Mac game updates: realMyst, a real-time 3D re-creation of the original Myst, is being purposefully delayed in order to avoid stealing thunder from the release of Myst III: Exile in early May; Summoner, a 3D role-playing game that originally released for the Playstation 2, is currently in the beta testing process at Graphic Simulations Corporation; and the Mac version of Bioware\'s Neverwinter Nights has fallen behind development of its Windows counterpart during the Carbonization process but is now almost caught up.
Dan A. notes that AirPort 1.3.1, now available for download using the Software Update control panel in Mac OS 9.x, provides \"increased functionality and compatibility\" for Apple\'s wireless networking products.
Fortune.com has published an in-depth, five-page article, \"Steve Jobs: The Graying Prince of a Shrinking Kingdom,\" on the behind-the-scenes moves at Apple Computer and the leadership and management of CEO Steve Jobs and his executive team. Quoting Jobs himself, the article provides insight into topics such as the failure of the Cube, Apple\'s proposed attempts to gain marketshare and hints at the company\'s retail store strategy.
Draytek has released a Mac OS X driver for its miniVigor128 USB ISDN Terminal Adaptor. The adaptor measures just 78mm x 41mm x 20mm and is compatible with both ISDN2e and BT Highway ISDN service.
Black Magik Software\'s Pre-Lister 3.7r1 is a new version of its $35 auction listing utility for aiding in the eBay selling process. The new version adds support for category changes through the end of March, new HTML buttons for selecting background colors and inserting extra images, and slight speed improvements.
InterServices\' SQL4X 1.0b4 is a new version of its MySQL 3.23 package for Mac OS X.
Kingston has announced immediate availability of a 512MB PC133 SO-DIMM memory module for the Apple Titanium PowerBook G4. Kingston\'s new 1.25\" height PC133 SO-DIMM module for the PowerBook G4 can be purchased now to provide from 64 MB up to 1024 MB of upgraded memory capacity. The new 512 MB modules are priced at $1,350.
VST FireWire 2.3.1 is an update to the company\'s software for its FireWire hard drives. The new version adds support for DV capture, fixes sleep problems with Mac OS 9.1, and fixes certain boot problems. [VT]
HP today announced the release of its HP Wireless Print Server WP100, which works in conjunction with the wireless AirPort cards found in many of today\'s Macs, to provide wireless printing at up to 11 Mbps transmission speeds. The $300 device works with any network-capable HP inkjet printer and will soon be available through hpshopping.com, The Apple Store, and select Apple dealers.
Sterling Ledet & Associates and Scripting Matters Inc. will be offering four days of AppleScript Pro Sessions in Atlanta, Georgia, May 7-10. The sessions are geared for beginners to experts. Pricing is $375 per day with discounts for 3- or 4-day passes.
An eWeek article speculates that Apple\'s retail store announcement could come at tomorrow\'s press event, rehashing many of the details and possible locations that have been previously reported.
Illuminator Software\'s iMapp 1.1 includes new Help files as well as a few bug fixes in te $10 shareware utility for creating for server side and client side image maps. It supports all QuickTime file formats as well as the ability to export to HTML, CERN, NCSA formats and export images to JPG file format.
SurfControl today announced that it will offer schools qualifying for federal \"E-rate\" funds a free \"Town Meeting in a Box\" kit to help them comply with a provision of the Children\'s Internet Protection Act, which recently took effect, that requires public hearings. The act requires schools linking to the Internet to implement Internet filtering technology to protect students from inappropriate and obscene material.
Aladdin Knowledge Systems today released the HASP CD 10 and HASP4 USB, a software security system that uses one key to protect applications on Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. \"HASP (Hardware Against Software Piracy) is a hardware-based security system that protects software against piracy and illegal use by preventing unauthorized access and execution of the protected software.\"
Pocket Software has released 5 new brushed metal skins for PocketDock, its $20 utility for Mac OS X to organize and launch applications, documents, web links, and e-mail addresses.
KAUi Software\'s upcoming Apple-approved seminar will feature hands-on iMovie training using iMovie 2, QuickTime Pro 5 and iDVD. Two three-hour sessions of the seminar will be held at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM on May 8 at the Apple Marketing Center in Atlanta, GA. The $100 entrance fee provides each attendee with training materials, an iMovie Quick Guide reference, and a free CD with iMovie plug-ins, transitions, sounds, and more.
Coinciding with the PhotoshopWorld conference in L.A., PhotoAlley.com has announced that it will begin offering printing and processing services, with Photoshop images as the format of choice. In addition to 35mm and APS (Advanced Photo System) film processing, PhotoAlley will also now allow digital camera users to get physical prints.
MacSoft has announced that the modern version of arcade classic Centipede has reached golden master and will be on store shelves in the coming weeks. The game will ship as a Carbonized application for play on both Classic Mac and Mac OS X.
Kensington today announced that its Turbo Mouse Pro Trackball will come bundled with software for Mac OS X beginning in July. The $110 trackball features stainless steel bearings and a large ball, four large programmable buttons, six direct launch buttons for accessing web sites or launching applications, and an integrated scroll wheel.
The Laboratory of Plant Semantics at Belgium\'s K.U. Leuven has released iMap 1.0, a powerful new free application for mapping large amounts of latitude and longitude data. iMap, which will be available as a native Mac OS X application within a few weeks, comes with a \"plethora\" of ready-to-use maps or they can be downloaded from the Internet, exported from GIS software or scanned. The application can also create a QuickTime movie from a sequence of maps in order to trace the vegetation history of a certain area.
Unlined Charcoal X 1.1.8 and 1.1.8 SE are new versions of the alternate themes for Mac OS X. The special edition makes the window widget labels appear at all times rather than only on mouseover. The new version of each theme alters the window ends to fit the author\'s preference.
iLabel 1.5, a new version of the $20 label printing application for both Classic Mac and Mac OS X, includes a complete range of Avery templates and several bug fixes. [341 KB -- Classic; 340 KB -- Carbon]
iGetter Pre Release 1 is the initial preview release of the new download utility from Presenta Software that features resuming broken downloads, Internet browser integration, scheduling downloads for low traffic periods, reconnecting modems, and hang up and shut down when the downloads are done. The preview release, which will also soon be available for Mac OS X, is available for free use with the final version expected to be released in the summer.
FoldersSynchronizer 2.12 adds an option to check against modification dates on both source and destination files to Softobe\'s utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks.
New Ceres Solutions has released NCS MagiSign 1.2, its collection of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator 8/9 for the professional sign-making and screen printing market that offer the ability to drive vinyl sign cutting plotters. The company also has made SignofNCS, its first collection of plug-ins for Illustrator 5/6/7 that drives about 300 cutting plotters, available as a free download.
Apple has posted its CarbonLib 1.3.1 SDK, which \"provides all the files needed to begin Carbon development. CarbonLib 1.3.1 supports Mac OS 8.6 and greater.\"
WeatherCenter! 1.0b7 is a $10 shareware that offers \"continous updating of current conditions, as well as access to national weather service forecasts for your area and nation-wide.\"
Adobe has certified 14 video capture cards for use with Premiere 6.0 software, including video capture cards from Aurora Video Systems, Canopus Corporation, Fast Dazzle, Matrox Video Products Group and Pinnacle Systems.
Rťmi Zara\'s SETI@Home monitoring app for OS X, SetiDockling 1.1, updates the freeware to display work units completed, CPU time, and the running status of the Setiathome process as well as access to the account summary on the web.
Morning tech news: Oracle and Akamai have teamed up to create a new caching technology to speed Web browsing; Google has doubled its number of servers in the past 10 months to 8,000; a record 17,554 dot-com workers were laid off in the US in April; Alcatel has placed a $5 billion bid for Lucent\'s fiber optic cable business; and AMD has cut chip prices by up to 47.7 percent as the company prepares to launch a 1.4 GHz Athlon.
Lexmark has unveiled its 2001 line of Z-series color inkjet printers, which consists of the Z23, Z33, Z43, and Z53.
Apple has announced that Ron Okamoto has joined Apple as vice president of Developer Relations. Okamoto was previously the vice president of Product Management and Marketing for graphics products at Adobe, and will be reporting directly to CEO Steve Jobs. Additionally, Diane Cohn is leaving her Apple post as User Group Manager \"to spend more time with family\" and has been replaced by Garr Reynolds, a resident of Japan, who was appointed user group regional liaison for Japan last January.
Agatť Technologies today anounced Mac OS 9.x drivers for the Q. Drive, its thumb-sized USB storage device. The drivers are due to be posted today to the company\'s support Website along with documention for installation.
Teacher\'s Favorite Hangman for OS X v2.2 is an OS X version the $20 shareware that helps students learn spelling and definitions.
Apple has announced that QuickTime 5 was downloaded more than 1.5 million times in its first week of availability. Downloads are expected to jump again in May when localized versions of the software become available. QuickTime 5 is a free download; the Pro version is a $30 upgrade.
Gary Gray has created a new TeX on OS X mailing list mailing list for those \"venturing into the bold new world of TeX on OS X. This list will be for discussing anything related to using TeX on Mac OS X, including, but not limited to TeXShop, other ports of TeX, getting BBEdit to work with TeXShop or ports of TeX, rumors and information regarding forthcoming products, drawing and editing figures for use in TeXShop or other ports, font issues, and anything else that sounds interesting. To subscribe, send a \'subscribe MacOSX-TeX\' command to email@example.com.\"
Power On Software\'s $50 disk protection/security utility, Disk Lock 4.6.5, adds support for Apple\'s latest hardware, including the CD-RW iMacs, 2001 Power Macs, and the Titanium PowerBook. (The application is not compatibile with OS X.) [Full, Demo]
Sproing! 1.0 is a new multi-item launcher, application switcher, and file manager for \"opening documents and applications, switching from one application to another, quitting applications individually or all at once, browsing folders and disks, moving files, renaming files, deleting files, etc.\"
Apple has released an updated version of its Mac logo, and has posted new usage guidelines and licensing agreements on its web site.
Ultralingua\'s $30 French-Spanish translating dictionary includes over 250,000 indexed terms, a system of reverse translation, a number-to-text converter/translator, and wildcard search functions. A 30-day demo is available online. The company has also posted a new version of its $50 French-English Medical Dictionary, which additionally includes 60,000 indexed entries in the fields of medicine and the life sciences. Both are available for Classic and OS X.
Program Switcher 5.6 adds the ability to define hot keys and add applications to the launch/exclude lists by drag and drop from the Finder to the popular shareware utility.
Einhugur Software has released MenuLib 4.1, a REALbasic plugin that adds the ability to create new menus from scratch and a few new functions as well as fixes a few OS X-related bugs. ColorMDEF 1.0 is an open-source class, which works with MenuLib 4.1 to create custom color menus in REALbasic.
Over the weekend we noted Palm Desktop 2.6.3, the new VDMX 1.0 QuickTime-based video mixer, and several other software releases including Setting Sun 1.6, Interarchy 4.1, and iMovie plug-in pack v2.1 for OS X and Kensington\'s new beta OS X driver (both on osx.macnn.com).
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Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl
XCOM 2 ships on Steam for Mac, Windows
Feral Interactive today announced that the highly anticipated turn-based strategy game XCOM 2 is out now for OS X and Windows, and is available to buy through Steam and through the Mac App Store shortly. The sequel to the popular XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 is available as a standalone base game and as the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. The XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition comprises the base game, the Reinforcement Pack and the XCOM 2 digital soundtrack. Versions start at $60. http://bit.ly/1KuEFsX