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Tuesday August 12

12:38
TuneUp: Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music...

Today's deal for TuneUp is going to help you clean up your iTunes library. TuneUp will fix mislabeled or missing song information (like "Track 01" or "Unknown Artist"), find missing cover art, find and removes duplicate music files, and deliver music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration, and more. This Mac and Windows app is usually priced at US$50, but through our deal you can get it for $19.95.

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12:37
Mac: Waterfield VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag

A new school year is right around the corner, to the joy of parents worldwide. Some students will be flocking to their nearest Apple Store to pick up MacBooks or iPads and they’ll need something to keep them safe for toting around. Waterfield, known for its high-end bags and sleeves, has introduced the VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag ($129 - $149). It’s a stylish bag for your new Mac or iPad that’s large enough to carry additional accessories....

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12:35
News: Skylanders Trap Team coming to iPad with...

Activision has announced the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for iPad ($75). The newest video game in the popular Skylanders series features a special tablet edition that includes a wireless portal and wireless game controller, in addition to game figurines. For those unaware of the Skylanders series, the game uses real-life figurines that can be controlled within gameplay by use of an NFC-enabled portal; the iPad edition will use a Bluetooth LE…

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12:15
iPhone vs. Tricorder: Seeing the Future with Blurred...

It's interesting to see how the blinders of the present affect our predictions of the future. The Star Trek Tricorder vs. the modern Apple iPhone is a case in point. John Martellaro looks at the technologies that SciFi from the 20th century never saw coming.

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12:06
Apple Diversity Report Offers Mixed Ethnic and...

Apple released a corporate Diversity report on Tuesday, laying out the ethnic and gender breakdown of its work force and leadership ranks. That report shows that Apple's work force is more diverse than the population as a whole, with under-representation of whites, Hispanics, and blacks, and an over-representation of Asians. At the same time, males are massively over-represented as a whole, and in its leadership ranks, white males in particular rule the roost.

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11:40
News: Daily Deal: Get ChargeKey: The Key-Sized...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up ChargeKey, a pocketable, key-sized Lightning cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for only $24.99. ChargeKey’s minimal design allows you to always have a charging/sync cable handy, and can charge your device from any USB port. The best type of charging cable is the one always you have on you. So stay prepared and leave that tangled mess behind.

Get ChargeKey now for only $24.99...

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-12

Sometimes size does matter -- or at least it does for smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the slowly increasing size of the iPhone display and whether or not they're pleased with the notion of a 4.7-inch screen. Jeff also explains how he used BTLExplorer on his iPhone to find a lost Fitbit.

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09:44
News: Apple diversity stats: 55 percent white, 70...

As promised last month by CEO Tim Cook, Apple has released its first diversity report. It’s revealed that Apple employees are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent black. The remaining 12 percent were made up of people who belong to two or more racial groups, another racial group, or did not declare their race. Those statistics were revealed alongside comparisons with race and ethnicity figures in tech, non-tech…

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07:43
Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major...

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.

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06:05
News: Apple talking HealthKit with major healthcare...

Apple has been discussing its upcoming HealthKit service with major healthcare providers, including Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, Reuters reports. The company has also talked about the service with Allscripts, an electronic health records provider. Though the report notes the talks “may not amount to anything concrete,” they illustrate how Apple is planning on making iOS-gathered health data widely available for…

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05:30
News: New iPhone 6 rear shell leak posted

Two new photos of the alleged iPhone 6 rear shell have been posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson. The photos of a scuffed-up shell show the round True Tone flash, and it appears that the ring around the camera is protruding. Antenna breaks are still somewhat of a mystery — it’s possible that these are unfinished shells, with antenna breaks to be filled later with another material — but it’s also possible that Apple will be using plastic…

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05:17
News: Report: New iPads in production, Air to...

Apple’s suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, Bloomberg reports. Mass production of an iPad with a 9.7” screen — likely the second-generation iPad Air — has already begun, with a source claiming the display will come with a new anti-reflection coating which makes the screen easier to read. A new iPad mini is also starting production and “will probably be available by the end of the year,” though it’s unclear…

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05:11
Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.The Mac Observer Spin: Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?

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Monday August 11

19:54
New Apple Ad Features Detroit ‘Slow Roll’

Apple has a new commercial out called Jason's Verse. It features Jason Hall, the cofounder of Slow Roll in Detroit. Slow Roll is a leisurely bicycle ride through the streets of Detroit where up to 3,000 people "witness the revitalization of Detroit from two wheels." The commercial follows Mr. Hall as goes through the day with his iPad planning a Slow Roll, which begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant. USA Today has a story about the man featured in the commercial-it's a cool story. Check out the commercial in full below.

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16:19
ChangeTip Brings Bitcoin Micropayment Tips to...

ChangeCoin has taken us several steps closer to viable micropayments with a service called ChangeTip. With ChangeTip, people can "tip" each other in amounts ranging from fractions of a penny to $25 in Bitcoins. They can do it across Twitter, on YouTube, Google+, Github, Reddit, StockTwits, and Tumblr, with more sites and services coming.

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14:23
Google TV 78-Button Remote and Apple’s Design Process

Ever wondered why the remote for the Apple TV has just three buttons? According to an inside look at Apple University, Apple's team started with the idea of what a remote control does. Then they pared it down until it was stripped to its purest form, an aluminum stick with three buttons. Compare that to one of Sony's remotes designed for Google TV. 78 buttons. It's a mess.

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13:39
Lost Your Fitbit? Use Your iPhone to Track it Down

You can use Find My iPhone to track down your misplaced iPhone, but what about Bluetooth devices that don't offer a similar feature, like your Fitbit? You can track that down, too, with the help of your iPhone and a little luck. Read on to learn how.

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13:22
MGG 514: IPv6 Fun & Defining Cruft!

Your two geeks spent time digging into IPv6 this week -- in two different ways -- so they could tell you everything they've learned. IPv6 is something that we'll all have to deal with eventually, and your two geeks are starting down that path themselves, both now running it on their home networks. Then it's on to answering your questions. John and Dave talk through what it takes to clean install a Mac... and what "cruft" really means. Wanna learn about sharing videos via Photo Stream? Here you go. All this and more, today!

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12:55
The Name Your Own Price Front-End Master Training...

I love the name-your-own-price bundles we get to offer through our friends at Stack Social. Today, we have the Front-End Master Bundle, a collection of 7 courses and 93 hours of training for front-end developers. Web development, Web design, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS & HTML for beginners, HTML5 and CSS3, and PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. That's a ton of training, and individually all those course would retail for $1,042. This is a NYOP deal, however, so you get to decide how much to pay. Pay below the average, and you get two of the courses. Beat the average, which is only $5.81 right now, and you get all of the courses. But there's more, because 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities: Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.

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11:22
Review: Juno Labs Juno Power Junojumpr

The Junojumpr is a 6000mAh battery pack that features a proprietary output port for the jumper cables, a Micro-USB recharging input, and a 14-Volt input for the included cigarette lighter power adapter. By supplying your own USB cable, you can charge any USB-compatible iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the Junojumpr, which is slightly larger than an iPhone 5/5c/5s. The Junojumpr also features a small LED flashlight which could come in handy if your car breaks…

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11:00
Looking Back at Our Ridiculous 3.5-inch iPhone...

The original Apple iPhone started out with a 3.5 inch display. That worked great for a telephone in 2007 that could also run a few Apple apps, but in 2014 we do so much with our iPhones that a larger display is a must. John informally compares three smartphones: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5s, and an Amazon Fire Phone.

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09:41
News: iPhone 6 part leak shows circular True Tone...

A number of alleged iPhone 6 parts have been posted to nowhereelse.fr, with perhaps the most interesting part being a circular Apple True Tone flash. The roundness isn’t a true surprise, as multiple leaks and mockups have shown the iPhone 6 using a circular flash, replacing the current pill-shaped True Tone flash in the iPhone 5s. However, two different colors can be seen within the leaked flash module, so it does appear that this will be a…

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09:30
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-11

Judge Lucy Koh shot down the US$324.5 settlement in the anti-poaching class action lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Judge Koh's decision means for the companies as they face a potential trial, and they shoot down the news that Facebook's Messenger app is spying on you.

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09:24
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to get The Complete...

This is your last day to pre-order The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course for only $79 in our iLounge Deals. At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order now will gain you access to the course…

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07:25
No, Facebook’s Messenger App Isn’t Stealing All Your...

Facebook has been pushing users into its Messenger app instead of sending private messages from within the Facebook app, and the permissions Messenger wants sound pretty ominous. The terms of use make it look as if Facebook can use the Messenger app to copy your address book, send email and text messages to your contacts without your knowledge, and even use your smartphone's camera and mic to spy on you.

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06:34
Mac: Mac Attender Network Radar

Diagnosing problems with your Mac’s wireless network can be seriously challenging — average users can’t hope to master the science of examining individual devices for issues, or getting a big picture sense of how everything’s working together. Mac Attender’s Network Radar ($20) isn’t the least expensive way to help you tackle network issues, but it’s the best-designed option we’ve seen. After you choose…

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06:11
First Look: Kero Products Nomad Cable Lightning

Measuring 3" from edge to edge without its USB cap attached, and 3.4" with the USB cap on, Kero Products' Nomad Cable ($25) is the latest Lightning to USB cable for people who need a syncing/charging option shorter than Apple's official cable and yet are willing to pay more for it. Currently available in white or blue with a gray option also shown, Nomad Cable feels like rubbery plastic apart from the USB plus and always-exposed Lightning plug; you're…

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06:02
Level 29 Brings Old-school BBS to the Modern World...

Before the days of Web browsers and broadband Internet, online communities were hosted by single computers you connected to by dialing in over a traditional phone line via a modem. If you miss the old days -- or never had the chance to experience a BBS -- now you can, thanks to Level 29. The system runs on an Apple IIGS with a blazing fast (for 1983) 300 bps modem, but since not everyone happens to have a modem or physical phone line handy, you can also telnet in or connect via raw sockets. If you're still at a loss, go to the Level 29 website where you can view the BBS in your Web browser. It's retro-awesome, and it shows old computers can still do some really cool stuff.

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05:50
News: NY Times profiles Apple University

Apple’s internal training program, the secretive Apple University, is the subject of a new profile in The New York Times. Three Apple employees who took classes in Apple University spoke to the Times about the program, which is run year-round and features a faculty that includes professors from many prominent universities. In 2008, Steve Jobs selected former Yale School of Management dean Joel Podolny to run the program, and he still remains…

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05:18
Bad News for Apple, Google: Judge Rejects $324.5M...

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh shot down the proposed settlement agreement Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel had hoped would bring an end to the class action lawsuit accusing them of agreeing to avoid poaching employees from each other. Silicon Valley workers claimed the agreement artificially limited their ability to get better jobs, and Judge Koh said the US$324.5 million settlement was far too low. She took the unprecedented move of pushing the trial forward, which could turn into an awkward and ugly mess for the companies.

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Friday August 8

16:34
Weaponize Pets: WarKitteh Detects Unsecured...

Thanks to portable technology, pets can now scan neighborhood wifi networks. Wired reports on an upcoming DefCon talk from Gene Bransfield titled "How To Weaponize Your Pets", which is less a security talk and more a presentation of a clever way to find unsecured networks in the immediate area. Using a Spark Core board and the skills of the cat's human to sew a collar for it, he discovered more than a third of the hotspots in the area were less than secure. He says he did this for fun, but hopefully discovering a cat could detect open wifi networks might prompt some people to adjust their networks accordingly.

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15:21
4 Fabulous Freebies For iOS

This week's Free on iTunes features four fabulous freebies. Digg, Uncrate, Meetup and NPR Music.

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14:15
Why the Apple iWatch Won’t Go Straight to the Bottom...

How do you launch a brand new product, one that's beautifully integrated into your own infrastructure and one that no company has ever conceived of and make sure that it's a runaway success? Answer: very carefully.

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14:12
Apple Death Knell #66 - ‘The Dream Is Over’

Meet Rob Frankel. He's a branding expert. In fact, he's, "The best branding expert on the planet." We know this because he tells us so on his blog. It must therefore be true. Mr. Frankel has a message for Apple fanboys, and it's earning him a spot in the Apple Death Knell Counter. Bryan Chaffin explains.

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13:35
Skype to Leopard Users: We Still Love You,...

Following the ruffled feathers and wailing and gnashing of teeth following the news that Skype support for versions of OS X below 10.6 are no longer supported, Microsoft's Skype team has said a new update is coming that'll let Leopard users continue to participate in their online text, voice and video chats. Currently, Mac owners running Leopard can't login to their Skype account thanks to compatibility changes that were made earlier this week.

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13:17
News: Judge rejects antitrust settlement proposal...

A U.S. District Judge in California has rejected the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement proposed by Apple and three other tech companies, CNBC reports. Judge Lucy Koh said the proposed amount “falls below the range of reasonableness.” Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel — all accused of agreeing not to hire each other’s employees — agreed in May to pay former workers $324.5 million. It remains unclear what the new settlement…

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12:17
Judge rejects antitrust settlement proposal from...

A U.S. District Judge in California has rejected the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement proposed by Apple and three other tech companies, CNBC reports. Judge Lucy Koh said the proposed amount “falls below the range of reasonableness.” Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel — all accused of agreeing not to hire…

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12:04
Mac: Aspyr The Sims 2: Super Collection

Aspyr has announced the release of The Sims 2: Super Collection ($30) in the Mac App Store. A classic “life simulation” game first developed by EA’s Maxis, Sims 2 was originally released in 2004, and the Super Collection adds a ton of features that should entertain seasoned players and reel in some Sims newbies....

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11:25
News: iLounge Game Spotlight: Rules!

Rules! ($2) is a new puzzle game from TheCodingMonkeys. A polished puzzler, Rules! looks to establish ground in the competitive and crowded territory of casual puzzle games on iOS. Grabbing early attention hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Rules!, as it’s catapulted to the top of the puzzle game charts and has hit the top ten for all games. It’s a quick-play puzzler which, at first glance, will remind some gamers of the equally exclamatory…

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10:25
iLounge Game Spotlight: Rules!

Rules! ($2) is a new puzzle game from TheCodingMonkeys. A polished puzzler, Rules! looks to establish ground in the competitive and crowded territory of casual puzzle games on iOS. Grabbing early attention hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Rules!, as it’s catapulted to…

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10:15
Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard/Case for iPad mini:...

The Rugged Folio Bluetooth iPad mini keyboard and case from Zagg is made of polycarbonate, silicone and steel. It includes a backlit keyboard, complete protection when closed, and a removable portion that lets you keep the iPad mini protected when you donât need the keyboard. The battery lasts for up to two years on one charge.

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09:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-08

It's time for a little tech talk, so Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain what's up with IPv6 and what the protocol means for end users. They also wrap up the week with a charity auction from former Apple employee Sam Sung.

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07:35
Running Skype on OS X 10.5.8 or Earlier? Not Anymore

Mac users running OS X 10.5.8 and earlier can't use Skype anymore now that Microsoft has dropped support for the older versions of the Mac operating system. The change happened this week, leaving Leopard users without any way to use the voice and video chat app.The Mac Observer Spin: Companies drop support for old app versions and old operating systems all the time, and Microsoft is no different. If you're Mac is still running Leopard, and you're a Skype user, at least now you know why you can't login.

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06:48
Foursquare is Tracking Your Every Move. Here’s How...

When Foursquare decided to split its business and restaurant discovery and social checkin app for the iPhone into two apps a couple months ago, that upset a lot of users, too. When the updated Foursquare app came out this week with the ability to always track your location even if the app isn't running, that really upset a lot of users. If you don't want Foursquare or Swarm knowing where you are all the time, you can turn the feature off -- assuming you know where to look.

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06:35
News: Daily Deal: The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

Today in iLounge Deals we’re giving away an 11” MacBook Air! Whether in a classroom, office, plane, around the house, and everywhere else, the 11” MacBook Air is the ultimate on-the-go laptop, and you can enter our giveaway now for a chance to win your very own. Simply visit the link below, enter your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. One lucky winner will be chosen on September 23, 2014. Enter The 11”…

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06:24
News: China refutes Apple product ban report

Apple products including iPads and MacBooks have not actually been banned from any Chinese government procurement lists, the country’s chief procurement center has said. This new report, from Reuters, refutes a recent Bloomberg report that claimed 10 Apple products could not be purchased with public money for security reasons. Apparently, the confusion may have stemmed from a list involving energy-saving products, on which Apple could not be…

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06:08
Mac: Pelican 1070CC HardBack Case

There may be a time when you need a case for your 11” MacBook Air that will get you through any situation. Designed for all scenarios, Pelican offers the stylish 1070CC HardBack Case ($85) with a molded foam insert, and non-skid rubber feet. Waterproof, crush-proof and dust-proof, the 1070CC is the rare MacBook case that can survive pretty much anything. Perhaps more important than those features is that Pelican offers a lifetime guarantee,…

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06:04
Patent Office Shoots Down Apple Infringement Claims...

Apple just hit a stumbling block in its second U.S. patent infringement case against Samsung thanks to a Patent and Trademark Office ruling that rejects some of the iPhone and iPad maker's claims. The ruling targeted the summary judgement Federal Judge Lucy Koh issued ahead of Apple and Samsung's trial this spring, and relates to infringement claims for Apple's autocomplete patent.The Mac Observer Spin: The USPTO is rejecting patent claims, Apple and Samsung are agreeing to scale back their legal battle, and there still hasn't been any significant change in either company's mobile device strategy. This doesn't feel like the thermonuclear war against Android Steve Jobs wanted.

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05:24
China refutes Apple product ban report

Apple products including iPads and MacBooks have not actually been banned from any Chinese government procurement lists, the country’s chief procurement center has said. This new report, from Reuters, refutes a recent Bloomberg report that claimed 10 Apple products could not be purchased with public money for security…

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04:35
Pages: Rearranging Layered Objects

For today's article, Melissa Holt will be discussing how to manipulate layered objects in Pages, so if you'd like to change whether one item is behind or in front of another, she'll tell you how. This method is an easy way to move objects to the background or create interesting, multilevel graphics. (Note: Melissa reports that no interesting graphics actually appear in this article, so don't get your hopes up.)

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Thursday August 7

18:19
Sesame Street Season 45 Previews ‘Numeric Con’

Sesame Street has posted a preview clip from Season 45 on YouTube. In the past they've done some clever nods to pop culture including a parody of The Voice, and one of my favorites, H. Ross Parrot. This season we get to see a trip to "Numeric Con," where one can meet such characters as Fiverine and The Dark Nine. Doctor Two (dressed as the Fourth Doctor) makes an appearance, along with familiar looking creatures who say "e-num-er-ate!" There's also a great cameo from someone wearing a gold Starfleet shirt who pauses dramatically at odd places in his sentences. Cap-TEN Kirk, perhaps?

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18:09
Former Apple Employee ‘Sam Sung’ Business Charity...

Remember hearing about Sam Sung, the now-former Apple employee with the most ironic name? He discovered one of his business cards and decided to auction it off, donating all the proceeds to charity. Which is cool. What's more cool is that it's up to US$80,000.

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16:10
Apple and U.S. Tech, Pawns of International Diplomacy

Apple's rocket-like ascent to become the world's most valuable company has brought with it the booby prize of being a pawn of international diplomacy. Apple and other U.S. tech giants are being targeted by China (and Russia) as tensions between all three countries rise over spying allegations.

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14:15
Apple Supports 10 New Cameras with RAW 5.0.6 Update...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06 on Thursday. The update adds support for RAW image files for ten new cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.

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14:08
John Martellaro on Tech Night Owl: Apple’s Multiple...

Recently, John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl LIVE! to chat about Apple's multiple wars with Samsung and Google. And even a little about the SciFi movie Forbidden Planet.

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13:47
News: Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1, a minor update that fixes a few podcast bugs — one problem caused podcast subscriptions to stop updating with new episodes, and another issue caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes. Users can get the update through Software Update in the Mac App Store or at Apple’s iTunes download page....

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13:44
Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 with Podcast...

Apple released iTunes 11.3.1 on Thursday. The maintenance release addresses an issue with podcast subscriptions.

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13:33
Review: Zagg Rugged Folio for iPad Air

Upon first handling of the Rugged Folio, it was clear that the entire unit is well-made. The combination of polycarbonate and silicone makes for a comfortable and fairly sturdy case, which Zagg enables you to use in a standalone fashion. Initial installation can be a little challenging: when we tried to open the empty case to insert the iPad Air, the Rugged Folio was difficult to open, requiring some finagling. The case can be separated from the hinge…

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13:09
News: Apps of the Week: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific...

New Apps Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings ($3) — PBS Kids has just released Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings. The app, based on the show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, has a variety of activities for youngsters. Kids can draw, play mini-games, step into the feelings photo booth, or sing along to their favorite songs from the show — all concentrating on different feelings. This is a well done app with lots of content and great voicework;…

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12:47
Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1, a minor update that fixes a few podcast bugs — one problem caused podcast subscriptions to stop updating with new episodes, and another issue caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes. Users can get the update through Software…

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12:30
PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s: $59.99

Check out the PhoneSuit, a full case and backup battery for iPhone 5 and 5s. It's thin, with a thickness of just 15mm, but that still leaves room for a 2100mAh battery. According to the manufacturer, that gives you enough power for a 125 percent additional charge on your iPhone. The case offers edge-to-edge protection, and the charger puts out a full 1 Amp that will charge your iPhone in less than two hours. Plus, it allows pass-through charging and iTunes syncing. The PhoneSuit retails for $90, but through our deal you can get it for $59.99.

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12:09
Apps of the Week: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings,...

New Apps Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings ($3) — PBS Kids has just released Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings. The app, based on the show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, has a variety of activities for youngsters. Kids can draw, play mini-games, step into the feelings photo booth,…

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12:00
How to Display and Locate GPS Coordinates With iPhone

In this article, John Martellaro shows how to, first, quickly display your latitude and longitude with an iPhone and then search for a latitude and longitude coordinate pair in an iOS map.

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11:07
News: Apple adds ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ section to...

Apple has added a new Beats by Dr. Dre section to its online store. The new section, which links to Beats headphones, speakers, and accessories, can be found in the accessories section of Apple’s online store. It’s interesting that Apple has gone with the “Beats by Dr. Dre” name, as opposed to “Beats by Dre” or just “Beats.” The online store includes some lesser-known products, including the all-white…

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10:07
Apple adds ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ section to online store

Apple has added a new Beats by Dr. Dre section to its online store. The new section, which links to Beats headphones, speakers, and accessories, can be found in the accessories section of Apple’s online store. It’s interesting that Apple has gone with the…

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09:20
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-07

Apple hired Yves Saint Laurent's Catherine Monier and she'll another YSL alum, Paul Deneve, on special projects. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into Apple's executive hires, plus they take a look at the threats facing our devices that are exposed to the Internet.

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07:48
iPhone 6 Will Have Sapphire Glass Thanks to GTAT’s...

Rumors jump back and forth between Apple using synthetic sapphire glass for the next iPhone display, and sticking with Corning's Gorilla Glass because there isn't enough sapphire to meet production needs. If the iPhone 6 doesn't ship with a sapphire glass display, it won't be because of a materials shortage; it'll be because Apple chose to stick with the same glass it's been using on previous iPhone models. Apple teamed with GT Advanced Technology to produce the synthetic sapphire it needs -- and not only has the company been ramping up production in a serious way, it also has a hoard of sapphire it already made stashed away.

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06:52
News: Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

Magellan has introduced Echo Fit, an iOS-compatible sports smart watch. It comes in two models — the base Echo Fit ($150) and Echo Fit with Heart Rate Monitor ($200), which includes a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. The ruggedized, water-resistant watch is an upgraded version of its Echo smart watch, adding activity and sleep tracking. Echo Fit tracks steps, distance, calories, and hours slept, wirelessly uploading data to the Magellan Active…

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06:33
NFL Now for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV Arrives in Time...

The National Football League's NFL Now app for the iPhone and iPad rolled out on Thursday with the promise of plenty of free content, and even more for viewers who pay for a US$1.99 a month subscription. NFL Now also showed up as a new Apple TV channel where you can see the same content that's available in the iPhone and iPad app.The Mac Observer Spin: The lack of game broadcasts will no doubt be a disappointment for some football fans, but it sounds like there will still be plenty of interesting content available. Still, until pro sports franchises find a way to deliver their content outside of the traditional TV networks, sports fans won't be able to drop their cable subscriptions.

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06:28
News: Daily Deal: Get the Icon Bluetooth Speaker for...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a handy little portable Bluetooth speaker for a great price of only $19.99—80% off the regular price. The Icon Bluetooth Speaker is a small, mobile speaker that packs a sonic punch, and provides a 30ft wireless range and a rechargeable battery that provides 4 hours of playback on a single charge. The Icon also sports a built-in mic and speakerphone function to place and receive calls from your iPhone. Get…

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05:52
Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

Magellan has introduced Echo Fit, an iOS-compatible sports smart watch. It comes in two models — the base Echo Fit ($150) and Echo Fit with Heart Rate Monitor ($200), which includes a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. The ruggedized, water-resistant watch is an upgraded…

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05:05
Apple Campus 2 Update: On Track for 2016 Move In,...

Demolition and construction is well underway for Apple's new "space ship" campus, and new information from the city of Cupertino says the project should be finished by the end of 2016. The city also released new photos showing the construction so fay along with how the campus fits in with the surrounding area.

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Wednesday August 6

19:15
ACM 266: The Rumored iPhone 6 Event and Apple as...

With reports of an iPhone 6 media event on September 9 circulating, Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's timing and what that may mean for other fall product announcements. They also offer up their take on China's decision to ban Apple products from the government's approved purchase list, and Russia's demand for Apple's source code.

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16:37
Cryptolocker Decrypted By Security Researchers

Victims of CryptoLocker malware have an alternative to paying ransom or restoring from backup: Security researchers have reverse engineered the keys and are making them freely available to people affected.The Mac Observer Spin: I doubt anything will happen to the person behind the malware, but I'm glad this is a case where there's a nicer option than having to reformat everything and start again.

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15:26
Apple Hires Former Yves Saint Laurent Europe Chief...

Apple has hired its latest former fashion exec in Catherine Monier, who was president and retail head of Yves Saint Laurent Europe until earlier this summer. The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has hired a lot of fashion industry people, which keeps fueling iWatch speculation. I wonder how much different the approach will be for these people given that their background isn't built on other tech companies.

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13:09
Nbryte’s Tablift Can Stand Up Your iPad Almost...

Nbryteâs Tablift offers an alternative way to stand up your iPad in a hands free way for bed time or video time. It has flexible, stable legs and can be used with standard iPads and the iPad mini.

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12:40
How to Secure Your Mac With OS X Gatekeeper

OS X Mountain Lion was the first version to introduce the Gatekeeper security mechanism. John Martellaro explains how to use it to make your Mac more secure from malware.

