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# 1 Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The IPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth Video By Clip Syndicate During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative feeling around iPad performance circulating around media and analysts, and brought up his own perspective on the product category. Cook said "I take a step back on iPad. I know that there’s a lot of negative commentary in the market on iPad, but i have a sort of different perspective on it. ...Read More »
# 2 Apple's 2014: By The (Ridiculously Large) Numbers Video By Clip Syndicate Apple had quite a fiscal 2014, introducing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay, not to mention its a high-profile acquisition of Beats Electronics. It also put up some impressive financial numbers on Monday, once again beating expectations for its fourth quarter earnings that ended Sept. 28. For the 2014 fiscal year, Apple sold 169.2 million iPhones, 68 million iPads and 18.9 million Macs. Apple's shareholders must be pretty happy about its success. The company's shares are 37.3% higher in the past 12 months, easily outpacing the broader S&P 500 benchmark index, which rose by 8.9%.

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# 3 App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion Video By Clip Syndicate Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during its FY Q4 2014 earnings call that its cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive quarter, and its record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.

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# 4 TechCrunch Tries Out Apple Pay In The Real World Video By Clip Syndicate Apple released iOS 8.1 today, and with it comes the ability to use Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. TechCrunch decided to try it out by going to two nearby businesses that already accept Apple’s NFC-powered mobile payments: Walgreens and McDonald’s. Getting the 6 Plus ready for Apple Pay took less than a minute. The Passbook app opened, tapped the “Add” button, selected the Credit/Debit Card menu item introduced in iOs 8.1, and was presented with a form to enter the selected card’s number, expiration date, and security code. There was also an option to scan the details of the card in with the camera.

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# 5 Apple Pay Unlikely To Take Off Right Away Video By Clip Syndicate Apple is slated to roll out Apple Pay on Monday. But just how widely supported is the mobile payment service, and how long could it take to fully ramp up? Unveiled at last month's iPhone event, Apple Pay is the company's first real foray into the world of mobile payments. ...Read More »
# 6 What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay Video By Clip Syndicate Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. ...Read More »
# 7 Man Says His IPhone 6 Bent And Then Caught On Fire Video By Clip Syndicate What happens when an iPhone bends too much? One man says his bent so much it punctured the battery and caught fire, causing second-degree burns to his leg. Entrepreneur Phillip Lechter and his family were riding in a rickshaw in Tucson, Ariz., when the vehicle hit a trolley track in the road. The impact sent him into the side of the metal rickshaw. ...Read More »
# 8 Death Of The Wallet? An Exploration Of Mobile Payments Video By Clip Syndicate Apple Pay -- which combines near-field communications with Touch ID biometrics and tokenization may be the tipping point that helps reluctant consumers take the mobile payment plunge. While today’s Apple Pay launch is exciting for iPhone owners, it must be reiterated that Apple is neither the first, nor the only player in the mobile payments space. ...Read More »
# 9 IOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your IPhone And IPad Video By Clip Syndicate Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your phone on your Mac, the return of “Camera Roll,” the public beta of iCloud Library and more.

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# 10 Apple Reports Stellar 4th Quarter Video By Clip Syndicate Apple handily beat Wall Street's estimates Monday, reporting earnings per share of $1.42 and revenues of $42.12 billion for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter, which ended Sept. 28. Apple also said international sales accounted for 60% of revenues for the quarter. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook said in a press release, “Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus." The company sold 39.3 million iPhones for the quarter, topping analysts' estimates of 37.8 million units. Mac sales were also higher than predicted, coming in at 5.5 million versus the expected 4.85 million.

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# 11 Chasing Down the Perfect Shot to Capture the Vengeance of Atalhos in Film Noir Project Profile By none José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
# 12 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Grants a Wish Project Profile By none In making an independent film about the film industry and the journey of pursuing the Hollywood dream, the last thing Director Jared Cohn wanted was for it to look fake. Especially when the film was one of the most meaningful projects he had ever created. "The film looks almost like a documentary, but it's completely narrative and scripted. Since I made it on my own dime, the only way I was able to achieve such as realistic look was with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera," said Jared. "The camera's dynamic range provided such an authentic look at an affordable price, and many people think it's a documentary because it looks so realistic. ...Read More »
# 13 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 »
# 14 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 »
# 15 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 »
# 16 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 »
# 17 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 »
# 18 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 »
# 19 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 »
# 20 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 »
# 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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