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Games: Myst III: Exile, Tropico Golden Master
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]
ART lantis 4 released, up to 7x faster
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.
First Diablo II: LoD MP3 released
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.
5 new Tropico screenshots
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.
New Red Faction movies
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.
New Shadowbane monsters
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 updates iMic firmware
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 reduces handheld prices
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 ships USB 2.0 card for $90
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.
Tech: Yahoo! earnings, iPaqs in demand
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 confirms Mac Black & White
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.
Stratics: Neverwinter Nights chat
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.
Console: id Software on DOOM GBA
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 released OpenOffice for X source code
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. "
Tropico goes gold; Mac version in May
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 fixes bugs
FolderSynchronizer 2.0.6 adds small improvements and bug fixes to the $30 software for backing up and synchronizing files.
Myst III: Exile goes gold
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 Switch Demo helps configure cards
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 glowing over PowerBook G4
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 takes education contracts from Apple
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 using Apple technology in next Vaio
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 introduces two new trackballs
Power On offers \"Buy one, get one free\" off
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.
Apple debt collector makes mistake
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.
Torvalds claims he was misquoted on OS X
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."
MacSourcery changes name to ScreenTime Media
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 reports £11.4 million profit
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).
SVG Viewer 2.0 final posted at Adobe ftp site
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 showcases Carbon version of InDesign
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 shipping 8x4x32x PocketCD-RW
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.
Roundup: Custer\'s Crusaders, more
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.
VirtualPC 4.02 cures many bugs
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.
Tech: Motorola earnings, Napster scolded...
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: shareware image browser
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.
Password Wallet 2.2 automatically enters info
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.
Drop Drawers 1.5.4: store anything on OS X
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: Apple retail, Director 8.5, more
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.
Mactracker provides specs on all Macs
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."
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