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11:23
News: ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers spend 65 percent more time per visit on Apple TV compared to when viewing on desktop. ABC also announced it’s adding three new local stations to its current nine local stations on Apple…

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11:09
Too Tired to Order a Pizza? There’s an App for That

Pizza is a staple of life for many people, but that whole ordering for delivery thing? What a total pain. That is, unless you're using Push For Pizza from Simple Food Solutions. The iPhone app was developed by a team of clever teens who saw a need and filled it... with pizza. After you fill in some basic info, like your name, address and credit card number, the pizza joint you like, cheese or pepperoni, and you're ready to go. Just tap the pizza button and your pizza shows up, fully paid for, including tip. It's brilliant, it's simple, and your next pizza is just a tap away. Push For Pizza is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

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11:07
Up to $270 Off Rosetta Stone

I am stoked about today's deal because I love the product, Rosetta Stone. I'm not a linguistic scientist, but years ago I went through the company's Level 1 program for Japanese and it was amazing. On the other hand, it's expensive. Level 1, for instance, is $179 all by itself, and if you bundle Level 1-5, it retails for $499. With our deal, you can get up to $270 off-the more you buy the more you save. So, Level 1-5 is $229. If you just get Level 1, it's $40 off. Rosetta Stone also offers online subscriptions, and you can use our coupon for up to $270 on that, too. If you've been interested in Rosetta Stone, this is the best deal I've seen. It expires in one day, so get on it.

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10:48
News: Redesigned Foursquare 8.0 removes check-ins

Foursquare Labs has updated its free Foursquare iOS app to version 8.0. As expected, the redesign has eliminated location check-ins — the feature which first brought Foursquare to prominence. Users looking to check in can now only do so through Foursquare’s separate Swarm app. The new Foursquare is focused on tips and location discovery, as the app aims to find places and things based on a user’s specific tastes. Changes can be seen…

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10:23
ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers…

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Tuesday August 5

04:25
Look Less Silly on Github

And with Git in GeneralSo you’ve gotten ok with scripts, or at least have tasked yourself with sorting through and in some cases slinging around plain text files. You’ve even heard about this Github thing, maybe you’ve already made an account, maybe you’re even digging in to it more often. What could go wrong? Instead of me just being critical of strangers on Twitter, here’s a few things you may want to avoid when starting out, with some other background to get a better handle on things. Let me know what I’m overlooking or am just plain wrong about in the comments! Get the gistI’m not going to provide a full introduction to code sharing sites, but it comes up often enough that you can also paste code you’re working on at Github’s associated gist.github.com site. Even anonymously, this is a quick and easy way to let others see log files or code you’re working on, stack multiple files behind one URL, and keep it ‘private’ so only folks you give the URL to can see it. Versus...

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Friday August 1

08:55
Create 100′s of Autopkg Recipes With This One Weird...

If you’re like me, you love autopkg. You don’t even want to perform web searches for download links anymore. I’m told there are certain things that can’t be automated. But, when I first saw that many recipes could follow roughly the same format, I thought to myself ‘we have to go deeper’(BUMMMMMMM!BUMBUM!) I created RecipeGenerationUtils, which lazily generates plists in an easily-customizable format. This allows you to follow a suggested pipeline of making download, then munki, then pkg recipes for apps that leverage the Sparkle framework of checking an RSS feed to discover updates. Each recipe step builds upon the previous, and one can obviously extend it for Absolute Manage, DeployStudio, FileWave, or Casper recipes just the same. I threw in a convenience script to find .app bundles and the associated appcast URL/bundle identifier in your ~/Downloads, /Applications and /...

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Wednesday July 30

09:53
About integrated video on Intel-based Macs

Learn more about the integrated GPUs available with Intel-based Apple computers and the amount of system memory they share.

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09:53
Thunderbolt ports and displays: Frequently asked...

Learn about the Thunderbolt ports on Apple computers and displays, their uses with OS X and Boot Camp, and system requirements for Thunderbolt usage.

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09:52
MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013): Using 192 kHz...

Learn how to use 192 kHz sample rate optical digital audio with your MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013).

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09:52
Mac OS X versions (builds) for computers

Learn which Mac OS X versions (builds) originally shipped with or are available for your computer via retail discs, downloads, or Software Update.

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09:52
Intel-Based Apple notebooks: Identifying the right...

Learn which power adapter, power cord, and plug are appropriate for each Intel-based Apple notebook. Remember that size, shape, and color of replacement adapters and cords may vary.

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09:52
Mac computers: How do I configure PPPoE on a new...

When you set up a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2012 and later), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 and later), Mac Mini (Late 2012), or iMac (Late 2012 and later) the Setup Assistant does not offer to configure PPPoE connections. Follow the steps below to set one up on your new Mac.

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09:52
Mac computers: Apple USB SuperDrive and MacBook Air...

The Apple USB SuperDrive and MacBook Air SuperDrive allow you to install software, play, and burn both CDs and DVDs. Use the table below to determine if your computer can support the Apple USB SuperDrive or MacBook Air SuperDrive.

 

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09:52
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

Learn more about using USB 3 ports and devices on Mac computers.

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09:52
MacBook Pro: Frequently asked questions about using...

The MacBook Pro with Retina display has a pixel density that is so high, your eyes can't discern individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. The Retina display packs four times the pixels of the standard MacBook Pro display, giving content incredible detail and dramatically improving the viewing experience. See the frequently asked questions below to learn more about using your MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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09:52
Avoiding image persistence on Apple displays

This article explains how to avoid image persistence on certain Apple displays, and describes the unique characteristics of IPS display technology.

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Thursday July 24

07:52
About AirPrint

With AirPrint, it's easy to deliver full quality photo and document printing from your iOS and OS X apps without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built into most popular printer models. AirPrint features include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and enterprise-class finishing options.

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Tuesday July 22

17:52
iOS: About diagnostic capabilities

iOS offers the following diagnostic capabilities to help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues.

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Monday July 14

10:25
MainStage 3: Reducing latency in MainStage 3

Use the information in this article to minimize audio latency in MainStage.

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Saturday July 12

19:18
PSU MacAdmins 2014 Slides

Thanks to all the great presenters at PSU MacAdmins this year and @frogor (Michael Lynn) on twitter, here is a partial list of presenter slides that were posted to Twitter under the #psumac hashtag: Modular Image CreationBeyond the Thunderdome: Managing OS X without OS XAutomate yourself out of a job and Multi tenanted Munki with Puppet and SalThe Proper Care & Feeding of Your IT ProfessionalGetting Your Issue on Apple’s RadarManage Third Party Applications with ProfilesThe...

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Friday July 11

06:43
iPhoto ’09: Unexpectedly quits when you export

iPhoto ’09 might unexpectedly quit when you export photos in OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 or later. This can happen if you're exporting photos that you imported from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7.

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Thursday July 10

15:10
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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Wednesday June 8

16:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Sunday March 13

13:49
HTC Incredible S Gets Pictured in the Wild

Friday March 11

21:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

13:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

08:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
Apple Games Features WarBirds Dogfights

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMApple Games has posted a new feature article, this time taking to the dangerous skies of WarBirds Dogfights from iEntertainment Network. In the game players choose from a large variety of historically accurate aircraft and fly in the game's many missions or engage in combat against other players online. The article includes an overview of the game, comments from iEntertainment CEO Bill Stealey, and a short history of flight sims.When you go online, Stealey explains, first we send you to the Special Training Arena, because we learned that new players get shot down very quickly in the regular arenas. He pauses while getting a bead on an enemy plane; he litters one wing with bullets and a teammate finishes the kill. In the Special Training Arena, all players are on the same side, he adds. His team also created CheckRide and CheckOut training options: the former is aimed at experienced flight simmers who want to work on advanced tactics, while the latter is for...

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More Din's Curse Creatures Unveiled

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak Entertainment, developer of Depths of Peril and Kivi's Underworld, has released more new information about the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The latest update features three new additions to the creature list with the unveiling of the Evil Leprechaun, the Scree, and the Plaguebringer.Evil LeprechaunA nether creature, this small fiend can smell coins of all kinds and will steal from anyone. When it runs away with new found wealth, it'll rely on other brutish allies to protect it from retribution. Scree Chaos rips through the core of the world, a deadly doorway to dimensions beyond. The Scree slipped through into the underworld, cowardly mini-demons ready to mob their enemies when the numbers were on their side.Click over to the link below for more information.Din's Curse MonstersSoldak Entertainment...

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id Developers Discuss Original Quake Public Beta...

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMBethesda Softworks has posted a new blog featuring comments from id Software's John Carmack, Tim Willits, and others about the release of the first public beta of the original Quake 14 years ago. The participants shared their memories of the release of the game and its then innovative features.John Carmack, Co-founder and Technical Director, id Software:We were watching a live online chat when the upload went live. When the first person got it, there was a great clamor for reports about what it looked like. Unfortunately, one of the first things reported was There is a turtle in the corner of the screen. I had a check in the code to draw that icon as a sign that you were running at 10 frames a second or less, so you should reduce quality settings to get a more playable experience. Quake was one of the first PC apps where floating point performance was a critical factor, which meant that Intels Pentium processor had a huge lead over the competing AMD and...

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World Of Warcraft Twitter Q&A Today

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment has announced an upcoming Twitter chat for fans interested in talking with the World of Warcraft development team about recently released content for the game. The question and answer session will be focused on Icecrown Citadel and Fall of the Lich King and will be held on Blizzard's Twitter page February 26 at 5 PM PST.We will be holding our next Developer Chat on Twitter on Friday, February 26, at 5:00 p.m. PST with World of Warcraft's lead content designer and lead systems designer. This chat session will focus on Icecrown Citadel and other Fall of the Lich King content. Questions will be taken live through Twitter, so be sure to sign up for a Twitter account at https://twitter.com/signup and follow account @Warcraft in order to participate! To submit a question for the Developer Chat, please tweet using the #BlizzChat hashtag between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p....

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id Software Celebrates One Year Of Quake Live

February 25, 2010 6:00 AMid Software has kicked off celebration of Quake Live's first year with a Year One Event continuing through March 9th. During the event players who participate in online matches will receive special Year One awards. id has also released a new level, Fallout Bunker, and plans to add both new maps and old favorites from the community.One year ago today id Software launched browser-based (and totally free) version of Quake III Arena and since then players have spent over 8.9 million hours in over 60 million ranked matches, earning 8 million awards and 810 million frags. To celebrate Quake Lives milestone, id Software has launched Quake Lives Year One Event. The event runs from today through March 9th. During that time, anyone that participates in an online match will receive a special Year One award. To help get the year off to a good start, the team has also uploaded a new level, Fallout Bunker. As the team moves forward, they plan to bring many new fighting...

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Diablo II Patch 1.13b Enters Public Test Realms

February 25, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment recently revealed that the long delayed patch for Diablo II has once again entered beta testing on the public test realms. Version 1.13b will introduce a variety of bug fixes and updates as well as respecialization options, and a new mystery to be solved by players of Hell difficulty.Major Bugs:

  • Fixed an item dupe bug.
  • Video improvements for Intel Mac machines with OS 10.5 or greater.
  • Fixed an issue where some players could kill other players while in town ("TPPK").
  • Fixed an issue where some players could disconnect other players when they had too many active states.
  • Fixed two issues where players could stack auras in an unintended way.

Specific changes/improvements:

  • Respecialization is now possible! Completing the 'Den of Evil' quest will now additionally reward 1 free respec which can be saved. Players who have already completed this quest should receive 1 free...

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New Details Revealed About Spiderweb's Next RPG

February 25, 2010 6:00 AMThe Gamer Studio has released a new interview with Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel about the company's upcoming new RPG title. The as of yet unnamed game will kick off a new series and will mark a departure from Vogel's popular Avernum and Geneforge series. The new game will retain a turn-based, party focused, fantasy role playing format with an all new world and history to explore.Could you give us a brief summary of the storyline?The known world is divided into the Pact and the Farlands. The Pact is an alliance of five nations, who have banded together to keep the barbarians and monsters of the Farlands at bay. You are one of the elite warriors of the Pact, given almost limitless authority to hunt enemies inside and out. You get all the best weapons and powerful magic, all the cool toys, but the responsibility and danger are both considerable. And you have a very difficult boss to please. That's where we're at so far. What was the inspiration behind it?...

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City Of Heroes Issue 17 Overview Page Unveiled

February 25, 2010 6:00 AMNCSoft and Paragon Studios have released a new overview page for the upcoming Issue 17: Dark Mirror 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 as well as a variety of other game content.Features: Ultra ModeUltra Mode includes a superior graphics rendering process for players who have higher-end graphic cards. Each feature can be enabled or disabled in the graphics menu options and will be scalable. Ultra Mode works on both Macs and PCs. In specific, it offers dynamic shadows, screen-space ambient occlusion, and dynamic environment reflections (including planar reflections and environment mapping of reflective surfaces). Epic Archetypes Unlocked at Level 20Previously, you had to have at least one character at level 50 to make an epic archetype character. No more! Now you can create an epic archetype character as long as you have...

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Din's Curse Previewed

February 24, 2010 6:00 AMHonest Gamers has published a new preview of Soldak Entertainment's Din's Curse, the company's upcoming action RPG. 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.Keeping the multiplayer support introduced in Kivi's Underworld, Din's Curse ditches the pre-generated characters of the previous title to introduce a new class system with over 140 possible combinations. Players can pick from classic templates such as Warrior or Priest, or they can combine two skill trees from any basic class to create a hybrid. Want to relive the glory days of Ultima Online with a platemail-wearing, polearm-wielding warrior-mage? How about rolling up a home-brewed necromantic archer? Din's Curse will let you do that. The downside of the "hybrid" system is that players...

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Land Air Sea Warfare Comes To Macs

February 24, 2010 6:00 AMIsotope 244 recently announced the release of Land Air Sea Warfare for Macs. The new game from the developers of Machines at War features 70 new types of units, new technologies, and six "gigantic mega units" for players to control.I have been working non stop on the Mac version the last few weeks and it is done! I have also updated the games webpage with screenshots and the games help manual. 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. There are over 70 new types of units, new technologies, and six gigantic mega units which are awesome in battle! I will be working on the mobile versions next and am still developing the game every day, so if you have any suggestions for the game please let me know. - James Bryant Command a force of thousands of units into strategic warfare in this new real time strategy game. Fortify your base...

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Jurassic Realm Released

February 24, 2010 6:00 AMIndependent game developer Enkord has announced the release of Jurassic Realm 1.9, a new action puzzle game for Mac OS X. In the game players uncover the secrets of the ancient Jurassic Realm by solving a variety of puzzles and discovering images of long-lost dinosaurs."We continue to bring our classic casual hits which hit top spots on casual portals to Mac platform" said Yaroslav Yanovsky, CEO and founder of Enkord, Ltd. "We feel the Macintosh is a wonderful platform and intend on porting more of our games." Perfect for casual gamers and pros alike, Jurassic Realm features 2 game modes, includes over 150 striking levels with 19 ancient dinosaurs to uncover. Players become archeologists on a mission with a huge map at their disposal, with great number of roads and pathways to travel. Version 1.9 includes improved collapse, explosive power-ups and exciting brick-breaking. Feature Highlights:

  • Over 150 striking levels
  • 19 Ancient Dinosaurs to...

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Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition...

February 24, 2010 6:00 AMAspyr Media has announced the digital download release of Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition for Intel Mac owners. Developed and published in North America by Aspyr, the title combines the original Star Wars The Force Unleashed videogame with three new levels set in iconic Star Wars locales and a host of new costumes and character models. This special edition of the game will show players "the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself."Experience the Power of the Dark SideThe story and action of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed expands with the release of Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition. A special new version of the game that shows players the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself. The Ultimate Sith Edition includes all of the original missions found in Star Wars: The Force...

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Din's Curse Priest Class Revealed

February 24, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak 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 Priest class and its associated specialties: Paladin, Healer, and Shaman. This is the sixth and final revealed class of those available in the game. Priest:By the light of good, these holy warriors command more than strength and might, but also heal and bless themselves and others. Specialties: Paladin, Healer, and Shaman. Paladin:This guardian totes heavy armor with ease while using the power of the gods to maim the unjust. Bonuses: higher health per vitality, higher mana per spirit, higher damage per strength, and higher mana regen per spiritMana gen: Mana gain on blocks and parriesArmor: Cloth, Leather, and ShieldsWeapons: Maces

  • Zeal - An attack with extra damage and chance to get a crushing blow.
  • Shield Mastery - When using a shield,...

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iGame Radio Episode 92 Features The Movies Superstar...

February 23, 2010 6:00 AMEpisode 92 of Omaha Sternberg's iGame Radio podcast is now available for listening. The podcast features a review of Feral Interactive's The Movies Superstar Edition for Mac as well as reviews of Thor and Phantom Mansion: The Orange Library for iPhone and iPod Touch.Episode 91:

  • A review of The Movies Superstar Edition by Feral Interaction. This babys got everything for the budding movie mogul. Just hop in and express your creativity.
  • Plus, a review of Thor by Freeverse. This slide-scroll platform game pits a goofy god Thor against giants, the goddess Hel, even a serpent. And Thor just keeps running and running and running and
  • Finally, a review of the Phantom Mansion: The Orange Library, the second episode in the Phantom Mansion series. No, Hector is still stuck in the Mansion. And Omaha is still waiting for more difficult puzzles.

Show Notes:

  • A great conversation with Peter Cohen of The Loop!
  • ...

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New Subversion Screenshots And Game Details Unveiled

February 23, 2010 6:00 AMWorthplaying has posted some new screenshots from Introversion Software's upcoming Subversion, as well as more information about the game. Subversion will offer players the chance to control a team of skilled operatives seeking to complete missions in hostile high security buildings. Previous information about the game centered around its procedurally generated cityscapes.Subversion is going to be set in a modern High Tech environment, with you taking "mission control" over a team of skilled operatives in a hostile High Security building. You will be using Sabotage, Social Engineering and Grifting, custom Electrical and Mechanical devices, Distractions, Hacking, Stealth, Acrobatics, Precision demolitions, Trickery, whatever gets the job done. In the best case scenarios your enemies will never know you were even there. When things go wrong, a well prepared escape plan and well timed precision violence will get you out of a tight spot - or maybe not. The...

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Amnesia: Dark Descent Trailer Examined

February 23, 2010 6:00 AMFrictional Games recently published an in-depth look at the recently released teaser trailer for the company's upcoming horror game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The blog post covers the creation of the trailer and includes comments on key moments in the footage.- 2:05Notice how books just slightly slide along the shelf because of friction and so on. This is all due the nice simulations provided by Newton Game Dynamics. It was quite fun setting everything up on the table so that that some fell off while pushing it, giving the a feel of urgency when trying to barricade the door. The table was also harder to move due to the weight from all the stuff on it, so had to give it an extra push to get into place (using the "throw" button). One never knows what going to happen with physics... - 2:26It took a while to remember the best times to open the closer door, in order to get a nice effect. After 50 tries or so, I had that creature pretty much figured out though (...

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

February 22, 2010 6:00 AMIn 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 IdeaThis 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 ToolsAnother 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!" I know. You don't have much money. You can't afford Photoshop or whatever. But starting...

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The Secrets Of Da Vinci Reviewed

February 22, 2010 6:00 AMMac|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 bouncing between the same handful of...

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Eschalon Book II Trailer Unveiled

February 22, 2010 6:00 AMBasilisk 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 effect; severe weather...

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

February 22, 2010 6:00 AMCCP 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 tougher and more demanding,...

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

February 19, 2010 12:07 PMFrictional 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 siteGeneral information about the game...

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Multiwinia Updated

February 19, 2010 6:00 AMAmbrosia 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 enemies. They will do your...

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Eschalon Book II Trailer Coming Next Week

February 19, 2010 6:00 AMBasilisk 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, and thunderstorms....

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Din's Curse Q&A

February 19, 2010 6:00 AMGamersInfo.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, lets say the boss Nightweaver has...

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Civilization V Announced For PC

February 19, 2010 6:00 AM2K 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 compete against each other without...

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The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff Reviewed

February 18, 2010 6:00 AMIGN 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 newer families will not see any of...

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PopCap Survey Studies Social Gamers

February 18, 2010 6:00 AMPopCap 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 represents a huge opportunity to reach hundreds...

