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Scott Kevill today announced a new Premium Service for GameRanger, his multiplayer online gaming service. The new Premium Service leaves the existing free service unchanged, while offering new benefits for Premium Members including a unique account name, many more profile personalization options, auto-reply away messages, appearance customization, and personal chat rooms. Premium Membership is available today to all GameRanger members for $50 per year.
Apple has begun its Power Mac G4 Power Supply Exchange Program, which offers owners of Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) computers the option of "reducing the operating acoustic level of their computers by exchanging their original power supplies and system fans for new, quieter versions.,,, The Power Supply Exchange Program kit is available at no charge, with a shipping and handling fee of $20 or equivalent local currency. The kit contains the following items: Power supply (360 W); System fan; Allen key (2.5 mm); and a Prepaid return airbill and instructions for returning the original components to Apple." The program begins on February 21, 2003 and ends June 30, 2003. (We recently noted a new Website designed to track user noise issues.)
Tech news: AMD and Apple will likely tout that they can deliver 64-bit computing to desktops this year, but Intel is in no hurry to produce a 64-bit desktop processor, according to c|net. Canada's National Post says that "the upgrade to a new Apple iBook which finally convinced me that the company is finished. Apple, once a dominant force in the personal computer arena, appears to have no influence on the market and the only people still using its computers are masochists who apparently don't want access to much of the latest software." Meanwhile, yet another newspaper columnist writes about his experience after his switch from Windows to a Mac.
Connectix is evaluating its future given that it is now left with just two products (Ram Doubler and DoubleTalk that are heading toward obsolescence and its recent sale of product technologies to Microsoft, according to eWEEK.
UK Internet Service Provider Zetnet has announced official broadband support for Mac users. Mac users with Mac OS 8/9/X can take advantage of Zetnet's broadband ADSL 500 domestic introductory offer, until 31st March 2003 customers can subscribe to an all-inclusive package costing £130. The package consists of an ADSL modem router (Ethernet + USB), broadband activation, two micro-filters and broadband ADSL connection for three months. Monthly access is £30 per month thereafter. Zetnet offers 5 email accounts plus 50MB web space. (We also recently noted that US-based ISP Juno.com added beta support for Mac OS X to its dial-up services.)
Intermec today announced that the company's MobileLAN wireless access points now feature an Embedded Authentication Server (EAS), making possible affordable and easily maintained wireless network security. It is bundled with Intermec's MobileLAN access point software.
ScreenMovie 1.0 is a screen recording program that allows the user to capture continuous images on the screen as a QuickTime movie: "It is useful for creating training CDs, visual tutorials, and many more. It can even be used as a monitoring device." It offers options for time/date stamping and compression options. The $7 shareware only runs on Mac OS X. [869KB] Luma Code's Key Xing 2.6.2 is a $7 shareware utility for Mac OS X which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. The updates adds a new '"Activate Screensaver' option and has other fixes. [886KB] Idea Knot 0.2 is a freeware application design to allows users to quickly note ideas and concepts: "We use it internally to develop drafts for legal documents, use-cases for software development and brainstorming documents during meetings." The source code is available as well. It runs on Mac OS X only. [401KB] St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1,6,6, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.6.6 adds support for Path Finder, CocoaTech's Finder replacement and also corrects compatibility problems with AlphaTk and CopyPaste, and fixes inconsistent keyboard navigation. This update is free for registered users of the $35 utility. [2.7MB]
Apple's Emagic yesterday announced it is shipping Logic Platinum 6 to international distributors and specialist suppliers and that the first update kits will be in stores within the week.
Pangea Software today has announced that it is currently developing a new 3D game for the Mac titled Billy Frontier, as part of its focus on developing smaller, arcade-style games. It is due in late April for $15 (download only):" "Billy Frontier is an arcade style game where you play Billy, a cowboy living on the planet New Texas. Gunslingers have taken over the planet, and it is up to Billy to restore peace (while making a hefty profit, of course). Billy Frontier is actually many games in one, all of which involve arcade style gameplay." It will run on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Xplain today announced the return of the WWDC Exhibit Fair to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (May 19-23). Vendors in the WWDC Exhibit Fair will have an opportunity to showcase their latest technical products to the thousands of Mac OS X developers who attend this annual event. The WWDC Exhibit Fair has expanded to include products and services for Enterprise IT organizations as well as QuickTime content creators. The Apple Developer Connection (ADC) is offering a 'Special Events Hardware Discount' to all ADC Premier and Select members who exhibit at Apple's WWDC 2003 "Exhibit Fair".
Apple will open a new retail store in Japan later this year (Fall) in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district instead of the city's Akihabara region, Japan's biggest electronics area, in order to attract a broader clientele, according to a Nikkei English News report.
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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 Herm√©s 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