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Numerology 1.2 is a modular MIDI sequencing and Audio Unit plugin host for Mac OS X. The latest release adds support for Audio Unit hosting, an LFO module, and extensive parameter modulation features. Numerology can now be used as a self-contained virtual studio for sequencing, synthesis, effects and mixing. Several enhancements have also been made to help new users get up to speed quickly, including new examples, an expanded demo mode, and updated documentation. Numerology is $70 for Mac OS X 10.2.5. [5.7MB]
Arboretum Systems has released HyperEngine-AV 1.2.1, its $150 multimedia editor that can combine seamlessly video, photos, sounds and text to create slide shows, family movies, and business presentations: "Media clips can be dragged and dropped, imported or captured in realtime from a FireWire DV camera, then freely arranged in the workspace to make movies. Realtime, editable transitions are automatically created when video clips are dragged on top of each other and over a dozen video effects are available and can be applied to any video clip. Audio clips can be edited, arranged, stacked, and processed to generate stunning soundtracks."
LaCie today released SilverKeeper v1.1, specifically designed to provide a simple backup solution for OS 9 and OS X Macintosh users. LaCie SilverKeeper says "the application takes the complexity out of backing up documents, video, photos, music, and graphics files. The software can be used with any storage device that will mount on a Macintosh desktop. In addition, SilverKeeper is included with all of LaCie's storage products." The free software for Mac OS 9/X features both scheduling and synchronization functions and can create bootable backups.
Evening tech news: A plan by Japan, China and South Korea to develop an operating system alternative to Microsoft's Windows software could raise concerns over fair competition, a Microsoft exec says; Hewlett-Packard, the world's No. 2 computer maker, probably will be broken up because it is being "squeezed" by International Business Machines Corp. and Dell Inc., according to Merrill Lynch & Co. analyst Steven Milunovich; stepping up its campaign against the Linux operating system, Microsoft on Thursday released file and Web serving benchmark results that, it claims, show that Linux on the mainframe lags behind Windows 2003.
Confirming an earlier MacNN report from July, Microsoft quietly announced the upcoming availability of Windows Media Player 9, which would bring the player to the same version as its Windows counterpart: "Coming Soon! Windows Media Player 9 Series for Mac OS X will deliver compatibility with 9 Series audio and video content." Windows Media Player for Mac 7.1 is currently available for Mac OS X.
SoftCare, developer of the K4 Publishing System for Adobe InDesign and InCopy, will exhibit at this year's IfraExpo from October 13th to 16th in Leipzig. At stand 4D231, SoftCare and five partner companies will show K4 as well as various production solutions surrounding K4. Sneak Previews will give visitors an idea of what to expect from the upcoming version of the popular editorial system. Improved XML support is one of the major new developments in the upcoming version. Text, image and ad objects can be tagged in InDesign to conveniently structure K4 articles.
Rayner today released Word Rage 2, the sequel to the popular Mac OS X word game. The new version features RageNet, an Internet-based registry of worldwide high scores. Gameplay is enhanced by the addition of three "Freebies" which can be used once per game. Sound has been added to the game as well. Word Rage 2: New Word Order is a challenging game of word guessing. Your goal is to guess as many five-letter words as possible, as quickly as you can. Every time you make a guess, the letters in your guess are color-coded to represent where they are in the actual word.
Big Nerd Ranch announced today Core Bootcamp, October 13-17, 2003. A $500 tuition discount will be given to any students who have purchased Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming, by authors Mark Dalrymple and Aaron Hillegass. For those with time constraints and specific development goals, Core Bootcamp offers a rigorous, distraction-free learning schedule, instructor assistance with designing your first project, and substantial discussion opportunities with instructors and classmates.
The SD Times has posted a first look at Xcode, Apple's upcoming set of developer tools: "Apple is doing wonderful things for programmer productivity.... Xcode is an IDE that appears similar to Visual Studio .NET. It has ample coding and project-management features and a near-infinitely configurable set of switches to condition the way the code is compiled and linked. Like VS.NET, Xcode supports the C, C++, Java and Objective-C general programming languages plus others specific to the operating system, such as AppleScript."
