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On2 announces beta Audio for AVC codec
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.)
Sonnets named to Fast 50 companies in SoCal
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.
OS X: Puma notes, combustion 2, AOL Client
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.
IMG explores Radeon 8500 tech demos
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."
Web report: OS X to be available for free?
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 to ship two new PDA next week
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).
combustion 2 brings native OS X support
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 to acquire FAST Multimedia
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.
Battery 1.01 optimized for G4 processor
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 5.0b3 brings new features to browser
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 to make Office 10 announcements
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.
AOL seeds new OS X beta
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 adds native OS X support
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]
KidsGoGoGo 4.1 released
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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