Eigenmath is symbolic calculator that can be used to investigate concepts in math and physics. Possible scripts include: Quantum Harmonic Oscillator, Coulomb Potential, Square-well Potential, Vector Calculus, Static Spherical Metric, and Hydrogenic Wavefunctions. [Download - 513KB] DiscBlaze 2 ($20) is an easy to use application for burning CDs and DVDs and erasing re-writable media, (such as CD-RW discs). Preview release 2 includes bug fixes, an eject button, and interface improvements. [Download - 1.0MB] FixDates is a simple program designed to locate files with invalid creation or modification dates (such as January 1, 1904). If it finds such files, it sets the creation and/or modification date to the current date. It is freeware. [Download - Classic, Mac OS X] Keith's Image Stacker is a $10 image processing program that is oriented primarily toward astro-photography. It provides a workspace in which to align many similar images and then to produce a stack of the images, for increasing the signal-to-noise ratio, thus providing a clearer final image. [Download - 731KB] Xupport 1.3.6 ($20) provides a clean graphical interface to configure many Mac OS X options that are hard to configure manually via text commands. It includes several unix commands to optimize and secure a Mac, and activates features that are disabled by default. The latest version is a maintenance update. [Download - 220KB]
Silicon Color has announced its real-time 2K resolution color effects system, which features Silicon Color's FinalTouch color correction software with its patented RACE technology: "High-end post-production companies will be able to process infinite color effects in real-time at a resolution of 2K (2048 x 1556) on a Macintosh G5 system. The FinalTouch solution provides more than 30 color nodes to be applied simultaneously to original film scans to create real-time color corrections, effects and grades."
AJA Video Systems has reduced prices on its Kona desktop video products. Kona HD, AJA's High Definition capture card for Final Cut Pro, is now $4,000, while the Kona SD for Standard Definition is now $2,500. AJA will be in IBC Stand 7.721. For a limited time, AJA is also offering a special bundle price for Kona HD and Io, its audio/video FireWire capture device. When purchased together, the price for Kona HD and Io is only $5,000. The Kona/Io bundle provides a complete SD/HD editing solution for both 8- and 10-bit uncompressed video.
Metrowerks is now shipping CodeWarrior Development Studio Mac OS v9, which was announced in early August. Metrowersk touts the new version has having the "fastest compiler and build system" available for the Mac. Version 9 now also includes PowerPlant X framework for Mach-O development; an improved debugger; and expanded support for Objective-C: code completion, syntax coloring, and search comments. Pricing starts at $400 for Mac OS X target development and $100 extra for each Classic and Windows development. A 15-day demo is available.
Open Text's FirstClass division earler this month released its FirstClass Server 7.1SP3, which includes support for the FirstClass X 7.01 client. The server, available on Mac OS X, combines "voice and fax messages to create a truly unified messaging system that allows users to communicate across a wide range of messaging formats and devices." However, the company's September 10th release says: "General availability of FirstClass 7.1 SP3 Server and Internet Services for Mac OS X will be announced in the next revision of this document." Other features inlcude advanced message handling rules, spam management features, a new webmail interface, better browser access, and a Lotus Notes/Domino connector.
PixeLINK last week launched its newest FireWire digital camera: the PL-A741 camera is a monochrome 1.3 megapixel digital camera with global shutter and external trigger designed for stop-motion frame-on-demand applications. It uses a 2/3" CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels and can deliver image data at 27 fps. It combines a frame grabber with real-time, on-board field-programmable illumination corrections and a user-programmable look-up-table,. The $1,800 camera will be available in early November.
Apple's IBC 2003 Amsterdam report has news and photos from conference: "With more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, over 1,000 exhibitors filling 11 halls, and some 45,000 visitors expected during the four-day event, IBC is Europe's key annual trade show for media, video and broadcasting professionals. This year, Apple once again has a major presence at the show (Hall 7, Stand 621), which takes place at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 12th to 16th."
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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
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