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Westlake Interactive President Mark Adams is continuing to work on the Carbonization of Unreal Tournament, which would let the game\'s thousands of fans play the first-person shooter natively in Mac OS X, according to Inside Mac Games. Completion of the project would also lead the way to Carbonization of other games using the Unreal Tournament engine, such as Deus Ex and Rune.
PocketDock 2.1.3 is a maintenance release of the utility to organize and launch applications, documents, Web links, and email addresses.
IntelliMerge 1.2.7r2 is a maintenance release of Intelli Innovation\'s email merge software for Classic and Mac OS X that fixes a mathematical error that caused sending HTML messages to hang in some situations.
Sand Hill Engineering has released XTension 3.7.0, a new version of its Mac-only home automation software. Version 3.7.0 adds support for the new LynX-PLC co-processor, which supports X-10 extended codes that were previously missing.
Calerga has released SysQuake 2 LE, a new version of its scientific computation and interactive graphics software for Classic and Mac OS X. The new version adds significant improvements to the Matlab-compatible programming language SysQuake is based on, such as support for objects. New libraries of functions extend SysQuake in the areas of statistics, polynoms and rational functions, and linear time-invariant systems.
ID3X 1.7 is a new version of the ID3 editor for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 1.7 adds support for long file names under Mac OS X and several important bug fixes.
Be, Inc., which was founded by former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Palm for $11 million, to be paid in Palm common stock. The completion of the acquisition, which is subject to shareholder approval, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Despite declining PC sales, market research firm NPD Intelect reports that sales of LCD monitors and removable memory skyrocketed during the first half of 2001, compared with the same period during 2000. Sales of LCD monitors have increased 159 percent from last year, while sales of removable memory have increased 210 percent. In June, Apple discountinued its last remaining CRT display, becoming the first manufacturer to move to an all-LCD display lineup. Other product segments showing strong growth were blank CD media, recordable CD drives, and PDAs.
adnX has introduced new 1U rackmount servers for Apple\'s iBook and PowerBook G4. The $300 units let users condense the portable Macs into 1U of rackmount server space.
Intuit is now shipping Quicken 2002 Deluxe for Mac, a Carbonized version of its financial management software for Classic and Mac OS X. The software is available directly from the company for $60 ($20 mail-in rebate for previous Quicken users). Retailers are expected to receive Quicken 2002 for Mac on Wednesday, August 22.
Sophos Anti-Virus 3.48 Beta is a new Carbonized version of the anti-virus software. Version 3.48 Beta no longer runs on 68K machines and requires Mac OS 8.5 or later.
ResExcellence has posted a tutorial explaining how to create AIM Matean application that helps users type commonly used phrases in AOL Instant Messengerusing REALbasic.
O\'Reilly & Associates has announced the upcoming release of \"REALbasic: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition,\" a guide book to the cross-platform programming environment. The book is expected to be released in September with an estimated retail price of $40.
The Omni Group has updated its Game Ports page with new information on Mac OS X ports of Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. The company has added dual processor support to both titles, and noted a 100 percent increase in framerates in Elite Force over a single processor Mac of the same speed.
Netopia has announced the release of Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X, its remote control and file transfer software for the new operating system. Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X integrates several new features, such as package distribution, added security, large file support, and the complete Aqua interface. Download versions of the software are available now for $180 (two user license); boxed versions will begin shipping August 30.
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Sorenson Services USA and Future Media Concepts have partnered to provide the Ultimate Streaming Seminar, a two-day training event designed to provide independent, unbiased information on all of the major streaming solutions available today, including MPEG, QuickTime, Real Media, and Windows Media solutions for both video on demand and live streaming. The seminars will be hosted in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia from September through December. Registration costs $795 ($100 discount) until September 7, 2001.
MacMAME 0.53 is the latest version of the popular arcade game emulator for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 0.53 brings the software in sync with the DOS 0.53 build and fixes an issue that would cause menu bar flickering on MacOS 8.6 when running a game fullscreen.
Epson has released a version 6.7aE driver for its Epson Stylus Pro 9500 printer.
Totally Hip Software has released LiveStage Pro 3.0.1, a new version of its QuickTime 5 interactive authoring environment that removes serial number authentication due to popular demand. Version 3.0.1 also adds an auto indenting option and preference for the script editor, sound controls for the Flash track editor so that flash tracks with sound can have their volume controlled, sound controls for movie tracks, and numerous bug fixes and improvements.
Macs are pegged as the \"cure for teachers\' technophobia\" in the latest edition of Byte of the Apple at BusinessWeek Online. Author Charles Haddad praises Apple\'s Summer Teaching Institutes, seminars that instruct teachers on how to effectively integrate technology into their curriculum.
NVIDIA, which creates the graphics chipsets used in Apple\'s Power Mac G4s, has reported record earnings of $33.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, on revenues of $260.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2002 ended July 29, 2001. The record revenues represented a 53 percent increase from the year-ago period. The company also announced a two-for-one stock split.
The Tacoma News Tribute has profiled Seattle-based The Omni Group, maker of the popular Mac OS X browser, OmniWeb. The article covers the underlying mission of the company, inside details on the company\'s office environment, and average salaries and benefits for its nineteen employees.
Trinfinity Software has released Origami 1.0, a new visual plugin for Apple\'s iTunes. The plugin currently only works on Mac OS 9, although a Mac OS X version is in development.
Formac has introduced a new 24x10x40 FireWire CD-RW that features BURN-Proof technology, which eliminates buffer underrun errors, iTunes compatibility, and can burn a CD in approximately three minutes. The drive\'s hermetically sealed enclosure provides extremely quiet operation. The drive ships with Roxio\'s Toast 5 and is available now for $390.
Apple has posted a list of Apple Demo Days being held throughout Canada in August and September. The events will take place in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.
CE Software, Inc. has announced a net loss of $287,000, or $0.20 per share, for its third quarter ended June 30, 2001. Revenues for the quarter were $335,000, compared with revenues of $752,000 in the year-ago quarter. The company partially attribrutes the dramatically decreased revenues to current global economic conditions, although is optimistic about upcoming products such as QuicKeys for Mac OS X.
Verbatim has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with AT&T to produce a complete line of AT&T-branded CD-R and CD-RW media. Available this Fall, AT&T-branded media will include 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, and 10x CD-RW discs. The AT&T-branded media will be fully tested by both Verbatim and AT&T\'s Quality Assurance Group for consistent performance, reliability, and broad compatibility.
CyClone has announced that its DVDRevo external FireWire DVD-R/RW drive has passed extensive compatibility testing with Apple\'s DVD Studio Pro 1.1. The drive is now shipping for an estimated retail price of $1,050.
MacNN reader Mike R. notes that the newest revision of Apple AirPort cards, part number M7600LL/C, support 128-bit WEP encryption, letting AirPort users connect to \"secure\" office and college networks. The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) and Apple recently urged AirPort users concerned with the security of their wireless transmissions to implement an additional security layer on top of WEP encryption after two reports detailed a significant security flaw in WEP encryption.
AIMgadget 2.1.1 is a new version of the tool that lets users easily view AOL Instant Messenger logs. Version 2.1.1 adds an option to sort buddies by date and fixes a bug with deleting buddies.
Power On Software has announced the release of ACTION GoMac 2.1, a new version of its task bar utility for the Mac. Version 2.1 adds support for Mac OS 9.1, support for Microsoft Office 2001, enhanced Applications and Documents folders under Mac OS 9, the ability to show an original file directly from any active application, an option to automatically add active applications to the Start Menu, compatibility with Apple DVD Player and iMovie, substantial speed improvements, and more. ACTION GoMac 2.1 is available now for $40; an electronic version is available online for $30.
A Better Finder Rename 4.0 Preview 1 is a new version of the contextual menu plug-in that allows users to quickly rename multiple files. Version 4.0PR1 is optimized for Mac OS X and is available as part of the A Better Finder tool series for $45 or separately for $15.
Over the past week, MacDesktops posted 14 new desktop pictures, including Drink Different (Humor), Madonna LIVE: The Drowned World Tour (Music), Marathon Resurrection (Games), and Think Spiderman (Movies).
The Quesa Development Team has released Quesa 1.6d14, a new version of its open source impelemtnation of Apple\'s QuickDraw 3D API. The new version features full support for picking (both 2D and 3D), fixes several memory leaks and crashes, and improves OpenGL behavior on Mac OS X and Windows.
MacNN reader Michael P. notes that the Apple store for education, among other online stores that carry products at educational prices, are now only offering Adobe PageMaker at discounted, educational pricing. Previously, Adobe\'s entire suite of applications was available at discounted prices.
The New York Times has announced that Apple has added it to the Sherlock search utility. Sherlock will now search the NYTimes.com Web site and archives, which require free registration to access.
Three years ago yesterday, Apple shipped its first iMaca 233 MHz, bondi blue machine credited with the company\'s return to profitability. Apple is asking iMac owners to send in stories of how the iMac has changed their lives. The best stories will then be posted on Apple\'s Web site.
Sonnet Technologies has announced price drops on nearly half of its line of G3 and G4 processor upgrades, including Crescendo/PCI G3, Crescendo/7200, Crescendo/L2, Crescendo PowerBook 1400, and Encore.
Optima System has released PageSpinner 3.1, a new version of its HTML editor for the Mac. Version 3.1 adds improved Mac OS X compatibility, previews of local Server Side Include files, translucent dragging, proxy icon support, automatic line feed detection, improved support for CSS and HTML 4.01, better handling of XML files, enhanced PageSpinner Plug-in Extension format, improved appearance of floating palettes, and more.
Feral Interactive has announced Black & White for the Mac, a unique game that lets the player become the god of a world who decide whether to be \"kind and benevolent\" or nasty and evil. A release date has not yet been set.
MAXON Computer has announced CINEMA 4D Dynamics, a fully integrated physics module for CINEMA 4D XL R7. The new plugin enables CINEMA 4D users to simulate real-world dynamic forces such as friction, gravity, collisions, springs, wind, and more. Dynamics are applied to existing objects or the points of an object as modifiers, and solver objects complete the calculation and make the interaction more responsive in the editor. CINEMA 4D Dynamics will ship in September 2001 for £395.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t