosse title in video game history\"; 989 Sports, after accurately predicting the winner of last year\'s NCAA Final Four bastetball tournament, has announced that its NCAA Final Four 2001 for the Playstation 2 has predicted Arizona to beat Duke for the championship; and Radica Games has announced that it will make accessories for Microsoft\'s XBox game console.
HP has posted a series of OS X-related support articles, although drivers appear to not yet be available.
Clent Richardson, Apple\'s VP of worldwide developer relations, is reportedly leaving the company to pursue a position at One 2 One, a UK-based mobile phone company.
OpenGraph, a \"programming framework for high-transaction and real-time graphing,\" is expected to be released for Mac OS X in June. Additional details regarding the product and the port are available on the site.
REAL Software has posted REALbasic 3.1b5 fixes several bugs with application development environment for Mac OS 8/9 and X. The new version is required for 3.0 customers wishing to use REALbasic under Mac OS X. Additionally, REALbasic for Dummies is now available for purchase ($25).
83% of Upside.com readers disagreed with the assessment that OS X is half-baked, after the site put Apple in the spotlight for its weekly \"On Trial\" feature. The result was no doubt spurred by the promotion of the article on several Mac sites, this one included.
Sparked by sales of the PowerBook G4, Apple\'s year-over-year retail laptop sales grew 31 percent in February according to NPD Intelect, far surpassing the average industry growth of just 2.3 percent. The PowerBook G4 comprised 52 percent of Apple\'s laptop sales, while the iBook took the remaining 48 percent. It\'s important to note, however, that whereas the PowerBook G4 began shipping in quantity in February this year, last year\'s FireWire PowerBook G3 was introduced towards the end of the month at Macworld Tokyo. Therefore, sales of PowerBooks in the year-ago period were understandably soft.
We\'ve received dozens of follow-up comments on iTools service problems, overclocking a PowerBook G4, David Pogue\'s review of OS X in The New York Times, Apple\'s reliance on Motorola and IBM, Windows Media 7 release, OS 9.1 CD incompatibility with some Macs, Outposts.com\'s changing shipping policy, Microsoft\'s possible move to FireWire, and US school spending on Macs.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s retail plans for DC, OrangMicro\'s USB 2.0 PCI card, Apple\'s AppleScript 1.6, the new ALAMDV special effects application, details on overlocking a PowerBook G4, and 4-Sight Fax\'s acquisition by Soft Solutions. Other updates included Netware 5.1.4 update, April virus file definitions, and Snak 4.6.
We have posted a review of Belkin\'s Parkway, a unique laptop backpack carrying case that features a single strap.
Yesterday we published a review of Monopoly Casino; Epic Interactive announced Knights and Merchants for the Mac, a classic real-time strategy game that recreates the era of the Middle Ages; and Targetware released the first public version of its open architecture flight model and weapons specifications for its upcoming massive multiplayer online combat flight sim, Target Korea.
Epicware has several other OS X utilities: WebGrabber 0.6 is a utility that you can use to \"mirror, copy, synchronize, download, scrub or \'steal\' a web site;\" WebTime 1.4 displays the new Swatch Internet time in your dock; and Mac OS X Screen Savers 3.0, a third collection of screen savers that consists of 17 OpenGL-accelerated savers and 5 non-accelerated savers.
Panic has released Audion 2.1 PR3 for Mac OS X, which primarily addresses a \"scrambled audio\" bug (which caused garbled or underwater-sounding audio under heavy processor load), and brings greater Aqua compliance to windows and dialogs.
Epicware has again updated its excellent AOL IM client clone to work around the AOL bock with Fire 0.24a: \"AOL service has been moved from oscar to toc using firetalk. You WILL NEED TO move your old Fire.app out of the way. Do not copy this app on top of older fire applications. I will not support users that end up with 2 aim connection bundles.\"
Apple has posted an AppleWorks 6.1.2 updater on users\' iDisks, after pulling the AppleWorks 6.1 updater made available earlier this week.
Fantom Drives announced its new FireWire RAID solutions, offering software-based RAID 0 (striping) FireWire storage in capacities of 90GB ($1600), 120GB ($1900), and 150GB ($2200) using two 7,200 rpm drives of equal size. All models ship with an IEEE-1394 cable and InTech\'s Hard Disk Speed Tools formatting utility, and are covered by a 1-year warranty. Four-drive solutions in capacities of 180GB, 240GB, and 300GB are due in April.
Pine Island Software has released Beehive FTP Forms v2.7, its desktop file transfer client as well as an updated version of its automation utility, Beehive FTP manager v2.7. The client adds native html forms support, job numbering, scheduled folder polling and auto-send, multiple email notifications, central administration and updating and complete integration with Pine Island\'s universal file transfer portal SendFile.NET, a service that provides compressed and encrypted file delivery via a Java applet. The $600 service includes unlimited ftp client distribution (Mac, Windows and Java).
Maui Software\'s $15 shareware security utility, Lockout 3.1, interfaces with the Power Manager to optionally spin-down the hard disk when it goes into Lockout mode. It is a free upgrade and also avaialable as beta application for OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
In the final stages of development, Michael Kluskens\'s CtoFB3 0.5.0b application translates functions and programs from the C programming language into FutureBASIC^3 LOCAL FNs requiring minimal editing.
Optigold ISP 2.7, a cross-platform business software package for running an ISP, brings additional web interface options, employee web security, Web-based management preferences, and other options.
The freeware application for publishing a collection of images quickly onto the Web, PhotoPage 1.4a1 is now Carbonized for OS X and also adds a thumbnail tab to document settings window, the option to select a destination folder for output, and the ability to turn off link borders in images.
Griffin Technology\'s iMic Control 1.0b6 utility, intended for use with its $35 iMic universal USB audio input and output adapter, offers output control over bass, treble, volume, mute, and balance as well as control over audio input gain. [updated]
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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