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Scott Kevill today announced a new Premium Service for GameRanger, his multiplayer online gaming service. The new Premium Service leaves the existing free service unchanged, while offering new benefits for Premium Members including a unique account name, many more profile personalization options, auto-reply away messages, appearance customization, and personal chat rooms. Premium Membership is available today to all GameRanger members for $50 per year.
Apple has begun its Power Mac G4 Power Supply Exchange Program, which offers owners of Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) computers the option of "reducing the operating acoustic level of their computers by exchanging their original power supplies and system fans for new, quieter versions.,,, The Power Supply Exchange Program kit is available at no charge, with a shipping and handling fee of $20 or equivalent local currency. The kit contains the following items: Power supply (360 W); System fan; Allen key (2.5 mm); and a Prepaid return airbill and instructions for returning the original components to Apple." The program begins on February 21, 2003 and ends June 30, 2003. (We recently noted a new Website designed to track user noise issues.)
Tech news: AMD and Apple will likely tout that they can deliver 64-bit computing to desktops this year, but Intel is in no hurry to produce a 64-bit desktop processor, according to c|net. Canada's National Post says that "the upgrade to a new Apple iBook which finally convinced me that the company is finished. Apple, once a dominant force in the personal computer arena, appears to have no influence on the market and the only people still using its computers are masochists who apparently don't want access to much of the latest software." Meanwhile, yet another newspaper columnist writes about his experience after his switch from Windows to a Mac.
Connectix is evaluating its future given that it is now left with just two products (Ram Doubler and DoubleTalk that are heading toward obsolescence and its recent sale of product technologies to Microsoft, according to eWEEK.
UK Internet Service Provider Zetnet has announced official broadband support for Mac users. Mac users with Mac OS 8/9/X can take advantage of Zetnet's broadband ADSL 500 domestic introductory offer, until 31st March 2003 customers can subscribe to an all-inclusive package costing £130. The package consists of an ADSL modem router (Ethernet + USB), broadband activation, two micro-filters and broadband ADSL connection for three months. Monthly access is £30 per month thereafter. Zetnet offers 5 email accounts plus 50MB web space. (We also recently noted that US-based ISP Juno.com added beta support for Mac OS X to its dial-up services.)
Intermec today announced that the company's MobileLAN wireless access points now feature an Embedded Authentication Server (EAS), making possible affordable and easily maintained wireless network security. It is bundled with Intermec's MobileLAN access point software.
ScreenMovie 1.0 is a screen recording program that allows the user to capture continuous images on the screen as a QuickTime movie: "It is useful for creating training CDs, visual tutorials, and many more. It can even be used as a monitoring device." It offers options for time/date stamping and compression options. The $7 shareware only runs on Mac OS X. [869KB] Luma Code's Key Xing 2.6.2 is a $7 shareware utility for Mac OS X which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. The updates adds a new '"Activate Screensaver' option and has other fixes. [886KB] Idea Knot 0.2 is a freeware application design to allows users to quickly note ideas and concepts: "We use it internally to develop drafts for legal documents, use-cases for software development and brainstorming documents during meetings." The source code is available as well. It runs on Mac OS X only. [401KB] St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1,6,6, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.6.6 adds support for Path Finder, CocoaTech's Finder replacement and also corrects compatibility problems with AlphaTk and CopyPaste, and fixes inconsistent keyboard navigation. This update is free for registered users of the $35 utility. [2.7MB]
Apple's Emagic yesterday announced it is shipping Logic Platinum 6 to international distributors and specialist suppliers and that the first update kits will be in stores within the week.
Pangea Software today has announced that it is currently developing a new 3D game for the Mac titled Billy Frontier, as part of its focus on developing smaller, arcade-style games. It is due in late April for $15 (download only):" "Billy Frontier is an arcade style game where you play Billy, a cowboy living on the planet New Texas. Gunslingers have taken over the planet, and it is up to Billy to restore peace (while making a hefty profit, of course). Billy Frontier is actually many games in one, all of which involve arcade style gameplay." It will run on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Xplain today announced the return of the WWDC Exhibit Fair to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (May 19-23). Vendors in the WWDC Exhibit Fair will have an opportunity to showcase their latest technical products to the thousands of Mac OS X developers who attend this annual event. The WWDC Exhibit Fair has expanded to include products and services for Enterprise IT organizations as well as QuickTime content creators. The Apple Developer Connection (ADC) is offering a 'Special Events Hardware Discount' to all ADC Premier and Select members who exhibit at Apple's WWDC 2003 "Exhibit Fair".
Apple will open a new retail store in Japan later this year (Fall) in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district instead of the city's Akihabara region, Japan's biggest electronics area, in order to attract a broader clientele, according to a Nikkei English News report.
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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