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City of Heroes Comes To Mac This Year

Posted by Aaron Zollo Categories: Action, MMORPG, Role Playing Games

City-of-Heroes-MacCity of Heroes has long been on the PC and now it makes the move to the Mac.  The MMORPG is is coming from a pertnership between NCsoft andTransGaming, Inc.

“Players will soon be able to join the battle of good versus evil in the most popular comic book MMO on both the PC and Mac platforms…and in the same game world,” commented Brian Clayton, executive producer of City of Heroes for NCsoft West. “Given Mac’s fame as a platform for creative people and City of Heroes’ unprecedented character customization options, I think City of Heroes is a perfect fit for the Mac gaming community.”

You can pre-order the game GameTree for $19.99.  You can also sign up for a sneak peak via a beta here.

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Mac mini shipments come to an end?

Posted by Aaron Zollo Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

Mac mini

The Mac mini has had a good run, but it sounds like Apple has decided to give the mini the ax.  The smallest and cheapest Mac is no longer shipping or available for order, according to a couple large retailers in Europe say Gizmodo.  Apple has a large financial call taking place today in which the mini is expected to get cut from the Mac lineup.  Lets hope this is in preparation for an upcoming Mac mini (Mac nano?) at January’s MacWorld Expo as many suspected the mini to get a makeover, not a going away present.

The Mac Mini is still available on the Apple store, so you may want to get it now if you were thinking it over.

Read More | Gizmodo

InstantAction Offers Mac Games Online

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Video Games, Videos

InstantAction

InstantAction has announced the debut of their open beta for Mac OS X users. Gamers can register on the site and play Rokkitball, Marble Blast Online, Think Tanks and the FPS, Fallen Empire: Legions. Mac owners can also play PC users with cross platform compatibility. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.4.11 (or later) with Intel chipsets for some of the games, while others need Mac OS X v10.5.4. Safari 3 and Firefox 2 are supported. Check with the site for more specifics.

 

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Netflix Watch Instantly steaming coming to Macs by end of year

Netflix Watch Instantly MacOne of the main reasons we switch from Blockbuster Online to Netflix here at our home is the Netflix Watch Instantly functionality that is set to come to the Xbox 360 with the New Xbox Experience Fall dashboard update. However, if you don’t have a 360, or you just want more variety in your Watch Instantly lifestyle, you’ll be pleased to know that the functionality is finally gonna hit OS X by the end of this year, after being available only on Windows for almost two years. By our estimation, that means sometime in the next three months, and that excites us. Apparently, the holdup was based the fact that the DRM used on Windows boxes wasn’t compatible with OS X, and since doesn’t license out their FairPlay DRM to third-parties, Netflix had to roll their own. From Netflix:

And, for all of you Mac users (of which I am one) we’ve been busy working getting a solution that will allow you to watch instantly on your Mac. So hang in there - we’ll have something for you by the end of the year.

Good news all around.

Read More | Netflix Blog

Aptus Games Mini-Motion Controllers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, USB, Video Games

Mini-Motion SkateboardNow that Wii is encouraging interactive gaming, look for more ways to get involved in video games with motion control. Aptus is working on a new line of Mini-Motion USB controllers for both PC and Mac in the shapes of cars, balls, racers, and skateboards. Each of them will be available for $19.99. The company says that the games, which will include those with action, strategy, puzzle, reality, racing, and sports, will be streamed directly from an included disc. Look for the first ones to appear in Q4 2008.

Read More | Everything USB

VMware Fusion hits 2.0

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Microsoft, PC / Laptop, Software

VMware Fusion 2

Running Windows in OS X is still cool, even if software like , VMware Fusion, and have been around for a while. Now though, Fusion has hit 2.0, which is a nice milestone. Performance improvements, better multi-monitor support, and more robust Unity features (that’s the feature that lets you “erase” the Windows desktop, so that your Windows programs appear right next to your OS X ones) make this a worthy upgrade. Here are the details:

  • More Seamless with Unity 2.0: Application Sharing, Link Handling, Mirrored Folders, Driverless Printing, True Multiple Display Support, and Custom Keyboard Mapping
  • Safer Windows on Mac experience with AutoProtect automated snapshots and a 12-month complimentary subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus security software for Windows XP and Vista
  • More Power with DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 2 3D graphics, 1080p HD video playback, Multiple Snapshots, 4-way vSMP, and Better Linux Support (Unity & Easy Install)
  • More Mac-like, More Mac-friendly with all new Welcome Screen, Virtual Machine Library and Virtual Machine Settings, Cover Flow and Quick Look integration, and Apple Help
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server now is supported in a virtual machine on Mac hardware

If you already have a copy of Fusion 1.x running, you’ll be happy to know that this is a free upgrade. Otherwise, you can pick up Fusion 2.0 for $79.

Read More | Fusion product page

Mac OS X 10.5.5 released

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Mac OS X 10.5.5

Time to fire up Software Update yet again, as has just pushed out the latest update to Leopard, 10.5.5. There’s a lot here, but being the email warriors that we are, seeing all the Mail.app improvements makes us just a tad bit exited. We are also into the fixes as well. Gotta love the cloud. In any event, hit the jump to get the full list of updates. If you don’t care, then you can just be assured by this nugget from Apple:

The 10.5.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.

Yeah, didn’t do it for you either? Didn’t think so.

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Read More | Mac OS X 10.5.5 release notes

Apple grants all MobileMe subscribers a 60-day extension

MobileMe Extension

We know that ‘s service has been off to a rocky start, but we are just glad that the company realizes it as well. Since the launch, people have had trouble with syncing, have lost email, and have discovered that this whole “push” thing wasn’t really as “pushy” as Apple made it out to be when they gave us a look at the product back at .

Originally, Apple gave all subscribers a 30-day extension to compensate for all the issues, as well as a written apology. Since then, things have gotten a little better, but are still in no way seamless. Because of this, Apple has just decided to grant another extension, and this one is twice as long as the original. If you were a MobileMe subscriber as of 12:00 AM PDT on August 19, you get an additional 60 days tacked on to the end of your subscription. Even better, if you were taking a free trial of the service as of that time, you get 60 days added on to your trial. Apparently, Apple doesn’t want you to not sign up due to the kinks they are trying to work out. Good for them.

Hit the Read link below for the full details on the extension, and the eligibility requirements around it.

Read More | MobileMe extension details

EA and Maxis say Spore has gone gold!

So, you know that game we have all been waiting for, for, like, ever? Well, according to EA and Maxis, Will Wright’s next gaming masterpiece is finally ready for prime time, as they have announce that the game has gone gold. What does that mean? To put it simply, it’s done. In the can. The game will hit store shelves on September 5 here in North America, as well as Asia Pacific. For those in Europe, September 7 is the date for you.

We know, this is a long ways away from Q4 2006, when the game was supposed to launch, but when it comes to Spore, we will take what we can get. If you need to see what the game is all about, check out the video above from from the EA keynote. You will find Will Wright talking about Spore, and just how amazing the game will be.

For those of you on Nintendo DS, Spore Creatures is yours to be had on September 7.

Read More | Spore Goes Gold

Logitech Harmony Remote Software 7.5 released for OS X

Logitech Harmony 7.5 for Mac

A quick update for all you Logitech Harmony users out there on OS X, as the company has released a new version of their software for the Mac platform. The download weighs in at 29 MB, and is officially titles Logitech Harmony Remote Software 7.5. If you are using a Harmony remote with OS X, then this is obviously a recommended update.

Read More | Logitech Harmony Mac 7.5

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