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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GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD
Netflix iOS app now offers cell-data controls
In a new update to its iOS app on Thursday, subscription entertainment service Netflix has introduced new user controls for streaming over cellular networks to prevent overages, throttling, or other usage issues caused by the high data rate of streamed HD video. Users can choose from a given amount of streaming video that "costs" 1GB of cellular data, which lowers video quality to allow as much as four hours of video per GB (the "automatic" setting provides three hours, while higher quality settings reduce the time to two hours, or one hour at the best setting). In addition, the updated app now offers more 3D Touch options from the app icon, beyond the "peek and pop" previews for video. http://apple.co/24AD1vR
Bentley launches app for Apple Watch
Carmaker Bentley now offers an Apple Watch app for its Bentayga SUV -- a vehicle with a starting price of $229,000 -- that offers some advanced automotive functions not previously seen in other car apps for Apple's wearable. The app allows Watch wearers to control various seat adjustments, environmental controls (including seat massage), and the entertainment system. In addition, various vehicle stats are available at a glance, including distance traveled and vehicle speed. The app is available free on the App Store. http://apple.co/24AyXvs
Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY