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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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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X