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Friday May 30

10:39
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-05-30

Apple has a 100 year plan in place to keep the company innovating even without Steve Jobs at the helm. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's long term plans, why it's time for an OS X facelift, and what we can expect at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event.


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08:26
iPhone Carrier Deals Pushes up Wells Fargo AAPL...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um raised his 12 month target value range for Apple's stock on Friday because the number of iPhone carrier deals the company has in place is on the rise. Currently, 323 cell service carriers offer the iPhone, up from 316 only a month ago. His target range is now between US$595 and $640, up from $515 and $585.

The Mac Observer Spin: It may not seem like there are many places for Apple to continue expanding iPhone availability, but clearly there are. More carriers means more potential iPhone sales.


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08:17
iLounge App Spotlight: Disney Karaoke: Frozen

Ever since Frozen hit theaters in November 2013 - at the beginning of what turned out to be a historically long winter - the buzz over Disney’s remake of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen hasn’t stopped. Families flocked to theaters to make it the highest-grossing animated film in history,…

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08:00
WSJ: Apple paying $2.5B for Beats Electronics, $500M...

Apple’s recently announced $3 billion acquisition of Beats breaks down to about $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics hardware and a little less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reports. The report notes the breakdown “was largely an accounting issue, because the two…

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07:06
iPhone 6 rear shell leaked?

An photo of the alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 rear shell has been posted on Australian site MacFixIt. The design seems to match rumors and what we’ve seen before, including the lack of a dual camera flash. We believe this is likely to be a legitimate part, for a number…

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06:55
About Java for OS X 2014-001

Java for OS X 2014-001 includes installation improvements, and supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X. This package installs the same version of Java 6 included in Java for OS X 2013-005.

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06:29
Apple Denied Stay in Ebook Antitrust Damages Trial

Apple's efforts to stop 33 states from seeking damages over antitrust claims fell short on Thursday when a Federal Appeals Court ruled the case can move forward. The states are asking for what could amount to over US$800 million for Apple's involvement in what the court deemed was a conspiracy with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how often Apple's arguments in front of Judge Cote have fallen of deaf ears, it seems likely the states will be awarded a hefty sum in damages. Of course, Apple will appeal, so this case will continue to play out for a very long time. In the end, Amazon is still the big winner because the DOJ and Federal Courts have all but given the company a formal endorsement for its tactics.

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05:45
AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

If your network stops working, one of the first troubleshooting steps to try is restarting your modem and your router. However, if your equipment is all stuck down in your basement, say, or in some other inconvenient place in your house, itâs good to know how to restart your Apple base stations right from your Mac or your iOS device. In this Quick Tip, weâll tell you all about it.


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Thursday May 29

16:51
Access Secret OmniFocus 2 Options

You may have noticed Jeff Gamet and I have been inordinately excited about OmniFocus 2 finally being released. If you listened to either of us go on (and on) and decided to pick up a copy for yourself, there are a few secret configuration options available to you, courtesy of Jeroen Sangers. It's a handy way to make a few small tweaks that can be super helpful, such as compact layout or hiding empty contexts. If you aren't afraid to go stomping through configuration files (which can end badly)-like the one shown in this image-check out the options available to tweak under the hood.


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16:30
Beats Announces Redesigned Solo Headphones

One day after Apple announced its acqusition of Beats Electronics, the company announced a redesigned line of Solo over-ear headphones, called Solo that include improved acoustics as well as a new more streamlined look.


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16:16
Dish Network Becomes Largest Company to Accept...

Dish Network announced on Thursday that it will begin accepting Bitcoins for payment, the largest company to do so to date. Dish said it was working with Coinbase's Instant Exchange service for Bitcoin payments, a service that instantly converts Bitcoins to dollars, allowing Dish to avoid dealing with the sometimes volatile price of the cryptocurrency.


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15:02
Three Years of Hacker Monthly for $29 - Ends Today

We have a deal for you today on Hacker Monthly, but you'll need to act fast because it expires today (Thursday). Hacker Monthly is a magazine version of the Hacker News site, and it features content aimed at developers, startup entrepreneurs, and the technerati. With today's deal, you can get a three year subscription to the magazine for the price of one year, which is US$29. It's delivered in electronic form and is designed to be read on any tablet, including the iPad. Check it out.


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14:25
Eddy Cue Claims Apple Has Best Product Pipeline in...

Eddy Cue stated at the inaugural Code Conference that in his 25 years at Apple the current product pipeline is the best he's ever seen. Keeping in mind that his 25 years at Apple include everything that starts with an "i", this is a bold statement indeed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Oh, Eddy Eddy Eddy. You know a statement like that is just a red cape before the tech blogger bulls, right?


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14:13
Eddy Cue: Steve Jobs Built Apple to Last 100 Years

According to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, the late Steve Jobs built Apple to last 100 to 200 years. The comments came during this week's Code Conference in response to a question from Re/code cofounder Kara Swisher in the wake Mr. Cue's comment that Apple had the best product pipeline he's seen in 25 years.


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13:05
Apple removes link to iPod classic in refurbished...

Apple has completely removed the link to buy a refurbished iPod classic from its US and Canadian stores, as noted by MacRumors. The page for refurbished iPod classic units still exists, however, it only contains the text, “Sorry there are no products available, please check back later.” At…

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12:30
Apps: Bank of America, Dragon Quest VIII, Pocket 5.5...

Bank of America has updated its free apps for both iPhone and iPad to versions 5.0.1629 and 5.0.2, respectively. The iPhone app has been redesigned with a number of new features, including requesting replacement debit or credit cards, viewing available credit on credit cards, adding transfer recipients from…

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11:15
Why the OS X Look and Feel Needs to Change

The look and feel of OS X had its origins in the Classic Mac OS, long before we had iPhones and iPads. Today, millions of customers are looking at their iPhones and iPads and wondering why OS X looks the way it does.


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11:02
Samsonite acquires Speck Products for $85 million

Luggage company Samsonite International S.A. has announced its acquisition of leading case manufacturer Speck Products for $85 million. Speck is the maker of a number of well-reviewed iOS cases, most notably its often-imitated CandyShell. The acquisition is Samsonite’s “first foray outside of what is considered the ‘traditional’ luggage…

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10:40
New Patent Details Apple’s Home Automation Plans

Almost as if on cue following reports that Apple is working on its own home automation platform, a patent application from the company was published showing part of what could turn into an iPhone and Apple TV-controlled smart home. Along with controlling devices in your home, it could also handle your home entertainment needs, and act as a video and audio communication system, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wearable fitness tech, and now home automation? Monday's WWDC keynote could be a pretty exciting ride.


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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-05-29

Apple's Eddie Cue thinks the television experience sucks, but Apple TV can play a role in fixing that. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to decipher what that means, and they take a look at Apple's just announced purchase of Beats Music and how Jimmy Iovene fits into the big picture.


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07:26
Analyst: Apple’s Beats Purchase may be Defensive

With Apple's confirmation that it is buying Beats Music, the question shifts from "if" to "why," and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that's still something of a mystery. Based on what we do know, Mr. Um thinks Apple's US$3 billion deal could be a defensive move, which would mark a change in company strategy.


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07:21
Beats introduces new Solo2 headphones

Following Apple’s official acquisition announcement Wednesday, Beats has introduced its new Solo2 ($200) headphones. The headphones are a redesign of the previous Solo model. Beats claims Solo2 “offers a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity.” The headphones come in pink, black, blue,…

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07:03
Notes from Apple’s Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine at Code...

Apple’s Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine took the stage at last night’s Re/Code Code Conference after Apple officially announced the Beats acquisition, the largest in its company history. Among highlights from the Re/Code interview: when asked if Apple was buying cool, Cue said “I don’t think…

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05:56
Get Ready for Apple TV Evolution

TV sucks, we're stuck with glorified VCRs, and it's time for a change. So said Apple's senior vice president of Internet services and software Eddy Cue at Re/code's Code Conference on Wednesday, hinting that its time for Apple TV to evolve again.


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Wednesday May 28

22:15
ACM 256: Apple Gets its Beats On and Home Automation

Apple finally brought an end to the speculation Wednesday afternoon when it announced the planned purchase of Beats Music. Jeff and Bryan prognosticate on what that means for Apple and the music industry, talk about Apple's rumored plans for home automation and how Google's Nest Thermostat purchase plays in, and look at Amazon's bully tactics in the book market.


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20:19
The Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit for $69 Ending...

The Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit has been one of our most popular TMO Deals, and we wanted to let you know that it ends on Thursday. This is a kit with an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide and Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, 60x Magnifying Microscope, Lens Wallet, Tripod for 8x Telephoto Lens, Hard-back case for 8x Telephoto Lens and 60x Magnifying Microscope, and a Cleaning Cloth, all for $69. It's designed for iPhone 5 and 5s, and the Deal listing has a video showing you the lenses and several example photos. Check it out.


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11:10
OS X Mavericks v10.9.1: Repeated prompts to unlock...

After logging in, you are repeatedly prompted to unlock the "Local Items" keychain in multiple apps.

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Friday May 23

13:15
Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Scroll bars intermittently...

The horizontal and vertical scroll bars might intermittently disappear in the Event Browser and Timeline in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x. This can occur after you pair a mouse or trackpad with your MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013) or Mac Pro (Late 2013).

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Thursday May 22

13:37
iAd Producer 4.2 release notes

iAd Producer makes it easy for you to design and assemble rich interactive content without any programming.

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Wednesday May 21

13:07
About the security content of Safari 6.1.4 and...

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.4 and Safari 7.0.4.

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11:36
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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11:32
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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Tuesday May 20

12:53
About the OS X Server v3.1.2 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1.2 update.

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10:41
About the security content of OS X Server 3.1.2

This document describes the security content of OS X Server 3.1.2.

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09:24
iOS product security: Validations and guidance

This article contains references for key product certifications, cryptographic validations, and security guidance for iOS platforms.

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Friday May 16

22:25
About the security content of iTunes 11.2.1

This document describes the security content of iTunes 11.2.1.

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20:02
OS X Mavericks: Users folder isn't visible...

The folders listed below might appear to be missing after installing iTunes 11.2 on OS X Mavericks. This can happen if you have Find My Mac enabled in iCloud System Preferences.
Folders affected:

/Users
/Users/Shared

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12:42
Final Cut Studio Resources

Below is a list of resources to help you learn more about Final Cut Studio and find answers to questions you may have.

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11:29
Using 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs with Mac computers

Learn about using 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs with Mac computers.

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Thursday May 15

13:49
About the security content of iTunes 11.2

This document describes the security content of iTunes 11.2.

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13:03
OS X Mountain Lion: Supported digital camera RAW...

Learn about supported digital camera RAW formats in OS X Mountain Lion.

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13:02
OS X Mavericks: Supported digital camera RAW formats

Learn about supported digital camera RAW formats in OS X Mavericks.

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11:46
Podcasts for iOS: Stream, download, and subscribe to...

With Podcasts for iOS, you can stream or download podcasts over a Wi-Fi or a cellular network. You can also subscribe to podcasts that you listen to or watch regularly.

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11:41
Podcasts for iOS: Sharing a podcast

With Podcasts for iOS you can easily recommend a good podcast or an audio podcast episode.

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11:40
Organizing the Podcasts app for iOS

Learn how to organize and group your podcasts in the Podcasts app for iOS.

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11:38
Podcasts for iOS: Managing and organizing...

Learn how to use the Podcasts app on your iOS device to manage and change your podcast subscription settings.

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11:36
Podcasts for iOS: Playback settings

 
Podcasts for iOS gives you full control over how you play your podcasts. You can play podcasts faster or slower, skip ahead, and jump back. You can even set podcast playback to sleep after a certain time.

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11:34
Podcasts app for iOS: Syncing podcasts

You can sync your podcast subscriptions, stations, and playback position between your iOS devices, computers with iTunes, and Apple TV. To do so you'll need to use the same Apple ID on all devices.

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10:39
About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.3 Update

Learn about the OS X Mavericks v10.9.3 Update

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10:25
About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.3

This document describes the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.3.

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Wednesday May 14

09:42
OS X Server: How to reset the Open Directory...

Learn how to reset the Open Directory administrator password.

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Tuesday May 13

17:32
Sydney Mac Admins May 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,

Our 4th Meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday 20th May.

We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

If you manage Macs or iOS devices, come along and meet your fellow admins. All Welcome.

Note: This meeting is on a Tuesday, we will return to our regular meetings on the last Wednesday of the month next month.

About Marcus Rowell

Marcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.

Mail | Twitter...

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07:51
Volume Purchase Program: Payment methods

Businesses or educational institutions that are part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program can make volume purchases with the payment methods shown below.

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Wednesday May 7

11:41
MDM Passcode removal from an offline iOS device

Disclaimer: This is not officially supported by Apple and may not work, but it worked for me.

Something that came up many, many times in the 2 years of our iPad deployment was “I’ve forgotten my passcode”. More often than not, the iPad was offline because it was inactive for too long. At this point, we were usually stuck because our iPads were set up as “personal model” and could only be fixed by our MDM via remote passcode removal command. The device would never receive this command since it was offline.

The only fix was to pray they had an iCloud backup, wipe the device, and restore from iCloud backup. That is, until today.

I had seen a USB Ethernet on iPad hack from 9to5Mac.com back in January. Only today, I realized I could use this to get an offline iPad online to receive the passcode removal...

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Tuesday May 6

14:05
OS X: Wired 802.1x Configuration Profiles are...

After installing a Wired 802.1x configuration profile, the settings apply to the active network location only. Other network locations (or new locations you add) do not inherit the 802.1x settings. As a result, you are prompted to authenticate to the 802.1x protected network if you use a different network location.

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Monday May 5

09:43
OS X: How to disable automatic login when FileVault...

OS X Mavericks lets you disable automatic login when FileVault is enabled using one of the methods described below.

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09:42
About the security content of OS X Mountain Lion v10...

This document describes the security content of OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 and Security Update 2013-001, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.

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09:41
About the security content of Safari 6.0.3

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.0.3, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.

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08:12
OS X: About the application firewall

OS X includes an application firewall you can use to control connections made to your computer from other computers on your network.

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Friday May 2

13:49
OS X: Combining PDF documents using Preview

You can use Preview to move pages from one PDF document to another.

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Thursday May 1

09:59
Managed Client: How to avoid seeing pre-release...

Under certain circumstances, some computers may be offered pre-release Apple software updates. You can use Managed Client to make sure that pre-release software is not offered to Macs using OS X.

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Wednesday June 8

17:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Sunday March 13

14:49
HTC Incredible S Gets Pictured in the Wild

Friday March 11

22:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

14:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

09:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
Inside Mac - The Inside Mac Television Program For...

Deke McClelland Photoshop Guru

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Inside Mac - The Inside Mac Radio Daily News Program...

Flash Forward / Nattress / Media Summit / News Corp / AAPL

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Inside Mac - The Inside Mac Radio Weekly Broadcast...

National Association of Broadcaster (NAB) / Flashforward 2006 / MacGeek

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Tip-of-the-Day

Spotlight - Basic Searches

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Unix Tip-of-the-Day

Spotlight - Reveal The Metadata

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Design Tip-of-the-Day

Photoshop - Opening Camera RAW in Adobe Bridge (CS2)

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X 10.4 TIGER Hot Topics

Case of Missing RAM...

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Amazon Update

Get TurboTax on sale now at Amazon (or the new version of TaxCut).

Save a bunch on MobileMe renewals, too.

Amazon has discounts on the brand-new Mac Mini models
plus the new iMacs and new MacBook, not to mention the iPod Touch.

Amazon also saves you money on the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and MacBook Air
and offers deep discounts on Snow Leopard.

Check the great selection of DRM-free MP3 music at very competitive prices (including free downloads!).

Digital cameras and HDTV's get outstanding discounts, as well.

*And*, while you're saving yourself money, you're also providing critical MacInTouch support just by clicking through any of our links to purchase!

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Report: iPad

Jef Raskin's vision, GPS, electronic books, data storage, historical precedents, camera support, desktop integration, telephony, networking, education, multitasking, applications, computing trends, features and much more

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Report: Security

privacy protection techniques for travelling

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Report: Backup

Time Machine troubleshooting

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Report: Digitizing Video

8mm Film

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Report: Firefox

standards testing, Version 3.6 issues and support

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Report: Help Please

online meeting application needed

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Report: iPhone/Touch Platform

timezones, sync

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Report: Snow Leopard

home theater problem

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Report: Tax Software

bad Dell experience

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Security: Google Chrome

"Attackers can exploit these issues to bypass certain security checks, execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser, and cause denial-of-service conditions; other attacks are also possible."

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New: Etchasoft Reports 1.0

Etchasoft Reports is an Interface Builder 3 plug-in that enables developers to create PDF reports directly within Interface Builder.

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New: BusinessMan

BusinessMan is a modular, FileMaker-based customer relationship management (CRM) system that includes integrated email and communications, document management, quote generation, order processing, and more.

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Update: NimbleKit 1.6.5

VolnaTech's software development kit for the iPhone platform adds new classes (NKModalWindow and NKLabel), enables NKNavigationController to preload pages, supports Unicode strings in the JSON encoder/decoder, and makes other changes.

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Update: WebYep 1.4.5

Objective Development's content management system for web sites adds CKEditor support, improvements in supported server configurations, better PHP 5.3 support, a fix for a problem with borders in the Gallery and Loop Elements, and other changes.

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Update: WebCrusher 1.7

Rage Software's web page optimizer improves optimization speed for iWeb sites, publishes optimized websites to FTP servers and MobileMe more quickly, and fixes problems with optimizing PNG files.

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Update: SEEdit Pro 3.1.0

The XHTML editor adds keyboard navigation for its new tabbed interface.

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Update: RAW Developer 1.8.8

Iridient Digital's raw image conversion program adds support for the Canon 1D Mark IV and Fuji S200EXR, an improved profile for the Canon 1D Mark III, and a fix for an issue with the Canon 20D model ID and associated profile.

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Apple: iPhone SDK 3.2 beta

This release of the SDK includes a simulator for the new iPad and tools for building iPad applications.

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Update: KiBiz 5.5

The multi-user business management and accounting system gains auto-screen stretching that expands the workspace to fit the current monitor, custom menus by role, quick search on all fields without entering Find mode, faster navigation, and more.

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Update: KnowledgeMiner (yX) for Excel 2.1

This release of the data mining tool brings more accurate predictions when using Similar Patterns modeling, improved export to Excel for regression models, and a new prediction project.

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Apple: iPad

Apple introduces an oversized iPod Touch with iWork and iBooks apps, plus optional 3G data support via ATT at $14.99 or $29.99 per month. Hardware pricing starts at $499 and ends at $830 for the top model with 64 GB of memory. First shipments of the non-3G model are due in 60 days with 3G models due the following month. (Neither is available yet for ordering.)

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Update: LiveQuartz 1.9

Rhapsoft's image editor adds flip transformations, a shadow effect, an option to import images from other devices (including iPhones, scanners, and cameras), improved accuracy when working at the pixel level, enhancements for drawing tools, and more.

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Update: Sample Manager 3.2

Audiofile Engineering's batch audio processor adds full Snow Leopard compatibility, Audio File First Aid for diagnosing problem files, native support for VST plugins in the Process with Effect action, and other improvements.

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Apple: Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1

The keyboard update "improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other bluetooth devices (eg. Magic Mouse, some bluetooth headsets)" and also addresses an issue with key repeats.

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Apple: Quarterly Financial Report

"The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share."

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Security: Adobe Shockwave

"While all the world is still talking about holes in Internet Explorer and Flash, Adobe has casually closed two critical security holes in Shockwave that allow attackers to inject and execute code."

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New: Symbo 1.0

Symbo from Corner-A is designed to make it easier for developers to work with crash reports and crash dumps.

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New: MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card

MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card adds two 6GB/second eSATA ports to any Mac Pro (or PC) with an available PCIe 2.0 slot.

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Update: Firefox 3.6

The latest Firefox includes a new type of theme that enables single-click appearance changes, protection from out-of-date plug-ins, fullscreen support for native video, better JavaScript performance, support for new CSS attributes, and more.

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Update: TwistedWave 1.8

The multi-channel audio editor and recorder adds a 64-bit version, the ability to automatically split a sound file by detecting silences, export to iPhone ringtone files, and other changes.

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Update: Digital Performer 7.1

MOTU's audio/MIDI workstation software gains a new Tuner plug-in that can be used to tune a guitar or other pitched instrument, new preferences for Auto-Save actions, four new power amp models, dozens of guitar tone presets, and more.

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Update: AccountEdge 2010

Acclivity's small business management and accounting package adds integration with Enstore web store software, tracking of additional item information, a Show Profit Analysis function (gross profit, margin, and cost for each item and for the entire invoice), and other improvements.

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Snow Leopard Compatibility List

Dec. 19: Covering more than 1400 items, our searchable, sortable list gets 38 additions and updates today, including Pro Tools, Perian, MacPractice, TapDex, miXscope, Back-In-Time, CSSEdit, Vienna, Raw Photo Processor, MultiLedger, SousChef, and Volocity.

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Mini Server Review

We've added an addendum to cover some tips and questions brought up by readers in response to our in-depth review, which examines the $999 Mini Server product product from Apple, which combines a dual-hard-drive Mac Mini with a full version of Snow Leopard Server (unlimited client license). We look at everything from web services to performance, along with security, installation, admin utilities and more.

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Snow Leopard Review

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in-depth review: 11,000 words on migration and installation; the new Finder and QuickTime X; additional features and refinements; security and technology; and our conclusions; plus links for additional information.

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Snow Leopard FAQ

[Expanded Sept. 12] - answers to questions about pre-requisites, installation, security, QuickTime, Rosetta, 64-bit operation, networking, compatibility and much more...

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Review: iPod Nano 2009

We review the newest Nano, which brings the surprising additions of a video camera and microphone, an FM Radio (complete with "Live Pause"), and a pedometer, among other nifty features in the tiny device, priced the same as before. We include video samples for comparison (Nano 5G, iPhone 3GS and Flip MinoHD).

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Special Report: iPhone FAQ

reviews, basics, availability and pricing, networks and carriers, features, sync with iTunes, Internet, apps, widgets, tech specs, jailbreaking and unlocking, misc.

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Review: iPhone 3GS

In this detailed review of the new iPhone 3GS, Robert Mohns covers everything from hardware chips to pricing, performance to photographic capability, features, issues and everything in between. The review includes visual tests and samples, a long list of related links, and much more.

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Review: iPod Touch (2G)

Robert Mohns reviews the second-generation iPod Touch, covering its fast hardware, OS 2 software, App Store, compatibility issues, applications and much more.

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Voyager Q Review

Robert Mohns examines the quad-port SATA hard drive dock, with detailed performance benchmarks across FireWire 400/800, USB 2 and eSATA on a Mac Pro, finding it fast and effective for backup, testing and many other storage tasks.

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Review: Kindle 2

Kindle 2 improves on the highly successful original version of the wireless media reader, bringing faster performance, better grayscale imaging, speech synthesis, and Apple-like design improvements. We also include audio samples, screen shots, comparison photos and lots of links to more info.

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Review: Fastmac iV

We examine Fastmac's multifunction iPhone battery sleeve, which extends run-time, functions as a charger and even offers a fill light for the iPhone's camera.

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Review: iPod Shuffle 3G

The new Shuffle has just one button: off/play. Everything else is controlled by earbuds, proprietary Apple controller chips and synthesized voices....

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Review: FireKing MediaVault HD

Robert Mohns examines a unique storage system that protects your data in the event of a fire.

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Review: iLife '09

We examine fancy new features in Apple's latest creative-consumer software suite, as well as its user interface elements and its misfeatures/bugs.)

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Review: EFi-X PC Kit

This unique hardware module creates an EFI boot environment for Mac OS X on cost-effective, high-performance PC hardware. (Includes performance benchmarks and links to additional information.)

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Review: Flip MinoHD

Like an iPod for video recording, the MinoHD combines friendly simplicity with effective media processing in a remarkably tiny device at an attractive price.
[Includes HD video sample.]

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Review: Aluminum MacBook

We have added photos and discussion about a matte screen film to our detailed review of the new, aluminum MacBook, which covers design, features, issues, performance, pros and cons, with links for more info, and a gallery of photos.

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Review: iPhone 3G

Robert Mohns's review of Apple's new iPhone 3G offers comparisons with the first iPhone, discussion of new features and enterprise support, a look at the new "ecosystem" Apple has built around the device, a screenshot and sample photo gallery and links for more information.

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Review: Time Capsule

Our detailed Time Capsule review includes a "Best Practices" section and lots of other tips, plus performance benchmarks, feature analysis and more.

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Review: MacBook Air

Our MacBook Air review digs into details of its design, features, performance, compatibility and suitability for various customers. Includes benchmark test results.

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Review: Office 2008

Robert Mohns examines features, performance, compatibility and more in his detailed review.

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Leopard: FAQ

essential info, including data-loss bugs

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Leopard: Finder Data-Loss Bug

Updated with new notes on possible locations for the bug (and consequent implications), plus warning about potential for problems in Finder automation scripts.

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Review: SoftRAID

We dig into the technology and benefits of RAID storage systems, along with a number of issues involved, as we review SoftRAID, the leading application for configuring these systems on the Mac.

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Review: VMware Fusion

We delve into the details of VMware's new virtualization system for the Mac with some hands-on testing.

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Review: MacBook Pro 15" (LED)

We've added some benchmark results charts (with more to come later) in a thorough review of Apple's latest laptop from Robert Mohns, covering technical advances, the overall experience, and an audio quality issue.

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Review: Apple TV

We have updated our in-depth Apple TV review from Robert Mohns, who covers set-up, features, performance, compatibility, omissions, hacking, competition and the overall experience and value, with links to more resources.

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Review: AirPort 802.11n Base Station

We have added a few more notes on Ethernet and Airport Disk performance to our comprehensive examination of Apple's new wireless base station (complete with benchmark test results.

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Vendetta Online Adds Station Conquest

February 1, 2010 6:00 AM

Guild Software has added a new feature for its massively-multiplayer online space strategy game, Vendetta Online. Station Conquest gives groups of players the chance to attack a space station and take control of it. Planned updates for the new feature include holding territory around the station and manufacture of automated drones for mining.

This new gameplay mechanic allows groups of players to coordinate their attacks on a particular station, seizing control of it through the disabling of defense turrets, and taking direct ownership via a new "key" based hierarchical authentication system. Owner keys may then be distributed to other leaders, while various User keys may be generated and given to those needing only more limited types of access. The entire conquest system will be expanded over the coming months to allow surrounding territory to be held for the benefit of the station, while automated drones may be manufactured to mine ores...

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New Star Tennis Now Available

February 1, 2010 6:00 AM

New Star Games has announced the release of New Star Tennis, its newest sport title. The game features a full tennis tour with 66 tournaments, a variety of court styles, training challenges, and a detailed career mode spanning 15 tournaments.

New Star Tennis Features:

  • Exciting Gameplay
    Experience thrilling rallies as you compete against the world's elite. An intuitive control system allows you to put the ball anywhere on the court, but you will need some slick skills to become number one.
  • Intense Training
    To beat the best you will need to train hard and increase your abilities. There are 5 skills to master, Serve, Forehand, Backhand, Volley and Spin. You will also need to work in the gym to build up your Speed and Stamina. Now, get down and give me twenty!
  • The NSG World Tour
    There are 66 tournaments on the NSG World tour in which you can earn points to improve your ranking. You...

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The Flower Shop Released

February 1, 2010 6:00 AM

Winterwolves Software has announced the release of The Flower Shop. The new game, described as a dating and farming simulation, puts players in the role of college student Steve as he works to keep his farm running while pursuing relationship opportunities. The Flower Shop features nine unique endings.

"I wanted to create a story with universal appeal, with strong romantic elements and enchanting artwork. Life, love, and family are something we all deal with, and all the characters are connected. The decisions of player affect not only his or her relationships, but the way the characters interact with each other." - said Celso Riva, game designer/programmer of the game.

The game takes place in Fairbrook, a small farming community in northern California. Steve is a college freshman with relationship troubles. His girlfriend just dumped him, and his father is angry at him for his poor grades. As punishment, Steve is sent to work...

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Two Worlds II Newsletter Features Game Info, Cloak...

February 1, 2010 6:00 AM

TopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently released a new Two Worlds II newsletter. The thirteenth edition of the newsletter includes information about the game's cave and mine system, a developer Q&A, a description of the Droser monster, and details on a new contest. Two Worlds II will send players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and will feature detailed graphics, an active combat system, and a complex storyline.

INTO THE DEPTHS ON A CAVE ADVENTURE
A truly first-class RPG has cave systems full of twisting paths, hidden crannies and hair-raising dungeon labyrinths - and TW2 really comes up trumps in this dark world. The games designers describe it as being a very extensive cave and mine system and we AP editors were at last allowed to experience the legendary underworld of Antaloor for ourselves! Reality Pump invited us to visit one of the vast mines near Hatmandor. This is where the mysterious and magical raw...

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Ten New Diablo III Screenshots Unveiled

February 2, 2010 6:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment recently posted ten new screenshots from Diablo III, the game company's eagerly anticipated return to the action RPG franchise. The game will allow players to revisit the world of Sanctuary where they must once again take up arms against the demonic forces threatening humanity.

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen.

Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics...

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Exploring The MMO World Of Onverse

February 2, 2010 6:00 AM

Macworld has posted a new article examining Onverse, a title which fuses social networking with an online virtual world. Onverse allows users to combine 2D features of sites like Facebook and MySpace with the 3D virtual experience of MMOs. The game is free to join, with microtransactions for premium items available from the Onverse store.

Released on November 25th, the latest update added a third world that augments the real estate available to new users. The Hub is Onverses main drag, with a few high-rise apartment buildings, a casino, a nightclub, an amphitheater, and plenty of stores to shop in. Meanwhile, Volcano Island and Ancient Moon are home to themed housing communities as well as a few outdoor sites to spend time in.

All of these worlds are scattered with points that players can collect to use as currency to buy things like furniture, clothing, and tools. For those willing to spend some actual money, Cash Coins can...

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iGame Radio Episode 91 Features Bioshock Review

February 2, 2010 6:00 AM

Episode 91 of Omaha Sternberg's iGame Radio podcast is now available for listening. The podcast features a review of Feral Interactive's Bioshock for Mac as well as reviews of Crush the Castle and Groovin' Blocks for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Episode 91:

  • A review of the long awaited Bioshock, by Feral Interactive, the FPS that pits you against the insane inhabitants of the underwater city of Rapture, and their Little Sisters.
  • Plus, a review of Crush the Castle, a strategy shooter of sorts for the iPhone. See yon castle fair? Now go beat it down with thy trebuchet in tiny bits!
  • Finally, a review of Groovin Blocks, a musical puzzler that brings new life to old Tetris-clones worldwide. Bring em down to the beat, and multiply your score. Because I love my C64. Well, that should have been one of the lyrics to the song, I think.

Check out the podcast at the web page linked below.

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Todd Hollenshead Discusses id's Merger With...

February 2, 2010 6:00 AM

Edge Online recently published a brief interview with id Software's Todd Hollenshead. The game developer discussed the company's merger with Bethesda Softworks parent company Zenimax Media.

Of course, everyone looks at it as, Well, id was purchased by Zenimax! but I think its just as true that we acquired an internal publishing capacity, said Todd Hollenshead. Thats really what the relationship is. As much as we have valued our publishing relationships with other thirdparty publishers in the past, there is a difference, because we were separate companies. Although we were trying to work together, ultimately there is an idea that we have divergent goals.

Its actually worked out really well. They value development for its own sake, rather than just trying to put something in a box and relying on marketing for sales, said Hollenshead. They believe in the quality of the product you put in and the value of the entertainment the...

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The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff Pack Now Available

February 3, 2010 6:00 AM

Electronic Arts has announced the release of The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff pack for The Sims 3. The pack adds a variety of new items to the popular sim title including three items returning from the previous two Sims titles: the heart-shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.

Create The Ultimate High-End Loft Lifestyle For Your Sims
Transform your Sims' homes into sleek, edgy apartments with The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff. There's a host of new items for your most lived-in rooms, including slick gadgets for your high-tech study, a next-gen gaming system for the killer game room and modern furniture for the most contemporary living room. Now your Sims can give their homes an ultra-modern makeover!

Features:

  • Add a sleek, high-end, tech-inspired look to your Sims bedroom, living room, bathroom, office and den.
  • Upgrade your Sims' wardrobes with forward looking apparel, tailored suits...

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Land Air Sea Warfare Coming Soon To Macs

February 3, 2010 6:00 AM

Isotope 244 recently announced work on a Mac version of the recently released Land Air Sea Warfare, a new game from the developers of Machines at War. The strategy war game features 70 new types of units, new technologies, and six "gigantic mega units" for players to control.

After two years of development I have finally completed my next game! It builds on my previous real time strategy game Machines at War and takes it in a different direction. Battles are now a rich mix of different types of units and your headquarters can even be in the sea! There are over 70 new types of units, new technologies, and six gigantic mega units which are awesome in battle! I would list all of the changes, but looking at my work log there are over 800 of them! I will be working on the Mac version next and am still developing the game every day, so if you have any suggestions for the game please let me know. - James Bryant

Land Air Sea Warfare:
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World Of Warcraft Version 3.3.2 Released

February 3, 2010 6:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the release of the version 3.3.2 update for its popular MMO, World of Warcraft. Among other things the patch gives players a new cinematic once they've defeated the Lich King Arthas as well as a variety of Mac specific bug fixes.

Frostwing Halls, a chilling place containing the final obstacles between your raid and the Lich King himself, is now open. You can expect to uncover disturbing and horrific phenomena taking place against the Green Dragonflight before finding Sindragosa hovering above you. Should you have what it takes to destroy the Lich King's most prized frost wyrm, as well as having already conquered the Plaguewerks and Crimson Hall areas of Icecrown Citadel, you'll have your chance to follow Tirion Fordring to the Frozen Throne, a chilling pedestal atop which the Lich King has reigned unchallenged for years. The time has come, brave adventurers, for him to fall!

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City Of Heroes Spring Fling Event Celebrates...

February 3, 2010 6:00 AM

Paragon Studios has announced the beginning of the Spring Fling in-game event for its super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The event, which began on February 2 and continues through March 2, features a variety of Valentine's Day themed missions and unlockable content.

Ganymede, Scratch, and DJ Zero are once again flinging out the fun and creating seasonal harmony from that jumpin-est of joints, Pocket D. Blue side and Red side have another chance to join forces and Snap some Teeth.

This popular event is back with the potential to earn unlockable costume pieces and badges. Brave the Well of the Furies, find Aphrodite's Girdle, and take down that mischievous Red Cap, Snaptooth. Don't forget the exciting temporary powers available only from this event...confound your enemies with the Nectar of the gods and enemies become allies with the crossover Dimension Drop buff.

Starts: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 8:59 a.m....

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Din's Curse Now Available For Preorder

February 4, 2010 6:00 AM

Soldak Entertainment has announced that its upcoming action RPG title, Din's Curse, is available for pre-order. Those who purchase early will receive full access to the latest beta build, a reduced pre-order price of only $19.99, single player and co-op multiplayer (both LAN and internet), the opportunity to give Soldak feedback on the official forums, and the final game version when it becomes available.

Din's Curse:
Din, champion of the gods, has cursed you into a second life of service because you selfishly squandered your first one while causing misfortune to those around you. To redeem yourself, you must impress Din by building a reputation for helping others. Travel the spacious western plains of Aleria and save desperate towns from the brink of annihilation. Until you're redeemed, you're doomed to wander the earth alone for all eternity.

In Din's Curse, you will explore an extensive underground, slaying dangerous...

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Hive Media Games Formed, Angela's World Released

February 4, 2010 6:00 AM

Hive Media has announced the acquisition of Windmill Games and the creation of Hive Media Games. HMG's first release is Angela's World an action game which challenges players to gather enchanted roses while dodging sparks and other hazards on a small planet.

William Weaver, President and CEO of Hive Media, Inc. stated, I am proud that Hive Media has had the opportunity to form Hive Media Games with Sven Paroth as Senior Programmer. Hive Media is comprised of extremely talented professional artists, audio engineers and programmers. Through our team and a large business network, I am sure that many people will be enjoying our games for years to come.

Sven Paroth, ex-owner of Windmill Games stated, After review, I welcomed the opportunity to become a part of Hive Media and help build Hive Media Games. Working as one entity, we are excited to bring a varied number of qualitative games on multiple platforms in the coming months....

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Apple Games Features Rome: Total War Gold Edition

February 4, 2010 6:00 AM

Apple Games' latest feature article explores the historical combat in Feral Interactive's Rome: Total War Gold Edition for Mac. In the game players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and war. Apple's article includes an overview of the game, comments from developer Mike Simpson, a history of the Roman era, and a list of cheat codes.

As your territory grows, youll also need to keep an eye on the home front. Citizens taxed too heavily may threaten to revolt, while poorly-maintained settlements are more susceptible to plague outbreaks that will decimate their population and reduce the amount of Denarii they contribute to your coffers. However, if you capture a settlement located in a province with a World Wonder such as the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Lighthouse of Alexandria youll earn powerful empire-wide benefits.

I split the...

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City Of Heroes Second Mission Architect Contest...

February 4, 2010 6:00 AM

NCSoft and Paragon Studios have announced a second Mission Architect contest for the company's super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. Contest entrants are asked to write an arc for levels 5 to 10 with a story about a known hero or villain who loses their powers. The contest winner could receive a permanent title on a character of his or her choice, and a Developer's Choice for the mission arc.

Sigh...you know, sometimes it's tough being the creator of so many great products, living the good life in the high tower with all these responsibilities. So many things to juggle...remember when it was easier? When you were still new and didn't have so many things to take care of? Back when you could...could just be yourself? I'm not crying! Ahem...I'm just...aha! Coming up with an idea for the next challenge! That's it...I know EXACTLY what it'll be! I challenge you all to write an arc for levels 5 to 10 with a story about a known hero or villain...

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Rome: Total War Gold Edition Available Today

February 5, 2010 6:00 AM

Feral Interactive is scheduled to release Rome: Total War Gold Edition for Mac today. Originally developed by The Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, the game is released under the Feral Legends label.

In Rome: Total War players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and war. The Gold Edition includes the original strategy title as well as the Barbarian Invasion expansion.

The Total War series is one of the most-requested additions to Mac gaming, said Feral Interactives David Stephen. Its a game that is superbly suited to the platform and one that will be available to all Mac owners including those with Intel MacBooks and Mac minis.

"The Creative Assembly is delighted that Mac users will now have the opportunity to experience Rome: Total War and Barbarian Invasion" says Mike Simpson, Creative Director at The Creative...

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Civilization IV Digital Download Now Available

February 5, 2010 6:00 AM

Aspyr Media has announced the release of a digital download version of Civilization IV for Macs. The download is available exclusively from Aspyr's GameAgent store. The company has also opened up preorders for upcoming downloadable versions of the games two expansions: Warlords and Beyond the Sword, as well as Civilization III: Complete.

Sid Meiers Civilization IV comes-to-life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that expands the gameplay experience. This latest installment takes the franchise to new heights with the addition of new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and various multiplayer modes and options..

With Sid Meiers Civilization IV, rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies, conduct diplomacy or wage...

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Wacky Mini-Golf Update Adds Ghost Ship Theme

February 5, 2010 6:00 AM

DanLabGames has announced the release of an update for its family-friendly hit title, Wacky Mini-Golf. The update brings the game to version 1.1and adds the new "spooky and humorous" Ghost Ship theme to the game. Wacky Mini-Golf features five original themes, 90 holes, 20 animated golf avatars, multiplayer vis hot seat mode.

Wacky Mini-Golf is a best-selling Mac game that puts you on the links in exotic nature locales, now with 5 original themes and a total of 90 holes.

Choose from 20 animated custom golfer avatars or use your iSight camera to edit your own pic into the game. Invite up to four players to take turns in "hot seat" mode and get started: Enjoy the awesome graphics, challenging courses, original soundtrack and family-friendly comic relief.

See how you stack up against other players with the online leaderboard and submit your achievement photos to the online player gallery.

Features:

  • Real...

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Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Reviewed

February 5, 2010 6:00 AM

Mac|Life has posted a new review of the Mac version of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The game features Realm vs Realm combat and allows players to enter a grim fantasy world where the armies of Order and Destruction collide to determine the fate of nations. Mac|Life gave Warhammer Online a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:
Really, the expectation is that youve played this kind of game before and know the implications of your decisions, so anyone unfamiliar with the MMORPG universe will likely stumble through their first 10 levels or so. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it, the experience is rich and rewarding. You can embark on solo quests, start battles alongside other players, fight against other players, join guilds, start guilds, craft items, and explore the enormous (and beautiful) world.

The games main focus is realm-versus-realm and player-versus-player combat, where the two factions square off for...

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The Sims Franchise Turns Ten

February 8, 2010 6:00 AM

The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts recently announced the celebration of the ten year anniversary of The Sims, the popular game that allowed players to create and live a virtual, simulated life on a computer. Since the original The Sims debut on February 4, 2000, the franchise has produced three core games The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3 supported by dozens of expansion and stuff packs with lifetime unit sales eclipsing 125 million worldwide.

As part of the celebration EA is offering several free items: Let there be Sims!, The Sims Strike Back and In the Dawn of Sims, as well as a 10% discount on all new items sets until February 14.

The future of The Sims is going to be a lot of fun; it is rare for an entertainment franchise to be gaining momentum a decade after release, so this is a particularly pleasant moment for everyone who has worked on the games.

The success of The Sims is something gamers and the gaming...

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Dragon Age: Origins Collectors Edition For Mac...

February 8, 2010 6:00 AM

Macworld has posted a new review of the Mac version of Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition. Bioware's latest fantasy role playing epic challenges players to take on the role of a Grey Warden and defend the land of Fereldin from the monstrous Darkspawn. Macworld gave the game a score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:
On my MacBook Pro 2.66GHz running Mac OS 10.6, Dragon Age was stunning. From the fire effects of enemy spells to the gush of blood from a blade, the details were beautiful and realistic. Unlike some RPGs, there isnt a major drop off between cut scenes and combat; the shadows and shading were impressive in both. There are some moments of slow-down, particularly in the bigger environments, but on the whole I was impressed with my machines ability to handle this high-end game.

While chaotic, battles are easy to manage thanks to the pause button and the ability to instantly order your party to change tactics....

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City Of Heroes Secret Admirer Contest

February 8, 2010 6:00 AM

NCSoft and Paragon Studios have announced a new contest for the super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. Participants in the City of Heroes Secret Admirer contest will compete to offer the best Valentine's Day card to War Witch. Prizes for winning entrants include a Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset, a Razer Destructor Precision Gaming Surface, Hero and Villain Pins, 5 year anniversary T-shirt, and Projector Pens.

At some point, we've all stood outside of War Witch's apartment and played the role of Secret Admirer. After all, who wouldn't be wild over a talented sorceress who possesses brains, beauty and brawn? We sure are big fans...and we're banking on the fact that you are too!

So in honor of Valentine's Day being just around the corner, we've dreamt up a new way for you to express your love and admiration for this spiritual City of Heroes stunner!

Introducing the City of Heroes Secret Admirer Contest where between Thursday...

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The Rise And Fall Of The Lich King

February 8, 2010 6:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment has published an Insider interview with World of Warcraft Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer and Lead Systems Designer Greg Street. The developers discussed the Fall of the Lich King content update released with version 3.3 of World of Warcraft.

Can you give us any teasers about the final Lich King encounter from a gameplay standpoint? How difficult will he be? Any insight into how his skills and powers from Warcraft III will carry over into the final Lich King raid event?
Scott Mercer: We're going to keep those cards close to the vest, as players will be toe-to-toe with the Lich King soon enough, but I can say that he will pose the greatest challenge yet found in World of Warcraft. Beyond that, I can only share a few additional details. The battle against the Lich King takes place at the top of Icecrown Citadel where the Frozen Throne protrudes from the citadel's tallest tower. Throughout the fight, players...

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent Reaches Alpha

February 9, 2010 6:00 AM

Frictional Games recently announced that Amnesia: The Dark Descent has reached the alpha stage. The upcoming new adventure horror title from the creators of the Penumbra series is described as a title which will take players on a "thrill-ride through the depths of madness and explore the dark side of human emotions." It follows the tale of a protagonist on the run from a horrifying foe.

So what does this mean? In general terms it means that we now have a large chunk of the game done which we can evaluate and draw conclusions from. More specifically it means:

  • All code for tech, tools and game are done and what is left is basically polish. Note again that this is for all platforms! Sure, the polish is not an easy thing and can include plenty of smaller feature additions, but it is a road map that we can control and plan for.
  • We can now, for the first time in almost three years, test the game and see how it really plays...

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Din's Curse Beta Updated

February 9, 2010 6:00 AM

Soldak Entertainment has released an update for the beta version of its upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The beta version is available to testers and those who have pre-ordered the game. In addition to a variety of quests to complete and monsters to slay the final game will feature 6 characters classes with 18 specialties for a total of 141 possible character combinations.

Din, champion of the gods, has cursed you into a second life of service because you selfishly squandered your first one while causing misfortune to those around you. To redeem yourself, you must impress Din by building a reputation for helping others. Travel the spacious western plains of Aleria and save desperate towns from the brink of annihilation. Until you're redeemed, you're doomed to wander the earth alone for all eternity.

In Din's Curse, you will explore an extensive underground, slaying dangerous monsters, solving dynamic quests, dodging deadly...

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BioWare's Greg Zeschuk Discusses RPGs

February 9, 2010 6:00 AM

A.V. Club has posted a new interview with BioWare cofounder Greg Zeschuk. The developer discussed the company's popular role playing game franchises including Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age, covering topics like cinematics, romance, dialog trees, and how the genre is evolving.

AVC: Starting with Baldurs Gate II, your games have also become well-known for the romances that the player forms with other characters in the game. With Dragon Age, the gay sex scene made the news. People are scared that their kids will just all of a sudden end up in this situation in a tent with the bisexual elf, and thats not really at all how it works.
GZ: No, not even remotely. [Laughs.]

AVC: Do you think theres a better way to communicate that theres a whole context and a lengthy relationship leading up to these scenes? Or do you think these controversies just flare up and move on?
GZ: On one hand, at a very high level, demographics are...

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Missions Of The Reliant OS X Version In Development

February 9, 2010 6:00 AM

Orange River Studio's Michael Rubin has informed us that his Classic OS shareware game set in outer space, Missions of the Reliant, will be receiving an OS X version. Reliant fan and Mac Programmer Gwynne Raskind has started work on porting the game and will be offering progress updates on her blog.

From The Monk's Brew:
For those of you who dont know, I did write one other computer game in the past, The Missions of Starship Reliant (aka, Missions of the Reliant). I had always wanted to write and release a game throughout my childhood, but all I knew back in the 80s was BASIC, and that never got me very far. And so, at one point in my mid-twenties, and being a Mac fan and all, I decided to pick up some books and learn Pascal. In 1994, amid great imaginary fanfare and to much fictitious critical acclaim, the first version of Missions was released in all of its $20 shareware glory. (The sequel, Missions II, was released in 1996, but it...

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Warhammer Online: Night Of Murder Event Underway

February 10, 2010 6:00 AM

Mythic Entertainment has announced the beginning of the Night of Murder event for its fantasy themed MMO, Warhammer Online. During the event, which continues through February 16, players have the chance to gain several event specific rewards.

As darkness falls on the Night of Murder, the worshippers of death bathe the land in blood, each intent on proving his or her devotion to the Elf god Kaela Mensha Khaine. It is a time that the forces of Destruction are all too willing to exploit. Assassins infiltrate the cities, while on the battlefield the differences between Good and Evil fade beneath the crimson haze of bloodlust. None are immune to the will of Khaine during this dark holiday.

During the Night of Murder, players will receive event influence by completing daily tome tasks. With the 'Well-Mounted Skull' reward you can mount the heads of your ememies on pikes for all to see! Keep an eye out for members of the enemy...

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Parallels Desktop And VMWare Fusion Compared

February 10, 2010 6:00 AM

MacTech Magazine has posted a new article detailing recent benchmark testing of Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion running on Intel based macs. Comparing performance on MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro models the tests covered performance, differences running Windows XP and Windows 7, the impact of multiple processors, and comparisons of 64 vs 32 bit.

Games
One of the most frequent questions that we were asked after our last virtualization benchmarks was "What about games?" The 3DMark06 testing did give us good insight and excellent data, but we also wanted to try some games and see how they worked.

Devil May Cry 4:
Devil May Cry 4 is the fourth in the Devil May Cry series of action games by CAPCOM. In the game, you fight enemies in close combat using firearms, swords, and other weapons. High speed, high action.

We looked at Devil May Cry 4 (from DVD, not Steam) in part because it has some very nicely...

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Diablo III Female Monk Website Update

February 10, 2010 6:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment has updated its Diablo III website with new information about the Monk class. The additions reveal the female monk with all new artwork and an in-game model. Diablo III will return players to the action RPG world of Sanctuary, once again imperiled by the forces of darkness.

Without rising from his seat, the monk met the first man's lunging slash, grabbing his wrist and tossing him carelessly over his shoulder, throwing him into a table with a loud crash. The suddenness of the monk's attack momentarily stunned the men, and as they stood there, he rose.

That was when chaos broke out.

The monk was a fluid mass of restrained energy, meeting every attack with hardly a moment's distress. He fought with hands and feet in a way I had never seen before. In my days, I have witnessed my share of drunken bar brawls, but this was something else altogether. The sound of bones crunching with each of his...

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Tasty Planet Sequel In The Works

February 10, 2010 6:00 AM

In a blog post from last month Dingo Games revealed that work has begun on a sequel to Tasty Planet. The game put players in the role of a grey glob of experimental bathroom cleaner that rolled over items and slowly increased its size until capable of devouring worlds. The blog update offers a few details about features in the sequel.

Ive been working for a couple weeks on a sequel to Tasty Planet. We havent finalized the story or setting for the new game, but weve picked a general direction and things are moving along. Here are some features that we have in mind:

  • Larger scale in levels. We want the ability to go from really small to really large in a single level instead of spread across multiple levels.
  • Many more levels. Ive been working on tools to speed up our ability to generate content.
  • New physics system. This will make object interactions feel better.
  • 2-Player Cooperative play. Should be super...

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PopCap Celebrates 10 Years Of Bejeweled

February 11, 2010 6:00 AM

PopCap Games has announced that it has begun a 10 month long celebration in honor of its long running Bejeweled franchise, which turns ten this year. The festivities for the popular and often imitated match-3 game will include unveilings of new installments in the series, a Bejeweled Blitz competition, and a variety of other promotional activities.

The company also announced that Bejeweled has now sold more than 50 million units, making it one of the top ten best-selling video games of all time. PopCap continues to sell a copy of Bejeweled every 4.3 seconds.

Bejeweled has obviously succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, said Jason Kapalka, co-creator of the game and co-founder and chief creative officer at PopCap. When Brian Fiete, John Vechey and I built the game ten years ago, we had no grand aspirations for it or PopCap, we were trying to survive as a company during the depths of the dot-com collapse. Little did we know we'd...

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Apple Games Features The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff

February 11, 2010 6:00 AM

Apple Games has published a new article on High End Loft Stuff, a new item pack for The Sims 3. The pack adds a variety of new items to the popular sim title including three items returning from the previous two Sims titles: the heart-shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.

Nothing beats relaxing in a well-furnished living room after a tough day at the Mad Scientist lab, and no Sim can go wrong with the aptly-named Cradle of Civilization, billed as the most comfortable sofa in the entire world. Thats right, not just in Sunset Valley or in Sim City: the entire world. Dont be surprised if the neighbors start feeling a little jealous.

And you might have to start coming up with excuses for why they cant drop by daily after they see your Sims MedeaMedia wall-mounted flat-screen TV, especially if its connected to a GUGA JoyToy 3 videogame console. Nothing beats an intense game of DeathSaga or Blood Buckets 7 in...

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StarCraft II Beta Test Begins Later This Month

February 11, 2010 6:00 AM

During Activision Blizzard's fourth quarter earnings conference call Mike Morehaime announced that the company plans to begin beta testing StarCraft II later this month. The company also revealed that both StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will be released this year.

Avarius: I know you are all very excited to hear the news about the StarCraft II beta coming soon. In order to help facilitate this discussion, please keep your comments about this announcement consolidated to this thread. Thanks! Emails to those who can participate in the beta will be sent out once it's ready to start.

1. You should be able to download it to your other computer, however, you must be logged into your battle.net account in order to play.

2. They will exist to give beta participants a place to discuss the beta and report any issues they may find. Only participants of the beta will be able to post, but the forums can be read...

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City Of Heroes Issue 17 To Feature Improved Graphics

February 11, 2010 6:00 AM

NCSoft and Paragon Studios have revealed some new information about Issue 17: Dark Mirror, an upcoming update for the company's comic book hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. The patch will include a new Ultra Mode featuring improved graphics for Paragon City and the Rogue Isles, and offering an idea of the new visuals coming in the upcoming Going Rogue expansion.

A while ago, we announced Ultra Mode, a brand spanking new addition to the City of Heroes universe that will bring Paragon City and the Rogue Isles to an even fresher and visually more pleasing level!

Ultra Mode will allow you (as long as your computer can handle it) to experience City of Heroes in a completely different light...literally! You will rediscover places and landmarks in Paragon City and the Rogue Isles as if you'd never seen them before, and best of all, it will be in Issue 17: Dark Mirror, our next free expansion! And it is worth mentioning that once...

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Telltale Releases Tales Of Monkey Island, More...

February 12, 2010 6:00 AM

Telltale Games has officially announced it is bringing its lineup of games to Mac starting with the pirate adventure Tales of Monkey Island, available now to Mac users. Customers will get both Mac and PC versions of the multi-platform games with a single purchase. Any customers that have bought these titles from Telltale in the past can download the Mac version for no additional charge.

"Telltale's built up an outstanding catalog of content over the years, and we're looking forward to getting the games to this community to further enrich the increasingly growing, vibrant and technically outstanding Mac platform," said Telltale CEO Dan Connors. "We're big fans of Apple's technology and devices, and we're looking forward to building further from here."

Which title appears on Apple's platform next is up to the people. Telltale is opening the ballot box at the Telltale Games website, where Mac devotees can cast their vote for one of...

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Din's Curse Rogue Class Unveiled

February 12, 2010 6:00 AM

Soldak Entertainment, known for its Depths of Peril and Kivi's Underworld fantasy games, has released more new information about the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The latest update reveals the game's Rogue class and its associated specialties: Assassin, Trickster, and Thief. This is the fifth revealed class of the six planned for the game.

Rogue:
Living by their own rules, this tricky class excels at stealthy deception, trap evasion, lock picking, and are lethal killing machines.

Specialties: Assassin, Trickster, and Thief.

Assassin
This vanquisher is a lethal killer, racking up huge amounts of damage.

Bonuses: higher attack per dexterity, higher health per vitality, and higher damage per strength
Mana gen: Mana gain on critical hits and kills
Armor: Cloth and Leather
Weapons: Daggers and Swords

  • Rupture - This has extra damage and a high chance of deep wounds. Deep...

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No Macs In First Round StarCraft II Beta Testing

February 12, 2010 6:00 AM

In a post on the official forums a Blizzard Entertainment representative has updated recent beta test reports with the news that Mac users will not be able to participate in the first round of beta testing for the upcoming StarCraft II. The game will return players to the popular RTS franchise with an all new single player storyline and new units and strategies for multiplayer fans to enjoy.

Will Mac users have an equal chance to get into beta as compared to windows users or a chance at all?
Zhydaris: No Mac version, at least not at the beginning of the first phase of Beta, sorry :(

Visit the pages below to read more.

IncGamers: No StarCraft II Beta For Mac Gamers
Blizzard Forums: Mac Starcraft II Beta?
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City Of Heroes: Reactivation & Double XP Weekend...

February 12, 2010 6:00 AM

NCSoft has announced a Double XP and Account Reactivation weekend for its super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes . Starting on March 4 and continuing through March 7 both villain and hero characters will receive double the usual experience points for their accomplishments. The company will also allow gamers with inactive accounts to rejoin the game for the duration of the weekend event.

Get excited because one of your favorite times of the year is quickly approaching - Double XP Weekend! All the fun begins on March 4th!

What is a Double Experience Weekend? It's a three day stretch of time during which all participating Hero and Villain characters receive double the XP, Influence, and Infamy for their accomplishments in game. All you have to do is log in and take advantage of this opportunity to level up your favorite characters twice as quickly as normal! And if you pre-purchase Going Rogue, you'll be able to take advantage of...

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Shutter Island Now Available

February 12, 2010 1:24 PM

Macgamestore.com today announced the release of Shutter Island on its web site. Shutter Island is a casual game based on the upcoming feature film Shutter Island by Paramount Pictures. The game is published by Merscom.

From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, "Shutter Island" tells the story of two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts in 1954 to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from Ashecliffe, the island's fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

The Shutter Island game is a hidden objects game where players take on the role of a U.S. Marshal as they attempt to locate patients that have escaped Ashecliffe during a recent hurricane. The game consists of 7 levels and 20 environments. In addition, there are multiple mini-games that move the player through Ashecliffe, creating unique interactions with...

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Galcon Fusion Released

February 15, 2010 6:00 AM

Phil Hassey has announced the release of Galcon Fusion for OS X. The game is a "fast-paced multi-player galactic arcade-strategy game", which now features improved HD graphics, a full soundtrack, a variety of new multi-player modes, achievements, and detailed rankings.

Developer, Phil Hassey, created the original prototype in just two days for the Ludum Dare 48-hour game development competition in 2006. Galcon was such a hit with the Ludum Dare crowd that Phil decided to rework it into a multi-player desktop game. In 2008, Phil ported the game to the iPhone where Galcon distinguished itself as the first multi-player strategy game in the App Store. Galcon went on to win the Independent Game Festival Innovation in Mobile Game Design award in 2009. With the introduction of Fusion, Galcon comes full-circle back to the desktop, with all new graphics, missions, and more!

Game features include:

  • Beautiful new HD graphics...

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Teltale Games' Dan Connors And Mark Darin...

February 15, 2010 6:00 AM

AppleTell has posted a new interview with Telltale Games CEO Dan Connors and designer Mark Darin about the company's venture into Mac Gaming. Telltale recently announced the Mac release of Tales of Monkey Island, as well as plans to bring more of its games to Apple machines.

For us, our audience is always a unique group of people, anyway, Dan explained, and we just want to find them wherever they are. A big part of what Telltale is about is creating interactive experiences that are about storytellingabout great cinematic presentation and artso, in a way, we want to be the next generation of interactive content in general, and we think Mac is where a lot of that innovation is going, so we want to be part of that.

Each game theyre bringing to the Mac is the type that can appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers; theyre easy enough for new gamers to instantly start playing, but offer the deep gaming experience that appeals to...

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SLUDGE 2D Adventure Game Engine Comes To Macs

February 15, 2010 6:00 AM

Rikard Peterson has announced the release of version 2.0 of SLUDGE, a 2D Adventure Game Engine. Originally created for Windows by Tim Furnish, SLUDGE has been modified by Peterson to work on Mac and Linux machines as well. Other updates include OpenGL graphics and support for 32 bit images with alpha channels.

Some of you may be aware of the cross-platform open source adventure game engine called SLUDGE. It used to be Windows-only, but starting with version 2.0 it's available for Windows, Mac and Linux. (The 2.0 development kit is currently Mac-only, but games made with the 1.x dev kit in Windows can be run in the 2.0 engine, and there are plans to bring the new dev kit to all three platforms.) Version 2.0 is currently in beta, but it's reached the point where it's working well, so we want more people to try it to find any bugs that may be remaining.

I have packaged up the game Nathan's Second Chance with the engine, so that...

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Two Worlds II: DEMONS Spell System, Gargoyle, Q&A

February 15, 2010 6:00 AM

TopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently released a new Two Worlds II newsletter. The fourteenth edition of the newsletter includes information about the game's magic system, details about sacred altars and obelisks, a description of the dangerous Gargoyle, and a brief Q&A. Two Worlds II will send players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and will feature detailed graphics, an active combat system, and a complex storyline.

krathax: How did you organize the merchants' system in the towns and cities?
RP: We used a much more individual approach than in Part 1, krathax. In the public markets, you'll mostly find conventional booths selling food, less specialized weapons and armor - but the special stores are hidden away in the houses. Each merchant there has his own very special program and will demand (or pay) various different prices. So there is no use in trying to sell ingredients and plants to a blacksmith. You...

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Two Worlds II: New Screenshots, Gameplay Videos

February 16, 2010 6:00 AM

TopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently added new content to the website for Two Worlds II, the upcoming fantasy RPG. The site change includes several new screenshots and MoveShots, 3 second videos showcasing Two Worlds II gameplay. The game will send players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and will feature detailed graphics, an active combat system, and a complex storyline.

Despite the massive landscape which spans over 60 square kilometres of rolling grasslands, murky swamps, and sprawling cities, images of the upcoming RPG epic Two Worlds II have only to date only scratched the surface of beautiful world of Antaloorliterally. Deep underground there lie cavernous mines rich with precious Veritas crystals, the ancient twisting catacombs of long forgotten cultures, and shadowy dungeons adorned with remnants of countless tortured prisoners.
Available today at...

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iGame Radio: Telltale Games Interview

February 16, 2010 6:00 AM

iGame Radio has posted a new podcast interview with Telltale Games' Matt Darin, Will Armstrong, and Chris Schmidt about the company's decision to bring its adventure games to Mac users. Telltale recently announced the Mac release of Tales of Monkey Island, as well as plans to bring more of its games to Apple machines.

Whats inside this episode:

  • An exclusive interview with Matt Darin, Will Armstrong, and Chris Schmidt of TellTale Games about Tales of Monkey Island, how the games are being ported to the Mac, and why the decision was made.

Click over to the link below for more information.

iGame Radio: Telltale Games Interview
iGame Radio

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World Of Warcraft Five Years Later

February 16, 2010 6:00 AM

IncGamers recently posted an article examining the history of Blizzard Entertainment's popular MMO, World of Warcraft. The article examines the innovations Blizzard brought to its massively multiplayer role playing game with the initial release of WoW five years ago, as well as with each expansion since then.

Due to Blizzard's work on level 60+ content since the release of TBC, players with new characters tend to rush through WoW's early zones in favour of questing in the more recently added areas, and thanks to all the improvements to levelling speed, many of WoW's original areas are often desolate. Cataclysm, WoW's next expansion which is due to be released later this year, will address this issue head on. Blizzard has stated that almost every zone in Azeroth will be affected as a result of Deathwing's reappearance, the story behind Cataclysm. Some places will change so dramatically that they'll hardly be recognisable, others will have...

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EVE Online: Bug Testing And Dealing With Lag

February 16, 2010 6:00 AM

CCP Games has published a new developer blog offering information about its sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The article offers a lengthy explanation of the company's approach to improving the game and its features through large scale mass testing.

The cornerstone of our approach is an initiative, dubbed "Mass-Testing." Simply put, we figured that the best way to "simulate hundreds of players all doing many different actions at the same time" was to, well, get a bunch of real players together and run through proper test scenarios. This is such a vital thing because it is the only way we can accurately gauge how the new code behaves under such extreme conditions as fleet fights with several hundred pilots. This is because of various factors which only become apparent in such highly loaded situation, such as diminishing returns, and code scalability.

At its core, Mass-Testing is a very basic framework which allows us to invite hundreds...

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Marvel Action Pack Released

February 17, 2010 6:00 AM

The Marvel Action Pack was recently released. The game is a collection of 10 casual arcade games featuring characters from the Marvel Comics universe. The Marvel Action pack includes Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America, and Iron Man games.

The MARVEL Action Pack! contains 10 arcade style casual games that pull you right into the action alongside your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes. Various games inside feature Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America, and Iron Manproviding hours of MARVEL entertainment all jam-packed into one exciting collection.

Features:

  • Sharpen your skills with "Wolverine MRD" and "Wolverine Search & Destroy"
  • Get green with "Hulk Vs.", "Hulk Bad Altitude", and "Hulk Central Smashdown!"
  • Wield your shield to help Captain America defend his city in "Captain America: Red Skull and Crossbones"
  • Then suit up with Tony Stark in "Iron Man Armored Popper", "Iron Man...

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Max & The Magic Marker Available For Mac

February 17, 2010 6:00 AM

Independent Danish game developer Press Play recently released Max & The Magic Marker for Mac and Windows. Described as a 2D puzzle platformer, the game puts players in the role of Max who must use his newly acquired Magic Marker to put a stop to the monster rampaging through his drawings.

The Game
Max & the Magic Marker is a physics based 2D puzzle platformer, in which the player controls the boy Max and his Magic Marker. While Max enables good old platforming fun, the marker provides the games signature feature: the ability for the player to draw directly inside the game world where everything drawn becomes physical objects. This feature is used to complete levels and overcome challenges but it also provides the player with a unique tool that in itself is fun to play around with.

The Story
Max is a young boy, and like most boys he loves to draw. One day he gets a mysterious marker in the mail. There is no...

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Diablo III Female Barbarian Unveiled

February 17, 2010 6:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment recently updated the official Diablo III website with new character information. The update offers new concept art and animation for the female barbarian class. Diablo III will return players to the action RPG franchise where they once again must choose a character and face off against the forces of darkness.

Though they were once misunderstood as simple, bloodthirsty invaders, the long and noble history of these proud people is now rightly acknowledged. And therein lies the greater tragedy here, for those of us familiar with the nobility of the barbarians remember too what they call their "vigil", the concept that lay at the very heart of their culture. The barbarians consider it their sworn duty to protect Mount Arreat and the mysterious object within. They believe that if they fail to uphold their duty to the great mount, or are not given a proper burial upon its slopes, they will be denied a true warrior's...

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StarCraft II Beta Test Forums Open

February 17, 2010 6:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment has opened up a collection of new beta test forums for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The forums will allow beta testers to provide feedback as they assist Blizzard developers in fine tuning game balance and stability. Only beta testers can post, but the forums are open for anyone to read.

This forum is for discussion based around the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty public beta test. Only participants in the beta test can post here, but the forum can be viewed by everyone. The primary objectives of the public beta are to test the stability of our Battle.net service and to dial in the game balance prior to launch. As a beta participant, you play a big part in ensuring we meet these goals. Please provide your feedback on balance, Battle.net, or any other beta-related topics in our feedback forum.

If you find any bugs, please visit the bug report forum

For answers to some common questions, be...

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Din's Curse Preorders Selling Well, Beta Updated

February 18, 2010 6:00 AM

A new blog post from Soldak Entertainment's Steven Peeler provides an update on the status of Din's Curse, the company's next action RPG. The post covers testing progress and preorder sales. A 4th patch was also recently released for beta testers.

Today, I released our 4th patch. In those four patches, I have made 309 changes. Well over half of those are changes directly from gamer feedback. There are still many changes coming that I haven't gotten to though. Right now my todo list has 241 items on it. One of these days I will get this back down to zero.

A quick sales note, so far this is our fastest selling game ever. I'm really hoping it stays this way. :) If it doesn't, I might start taking some contracting work, which would slow down Soldak development. :( The sales so far is actually interesting to me. On one hand we don't have a finished product, just a beta, and not even a demo yet. Yet the beta is selling quicker than...

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Apple Games Features Tales Of Monkey Island

February 18, 2010 6:00 AM

Apple Games has posted a new article, this one featuring Telltale Games' recently released Tales of Monkey Island. In the adventure game players must help Guybrush Threepwood as he confronts a variety of amusing puzzles in his quest to defeat his arch-nemesis LeChuck. Apple's article includes an overview of the game and a brief history of the Monkey Island series.

And thus begins Guybrushs latest misadventures. During the course of escaping from Flotsam Island, he learns that the only way to reverse the voodoo infestation is to find La Esponja Grande, a voodoo sea sponge that can soak up the pox. He also meets the Marquis de Singe, who believes Guybrushs infected hand is the key to eternal life; Guybrush would prefer to keep as many of his preferably pox-free appendages as possible, thank you very much.

Of course, sailing away from Flotsam Island is simply your first step into the never-before-seen Gulf of Melange, where more...

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PopCap Survey Studies Social Gamers

February 18, 2010 6:00 AM

PopCap Games has released the results of a new survey of gamers who play games on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. The survey of 5,000 respondents found that 24% regularly played social games, and that the average social gamer is a 43 year old woman.

From IndustryGamers:
The survey was conducted for both Americans and Brits; in the U.S., 55 percent of all social gamers are female and 45 percent are male, with the U.K. disparity growing to 58 percent to 42 percent. In age matters, social gamers in the U.S. are on average 48 years old compared to 38 for those based in the U.K. while 46 percent of American social gamers are 50 or older, contrasting to to just 23 percent in the U.K. Social gamers that are age 21 or younger only make up six percent of the total social gamer population.

From Gamasutra:
"While still in its infancy compared to the traditional video game industry, the social games sector...

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The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff Reviewed

February 18, 2010 6:00 AM

IGN has published a new review of High End Loft Stuff, a new item pack for The Sims 3. The pack adds a variety of new items to the popular sim title including three items returning from the previous two Sims titles: the heart-shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.

The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff is the first Stuff Pack for the newest sequel of the franchise, and it makes an impact as far as dcor and objects are concerned. There are a couple dozen new objects on the disc, which, if you bought them a la carte on the Sims Store, would run you a couple bucks EACH. In that, the Stuff Pack is a nice quantity discount at only $20 for the whole package.

As the title may tell you, all the new objects in the Stuff Pack are for the wealthier Sims of your neighborhood. (Nothing says "I'm rich" more than when you contemplate life on a $1200 Flushmaster Hi-Def!) Of course, the downside to this is that most of your...

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Multiwinia Updated

February 19, 2010 6:00 AM

Ambrosia Software has updated its real-time online strategy war game Multiwinia to version 1.3.1. The update includes a variety of bug fixes and enhancements including adjustments to movement controls. Returning to the unique world of Darwinia, the game allows players to choose from six game modes on over 40 maps as they battle for stick figure supremacy.

Multiwinia 1.3.1 includes the following changes/improvements:

  • Movement controls shouldn't "get stuck" anymore
  • Smoother sound in main menu
  • Fixed a number of crashes
  • Fixed hang in main menu on certain machines
  • Minor gameplay and interface fixes
  • Numerous other bug fixes and enhancements

Multiwinia is a multi-player real time strategy war game unlike any other. A chaotic war is raging in a fantastic fractalized world populated by bloodthirsty little stick men with a mission: follow your orders to annihilate their...

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Eschalon Book II Trailer Coming Next Week

February 19, 2010 6:00 AM

Basilisk Games has announced that it will release a trailer next week for Eschalon: Book II, the upcoming second title in its planned "old school" RPG trilogy. The game will include improvements like 1024X768 native resolution, re-rendered tiles, new weather effects, new skills, new monsters, and a larger world to explore.

More about Eschalon Book II:

  • Eschalon: Book II is the sequel to 2007s award winning RPG Eschalon: Book I, although no previous experience is needed to play and enjoy Book II.
  • Book II will be available for Windows, Macintosh (Universal Binary) and Linux-based computers.
  • Play as a male or female character.
  • 1024 x 768 native resolution.
  • Most tiles have been re-rendered to take advantage of the higher engine resolution. Hundreds of new graphic elements, tiles, sound effects and music means Book II is not just a remix of the previous game.
  • New weather effects: snow, rain...

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Din's Curse Q&A

February 19, 2010 6:00 AM

GamersInfo.net has published a new interview with Soldak Entertainment's Steven Peeler. The indie game developer discussed Din's Curse, the company's upcoming action RPG, as well as the difficulties faced by independent developers.

In Din's Curse players take the role of an adventurer cursed to walk the lands in a quest for redemption. The game features 141 possible class combinations, an infinite number of dynamically generated towns, and a game world directly impacted by player choices.

GamersInfo.net: The other feature of Dins Curse that I took note of was the dynamic world and quest system. How does that work, and how did it come about?
Steven Peeler: Instead of starting in the same world each time, in Dins Curse, you start in a new town that has different problems than any other town. It doesnt stop there, though; these quests arent static. If you dont do anything about them, they will cause other trouble. For example,...

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Civilization V Announced For PC

February 19, 2010 6:00 AM

2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, has announced that Sid Meiers Civilization V, the newest entry in the popular franchise, is currently in development at Firaxis Games for PC.

Civilization V will update the turn-based strategy franchise with a new engine built from the ground-up for Civilization. Players will be introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions, and a variety of other expanded features.

Sid Meiers Civilization franchise has been recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all time with millions of units sold worldwide, said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. Civilization V takes the franchise further by offering players a more immersive experience with deeper strategies; heightened tactical combat; vast, realistic landscapes to explore, battle over and claim as their own; and an in-game community hub where Civ fans can share content and...

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Amnesia: Teaser, Website, Pre-Order, Mac Status

February 19, 2010 12:07 PM

Frictional Games today announced a first look at in-game footage of the company's new horror game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, in the form of a teaser video. The game's website has been updated with general information about the game, screenshots, the new teaser video, and details about pre-ordering Amnesia.

A recent email from Frictional Games revealed that the Mac version of the game is already functional and at this stage of development runs on a PPC 1.4Ghz eMac with a 64MB Radeon 9600 card. System requirements have not been finalized yet.

"We recently finished a massive testing session of the game to much success. With that behind us we now know how Amnesia will play like and what it takes to finish it. This means we feel confident in moving forward and sharing more juicy details about the game. This includes crucial things such as availability, pricing and what the game is all about." - Thomas Grip, Co-founder.

Web...

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EVE Online: Tyrannis Announced, Will Include Planet...

February 22, 2010 6:00 AM

CCP Games has announced work on Tyrannis, its next free expansion for the popular sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The expansion will feature the ability to harvest minerals from planets, updates to its EVE Gate (previously called COSMOS) social networking elements, and a variety of optimizations and improvements.

OMG did you say all of the planets!?
Thats right, you will finally be able to survey for juicy deposits of minerals and other goodies, build infrastructure to harvest them, store them, process them and launch them into space. Build complex networks of facilities and fine tune them for optimal production. All in a very massive single shard sandboxy way as only EVE can provide. And its not just the terran planets. Its ALL OF THEM. The gas giants, the lava planets, the ice worlds, the water worlds and even the elusive plasma planets. Each type with their unique properties. Maintaining facilities on gruesomely hostile planets will be...

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Eschalon Book II Trailer Unveiled

February 22, 2010 6:00 AM

Basilisk Games has announced the release of a trailer for Eschalon: Book II, the upcoming second title in its planned "old school" RPG trilogy. The game will include improvements like re-rendered tiles, new weather effects, new skills, new monsters, and a larger world to explore.

More about Eschalon Book II:

  • Eschalon: Book II is the sequel to 2007s award winning RPG Eschalon: Book I, although no previous experience is needed to play and enjoy Book II.
  • Book II will be available for Windows, Macintosh (Universal Binary) and Linux-based computers.
  • Play as a male or female character.
  • 1024 x 768 native resolution.
  • Most tiles have been re-rendered to take advantage of the higher engine resolution. Hundreds of new graphic elements, tiles, sound effects and music means Book II is not just a remix of the previous game.
  • New weather effects: snow, rain, and thunderstorms. Weather isnt just an...

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The Secrets Of Da Vinci Reviewed

February 22, 2010 6:00 AM

Mac|Life has posted a new review of The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript. The adventure title challenges players to discover and delve inside the mysteries surrounding the hidden enigmas of the works of the great genius. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:
Our biggest problem was the camera, which is frustrating because the games 3D environments--a faithful re-creation of the Clos Luc, Leonardos final residence, as it looked in 1522--are so beautiful. Theyre full of rich color and detail, right down to Leonardos paintings and drawings hanging from the walls. And while the simple controls let you move the camera by moving the mouse, we found ourselves getting queasy after an hour or so of playtime on even the slowest setting.

If that doesnt make you flee, youll play as Valdo, searching Leonardos estate for a missing notebook on behalf of a mysterious patron. But your quest keeps you...

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Jeff Vogel Offers Advice On Starting An Indie Game...

February 22, 2010 6:00 AM

In a new post on his Bottom Feeder blog Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel recently offered a few tips to aspiring independent game developers. The veteran RPG developer discussed the importance of having a unique product, acquiring the best software necessary regardless of cost, and avoiding the dangers of working too hard.

1. You Need a Good Idea
This means (and yes, I know this seems obvious but it's amazing how often people forget it) that whatever you are selling has to be pretty darn special. It has to be a good idea, well executed, and not competing against a ton of free competitors. And let me tell you something. That's a hard thing to come up with these days.

2. Professional Work Requires Professional Tools
Another question I get asked from time to time is, "How can I find a free program to do [make art/write programs/whatever]." And my answer is always, "You DON'T!"

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