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On2 Technologies today announced the upcoming beta release of its new Audio for Video Coding system (AVC), a new audio compression technology that \"will be fully optimized to set a new standard of quality, clarity and range for audio delivery over the Internet and closed-area networks.\" The audio codec will be made available to its current customers \"shortly.\" (On2\'s VP3 Codec for QuickTime is available for limited commercial use.)
Sonnet has ranked 30th in Deloitte & Touche\'s Technology Fast 50, which recognizes the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Orange and San Diego Counties in southern California. The company says it has a five-year growth rate of 856%. Sonnet made its initial entrance in the Fast 50 last year when it ranked at 13.
osx.macnn.com has notes about the \"free availability\" and possible release date of Puma (OS X 10.1), the introduction of combustion 2 for OS X, the private seeding of a new AOL Client for OS X, and the recent release of Gaussian 98M, an electronic structure modeling program.
InsideMacGames has a feature on the tech demos used to show off the Radeon 8500 and the Sushi engine which powers them: \"It was written with input from the guys behind the engine and info gathered from presentations at GDCE.\"
A report on the Web claims to confirm that \"at least some Mac dealers will be handing out free 10.1 update CDs,\" following a hint in a Walt Mossberg\'s Wall Street Journal column: \"People who currently use OS X can get the 10.1 upgrade free on CDs that will be available in some stores.\" The report of \"free\" availability has been corroborated by another (unconfirmed) tip from a European reader: \"I just called up a major online store in Germany that primarily sells Apple stuff, to order the latest iBook. When I asked the salesperson about Puma [OS 10.1] he told me that Apple/Germany had just assured them that the Puma update will be available for free download.\" Meanwhile, one reader reports receiving a \"pretty firm date\" of September 26 as the release date of the new OS.
Handspring will launch two new PDAs next week, the Visors Pro and Neo. The $300 silver Visor Pro has a 33MHz CPU, 16MB of memory, a 4-bit monochrome backlit screen, and a built-in rechargeable Lithion Ion battery, while the $200 Visor Neo ships with the same chip and screen and is available in \'smoke,\' red, and blue; however, it only has 8MB of memory (and runs on 2 AAA batteries).
Discreet has introduced combustion 2, a new version of its paint, animation and 3D compositing software. Version 2 includes multi-format project capabilities (including up to 16-bit), a fully-integrated 2D particle system, and better rendering performance, including OpenGL and OS X support. It will also have optimized 3D compositing environment for direct integration with 3ds max, Discreet\'s modeling, animation and rendering software; an interactive text and motion graphics module, and garbage masking technology for parallel workflow integration. Upgrades to the EUR 4,250 application are EUR 1,000. (Late last month, Autodesk, Discreet\'s parent company, signed an agreement to acquire the the software product line from Media 100 for $16 million cash.)
Pinnacle today announced it will acquire the assets of FAST Multimedia, a developer of video editing solutions, headquartered in Munich, Germany. Pinnacle says it plans to integrate FAST\'s products into its family of industry-leading video, authoring and streaming solutions. The purchase, totalling $15 million in cash and stock, is expected to close in early October.
Native Instruments has released Battery 1.0.1, an update to its drum sampler that offers improved AKAI import, better integration in Cakewalk\'s SONAR, optimized performance for G4 processors, AKAI MPC-2000 samples & program-support and a host of other improvements. An updated demo is also available.
Opera Software today released Opera 5.0b3, which introduces the ability to search bookmarks, autofill forms and upload files as well as brings bug fixes, improved the overall stability, adnd other enhancements. This version expires November 1st.
Microsoft next week plans to make major announcements regarding the development status and delivery time frame for Office 10, the company\'s Carbonized flavor of its productivity suite, sources tell MacNN. Sources also reveal that Microsoft\'s announcements will overlap Apple\'s mainstream release of Mac OS X 10.1.
MacNN reader James Ferguson reports that America Online has privately seeded its client for Mac OS X beta 15C, which apparently fixes numerous incompatibilities with OS X 10.1 (Puma) as well as improved support for dial-up users, including the ability to \"hear\" the modem.
Optigold ISP 2.8.2 is the latest release of a package designed to run all aspects of an Internet Service Provider, from billing to server management. The new release adds native Mac OS X support, fast mode invoice generation, stackable HTTP actions, additional variables, and QuickDNS additions. [download form]
Kids GoGoGo 4.1 has been released by MAKI Enterprise. The new release of the parental control software includes an improved filtration algorithm that the company claims substantially enhances the restriction functionality in both Europe and Asia.
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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
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL