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MacEdition ProNews January 8, 2001

by MacEdition Staff (feedback)

Smoking jacket required

Nick dePlume, of Think Secret, has filed a report on ZDNet that would be of interest to those who compute beneath smoke detectors.

“Apple Computer Inc. has confirmed that a power-switch glitch affecting some Power Mac G4 towers is also behind a newly documented problem with the company’s G4 Cube,” says the article, posted January 5.

Maybe it’s just that post-Oni afterglow?

CES. It’s not just for breakfast anymore

We could pull in any number of articles about the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, but we’re not that motivated. There is this one about more Bluetooth devices and connectivity, though.

What are the real uses for this sort of thing? Apparently, something like this scenario: “Another potential use is a single phone that operates as a land line when used in the owner’s home, but then operates as a cell phone when the user is outside the home.”

No word from the conference about the ire of the rest of this fictional family upon being left without a telephone.

What else would you expect PC folks to say?

In a stunning announcement, Microsoft and Intel say the PC era isn’t over. No, really. Read it for yourself.

The era of convergence is upon us, and as the Montreal Gazette says, “simplifying home entertainment” is the theme of CES. (Yes, the same CES as above. No, we don’t want to hear about the number of CES links, thank you very much.)

Of course, Apple doesn’t seem to be in any of the press about CES. Too bad.

After two tries, do they have to pay everyone twice?

CNet brings us back into the Belgian courts for updated news on L&H, that bankruptcy poster child: “A Belgian court granted a second request for creditor protection Friday to debt-laden speech technology company Lernout & Hauspie.” Good for them! Now we just have to wait and see what happens to the products the company supposedly makes and sells, all crafted by a workforce that will be 20% lighter thanks to restructuring cuts.

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