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Motion graphics theme FrostyGlass now available for Final Cut Pro X
Factory FX has released FrostyGlass, a set of eight fully-customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X that aim to enhance a project by simulating glass distortions. Including a filter effect and a theme and title generator, FrostyGlass creates glass distortion on top of one's video project.
AT&T's U-verse expands its live TV streaming service to include Android devices
AT&T's live TV streaming service, U-verse, has expanded its availability to include Android devices and web access on Uverse.com. Earlier this month, the company announced more than 100 live TV channels had been added to the U-verse app. AT&T has also launched the U-verse App on Android tablets, making live TV channels available on more than 30 devices. Offering users On Demand TV shows and movies, the U-verse app additionally features remote DVR management, and advanced content search functionality.
Jackbox Games intending to 'blur lines between mobile and console gaming\'
Jackbox Games announced today its official launch of YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Party for iOS. A multiplayer version of the interactive trivia franchise, YDKJ Party allows an iOS device or Apple TV to serve as the primary display while other mobile devices, running the free JackPad app, turn users' iOS or Android devices into game controllers, allowing up to four additional players to participate. The new app has launched with a free trial episode, and 30 additional 11-question episodes available as in-app purchases. YDKJ Party and other YDKJ app products are available for download on iTunes.
Mirrored volume still visible when hot-swapping
MacNN has taken a closer look at iStoragePro's Dock View RAID-iT2DockV. The RAID 0/1 box pairs two 3.5in hard disks with eSATA, FireWire800 -- and 400 -- and USB 2.0 interfaces. The drive offers hot-swap capabilities while still active on the Mac's desktop, allowing for changes to be made to the volume during a disk swap -- although volume rebuilding slows dramatically with drive access by the Mac.
Software a good first effort on the Mac side
MacNN has reviewed PCsync for Mac, describing how the recently PC-only software works with its new Mac-host that allows for PC-to-Mac syncing. The syncs are good but Mac-PC file-naming differences are an issue and the Mac software feels like PC software, in that it is slightly counter-intuitive.
Conference focuses on IT pros, Apple developers
MacNN readers can get a special $50 discount off of the registration price of the upcoming MacTech Conference 2010, following this link to register. The conference is geared to IT professionals and Apple developers. The three-day event spans November 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City. It will have mobile and desktop sessions, focusing on the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. There will also be special speakers, a MacTech Bowl and information on Apple Certification testing.
Mac enterprise adoption
Corporate adoption of Macs is extremely high in the realm of multinationals, a new study claims. The Yankee Group research firm says it has conducted a web-based survey of 700 global IT administrators and C-level executives, and determined that approximately 80 percent of multinationals have Apple computers operating in their networks. A quarter of these businesses report having a "significant" number of Mac clients installed.
Japan iPhone deal inked
Apple has landed yet another international distribution deal for the iPhone, reaching a deal that enables it to ship the device in Japan. In a statement released today, SoftBank said that it will sell Apple's iPhone later this year, but did not provide any other details in the terse statement: "Softbank Mobile Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to Japan later this year." The deal does not mention exclusivity and Apple has already abandoned that strategy in a few markets, such as Australia and has signed deals with limited exclusivity in Spain. Continuing reports from last December, reports surfaced in May that Apple was in talks with both Japan's NTT DoCoMo and South Korea's KTF, though both companies rely on W-CDMA broadband, as opposed to the HSPA the 3G iPhone.
Rogue Amoeba Airfoil 3.2
Rogue Amoeba on Thursday released an update to its software utility that sends any audio to AirPort Express units and Apple TVs as well as other Macs and PCs. Airfoil for Mac v3.2 brings several minor fixes as well as a couple new, including support for the new 802.11n AirPort Express, including full password support and better synchronization. Airfoil also now supports remote control of iTunes or QuickTime Player when they’re being transmitted via Airfoil. Using the Apple TV Remote through an Apple TV, or the Keyspan Express Remote through an AirPort Express, users can send basic controls for play or pause iTunes or QuickTime Player, as well as moving back and forward in tracks in iTunes. It also supports now fully supports VIDEO_TS files for virtual DVDs.
Tunewear PRIE iPhone cases
Tunewear has announced the availability of its new PRIE Ambassador genuine leather cases for iPhone. The case is now available in five different looks. Traditionalists can choose versions in black nappa leather with either white or red stitching to complement any style. Other models include gold, gold with white, and silver colored leather. The PRIE Ambassador is an open-face carrying case. All ports, sensors and the camera remain open and accessible. The iPhone is held secure using a magnetic side latch and can be quickly removed when needed.