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Jobs Undergoes Cancer Surgery
10:14 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In a unusual sidenote, Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios' CEO Steve Jobs underwent surgery this weekend for an unusual strain of pancreatic cancer.

Writing on his 17" PowerBook from his hospital bed, the 49-year-old CEO informed his employees and members of the press of his current fight with the rare disease:

This weekend I underwent a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my pancreas. I had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which represents about 1 percent of the total cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year, and can be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time (mine was).
Speaking on the success of the operation, Jobs wrote that he will not require any chemotherapy or additional radiation treatments. Jobs further explained that his form of pancreatic cancer was not the more common adenocarcinoma cancer, which sadly has a life expectancy of only about twelve months after diagnosis -
I mention this because when one hears 'pancreatic cancer' (or Googles it), one immediately encounters this far more common and deadly form, which, thank god, is not what I had.
In a telephone interview on the subject, Apple board member Bill Campbell backed the CEO's view on the operation, saying that Jobs' doctors are very confident that the surgery was successful, and that Jobs' prognosis is excellent.

Jobs, who will remain in hospital for the month of August, has asked Tim Cook, head of worldwide sales and operations, to take over as interim CEO until his return in September. Cook, confident on the successful recovery of his CEO, joked about the possibility that Jobs wouldn't let things run for too long without checking in -

My guess is I'll be hearing a lot from him beginning tomorrow.


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Doom 3 Final Trailer Released
11:54 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

The good folks over at id Software have recently released the final trailer for their highly-anticipated first person shooter Doom 3.

The two and a half minute Quicktime movie sets the stage for the action-intense, futuristic sci-fi shooter. Viewers get to watch our hero's introduction to the Union Aerospace Corporation secret Mars labs, where, in the middle of an investigation into the mysterious deaths of the labs' workers, an experiment tapping into the mysteries of the universe suddenly go horribly, horribly wrong.

With the official release of the PC version of the Activision title expected for tomorrow, Mac gamers chomping at the bit will be happy to know that the Mac version of the much-talked-about fragfest is on its way and should be available before too long. As reported on IMG last week, the game developers are concentrating on dedicated server code and a demo for the PC version before focusing their efforts on the Mac port. If everything goes well, sources expect that Mac gamers could be shooting their way through the ravaged Mars station before the end of the year.

The 42 MB Quicktime trailer is available either through BitTorrent, or as a direct download from the link below.

Doom 3 Final Trailer
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UT2004 Stats Update; Editor's Choice Edition Coming
10:42 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In an announcement last week on Atari game forums, Epic Games Inc. gameplay programmer "Dr. Sin" has informed posters that the recently-revamped game statistics code for their first person shooter Unreal Tournament 2004 are back online, and are currently undergoing thorough testing.

As work on the statistics code in still underway, the programmer reminds forum readers that the stats server may go down at any time. Once the work on the code is completed and the revamped code is fully operational, existing stats will be purged in an effort to flush out any previously flawed information. Stay tuned to IMG as further details on the UT2004 code develop.

In further Unreal news, Atari and Epic Games announced last Friday that the PC version of Unreal Tournament 2004 - Editor's Choice Edition will be released this fall.

The new edition, which will include all the content from the original release, will also feature new maps for the game's popular Onslaught mode, new characters, new vehicles, and a large selection of the best fanbase-made game modifications (mods), as selected by the game's designers.

While there has been no official announcement on Epic's part regarding a Mac version, chances are good that this new edition will be making it to our favorite platform, based on sales figures for UT2004, and previous incantations of the popular first person franchise. Stay tuned to IMG as further news on this new edition surfaces, and, if you haven't already, head over to the IMG store to order your own copy of the popular shooter -

UT2004 Game Stats Update
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Mac EverQuest Status Update
10:14 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Sony Online Entertainment's system administrator Brenlo updated the Everquest Macintosh Edition website last week with news on the progress of their latest system updates.

Apart from implementing some bug fixes and Guides for the Mac-dedicated Al'Kabor server, the Sony staff are currently working out the technical challenges of implementing character moves to and from the Mac-only server.

Sony Online Entertainment, which celebrated the one year anniversary of the Mac EverQuest Community at the end of June, is also working on a number of unannounced, additional updates to the server code, which will be implemented in the near future.

The software for EverQuest: Macintosh Edition is available for $49.95 USD and $47.95 USD for MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscribers at the IMG Store. Subscriptions to Sony's EverQuest Mac Edition can be purchased online at Sony's website - click on the links below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, July 30, 2004

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Feral Friday: Republic Shipping, Bionicle Goes Beta9:55 AM
IMG Store: 10 Percent Off All Orders Continues9:22 AM
Knights Of The Old Republic Goes Beta8:39 AM
Custer Simulates a Desktop Sequel8:04 AM
Ghost Recon Mod Enabler Available8:04 AM
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