Blackmagic Design today debuted a new advanced QuickTime PCI capture card called Blackmagic DeckLink HD. The (G5-compatible) uncompressed 10-bit video PCI card that can do both standard definition SDI video, as well as full HDTV video formats. DeckLink HD can instantly be switched between SDTV SMPTE-259M SDI video and HDTV SMPTE-292M SDI video for 1080i/1080p/720p video editing and design. It features HD/SD-SDI video & audio input and output, as well as a Sony compatible RS422 serial deck control port. Also included is a second independent HD/SD-SDI output for video monitoring, and consumer digital audio SPDIF output for audio monitoring. It will ship in 3-4 weeks for $2,000.
Funatics Software gmbh and e.p.i.c. interactive today announced that RTS Northland for the Mac has gone gold and is on its way into duplication. Northland, which only very recently has been published for the PC, tells the story of Bjarni the Viking: "The story begins where the plot of 'Cultures 2 - The Gates of Asgard' ended. After perilous adventures our four heroes defeated the Midgard serpent and thus saved the world. " The $40 stand-alone adventure strategy game features a single player campaign with 8 missions including several sub missions and 3 difficulty levels.
Microspot Limited has announced the new combined digital media management, photo-editing and print utility package, Microspot Photo Tools CD for Mac OS X, which it is offering for a special introductory price of $80, saving over 50% off the boxed products sold separately. Microspot Photo Tools CD contains the recently updated applications PhotoXtra, PhotoFix and PrintmiX, offering a complete package for organizing, storing, editing and printing various types of digital images. The package also includes 100 royalty free images.
KB roundup: Apple says that the capital letter 'U' cannot be used in an an Open Firmware password (see How to Set up Open Firmware Password Protection); A host computer may experience a kernel panic when trying to mount an Xserve RAID volume if the journal on the server is not large enough; and Safari may not open a webpage because of too many redirects.
Stick Software's freeware Jiggler "keeps your Mac awake through those lengthy tasks when it would rather fall asleep, by jiggling your mouse periodically. No more having to open System Preferences to change your sleep time and your screensaver delay, only to have to change them back again at the end." [117KB] Authentic Sound Studio 2.0 ($50) is a digital recording, mixing and editing application. It features multitrack recording, 16-track mixing, live mixing, disk-based, non-destructive editing, frequency domain filtering and many effects. [2.2MB] Clipboard Printer ($13) is an expansion of the UNIX GUI utility called 'xclipboard' that allows users an quick and easy way of printing, managing, and saving to disk, multiple clipboards. It requires the Java Virtual Machine. [Classic, OSX] Mozilla Thunderbird 0.2 is a redesign of the Mozilla mail component designed using the XUL user interface language. It has a smaller code footprint, performance improvements, an improved default theme, improved spell checker, redesigned options, improved customization, and better stability. [11.1MB] CyTV 0.21 is a streaming solution for the elgato EyeTV USB tuner. It allows you to watch a video stream of the currently active channel over a wired or wireless network. The VideoLAN Client (VLC) media player is used to play the stream, so while the server has to be a Mac, the client can be pretty much any platform. [251KB] The $50 Mac OS X shareware BITcom Xnet 1.4.5 monitors local and remote servers and routers, sends out alerts if a server is going down, checks services and maximizes uptime. The shareware offers Web support, SMS for mobile phone alerts, user-specific service monitoring, and unlimited server monitoring. [481KB]
equinix has released APC Tracker 3.01, which described as a "Cocoa application for UPS devices in a network that powers specifically off Mac OS X and Xserve. It investigates the status of the UPS and will properly shut down the client computer once power gets interrupted." Version 3.0 adds email suport, network failure detection, shutdown on network timeout , support for custom scripts, syslog support, a client/server architecture, and simultaneous monitoring of multiple APC Tracker Servers. A single computer license is $130.
We've published two articles from Apple's corporate briefing with CFO Fred Anderson at the Smith Barney Citigroup Tech Conference. (Part 1, Part 2). It includes notes about Apple's retail segment, it's market focus, R&D, and other notes on the company.
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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko