Cheetah3D 1.2 is a fast and elegant 3D modeler for Mac OS X with "an easy learning curve. It offers many tools from simple polygon editing over advanced subdivision modeling to boolean operations and Beziere splines." Version 1.2 adds jigsaw and scalpel tools, improves ring cut and point slide tools, and adds a status view to the main windows (as well as other enhancements). It also includes the first public preview of Cheetah3D's OpenGL hardware renderer. The $60 application runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later (only on G4-based Macs).
Several readers note that Apple's iPod played an important role in the making The Two Towers and The Return of the King: "Compact, sweet by design and capable of delivering precious goods to far-flung destinations, Frodo is to Middle Earth what Apple's iPod is to modern-day digital media. Just as Frodo exists basically to transport that precious ring to where it needs to go, 'Rings' master Peter Jackson found a way to make Apple's iPod all about helping him get his digital dailies where they need to go, namely halfway around the world."
Apple's 1984 TV ad was voted the No. 4 Super Bowl commerical of all time behind Coke's "Mean Joe Greene", Annheuser-Busch's "Zebra", and McDonald's "Michael Jordon vs. Larry Bird." The Super Bowl Greatest Commercials aired on CBS on Saturday, January 31 at 9 pm: "since 1967, there have been 37 Super Bowls with approximately 60 spots each, totaling more than 2,200 Super Bowl commercials." Meanwhile, NPR this morning took at the look the history of the 1984 commercial--the audio of which should be available later today.
Apple Knowledge Base roundup: Apple offers a short primer on Firewall settings and logging; a list of Mac OS Versions/Builds included with Macs since 1998; a note about choosing best quality vs. best performance in iDVD 4, including the inability to burn a disc on dual processor Power Mac G5 computers if 'Best Performance' is selected; and getting the best audio quality when using Apple In-Ear Headphones.
Apple has posted the official Pepsi iTunes Music Giveaway page that offers official rules, a FAQ, a redemption form, and other details on the promotion. The iTunes Music Store has a new Pepsi logo that offers a convenient method to check the redemption coupon on Pepsi product bottle tops (new users must register). All Pepsi-iTunes promotion song credits must be redeemed by April 30, 2004.
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Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu