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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
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