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MacNN has learned that Witchita, Kansas-based Newer Technology has ceased operations and laid off most, if not all, of its employees. The beleagued manufacturer of CPU upgrades and other peripherals informed employees, who will receive two weeks of severence pay and one month of health care, of the decision today via US Mail. Newer Technology\'s offices are closed for the holidays, and a recording on the company\'s phone line continues to state that they will resume operations January 2. In early February, Newer Technology asked creditors for a one year extension on loans, to help keep the company afloat. Its manufacturing partner, TRI-M, then bailed the company out and implemented widesweeping product strategy and personnel changes, in an effort to turn the company\'s financials around. Future support for Newer products, as well other company-related matters, remain unclear at this point.
osx.macnn.com has posted a news item about CDRecorder, a command line SCSI CD-R burning software binary, for Mac OS X.
IMG has posted an interview with Michael Rogers, President of Aspyr Media. The Austin, Tx.-based Mac game publisher has brought some of the hottest games in the industry to the Mac including Deus Ex, The Sims and The Sims: Livin\' Large. Rogers comments on the company\'s plans for Mac OS X support in current and future titles: ...we are planning to support OS X very soon now. At the beginning (before the official 1.0 release) we will offer downloadable OS X patches for some of our games, with the ultimate goal of shipping OS X versions in the box. The basic structure of OS X is very encouraging to me. Apple needs to finish some details, but it\'s obvious that they know what they\'re doing in that regard. At some point in the future, all commercial games will probably be OS X only, so we\'re doing all we can to understand the OS and what advantages it offers games.
NextForce Software has posted Presentation Prompter 2.5, the $15 Macintosh teleprompting application. This version improves performance on all machines, changes prompting methods to give the user more precise control and fixes several minor interface glitches.
Friday is the deadline for online registration for Macworld Expo & Conference in San Francisco Jan. 9 through Jan. 12. There are six registration packages from which to choose.
Intelli Innovations has posted PowerPrompter 1.7, a $15 shareware prompting tool for Macintosh. This version implements spacebar pause and resume and a new numeric speed control and includes an enhanced Full Screen mode.
LinuxPPC has released LinuxPPC 2000 Q4, a Linux operating system for PowerPC processors. This version includes three CD-ROMs and FWB Hard Disk Toolkit PE. It includes the first graphical versions of yaboot and miboot software. The Install CD-ROM is bootable on all PCI-based Apple Power Macintosh computers.
EL Benoit discovered that the interactive CD-ROM packaged with the X-Men VHS movie works with Macintosh systems. \"I popped it in my Mac to give it a try ... and I was happy to find out it works just fine.\"
Evening tech news: The FCC will delay its vote on the proposed merger between America Online and Time Warner until after the new year; the Pentium 4 has been found to be slower than the Pentium III (free registration required); and IBM has begun shipping the \"industry\'s fastest UNIX-based workstation,\" which runs on copper-based processors.
Apple is offering educators its \"Valedictorian Collection,\" which consists of a Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube or PowerBook and eligibility to buy the Adobe Design Collection for only $400. This represents a savings of $100 over regular education pricing. Adobe\'s Design Collection includes InDesign 1.5, Photoshop 6.0, Illustrator 9.0 and Acrobat 4.05. The offer is valid until March 31.
Joerg Schilling has started work on an alpha version of his popular command line utility CDRecord for burning CD-R\'s for Mac OS X with SCSI CD-R Drives. There is a lot of helpful information on his website. Please read all of the README files associated or discuss this in our forums for help with installing and using this with Mac OS X Public Beta.
games.macnn.com has published the Slacker\'s Guide to Shareware Gaming Part 3 which offers four Mac shareware games that make appearances on the site\'s \"Recommended\" list.
Yesterday H&R Block announced the release of Kiplinger TaxCut Deluxe 2000 for the Mac; AppleInsider published notes on possible V\'Ger G4 delays, which could impede Apple\'s abilities to ship faster G4 systems and G4 PowerBooks next month; games.macnn.com covered Blizzard Entertainment\'s announcement of an upcoming ladder reset for Diablo II and a note on where to find Quake III: Team Arena for $18; and MacDesktops posted 14 new pictures, including 6 (art), Apple (holidays), blue silk (art) and don\'t worry (portraits).
We\'ve published the Slacker\'s Guide to Shareware Gaming Part 3 which offers four Mac shareware games that make appearances on our \"Recommended\" list.
Yesterday we reported that Heroes III Complete for the Mac is now shipping, French Touch Software announced the release of WaterRace for the Mac in addition to a new demo for the game and Blizzard Entertainment announced a reset date for the Standard and Hardcore Diablo II Ladders. We published Kitty\'s Adventures in The Sims Volume 1, a new weekly feature at games.macnn.com which presents fictitious stories on lives in The Sims while also providing our readers with downloadable objects for the game.
Adobe Systems has released Illustrator 9.0.2, a new version of the company\'s popular vector graphics tool for the Mac. The company has not provided any details as to the changes in this version.
Stomped has published its latest Year-End 2000 interview with Dr. Ray Muzyka, joint-CEO of Neverwinter Nights developer Bioware. \"Online is becoming more prevalent,\" says Muzyka, \"and we\'re confident that Neverwinter Nights will lead the way towards an entirely new kind of online/multiplayer game.\"
Scott Kevill has announced that Mac users can now play Heroes III Complete and Shogo: Mobile Armor Division on GameRanger, the free multiplayer online gaming service. The two additions brings the total number of games supported to 58.
Aladdin Systems is offering substantial year-end savings on several software titles. The prices are good from now until Dec. 31. IBM Via Voice Enhanced Edition for $100, a savings of $50; StuffIt Deluxe 6.0 for $30, a savings of $50; MacLink Plus 12 for $60, a savings of $40; and Kai\'s Photo Factory for $30, a savings of $20.
Jeff Baumann has created a page that details the problems associated with the hinge of 1998 \"Wallstreet\" PowerBook G3s, whose hinge/clutch system that holds the screen open has become notorious for failing recently.
MacForce is a new Web site that offers Mac technical support and consulting as well as online games, pro-Mac apparel, and more. (requires Flash)
Apple.com dropped to the fifth most-visited hardware site for the week ended Dec. 23, according to PC Data. It had been in the fourth spot the previous week. Dell.com and Compaq.com were once again first and second, while HP.com moved from fifth to third.
Newsday.com has a positive review of the G4 Cube, placing it No. 10 on their top 10 list of consumer electronics products of 2000. \"It\'s a pity to put a Cube on a desk littered with printers and keyboards and Zip drives. I keep mine on the mantel, and just stare at it when there\'s nothing on TV.\"
Steve Jobs was proclaimed a loser for 2000 by CBS MarketWatch. \"During the summer, Jobs appeared in his glory on stage at MacWorld in New York City among giant images of Albert Einstein and John Lennon to unveil his new G4 Cube computer. Although it won big points for its design, its high price tag was a big blunder and sales tanked, along with Apple shares.\"
Morning tech news: A group of technology companies is creating a set of industry standards that could help put digital piracy protections directly into disk drives as soon as this summer; and Palm and Delphi Automotive Systems will introduce a dashboard device that allows people to use voice commands to call anyone in their handheld\'s address book.
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iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
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