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Adobe has a released a 30-day trial of GoLive CS2, its professional web-authoring tool for designers. Adobe GoLive CS2 offers new mobile authoring tools based on CSS/XHTML, SVG Tiny, SMIL, and other global standards as well as integration with other Creative Studio components. The GoLive CS2 tryout (276MB) includes full online documentation and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8. The free Adobe Co-Author software enables users to quickly and easily update text and graphics in designated areas of a Web site created with Adobe GoLive without having to learn about Web design and coding. Designers using GoLive CS must designate specific areas using Co-Author Editor and other Co-Author features in Adobe GoLive CS2 to create, test, and upload editable sections. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later as well.
Steinberg Media Technologies today unveiled the latest version of its professional media production system the 118th AES Convention in Barcelona, Spain. Nuendo 3.1 features an ID Controller by WK Audio and the Nuendo Time Base synchronizer with the integrated Nuendo DTS and Dolby Digital Encoder plug-ins. Version 3.1 provides new features and capabilities for professionals working in post production for film and television, including new Audio Pull Up/Down functions, support for HDTV frame rates, support for Marker Tracks, and an Online Merge function for combining networked projects with local ones. Nuendo 3.1 can also interface with Euphonix hardware utilizing the EuCon protocol. It will be available in July 2005.
Elgato has released EyeHome 1.6, an update to the software for its EyeHome ($200) digital media player that allows users to access the digital content on a Mac on any TV and home entertainment system. Version 1.6 offers Mac OS X 10.4 compatibility, stability improvemments, improved compatibility with EyeTV digital video recorder, reduced CPU/processor usage, new menus for navigation, and more. EyeHome 1.6 requires a G4 with a speed of at least 500 MHz or a G5 Power Macintosh, and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later, including QuickTime 6.4 or later and QuickTime for Java 1.4.2 or later.
Searchblox Software has released its SearchBlox Content Search Server for Mac OS X, which delivers out-of-the-box search functionality for corporate websites, intranets and portals. The Java-based solution offers flexibility and ease of customization, allowing companies to implement search functionality that seamlessly integrates with the core website. Users can use XSL style sheets for customization and index common document formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, and RTF documents. It features a browser-based SearchBlox Admin Console for managing the software as well as built-in tools to index content on public websites, secure websites and file systems (in any of 30 languages). A free version can index up to 1000 documents. Pricing starts at $200.
Griffin Technology has begun shipping RocketFM, a unique wireless solution for broadcasting Mac or PC audio applications to any FM radio. RocketFM uses any available FM frequency to transmit music or audio through your home or office stereo system. "Not only is RocketFM practical for playing your computer's audio over your home stereo, its stylish design makes it a great-looking desktop accessory.... Remove the RocketFM from its desktop stand and it's perfect for traveling, use your laptop in your car to broadcast your tunes to the car stereo, in a hotel room or DJ the next party." The USB-based device is available for $40.
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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
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC