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On2 has made its VP3.2 video compression technology available to the open-source community. On2 claims its algorithm is capable of producing compressed video that is smoothly playable at 640x480 resolution. The codec has been licensed by Apple for inclusion in QuickTime.
Brother has introduced two new color ink jet multi-function centers, the 5-in-1 sheet-fed MFC-3100c and the flatbed 5-in-1 MFC-5100c. The MFC-3100c will be available on the market in early October 2001 with an estimated street price of $199. The MFC-5100c, the flatbed version, has an estimated street price of $299 and will be available at the same time. Both devices offer a resolution of 2400x1200 and print speeds up to 10ppm.
MacNN reader David Burney notes an artcle in IGN profiling Tony Hawk, which contains the following quote \"I have my Titanium PowerBook and that\'s what I\'m doing everything on. Watching DVDs, listening to music, playing games. Pro Skater 2 is available for Mac now, so I\'ve got that on there. I do emails, editing videos, you name it I can do pretty much everything on my G4.\"
Apple has pulled all multi-processing versions of its G4 servers off both its US and international Apple Stores, leaving only the single-processor 533 MHz as its sole server offering. This has led to widespread speculation that new server configurations and announcements are in the offing, either at the upcoming Apple Expo in Paris (despite CEO Steve Jobs\' promise of \"no new hardware\"), Seybold San Francisco or International Broadcasters Convetion (IBC) 2001 in Amsterdam (being held Sept. 14-18th), where Apple had already promised to \"reaffirm\" it leadership in desktop video.
Macworld UK has posted a gallery of images from the MacFest 2001 conference in Leeds and Birmingham, which took place earlier this week. The expo featured exhibitors such as Adobe, FileMaker, Macromedia, Symantec, and UMAX.
Palm has cut the price of its m500 hand-held device, to $329, a $70 drop. The m500 is a black-and-white version of the color m505, and analysts say sales of the non-color model have lagged considerably. Palm now commands about 50 percent of the retail PDA market.
FirewireDirect.com is now offering Adobe Premiere 6 as $290 software bundle-option to any of its line of FireWire storage and connectivity products.
4D today three maintenance releases that offer \"continued product maintenance and stability while providing technical improvements:\" 4D 6.7.2 and 4D Open for Java 6.7.2 are free updates to current 4D 6.7 owners while 4D 6.5.9 is a free update to current 6.5 users.
Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.5.0, an update to its $15 shareware digital image printing software for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. Version 1.5 adds the ability to insert image captions, support for reading PICT files and Photo CDs, and new command keys for image rotation.
SWIG 1.3.7 is a software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of high-level programming languages. II can be use with common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, Guile and MzScheme to create high-level interpreted programming environments and as a tool for building user interfaces.
The Washington Post profiles a video editor who used a 400-megahertz Power Macintosh G4 and Apple\'s Final Cut Pro video-editing software to create \"Star Wars Episode 1.1: The Phantom Edit.\" The \"phantom editor\" used the VHS release of the movie to create an edited DVD on his Mac.
Sapphire has released Shapes vol 7, which includes 400 new zigzag shapes for Photoshop 6/elements; and pack vol 5, which includes a new toolbox plugin called zigzag. The software also includes 60 preset zigzag shapes, stacks of different options to create great path effects.
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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
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko