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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 ů 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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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ¬≠Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