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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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl