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# 1 IOS 8.0.1 Reportedly On Tap To Fix Bugs In IOS 8 Video By Clip Syndicate According to blog site MacRumors, Apple has already cooked up a fix for certain problems discovered in iOS 8. Citing an anonymous source, MacRumors said Tuesday that an iOS 8.0.1 update addresses several key bugs, including problems with: Call forwarding and freezing when opening visual voicemail. Keypad not showing up to enter iCloud Keychain verification codes. Videos sometimes not playing on Safari. AirDrop support for Passbook passes. Installation of VPN profiles. ...Read More »
# 2 Google Currents For IOS Now Called Google Play Newsstand Following Big Redesign Video By Clip Syndicate Google Currents, Google’s magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you’re interested in, instead of only subscribing to publishers, blogs and RSS feeds. ...Read More »
# 3 IPhone 6 Models 'set Gold Standard' In Photo, Video Quality Tests Video By Clip Syndicate Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the new leaders on a French optical lab's test of photo and video quality, demoting the Samsung Galaxy S5 to third place. Apple sets the "gold standard for smartphone image quality," DxO Labs said in DxOMark scores released Tuesday for Apple's newest iPhones. They're tied with a score of 82, a notch ahead of the GS5 and Sony's Xperia Z2 and Z3, all tied at 79. ...Read More »
# 4 Reports Suggest IPhone 6 Plus May Bend In Your Pocket Video By Clip Syndicate Consider this a PSA: Don't keep the iPhone 6 Plus in your front pants pocket for too long. It just might bend. Reports of slightly bent iPhone 6 Plus devices are cropping up on a number of Apple forums, suggesting that the items began bending after sitting in one's front pocket for a long chunk of time. The reports of bent phones were immediately met with jokes and skepticism. From a purely organic standpoint, however, the bending makes sense. ...Read More »
# 5 The IPhone 6 Plus Gets Bent Video By Clip Syndicate Every year, Apple announces a new iPhone. First it’s rumors and leaks, and then spy shots from factory lines, and then the announcement comes! Welcome to the “-gate” portion of our event, wherein some critical flaw is exposed a few days after millions of people just bought the new, potentially flawed device . With the iPhone 6 and, more pointedly, the iPhone 6 Plus, reports suggest that the phone will bend when left in a pocket, seated, for a prolonged period of time.

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# 6 Report: The IPhone 6 Costs More Than $200 To Build Video By Clip Syndicate The iPhone 6 costs Apple between $200 and $247 to build, giving the company a profit margin of 69% for the entry-level model, according to a teardown analysis. The teardown, executed by research firm IHS and shared with Re/code , is based on an analysis of the parts used in each model and an estimate of the labor involved ($4 to $4.50 for each device.) IHS found the costs range from $200 to $247 for iPhone 6 models that sell for $649 and $849 without a contract.

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# 7 Apple: Nearly Half Of Users Accessing App Store Have IOS 8 Video By Clip Syndicate Apple has given its first glimpse, though a bit vague, into iOS 8 adoption. According to data on the Apple Developer Support Page, nearly half (46%) of Apple mobile devices that accessed the App Store on Sept. 21 were using iOS 8. That was four days after iOS 8 rolled out and two days after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially went on sale. ...Read More »
# 8 IOS 8 Adoption At 46% After Five Days, Says Apple Video By Clip Syndicate The latest official iOS 8 adoption stat comes courtesy of Apple, which has added a note to its App Store Distribution page for developers revealingthat the proportion of users that had updated to iOS 8, as of September 21, stood at 46% vs 49% using the prior iOS 7 flavor, and 5% on an earlier iteration of itsmobile OS. iClarified , which spotted the figures, notes that prior to iOS 8 starting to roll out to users on September 17 , Apple was reporting the proportion of users on iOS 7 at over 90%. ...Read More »
# 9 Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New IPhones In First Three Days Video By Clip Syndicate Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened.

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# 10 Instagram Ads Arrive In The UK Video By Clip Syndicate As promised , Instagram is bringing ads to its users in the UK. They will begin to appear in the app later today and will feature “carefully selected brands” such as Starbucks, Cadbury and Sony Music. James Quarles, Global Head of Business and Brand Development at Instagram said, Ads will be highlighted with a “Sponsored” tag next to the name of the photo or video’s creator. “We want ads on Instagram to be as engaging and high-quality as the experience of flipping through a favourite magazine. ...Read More »
# 11 VYV Delivers Immersive Video Projections that Entertain Live Audiences Worldwide Project Profile By none What do Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles, Shakira, and Cirque du Soleil have in common? All have amazed audiences with live shows incorporating dazzling, out-of-this-world video projections made possible by an elite 3D interactive video projection company based in Canada. Spectators stunned by the creativity, artistry, and impact of the projections can thank VYV and its Photon interactive media server, the most powerful real-time video control system available. Powered by high-end NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) GPUs, Photon systems deliver the accuracy, reliability, and flexibility required for VYV's elaborate multi-projector productions. ...Read More »
# 12 The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes for a Thrill Ride Project Profile By none Katarsis Films is in the business of selling smiles. Based in Mexico City, the young, independent production company has been working for the past two years with one of the most well known Mexican theme parks, La Feria Chapultepec Mágico, to produce heart pounding advertisements that thrill its viewers. Katarsis founder, the charismatic Juan Carlos Elias, is as dynamic as the rides themselves, producing, directing, shooting and finishing the ads that Katarsis churns out on a regular basis. To assist him with achieving the right look for these ads, Juan Carlos uses the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
# 13 Assimilate at IBC 2014 Events By Ko Maruyama Finally a pro player that works on both Mac and PC equally well. If you want to go ad-free (and you should), it's only a $5US purchase ...Read More »
# 14 Mikros Image Standardizes Digital Post Workflows on ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH Software Featured News By none ASSIMILATE announced that Mikros Image has purchased a company-wide site license for ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH finishing software and SCRATCH Lab, an advanced production and VFX dailies tool. Headquartered in Paris, France, and with subsidiaries in Belgium and Montreal, Mikros Image is a major player in the post-production market, offering high-end post services for films, commercials, TV episodes, corporate communications, and video games. Mikros Image also has a partnership with the LA post-production and visual effects company Eight VFX to develop a series of common projects for commercials and feature films. ...Read More »
# 15 MAXON at IBC Events By Ko Maruyama IBC is kicking off in Amsterdam on September 11. And with it, starts the annual convention for European broadcasters and digital entertainment content creators. This September date comes on the heels of MAXON's release of R16, their newest version of CINEMA4D. If you're at IBC 2014, you can see R16 presented in person. ...Read More »
# 16 Modbook: A 15.4" Macbook Pro Featured News By Ko Maruyama Way back in 2009, we had a 4 day hands on session with Modbook's (Axiotron) offering. Then, it was a 15" modbook. Granted, the Macbooks that were available then weren't nearly as powerful as the low end machines we have today. And, in 2009, the touch alternatives weren't great. Five years later, Modbook Inc. comes back with a brand new proposition: A Modbook from a Macbook Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 monster with 32GB RAM and 2TB of storage. ...Read More »
# 17 Jumping Genres on "Trent & Isabella" Project Profile By none Close your eyes and picture the first time you watched "The Maltese Falcon." Now do the same with "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Can you picture the soft shadows and tenseness of film noire? How about the heightened details of spaghetti westerns where you can see every hair on a face and every bead of sweat? Both genres of film have very distinct feelings, color schemes and emotional responses. Now shake your head, mix them together and imagine what it would look like if you combined the two. You would get "Trent & Isabella." ...Read More »
# 18 ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac Feature By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
# 19 MAXON CINEMA4D R16 Business Issues By Ko Maruyama My interest in MAXON is no mystery. As a motion graphics animator in Hollywood, working in several major promo design and VFX houses, I?ve seen CINEMA4D become a staple in designers' pipelines. Each time a new version of CINEMA4D is released, 3D motion graphics designers and VFX artists get excited to see what MAXON has in store for us. This year, R16 offers us a lot to be excited for. ...Read More »
# 20 After Effects World in Seattle Events By Ko Maruyama Future Media Concepts is hosting their second After Effects World conference for the application's users in Seattle, Washington. On September 25-28, animators and compositors from around the world will participate in discussions focused on the potential of the software. ...Read More »
# 21 Vectoraster by LostMinds Product Review By Ko Maruyama Vectorizer for the Mac (and iOS) allows you to create fantastic shape based translations of raster artwork or photography with just a few clicks. The great part about this new software is that it is really easy to use. Like any good design software, it?s full of options that will allow you to create unique pieces, even when you?re starting from presets. ...Read More »
# 22 Quick Sketching with Ron Husband Book Review By Ko Maruyama The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too. ...Read More »
# 23 Motion Composer Product Review By Ko Maruyama MotionComposer is a new way to create and deliver HTML5 or Flash animation. Designed by French company Aquafadas, the software is available in both Mac and PC versions to allow anyone the ability to start animating right away. Although Adobe Flash animations have recently been the subject of scrutiny, there are many advantages to using HTML5. With MotionComposer, you can easily make your content much more engaging. Adobe's Flash content is a very rich experience. There is a wide range of interactive animations that you can create using animation tools that develop for Flash player. However, Flash does require Adobe's Flash player in order to let your audience experience that content. ENTER: HTML5. ...Read More »
# 24 Design A Cloud Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama SoftSkies is a music visualizer created by SoundSpectrum. If you're an iTunes user, you may be familiar with the visualizer that comes packed in with your Mac software. These are those same guys, and they've just come up with a new way to watch your music. These cloudscapes can fit your chill music library. Clouds are always relaxing. Pair the visual with some of your favorite chill out music, and your afternoon downtime just got a lot more relaxing. ...Read More »
# 25 iStopMotion for iPad Product Review By Ko Maruyama Last year, I wrote about the fun application called iStopMotion by Boinx.com. In returning to iStopMotion on iPad, I'm glad to see that the app has gone through many changes and upgrades. Most recently, Boinx has announced the ability to export up to 200 frames in an animated GIF! It's not only a fun application to have as an animator, but it's a teaching opportunity too. When I teach older animation students, they usually understand the importance of timing and number of frames per second. At home with my kids, iStopMotion for iPad is a fun way to craft stories and express creativity. For both older students and young kids, iStopMotion is an accessible way to start making stop motion animations right away. ...Read More »
# 26 Monsters run Rampant Product Review By Ko Maruyama Rampant Design Tools have created a series of images for post production FX in the past. Their newest offering is just in time for the Halloween holiday. MonsterFX Undead provides a series of images that you can use in post for video or still photography. ...Read More »
# 27 Sorenson Squeeze 9 Quick Peek By David Hague For as long as I have been shooting and editing video, there has been a version of Sorenson Squeeze available. Quite simply, Squeeze has always been the premiere transcoding utility used by professionals. It is simple to use, effective, fast and covers almost every known codec and format type available. Squeeze 9 is the latest version of this venerable product, and while certainly not an inexpensive package, with pricing ranging from USD$799 to an eye watering $1999 for the server version, if you are a professional in the video game, it is an almost indispensable item to have in your toolbox. ...Read More »
# 28 Sony Spectral Layers Pro 2 Product Review By Dr. David Smith Digital audio editing software has made amazing signal processing and manipulation possible with the click of a mouse, but until now it has been virtually impossible to take a fully mixed track and un-mix it. Sony's new Spectral Layers Pro allows you to do just that. ...Read More »
# 29 Astute Graphics Mirrors Your Moves Product Review By Ko Maruyama Astute Graphics makes plugins for Adobe's Illustrator. Great plugins that make your design process not only faster and easier, but plugins that allow you to discover designs that you might not have considered before launching into Illustrator. With the holiday season coming around, it's time to start thinking about winter. Astute Graphics' MIRRORME plugin can help. ...Read More »
# 30 Using Prodrenalin To Save Your Video! Product Review By David Hague If you are the proud owner of a GoPro (or similar such as the Sony Action Cam or the Kaiser Baas Sports Cam) you'll be all too familiar with a few problems. Not the least of these is the sheer amount of camera shake followed by distorted footage due to the 'rolling shutter' effect of these cameras. Also in the equation is fish eye distortion, and who hasn't missed that the camera wasn't exactly level when shooting? Or you need to flip video 180 degrees as the camera could only be mounted upside down. This is where ProDad Prodrenalin comes in. ...Read More »
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