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BIAS has released a special bundled edition of Peak 4.1 that includes its SoundSoap Pro universal restoration plug-in and SuperFreq 10-band mastering equalizer. The bundle saves nearly $300 off the combined list prices of each application, if purchased separately. Peak 4.1 ($500) features fast editing, a customizable brushed-metal interface, support for VST and Audio Units plug-ins, and powerful processing tools including ImpulseVerb (Convolution Reverb), Sqweez (Compressor Limiter), Harmonic Rotate, Batch Processing, Vbox effects matrix, etc. It also includes Roxio's Jam 6. The "Mastering & Restoration Edition" is available for $900.
Ableton has begun shipping a final version of Live 4, its realtime music production suite. First announced in early June, Ableton says the application offers MIDI sequencing, pattern recording, drag-and-drop sampling, virtual instruments and MIDI hardware support. Version 4 brings a swing/groove for audio and MIDI clips, a new channel-routing scheme, simplified recording, sample reverse, and more. The full version is $500, while (electronic) upgrades will be $120 from any previous version or $50 for purchases after May 15th. It runs on Mac OS 9/X.
A live chat transcript with Newsweek Senior Editor Stephen Levy on the iPod notes that the Newsweek's breaking iPod story was a planned early announcement (and not a leak or snafu) as well as discusses the possibility of a 60GB iPod, third-party iPod software development, the pending US Anti-Copyright legislation ("The Induce Act"), the iPod's battery, future compatibility issues, pricing issues, iTunes Music Store compression, the HP iPod, and more: "The point of our story, I guess, is that the iPod indeed has by virtue of its technology and style become the definitive device for digital music. It would be great if others tried to match its innovation and value and created a great competition in this field (then I bet we would see compatibility between devices sooner, as consumers would demand it)."
RealNetworks says it has created technology that allows songs purchased through its online music services to be played on Apple's iPod: Harmony Technology will allow users to securely transfer music bought using RealNetworks' music download services to an iPod or virtually any other portable music player. A test version of Harmony will be available on Tuesday: "Glaser said the new the system works by essentially translating the various anti-piracy technologies, to make the players' systems compatible with RealNetworks' system. RealNetworks said it was not concerned that the system would be illegal."
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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
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR