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Galleon Software is offering eMerge, its bulk e-mail software, at half price for the entire month of Decembera savings of $50 off the regular price. In partnership with MuseArts, Galleon is also offering a new collection of free HTML greeting cards.
Evening tech news: The eBusiness Conference and Expo takes place in New York starting tomorrow; 3Com Corp. and Broadcom Corp. have formed an alliance to develop ultra-fast corporate computer networks; and shares of Yahoo! have tumbled another 5 percent on analysts\' warnings that the company will not live up to financial expectations.
The Digital Universe 2.11, a $100 astronomical simulator, is now available to registered owners. This release adds the ability to save and load Scene files and more.
MacAddict informs us that the CD accompanying the latest, January 2001 disc, contains the nVIR-A virus. The dated virus doesn\'t pose a threat to Mac OS 8/9 systems, however.
Business Week takes a look at Apple\'s latest financial turmoils with an attitude reminiscent of 1996. \"Steve Jobs has no white rabbits left in his hat. Apple appears to be facing a dead end in its business growth, the victim of mismanagement and unmitigated hubris.\" Readers should note that the article contains several inaccuracies, including comparing in price Apple\'s Power Mac G4/500MP with Cinema Display to a single-processor 700 MHz Gateway with a CRT, and noting that IBM is to blame for the PowerPC chip, incorrectly stating that the company has stopped spending money on development (also, Motorola, not IBM, is responsible for G4 chip development).
CValley has posted FILTERiT 3.0.2 r2, , an update to its plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that includes 82 real-time effects. The new version fully adapts to some of the new features in 9; and fixes bugs in Live Border, Live Shadow and Fade Tool.
We have published a review of 4x4 Evolution, the offroading racing game for the Mac, PC and Dreamcast from Terminal Reality and Gathering of Developers.
games.macnn.com has news that Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear for the Mac has reached golden master status and is expected to begin shipping in January. The site also received reports over the weekend that Sin: Gold for the Mac is now appearing on store shelves. Additionally, the site has announced the two big winners in the 30-Day Games Giveaway and offers information on three significant new mod releases for Quake III: Arena. [updated]
Apple has an article about Project Delphis, whose goal is \"to plumb the dolphin\'s complex aquatic mind. The project\'s Dr. Ken Marten uses Macintosh systems to help in the effort.
Uni Software Plus has recently posted Easy Beat 1.2.1, a maintenance update to its $90 application for composing, viewing and printing music.
REAL Software has posted REALbasic 3.0a14, a new pre-release version of the application development environment for OS 9 and OS X.
The deadline for REAL Software\'s Cubie awards, which recognize the best products Made with REALbasic in six categories, has been extended to Dec. 22. Winners will be announced at Mac World Expo in San Francisco in January.
Morning tech news: Wyse Technology, a manufacturer of \"thin clients,\" has acquired Netier Technologies, a software company; and a Gateway shareholder has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging it misled investors in the fall about financial statements.
Adobe today announced Premiere 6.0, a major upgrade to its digital video editing software. The new version offers built-in support for a \"large selection\" of DV devices, an improved user interface, new editing tools, and the ability to export video in RealMedia, WindowsMedia, and QuickTime formats. There is also a new storyboard window, audio mixer, and several new filters, including 25 from the company\'s high-end After Effects product. The $550 title will ship in the first quarter of 2001. Users of a previous version can upgrade for $150, while Premiere LE owners can upgrade for $200. International English, French, German and Japanese versions are expected to ship within the first 90 days of the initial release.
This Wednesday, Alain Pardis notes that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will appear on A&E\'s Biography segment as part of the show\'s \"High-Tech Billionaires Week.\"
RealNetworks has introduced RealSystem iQ, a foundational architecture for digital media delivery that aims to increase the reliability of Webcasts, scales to audience size, and provides flexibility and cost-effectiveness for media delivery network deployments.
Several readers note that Apple has begun offering $25-off-$250 coupons to individuals who have registered at the Apple Store, even if they have never made a purchase. On Thursday we noted that Apple gave $150 coupons to many users who have made purchases in the last year, as part of the Apple Store\'s third birthday celebration. Like the $150 coupon, the $25 coupon expires December 19.
FileMaker has begun shipping FileMaker Mobile Companion for Palm OS. The $50 software allows users to synchronize data between FileMaker Pro 5.0v3 databases and Palm OS-based handhelds. The software requires Palm OS 3.1 or later.
FreeLane, the free ISP from Excite, has released version 2.0, which uses a new provider following the demise of 1stUp.com. In doing so, Mac support has been discontinued: \"Due to circumstances beyond our control we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to support Macintosh users and subscribers dialing in from Canada. We sincerely regret this new development.\"
MacCards, the e-greeting site that eariler this year found itself embroiled in a legal dispute that resulted in the site being taken down, will re-launch today with its \"Just think.\" cards. The site will only be up for the month of December, as creator Simon Jones explains: \"I loved creating the cards for the old site and with all this legal red tape I can\'t ever really do that again. The site will return for one month as my way of saying thanks to everyone who has emailed me through the year with words of support and encouragement.\"
Enhancement Pack for AppleWorks 1.2 adds even more features to the $20 shareware product for improving Apple\'s office suite.
ImageBuddy 1.1.0 adds several new features and bug-fixes to the $15 shareware application for manipulating and printing photos.
Early morning tech news: Carlton Communications has sold its Technicolor film and video processing division to Thomson Multimedia for $2.065 billion; Brazil has suspended its tax-breaks for high-tech companies, which could mean as much as 20 percent increases in the prices of such products in that country; Bill Gates has donated $8.8 million to the International Planned Parenthood Federation; and Intel says it will have no problem adhering to Moore\'s Law for at least another decade, effecively making computing ten times faster than today.
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Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