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Steinberg is now shipping Cubase VST Mac 5.0, an update to its professional music recording system that combines high resolution MIDI recording with audio recording in either 16 or 24 bit formats. lAll Cubase VST 5.0 versions now support 16- and 24-Bit recording. Version 5.0 also brings higher quality effects, improved multi-processor support, Internet Studio support for real-time sessions, and other features such as direct MP3-to-AIFF conversion. It is now available in Germany, but is still listed as "coming soon" in the US online store.
Molecular Sensing has announced Genedrive and the DNA smartcard, genetic-testing technologies for the Mac, according to Macworld UK: "The Genedrive fits the drive bay of Apple\'s G4s and has been developed for DNA and RNA identification. DNA samples can be contained, amplified and detected within a credit card size device ó a single-use DNA smartcard."
MAXON last week announced the release of the CINEMA 4D Production Suite, a set of 3D modeling, animation, rendering and painting tools, which includes CINEMA 4D XL 6.2, an unlimited copy of CINEMA 4D NET and MAXON\'s new BodyPaint 3D. The production bundle is scheduled for release in November 2000 for $2,200.
Mac Army Knife 2.4 adds a Network Summary window to the $25 "catch-all" system utility with dozens of useful functions such as displaying current running processes as well as a suite Internet connection debugging utilities such as DNS look-up, traceroute, and ping.
MAXON has posted a demo of BodyPaint 3D, its 3D-painting program for creating and editing detailed textures - catapulting surfaces. The program, introduced earlier this month, is due be released in the next few weeks.
Black Cat Systems has released Weight Tracker 1.1 adds a graph of the smoothed average over time, as well as a few user interface improvements and bug fixes.
Evological has released VolumeRocker 1.3, an update to its freeware Control Strip module that provides rocker switch style volume controls in the Control Strip, as an alternative to the standard volume slider module. VolumeRocker 1.3 adds the ability to click in the popup level meter to set the volume, fixes a problem when hiding the Control Strip, and fixes a problem on some Performa computers.
A MacNN reader noted a method for recovering from an installation of Mac OS X on a Twentieth Anniversary Mac, which apparently renders the machine unuseable: My TAM, after installing Mac OS X, was rendered completely dead. After letting the system sit for several months, yesterday I ran across a post on the 20th Anniversary Website that described my situation exactly. The solution was in addition to disconnecting the PRAM battery also unplug the TAM. After 5 minutes I plugged the TAM back in, connected the P-Ram battery, and my TAM booted normally. Previously I had only unplugged the P-Ram battery (Overnight) with no luck. It would appear OSX tries to create a RAM disk on boot up-that is not TAM compatible.
Our Multimedia/DV forum includes threads on Using Flash to Control QuickTime Movies, How to Make Objects Look Like Apple\'s Plastic Look, and Converting Real Media to QuickTime Movies.
The public beta of version 2 of Son of Weather Grok, Stimpsoft\'s weather tracking application, now supports non-US defaults and display of wind chill information as well as improved PPP connections and firewall compatibility.
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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
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe