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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Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea