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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BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj
Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e