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Apple Updates PowerBook Line
8:12 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Apple has once again quietly updated its PowerBook line of laptop computers. Notable changes to each include processor speed bumps, with a 1.5Ghz G4 for the 12-inch, and up to 1.67Ghz G4s for the 15 and 17-inch models. Other features include an 8x SuperDrive, Bluetooth 2.0, an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with up to 128MB for the 15 and 17-inchers, and two new technologies - the scrolling TrackPad and the Sudden Motion Sensor.

The new scrolling TrackPad allows for easier scrolling, and users can simply drag two fingers across the pad in the direction they wish to scroll. The Sudden Motion Sensor is used to protect valuable data in case of sudden drops:

The Sudden Motion Sensor senses change in axis position and accelerated movement. In the event of a drop or fall, the Sudden Motion Sensor instantly parks the hard drive heads so they wont scratch the disks on impact, lessening the risk of damage and improving your chances of retrieving valuable data. When the Sudden Motion Sensor senses your PowerBook is once again level, it unlocks the hard drive heads automatically.
The 17-inch also features an optical digital audio input for those looking for a little more clarity in their recordings.

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The Gamesome Mac Talks With Glenda Adams
12:18 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Gamesome Mac, the Mac gaming radio program, returns from Macworld Expo 2005 in San Francisco, and on tonight's broadcast, guest host Omaha Sternberg and co-host David Finley talk with Glenda Adams, Director of Mac and PC Development at Aspyr Media, and Kevin Miles and Jon Crossland of The Gravy Factory.

Founded in 1996 to publish games for the Macintosh, Aspyr Media has grown to become one of the giants of the Mac game industry. The past year has seen it publish CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and announce the soon to be released Doom 3 for the Mac.

The Gravy Factory is a lifestyle apparel factory offering clothing and other accessories to millions of consumers worldwide, with specific appeal to "gamers and geeks". Co-owners Kevin Miles, a former protege' of Def Jam Records and and Phat Farm Clothing CEO Russell Simmons, and Jon Crossland, a Grammy nominated graphic designer and creator of alternative supergroup Nine Inch Nail's logo, started the company in September of 2004.

Omaha and David will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and together with their guests will take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac's chat room and give away a copies of some Aspyr games as well as t-shirts from The Gravy Factory.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 8:00 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11:00 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0200 to 0400 UTC), and on demand thereafter. Listeners can tune in at The Gamesome Mac's web page, where they'll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 6 and a 56K or faster Internet connection are required.

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IMG Store: Knights of the Old Republic On Sale, Plus More...
9:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz

The IMG Store is once again having a fantastic sale on some super cool Macintosh games. They are as follows:

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - $43.95 (was $48.95)
Rise of Nations Gold - $43.95 (was $48.95)
Aliens vs Predator 2 - $29.99 (was $44.99)
Activision Anthology: Remix Edition - $14.95 (was $19.95)
Freedom Force - $9.95 (was $14.95)
Massive Assault - $29.95 (was $39.95)
Sacrifice - $9.95 (was $19.95)
Warrior Kings - $29.95 (was $48.95)
Another War -$9.95 (was $14.95)
Dominions II: The Ascension Wars - $39.95 (was $48.95)

If you're a MacGames DVD Subscribers, you can an additional 10 percent off ALL orders (not just these sales items). IMG Pro users get an additional 5 percent off ALL orders. Want to save money? Consider a subscription to one of these cool IMG products.

Sale items are in effect until Friday, February 4th.

And don't forget, that if you order three or more games from the IMG Store, we'll include a FREE copy of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 with your order.

IMG Store: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
IMG Store: Rise of Nations
IMG Store: Aliens vs Predator 2
IMG Store: Activision Anthology
IMG Store: Freedom Force
IMG Store: Massive Assault
IMG Store: Sacrifice
IMG Store: Warrior Kings
IMG Store: Another War
IMG Store: Dominions II

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EverQuest Mac Server Patched
9:32 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The EverQuest Mac server, Al'Kabor, has recently received a server patch upgrade, according to a news post of the popular Macintosh fan site dedicated to the online game, EQ Mac. Here's a list of some of the fixes:

Reverted some spells that were broken last spell update. They include Alter Plane Hate, Sacrifice, Illusion Scaled Wolf, and some others.
Added group exp modifiers. A bonus percentage of 20, 40, 60, 80, and 80 will be added for groups of 2 or more. The percentage bonus for a group of 6 is the same as a group of 5.
Added a general 20 percent bonus modifier for all exp gained.
Names and guild names above characters heads should look better.
The Story dwarf in PoK should give out AA's for completing flags.
I Also reverted some of the other spells that were reported to be having issues in hopes that they are now fixed.
For more, be sure to head to the EQ Mac web site.

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Lugaru Released; Demo Available
8:12 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Wolfire Software has announced the official release of Lugaru. Featuring anthropomorphic rebel bunny rabbit, Lugaru pitches players headlong into a conspiracy involving corrupt rabbit leaders, starving wolves, and the freeing of slaves.

One of the primary features in Lugaru is its combat system, which allows for a variety of context-sensitive moves:

Instead of relying on confusing button combinations to perform moves, Lugarus moves are all logical and context sensitive. For example, if an opponent aims a roundhouse kick at Turners head, you can crouch and then stand up under the attack to grab your assailants leg and kick him away. If you try and punch an opponent and he tries to throw you over his shoulder, you can crouch to roll painlessly out of the throw.
Lugaru also contains a stealth element, requiring players to clean the blood off their weapons as well as deal with sounds generated by players and enemies alike.

Those who wish to try out Lugaru can download a free demo from Wolfire's site or Movies and screenshots are also available for those looking for more info. Registration for the full version is set at $19.95.

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Mac Games News for Friday, January 28, 2005

First To Fight Friday: Staircases Tutorial12:06 PM
European World of Warcraft Phase 2 Beta10:49 AM
Feral Friday: Commandos Pre-Order, Macworld Wrap-Up10:21 AM
Stronghold 2 Site Offers Mini Game9:55 AM
IMG Store: Order Three Games, Get Tiger Woods Free!7:48 AM
Epic Talks Unreal Mod Contest7:41 AM
Sims Party Pack Ships Next Week7:41 AM
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