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 brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN