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Briefly: Apple TV price; MIT needs Mac users

updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon March 5, 2007

Apple TV price, MIT

In brief: Comp USA has already posted the Apple TV on its website for $250, Macessity has announced a new AD Power Grip Bracket for Apple 20- and 23-inch displays, Enigma Games has released Solved! for MC as well as Mac systems, a research project at MIT is underway that requires participation from thousands of game players, and a new tool is available that enables users to continue using CDML with FileMaker 7 and 8 as well as with FileMaker Server Advanced. Comp USA has added the Apple TV priced at $250 to its website, but still lists the wireless media streaming set top box as unavailable.

AD Power Grip for Apple displays

Macessity has revealed a new AD Power Grip Bracket ($10) for Apple's 20- and 23-inch displays that allows users to mount the oversized power brick beneath a desk. The accessory features built-in coil tabs to wrap excess cable neatly, and each tab includes a notch to hold coiled cable in place. The AD Power Grip Bracket comes with mounting screws, and is constructed from galvanized steel.

Solved! released

Enigma Games has released Sovled!, a traditional jigsaw puzzle game that starts players off with 20-piece puzzles spread over five categories. The game challenges players to work up to 35-piece puzzles for intermediate games, only to finally face the 63-piece expert level puzzles. Challenge mode imposes time limits and incurs point reductions for errors.

MIT project leads to game design

A research project at the MIT Media Lab titled The Restaurant Game is already underway, requiring the participation of thousands of game players. The game, which runs on Mac OS X, will algorithmically combine the gameplay experiences of thousands of players to create a new game. In a few months the heads of the project will apply machine learning algorithms to the data collected through the multiplayer Restaurant Game to produce a new single-player game, which will be entered into the 2008 Independent Games Festival. Researchers add that everyone who plays the Restaurant Game will be credited as a game designer.

BlackBelt PHP tool released

FMWebschool has released BlackBelt, a PHP tool enabling users to continue using CDML with FileMaker 7/8 and FileMaker Server Advanced. BlackBelt enables FileMaker users to become current and take advantage of new features in FileMaker 8 while continuing to serve CDML websites via FileMaker 7 and 8. BlackBelt is available for $150 through March 6th, after which the price is scheduled to rise.




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  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    AppleTV price

    You could make the Apple TV $20, and STILL nobody's going to buy it! It is a completely worthless product!

  1. jad713

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    $20!??!

    I'll take 5. eBay, here I come!!!

  1. Macola

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MIT game project

    Doesn't run on Intel Macs. Oh well, I didn't need another time waster anyway.

  1. fishtech

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Am i missing...

    ...something in your post Scotty321?

    Hopefully some deep irony is passing me by.

    Otherwise you must be one of those people who thought the iPod was too expensive, too big, too small, too whaever to succeeed. And, in which case, I still don't get your post. AppleTV is an awesome-sounding product filling an empty niche at an attractive price.

    I'm looking forward to the arrival of my AppleTV in the next week or 2. in fact it drove my purchase of a new 50" TV & cemented the 720p-over-1080 decision for me.

    One thing annoying me... how come CUSA sell it for 250 already, when I paid 299 from Apple and don't even have it yet?

    ft.

  1. jcarr

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Gone...

    Must have been a glitch. CompUSA has fixed their site. AppleTV is no longer listed anywhere.

    Also, fear not fishtech, if Apple does plan to lower the price to $249, then you will see that price reflected on your pre-order before it ships.

  1. mac_jc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Found on Best Buy

    If you thought $250 was a deal on Circuit City, trying look for MA711LL/A at Best Buy for Business (www.bestbuybusiness.com). They're selling it for $401.17! The site says that it usually ships in 1-2 weeks.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    links

    CompUSA's is gone and BestBuy's is still there as of 3.20p Eastern Time_

    BestBuy at least has them in stock [apparently] so I might be all over getting mine from BB now instead of waiting for Apple to release them_

    And for all of you laughing at me I'm getting off cheap after I witnessed PS3 consoles going for $1300 US [yes - that's one thousand three hundred dollars]

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