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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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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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