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Latest in the Apple II World

What’s been going on in the Apple II world these past few days? Let’s take a look:

 

1.) Steven Weyhrich is asking about the Applesoft Firmware card in comp.sys.apple2 for his upcoming Apple II history book.

2.) The Daily Apple blog has been keeping up with daily updates. Currently we are working on Pascal and BASIC programming, and trying to use the Apple IIc as a command-line terminal.

3.) Wade Clarke has started a new web site called Wade-Memoir where he is telling the story of Apple II games that he programmed in his youth, complete with playable disk images of these games.

4.) David Schmenk is busy at work interfacing a Raspberry-Pi with the Apple, and posting YouTube videos of his handiwork.

5.) Everyone is getting excited about this years’ KansasFest which should have a larger crowd of people compared to years past.

First Full-Fledged Weather App with Crowdsourced Data Released

Known for providing detailed minute-by-minute forecasts, as well as traditional daily to 7-day forecasts, the SkyMotion 4.0 app now also ensures maximum accuracy by relying on one of the largest weather crowdsourcing platforms in the world. SkyMotion is now the only full-fledged weather app that gathers and integrates validated ground-level observations, allowing users to actually influence forecasts. The free application, now available worldwide for all iOS devices, is also the only mobile weather app to offer both nowcasts (precipitation forecasts down to the exact minute) and traditional forecasts.

While weather radars have been traditionally relied upon by weather apps to track precipitation clouds, they provide little insight as to whether precipitation will reach the ground. Equipping SkyMotion users with a crowdsourcing platform circumvents this technological limitation, offering them an unprecedented level of accuracy.

SkyMotion’s patented nowcasting technology tells users the exact minute they can expect precipitation. It does so by translating data from hundreds of Doppler radars, every 5 minutes, into a unique forecast for every 0.6 square mile. That’s roughly 16 million zones simultaneously, every 5 minutes.

SkyMotion 4.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category. Customer care is available 7 days a week in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. A free web app is equally available at SkyMotion online.

Visit the SkyMotion site

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.4

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Apple has updated iOS to version 6.1.4.  The latest version of the software is intended to address issues related to the audio profile for speakerphone.  It is specifically targeted to the iPhone 5 as no other platforms currently have this issue.

iOS can be updated through the General tab on your Settings for your iPhone.  For more information about this update, check:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1652

SHELL*SHOCK Tank Battle Game Released for the Apple ][

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Virtual Apple ][ has published a new Apple ][ game.  SHELL*SHOCK is a high paced action tank battle game for the Apple ][ computer.   Originally written in 1985 by Peter Blum, Alan Burkle, and Jonathan Dunaisky, the game has been largely unseen until this month when it was resurrected by the original authors and sent to Virtual Apple ][.

SHELL*SHOCK is unique in the Apple ][ gaming realm as it allows users to battle each other in two player mode over the modem.  While this feature is something that is long lost to the annuls of computing history, in 1985 it was a feature that was not really available in games of the time.

SHELL*SHOCK runs on any Apple II series computer with at least 64K of memory.  The game comes complete with a full 40 page instruction manual, two disks and is freely downloadable from the Virtual Apple ][ website at:

 http://www.virtualapple.org/shellshockdisk.html

A trio of reviews

The first is more of an update than a review. Ubuntu 13.4 is out. For those into running Linux this has been a fairly successful update. Although I haven’t tried it there does not appear to be many complaints. Mint 15 (derived from this version of Ubuntu) should be out toward the end of May.

The second is a program called Simutrans found at http://freecode.com. Alternatively it is available in the repositories if there is access to a Debian based system (such as Ubuntu). It is an open source simulation similar to Transport Tycoon. It is also cross-platform with source code provided. This means it should run on just about any computer. I haven’t played the original game so I can’t say how close it is to the original. The program runs well on my Linux system. I don’t know much about game play but it appears to be doing what it is supposed to do. The other thing to be aware of is a graphics pack will need to be downloaded. Two are downloaded via the repositories but adding others should be simple.

Third is a free Minecraft server called Craftbukkit (or Bukkit for short). There are plenty of videos on Youtube and links in Google to give people an idea of what it can do. They have recently updated to version 1.5.1 to match the Minecraft client and Mojangs Vanilla server. The main advantage to running Bukkit as opposed to Vanilla is the features. There are more things which can be done out of the box. Plugins (server modifications) are incredibly easy. Plus Bukkit is quite a bit more stable. Again it is cross-platform and will run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. My preference is to run it in a bare bones text mode Linux virtual machine for speed. Installing it is as simple as downloading a single file, unpacking it, running the binary once (assuming this is the first time) to set things up, then run it again to run the server. I have set up a series of scripts to make life easier. Connecting to the internet requires some router magic but there are plenty of references to help out. If anyone is into creating their own plugins or running a world, this is the way to go.

ADTPro 1.2.7 Released

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David Schmidt has released an update to the ADTPro program.   According to the posting on CSA2, the update includes:
New functionality:

* [VDrive] Added the ability to bootstrap into ProDOS with
VSDrive active

* [Server] Added a command-line invoker for AppleCommander

Bug fixes:

* [Server] Start the numerical part of batch name at 1, not
0; reset the counter when a batch name changes

* [Server] 5-1/4″ disk images with unrecognized filesystems
are always written with DOS-ordered physical interleaving

You can download the latest information and get usage instructions and video from the ADTPro website at:

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz for iOS

McLean, Virginia – ICON, LLC has introduced Famous Faces of Sports Quiz 1.0, its new sports app developed for iOS devices. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is an amazingly addictive and fun trivia game that will put your knowledge to the ultimate test. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz features beautiful photos of the most famous sports players of Basketball, Football, Soccer and Hockey.

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is free for limited time. What are you waiting for? Each photo of the top athletes is processed individually to obscure it for added challenge.

Retake the quiz and improve your scores. Climb yourself up the eight leaderboards of Famous Faces of Sports Quiz on Game Center. Beware you are timed against the clock. The game also includes global leaderboards with Apple Game Center that adds competitive edge. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is a universal app designed for iPhone, iPod touch and plays in HD on the iPad. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is optimized for and looks awesome on the new iPhone 5.

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz 1.0 is free for a limited time, exclusively through the App Store in the Game and Sports categories. Take advantage of the free launch special and download the new Famous Faces of Sports Quiz.

Find out more about this App

Captions that take photos further with Typic Pro

Medelln, Colombia – Hi Mom S.A.S is thrilled to announce the release of Typic Pro 1.1, their new photo captioning app for iPhone, and iPod touch. After Typic’s huge success, the company decided to offer their users a lot more than what they expected with a Pro version.

typicWords can take your photos further, and Typic Pro is the best tool to take them even further than you ever imagined. People love to take and share photos, and by adding captions and unique designs to them, they can express themselves even more and take their creations beyond. It’s never been so easy for everyone and anyone to create outstanding posts that purely express their feelings.

Typic Pro has great filters, 28 fantastic fonts, 21 colors, and additionally it offers 36 super cool design elements carefully created to decorate your photos and turn them into great design pieces. You can also have two different captions, so you can play around with different fonts, colors, shadow, opacity and sizes, with full control and accuracy compared to other similar apps. Its user interface stands out from others for its simple sleek design, making the app super easy to work with.

Typic Pro 1.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. There is a free version available.

Find out more about Typic

Eamon Deluxe Newsletter Posted

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The Eamon Deluxe Newsletter for March 2013 has been posted on the Eamon Adventurers Guild Online website at www.eamonag.org.   Eamon Deluxe is the creation of master Eamon adventure writer Frank Black.  He recently released Eamon Deluxe 5.0 for multiple platforms and this month talks about the possibility that Don Brown and Jon Walker could be one and the same person.  For more, check out the newsletter at:

http://eamonag.org/newsletters/acrobat/Eamon_DeluXe_NewsletterV3n01_03-2013.pdf

Intuiware Releases Changes Meter Update for Mac OS X

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Intuiware has released an update for Changes Meter, the URL change checking software.  Change Meter Version 1.80 includes a host of fixes including improved Growl support, basic support for proxies,and they have  fixed the problem of the program incorrectly reporting URL changes.

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Some of the addition changes within the program include:

  • Added option to hide unchanged URLs in the menubar icon menu
  • Added full support for Growl 2.0
  • Added basic support for http and https proxies, using the settings stored in the System Preferences
  • Added option to display either the URL or page title in a Growl notification
  • Now sends a Growl notification when a check is complete
  • Fixed encoding recognition, in particular Asian encoding are now handled correctly and page changes are now reported correctly
  • Unreachable URLs are now reported correctly with full support for OpenDNS users

Changes Meter allows you to enter the URLs of your favorite websites and the program runs in the task bar checking on changes in websites.  The checks are performed in a time set by the end user, and displays the amount of changes in a small pie chart with green area set for changes and red area set for sites that are offline.

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Intuiware is a one man software company in Italy which also produces Hot Plan and Rotate Files apps for Mac OS X.  The company is run by developer Massimilano Origgi.  For more about Intuiware or to download their software, go to:

http://www.intuiware.com