games.macnn.com has information on a Mac version of Black & White, the unique god game from Lionhead Studios. Earlier today, the site reported on two Mac gamesPresto Studios\' Myst III: Exile and PopTop Software\'s Tropicothat have been declared golden master and when the highly-anticipated titles are expected to hit store shelves. [updated]
Abvent Software has released ART lantis 4, a new version of its 3D graphics creation software. Artlantis 4 now features Mart technology, improving the application\'s performance by as much as seven-fold compared with previous versions. A number of additional design features have also been added, including global illumination and soft shadows.
Blizzard Entertainment has released the first MP3, \"Fortress\", of music from expansion set Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, which is expected to be released this summer for the Mac. The track will be heard in the \"town\" area of Act V.
Voodoo Extreme has posted five new screenshots of PopTop Software\'s strategy/simulation game for the Mac and PC, Tropico. The screenshots illustrate the game\'s flexibility of allowing players to manage from a wide, island perspective down to a closer, micromanagement style. As reported earlier today, the game has reached golden master for the PC and is expected to be released for the Mac in May.
ps2.ign.com has updated its preview of Red Faction, Volition\'s upcoming first-person shooter for the Mac, PC and Playstation 2, with eight new movies featuring in-game footage. The game is slated to be released on the Playstation 2 this summer, followed by a simultaneous Mac/PC release in late summer or fall.
Wolfpack Studios, developer of the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Shadowbane, has updated the game\'s official web site with a detailed look at seven new monsters, including Arctic Grobolds, Genies and Swamp Hags.
Griffin has posted a firmware update [11 KB] for its iMic that \"removes an unnecessary audio input, allows the iMic to be plugged into an unpowered hub, and provides a number of other small bug fixes.\"
Palm has cut the price of several of its handhelds: the Vx and the IIIc have both been reduced to $300 (drops of $50 and $30, respectively), while the m100 has dropped from $150 to $130. The price cuts come on the heels of Palm\'s announcement of the new m500 and m505 handhelds.
Iogear has begun shipping its USB 2.0 PCI card. The $90 card uses an NEC chipset and is compatible with both Macs and PCs.
Evening tech news: Yahoo! posted a loss of $11.5 million for the quarter, beating analysts\' reduced expectations, but announced that it would be cutting 420 jobs (12% of its workforce); Motorola is considering selling some of its noncore businesses in order to raise cash after the company posted its first quarterly loss in 15 years yesterday; and Compaq has announced that it will boost production of its iPaq handheld, as the company struggles to fulfill 600,000 to 700,000 backorders for the highly demanded device.
Elegant Chaos, the company contracted by UK-based publisher Feral Interactive to port such titles as Sim Theme Park to the Mac, has unofficially confirmed that it has begun work on a Mac version of Black & White, the recently released PC god-game from Lionhead Studios. Rumors and unofficial statements have surrounded the Mac port of Black & White for more than a year, and user demand for a Mac version of the game has increased since Black & White\'s release on the PC.
Neverwinter Nights Stratics will host a chat tonight with members of the Neverwinter Nights development team at Bioware. The chat, which begins at 9:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM CDT, 6:00 PM PDT), will be hosted on the IRC server irc.stratics.com #nwnhoc. Participants are also invited to join channel #neverwinter before and after the chat for general discussion on the upcoming role-playing game.
Afternoon console news: Stomped has published an interview with id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead to discuss the upcoming DOOM game for the Game Boy Advance, which will allow four players to compete on linked handhelds; Retro Studios, a second-party Nintendo developer which is currently developing Metroid and an unnamed role-playing game for Nintendo\'s GameCube, is reportedly experiencing internal troubles as it recently laid off three additional programmers; and Namco has confirmed that it will officially announce Time Crisis 2 for the Sony Playstation 2, which will come bundled with a USB-compatible PlayStation 2 GunCon peripheral, at next month\'s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
Sun has released the Mac OS X port of the OpenOffice.org source code, which should speed development of the project. \"Sun is releasing the work it has completed on the Mac OS X port to the OpenOffice.org community. Sun firmly believes that there is enough support within the Mac OS X community to continue development on the port, and we invite Mac developers throughout the world to contribute their efforts to finishing the work that must be done to make this port a strong rival to other office software suites. \"
PopTop Software and Gathering of Developers have announced that Tropico, the building-oriented strategy/simulation game, has reached golden master and is expected to begin shipping for the PC on April 24, according to Gone Gold. The Mac version, which is expected to begin beta testing later this month, will be released in May.
FolderSynchronizer 2.0.6 adds small improvements and bug fixes to the $30 software for backing up and synchronizing files.
Presto Studios has announced that Myst III: Exile for the Mac and PC has been declared golden master and has been sent off for duplication. The highly anticipated adventure game, which blends both pre-rendered and 360-degree panning graphics, is expected to hit store shelves on May 7.
PowerLogix has posted a Switch Demo Program [671 KB], which acts as a reference for owners of PowerLogix upgrades to determine which switches should be toggled on/off on the card for overclocking purposes.
Business Week has published a glowing review of Apple\'s PowerBook G4. \"Man, you gotta love Apple, if just for the thrill of it. Just when you think the company is finally done for, its engineers dream up something like the TiBook, which pulls them out of a nose dive at the last moment.\"
Dell has taken another shot at Apple, issuing a press release boasting that the company has gained more than 50 multi-million dollar \"wins\" (mostly conversions from the Mac) in the K-12 and higher education markets within the last 12 months. Dell points to one institution in particular, saying that Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) in Texas worked with Dell to standardize the entire district on Dell systems, including 2,250 Dell OptiPlex desktops and 17 PowerEdge servers, displacing the district\'s old Apple systems.
Sony is using Apple\'s QuickTime technology to power the digital video capabilities of its new FX VAIO notebook which sports a 1 GHz Pentium processor. The notebook also makes full use of the Apple-developed FireWire I/O subsystem.
Logitech has introduced two new optical trackballs, an updated $30 Marble Mouse and the $40 TrackMan Wheel. Both mice feature two buttons and a stylish silver casing.
Power On Software is currently running a \"Buy One, Get One Free\" promotion for Rewind, its utility software. Users who purchase one copy at $90 (Download) or $100 (CD) will receive another free of charge.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that KPMG, a receiver appointed to collect debt for Apple from customers of failed Australian reseller Buzzle, accidentally sent out notices to those whose accounts had been paid in full. Buzzle currently owes Apple somewhere around $30 million.
Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux who was quoted last week as calling Mac OS X\'s Mach kernel \"crap\" claims that he was misquoted about Apple\'s operating system. Torvalds says that he never commented on OS X specifically. \"Interestingly, the thing erupted over a fairly small passage in the book: it\'s not as if I spend a few hundred pages bashing Mach. In fact, I spend a lot more pages in the book complaining about how people always take me (and other \'tech luminaries,\' for that matter) too seriously and get all hung up about details.\"
Independent software developer, MacSourcery, announced that they are changing their name to ScreenTime Media, reflecting the company\'s decision to move to cross-platform development of screen saver authoring tools.
ARM Holdings today reported a first quarter profit of £11.4 million, a 39% year-over-year increase, on revenues of £32.5 million, a 52% year-over-year increase. Apple, which played a major role in forming the company in 1990, has routinely been selling its shares of ARM since the company went public in 1998. As of last quarter, Apple still held about 31 million shares, worth approximately $380 million based on today\'s market value (shares have fallen nearly 50% in the last three months).
Adobe has recently posted a final version of its SVG Viewer 2.0 for the Mac, which allows a Web browser to render SVG files. (More information about the browser plug-in is available on Adobe Website.)
Adobe showcased a Carbon version of InDesign, its page layout software, at yesterday\'s Seybold Keynote, although no details were provided on its expected release.
LaCie has begun shipping an 8x4x32x version of its PocketCD-RW. The $400 compact drive features both FireWire (bus-powered) and USB (requires bundled power adapter) connections and comes with Adaptec Toast 4.1.2.
Yesterday Custer\'s Corner released its first fan-voted desktop, Crusaders, featuring Quake III: Team Arena; epic interactive announced a new cartoon adventure game for the Mac, The Feeble Files, which is expected to be released in May; the results of our previous poll showed that most users want to see Unreal Tournament carbonized for native support on Mac OS X; and Westlake Interactive President Mark Adams noted plans to release a multiplayer patch for the EAX-enhanced edition of Deus Ex in addition to a EAX patch for Rune as part of the company\'s work on the game\'s expansion pack, Halls of Valhalla.
Connectix has posted a VirtualPC 4.02 updater that brings several fixes to its emulation software, including various fixes for running Java applications and compilations (Sun, MATLab and Netscape Java implementation), improved folder sharing, improved compatibility with Sonnet G4/PCI and G3/NuBus cards, HP printer support, better printing under OS 9.1, and video BIOS support for PB Titanium video resolutions of 1152x768 and 896x600. Connectix has also announced VirtualPC for Windows, which allows computers running Win2000, WinNT or Windows Me to run multiple guest operating systems concurrently, including Win2000, WinMe, Win95, WinNT, Linux and MS DOS.
Morning tech news: Motorola yesterday posted a wider loss than expected, marking the company\'s first quarter in the red in 15 years; a federal judge has called Napster\'s attempts at filtering copyrighted songs \"disgraceful\"; Palm has announced that its new m500 and m505 handhelds will ship on time, but that volume shipments are a few weeks behind schedule; computer experts believe they have found a security flaw in some Alcatel DSL modems; Microsoft says MSN has signed up 5 million subscribers; and Indrema has axed its Linux-based gamed console, which was expected to launch this summer, after the company ran out of funding.
Prowler 2.1 is an update to Andrew Cunningham\'s image browser, image viewer and management tool that can create HTML image catalogs. The update to the $15 shareware brings performance improvements, threaded thumbnail creation, bug fixes, and other enhancements.
Selznick Scientific\'s password management utility, PasswordWallet 2.2, implements \"Auto-type\" for automatically entering username/passwords into Web pages and several new preferences, including an option to display clear/hidden text.
Sig Software\'s Drop Drawers X 1.5.4, a native Carbon application for OS X, provides floating drawers to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else. Version 1.5.4 reimplements key shortcuts for OS X, fixes the dancing window problem and clears up some other minor OS X issues. Version 1.5.3 is available for Mac OS 7/8/9. [Classic, Carbon]
Yesterday we noted additional details on Apple\'s retail store plans in Minneapolis, Macromedia\'s Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio announcement, Macworld Expo NYC registration, Microsoft\'s favoring of FireWire over USB 2.0, and Intuit\'s search for Quicken 2002 beta testers.
Ian Page\'s Mactracker PR3 provides\" detailed information on every Mac ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, and expansion options. It also sports a built-in update engine to insure the database is always up-to-date.\"
Beyond Midnight Software\'s $10 shareware, Days To Go 2.12, adds a customizable reminder time at startup, to its reminder program with options for reoccuring entries.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE