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Bibble Labs today released Bibble Pro 4.8, a free update to the professional RAW workflow solution. The application offers advanced lens correction, an integrated browser, one-click image correction, powerful batch processing, raw-optimized printing, user-assignable hotkeys, a flexible renaming system, and a Photoshop plugin. The free update delivers a redesigned and more powerful Lens Correction tool enabling correction of barrel and pin-cushion distortion, as well as chromatic aberration and vignetting. In addition, it includes a new application to allow robust Black and White conversion, including an innovative Spot Color feature. Version 4.8 also adds support for additional cameras. It is available as a Universal Binary for $70. The Pro version ($130) adds advanced copy/paste functions, work queues, multithreaded operation, IPTC captioning support, digital noise correction/suppression, and tethered shooting.
Imagine Products today released P2 Log, an HVX200 viewing application for Mac OS X. The software allows users to annotate, change clip names, and delete Clips from any HVX200 P2 volume. P2 Log is specifically designed for working with MXF Clips, and is intended as a field viewer to complement an HD Log media manager. The application exports to Final Cut Pro HD XML with automatic QuickTime conversions of only the selected or marked clips, offering compatibility with any HVX200 format including PAL 720P 25/50. Users can add text notes in the metadata, change user clip names, use find/sort routines within the volume to locate clips, and indicate camera marks. P2 Log works with any P2 compatible storage device, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 and QuickTime 7 or later.
BIAS today began shipping Peak Pro 5.2, bringing native Intel Mac compatibility to the audio editing software for Mac OS X as a Universal Binary. Sample Rate Conversion in Peak Pro 5.2 showed nearly 130 percent increased performance running on an Intel-based MacBook Pro versus a 1.67GHz PowerBook G4, according to BIAS, and using Peak Pro's RMS Normalization DSP resulted in a 66 percent performance increase. The update also utilizes a non-hardware based method of copy protection to offer greater flexibility for users who wish to retain the use of their USB ports for other peripherals. Peak Pro allows users to create unique dance loop and remixes, optimizing audio for podcasting or internet streaming. Peak Pro 5.2 is priced at $600, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Despite French lawmakers' agreement on a softened version of the draft law which threatens Apple's iTunes Music Store, the Cupertino-based company voiced discontent regarding the amended version of the bill. "We are awaiting the final result of France's legislative process, and hope they let the extremely competitive marketplace driven by customer choice decide which music players and online music stores are offered to consumers," Apple stated following the vote. This constitutes the strongest hint yet that Apple could withdraw its French iTunes store rather than comply with the bill, according to the New York Times. The amended law currently stands to offer record companies more leverage in their battle with Apple over fixed song pricing, which the iPod-maker has managed to maintain despite threats and complaints from labels.
Open End Software today released MacPoker Pro 1.26, offering native Intel-based Mac support for Full Contact Poker and EuroPoker as a Universal Binary. MacPoker Pro is a Texas Hold'em online poker tracking and analysis application for Mac Poker players, in use online at PokerRoom.com, HollywoodPoker.com, and other online poker sites. The tool offers real-time poker session monitoring, providing information about opponents and the tables in play to aid decision making processes. The application downloads, analyzes, records, and summarizes full details of online Hold'em hands. MacPoker Pro 1.26 is priced at $40, and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later.
Apple is offering refurbished iPod models with various free accessories, as well as refurbished Mac minis. iPod accessory bundles include the 512MB iPod shuffle with a free Apple iPod shuffle Armband for $49 or a free Apple iPod shuffle External Battery Pack for $49; the 20GB clickwheel iPod with a free Apple iPod Dock for $169; and the 20GB color display iPod with a free Apple iPod Dock for $199. Apple's refurbished Mac minis include the 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo with 512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 60GB SATA hard drive, and a Combo drive for $519, 14 percent off; the 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo with 512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, an 80GB SATA hard drive, and a double-layer SuperDrive for $699, a 13 percent discount; the 1.42GHz G4 with 512MB of DDR333 SDRAM, an 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a Combo drive, and an ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card with 32MB of DDR video memory for $519, a 14 percent savings; and the 1.42GHz G4 with 512MB of DDR333 SDRAM, an 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a SuperDrive, DVI or VGA video output, and an ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card with 32MB of DDR video memory for $599, a 15 percent savings.
