Apple will showcase Channel Storm\'s software application, Live Channel, at its booth\'s main theatre at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 14-18. Live Channel 1.2, a new version of its Internet production and broadcast software that will be demoed at the event, includes the ability to record a live broadcast for video on demand as well as support for multiple live video and audio sources, recorded clips, still images, logos, graphics and text. It is scheduled to be released at the Apple Expo (Paris) later this month.
New York City and Washington as well as victims, families, friends, and other US citizens continue to struggle with and/or recover from the aftermath of yesterday\'s tragedies. We will resume normal publication tomorrow morning; however, we will continue to post updates throughout today, as we receive news, tips, and links from our MacNN readers. We encourage everyone to take a moment to do what they can to help those need.
Gaussian 98M is described as a \"complete implementation of the popular Gaussian 98 electronic structure modeling program for the Mac OS X environment. Designed to model a broad range of molecular systems under a variety of conditions, it performs its computations starting from the basic laws of quantum mechanics\" and can be used to study short-lived intermediates and transition structures. Commercial licensing is $1,500 per computer, while academic licensing is $600.
vSee has launched its iBook Portector, which is \"designed to protect your ports from dust and dirt...[it] is a polyurethane strip that aesthetically compliments your iBook.\" The company is looking into distributors and resellers and expects to have the protector available via its Website in the near future. [pricing not available]
Digital Voodoo has introduced its Iridium XP HD, a high definition output only broadcast design card featuring two 10-bit broadcast SDI outputs as well as a standard definition SDI down converter to allow users to view high definition and standard definition pictures simultaneously. It supports uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 dual link video directly in YUV colorspace. Due to ship November 1st, it is priced at $8,000 and is bundled its Media Transfer application, which permits the frame accurate capture and insertion from and to RS-422 controllable digital tape deck.
NextComm, Inc. has introduced a technology called Key Hopping that the company claims vastly improves the security of the 802.11b standard (AirPort) used in wireless local area networks. Key Hopping is based on MD5, the same technology used in secure credit card authentication over the wireline Internet.
Daniel Lewin, the CTO and co-founder of Akamai Technologies, was confirmed to be on board one of the American Airlines flights that crashed in New York yesterday. Akamai provides streaming technology used in Apple\'s multimedia software, and has had a close working relationship with the company for years. Lewin will be sorely missed by the Macintosh community.
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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