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PIONEER CREATES MULTIMEDIA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
TOKYO, JAPAN -- Japan's major audio visual product maker Pioneer has set
up a group to create multimedia software for its latest interactive laser
disk player. The group is called "Multimedia Creators Network" and it
consists of noted computer graphics designers, musicians and motion
picture writers. This group aims to create software for Pioneer's new
multimedia device called Laser Active.
The group's office will be located at Studio Garage, which is an unique
software facility in Tokyo. Major Japanese advertising agency Dentsu and
Los Angeles-based Magic Box Productions will also participate in this
group. It is expected that these participating members will develop
educational or entertainment software for adults.
The Laser Active is a hybrid machine based on Pioneer's laser disk
player. Besides regular laser disks, the device supports karaoke laser
disks and game disks. These features were added to the laser disk player
in cooperation with Sega Enterprises and NEC Home Electronics. With ROM
packages, the user will be able to play NEC and Sega game programs on this
laser disk player.
The actual release of Laser Active is scheduled to be August 20. The retail
price of Laser Active is 89,800 yen ($820). ROM packages for Sega and NEC
game software costs 39,000 yen ($350) each. One game software cartridge
costs about 10,000 yen ($90).
PHIBER OPTIK PLEADS GUILTY
NEW YORK -- Mark Abene, better known throughout the computer world by
the hacker handle "Phiber Optik," plead guilty on July 2 in Federal
Court to felony charges of conspiracy and unauthorized access to
computers. Abene had been due to go to trial on these counts today.
The plea by Abene, entered before Judge Louis Stanton in the Southern
District of New York, admitted intrusion into computers owned by
NYNEX, BellSouth, and Southwestern Bell. In his statement, Abene said
that he had, in his actions, "never tried to damage any computer
systems and, to my knowledge, I never have."
In the course of the proceedings, Judge Stanton asked Abene a series of
questions including: whether he understood the charges;
whether he realized that, by pleading guilty to felony charges,
he was exposing himself to possible loss of civil liberties such
as the right to vote, sit on jury or hold public office;
whether he realized that he could face a maximum sentence of 10 years
imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500,000; whether he understood
that he could be required to make restitution for damages;
and whether he was satisfied that he had received adequate legal
counsel. He replied yes to all the above, but no to the question
of whether he had been threatened or coerced by the United States
Attorney's office to change his plea.
Following the questioning, the judge asked Abene to say what he did.
Abene responded by admitting that he had conspired with others to gain
access to various computer systems, including those belonging NYNEX,
BellSouth and Southwestern Bell; he had intercepted data on networks
belonging to British Telcom and Tymnet; and that he had misrepresented
himself to employees of phone companies to gain access to their
systems. It was during these admissions that Abene said that he
had never, to his knowledge, damaged any systems.
At the end of Abene's statement, Assistant US Attorney Fishbein stated
that Abene had fraudulently used computer accounts at New York
University to access the remote computer systems. When asked by the
judge to confirm Fishbein's assertion, Abene did.
Judge Stanton then stated, "Mr. Abene is fully competent to make an
informed plea in this case. He is knowledgeable of the charges against
him and is aware of the possible consequences. I accept his guilty
Judge Stanton then set sentencing for 9:30AM Wednesday, November 3rd.
He asked Abene's attorney, Paul Ruskin, to insure that he do everything
possible to cooperate with the probation staff in its development of a
background of Abene for the sentencing procedure. Abene was then
released on his own recognizance.
Abene, together with Elias Ladopoulpos, a/k/a "Acid Phreak;" Paul Stira,
"Scorpion;" John Lee, "Corrupt;" and "Julio Fernandez, "Outlaw," were
indicted on July 8, 1992. Ladopulous, Stira, Lee, and Fernandez
previously plead guilty to charges relating to the indictment. Lee,
the only one sentenced to date, has received a year and a day.
Stira and Ladopoulos are scheduled for sentencing on July 23.
In a prepared statement after court adjournment, United States Attorney
Mary Jo White said that the investigation leading to the indictment was
performed jointly by the United Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. She praised both the Secret Service and FBI and thanked
the Department of Justice Computer Crime Unit for "their important
assistance in the investigation."
Ruskin, Abene's attorney, told Newsbytes, "My personal opinion is that
Mark has outgrown the phase in his life in which he performed the
activities to which he confessed. He wants to use his considerable
computer talents in manners that will be productive to society."
Fishbein told Newsbytes, "The government is satisfied with the
successful end to an important case. We hope that other people
involved in illegal computer activities recognize that the Federal
Government takes these cases very seriously."
APPLE LAYOFFS HIGHER THAN EXPECTED
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA -- Rumors fed by a New York Times article last
week hinted Apple Computer would lay off as much as ten percent of its
work force, but the official announcement of layoffs at Apple is worse
than expected. The company publicly announced fifteen percent, or
nearly 2,500 of the company's 16,000 employees, will be getting their
Most of the layoffs will occur this month, according to Apple
which is calling the move part of its "re-engineering" effort
planned for the next twelve months. Apple says the
restructuring will be company-wide and aimed at accelerating
revenue. In June, Apple said stockholders could expect lower
earnings for the second half of its current fiscal year due to
profit-cutting price wars. Intense pressure from the IBM and
compatible personal computer (PC) industry has finally caught
up with Apple, according to analysts. The two main pressure
points are the success of graphical Microsoft Windows 3.1 and
the PC price wars.
This is not the first time Apple Computer has announced layoffs.
However, this is the largest layoff the company has announced
to date. In May of 1991 Apple laid off ten percent of its work
force, or nearly 1500 employees. At that time, some employees
set up a protest outside Apple and read excerpts from Apple
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Sculley's book "Odyssey."
Sculley said in his book that companies owe it to their employees
to make "work" a rewarding experience and that corporate
strategy should not be driven by the need to improve quarterly
In the company's current dilemma, Sculley suggested Apple
Computer was for sale last month when he mentioned to various
publications his suggestion to IBM that it should buy Apple.
Talks about a possible purchase of the company by American
Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) have been hinted, but no
official announcement or even a confirmation of the talks has
been forthcoming from either company.
Sculley stepped down as CEO in June as well, and former Chief
Operating Officer (COO) Michael Spindler took the CEO slot.
Industry analysts have said if things were really, really bad
at Apple, the company's board of directors would have put
Sculley out entirely, but some speculation suggests such a
drastic move would alarm stockholders. Sculley's
responsibilities currently include travel in the search for new
technology opportunities for Apple. There is a report by the
San Jose Mercury News which suggests that Sculley may not
return to Apple after his sabbatical ends in August.
The wait now is for the company's second quarter earnings
statement, expected in the middle of this month. The stock
market appears to approve of Apple's layoff move as the
company's stock was up in morning trading. Apple's stock has
dropped one-third in value overall since the beginning of the
year, to close Friday, July 2, 1993 at thirty-eight. Many
analysts, however, including those at California Technology
Stock Letter, are seeing Apple's stock drop as an opportunity
for investors. Confidence in the company is high, they say,
and they are urging their readers to buy as much of the stock as
The restructuring charges incurred by the current round of layoffs
will not be seen until the third quarter earnings statement,
The preceding stories are © 1993 NewsBytes. Reprinted with permission.
HP SCANJET IIC IS LATEST COLOR SCANNER TO GAIN DIRECT ADPRO SUPPORT
The popular HP ScanJet IIc is the latest flatbed color scanner to gain
direct support from within ASDG's Art Department Professional and
MorphPlus. The driver carries a suggested list price of $200 and requires
a Commodore compatible SCSI controller with an external connection.
The ScanJet IIc is the first SCSI scanner to be supported by ASDG. Its
user interface operates identically to ASDG's driver for the parallel port
based EPSON scanner family, and the GPIB and serial port based Sharp
As with the other scanners which ASDG supports, two versions of the driver
The first integrates the ScanJet IIc directly into ASDG's Art Department
Professional. Asking ADPro to ``load'' from the scanner brings up the
driver's WYSIWYG graphical user interface which has been carefully designed
to make scanning for print and video applications easy.
For example, it allows the video user to specify a region to be scanned in
terms of pixels, while a print oriented user can specify a region based
upon physical area. The user interface also allows picture aspect to be
locked allowing a physical space on a page or specific screen size to be
quickly and easily matched.
When running on AGA equipped Amigas, such as the A4000/040 and A4000/030,
all previews are displayed in 256 shades of gray for near photo-realism.
Also provided is a stand-alone version of the driver which provides the
same user interface but scans directly to disk. This allows the maximum
scanning size to exceed available memory. Since this version of the driver
is stand-alone, Art Department Professional is not required to make use of
The driver carries a suggested list price of $200 and requires a SCSI disk
controller (with an external connector) which is 100 percent compatible
with Commodore's SCSI Direct standard.
To learn more about any of ASDG's award winning color imaging products,
contact Ms. Gina Cerniglia at ASDG Incorporated, 925 Stewart Street,
Madison WI, 53713 or call (608) 273 6585.
Art Department Professional is a registered trademark of ASDG Incorporated.
Other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their
ASDG UPGRADES AWARD WINNING CygnusEd PROFESSIONAL
CygnusEd Professional, the text editor for Amiga programmers and writers,
has been upgraded to release 3.0. The new release, several years in the
making, offers complete Workbench 2.0 and 3.0 compatibility, support for
multiple languages, and many new features and improvements.
CED's power, speed, and flexibility earned it the 1992 Amazing Computing
Reader's Choice Award for Best Text Editor even though, at that time, CED
had not been upgraded in over two years. The wait for a new CygnusEd is
ASDG is pleased to announce that the original author of CygnusEd
Professional, Mr. Bruce Dawson, has joined the full-time staff of ASDG and
has produced release 3.0 of one of the most popular text editors ever
released for the Amiga personal computer.
Release 3.0 offers many new features and improvements. These include:
full compatibility with Workbench 2.0 and 3.0 with CED's now-famous
lightening fast scrolling and text rendering on any AGA screen; multiple
concurrent CEDs can be launched in separate windows or screens; a full
featured macro editor is supplied; the system clipboard is used for block
operations allowing blocks to be shared with other programs; and search and
replace strings offer ``history'' so that they can remember previous
And, owing to CED's incredible following overseas, Release 3.0 is
locale.library compatible, which means it can present its user interface in
multiple languages. In addition to English, a localized text set for
Germany will be provided initially.
Also of note is Release 3.0's upgraded manual which has been substantially
enhanced and re-typeset for increased quality.
CED Release 3.0 carries a suggested list price of $119.95. Owners of
previous versions of CygnusEd can upgrade to the new release for $30 plus
$5 shipping in the United States. If you reside outside the United States,
please add $15 for shipping. To upgrade, send a check and your original
disk to ASDG. If you cannot locate your original disk, contact ASDG to
make other arrangements.
To learn more about CygnusEd Professional Release 3.0 or any of ASDG's
other award winning products, contact Ms. Gina Cerniglia at ASDG
Incorporated, 925 Stewart Street, Madison, WI, 53713 or call (608) 273
All trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their
GVP MAINTAINS AMIGA VITALITY WITH NEW ImageFX
GVP has announced the imminent release of a major upgrade to their image
processing package, ImageFX. ImageFX has now been further enhanced to meet
the changing demands of photographers, graphic artists, animators,
educators, scientists, and hobbyists.
Highlights of this comprehensive upgrade include faster global operation,
multilevel UNDO, macro recording, and aspect lock. In addition, users can
expect improved real-time feedback for all painting tools, new drawing
tools, and more crazy effects.
Moreover, there are dozens of new loader & saver modules, extended support
for the new Epson 600 & 800 series scanners, plus Framegrabbers like the
VLAB and PP&S 256. In an effort to stretch compatibility, ImageFX 1.5 now
directly supports the Opalvision and Retina display boards. Finally,
ImageFX 1.5 pushes the envelope of print quality to the limit, as further
enhancements were made to the already-excellent output routines.
If that weren't enough, the accompanying version 1.5 manual addendum
provides clear explanations of changes and features, plus many existing
chapters have been expanded and revised, making ImageFX 1.5 incredibly easy
These are just some of the changes made to the program that embodies its
slogan, "Truly Integrated Image Processing." As a tribute to integration,
Byrd's Eye Software* , makers of the ToasterVision package for the, Video
Toaster have announced ToasterFX; an ingenious compliment to ImageFX,
allowing it to load, save, and display directly to & from the Toaster with
professional ease! Furthermore, ToasterFX modules allow ImageFX to preview
and paint within the Toaster as well.
Great Valley Products continues to support their "power to the people"
approach by offering this new version to registered users at only $29.95.
Version 1.5 is anticipated to ship beginning July 15, 1993. More
information will be provided as it becomes available.
* For more information on ToasterFX, contact Byrd's Eye Software at (512)
TERRA NOVA DEVELOPMENT RELEASES "DINER" OBJECT SET FOR IMAGINE
Terra Nova Development of Ventura, California has released Volume One of
its Designer Objects series of 3D models. This first volume, "DINER", is
a three disk set of objects for Impulse, Inc.'s Imagine software for
The Diner set includes a variety of objects that together build a
complete diner of the early 1950's, including a jukebox, counter, booths,
a pay telephone, dishes, cups, silverware, and other items for place
settings. In many cases there are both `hi-res' and `lo-res' versions
versions of objects so that artists can optimize their scenes for either
image quality or speedy rendering.
In addition to the objects and image maps there are two Imagine projects
on the disks. One, with scenes that can be rendered on five megabyte
systems, offers fairly simple scenes; the other features more complex
scenes that require up to fourteen megabytes to render. A manual is
The Designer Objects series is intended to showcase the talents of gifted
3D artists by making available affordable collections of their 3D
objects. The Diner objects were created by award-winning computer artist
Bradley W. Schenck, whose work should be familiar to the Amiga community
through articles and artworks including wins in the BADGE Killer Demo
Contests of 1988 and 1989.
Terra Nova Development, based on the California coast, is a
ground-breaking multimedia development company hard at work on
entertainment and application titles for several computer platforms.
Terra Nova Development
P. O. Box 2202
Ventura, California 93002
Price for the set is $47.50 US. Direct sales orders from California
should include $3.44 sales tax. Orders accepted with money order, check
or cashier's check in US funds.
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FidoNet tosser/editor for all Amiga points (with WB 2.0+)
(C) 1993 Nico Francois
To quote Roger Nordin (ANet Test Bench) -- having just tried one of the early betas:
"The program does look *very* impressive. I'd say it blows away
everything else on the market today, no kidding."
* Requires Kickstart 2.04 or higher.
* Supports new 3.0 features (newlook menus, memory pools,...).
* Fully localized (Workbench 2.1 or higher).
* Style Guide compliant.
* Supports all current and future monitor modes.
* Completely font-sensitive, user may select which fonts to use.
* Keyboard shortcuts for most menus and gadgets.
* All settings can be easily changed from within Spot.
* Fast importing/exporting.
* Automatically creates new areas for you, no tedious work.
* Special fast message base format with only a few files per area.
* Optional - fully transparent - message base crunching.
* Message list with powerful functions (e.g. search body text).
* Message thread linking based on subject and MSGID kludge.
* Excellent support for multiple character sets (LATIN-1, IBM,...).
* Built-in, fully asynchronous, Fido file request.
* Multi-bossing and multi-domain capable.
* Nodelist support (traplist.library).
* Userlist editor. Every domain has its own userlist.
* ARexx port.
(Some of these features are only available in the registered version)
Spot has been tested on nearly every Amiga model, including an A500 and an
A4000/040. A harddisk and at least 1MB of RAM are strongly recommended. At
least Workbench 2.0 is required, Workbench 2.1 or 3.0 for locale support.
Spot will be released Saturday 3rd of July 1993. It will be available for
file request from Great Balls Of Fire BBS (2:292/603@FidoNet):
GBOF Line #1 - +32-16-640912 (V32b, ZyX 16k8, V42b - min 14k4)
GBOF Line #2 - +32-16-640099 (V32b, V42b)
The evaluation version will be freqqable under the magic filename of
'SPOT'. File can be freqqed from midnight 0:00 CET and is around 300K
Spot will also be hatched into ADS and will most probably arrive at a local
BBS near you.