updated 07:25 pm EDT, Tue May 26, 2009
In brief: TidBITS publishing has released two new e-books, authored by Joe Kissell, which provide tips on maintaining and fixing Mac computers. The e-books can help Mac users achieve peak performance from their computers and are available for $10 each of $16 as a bundle. CourseForum Technologies has announced a new two-for-one promotion on all of its license sales. Any customer who purchases licenses for one of its products before June 30th will instantly receive double the order for free. Meanwhile, new details on the upcoming iPhone game Circuit Strike.One have been released. The game takes place inside a computer network where players are trying to hack all of the nodes in a network.
A new pair of e-books, which bring together a list of tips for maintaining and fixing Mac computers, have been released by TidBITS Publishing. Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac includes suggestions on how to keep a Mac computer running smoothly. It outlines tasks that users should perform on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis, along with several time-consuming tasks that users should avoid. Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac includes advice that can help readers avoid, prepare and deal with different problems. Some of the addressed problems include kernel panics, abnormal slowdowns, broken Internet connections and uncooperative mice or keyboards. The books are available individually for $10 or as a bundle for $16.
CourseForum Technologies is currently offering a special two-for-one promotion that hasn't been offered since 2003. Any customer who purchases a license or group of licenses for either the CourseForum or ProjectForum applications before June 30th will instantly get double what they paid for. ProjectForum allows users to configure shared web-based workspaces that provide a central place to collect, manage and discuss work. CourseForum is an educational variant of the software, optimized for setting up e-learning sites that can enhance in-class tutorials. Two ProjectForum licenses can currently be purchased for $250 while two CourseForum licenses can be purchased for $120.
Developers of the upcoming iPhone game Circuit Strike.One have released new details and a video showing gameplay. Players control a ship in a zero-gravity simulation inside an advanced computer network. All of the nodes in the network must be hacked by destroying a data core which is protected various shield generators. The game provides three difficulty levels, 30 different achievements, basic and advanced control layouts, and a bullet-time slow-motion feature which dynamically changes audio speed and pitch to match the gameplay speed. The application does not yet have an official release date, but is expected to be available within the next few weeks.