JetPhoto Studio 2.2 (free) is personal digital photo management software designed to transfer, find, organize, edit, print, and share images. The update brings native support to Intel Macs as a Universal Binary, and allows users to open the album folder created by JetPhoto Studio 3.1 for Windows. [Download - 4.2MB] WebnoteHappy 1.1 ($25) updates the bookmark manager with integrated note taking and tagging capability. WebnoteHappy 1.1 communicates with del.icio.us, imports existing bookmarks from Firefox as well as OmniWeb, and eases the process of copying links for sharing via email. The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, interoperating with NetNewsWire to tag and add notes to items in RSS feeds. [Download - 443KB] Cast Life 1.0 ($10) is designed to make the process of creating audio and video podcasts as painless as possible. The application features a drag-and-drop interface, and provides access to iLife media directly within its own interface. Cast Life also supports publishing content to .Mac as well as FTP servers. [Download - 6.8MB] MacFamilyTree 4.3.0 ($50) enhances the modern genealogy application for Mac OS X, featuring a completely new Genogram that shows more branches -- such as brothers and sisters -- along with their relationships and children. MacFamilyTree 4.3.0 includes numerous other minor improvements, and fully supports Unicode. [Download - 10.1MB] OnyX 1.7.1 (free) allows users to run miscellaneous system maintenance tasks and configure various hidden Mac OS X parameters. Version 1.7.1 deletes the contents of the Metadata folder when cleaning user caches, enables/disables disk verification after burning, and can adjust the number of days preserved in the history of Safari. [Download - 6.6MB]
Black Cat Systems has released Audiocorder 4.8.0, adding a Voice Timestamp feature that allows users to prepend a computer-generated spoken time and date to the beginning of a recording. Audiocorder allows Macs to act as sophisticated audio recorders, according to the company, functioning as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder that both begins and ends recording when volume reaches specified levels. The application also allows users to set the trigger length for the start and stop values, which helps eliminate recording short bursts of sound or ending the recording process during a short pause. Audiocorder is programmable with a recording schedule, allowing users to specify when to start and stop recording similar to a VCR. Audiocorder 4.8.0 is priced at $20 (system requirements were unavailable).
In brief: MacNN has reviewed the "handle-it" from Case-mate ($50, shown at right), a black leather-covered handle that connects to the bottom of Apple's MacBook via case screws.... MacNN also reviewed Apeiron X ($15) from Ambrosia Software, an arcade-style game similar to the old classic Centipede.... MacProVideo.com today released a new Logic Pro tutorial video entitled "Synthesis With Sculpture" ($40), shedding light on the soft-synth included with Apple's Logic Pro audio editing application.... iPodNN notes that a 17-year-old boy has been convicted of second-degree murder and robbery in a July stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in an attempt to commandeer the teen's iPod.... Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) has unveiled the FlipFolio Leather Case for iPod nano ($25), a reversible protective cover for the digital media player.... iSkin has released iSkin Claro ($40), an ultra-clear polycarbonate hard case designed specifically for the iPod with video.
Adobe has released updates to InCopy CS2 and InDesign CS2 to resolve a number of reported issues with its professional design software. The 41MB InDesign CS2 4.03 update provides key fixes in the areas of indexing, launch issues, transparency, shortcuts, text and fonts, scripting, inline graphics, InDesign Interchange (INX) files, German hyphenation, XML, library files, performance, QuickTime 7.x support, printing, SING glyphlets, EPS export, text import, and more. Adobe also said that the installer also includes fixes from the original InDesign CS2 4.0.2 and 4.0.1 updates (posted in December and September 2005, respectively) and the Central European Dictionary update (posted in May 2005), which provides hyphenation and spelling support for seven Central European languages: Romanian, Slovenian, Croatian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Bulgarian. Adobe is no longer providing the fixes separately. Adobe InCopy CS2 4.0.3 update is also available online.
iSkin has released iSkin Claro, an ultra-clear polycarbonate hard case designed specifically for the iPod with video. The case features anti-scratch ClaroCoat technology along with with iSkin's SiTM ("silicone inside") design philosophy, providing double protection for the iPod video. The soft inner layer fits snugly inside the durable polycarbonate layer and protects the iPod against shock and moisture. The Claro design also features a belt clip with an integrated kick-stand and integrated click wheel protection along with complete access to all ports. The iSkin Claro is available for the 30GB iPod with video, priced at $40. The company also said that the "inner layers" (a.k.a. Claro slims) will be available in two multi-color packs for $25 each: The Cruiser Pack (Blaze Red, Prince Purple and Blush Pink) and The Chill Pack (Ebony Black, Sonic Blue and Ghost White glow in the dark).
Web Crossing today announced its new private-label online social network solution: WebCrossing Neighbors is a hosted solution complete with common areas for interest groups, personal user spaces, profiles, blogs, discussions, photo and file sharing, access controls, search and much more. It allows businesses and organizations to create customized, branded online social networks where members can link their personal spaces with friends and colleagues. Members on a WebCrossing Neighbors site can create shared interest groups to participate in discussions, either via the web-based forum or email subscriptions. Companies and organizations can also offer "premium membership" benefits, providing options, such as extra photo albums, more file storage, and more. WebCrossing Neighbors is available immediately as a server hosted solution, starting at $195/month.
equinux has released VPN Tracker 4.7, an update to its VPN client for Mac OS X. The update is free for all existing VPN Tracker 4.x and sports new features like built-in support for Linksys RV042 and RV082 VPN routers as well as newly added support for Netgear's FVG318 ProSafe Wireless VPN Firewall. VPN Tracker, which communicates with a variety of hardware and software devices based on the IPsec Standard, now allows users to connect to over 250 commercial VPN gateways from different vendors. In addition, the update fixes various issues with remote DNS servers when Mode Config is used for client provisioning. "VPN Tracker supports a broad range of VPN devices, from low-cost up to high-scale enterprise solutions, and is the best choice for any VPN solution on the Mac plattform," according to the company. The full version is $90, while updates for v3.x customers are $40.
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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
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko