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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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R