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Apple is launching their next-generation video editing program Final Cut Pro X in June. Final Cut Pro X will launch at $300 and is written as a full 64-bit application that supports Grand Central Dispatch.
Grand Central Dispatch is Apple's technology that uses a piece of software to dynamically utilise many processor cores. Final Cut Pro X uses an iMovie-like interface which should appeal to the casual movie editors or home users.
Our Download of the Day today is Fresh View 8.18.
Fresh View gives you the ability to organize and view multimedia files (images, audio, video). Watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. Image files in a folder can be displayed using a number of views, including a thumbnail view that lets you quickly see what your images are without having to open them.
You can convert graphics from one type to another, print, and even create an HTML album. This easy-to-use software supports 86 different formats (more and more added regularly).
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 8.18
- with new Left Diagonal Edge effect.
Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, and More for $349 plus $8 Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, and More for $349 plus $8 Shipping!.
Offer: Dell's great deal on their thin (0.65" thick), light (3.5lb) 13.3" LED-backlit Vostro V13 is still around at just $349 after $270 instant discount: 13.3" LED-backlit Dell Vostro V13 ultraportable laptop with 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU7300, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, 6-Cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, and 1 year warranty. Unknown expiration date, will expire when stock runs out.
A build of Windows 8 has leaked and will become the first accessible build of the new Operating System from Microsoft that will be available to the public. Everyone has seen the leaked screenshots, as partners with access to Windows 8 builds on Microsoft Connect are slowly leaking stuff out - but this will be the first leak that anyone will be able to download.
The leak has been posted on the BetaArchive forums and has been confirmed by numerous reputable sources that it is a legitimate build. Obviously from here, the people of the internets will post it on a public torrent tracking site and it will spread like crazy, to the point where even Crytek chief Cevat Yerli will be jealous of how many times it will get pirated.
Norway's Opera Software is following up on their recent mobile success by rolling out upgrades for their desktop browser that take two of their most popular features, Opera Turbo and Speed Dial, and make them better. VP of Desktop Products, Jan Standal, ntoed:
Opera 11.10, codenamed "Barracuda", can boost browsing speeds by up to four times its previous capabilities by reducing the size of webpages before he user loads them, using Opera Turbo.
The Opera Turbo feature is crucial for anyone who travels or just has a slow Internet connection. By reducing the size of the page, we can make browsing so much faster. So whether you're at a crowded Starbucks in San Francisco or are using a 3G modem in Sri Lanka, Opera Turbo can give you a better browsing experience.
Another upgraded feature, Speed Dial, grants the user now unlimited number of pages to "dial", making it easier to get to the pages that you always want to see, no matter where you are. Speed Dial brings with it other customization features, like layout customizations and improved zoom functions.
Opera also offers now seamless plug-in installation that downloads necessary plug-ins in the background of your web experience, and is available in 50 languages, including Tagalog. Here's their new promotional video demonstrating some of the new stuff Opera can do:
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 SP1x (17.47).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
European software company Autonomy has announced their upcoming augmented reality iPhone application, dubbed Aurasma. The application uses a form of Autonomy's already existing IDOL pattern recognition software to scan what appears to be print images of all types with the end goal of automatically inserting a related video of some sort. Aurasma seems to have been conceived as a competitor to Google's already available Google Googles visual search application that allows the user to search their environment by snapping pictures of it. Autonomy's founder, Michael Lynch, told the New York Times:
We have been convinced for a long time that the idea of typing keywords into a search box is a byproduct and not an end. If you're truly going to interact between the physical world and the virtual world you're not going to do that sitting in your bedroom at the keyboard.
Aurasma will evidently be available sometime next month, debuting as part of an AR advertisement tie-in with an as-yet unnamed upcoming film. Lynch also reportedly mentioned the availability of a development platform which, like Aurasma, will be available for free download.
We're dubious as to the "AR" aspect of this application so far- if "all" that Aurasma is doing (and it's nothing to sneeze at) is loading up videos for pre-loaded images in a database, what reality is it augmented? How different is this from a QR code....
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.3.
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Support NVIDIA and ATI cards
Displays adapter, GPU and display information
Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available)
Validation of results
No installation required
Support for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 0.5.3
- Added support for AMD Radeon HD 6790, FirePro V5800
- Added support for GeForce GT 555M, GTX 540M, G315M, Quadro FX 600, FX 2800M, Quadro 4000
- Fixed GeForce GTX 590 release date
- Added support for voltage controllers VT1556, uP6266, uP6218
- Added VDDCI measurement on CHL8228 based ATI cards
- Added capability to show sensors in TechPowerUp OSD Server
- Fixed several crashes and resource leaks
Our Download of the Day today is PeaZip 3.7.0.
PeaZip is an open source file and archive manager. It's freeware and free of charge for any use.
PeaZip can extract most of archive formats both from Windows and Unix worlds, ranging from mainstream 7Z, RAR, TAR and ZIP to experimental ones like PAQ/LPAQ family, currently the most powerful compressor available.
For archive creation, PeaZip suppors a wide range of compression and encryption standard, from fastes to most powerful ones, and allows to export job definition as scripts to bridge the gap between GUI and console applications, and let the user pick the best of the two worlds.
PeaZip has secure deletion feature, can verify file checksum and hash, and supports multiple strong encryption standards, optionally using two factor authentication (password and keyfile) for increased security:
7Z's AES256 encryption
ZIP WinZip's AE encryption based on AES256 (and ZipCrypto for legacy compatibility); can decrypt PKZip's AES encryption
FreeARC's ARC: AES256, Blowfish, Twofish256 and Serpent256 - this format is also capable to generate recovery records to protect data against corruption
PEA: AES256 EAX authenticated encryption
Mozilla has a detailed new development model for Firefox, with the current draft saying Firefox 5 will make its way to fans on June 21, 2011 and Firefox 6 not that long after on August 18, 2011. These dates may well change but right now this is what Mozilla is hoping for. All changes to the Firefox source code are initially integrated in the mozilla-central Mercurial repository.
At scheduled intervals (usually 6 weeks) the changes are then imported from mozilla-central to one of three other channels. In addition to mozilla-central there will also be firefox-experimental, firefox-beta and Firefox (release) with each one backed by its own Mercurial repository. The names below are placeholders and Mozilla may still change them:
The firefox-experimental channel will receive new features at regular intervals, but some of them have the option of being disabled if they look like they require more work. The beta channel will receive new features that are set to be included in the Firefox release. New features are never directly added to the firefox-experimental or firefox-beta channels. Each stage of the process lasts for 6 weeks but because of the development overlap, we should see new versions every 6 to 12 weeks.