Contour A/V Solutions will demo its new SpaceShuttle A/V audio and video controller at MacWorld Expo SF. Modeled after the ShuttlePRO, the SpaceShuttle A/V brings professional multimedia control to users for $50. It is a five button, jog and shuttle controller. The SpaceShuttle A/V ships with pre-programmed settings for many leading audio, video and multimedia applications, while offering options to customize the standards settings, and create new settings for other applications. It is available immediately.
Turtledove Kingdom is an artistic image generation technology for Mac OS X that is distributed as a standalone image generator, or as a screensaver. The screensaver is $12 shareware and supports resolutions of 1600X1200; the image generator is available bundled with the screensaver for $25. [Download - 164 KB] Softpress has released Freeway 3.5.6, an update to its $230 Web design application that behaves like desktop publishing software suite. Details of the update are not available; the update is available in two versions, depending on which version is currently installed. Softpress also recently announced special holiday pricing, which offers Freeway for $170. Trailerpark QT for Macintosh is a QuickTime multimedia list player that allows easy access and organization of multiple video and other media files. It is available for both Mac OS Classic and OS X. As a demo, users have access to all the listplayer/inventory management features of Trailerpark QT; $13 registration removes the startup delay and allows larger-than 160x120 viewing. [Download - Classic, OS X] Nikon View 5.5 adds an improved thumbnail list, the ability to rename, move or copy files simultaneously, network volume support, Nikon Browser syncing, and more to the driver and management software for Nikon cameras. [Download - 22 MB]
Apple has published the "Windows Win32 API-Mac OS X Porting Guide" to "help Windows developers porting their existing C or C++ Windows applications to Mac OS X. The guide introduces Windows programmers to the Mac OS X procedural APIs for key areas such as 2D/3D graphics, user interface, text handling, networking, and multiprocessing. It also directs readers to additional resources on the ADC website, in third-party books, and elsewhere."
DockFun! 3.6.5 gains an auto-update panel, the ability to always display the DockFun! window, and a refined registration system. The update also introduces a few minor "core improvements." DockFun! is an application that allows users to maintain and switch between multiple Mac OS X Docks. [Download - 2.1MB] Bleu Rose has released version 7.0 of its Black & Bleu ($75) Standard and Pro error code catalogs. This milestone release adds Mac OS X compatibility, 208 more error code definitions, 12 "long" OS X error codes, an Edit menu option for copying the error description, and a PostScript error Search filter. Black & Bleu provides a comprehensive collection of Mac OS error codes (over 7,300), and detailed explanations and suggestions for dealing with these errors. [Download - 2.4MB] shadowGoogle 2.1.1 is a maintenance update to stupidFish's integrated search utillity for Mac OS X. Version 2.1.1 adds the ability to redisplay a hidden search entry box when the Dock icon is clicked, updates the Dutch manual, and adds a Japanese localization. [Download - Standard, Light] InsulinDiaryX beta 2 adds a redesigned interface, a setup wizard, a calendar view, additional entry fields for daily blood pressure and weight tracking, an extra notes features, a to-do list, custom reports and various bug fixes to the Diabetes management aide from stupidFish Programming. InsulinDiaryX is still beta software, and the developer is actively seeking thoughts, comments, bug reports and feature requests. [Download - 84 KB] Dog Park Software has released MacLoggerDX 2.1, an updated version of its DX Internet radio station tuner for Mac OS 9/X. Version 2.1 adds Yaesu FT-817, -840, -890 and -900 drivers, addresses an import glitch under Mac OS 9, and adds an "Awards" Panel for DXCC and WAS per user request. [Download - 8.7 MB]
MOTU announced today that it will debut a pre-release version of Digital Performer for Mac OS X at NAMM 2003 in Anaheim, CA, which takes place in January 2003, delaying the release of its ntegrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system. "MOTU is working hard and in close collaboration with Apple to bring Digital Performer to Mac OS X in early 2003, not by the end of 2002 as previously announced. The company said that Digital Performer's MIDI engine will fully support Mac OS X's advanced MIDI services, collectively referred to as "CoreMIDI," including high-resolution MIDI time-stamping services and its MIDI device and patch list management features.
Virtix has released Virtix Zoom and Pan 2.0 for iMovie. Virtix Zoom and Pan 2.0 is a unified product which is meant as an enhanced replacement for the separate Virtix Zoom 1.1 and Virtix Pan and Scan 1.0 products. It now uses the full resolution of high-quality still images for better image clarity (as well as works on moving video). It also features a custom GUI and llows you to specify an XY position, a magnification factor and an angle parameter at the beginning and end of the clip as well as supports transparency in imported images. Virtix Zoom and Pan also contains the bonus Spotlight and Witness Protection effects, which allow you to highlight or blur a circular area of an image. Upgrades are $15, while the full version is $35. It works with iMovie 2.01 on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
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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
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu