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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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