Toshiba late Sunday introduced two fresh notebook lines that are its first to include 802.11n wireless. Higher-spec models in the new 15.4-inch Satellite A205 and 17-inch Satellite P205 models both pack Intel's Wireless Wi-Fi Link chipset for the improved wireless linkup and a webcam to take advantage of the speed; most also carry Toshiba's in-house Labelflash DVD-RW burners for writing disc labels, a Core 2 Duo, and 2GB of RAM. A205 models have the option of as much as 280GB of hard drive space across two drives as well as a 128MB GeForce Go 7300 for graphics.
Forums roundup: Members are discussing the recent announcement by Apple, which declared that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard would be delayed until October.... Other users are discussing why, or why not, they decided to buy a Mac Pro, with responses from professional users as well as high-end consumers... One user is asking for help finding the best way to put DVD content on an iPod, with several solutions of various cost offered.... Other members are offering help to a user who requires Classic for Adobe FrameMaker compatibility, but needs a new Mac, leading some users to suggest the Classic-compatible PowerMac G5.... Meanwhile, in the wake of the Leopard delay, members are discussing if hardware updates will also be delayed to better match the launch of Mac OS X 10.5.
As part of its new Final Cut Studio 2 announcement at NAB 2007, Apple on Sunday unveiled Color, its new application designed for advanced color correction. Apple's Color application offers a logical task-based color grading and finishing workflow with advanced color correction tools such as gamma, lift and gain adjustments, as well as custom R, G, B and luma curves, and the secondaries provide the ability to isolate specific areas of an image with soft-edged mattes and custom-shaped vignettes, which can be tracked with ease. Professional scopes provide precise monitoring of chrominance and luminance values via waveforms, histograms and new 3D scopes.
Apple and AJA have together provided an early glimpse at the IO-HD. The new external breakout device is built for real-time input of and conversion to Apple's new ProRes 422 high-definition video format introduced for use with Final Cut Studio 2 and Final Cut Server. The performance and file compression of the device allows direct editing of even HD video in the field on a MacBook Pro, Apple says, and will up- or down-convert video resolution to match the intended editing environment. The IO-HD should cost one fifth the amount of competing HD video encoders and is set to ship in July for $3,495.
Apple today unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a major upgrade to the industry's leading video production suite that now includes Final Cut Pro 6, which introduces Apple's ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes and support for mixed video formats and frame rates in a single Timeline; Motion 3 featuring an intuitive 3D environment, paint and new behaviors; Soundtrack Pro 2 with dozens of innovative tools for multitrack editing, surround mixing and con- forming sound to picture; Compressor 3 delivering powerful batch encoding for multiple formats with a single click; and DVD Studio Pro 4.2 for SD and HD DVD authoring. Final Cut Studio 2 also introduces "Color," a professional color grading and finishing application for ensuring consistent color and creating signature looks.
Apple on Sunday announced Final Cut Studio 2, its next-generation production suite for film editors that includes Final Cut Pro 6 with Open Format Timeline, new technology from Apple's Shake application and Motion templates. The Open Format Timeline allow users to mix formats, mix resolutions and even mix frame-rates, while SmoothCam, derived from Apple's Shake, removes camera motion shaking. Apple's suite also includes Motion 3 with new advanced 3D functions. The company said all of Motion's real-time tools can be used with 3D functions; it also offers multicam and light sources as well as vector-based paint with pen pressure and speed sensitivity. Apple also previewed a new IO-HD external breakout device and Final Cut Server for asset management and workflow.
Apple today introduced Final Cut Server, a new server application that works seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow automation for post production and broadcast professionals. The scaleable server application supports workgroups of any size; it includes a cross-platform client that enables content browsing, review and approval from within a studio or over the internet. Final Cut Server automatically catalogs large collections of assets and enables searching across multiple volumes: it is designed to manage the flow of work, as assets and projects move from producer to editor to artist through the entire production process, the company said.
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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