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GameRanger Premium Service has more options
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 replaces PMG4 MDD power supplies
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: 64-bit processors, Apple\'s future...
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.
eWeek: Connectix evaluating its future
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 ISP Zednet offers Mac broadband support
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 debuts Wireless Access Point w/EAS
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.
Apps: ScreenMovie, Key Xing, Idea Knot...
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]
Emagic shipping Logic Platinum 6 to stores
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 developing Billy Frontier arcade game
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.
Exhibit Fair returns to WWDC Conference
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 Store coming to Japan later this year
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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