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Apple Games Features Tales Of Monkey Island

February 18, 2010 6:00 AMApple 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 islands and characters wait. As...

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Din's Curse Preorders Selling Well, Beta Updated

February 18, 2010 6:00 AMA 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 our previous two games. This is...

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Marvel Action Pack Released

February 17, 2010 6:00 AMThe 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 Flight Test", "Iron Man Amory Assault", and "Iron Man...

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Max & The Magic Marker Available For Mac

February 17, 2010 6:00 AMIndependent 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 GameMax & 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 StoryMax 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 letter attached only the plain orange marker...

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Diablo III Female Barbarian Unveiled

February 17, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard 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 death, and their spirits...

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StarCraft II Beta Test Forums Open

February 17, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard 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 sure to check out the StarCraft II FAQ Thank...

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Two Worlds II: New Screenshots, Gameplay Videos

February 16, 2010 6:00 AMTopWare 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 www.twoworlds2.com...

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iGame Radio: Telltale Games Interview

February 16, 2010 6:00 AMiGame 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 InterviewiGame Radio

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World Of Warcraft Five Years Later

February 16, 2010 6:00 AMIncGamers 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 more subtle changes...

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EVE Online: Bug Testing And Dealing With Lag

February 16, 2010 6:00 AMCCP 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, or even thousands, of players...

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

February 15, 2010 6:00 AMTopWare 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 should consider this just in...

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SLUDGE 2D Adventure Game Engine Comes To Macs

February 15, 2010 6:00 AMRikard 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 it's easy to test. It's a pretty...

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Teltale Games' Dan Connors And Mark Darin...

February 15, 2010 6:00 AMAppleTell 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 those whove been playing for...

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Galcon Fusion Released

February 15, 2010 6:00 AMPhil 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
  • Full-length interactive...

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Shutter Island Now Available

February 12, 2010 1:24 PMMacgamestore.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 characters from the film.Features:...

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Din's Curse Rogue Class Unveiled

February 12, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak 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. AssassinThis vanquisher is a lethal killer, racking up huge amounts of damage. Bonuses: higher attack per dexterity, higher health per vitality, and higher damage per strengthMana gen: Mana gain on critical hits and killsArmor: Cloth and LeatherWeapons: Daggers and Swords

  • Rupture - This has extra damage and a high chance of deep wounds. Deep wounds causes another 200% of the melee hit damage over 5 seconds.
  • Lethal...

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No Macs In First Round StarCraft II Beta Testing

February 12, 2010 6:00 AMIn 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 GamersBlizzard Forums: Mac Starcraft II Beta?Blizzard Entertainment...

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City Of Heroes: Reactivation & Double XP Weekend...

February 12, 2010 6:00 AMNCSoft 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 all that Double XP has to offer...

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Telltale Releases Tales Of Monkey Island, More...

February 12, 2010 6:00 AMTelltale 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 three critically-acclaimed...

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City Of Heroes Issue 17 To Feature Improved Graphics

February 11, 2010 6:00 AMNCSoft 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 Going Rogue has released, you will...

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StarCraft II Beta Test Begins Later This Month

February 11, 2010 6:00 AMDuring 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 by everyone. For everyone asking, we are...

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Apple Games Features The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff

February 11, 2010 6:00 AMApple 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 all its high-definition glory...

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PopCap Celebrates 10 Years Of Bejeweled

February 11, 2010 6:00 AMPopCap 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 still be selling copies of...

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Warhammer Online: Night Of Murder Event Underway

February 10, 2010 6:00 AMMythic 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 realm who have been "marked for death...

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Parallels Desktop And VMWare Fusion Compared

February 10, 2010 6:00 AMMacTech 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.GamesOne 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 reproducible frames per second (FPS) tests built in...

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Diablo III Female Monk Website Update

February 10, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard 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 strikes mixed with something I could not quite...

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Tasty Planet Sequel In The Works

February 10, 2010 6:00 AMIn 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 fun for parents who...

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent Reaches Alpha

February 9, 2010 6:00 AMFrictional 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 like!
  • We now...

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Din's Curse Beta Updated

February 9, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak 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 traps, and in your spare time,...

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BioWare's Greg Zeschuk Discusses RPGs

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Missions Of The Reliant OS X Version In Development

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City Of Heroes Secret Admirer Contest

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Dragon Age: Origins Collectors Edition For Mac...

February 8, 2010 6:00 AMMacworld 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.Combat isnt just about throwing the same...

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The Sims Franchise Turns Ten

February 8, 2010 6:00 AMThe 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 business as a whole can be proud of....

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Rome: Total War Gold Edition Available Today

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMFeral 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 Assembly, "We hope that these players will...

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Civilization IV Digital Download Now Available

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMAspyr 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 war to grow your society and become...

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Wacky Mini-Golf Update Adds Ghost Ship Theme

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMDanLabGames 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-time 3D gameplay.
  • 5 themes and a total of...

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Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Reviewed

February 5, 2010 6:00 AMMac|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 control over important locations and...

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City Of Heroes Second Mission Architect Contest...

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMNCSoft 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 who loses their...

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Apple Games Features Rome: Total War Gold Edition

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMApple 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 early part of the campaign...

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Hive Media Games Formed, Angela's World Released

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMHive 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. William Weaver added, We promise to...

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Din's Curse Now Available For Preorder

February 4, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak 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 monsters, solving dynamic quests,...

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The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff Pack Now Available

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMElectronic 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 SimsTransform 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 and sophisticated outerwear....

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Land Air Sea Warfare Coming Soon To Macs

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMIsotope 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 BryantLand Air Sea Warfare:Command a force of thousands of...

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World Of Warcraft Version 3.3.2 Released

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard 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! Click over to the links below for more...

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City Of Heroes Spring Fling Event Celebrates...

February 3, 2010 6:00 AMParagon 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. PST (11:59 a.m. EST)Ends: Tuesday, March 2,...

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Todd Hollenshead Discusses id's Merger With...

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMEdge 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 consumer gets out as what ultimately...

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iGame Radio Episode 91 Features Bioshock Review

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMEpisode 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.

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Exploring The MMO World Of Onverse

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMMacworld 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 be purchased through the Onverse...

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Ten New Diablo III Screenshots Unveiled

February 2, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard 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 engine to render lush indoor and...

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Vendetta Online Adds Station Conquest

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMGuild 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 and minerals within...

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New Star Tennis Now Available

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMNew 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 GameplayExperience 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 TrainingTo 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 TourThere are 66 tournaments on the NSG World tour in which you can earn points to improve your ranking. You will need to decide when to train, when to rest and when...

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The Flower Shop Released

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMWinterwolves 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 on his uncle's farm for the...

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

February 1, 2010 6:00 AMTopWare 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 ADVENTUREA 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 material Verita is mined - by...

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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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