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The top-view 2D racing game, Reckless Drivin\' 1.3, now works with OS X (final) and fixes other bugs under Mac OS 8/9.
A Reuters story discusses Microsoft\'s Mac Business Unit, including an overview of how the programming group came to be and where Microsoft\'s .Net plan comes into play for Mac users. Kevin Browne, General Manager of the Mac Business Unit, notes that the 185-member group is \"highly profitable\" and that \"Bill Gates is a huge Mac fan and he has a warm spot in his heart for the Mac platform, and it hurt him to see our customers suffering [in the 90s].\"
Pepper 3.6.5 adds several new features and improvements to the text editor, including optional rendering of text using ATSUI and indenting on tabs.
Jay Holley has released his $5 shareware Tic Tac Toe A-GoGo: \"It is a fairly smart implementation of the classic game. The computer player uses strategies that make it as difficult to play as any human player. Some of them can be disabled to make the game less challenging. More interestingly, the game includes a special option that allows the computer player to cheat, taking two moves, or changing the score.\"
Smart Tools has released OenoLog Version III, an updat to it winemaking software designed \"to convert Apple iBook laptops to dedicated production control instruments for winemakers.\" Version III offers \"globalization options\" by making date, time, & number display Control Panel compliant, converting the online manual to html, and adding a translation screen so the user can customize the prompts or create a new set of prompts in a different language. [demo]
Norbert M. Doerner\'s CDFinder 3.1.1 adds printing support under OS X, integration with PowerFile DVD Juke Box, a more Aqua-ish interface, and the ability to catalog files inside Apple Installer Archives to the $20 shareware catalogging tool. [Classic, Carbon]
NoSTalgia 1.1 brings several bug fixes and new memory and frame rate options to the freeware AtariST emulator for the Power Mac.
Following the recent posting of Apple\'s iBook 2001 developer note, Abe Jellinek passed along some comments about the new iBook motherboard: The new iBook motherboard includes the Pangea I/O, device, and memory controller, just like the Digital Audio iMacs. I expect the PowerBook G4 and PowerMac to have this chip as well. As both the pro models need a refresh, it would be a good time to simplify the motherboard and get rid of the current two-chip control setup. The old iMac and iBook both had the Uni-North (aka Uni-N) and Key Largo chips, like the pro models do now. The older board designs on the pro models demonstrate that, besides processor and GPU upgrades, little things need to be patched up to limit costs. (Block diagrams can be found for the G4 CPU Macs at [Web page]; G3 diagrams can be found at [Web page]
Following recent price cuts by Palm, Handspring has lowered the price of its Visor Deluxe from $250 to $200 and is offering a free leather case with the PDA. Also, a $50 mail-in-rebate on the Visor Platinum ($250 after rebate) is being offered through June 17.
Napster is presently in talks with several companies, including Microsoft, as the company attempts to get its new, fee-based service off the ground this summer. Napster is looking for ways in which its new service could be incorporated with the products of other companies.
Apple is reportedly looking to open a second retail store in Chicago, according to a news brief in Chicago Business. \"Apple Computer Inc. is planning to open its second Chicago-area retail outlet, in a 7,100-square-foot store at Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg.\" Last month we noted that Apple had signed a lease for a retail store in downtown Chicago. Also, a thread in our forums is mapping and tracking the rumored and \"confirmed\" locations of Apple Retail Store locations.
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
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