Blackmagic will make three announcements at the upcoming NAB 2002 conference beginning next week: Kona HD, dubbed as \"the first\" uncompressed HDTV 10 bit QuickTime card fo OS X, which offers support for Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Combustion, Cleaner, iDVD and DVD Studio Pro. It supports uncompressed 10 bit video at all HDTV resolutions, can be upgraded with real time effects, and has Offline RT support. Kona HD will be available shortly afte Final Cut Pro certification tests have been completed for $11,000. The immediate availability of Offline RT support for the Kona SD and Kona HD (see above). Offline RT allows editors to capture directly from tape via the Kona SDI input to motion photo JPEG files compatible with the software real time effects featured in Final Cut Pro 3. Blackmagic Installer 1.2 or later is available at no charge and includes all updates for Offline RT. Kona SD has been certified by Apple for Final Cut Pro 3 on OS X, making it \"the first product to be released on OS X, and the first uncompressed QuickTime board to be certified for Final Cut Pro 3 compatibility.\" The $3,300 board offers high-quality uncompressed 10-bit video, and 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio and is available now.
Email Magician 1.6 adds more SPAM filters (now over 250), a new Valid Accounts Filter, and more filter options for unregistered users to the $35 email utilty that automatically creates filters, mailboxes, and address book entries for Eudora as well as checks for more than 1,000 spam characteristic and automates many tasks such as optimizing your Eudora folder, and archiving email messages.
NewTech Infosystems has entered into the Mac market with Dragon Burn 1.0, which offers Mac OS 9 users \"all of the essential CD-burning functions, such as CD copy, data and audio mastering, and advanced CD formats, all wrapped within an integrated, streamlined and very user-friendly Graphical User Interface.\" It supports all the latest drives in the market as well as some of the latest CD-burning technologies available such as BurnProof and JustLink. An OS X version is under development, according to the company.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu