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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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Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO