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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE