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The Adrenaline Vault reports that Presto Studios is close to taking Myst III: Exile for the Mac and PC to golden master. The game is expected to begin shipping in May. In related news, eUniverseGames.com has published an interview with Presto PR Manager Susan Weyer on the upcoming adventure game, while Beta Bites has posted six new screenshots from the game.
Gathering of Developers\' product lineup at this year\'s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in mid-May will include Myth III: The Wolf Age and 4x4 EVO 2, according to Stomped. In addition, Mac versions of both Tropico and Fly! II could be shown at the company\'s \"Promised Lot,\" a parking lot outside the L.A. Convention Center that the company has used for the past two years to show off its games.
GraphSim has updated its web site with word that GameRanger creator and owner Scott Kevill is currently adding support for the Baldur\'s Gate Multiplayer patch to his multiplayer online gaming service for the Mac. The site also notes that the Mac version of Summoner is expected to enter beta testing next week. \"Volition\'s involvement in the Mac version of Summoner has it on the fast track for completion.\"
Evening console news: Acclaim Entertainment has secured the rights to publish next month the Playstation 2 version of Crazy Taxi, a game which was well received when it appeared on the Sega Dreamcast; Sonic Adventure 2 for the Dreamcast will ship in North America, Europe and Japan on June 19, just four days before Sonic\'s 10-year anniversary; and Bam! Entertainment has announced that it has secured the rights to publish games based on the Sylvester Stallone movie, \"Driven\", for the Playstation 2 and Game Boy Advance.
The Apple Store has reduced the price on upgrading the Power Mac G4\'s graphics card to the GeForce 3 to $250 over the cost of a GeForce 2 or RADEON. Previously, the upgrade was $350. For purchasers of the low-end 466 MHz G4, which features a Rage 128, the GeForce 3 is a $350 upgrade. Customers who have already placed their orders for a system configured with a GeForce 3 report receiving a price adjustment.
FireWire Depot has introduced a new 2.5\" Silver FireWire hard drive enclosure. The $130 device allows users to create their own external FireWire drive with any 2.5\" hard drive.
LaCie next week will introduce a new 16x10x40x CD-RW drive that offers both USB and FireWire connectivity. The $340 drive will offer \"Burn-Proof\" technology and LaCie\'s Recording Utilities CD package, which includes Adaptec Toast 4.1.2.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds calls Mac OS X \"crap\" in his upcoming autobiography, referring to Mach, the operating system\'s kernel. \"[Mach] contains all the design mistakes you can make, and manages to even make up a few of its own.\"
Virtual Ink has posted mimio 1.5 for Mac, an update to the software and drivers for its electronic whiteboard device. The new version allows users to export material directly to QuickTime and iMovie. A Carbonized version, which also adds EPS support, is expected by Macworld Expo New York in July.
Pocket Software has released a new skin, XSkin, for PocketDock 2.0. PocketDock is a $20 utility for Mac OS X to organize and launch applications, documents, web links, email addresses and supports multiple skins.
Black Magik Software has released Pre-Lister 3.7, a maintenance update to its $35 offline auction-listing utility for use with the eBay.
Thomas Riley\'s Search & Rescue 3.0, is $15 shareware tool described as the \"first and only tool for the Macintosh that can recover lost data directly from your Macs RAM,\" offering data recovery from system crashes--even after restart. It can specifically target recent applications when searching for data and a Panic Key can save RAM Image files based upon application.
games.macnn.com has published a development update from Pangea Software President Brian Greenstone on the company\'s upcoming 3D action/adventure game for the Mac, Otto Matic.
Pangea Software President Brian Greenstone has given MacNN an update on the development of the company\'s upcoming 3D action/adventure game for the Mac, Otto Matic. The game is inspired by 1950\'s sci-fi B-movies and will feature some of the most advanced 3D graphics effects seen in a Pangea game to date.
BIAS has posted a PEAK 2.5.4 updater for its digital audio application, which is compatible with DAE 5.1 and has a new option to monitor ASIO devices through the Sound Manager, the ability to flatten QuickTime movies, better compatibility with Roxio Toast Titanium, and other bug fixes. (Peak DV is special edition that is included for free with Final Cut Pro 2, offering audio editing and processing, support for 8- and 16-bit files, sample rates up to 48 kHz, support for VST and Premiere audio plug-ins, QuickTime movie support, batch file processing, and built-in DSP processing.)
PC GAMEPLAY has published an interview with The Sims creator Will Wright on his popular game, the upcoming The Sims Online, and the most recent expansion pack for the game, The Sims: House Party. \"The original intelligence model [for The Sims] was inspired by ant behavior,\" said Wright. \"Ants are quite interesting because individually they are rather simple but together in a colony they exhibit a much higher degree of intelligence. The Sims are similar in that one Sim is rather predictable but together in a group the dynamics become quite complex.\"
Apple has begun seeding developer with a beta seed of Mac OS X Server 2.0, according to an ADC member.
Niemeijer Consult\'s $45 utility that offers fully-functional, on-screen keyboard, KeyStrokes 2.1b9, now available in public beta, adds an alphabetic keyboard layout and fixes several bugs. It expires May 15, 2001.
Morning console news: Activision has confirmed that its XBox development activities are on track, noting that Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2x for the XBox is \"moving along smoothly through its expected development process\"; Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown, based on an old game for the Commodore 64, will be coming to the Playstation 2 this Fall; Casper Spirit Dimensions, a Playstation 2 game set for release this October, features Casper in a head-to-head battle with Kibosh and his evil minions; and the Interactive Digital Software Association\'s yearly report on the state of the interactive entertainment industry showed that more than 60 percent of all Americans above age 6 play computer and video games on a regular basis.
PowerLogix announced today the public beta release of its new diagnostic utility, Profiler X, an OS X-compatible version of the Cache Profiler software for OS 9. It allows users of OS X to read the processor speed and cache speed and other details of their machine as well as provides a command line interface for changing L2 cache settings on PowerLogix and other third-party upgrades. A GUI version of the command line interface of is expected to be released \"very soon,\" according to the company.
osx.macnn.com has information on PowerLogix\'s Profiler X utility, Brother printer drivers, a Cocoa SDK for developing docklings, and other notes.
VPC Helper 3.0, an update to the $14 performance-enhancsing utility for Connectix\' Virtual PC emulation software, adds more support for OS 9.1 and Virtual PC 4 as well other enhancements. Upgrades are $7 for previous registered owners. A 10-day demo is available online.
Yesterday we published a preview of Volition\'s Summoner, the upcoming 3D role-playing game for the Mac that features a mix of traditional role-playing elements and new twists on old RPG themes; Epic Interactive announced the release of real-time strategy game Earth 2140 for the Mac; Aspyr Media began taking pre-orders for Tomb Raider: Chronicles and released the first estimates on the game\'s system requirements; and a report detailing U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft\'s stance against violence in video games noted a freeware game for the Mac and PC, Dope Wars, in which the player makes money by buying and selling drugs while avoiding hazards such as the police and muggers.
While Apple will not be exhibiting at next week\'s Seybold Seminars Boston, the company will be showing off some of its latest technology, as well as hosting various sessions, in Room 112 at the Hynes.
A discussion in our forums focuses on the WinBook X1, a PC laptop whose design seemingly takes some cues from Apple\'s PowerBook G4. The system features an aluminum alloy case, measures one inch thick, weighs 4.7 pounds, and comes equipped with a CD or DVD drive.
Adobe says it expects revenue in its Southeast Asian markets to grow 35 percent in 2001, making it the \"fastest growing of Adobe\'s business. Adobe\'s revenues from Southeast Asia in 2000 jumped 265 percent, boosted by anti-piracy efforts.
As part of its new unified VPN client framework, Cisco promises to add Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris support to its VPN Client software and has released a platform-independent VPN 3002 Hardware Client appliance for tunneling into corporate networks (dual Ethernet version is $1000; 8-port switch version is $1,200).
In the April 16 issue of Business Week, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer, offers his take on the future of Apple, comparing it to beleaguered proprietary computer maker Silicon Graphics: \"We know how the movie ends, it\'s just a question of what happens in the middle. Apple has a very little customer base. If you look at the economics, it has been extremely hard for Apple to get a return on its R&D with a shrinking volume base. It\'s not to say that Apple\'s products aren\'t innovative or cool, but the economic factors here are so overwhelming, it\'s very hard for them to swim against that tide.\" (Earlier this week, a Bloomberg News report contained similar comments on Apple from Dell co-president Kevin Rollins, alongside a statement that the company plans to solidify its number one position over Apple in education sales.) [article not yet available online]
Peripheral Enhancements (NewerRAM) has become the latest RAM vendor to announce compatibility with Apple\'s G4 firmware updates, which have caused disabling of PC SDRAM on numerous systems. The company\'s Memory Edge RAM modules have been \"thoroughly tested\" and are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Apple Macintosh Manager 1.4.1 [4.5 MB] is the latest update to Apple\'s software for managing networks and user workgroups. The latest release squashes numerous bugs, and added desktop printing and locked desktop capabilities. The tool requires Mac OS 7.6 or later, or Mac OS X Server.
On2, a developer of broadband multimedia streaming technology, has announced that its VP3 Plug-In for QuickTime 5.0 and VP4 video compression technologies will be available for public demonstration for the first time at this year\'s NAB conference. The company\'s system is said to deliver VHS-quality at 150 Kbps.
xicons.cx has returned with four new icon sets for OS X: Spiffy Apps V, Aqua Docs, Dragons, and OmniWeb iCandy. (For more OS X iconsupdated dailyvisit Xicons.)
Yesterday we noted Schiller\'s keynote at Streaming Media, Apple\'s retail plans in Syracuse, Intego acquisition of 3 new utilities, an in-depth look at Steve Jobs, shipment of Sonnet\'s Encore/ST G4 Duet, Dell\'s edu marketshare move, and Chizen\'s (and others\') keynote at Seybold next week. Other updates included WebSTAR 4.4 (bundled with GoLive 5 for a limited time), Qualcomm\'s Eudora 5.1fc1, InstallerVISE 7.2, and a public beta of Apache 2.0b (noted on osx.macnn.com).
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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