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Article #666 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: ST Report: 3-Oct-97 #1339 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG) Date: Wed Oct 15 21:40:21 1997 Silicon Times Report "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987) October 03, 1997 No.1339 Silicon Times Report International Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205-6155 R.F. Mariano, Editor STR Publishing, Inc. Voice: 1-904-292-9222 10am-5pm EST FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing's FTP Support Server 10gb - Back Issues - Patches - Support Files (Continually Updated) ftp.streport.com Anonymous Login ok - Use your Email Address as a Password Check out STReport's NEWS SERVER NEWS.STREPORT.COM Have you tried Microsoft's Powerful and Easy to Use Internet Explorer 4.0? Internet Explorer 4.0 is STReport's Official Internet Web Browser. 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Jacobson WorldCom Targets MCI in Mega Deal In a deal valued at about $30 billion, WorldCom Inc., the nation's fourth largest telecommunications company, has announced plans to acquire all of the outstanding stock of MCI Communications Corp., the nation's second largest telecommunications company. If successful, the acquisition would create an international telecommunications giant and break up British Telecom's pending deal to buy MCI. WorldCom says it will pay MCI shareholders $41.50 a share, or about $9 billion more than the current offer from British Telecom. "While MCI and British Telecom are both great companies, the fit between them just doesn't work without sufficient local network assets in place," says Bernard J. Ebbers, WorldCom's president and CEO. "Because WorldCom has those assets in place, far greater synergies are possible. It is clearly a superior fit and, as a result, a superior offer." Earlier this month, WorldCom agreed to acquire CompuServe Corp. in a three-way deal with America Online valued at $1.2 billion. WorldCom would keep CompuServe's 1,200 corporate network customers while AOL would get CompuServe's online consumer business. Four Lead Apple CEO Pack Apple Computer Inc. apparently has narrowed to four the number of candidates in its search for a new CEO. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning, quoting people familiar with the situation, that the leading candidates to succeed Gilbert Ameilo, whom Apple ousted as CEO, are: ú Samuel Palmisano, PC chief at IBM. ú Ed Zander, president of a major unit at Sun Microsystems. ú David Dorfman, an executive vice president at SBC Communications. ú Joe Costello, president/CEO of Cadence Design Systems Inc. Journal reporters Jim Carlton and Joann S. Lublin also say Apple may ask interim CEO Steve Jobs to serve as the company's non-executive chairman after a CEO is named. Jobs declined comment. Adds the paper, "Apple faces a tough task in recruiting top-flight talent to run the company, in view of its many problems and the fact that ... Jobs is likely to retain such influence over Apple's directions. Indeed, a knowledgeable person said the board may ask Mr. Jobs to serve as Apple's non-executive chairman for a period after the new CEO is named. Some people close to the recruiting process say Mr. Jobs is having second thoughts about the type of executive the company needs." As reported earlier, Amelio says he now suspected Jobs played a role in his demise at the computer maker. AOL Sued Over CompuServe Deal Claiming "flagrant" antitrust violations, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media conglomerate has sued America Online Inc. seeking to block acquisition of CompuServe's member base. Online games are at the center of the dispute, says reporter Jared Sandberg of The Wall Street Journal, who notes the plaintiff -- News Corp.'s Kesmai Corp. unit -- offers games on AOL, CompuServe and Prodigy Inc. The complaint in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia alleges AOL violated unfair competition laws and seeking to "enjoin AOL from abusing its monopoly power." "The antitrust allegations, which are typically difficult to prove, come at an awkward time for AOL," Sandberg comments. "The lawsuit will also try to block AOL -- which plans to acquire CompuServe's base of more than 2 million users and add them to the 9 million AOL members -- from consummating what the suit calls an 'illegal merger.' The suit also claims that AOL 'engaged in a course of conduct designed to defraud and destroy Kesmai' when the online service launched its own multiplayer gaming service dubbed WorldPlay." >From its Dulles, Virginia, headquarters, AOL told the paper the suit stems from a contractual dispute. Saying the suit has "no merit," an AOL spokeswoman added, "News Corp. is suing in an effort to get through litigation what they could not achieve through negotiations. They're seeking to improve their position on our service without paying for it." The Journal notes WorldPlay is an umbrella area of the AOL service that bunches together various gaming options, including AOL's own and those from Kesmai. The Charlottesville, Virginia, Kesmai contends this arrangement means its game service now is controlled by a competitor and given far less promotion. The suit says usage of Kesmai's games has plummeted by as much as 92 percent and the "damage is severe and irreparable." As reported, the suit comes as the U.S. Justice Department is investigating AOL's planned acquisition of CompuServe's membership. "At issue is how investigators will define the online marketplace," notes Sandberg. "If they include Internet service providers, it could be difficult to assert that AOL is a monopoly since roughly 4,000 providers conceivably compete with AOL. But if investigators single out online services, which create information in addition to providing access, AOL may well be seen to dominate the market." Iomega Sues Disk Maker Iomega Corp. has filed a complaint in a Paris court charging Nomai S.A., with unfair competition, "parasitism" and violations of its copyrights, disk design patent and trademarks. The suit is in response to Nomai's sale in France of its XHD 100MB Super Floppy disk, which Nomai claims is compatible with Iomega's popular Zip drives. Iomega says the court has granted a hearing for Nov. 28, at which time Iomega's charges will be heard by a three judge panel. A separate complaint filed by Iomega charges that Nomai is infringing on several Iomega patent applications pending in Europe. The separate complaint will allow Iomega to seek preliminary injunctive relief once its pending patents have been issued. No hearing date has been set on the patent claims. Iomega claims that Nomai's XHD disk falls below quality standards for authorized Zip disks and could cause data loss and Zip drive damage. Iomega's Web site is located at http://www.iomega.com. Super Spammer Back on the Net A federal judge has ordered that Internet spammer Cyber Promotions Inc. be allowed back online, at least until Oct. 16. Reporter Bill Pietrucha of the Newsbytes computer news service says Judge Anita Brody of Philadelphia granted Cyber Promotions Inc. a temporary preliminary injunction, forcing Apex Global Internet Services Inc. to reconnect the bulk e-mail provider to their service. AGIS CEO Phillip Lawlor told a press conference late yesterday, "We are obviously not pleased with the court's ruling. We are not happy with the court's decision, but we must abide by it." He pleaded with the Net's anti-spammers not to flood AGIS with their own retaliatory spam over the next 16 days while Cyber Promotions is reconnected to the AGIS network. Saying he regretted ever taking Cyber Promotions on as a client, Lawlor said Cyber Promotions told the court it is looking for other Internet service providers to handle his account. And Lawlor said AGIS "is looking at all options" regarding Oct. 17, the date AGIS can again disconnect Cyber Promotions, adding, "We'll decide between now and that time what is the best course of action to take." Meanwhile, AGIS counsel Philip Katauskas told reporters, "Our actions to date say we don't want them on our network." Cyber Promotions daily sends out tens of millions of unsolicited commercial e-mail messages, called "spam" in Net speak. As reported earlier, the Dearborn, Michigan-based AGIS, the nation's fourth largest carrier of Internet traffic, last week disconnected several unsolicited, bulk e-mailers, including Cyber Promotions Inc., "for security reasons." Reacting, Cyber Promotions filed federal suit against AGIS for allegedly breaking its distribution contract. Cyber Promotions President Sanford Wallace said AGIS terminated his account and those of several other bulk e-mail companies on Sept. 17. Wallace said he had backup providers, but they also canceled his service during the weekend. State Can Regulate Net Gambling In a widely watched case involving a Las Vegas company's gambling site on the World Wide Web, Minnesota's state Court of Appeals has ruled the state has the right to regulate Internet activity. Reporting from St. Paul, Minnesota, Associated Press writer Rochelle Olson says the site's operator -- Las Vegas-based Granite Gate Resorts Inc. -- plans to appeal. Says Granite Gate president Kerry Rogers, "For Minnesota to have jurisdiction over a site that has never taken a bet, that requires someone from Minnesota to go look at it, is ludicrous." AP notes the case stems from a push by Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III to block Rogers' gambling operation from using the Internet to solicit business from Minnesota residents. The court has ruled Granite Gate demonstrated a clear intent to solicit business with Minnesota residents, including one successful solicitation, saying in the written opinion, "They purposefully availed themselves of the privilege of doing business in Minnesota." Rogers contends there is a lack of jurisdiction because he had not mailed anything or advertised in Minnesota, adding, "We've never taken a single bet in the history of the deal. It was an idea. I'm being sued for an idea." Olsen says the decision upholds a district judge's refusal to dismiss the case filed in 1995. The attorney general's office accused Rogers of false advertising, deceptive trade practices and consumer fraud. The lawsuit accused the company of operating an Internet site that advertises illegal sports betting and information services. Attorney General Humphrey says he now will seek a court order to stop the advertising and seek civil penalties of at least $25,000. Law professor Eugene Volokh of the University of California, a specialist in constitutional, copyright and computer technology cases, told the wire service the decision is "a barrier to interstate commerce, and that "this is a very significant case because when you put up a web site in Nevada, you are essentially doing business in every one of the 50 states." Prodigy Lays Off 9 Percent of Staff In a restructuring program, the Prodigy online service has eliminated 70 positions worldwide, or about 9 percent of its employees. Writing for the Newsbytes computer news service, reporter Patrick McKenna quotes Prodigy spokesman Mike Darcy as saying, "The layoffs are primarily related to content production. In some cases certain positions were duplicated as a result of the restructuring. In other cases, we have been moving to more of an Internet model and away from a creating a large amount of our own content." He said Prodigy has reduced employees from more than 1,000 a few years ago to 680 people after the current round of layoffs. About 45 positions were cut from an operations center in Westchester, New York and the remaining 30 reductions were spread across other areas. The company has divided itself into three divisions: Prodigy Internet, Prodigy Solutions and Prodigy International, with each set up as if it is a separate company, Darcy said. Meanwhile, Prodigy's network operations were recently acquired by Split Rock, as Texas-based start-up. As part of the agreement, approximately 50 Prodigy employees became Split Rock employees. Sun Micro to Retain Java Vigorously rejecting a suggestion by Microsoft Corp. and others, Sun Microsystems Inc. says it has no intention of giving up ownership of its Java computer language to have it officially certified as an international standard. Microsoft was among companies recently suggesting Sun give up ownership of Java, the language used throughout the Internet for online programming applications. The Reuter News Service says Alan Baratz, president of Sun's Javasoft division, told reporters during a conference call Microsoft was attempting to cripple Java because it viewed Java as a threat to the popularity of Microsoft's Windows software. Baratz accused Microsoft of trying to protect its "monopoly." While Sun owns Java, it freely licenses it to other companies, including Microsoft. Europe Said Not Probing Intel Word from Brussels is that the European Commission is not probing the practices of U.S. chip giant Intel Corp., which is the target of an antitrust probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Sources told the Reuter News Service today the commission was not carrying out a separate investigation and that there did not appear to have been any complaints against the company which is based in Santa Clara, California. However, Reuters reporter Amelia Torres added the sources could not comment on whether the commission, the EU's competition authority, would co-operate with the United States on assessing Intel's business practices. "The European Electronic Component Manufacturers Association also said it had not heard of any European probe or complaints about Intel," Reuters reports. As reported yesterday, the FTC, launching a broad inquiry into Intel's dominance in the PC industry, is sending formal demands for information to key computer and chipmakers. Reuters notes the commission has worked closely in the past with the antitrust authorities on the other side of the Atlantic under a 1991 co-operation agreement on competition affairs. For instance, three years ago the two sides combined efforts to force Microsoft to change its licensing practices, a move hailed at the time as setting the path for future co-operation to deal with giant multinational companies. Compaq Unveils Four New PCs Four new business-oriented personal computers that add new features and complete the overhaul of its corporate desktop line are being unveiled by Compaq Computer Corp. Reporter Richard Melville of the Reuter News Service says the roll-out puts Compaq's entire line of Deskpro business computers on the build-to-order method it adopted just three months ago in an effort to better compete against direct marketers such as Dell Computer Corp. "Under build-to-order," notes Melville, "companies assemble and price systems based on components and specifications selected by customers." Compaq isn't saying how the new approach affected pricing for the new models, but last week the company cited the new strategy as part of the reason for its price cuts of up to 15 percent on older Deskpro models. The new PCs draw their enhanced performance from processors in Intel Corp.'s Pentium II family and a new advanced graphics chipset. The systems also include features Compaq calls Enhanced Intelligent Manageability that it says extend the command and control of corporate networks over individual systems. "The controls can be used for various purposes," says Reuters, "from switching one or many individual systems off at the start of a weekend to disabling floppy drives on selected computers to protect against the potential introduction of a virus." The new models include Deskpro 2000, 4000 and 6000 desktops with Pentium II processors at 233 MHz, 266 MHz and 300 MHz. They come pre-installed with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT Workstation 4.0 operating system and are priced starting at $1,739 for the 2000 line, $1,849 for the 4000 line and $2,399 for the fullest-featured 6000 line. A fourth new offering, the Deskpro 4000S, is aimed at the so-called NetPC sector, and starts at $1,099. The systems include enhanced features but use Pentium I processors with Intel's MMX multimedia technology and are built into the smaller shells Compaq uses to build its network computer line. Toshiba Offers Portable DVD What is being called the world's first compact personal digital video disc player is being launched Nov. 16 in Japan by Tokyo-based electronics giant Toshiba Corp. According to the Reuter News Service, the new DVD player is as small as a sub-notebook personal computer and weighs only 1.2 kg. Toshiba also said it would launch a slightly larger compact DVD player at the same time weighing 3.2 kg. Toshiba spokesman told the wire service the company had set sales targets of 10,000 units a month for the smaller compact DVD player and 3,000 units a month and for the larger one. Japanese electronics makers such as Toshiba and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co, started selling DVD players in Japan in November last year, "but a lack of attractive software titles has held back sales," Reuters commented. "More DVD software titles are now becoming available, however, and a Japanese electronics industry group recently predicted that the global market for DVD players would jump to 2.8 million units in 1998 and 5.4 million in 1999 from an estimated 1.2 million in 1997." Netscape Makes Publishers' Pact Distribution agreements with about 20 software publishers are being entered by Netscape Communications Corp. in its bid to expand availability of its Netscape Navigator software. Reporting from Mountain View, Calif., the Dow Jones news service quotes Netscape as saying publishers in the U.S., Europe, India, Latin America and Japan who are planning to distribute Netscape client software include: Addison Wesley Longman, Ascii Corp., Barclays Law Publishers, Betanel Group/Editorial Quark do Brasil, Charles Scribner's Sons Reference, Classroom Connect Inc., Gakken Co. Ltd., Grupo Televisa Mexico, IDG Books Worldwide Inc., IDG Dummies Press, Imagine Publishing Inc., impress corp., International Thomson Publishing, Jane's Information Group, Kaplan Education Centers, Macmillan Publishing USA, Mainichi Communications Inc., .Net, Nikkei Business Publications Inc., Peterson's, SHoeisha Co., Sostfbank Corp, South-Western College & South-Western Education, S.R. Computer Concepts Private Ltd., Sybex Inc., Twayne & G.K. Hall Library Reference and ZDNet's ZDUniversity. Look for Netscape software CDs also to be bundled with publications such as CD ROM Today, India ComputerUser Magazine, PC Computing, PC Multimedia, PC Magazine, Windows News and Window Magazine. Microsoft Releases Windows CE 2.0 Microsoft Corp. has released an enhanced version of Windows CE, its operating system for handheld computers, smart phones, TV set-top boxes and other information appliances. Windows CE 2.0 offers improvements in memory management, graphics support, task scheduling, Web browsing, fonts and several other areas. "The market has embraced Windows CE with great enthusiasm," says Craig Mundie, senior vice president of Microsoft's consumer platforms group. "In less than a year, there is now a large community of tool providers, systems integrators, ISVs and OEMs supporting the Windows CE platform. With the release of Windows CE 2.0, we expect the deployment of Windows CE-based devices and applications to accelerate even more." For more info about Windows CE, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/developer/. Microsoft Explorer 4.0 Released Stepping up the contest with Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Corp. has officially released its Internet Explorer 4.0 web browser, software said to blur the line between personal computers and the Internet. By working closely with Microsoft's Windows 95 operating software, IE4.0 "lets people easily point and click between desktop files and Web sites," business writer Catalina Ortiz of The Associated Press notes, adding, "The icons for both PC files and far-flung Web pages are similar in prominence." Also built in to the browser is the highly touted "push" technology that sends tailored Web information directly to your desktop so that you don't have to search for what you need. As reported earlier, the latest Netscape Navigator browser, released four months ago, already has such a feature. Ortiz observes, "Analysts said Microsoft's browser advances will help it gain even more ground on Netscape -- and perhaps draw increased attention from antitrust regulators." Web watcher Gary Arlen, president of Arlen Communications Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland, told the wire service, "This is a monumental step for Microsoft ... and a tremendous challenge for Netscape. This is the kind of thing that calls (Microsoft) to the attention of the Justice Department." According to various estimates, Microsoft's share of the browser market has jumped to as much as 36 percent from about 10 percent a year ago. Microsoft has said it hopes to capture half the market with Internet Explorer 4.0. Meanwhile, AP reports Netscape already is working on technology, code-named Aurora, that it says does a better job than the new Internet Explorer at integrating PC programs with the Internet. Aurora is due out next year. Also note, Navigator works on computers running different operating systems -- Macintosh, Unix and older versions of Windows -- while IE4.0 is released first for Windows 95 and Windows NT and will not be available right away for Windows 3.1 or non-Microsoft operating systems. Broderbund Ships E-Mail Tool Broderbund Software Inc. is now shipping The Print Shop LiveMail, a program that allows users to create interactive e-mail messages that can be customized with animation, special effects, motion and sound. The Novato, California, company says the $29.95 software works with all conventional e-mail programs and requires no plug-ins or special player software, only a Java-compatible browser for message viewing. The program offers a selection of 1,400 images, 550 animated graphics and 200 sounds and 200 templates. Users can string together multiple scenes and add interactive hot spots to graphics and text to messages. When clicked, the hot spots give the e-mail recipient a new graphic, animation, sound, a text message or a link to another Web site. "The Print Shop LiveMail is a natural extension of the The Print Shop family of products," says Harry Wilker, senior vice president of Broderbund. "For 13 years, The Print Shop has given our customers the ability to creatively communicate their ideas in a variety of formats including newsletters, greetings cards, signs and banners. The Print Shop LiveMail uses a new vehicle, the Internet, to achieve the same goal." A free, "lite" version of The Print Shop LiveMail is available at http://www.pslivemail.com. IBM Sets 8GB Laptop Hard Drives IBM's storage systems division plans to offer 8GB hard drives for its ThinkPad laptop PCs, a 40 percent increase from the highest-capacity mobile hard disks currently available. InfoWorld, a computer industry journal, says IBM plans to announce the immediate availability of the drives at November's Comdex trade show. InfoWorld notes that IBM will offer the drives as an option only on high-end ThinkPads using the UltraBay device port. But a source told the publication that sometime in early 1998 the current ThinkPad 770 will get the 8GB drive as standard equipment. InfoWorld observes that combined with the ThinkPad's current high-end capacity of 5GB, a second drive in the UltraBay port will give users 13GB of available storage. Up to 16GB of storage will be available to users when the 8GB drives are included as standard features in the ThinkPad line. IBM to Use 17,000 Pounds of Copper Look for IBM's new semiconductor chip to account for use of only about 17,000 pounds of copper a year in the U.S., according to the Copper Development Association. That is not exactly a major blip on the copper counter. In fact, says the Reuter News Service, for those keeping score, that's 0.0002236 percent growth. As reported earlier, IBM this week announced discovery of a way to wire semiconductors with copper instead of aluminum, a development that could cheapen the cost of computers and speed up calculations. Despite being a small portion of the annual consumption, the CDA says it doesn't diminish the importance of the development. Said a copper association spokesman, "Copper may be one of the oldest metals known to civilization, but it remains on the cutting edge of technological advances." Smile for Your Computer's Sake Miros Announces Face Recognition Security for Windows 95 PCs Miros, Inc. announced TrueFace CyberWatch Logon95, a revolutionary software product that allows parents, students, office workers, small business owners and other authorized Windows 95 users to access a PC by simply smiling for the camera. CyberWatch uses face recognition, a biometric technology which compares a previously-stored face to a live video image of the user logging on. For the first time CyberWatch allows your PC to know who you are by seeing you with a camera. CyberWatch is, in fact, the next generation of a more human computer interface. Dr. Michael Kuperstein, President of Miros, said, "TrueFace CyberWatch Logon95 is the most reliable, cost effective PC security product using face recognition technology. For parents wishing to keep their children from logging on, for the college student eager to protect his work from plagiarism, and for the home-office user anxious to protect confidential business information, CyberWatch is the fastest, least intrusive authentication method in the world today." TrueFace CyberWatch Logon95 uses Miros' patented software and a small video camera on top of, or built into, the monitor to verify that the correct user is logging on. Within seconds, Logon95 allows or denies access to the PC. The user's picture is captured and compared to the image previously enrolled by a graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI and the software will also secure the PC while it's in screen-saver mode with any screen-saver you choose. TrueFace CyberWatch Logon95 can be downloaded from the web for $59.95 starting August 18, 1997. You can find the Miros Marketplace at www.miros.com . Orders will also be accepted by phone at 617-235-0330 ext. 36 for $99.95. Cameras are available at additional cost. Miros Teams Up with ChatVideo! Security Software to be Bundled with Mobile Phone Kit In conjunction with the Logon95 product release, Miros has announced a multi-year $1.9 million agreement with ChatVideo! Corporation of Orem, Utah to bundle the Logon95 software with ChatVideo's Mobile Phone Kit. The ChatVideo! Phone Kit comes complete with mobile camera, microphone/speaker headset, and software allowing users to see, hear and talk using the Internet as their phone company. "We are excited about our strategic relationship with the world leader in facial recognition. By offering our customers the highly valued Logon95 product in our ChatVideo! Phone Kit, we're providing both multimedia flexibility and the security that the market demands," said Douglas O. Matthews, President of ChatVideo! Corporation. The ChatVideo Kit is available to customers at the Miros Marketplace at www.miros.com as well as at www.chatvideo.com Texas Considers Providing Laptops Some Texas state officials are working on proposals to give laptop computers to every student in the state in a few years. The head of the Texas Board of Education is quoted by Associated Press writer Peggy Fikac as saying that with the state facing a possible $1.8 billion bill over the next six years for school textbooks, it might be cheaper and more innovative to buy the kids laptop computers and CD-ROMs. Says Chairman Jack Christie, "We're talking big numbers there, and the price of this technology ... is coming to where it approaches that level. Why wait for the rest of the nation?" Reporting from Austin, AP quotes Christie as saying computer companies likely would give the state discounts and donate services for the chance to serve 4 million school children. Once the investment is made, computer software could be easily and cheaply updated. He added, "Why wait for six, seven, eight years to update history (textbooks)? They (students) need it today." Fikac reports Christie's comments came as the board prepares to vote in November on funding for textbooks for the years 2000-2001. "In that budget period," she notes, "state budget officials say textbooks will cost the state $602 million in subjects including English, U.S. history, science, health and math. In the current two-year period, textbooks cost about $361 million." Apple Revamps Resellers Watch for Apple Computer Inc. to 100 additional sales and support employees in a bid to improve its strained relationship with distributors and computer stores. Reporting from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters, The Associated Press says the company hopes the changes announced yesterday will get more of its Macintoshes in the public eye, make retailers better advocates for Apple products and reduce inventories. "Apple and resellers hope the changes will help them operate more efficiently, which has become increasingly important given the fierce competition and cost cutting in the personal computer business," the wire service added. Seeing its sales and market share decline, Apple is adopting some of the practices of such big PC makers as Compaq and Dell, which try to reduce inventories and hasten the flow through the "channel," the path products take from the manufacturer to consumer, AP adds. Besides hiring 100 employees to improve communications with resellers and make sure their sales people are knowledgeable about Apple products, Apple says it will: 1. Lower the sales volume resellers must have before they can buy Macintoshes directly. 2. Offer its entire line, with the exception of education products, to all resellers. 3. Urge retailers to make its products more prominent in their stores. 4. Launch a new "Think Different" ad campaign starting tomorrow with two 60-second television commercials to air on ABC during the first network showing of "Toy Story." The commercials were produced by TBWA Chiat-Day, which Apple recently rehired. The company produced the "1984" commercial that launched the Macintosh. FCC Aids Wireless Companies Relief has been approved by the FCC for wireless telecommunications companies that say they can't afford to pay the billions of dollars they owe the government for licenses. United Press International says the Federal Communications Commission has offered four choices of payment terms for the companies which won an auction for the licenses, but are now crying poverty. Adds the wire service, "The commission acted on fears that the companies might file for bankruptcy protection, delaying wireless services while the licenses were tied up in court." As reported earlier, successful bidders promised to pay more than $10 billion in the FCC's so-called "C-block" auction of wireless licenses last year. However, now, says UPI, "the winning bidders say they can't pay because the value of their stock has dropped and capital markets are making it more difficult to raise money to finance the networks they promised to build." Allowing bidders to stop payments March 31, the FCC offered the companies choices to: ú Resume payments next year. ú Return half their licenses in exchange for a reduction in what they owe. ú Pay back all their licenses with no penalty, and the licenses would be auctioned off again. ú Immediately pay for as many licenses as they can afford and turn in the others to be re-auctioned. UPI says backers of the fourth plan, including some influential members of Congress, called it a "full buyout." Critics call it a "bailout." The wire service notes congress could pass legislation allowing the government to repossess unpaid licenses from any company that files for bankruptcy, but it has so far refused to do that. Gates Boosts Speech Over Text Bill Gates is putting his money on speech recognition technology. The Microsoft Corp. chairman yesterday appeared in San Diego, California, to demonstrate some of the firm's speech-to-text software and the latest in computer vision technology to some 6,500 software developers from around the country, saying, "We're looking for a more intelligent computer system, one that can be interacted with easily." The Reuter News Service notes that while computer vision -- technology that brings video images to the computer screen in real time on voice commands -- still is in the early stages, "a demonstration of Microsoft's latest still wowed the audience." Gates said speech-to-text software has improved dramatically, though the machine will err in recognizing conversational speech 35 percent of the time, "so we have more work to do." Still, Microsoft is integrating the basic technology into its Windows NT, its high-end operating system designed more for corporate markets and, says Gates, "Every PC will have linguistic and speech recognition built into it." Microsoft announced it has released the first major Beta test version of the NT software product this week. Says Gates, "It's fair to say Microsoft is betting the future on NT version five," referring to the final version scheduled to be launched sometime next year. Gates Foresees 'Web Lifestyle' "It's my prediction that Americans will live a Web lifestyle" within a decade, says Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates, foreseeing the Internet's World Wide Web becoming the centerpiece of people's lives. Consumers, he said in a speech yesterday in San Francisco, "will simply have incorporated the Web into everything they do," not only relying on the global network to get their work done at the office, but to buy pizza and groceries, communicate with others and have fun. Before 5,000 computer executives and journalists gathered for the official release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.0, Gates reiterated his firm's role will be to make the software to make it easier to connect to the Internet. As the power of personal computers increase and as the software improves, people also will get their entertainment through the browser, Gates said, adding, "The boundary between what is a TV and what is a PC will be completely blurred. Even the set-top box will have a more powerful processor than we have in a PC today." Business writer Catalina Ortiz of The Associated Press adds Gates currently uses the Internet much as the rest of us do, to read the news online before it arrives on paper, to look up film reviews before going to the movies. In fact, she says, Gates says computer users are starting to live the "Web lifestyle." Someday, he added, the Net will be so ubiquitous and simple to use that we will take it for granted. "Ten years from now if I give a speech, 'Living the Web Lifestyle,' people will laugh -- just as they'd laugh if I said the 'phone lifestyle' today. They'd say, `What kind of visionary is this guy?'" Speaking with AP in an interview before yesterday's launch, Gates noted that only about half the PCs in the United States are on the Internet. However, he predicted that in about a decade, the majority of adults will turn to the Web several times a day for information, entertainment and communication. However, he said, further advances are needed before that happens: ú PCs themselves must improve, offering better sound, video and screen technology. They must continue to become less costly. ú Software, including Microsoft's, also must become simpler to use. ú Companies staking their future on the Internet need to do a better job of spreading the word how computers and the Web can help families, schools and businesses. Said Gates, "We need to be a little more evangelistic. We need to tell the story of how a school did well ... or how a little company worked with its customers better." In 10 years, he says, people will e-mail their doctor, car mechanic, pizza parlor and children's school the way they now use the phone. People on the road will be able to phone their computers, getting "voice" updates of mail and information from the Internet. Small, digital wireless devices also will link to the Web. Most people will be living Web lifestyles, even if they aren't aware they're doing so, he said, adding, "The key question is when does it become so central that you almost take it for granted? When it fits into how you do everyday things." CompuServe Opens Cyberstation CompuServe has opened an Internet-based cyberstore offering more than 50,000 software and hardware products to Internet users worldwide. Through an alliance with electronic commerce specialist NetSales, the CompuServe Computing Shop aims to offer one of the most comprehensive, secure and user-friendly cyberstores on the Internet. "CompuServe is well positioned to be a leader in sales of computing products on the Internet and to deliver quality services that exceed current industry standards," says Beth Sibbring, CompuServe's vice president of commerce and communications. "Online shopping is increasing among Internet users, and computer hardware and software are the leading categories for online purchases. With the Computing Shop, we can offer one of the widest selections of computer products available anywhere online with the additional benefit of special prices for CSi members." The Computing Shop offers hardware and software products with flexible ordering and delivery options including electronic downloading, product shipments worldwide, or a combination of both. Special categories and search capabilities help shoppers quickly find specific product selections. Ordering is secured by Netscape SSL 2.0 hard encryption. Payment can also be made by phone, fax or mail. A customer support system, available 16 hours per day, seven days a week, provides technical support tips and information on orders and shipments. The CompuServe Computing Shop can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.computingshop.com or through CSi at GO CSICSHOP. Net Reaches 50M User Milestone The number of users accessing the Internet surpassed 50 million in September, according to research released by International Data Corp. The Framingham, Massachusetts, market research firm notes that by the end of September there were 53.2 million users of the Internet worldwide, 44.2 million of whom also used the World Wide Web. The difference is mainly a result of the use of the Internet for e-mail in businesses that don't routinely offer workers Web access. By year-end, IDC expects the number of Internet users to hit 60 million and the number of Web users to hit 50 million. This represents a jump of 26 million Internet users and 22.4 million Web users in 1997. Almost 30 percent of the worldwide installed base of personal and network computers will be attached to the Internet by the end of the year. "We are especially impressed by growth of Internet usage outside the U.S.," says IDC Senior Vice President John Gantz. "Despite the fact most content on the Internet is written in English, over 23 million of those 53 million current Internet users are from outside the U.S. While this year's primary research is not all in from all our country operations, we already know that a surprising number of non-U.S. users are both shopping and conducting business-to-business transactions on the Web. Users in regions like Asia Pacific and Latin America are overcoming some significant infrastructure and regulatory barriers to get online." 2000 Bug Reaches Past Computers Experts note the so-called "millennium bug" reaches beyond computers to countless other systems which are controlled by computer chips. In London, the Institution of Electrical Engineers has released a statement saying, "Most people now know that things may well go wrong with their computers because of date changes and the Millennium. Far fewer people are aware that for every 'ordinary' computer, there are up to 100 intelligent devices embedded in a vast range of equipment." The Reuter News Service quotes the IEE as saying these devices include telephone systems, copiers, heating and ventilation systems, security, water and sewerage systems, manufacturing and process control. The wire service notes the group made the statement in conjunction with the publication of a report, "Embedded Systems and the Year 2000 Problem," which it hopes will bring the problem to the public's attention and offer advice on how to solve problems with chips. Sting Targets Global Cyberporn More than 1,500 suspects have been identified as allegedly using the Internet to transmit child pornography around the world, say the organizers of a "cybersting" conducted by New York state and federal officials. New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco told United Press International "Operation Rip Cord" one of the most successful investigations of its kind in the United States, adding that more than 120 alleged kiddie porn traffickers have been referred for prosecution in the United States and abroad. Since Operation Rip Cord began 18 months ago, investigators collected an estimated 200,000 sexually explicit images of children and seized approximately $137,000 in home computer equipment, authorities say. "The Buffalo-based probe, which identified suspects as far as way as Great Britain and Germany, has racked in 31 convictions in this country, including several in New York," UPI reports. 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WorldCom Bids To Acquire MCI IBM, Motorola Unite To Boost PowerPC Chief Knowledge Officer Is Latest Tech Ally Info Fatigue Syndrome Is Hazardous To Your Health AAP Introduces Electronic Tagging System For Internet Keyboards With A Special Touch Spam Wars: The Return Of Cyber Promotions Domain Registration Should Remain In U.S. INTERNET NEEDS MORE, NOT LESS SECURITY SAYS BARKSDALE Netscape CEO James Barksdale says encryption legislation proposed by FBI Director Louis Freeh could trigger the downfall of U.S. dominance in the software industry. The FBI-backed Oxley-Manton amendment would "require makers of encryption software to provide the government with immediate access to the information in a computer or network without the knowledge of the owner or user of the computer." Barksdale says that rather than reducing crime by giving law enforcement officials to digital transmissions, the legislation likely would result in more crime: "By taking away encryption as we know it today, the FBI proposal would expose computer users to assault by hackers intent on economic espionage, blackmail and public humiliation. At a recent congressional hearing, one witness testified that with the $1 billion and 20 people using existing technology, he could effectively shut down the nation's information infrastructure, including all computer, phone and banking networks... The FBI cannot catch every hacker. But there will be fewer and fewer of them trying to penetrate sensitive networks if those networks are adequately protected and communications secured through the use of strong encryption." (Wall Street Journal 26 Sep 97) FBI SAYS PRIVACY "EXTREMISTS" ARE "ELITIST" Alan McDonald, a senior executive with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, says that "extremist" positions on electronic encryption are a threat to normal law enforcement and are elitist and nondemocratic. Insisting that the United States had remained true to the Constitution and to a system of ordered liberties, McDonald says: "When people don't know much about electronic surveillance, they are fearful of it. But when they know Congress passed laws and the Supreme Court reviewed them and that there are numerous constraints and procedures, then it makes sense to them. It seems rational and balanced." (TechWire 25 Sep 97) Editor Note: TALK ABOUT ELITIST!! Listen to the kettle calling the pot names!!
The FEEBS strike again! RINGING IN A NEW WEB STRATEGY Businesses are beginning to use Web rings -- clusters of Web sites united by a theme or topic -- to increase visibility for their individual Internet endeavors. "I would call Web rings a gimmick," says a member of the Horse Products Web Ring, "but it gives possible customers another way to find and view Web sites." The trend is rapidly gaining momentum -- in January, webring.com, a directory for Web rings, listed about 1,000 rings. By September, it listed 18,000, encompassing some 200,000 Web sites. Webring.com estimates that its number of "hits" is going up at a rate of 22% per quarter. (Investor's Business Daily 26 Sep 97) APPLE STREAMLINES SALES PROCEDURES Apple Computer won't be selling its computers directly any time soon, but the company does plan to simplify how it sells its computers to dealers. Apple will add 100 people who will coordinate sales with dealers in an effort to reduce unsold inventory and to limit how much of that inventory can be returned to the company. It also will allow more dealers to purchase directly from the company, lowering the sales volume threshold from $20 million to $2 million for dealers, and $5 million for retailers. (New York Times 27 Sep 97) INVISIBLE HOME NETWORK Scientists at IBM's Watson Research Center have developed a radio frequency wireless transmission system that can send and receive data without errors at speeds up to 10 megabits per second -- a performance comparable to many wired Ethernet networks used in corporate offices. The new technology, which is considerably faster than the 2-Mbps capabilities of most wireless networking systems today, is key to the development of future home networks that could run a host of "smart" appliances. The key to IBM's breakthrough is new algorithms and codes that eliminate the multipath, or signal, reflection problems that have plagued indoor RF systems in the past. (Popular Science Oct 97) FORGET WINDOWS -- THINK HYPERBOLIC TREE Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) director John Seely Brown says windows-based interfaces are no longer appropriate for today's complex software programs: "It's like walking around with two toilet-paper tubes on your eyes. There's no sense of things moving smoothly from the periphery into your center of vision." In response, a PARC spinoff called InXight has designed a new user interface called Hyperbolic Tree. Rather than using pull-down menus and a series of windows for organization, the Hyperbolic Tree approach works much like dragging a magnifying glass over a circular organizational structure, with parts of the structure expanding or shrinking depending on where the mouse pointer alights. "It was designed with a deep understanding of human perception and cognition," says Brown. (Business Week 29 Sep 97) SPAM WARS A Texas county district judge has entered a temporary injunction against a California man who sent large quantities of unsolicited commercial e-mail from a misappropriated domain name belonging to a business in Austin, Texas. The judgment was the result of a lawsuit initiated by Tracy LaQuey Parker and her partners, who say the spammer had illegally used their domain name (flowers.com) "as his personal trash bin." (NewsBytes 24 Sep 97) SERF'S UP! "Serf" (an acronym for server-side educational records facilitator), a new Web-based teaching and learning environment developed to provide world-wide distance education, can now be accessed at < http://www.udel.edu/serf >. NEWS CORP. SUES AOL OVER COMPUSERVE DEAL News Corp.'s Kesmai unit, which offers games on America Online, CompuServe and Prodigy, has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, claiming "flagrant" antitrust violations and seeking to "enjoin AOL from abusing its monopoly power." The lawsuit also attempts to block what it calls an "illegal merger" with CompuServe and claims that AOL "engaged in a course of conduct designed to defraud and destroy Kesmai" when it launched its own WorldPlay multiplayer gaming service. WorldPlay offers various gaming options, including games from AOL and Kesmai. Kesmai's CEO says that while Kesmai has agreements for game distribution through AOL competitors, "the vast majority of revenue -- over 90% -- comes from AOL." Since the inception of the WorldPlay service, Kesmai has seen its revenue drop by as much as 92%, a situation it attributes to AOL's marketing scheme, which gives its own services much more aggressive promotion. "Our business is virtually ruined," says Kesmai's CEO. (Wall Street Journal 30 Sep 97) NETSCAPE, MICROSOFT DEBUT NEW BROWSERS Netscape introduced Aurora, its next-generation Communicator user interface, one day before Microsoft was scheduled to announce the next generation of its Internet Explorer Web browser. Aurora will be closely integrated with several operating systems, including Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, with future versions targeting a variety of Unix platforms and Mac OS. Netscape CEO James Barksdale calls the new Internet Explorer 4.0 "cumbersome and confusing," and warns that its integration with Windows 98 could result in feature overkill: "I have a house and I have a boat, but that doesn't mean I want a houseboat," says Barksdale. (InfoWorld Electric 29 Sep 97) NEW YORK VS. INTERNATIONAL CHILD CYBERPORN The New York state attorney general's office says it has identified more than 1500 persons around the world suspected of trafficking in child pornography over the Internet, in an 18-month investigation that led to the arrest of 34 people in New York and to the referral of 90 other suspects in other states and in Germany and Britain. An executive of the National Law Center for Children and Families says: "This is the first major effort by a state attorney general's office to supplement the efforts underway by the federal government. It shows that local law enforcement has a role to play even in international issues." (New York Times 30 Sep 97) THE INTERNET AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT BUSINESS Nielsen Media Research Inc., the company that watches the watchers (of TV), will focus some of its attention on the Net, and start studying the surfers using statistical services to help marketers gauge online viewing patterns and choose the best sites for advertising their products. To provide those services, the company is developing a system that would track PC usage both online and off-line. Existing competition for Nielsen's new business includes Media Metrix. Inc./The PC Meter Co.; RelevantKnowledge Inc.; and Web21 Inc. (Inter@ctive Week Online 29 Sep 97) U.S. IMPOSES ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES ON JAPANESE SUPERCOMPUTERS In response to a complaint filed by Cray Research in July 1996, the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that "dumping" by Japanese supercomputer makers -- specifically NEC and Fujitsu -- has injured or threatened to injure the U.S. vector supercomputer marketplace. The decision means that Japanese vector supercomputers will be subject to anti-dumping duties, which will make them less competitive on price against U.S. models. HNSX Supercomputers, NEC's U.S. subsidiary, describes the ruling as "highly regrettable," and adds that "the dumping charge is a blatant fabrication, based on grossly inflated research... This dumping case is the latest in a series of barriers erected by the U.S. government to bar Japanese supercomputers from the U.S. market." NEC and Cray reportedly are discussing a settlement in which NEC would swap an undisclosed technology in return for Cray dropping the charges. (Electronics Buyers News 29 Sep 97) UNITED AIRLINES CALLS ON SPEECH TECHNOLOGY FOR FLIGHT BOOKING In the next couple of weeks, United Airlines will debut a new speech-recognition system for its 80,000 employees that will enable them to book flights simply by stating the origination and destination cities and desired day and time of departure. The system uses technology developed by Applied Language Technologies, and if it's successful, the airline is considering making it available to customers as well. (Investor's Business Daily 30 Sep 97) XEROX CHALLENGES HP IN COPIER MARKET Xerox Corp. is introducing a new line of powerful digital network laserp rinters -- so-called "mopiers" because they're designed to make multiple copies of computer-created documents at prices comparable to regular copiers. The mopier market is expanding as small and mid-size businesses increasingly use printers rather than copy machines for producing documents. In a challenge to printer giant Hewlett-Packard, Xerox is pricing its machines $500 lower than the comparable HP model and says its toner cartridges produce 53% more copies than HP's. "We have to compete ferociously," says Xerox President Rick Thoman. (Wall Street Journal 30 Sep 97) QWEST AND CISCO FORM ALLIANCE Qwest, the telecom company, is forming a partnership with computer networking company Cisco Systems to provide voice, video, data and fax services over the Internet. By offering a multimedia communications model centered around the Internet, the Qwest/Cisco alliance takes an alternative approach to traditional telecommunications design. Some industry analysts are predicting that Internet-based networks could replace traditional phone networks within five or ten years. (San Jose Mercury News 29 Sep 97) ARE THERE ENOUGH PROGRAMMERS TO COPE WITH MILLENNIUM BOMB? A survey of large international organizations conducted in England by the Manpower employment agency found that fewer than one out three such companies are now prepared to cope with the "Millennium Bomb" (when computers that were programmed with two-digit fields to represent years will miscalculate dates unless they are reprogrammed). The result? A predicted shortage of programmers. More than 40% of the companies expect a serious shortage of application programmers. (Financial Times 29 Sep 97) WORLDCOM BIDS TO ACQUIRE MCI Mississippi-based WorldCom, the nation's fourth-largest long-distance phone company, is making a $30-billion unsolicited bid to take over MCI Communications, which is now the second-largest such company. The move is expected to de-rail plans that MCI had previously developed for a merger with British Telecommunications. WorldCom's goal is to create the industry's first one-stop shop offering business customers a seamless communications package, including Internet access as well as local and long-distance phone services. In addition to the bid for MCI, WorldCom also announced that it is buying Brooks Fiber Properties, which will substantially extend WorldCom's existing presence in the by-pass services market in which business customers are given an alternative to their local phone companies. (New York Times 2 Oct 97) IBM, MOTOROLA UNITE TO BOOST POWERPC IBM and Motorola, which along with Apple developed the PowerPC chip, have formed an alliance to share technology and work together on joint development programs aimed at putting the PowerPC into non-computer devices such as automobiles, wireless phones and network data-storage servers. Some analysts believe the move is intended to offset a decline in the microprocessor's market share as a result of declining Macintosh sales, but a Motorola pokesman says, "A long time ago, we felt we had a lot of potential in moving PowerPC beyond the desktop market." (Wall Street Journal 1 Oct 97) CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER IS LATEST TECH ALLY The newest job title sprouting up in information technology circles is chief knowledge officer. The job description generally focuses on bringing together and leveraging pockets of business and technical knowledge to advance the company's competitive position, and involves not only locating, but also organizing, manipulating, filtering and presenting information so that employees on the front lines can comprehend and use it. Hal Varian, dean of the University of California at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems, says, "There are a lot of information resources a company has that need to be structured to be useful." Providing that structure and working with the technical side of the corporation to make the information resources available and useful to employees will be an increasingly key activity at most businesses in coming years. (Information Week 29 Sep 97) INFO FATIGUE SYNDROME IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH Getting physically sick as a result of the stress caused by information overload now has an official name -- Information Fatigue Syndrome -- and according to a 1996 Reuters Business Information report, almost half of all senior managers and a third of all managers suffer from the syndrome. (Investor's Business Daily 1 Oct 96) AAP INTRODUCES ELECTRONIC TAGGING SYSTEM FOR INTERNET The Association of American Publishers, in cooperation with the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, has developed a "digital object identifier" system that would make it easier for would-be users of electronic information to find out about the origin and ownership of the online material, and about copyright restrictions on its use. The voluntary system would enable users to "recognize intellectual property even on the fastest of highways," says a consultant who helped develop the system. The system is designed around a numeric tag that would be embedded in books, articles and even chapters. When users clicked on an icon, they would be transported to the information owner's home page, which would contain information for obtaining permission to use the work. The system would be maintained by a new, nonprofit D.O.I. Foundation, supported by fees from publishers. (Chronicle of Higher Education 3 Oct 97) KEYBOARDS WITH A SPECIAL TOUCH The cost of fingerprint biometric units -- scanners and software for matching a user's fingerprints to a database -- is now around $300 or less, compared with about $1,200 just a year ago. Industry experts predict that by early 1998, computer keyboards and mice will incorporate fingerprint ID technology, eliminating the need for passwords to access corporate computer networks. (Investor's Business Daily 1 Oct 97) SPAM WARS: THE RETURN OF CYBER PROMOTIONS A federal court in Philadelphia awarded a temporary restraining order forcing AGIS, an Internet service provider, to restore service to Cyber Promotions, Inc., a company widely known for spamming the Internet with unsolicited commercial messages. AGIS had pulled the plug on the junk mailer when it found out that Cyber Promotions was ignoring requests from people who wished to be removed from the company's mailing lists. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1 Oct 97) DOMAIN REGISTRATION SHOULD REMAIN IN U.S. Representative Charles W. (Chip) Pickering, the Mississippi Republican who chairs the House Science Committee hearings on the Internet domain-name registration process, says that the process should remain in the U.S.:"American taxpayers have helped build the Internet as well as many U.S. companies and private sector investors. 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The game gives you the ability to trade players, sign free agents, and bring up lower level standouts. The reality aspect in the game is evident with the real-world physics and 2000 separate categories of stats. PRO '98 has hotkey switching between cameras, motion captured player movements, and a new redesigned interface. It comes along with all of the great features from its predecessor too. All of this makes Front Page Sports: Baseball Pro '98 a definite home run. This game is very advanced on and off the field. You can sign free agents, trade players, and basically do everything a general manager would in career mode. When it is time to play the actual games you may see improvement in your players from the hard work you assigned them in spring training. It may also show in their 2000 useable statistics from STATS, Inc. You play in exhibition, arcade, batting practice, and other modes too. This game lets you play a full season or in 1/3 of the time if you wish. There is always a different and exciting way to play. On the playing field the game has a lot upgrades from the 1996 version. PRO '98 uses advanced artificial intelligence and a new innovative fielding style. Computer players think and act as their major league counterpart would with the improved intelligence. The fielding is the same for fly balls but has been improved for grounders. When fielding ground balls, two arrows are visible. One represents where the ball is located and the other is for what direction the fielder is moving. The goal when fielding a ball is to have the two arrows overlap each other. When this happens the player will be moving in the direction the ball is. The most noticeable upgrade is the look of the game. From the very start you can see differences from the '96 version. Instead of a startup screen, FPS baseball '98 displays a short movie clip, reminiscent of those famous baseball movies: "Johnson steps up to mound. the batter checks his sign. here is the pitch. the ball is hit very hard to deep center field, that ball is. caught by the center fielder. The game is over!!! Mariners win!!!" The game has many photos from the MLB game. There are a lot of images within the game and little repeating. They are fun to look at while your game loads. The actual playing screen is setup the same as the '96 version and the look and feel is still great. PRO '98 is perfectly accurate in respect to physics. The ball will act just as it would at a real diamond. The wind, temperature, and other variables have effects on it. Batters that may have troubles hitting may see an improvement if they play a game at Coors Stadium. You can see all of this action on preset camera angles. You can program your cameras and set hotkeys for them. It is fun to toggle in live action or in instant replay mode. When playing or watching a replay, you will notice the amazingly fluid action the players have. This is due to motion capturing. The players look and move as they should. They turn and twist very life like. Baseball PRO '98 is a must buy for baseball sim fans. The extensive stats, rosters, and options make this game fun to play all year round. If you were a fan of the '96 version, then you will definitely enjoy the '98. Tons of options and user definable variables make the game exciting and new every time you play. Just because the season is coming to a close doesn't mean that there still isn't a chance to catch Baseball PRO '98 from Sierra. Legends Football '98 Windows CD-ROM Street Price: $49.95 for all ages Accolade 5300 Stevens Creek Blvd. San Jose, CA 95129 1-800-245-7744 www.accolade.com Program Requirements Pentium 90+ sound card with Win 95 Drivers, 8-bit (256 colors) video drivers, 2X CD-ROM, hard drive, 8 MB RAM Now we will turn to football, a sport which is just getting into its sixth week of play. All year people look forward to tailgate parties, Sunday barbecues, and Monday nights in front of the television because of one sport: Football. Everyone knows that there is no better place for football than the NFL. People sit back and watch their favorite team and a question seems to always arise: Could guys like Namath, Butkis, and Sayers play in the NFL now? With the high-priced work out facilities, new styles, and techniques some people believe that they would not stand a chance. Now, at least on the PC, we will discover the truth. Legends Football '98 from Accolade is a football simulation like no other. It gives you the opportunity to match up the best players of today against the players from yesteryear. Teams from 1932, 1950, 1968, and the 1997-98 season can bang heads in fantasy match ups. Players can play an entire season in any era and play as over 1500 NFL stars! There are also over 2000 plays and a play creator to make your team separate from all the others. You may trade players, sign, or release free agents too. The camera angles in the game are flexible and the graphics very well done. Legends `98 is a terrific concept and great game for fans of football sims. Legends `98 answers any doubts fans might have about their favorite players going against greats from other eras. Each team and player is accurate. They act and react as they did in their prime. You can put to bed your doubts as Dick Butkis knocks over the Cowboys' tight end in the flats or Jerry Rice catches a 45 yard touch down run against the 1968 Broncos. What this game really shows is that even though the game has changed, there have always been great football players. The game has changed a great deal too. You can tell this if you play a season in another era. The 1932, rules were much different from the current ones. Teams had only twenty men on their roster and the ball was a great deal larger than it is now. In 1950, the rosters grew by ten, goal posts were placed at the front of the end zone, and forward progress rules were used. This means that even if the runner was rolling on the ground, if he was still moving forward the play would continue. In 1968, ten more players were added to the rosters and receivers could actually be interfered with until the ball was thrown. In 1997, the modern rules are all in effect with larger rosters and more extensive plays. When you play a season in an earlier era, you must follow the rules of that era. This makes the game play unique each time and more exciting while you learn new rules and techniques to win. Accolade's new release has over 2000 offensive and defensive plays to choose from. The plays are a wide variety of passes, fakes, dives, and traps on offense. In defense you can choose to blitz, fall back into zone, shoot gaps, and many other options. If you become tired of the 2000 included plays, you can always make your own. Legends '98 comes with a play editor for all of the would-be offensive coordinators out there. You can let your imagination run wild as you make new plays and formations. This is a great tool and something that I found very fun to use. Of course no game would be complete without a way to manage your teams' roster. Legends '98 let's you have total control of you team as a GM would. You can trade, pick up, release, or buy and sell teams. The trading is not balance so you can trade your rookie sensation running back for a third string place kicker. It still is fun to be able to trade players and not have to worry about the money involved. The graphics and control are terrifically done in this game. The players make motions and appear to be moving as if they were really blocking or tackling someone. The graphics are seen through a number of camera angles. You can toggle the camera among three levels of height and nine spots located around the outside the perimeter of the field. That is a total of twenty-seven different camera angles in all! The control is very easy to use. There are three all purpose buttons or keys in the game. They are: burst of speed, dive, or spin. The quarterback passes by using three too. He has three receivers he may pass to. Each one has a color located below them. When the appropriate button color or keyboard key in pressed, the ball is thrown. If he needs to, he can also throw the ball away if nothing is available. Once the quarterback passes the line of scrimmage he can run just as another player would. If you are looking for a type of football game that has not only the best players of this year but of previous years too, look no farther. This game has a large amount of plays, players, and everything else that makes sport games great. If you love football or maybe even history, then pick up a copy of Legends Football '98. You could almost think of it as an interactive sports documentary! Formula 1 `97 Windows 95 3D CD-ROM Street Price: $54.95 for all ages Psygnosis 919 East Hillsdale Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404 (415) 655-8031 www.psygnosis.com Program Requirements Windows 95 and Direct X 3.0a, Pentium 120 for Direct 3D, Double Speed CD ROM drive, 16Mb RAM minimum, 50Mb Hard Disk space, Sound Blaster or 100% compatible Psygnosis has released a new 3D accelerated game that takes you to the heart of Formula 1 driving. The game, Formula 1 '97, features seventeen real tracks along with the top Formula 1 teams and drivers. The arcade action and incredible detail really bring you the feel of each Grand Prix. Formula 1 '97 is a fast action edge of your seat ride that suggests that you put the pedal to the metal if you want to win. Formula 1 '97 contains seventeen of the world's most renowned tracks, thirty-five actual drivers, and thirteen teams. The tracks as well as their surroundings are all designed to perfectly match the real life raceways. Each track is unique bringing a new feel each time you play. The world's best thirty-five racers and their cars are all included in the game too. Each car has its own feel and each driver reacts differently when you compete against them. This is due to individual behavior models made for each driver. Each of the thirteen major teams are also in the game. Sometimes you find yourself racing your teammate for the checkered flag. The game's fast flying action is terrific. Passing and turns are always a great rush. The straight-aways let you reach very high speeds letting you catch up to the competition. Either time in the game is a great for passing, it is up to the driver when to do it. The action in the game is helped by the announcer's enthusiastic voice. He says many fun things during the race. His play by play is always great to listen to. He always stress that "Anything can happen in Formula 1 Racing and it usually does." Other sounds in the game are surprisingly realistic. The engine and race sound effects are taken from real F1 cars! Formula 1 racing is a very good sport. Formula 1 '97 is a great game as well. If you are a fan of Formula 1 racing or any other type of racing you should take a look at this racing sim for sure. Even if you are not familiar with the drivers' names you will enjoy the enthusiasm and expertise required for the sport and the game. If you are looking for a fast moving and exciting wild, check out Formula 1 '97 from Psygnosis. Wipeout XL Windows 95 3D CD-ROM Street Price: $54.95 for all ages Psygnosis 919 East Hillsdale Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404 (415) 655-8031 www.psygnosis.com Program Requirements Win 95 only utilizing Direct 3D, Pentium 133 with 3D accelerator card, Double Speed CD ROM drive, 16Mb RAM minimum, Sound Blaster or 100% compatible Wipeout XL takes place in the year is 2097 where anti-gravity racing has evolved into a kill or be killed sport. Racers battle in aerodynamically shaped killing machines with eleven different means of destruction. Races take place on tracks that bend, twist, and turn sometimes causing more damage to your automobile than your competitors will. While racing you must compete against the clock too. If the checkpoints are not met in the required time the vehicles simply self destruct ending your race indefinitely. Wipeout XL features graphics that are remarkably detailed and colorful with a hip soundtrack containing some very upbeat techno songs. Besides having a limited amount of courses and a fast race length, Wipeout XL is unique and one wild 3D ride. In the year 2097 anti-gravity racing has changed, dramatically. Racers now violently race for the checkered flag and find many inventive ways of stopping others from doing it. Each time another racer or yourself is hit, they lose power and slow down very quickly. If you are hit too often, your craft will explode from the amount of stress put on it. There are eleven weapons in all that the player has at their disposal. From relentlessly seeking missles to earth shattering detonations, you will have tremendous fun passing the competition in unconventional methods. You may not want to worry about your competition though. You will have enough problems trying to steer through the ever-changing courses. The turns are tight at times and you will find yourself slamming unto a wall now and again. Many times the bursts of speed power-ups, which are scattered along the tracks may not always be useful for slow reacting drivers. The speed you travel after hitting one of those power-ups may send you dangerously fast unto a sharp turn. You will have to plan your course and you will become comfortable with all of their hazards. Time is another factor you must consider while racing. If you are hit several times by other racers, you don't only stand the chance of exploding from shield failure. Your craft may not make it in time for a checkpoint either. If this happens you will blow up as well. The checkpoints are placed along the circuit and there are around four per course. If you would rather have your only opponent be time, you may choose to race in time trials. You can use it to plan out your course of action when the competition is raced against as well. Wipeout XL is a game that requires a 3D accelerator. This is because of the fast moving and beautiful graphics displayed in the game. There are a wide abundance of colors and textures seen while racing. For example, one course resembles a torn apart city with bright lights and tunnels once used for cars. Another course is a forest setting that displays different types of trees and an assortment of wood. It is a shame that the graphics fly by so quickly because they look so magnificent. To match the fast paced graphics on the screen, Psygnosis entrusted the techno musician, Cold Storage to make the music. There are a total of nine songs total within the races. They all have their own sound and distinctive qualities. The music is a kind that not all people will appreciate but it is not so diverse that you will despise it. The tempo is one that blends in with the graphics creating a great balance of the two. Since Wipeout XL is equipped with Dolby Surround Sound you can really appreciate the quality of the music and sound effects. Wipeout XL is a great game but it does lack some key elements. There are only six tracks in the game. Although I see very clearly on the box that there is eight, I only found six. Each skill level (again I found three where there were supposed to be four) has two race tracks making a total of six. This means that if you are not very good at the game you have only two tracks that you will have a chance to win on, if you are mediocre you will have four, and if you are very good you will have all six. Another thing that seemed different about the races themselves were the length. The races last around two minutes each in the beginning level. This isn't bad for people that don't like holding on to first for the last ten laps like in other racing games. It does make things difficult however because when you start in the back of the pack (which is always the case) you will have to surpass twelve competitors in the short time. That is means that on the average race you will pass one competitor every ten seconds to win! The laps do raise to four in the hardest class but the competition is much more crafty as well as the courses. This is still a very good game despite the two minor complaints I thought gamers might have. It does lack the abundance of courses that other racing games contain but it can't be compared to other racing games either. Wipeout XL is one of a kind. It has graphics like no other current racing simulation and a very unique soundtrack to accompany it. The violence depicted in the game is very limited and displays no blood or gore making it suitable for kids too. If you are looking for the future of racing and you have a 3D card, jump into the drivers seat of Wipeout XL, in stores now! Intense 3D 100 4 MB 3D accelerator List Price: 99.00! Intergraph Huntsville, AL 35894 www.intergraph.com firstname.lastname@example.org Computer Requirements Pentium Processor 8MB or more of system memory CD ROM drive The Windows 95 operating system An open PCI expansion slot 3D cards are more and more becoming a necessity to PC gamers. The want and need for 3D accelerators are being fed by the new rise of games requiring 3D accelerators and games that benefit from them. There are now said to be over one-hundred Direct 3D game titles in development and a lot more titles that will run slow or choppy without a 3D card of some sort. If you are looking for an innovative yet inexpensive 3D accelerator, you can look no further. Intergraph has released the Intense 3D 100 board at the low price of $99.00! Before now, one of the most common reasons that people did not invest into a 3D board was the price. If someone wanted to buy a 3D accelerator, it would cost them a pretty penny. This made things difficult if an average gamer wanted to by a board. After they would buy the 3D board, installation would be another problem. Computers in homes are very common but the amount of people that actually understand their computer is limited. Most people that own computers have probably never seen the inside of them. These are the two main reasons why people have had an excuse not to buy a 3D board, until now. Intergraph's new Intense 3D 100, is very low priced and easy to install. $99.00 is the list price of this new Rendition Ready board. This will appeal to the money conscious gamers. The board is very easy to install too. It simply fits into an open PCI expansion slot on your motherboard. After it has been placed in the slot, you simply follow the installation instructions from the diskette provided. Then you take your monitor cable and place it into the back of the Intense 3D 100 board. It cannot get much easier than that. Do not let the low price fool you. Intergraph's new board is not weak at all. It has a RISC programmable processor that uses 50% less CPU cycles and 80% less PCI bandwidth. This 4MB board contains all of the features that other 3D accelerators do too. It features gouraud shading, which provides photo realistic shading effects. It smoothes out textures with bilinear and trilinear filtering. Games will lose their blockiness because of Intense 3D 100's anti-aliasing. Other features such as perspective correction, sub-pixel accuracy, and complete 2D acceleration make this board hold it's own against many of the top 3D accelerators. Coming along with this board is a collection of 3D games. Included is the shareware version of Quake. The board adds quickness where sometimes the game slows down are starts to chop. The trial versions of Microsoft's Hellbender and Monster Truck Madness are also included. The real bonus in the game pack is the full registered version of Sierra's Indy Car Racing II. Intergraph has dramatically upgraded the game and added some new courses to the already numerous amount. If you are looking for a great 3D accelerator at a very reasonable price, I would suggest this new board from Intergraph. The price will definitely grab you right off the bat and the amount of features will attract you as well. The games are a very nice addition especially the full version of Indy Car Racing II. Installation could not be easier and I am sure you will love the results. Intense 3D 100 is available now and I would suggest taking a look at one if you do not own a 3D board already. See ya next week, Jason Special Notice!! STR Infofile File format for Articles File Format for STReport All articles submitted to STReport for publication must be sent in the following format. Please use the format requested. Any files received that do not conform will not be used. The article must be in an importable word processor format for Word 6.0 and/or Word Perfect 7.. 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Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org >From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" Lots of STuff happenin' online these days! The Dallas show is next weekend - be sure to check it out if you're in the area! There's a lot of debate going on regarding Atari emulation, including PacifiST and others. It's not the fact that Atari computers can be emulated, it's the downside caused by illegal TOS images and pirated software. We've come across numerous web sites containing pirated software; and we will be doing an article on them (as mentioned a couple of weeks ago). The latest rationalization for piracy is preservation of game software that is no longer available for purchase. Without piracy (hacking the games and possibly putting them out on CD), these games will disappear forever because the "old" disks are slowly being corrupted and cannot be replaced. A new twist to an old and ongoing problem - it's still wrong. I really don't understand these people. Why make excuses? Does doing so make it right in their minds? Probably, unfortunately. If Atari emulation has revitalized your interest in running some Atari game software, buy a used ST! They're certainly cheap enough these days and readily available through numerous sources. Before I really get on a roll, let's move on to the rest of this week's issue. I, and likely others, will have additional comments on this subject when the article is finished. Until next time... Atari show in Dallas Update Here we go! I finally have a list of vendors committed to attending the show. Chromagic, Crawly Crypt, Systems for Tomorrow, Emulators Inc (formerly Branch Always Software) and More Than Games. These names should all be familiar to you ST computer fans out there. For the Atari gamers, Systems for Tomorrow also sells 2600, 7800, Lynx, and Jaguar games - contact them if you would like them to bring along a specific title for you. Sorry XL/XE fans, as far as I know none of these guys carry products for the older Atari computers. Hey, believe me, I e-mailed both Best Computers and B&C Computervisions to try to get them to attend the show, but neither could. (Come to think of it, I don't remember if Best even replied... I wonder if the address I used was any good?) But come on by anyway, meet some fellow Atarians and maybe strike a few trade deals. (And yes, fellow gamers, I will have some trade fodder along if you wanna wheel & deal!) The show is on Saturday, October 11th, at the Infomart in downtown Dallas Texas. For directions or other info, contact: Dan Mazurowski email@example.com Gaming Section "Iron Soldier 2" Cart! "EA Golf" "Formula 1"! Capcom/Marvel Comics! "Code Warrior"! No Marv Albert! And much more! >From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! In an unprecedented move, Telegames is going to release Iron Soldier 2 in cart-based format. Apparently, the game is so popular that Telegames is going to make it possible for non-JaguarCD owners to have an opportunity to play the game also. After all, there aren't a plethora of CD owners out there. It's a good move on Telegames' part, in my opinion. Check out the blurb below. Plenty of new things appearing for the PlayStation; and a few for the N64 these days. We have a number of articles pertaining to these new games, as well as other developments in the gaming industry. Hey, be sure to read the article regarding Marv Albert. Okay, so he has an odd sex life! But taking out his voice from a console game?!? Who the heck is going to recognize the voice as his? I mean, c'mon, most video- gamers have no idea who he is! Talk about political correctness going awry! And I don't even like the [former] sportscaster! Let's move on - we have a lot of ground to cover this week! Until next time... Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! No!! Guilty plea May See Albert Canned From Game ZDNet News (September 26, 1997) - Marv Albert's guilty plea may cost him his place as the voice of Quarterback Club '98. The Nintendo 64 game from Acclaim, due out later this year, is supposed to feature the popular sportscaster's color commentary. However, Acclaim's marketing and legal departments said in the wake of Albert's guilty plea to charges of assault and battery that they may reconsider. An Acclaim spokesperson told GameSpot news that the company had already set into motion "backup plans" should the game publisher be forced to seek another "voice" for the upcoming title. According to Acclaim, a morals clause in Albert's contract would trigger an option to dissolve the Albert-Acclaim relationship if he were to be convicted of a crime. Thursday afternoon, an Acclaim spokesperson told GameSpot News, "We are evaluating the situation and are not prepared to make a statement." She said a statement would be forthcoming next Monday. Acclaim did not specify who was being considered as a replacement for Albert, nor did it say how implementing a "backup plan" - if it chose to - would affect the game's scheduled fall release date. Electronic Arts Ships Golf Program SAN MATEO, Calif., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Electronic Arts, a leading global interactive entertainment software company, has announced the shipment of PGA TOUR 98 for the PlayStation. The software features five championship courses including the exclusively-licensed Pebble Beach Golf Links, as well as The Bay Hill Club, TPC of Scottsdale, Colonial Country Club and TPC at Sawgrass. The software game offers championship courses and exclusive PGA professional golfers. The compnay says the game's courses have been designed by using actual blueprints of the real courses delivering realistic graphics. Every hole features the exact characteristics and surroundings of the real hole, including tree-lined fairways, sloping hills, huge sand traps and tricky greens. For the Golf enthusiast the game contains eight different play modes - three of which are all new and allow head-to-head competition for up to four players and carries a suggested retail price of $49.95. Enhanced Flight Simulator Ships Microsoft Corp. has released Flight Simulator 98, the latest version of its venerable PC flight simulation program. The program's new features include digitally sampled sounds, high-resolution instrument panels, a helicopter simulation and a ten-fold increase in the number of airports worldwide. The software also provides force-feedback support through the Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Pro joystick and other force-feedback devices. Microsoft notes that the release of Flight Simulator 98 marks the 15-year anniversary of Flight Simulator, the best-selling PC entertainment title of all time. Flight Simulator 98 has an estimated retail price of $59.95. Metrowerks to Ship CodeWarrior Development Tools SAN JOSE, CALIF. (Sept. 30) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 29, 1997 - Metrowerks Inc. announced this week at Embedded Systems Conference West in San Jose that the company will ship CodeWarrior for PlayStation Release 3 in October 1997. Hosted on Windows(R)95/NT and Mac(R)OS, this is the latest version of CodeWarrior programming tools for developing games for the Sony PlayStation game console. CodeWarrior for PlayStation Release 3 features the latest version of Metrowerks' award winning CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The CodeWarrior IDE is the most complete and easiest-to-use set of programming tools available in the industry for game console software development. The CodeWarrior IDE for PlayStation also features an improved debugger which supports source, assembly and mixed source/assembly debugging. CodeWarrior for PlayStation features the Metrowerks C/C++ compiler for MIPS which supports function-level and in-line assembly. Several new enhancements include: declaration specifiers that allow a programmer to specify in which data section of the object code to store variables and objects; overlay support; and the ASMPSX-compatible assembler that provides easy migration of assembly files from the PSY Q development systems. "Our latest release, CodeWarrior for PlayStation, provides unmatched value, choice, and flexibility to allow developers to rapidly move their game designs to market," said Jean Belanger, chairman of the board and CEO, Metrowerks. Metrowerks will also be shipping CodeWarrior for Net Yaroze in October 1997. CodeWarrior for Net Yaroze allows hobbyist developers to write game programs to run on the Net Yaroze PlayStation. The Net Yaroze development kit includes a modified version of the PlayStation game console and a CD containing software and Net Yaroze-specific libraries that allow users to write programs on their computers, compile and download those programs via a serial cable to their Net Yaroze PlayStations. Pricing and Availability CodeWarrior for PlayStation Release 3 ships in October 1997, priced at US$899, and is available from Metrowerks and its distributors, including Full Moon Software Distributors Limited in Europe, and B.U.G. Inc. in Japan. All purchases include one free product update and technical support for a year from Metrowerks. CodeWarrior for Net Yaroze also ships in October, and is available for US$299. About Metrowerks Embedded Systems Products CodeWarrior solutions for the embedded systems market start with the CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment, or "IDE," a unified environment available for both desktop and embedded application development. The CodeWarrior IDE contains a complete set of tools including class browsers, debuggers, editors, and a state-of-the-art project manager which obsoletes "make" files. CodeWarrior embedded tools all feature the CodeWarrior two-machine source-level debugger which plugs seamlessly into the CodeWarrior IDE and communicates with the new MetroTRK (Target Resident Kernel). MetroTRK, developed by Metrowerks and available in source to Metrowerks' licensees, is a software debug monitor for use with CodeWarrior source-level debuggers. MetroTRK is suitable for use as aboard-level software debugger, or, in its extended form, as an application-level debugger. CodeWarrior highly optimizing compilers, linkers and assemblers are available for the 68K, PowerPC, x86 and MIPS families of microprocessors for C, C++, and Java. Metrowerks has already announced that in 1998, it will add support for the NEC VR/V8xx, ARM, and Hitachi SuperH families of microprocessors. CodeWarrior all-in-one programming tools are the foundation for Metrowerks' entry into the three major embedded markets: the proprietary OS market; the RTOS/Windows CE market; and the embedded Java technology market. Midway Ships Two Nintendo 64 Home Video Game Titles CHICAGO (Sept. 30) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 30, 1997 - Midway Maintains Leadership as Nintendo 64 Third-Party Licensee Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY) announced today that its home game subsidiary, Midway Home Entertainment Inc., shipped to retailers two new Nintendo(R) 64 home video game software titles, Top Gear(R) Rally and Mace: The Dark Age(TM), for sale to consumers on Friday, October 3rd. With Top Gear Rally and Mace: The Dark Age marking the Company's sixth and seventh Nintendo 64 (N64(TM)) offerings, Midway maintains its position as the leading third party licensee of N64 software titles. According to industry projections, the installed base of N64 consoles is expected to exceed 7.0 million units by the end of 1997. In August, Midway partnered with Kotobuki Systems Co. Ltd. (Kemco) to co-publish the highly anticipated off-road racing home video game, Top Gear Rally, exclusively for N64. Developed by Boss Game Studios, Top Gear Rally features five challenging tracks complete with short cuts and hidden tracks in the player's choice of four gaming modes for the ultimate on and off-road racing challenge. Boasting an incredible array of updates and improvements over its 16-bit predecessors, including a real-time physics engine, hyper-realistic graphics and 3-D effects, multiple perspective and camera viewpoints, and one or two player split-screen modes, Top Gear Rally offers players endless hours of exciting game play. Based on the popular arcade game of the same name, Mace: The Dark Age has been heralded as one of the best-looking 3-D fighting games ever. Mace features ten all-new player-selectable characters - each with its own gruesome fatality, two spectacular bosses and an additional seven hidden demonic characters. Many innovative features make their debut in Mace including complete 3-D character movement; true multi-level playfields with ledges, steps, and ramps; deadly arena boundaries such as lava, quicksand, fire, spikes and deep water; and a unique array of interactive and throwable objects including tents, urns and tables. Formula 1 Championship Edition Races into Retail FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Sept. 30) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 30, 1997 - Psygnosis today announced the release of the company's newest racing game, Formula 1 Championship Edition for the PlayStation game console. Sequel to the company's 1.7 million unit selling video game racing title, Formula 1, Formula 1 Championship Edition will thrill both serious and novice F1 racing fans with its new features and refinements. The game will have an estimated street price of $49.95. Staying true to form, development team, Bizarre Creations, has shaped up this ultimate game for the most realistic racing excitement. Formula 1 Championship Edition combines the authenticity and simulation-quality of real Formula One racing with the all out adrenaline rush of arcade racing thrills. Formula 1 Championship Edition's newest features include car damage and crashes and multi-player options with either vertical and horizontal split-screen capability. For fans that insist on having it all, the "arcade" mode is designed for fast and furious racing. The game also boasts 1997 stats through the Spanish Grand Prix which was held in May 1997. Taking off where last year's game and racing season left off, Formula 1 Championship Edition features 11 teams and numerous drivers from the new season; all 18 circuits with the latest track architecture changes; distinct Arcade and Grand Prix modes; a fantasy driver option, and commentaries by professional Formula One race veteran, Murray Walker, and current TV sportscaster, Martin Brundle. Martin Chudley, founder of Bizzare Creations, noted that, "Formula 1 Championship Edition is the closest thing to Formula One racing ever seen on a game console system. It runs at 30 frames-per-second and accelerations and circuit times are very realistic." In creating the second generation of a tremendously popular title, Chudley commented, "Our attention to detail has been extraordinary." Each driver has his own unique behaviour model and the dynamic weather conditions and car set-up options are extensive. Crash dynamics are designed from actual Formula One crash footage. "With huge amounts of reference material and former experience in creating racing games, we think the circuits are as close to the real thing as you can get," added Chudley. "Murray Walker has said that our overhead view of Aida was 'just like being there,' and he's one of the lucky few who are qualified to say that!" The legendary attention to detail in the game is seen throughout all levels. Engine sounds have been recorded from real Formula One cars during Grand Prix practice heats to capture the realism and variety of the sounds. Gear shifting has been tuned to the real drivers, vehicles and circuits prompting drivers to comment on the absolute authenticity of the game. The circuits themselves are so meticulously rendered that Formula 1 and now Formula 1 Championship Edition (named Formula 1 '97 in Europe) is used throughout Europe as a feature on televised race coverage. Psygnosis' Formula 1 Championship Edition promises to give players their own chance at being this season's winner. THQ Brings "Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars" CALABASAS, CALIF. (Oct. 2) BUSINESS WIRE -Oct. 2, 1997 - THQ Inc. Thursday announced that it intends to publish and distribute the unique graphic adventure, "Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars," in the United States in the first quarter of 1998. "Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars" was successfully launched by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for the PlayStation in Europe in November 1996. The game, which immerses players in an intriguing international mystery, is being developed by the award-winning game designer, Revolution Software, for the Sony PlayStation. The game features more than 60 hours of game play and hand-drawn graphics with animation from the makers of cult comic "Tank Girl." "Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars" takes gamers on a sinister mystery which involves assassination and conspiracy. The intensely rich thriller features music written by one of Great Britain's premier composers, Barrington Pheloung. "We are thrilled to be bringing one of Europe's more successful games to the United States on the Sony PlayStation," said Brian Farrell, president and CEO, THQ. "'Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars' has won numerous awards in Europe and combines beautifully drawn animation, music composed specifically for the title and a compelling storyline to create a riveting product that gamers will enjoy." "We are pleased that a company like THQ, which has proven experience in successfully launching video games, will be bringing this exhilarating game to the United States on the Sony PlayStation," said Juan Montes, general manager of software development, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. "'Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars' combines colorful characters with an intriguing storyline that keeps gamers on the edge of their seats." "Revolution Software is delighted to be teaming up with THQ in bringing this game to the huge installed base of PlayStation owners in the United States," said Charles Cecil, managing director, Revolution Software. "Gamers can dive right into this multi-layered mystery, which is set in modern day Paris and is rich with history. Players will be glued to their game systems as they search for the elusive key to the great secret of the Templars." Capcom Flexes It's Marketing Muscle SUNNYVALE, CALIF. (Oct. 2) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 2, 1997 - Capcom Entertainment Inc. today announced their aggressive marketing plans behind the launch of Marvel Super Heroes, the home version of the phenomenally successful head-to-head fighting arcade game that stars ten classic Marvel characters, including Spiderman, Wolverine, the Incredible Hulk. The big push behind the launch of Marvel Super Heroes will include a national television advertising campaign airing in 25 major markets across the country, as well as a Marvel Super Heroes 'Scratch & Win' Sweepstakes. Marvel Super Heroes is now available for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The Marvel Super Heroes national television advertising campaign kicks off Oct. 13, 1997. The spot will air during TV's top-rated syndicated shows including, The Simpson's, Party of Five, The X-Files, Xena and Baywatch, reaching over 15 million homes. Capcom created a hip, fast-paced and vibrant spot to represent the successful Marvel Super Heroes fighting game. A young, teenage girl is cast as the spokesperson for the classic head-to-head fighting game, supporting the growing trend of the heroine in video games. Capcom has always been known for their portrayal of strong, female characters in games, having created famous game goddesses, such as Chun Li and Cammy from the Street Fighter series and Jill Valentine from Resident Evil. In addition to a strong TV presence, Capcom has developed a Marvel Super Heroes 'Scratch & Win' Sweepstakes where the grand prize winner takes home a Marvel Super Heroes arcade unit. Nearly one million 'scratch & win' sweepstakes cards will be distributed in Marvel comic books and in copies of the game. Lucky winners can instantly win one of several prizes, including a Sony PlayStation gaming system, a Marvel T-shirt, an inflatable Marvel character, or cash rebate off the purchase of Marvel Super Heroes. Jaguar Online STR InfoFile - Online Users Growl & Purr! Telegames is pleased to announce its plans for a limited edition cartridge version of IRON SOLDIER 2. This product will only be available directly through Telegames. The cartridge version will be identical to the CD version except that the FMV and red book soundtracks have been removed due to memory considerations. Everything else is the same ---same missions, same adversaries, same weapons, same outstanding graphics and gameplay! Each product will be packaged in a full color box just like the CD versions and contain a cartridge with color label and an instruction manual. Due to the significant cost to produce the cartridges, we will accept orders through October 31, 1997, for shipping no later than December 15, 1997. Each order must be prepaid with credit card, money order, or personal check. We will only build enough cartridges to satisfy these pre-manufacturing orders. Sb: #Jaguar - So Much Happens! Fm: Mr. R.J. Turner. 100771,2457 To: ALL Hi folks. Why's this forum so quiet? Did everyone leave and someone forget to turn off the light? Weird. We have Zero 5 out, almost. We have Worms Directors-Cut next month. We have Battlesphere 5 days coding away, out Xmas. We have a mystery CD from Telegames, out Xmas. We have a new Jaguar joystick released from DKG. We have new Jaguar overlays available from others. We have NETWORK Aircars just a couple of months ago. We had World Tour Racing CD just a couple of months ago. We had Iron Soldier II CD, not long enough ago to beat it. We have lots of "Underground" development activity. (Jagtris, Painter, Jagmania, Jag Marble Madness, Gorf 2000, etc..) We have TWO underground development kits available right now. We have Atari development kits appearing on the market now. We have Atari/JTS making HELPFUL statements to developers! We have living Jaguars, not a totally dead platform!!! We have DOZENS of active Jaguar web-sites... We have support- Atari Preservation Society Krunch's Jaguar Support Petition European Jaguar Support Campaign The Underground Developers We have reading matter:- Atari Times Jaguar Explorer Online Classic Atari Gamer Online Jaguar Mailing List Jaguar Underground Mailing List [Editor's note: STReport!!] Get real, Atari is dead, your Jaguar is not.. Maybe Jaguar is alive everywhere except CIS? Even a flame would show this forum's got life!!! Richard. ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING Compiled by Joe Mirando firstname.lastname@example.org Folks, I have no idea why last week's column was a repeat. Well, actually, that's not true. I had some trouble uploading last week's file and I think things got screwed up. My apologies. (Editors Note: It only proves we are all human.. ) Here's what you would have read last week: Hidi ho friends and neighbors. I've been thinking a lot recently about the directions the computer world is taking. It seems that in order to be accepted, you need the very latest in equipment and software... and it needs to be on the correct platform. Remember your days in early high school? When the "cool" guys all had a particular haircut or a specific brand of sneakers, and the "in" girls just had to have the right pocketbook or shade of eye shadow (which, ideally, matched the pocketbook)? That's just about what we're seeing in the computer world today. Many sites are not only "best experienced" with either Netscape or Microsoft products, but "not experienceable" without them. I'm not talking about sites that employ JAVA scripts, now. Most of them offer alternative ways of viewing. I've come to expect this sort of short-sighted programming from small personal web pages, who's creators wish to showcase some particular feature or other. But for a large, well established, supposedly easily accessible site from a major entertainment company this is, in my opinion, shameful. And for an online service such as CompuServe to consider barring all ASCII access is even more so. AOL is a different story, since they never actually had plain ASCII access. But CompuServe built their service on ASCII and, while I'm not saying that there is anything illegal or immoral about stopping ASCII access, it just doesn't seem right to me. Of course, there are lots of things about today's CompuServe that don't seem right to me, but that's a story for another time. This situation is unique in my experience. Do you see signs saying that you can only use a particular highway if you happen to have a Sport Utility vehicle? Or that you cannot shop in a particular type of store unless you have a certain credit card? Not that you cannot use any other card to pay for your purchases, but that you can't even go in? Or how about a movie theater that will not allow you to watch a movie unless you have 20/20 eyesight? Unfortunately (or not), there will soon be many more people joining us. As Intel's Pentium II becomes more and more of a standard, people who own PC compatibles will also be finding themselves excluded fromfrom the internet, game and productivity software, and peripherals. Most of these folks will probably take it in stride and go out and purchase a brand-spanking-new computer.... and find out 13 months later that they again have trouble keeping up with the "in" crowd. As Atari users, we are already so far behind the crowd that a few more advances isn't going to matter to us. While I confess that I long for a browser that supports 'cookies' and JAVA scripts, I can get along without them for the time being. Will today's Pentium 1 users be able to do the same? (Editor Note: pssst.. They already do Joe.) I have the three main flavors of Pentium in use here at the office and they are compatible.) [Pentium, Pentium MMX, Pentium Pro.] Well, last week we peeked around on Delphi, so this week we'll listen to what's happening on the UseNet. From the COMP.SYS.ATARI.ST NewsGroup Claes Holmerup posts this about powering up or down peripherals: "In my over 10 years of experience as a computer technician, I've repaired several computers (that is: probably hundreds) because people turned on/off external equipment with the computer switched on, so there is ABSOLUTELY a risk of damage! Both the SCSI-port, as well as the Parallel and Serial ports have a risk of getting damaged by this kind of operations. Because of the risk of damage, I recommend everybody to turn on their externals before the computer and turn the computer off first. This simple rule of mine has helped several people after they've had the same problems time after time, just a couple of months apart - their problems have disappeared after they started following this recommendation... Be careful out there!" Peter West asks for help with the Selectric Item Selector: "I had some problems with CixRead re-writing some messages (after partial deletions in a topic) in the wrong folders, which I /think/ I traced back to using Selectric which sometimes 'hangs' in an old path. (At least, I don't seem to get the problems when using the system file selector, though I need to make some more tests.) However, I originally turned off Selectric just in CixRead by using the SLCTCONF.CPX. This switched it off OK and I got the system file selector as expected, *but* when I use this then whenever I open Everest V3.8 and click on a filename to load into it, /it tries to open all 10 available windows!/ Actually only 7 open (as that is the max. under TOS 2.06) and I get the 'No more windows available' alert 3 times. Has anyone come across this or anything like it before? And what is the solution, if any? I now switch off Selectric with Xboot and this removes the problem, but it means I have to reboot to get Selectric back (and I do like its features, specially the easy path-changes and autolocator)." Steve Sweet tells Peter: "I get this sometimes with Freedom and Everest, I think its an Everest prob. It occured when i tried to open a file created under VFAT i.e. had a long filename and everest didnt support longfilenames. I guessed that it is trying to open a .LST. What did you get displayed in the title bars. BTW, where did you get EVEREST 3.8, is it english, where's my copy?" Frank Lockwood tells us: " POPwatch is a POP3 mailbox tool for use with STiK and Oasis1, Oasis2, and NEWSie. And what a great program it is too. Thanks Gary, for writing such a straightforward, easy to set up program that just does what it is supposed to, with no fuss. I've yet to use the new "reject" feature, but I am eagerly looking forward to it, as the Calgary Freenet seems to be an email spam magnet. Thanks very much. I'm glad so many people seem to like POPwatch :) I use the 'reject' feature an awful lo2t now. I just seem to be getting stacks of junk email lately. So far I haven't had a repeat of email from any that I've 'rejected'. Maybe it works, maybe it's just coincidence. Either way, it makes me feel better being able to 'bounce' their junk :) I've saved my Kill File log from 2.22, will the new version see that and send failed DNS messages when I next receive something from one of these sources? No problem. If you've set POPwatch to automatically 'reject' killed email, that should work fine. Also, I've seen a couple of posts where you have been testing something called News Hound. Am I right in surmising that you are developing a Mail/News reader? Can't wait." Gary Priest, the author of POPwatch, tells Frank: "News Hound has now been renamed NEWSwatch and is still in beta at the moment. It's not a full email/news client. It does a similar thing to POPwatch in that it sends and receives news articles via STiK, using Oasis1.3x/Snews or Oasis2 as the editor/viewer. I am planning on writing a full email/news client, but it's difficult to find the time at the moment. I've ordered CAB2.5 inc. PPP Connect from System Solutions and should hopefully get it in a couple of weeks. I might be interested in modifying POPwatch to use PPP Connect (as well as STiK etc.). To do this I obviously need programming docs for PPP Connect. Does anyone know if these are publicly available? If so, where I can get them? I guess they'll be in German which is going to be a pain." Michael Pieper tells Gary: "I was told that the BLIP-Docs are the same as the Docs to PPP-Connect. You need the documentation (the commands are the same as used in unix: sock_init(), socket(), bind(), listen()). The only differences are: sread(), swrite(), sfcntl(), sclose() which have all an "s" in front of the command. But you had to use a Library, in which these commands are defined. With this information, I tried to write a program, but I always got an error message from "socket()". So the compiled program doesn't run. The programmer of PPP-Connect (Sven.Kopacz@LB.maus.de) is now studying for his university exam's, so he has now had to think about another problems. Should I send you the BLIP-Archive icluding the Programming documentation... it's in German!" Steven Barrett asks: "Is it possible to use a tos image from one Atari (v2.06) on another Atari. I know that the early St's used a disk based tos and I was wondering if it is possible to load the new tos vesion on top of the old from disk. I have tried using an auto folder (some chance) without success." Dave Hollis tells Steven: "It is possible to load newer TOS images over the old ROMS, Magic and Geneva do this however, if you mean specifically something like loading in TOS 1.62 [on disk] over hardware TOS 1.00 then I guess you can....but it'd be VERY unstable, TOS 1.62 was developed for the STe and allowed access to the BLITTER chip via the menu bar....seeing as a TOS 1.00 STFM doesn't have one I'd not like to see what happens. My advice is to obtain new hardware ROMS and replace the one's you have." Matt Wilimzig asks: "Does anyone know where I can get an English version of CAB 2.5, if it isn't out yet, any news when it will be. What is the best set up for it? I'm using CAB 2.0 and having trouble with it. I am a novice computer user and I love my Falcon. Anyone know how well 2.5 work. I'm using a Falcon030 with 4 megs and a hard drive. I have it very stripped down with only the bare essentials on it. Should I run a multitask application when using CAB?" Pascal Ricard tells Matt: "Multitasking is recommended but not obligatory. I dont know about the English version cause I'm using the German one with French resource files." Michael Grove posts: "I stumbled across a version of STiK I hadn't seen before on an FTP site. It's the modular version (or it was called that anyway) which loads in the auto folder and no STiK.ACC is used. There is a dialer from Peter (STiNG) which runs as an acc (V.85). The dialer version is the same as the one released with the latest STiNG, but the latter would not work with STiK ("do not use this dialer with STiK")." Nicholas Flintham tells Michael: "STiK 1.13 was a beta.. and wasn't really meant to be released anywhere. There is a problem with it running under magic but unless your running under magic and run more than one stik program at once then you wont b2ump into this bug. Which FTP site is this on by the way? The difference between 1.12 and 1.13 from the outside is that as you mentioned it does not require a stik.acc to be loaded at all times there is a version of Peters dialer which was written for this version of stik before sting was completed and that is the one you have. There was also a quick version of the original dialer that could be ran as a program or an accessory." Michael tells Nicholas: "Thanks for the tip. That never occured to me. I am using a Unix server's domain to send mail as Newsie is having problems with Send mail on the NT server. I still have to telenet in and see what is ca2using the problem. Lazy. Now, using the same server as the nameserver, Newsie and other apps have no problem." Well folks, that's about it for this week. Tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when... 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