New 64-bit chips slated to debut in 2014
ARM today announced a new processor series based on the ARMv8 architecture, the Cortex-A50. The new series will initially include the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors, and it will bring to bear energy-efficient technologies enabling 64-bit processing in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. ARM says the new designs should enable performance up to three times that seen in today's "superphones" while consuming a comparable level of power.
Compatible with Windows Vista or OS X 10.5 and newer
Venerable audio software producer Ableton has unveiled beta releaseversion 8.4 for Ableton Live 8. The new release features native 64-bit support, allowing for the use of more than 4GB of RAM with the application. The beta release is available now, and the full release will be available later for free for registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro, or Live Lite 8 users.
SixtyFour helps manage system memory
Epson has launched a new iOS app that allows users to wirelessly display documents and photos on networked Epson projectors. iProjection is a free tool that works with most iOS devices running iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch. In addition, the app also features cloud integration, allowing users to access files from several cloud services such as Dropbox. Full support is offered for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Keynote, and PDF documents, as well as JPG, TIFF, and PNG images.
Free update corrects bugs in v3
Prosoft has updated its hard drive recovery software, Data Rescue, to v3.1 which now runs natively as 64-bit on Snow Leopard systems, as well as tweaked the re-designed interface and made other changes to improve or fix issues introduced in v3, which debuted almost exactly a year ago.
Extended attributes, simpler installation added
Tuxera NTFS, one of several drivers designed to enable full NTFS support on Macs, has updated their version with full 64-bit support, included extended attributes, and a simpler install process. The new features are specifically aimed at users of mid-August (2010) Mac Pros -- the first to have Snow Leopard's 64-bit kernel run as the default -- though the driver is useable in both 32-bit and 64-bit environments.
Update adds improved interface, lens adjustments
HumanSoftware has upgraded its photographic effects plug-ins, HSC Edit, for Apple's Aperture software. The set is spread across 14 modules featuring more than 5000 individual effects. Each tool provides a wide range of manual variations and can be applied to a single image or processed across a larger batch. The modules include effects organized around color adjustments, depth of field, focus, noise, and lighting or lens effects, among others.
Enhanced rendering speed
e-on Software has announced a new Cocoa-based 64-bit early-beta version of its Vue 8 and Vue 8.5 3D rendering software. The beta is a re-designed version of the Vue software made to take advantage of the 64-bit processing power in the latest Snow Leopard OS and Apple hardware. With the new modifications the software offers rendering speeds up to three times faster than the 32-bit versions, and allows developers to create larger and more detailed scenery and faster overall performance.
Company will add 64-bit support to 3 other plugins
Three new visual effects plug-ins have been announced by Digieffects, with a formal launch scheduled for the National Association of Broadcasters' NAB Show next week. FreeForm 3D Mesh Warp, FreeForm 3D Displacer, and Damage 2.0 will all support 64-bit operation in various applications. FreeForm 3D Mesh Warp adds a 3rd dimension to After Effects' built-in mesh warp. Users can choose to divide the image into rows and columns before manipulating control tangents or creating cylinders, curves, ribbons, folding cards, and any other 3D shapes. It will retail for $100.