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Apple Website: OS X update now available
Apple's Web page for Mac OS X reports that the much-anticipated Mac OS 10.01 software update is now available via the Software Update Engine. Readers report the official update is build '4L13' (slightly newer than the 4L7 build circulating on the Internet, and though readers are reporting troubles updating over the previous builds, one reader has details on how to install the update over previous builds). [updated]
"Use the Software Update feature in your System Preferences to get the latest Mac OS X software. Improvements including better support for 3rd party USB devices, Classic compatibility and overall application stability as well as support for the popular open source Secure Shell service. For Japanese users, an update to the Epson printer drivers is also available."
MacTella 1.1 sports UI improvements
MacTella 1.1 is a new version of the Mac client for the Gnutella file sharing network, bringing GUI improvements for more user customization, support for aliases, filtering, and sound preferences for certain alerts.
Darwin 1.3.1 released for PowerPC and x86
Apple has released Darwin 1.3.1 for PowerPC computers ("which should work on all Apple computers supported by Mac OS X 10.0") and the first release of Darwin/ x86 for Intel and compatible machines. [PowerPC-121MB, x86--127MB]
No auto-updater, EAX for Mac Summoner
The Mac version of Summoner, which is expected to be released this spring, will not include the auto-updater included in the PC version or the EAX enhancements for taking full advantage of the Creative SoundBlaster Live!, according to IMG. "It might be cool to do, but without hardware, we are close enough to release that adding new technology like this is potentially risky," said Lead Programmer Mark Allender.
RockNES 1.830 goes Carbon
Richard Bannister has released RockNES 1.830, a new version of his Nintendo emulator for the Mac which "adds a huge number of different video modes and is now Carbonized for MacOS X."
CGO: Unreal II Preview
Computer Games Online's preview of Unreal II, "Because you can never really get enough of the pretty lights and gratuitous gore," provides many of the known details on the upcoming sequel to the groundbreaking first-person shooter. While the original Unreal was developed by Epic Games, its sequel is being developed by Legend Entertainment, and a Mac version has not yet been confirmed. Considering the success of both Unreal and Unreal Tournament for the Mac, however, we think Mac Unreal II is a safe bet.
Hearts 3.6.4 brings OS X compatibility
David Skelly's Hearts 3.6.4 is a new version of the classic card game that is now Carbonized for Mac OS X.
Soldier 1.0b Released
Juho Ruohola has released Soliders 1.0b, the initial release of his freeware 2D action game for the Mac. In the game, players take the role of an ex-marine, "whose job is to kick some ass" using weapons such as a minigun, bazooka and flamethrower. "I have decided to distribute Soldiers as a freeware since no one would register it anyway," says Ruohola.
Console: $25 mln on GBA launch
Evening console news: Nintendo has announced that it will spend $25 million on marketing the North American launch of its Game Boy Advance handheld on June 11, including three 30-second TV ads, a mobile tour to give consumers hands-on time with the new system and retail store kiosks; Planetweb and Ergosoft have released a web browser for the Playstation 2 in Japan, which will allow owners of the console to browse the web, e-mail and chat; Eidos Interactive has released new screenshots from Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver II for the Playstation 2, which is expected to be released this summer; and Driver 2 for the Sony Playstation captured the award for the overall favorite video game in the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, which chose winners based on votes by more than 22 million consumers.
Apple launches new CompUSA initiative
Apple has begun a test program that places Apple employees inside of CompUSA locations, according to MacNN sources. Nine stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and nine stores in the SF Bay area will have one employee spending 40 hours a week at each location helping to sell Apple product, ensure that Apple's store-within-a-stores are well maintained, and train CompUSA employees in Apple technologies. If the program proves successful, Apple plans on expanding it to other CompUSA stores.
Games: Blizzard victim of attacks
games.macnn.com has information on another denial of service attack affecting Blizzard Entertainment's Battle.net gaming service and the company's web sites.
Apple offers free printer with iMac purchase
Apple has added an iMac promo to the Apple Store; from tomorrow through July 8, customers who purchase any iMac can receive a free Epson Stylus 580 printer, or $69 back on the purchase of a Stylus 777i, 880i, or 888. The iMac need not be purchased through the Apple Store.
Stomped: Rob Bartel Interview
Stomped has published an interview with Bioware's Rob Bartel, Co-Lead Designer on 3D role-playing game Neverwinter Nights. "We’ll be having about 35-40 different weapon types in the game," explains Bartel, "including some of the more exotic ones introduced with 3rd Edition: kamas, shuriken, scythes, double axes, and more. All manner of magical properties can be assigned to items within the toolset and we’ve developed a system that will allow for a near-infinite variety of those items to show up in the official campaign."
Unofficial Mac Black & White site opens
David Janik-Jones has unveiled the unofficial Mac Black & White site, which is in response to recent events indicating that a Mac version of Lionhead Studios' god game Black & White is underway. "The site will feature weekly news updates, editorial rants, moderated discussions, questions and FAQ, rumours and gossip, screen shots (from our PC gaming friends), and links to other Black & White sites. The site's goal is to keep the excitement alive for the Mac version of Black and White regardless of the length of time the porting process and distribution will take."
Blizzard under denial of server attack, again
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that another denial of service attack has been initiated on the company's Battle.net service and web sites. While the company has contacted the FBI and European law enforcement officials and is in the process of implementing a solution, Blizzard warns that users may be unable to reach its Battle.net service or the company's web site due to the attacks. Blizzard has also set up an e-mail address if you have any information on the person or group that is initiating the illegal attack.
Console: The Simpsons Wrestling ships
Morning console news: Activision has released The Simpsons Wrestling for the Sony Playstation, which lets players choose to wrestle as their favorite characters including Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Burns, Smithers, Krusty, Apu, Moe, Flanders and more; Konami has no plans to show any of its GameCube titles at next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, while Nintendo will be showcasing its GameCube lineup; Nintendo has already sold more than 1 million units of its Game Boy Advance since the handheld console launched in March; and Crazy Taxi for the Playstation 2 is set to be released on May 2.
Federal Computer Week reviews PowerBook G4
Federal Computer Week has published a review of Apple's PowerBook G4, grading the laptop an "A". "If we could measure the 'ooh and ah' factor of Apple Computer Inc.’s new PowerBook G4 notebook, it would earn top honors."
Apple removes Power Mac G4/667
Following MacUser UK's report yesterday, Apple has quietly removed the 667 MHz PowerMac G4 from the Apple Store. No replacement model or price changes have been made.
mimio 1.5 adds QuickTime support
Virtual Ink today officially released mimio 1.5, an update to the software for its digital whiteboard device, after we first noted the software's availability last week. The new version allows users to export whiteboard information to QuickTime (including iMovie). A carbonized version of the software is expected to be released in the near future. [form]
Apple takes a look at GraphicConverter for X
Apple has published an extensive feature on GraphicConverter for OS X, which was released late last month.
Real Software announces OS X plans
Real Software, creators of the RealBasic development platform (which provides a simple, graphical approach to developing Macintosh applications) has announced its plans for releasing versions of its flagship product that are compatible with Mac OS X.
NEC preps 61" Plasma display
NEC will unveil the first 61" XGA resolution plasma monitor at the National Association of Broadcaster's Show April 23-26, 2001 in Las Vegas. The PlasmaSync 61MP1 will feature a 1365 x 768 Wide XGA resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio screen. Pricing for the new display has not yet been disclosed.
Quark unveils Active Publishing Server
The Quark Active Publishing Server was unveiled yesterday at the Seybold conference currently underway in Boston. The tool uses core engines from QuarkXPress 5.0 to produce personalized, design-rich content on demand in print and Web file formats. Quark APS will run under Mac OS X Server.
Sprint's wireless service faces challenges
Sprint's new broadband wireless service (purportedly faster than DSL without wires) is facing some problems. The service initially received positive reviews, but users are now beginning to complain about installation and reliability quirks similar to the rollout of other broadband technologies.
IdeaMall changes name to PC Mall
IdeaMall, publishers of the popular Macintosh catalog MacMall, will soon be changing its name to PC Mall. The name change doesn't mean, however, that the company will cease its Mac resale operation.
Tech: DoubleClick earnings, Cisco severance
Morning tech news: DoubleClick narrowly beat analysts' expectations yesterday, reporting a loss of $10.5 million, but said revenue for the year will fall in the wake of the slowed economy; Cisco, which earlier announced it will lay-off 5,000 people, will offer fired employees up to six months' pay; and Compaq has added support for Ricochet wireless Internet access to its PDAs and laptops.
MarchFirst files for bankruptcy
Beleaguered consulting firm MarchFirst has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Earlier this month the company announced it would lay off about 1,700 people, and is planning on selling its domestic business and core assets. Apple is a client of MarchFirst, which has, among other things, designed the packaging for some of its products.
OS X utils from Brian Hill
Launcher 3.0 [79K]is a $15 shareware Cocoa adaptation of the MacOS 7/8.x Launcher control panel, supporting applications, files, and directories. Pseudo 1.01 [58KB]is also a new version of the shareware ($15) drag-and-drop application that allows you to launch other applications in the OS X Desktop as the System Administrator or 'root'.
Multiclip 1.01 fixes large file copies
Fan Software's MultiClip 1.01 shareware clipboard enhancement utility, which works under both OS X and Classic, offers the ability to save contents between restarts and up to five clipboards. Version 1.01 fixes delays when copying a large image in the clipboard. [Classic, Carbon]
iTools 6.01 patch; XTools warning posting
Tenon's iTools 6.01 patch for OS X server tools package addresses a spurious error message that causes Apache startup problems and also addresses other problems. (The company has also posted a warning message about Apple's Installer bug, which affects installations of its XTools 6 X Window system.)
URL Box 1.1 conveniently stores URLs
David Kopec updated his shareware utility for storing URLS, URL Box 1.1.
QuickTime 5 Preview 3 expiring soon
QuickTime 5 Public Preview 3, which we earlier noted expires April 15, will continue to function until April 30, a QuickTime engineer has informed us. The license agreement expires on April 15, however.
Sorenson 3 Pro Codec available for testing
Sorenson Media has quietly posted a beta of Sorenson 3 Pro b5, a new version of the company's codec that is expected to be "released approximately the same time that Apple Computer releases QuickTime 5." The company says the new codec, which expires at the end of the month, has substantial improvements over the previous Sorenson Video 2 codec, including...
OS X: AOL 6 seeded, beta Retrospect X client
osx.macnn.com notes Real Software's OS X roadmap, the availability of Dantz' Retrospect Client for OS X (public beta) and a private seed of AOL 5 for OS X. (Yesterday we also noted a fix for the PPP kernel panics experienced by some on multiprocessor G4 machines, a new menu utility for making OS X more Mac-like, and a new beta driver from Kensington.)
Dantz posts Retrospect Client beta for OS X
Dantz has posted a public beta of the Retrospect client for Mac OS X, which allows OS X computers to use Retrospect application (not yet available for OS X) to back up their files on local volumes. [form]
TreeManager 1.1a1: REALbasic dev tool
TreeManager 1.1a1 is a Canvas-based custom control replaces the standard REALbasic ListBox and allows interactively viewing and manipulating hierarchical information.
Pasword Retreiver 1.5.2: manage password
Koingo Software's Password Retriever 1.5.2 is $10 shareware utility for securely managing passwords for a variety of different protocols, including HTTP, FTP, and hotline. The free update fixes a few bugs, improves OS X compatibility, and has other minor enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
OmniDiskSweeper 1.0b3 for managing disk space
OmniDiskSweeper 1.0b3 is a free Mac OS X utility for quickly finding and deleting files; version 1.0b3 has an updated user interface and packaging for Mac OS X: "[it] makes this easy by highlighting the biggest files on your disks, and by noting which files are used by the system, so you don't accidentally delete important files." [option click link in IE]
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