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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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