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# 1 Apple's Historic First Quarter Results, by the Unbelievably Large Numbers Video By Clip Syndicate It has been awhile since Apple caused investors' jaws to drop, but that's what happened earlier this week when it reported results for the first quarter. The Cupertino company set a new record for iPhone sales, thanks to its introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Those sales propelled Apple's quarterly revenue to a new record high, and also set a record for quarterly profits — not just a record for Apple, but a new record for quarterly profits reported by any public company. Ever. This was truly a quarter for the record books and Mashable created a graphic to put those unbelievably large numbers in context.

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# 2 ITunes Connect Bug Signed Developers Into Others' Accounts at Random Video By Clip Syndicate A bug in iTunes Connect has caused some users to be signed in as a different, random user. iTunes Connect is Apple's suite of web tools that helps app developers manage their App Store content, including contracts and pricing. Connect users began reporting problems Thursday on Twitter. After noticing the issue, Apple disabled iTunes Connect, according to reports. Apple acknowledged that iTunes Connect experienced problems from before noon until about 3:30 p.m. ...Read More »
# 3 IPhone on the Sidelines? In NFL, That's Not Allowed Video By Clip Syndicate YouTube has its own half-time show, the FAA went out of its way to point out that drones aren't allowed at the Super Bowl, and Facebook will target ads to people logged in during the big game. The NFL experience is getting pretty high-tech -- for everyone, that is, except players on the sidelines. Russell Wilson might pick up a tablet on the sidelines in Super Bowl XLIX, but he won't be able to use it to check his email, play "Angry Birds" or take a selfie. ...Read More »
# 4 ​Samsung's Biggest Headache Isn't Apple, It's China Video By Clip Syndicate Samsung Electronics and its smartphones are usually pitted against Apple's iPhone juggernaut, but the company has a much larger issue down market as it battles in a cutthroat Android market. In Samsung's fourth quarter earnings report, the company said it shipped 95 million phones and 11 million tablets. About 70 percent of those phones were smartphones. It's the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus against Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones. The iPad battles Samsung's various tablets. ...Read More »
# 5 Free Microsoft Office Apps are Now Officially Available on Android Tablets Video By Clip Syndicate Android tablet users now have full-fledged Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps — for free. The beta versions of the Android apps have already been available in "preview" to some Microsoft users, but the official suite of Office apps launched in the Google Play store on Thursday. Some of the premium and business features, though, are only available for Office 365 subscribers. As with the Android, Microsoft Office for iOS, which launched in March 2014, is free to use. Of course, Microsoft has other plans for its Office suite beyond free-to-use apps. The desktop-friendly Office 2016 is slated for launch sometime later this year.

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# 6 James Middleton Admits It "Does Get Frustrating" Being Duchess Kate's Brother: "I'm Just James" Video By Clip Syndicate James Middleton isn't just Kate Middleton's younger brother. E! News got an exclusive first look at the 27-year-old entrepreneur's interview with The Young Director (TYD), a new app and lifestyle digital magazine available in iPad. In it, James is asked, it frustrating that his work is often overshadowed by his sibling's royal status? "Yes, it does get frustrating," he admits. ...Read More »
# 7 Microsoft Rolls Out New Outlook Apps for iOS and Android Video By Clip Syndicate Just a month after acquiring Acompli, Microsoft is turning that code into new Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android apps. Microsoft will begin making available Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android today. These new Outlook apps will work with Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, Gmail and other e-mail services. Microsoft plans to replace the Outlook Web Apps for iOS and Android, as well as the Outlook.com apps for iOS and Android with these new Outlook apps. ...Read More »
# 8 Microsoft Gives Away More Office Software to Attract Mobile Users Video By Clip Syndicate Microsoft Corp made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets on Thursday, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software. It also released an app for its popular Outlook email program to run on Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad, hoping to attract the millions of users familiar with Outlook from their work desktops. ...Read More »
# 9 Apple Takes Top Gifting Spot in China: Report Video By Clip Syndicate According to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermes International SCA, reflecting the iPhone maker's recent hot streak in the country. The U.S. tech firm's focus on glitzy stores and high prices helped it post a 70 percent rise in sales in China in the last three months of 2014 and powered the company to the largest profit in corporate history. ...Read More »
# 10 Michael Fassbender Confirmed to Play Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet Will Also Star in Biopic Video By Clip Syndicate We officially have our Steve Jobs! After months and months of casting drama, the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic will star Michael Fassbander as the late Apple founder, Universal Studios confirmed Tuesday. Kate Winslet will co-star in the flick as former marketing chief of Macintosh Joanna Hoffman. Seth Rogen will play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak while Jeff Daniels will take on the part of John Sculley, the former Apple CEO. The Steve Jobs movie screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin. ...Read More »
# 11 Sapphire 8 Feature By Ko Maruyama It is no surprise that Genarts Sapphire sparks hold top marks in the world of high end compositing and visual effects, especially among Autodesk Flame and Smoke artists. The newest version, Sapphire 8 offers some spectacular new possibilities to Adobe After Effects artists as well. ...Read More »
# 12 AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Case Study By none Award-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including "Chiko", "Blutzbrüdaz", and "Boy7" as well as documentaries like "Violinissimo" and "Cosmic Encounters 3D." Bolliger's latest documentary venture, "The School on Magic Mountain," recounts the story of one American teacher's mission to equip a group of students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders. The principal shooting of the documentary, directed by Radek Wegrzyn and produced by Detailfilm, started in autumn 2014 in Switzerland and Sweden. ...Read More »
# 13 Surprising Experiences with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Project Profile By none When writer/director Deep Williams (no relation) found me through my work as DOP on "American Pastime" (Warner Brothers/2008), he was looking for a specific look and feel for his upcoming short film project, "The Sac Fly." He liked the feel of the imagery created for "American Pastime," where the images play a big part in creating the mood and help tell the undercurrents of the story. His pitch had me from the beginning-a dramatic story of racial inequality, told with black and white imagery. The issue became not one of "can I" or "will I" do it, as I was obviously interested, but one of budget. ...Read More »
# 14 Fractal Visuals Personal Profile By none One might think an 18 year old film student would be just starting to learn the ropes of the film world. But John Byron Hanby IV, a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin, already has years of experience under his belt. He even started his own production company when he was just 16. Discovering his passion for filmmaking at age eight while making a documentary about his local martial arts studio, John began to dabble in short films and corporate videos. In December 2012, he founded his production company, Fractal Visuals. ...Read More »
# 15 EnvoyPro EX drives from OWC Feature By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. Other World Computing is introducing yet another sexy new new drive. 1TB portable SSD USB 3.0 powered with 436MB/s read time. ...Read More »
# 16 Viper Pro drives from OWC Feature By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. Other World Computing is introducing a new drive with up to 8TB capacity with an SSD RAID configuration that should help you in your evolving 4K production pipeline. ...Read More »
# 17 Drives for Doing: GTech's Rugged Drives Feature By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. G-Technology is introducing a new rugged drive that is small enough to bring to the to remote locations, but strong enough to withstand being out of the studio. ...Read More »
# 18 Documentary Express Case Study By none Plenty of people move to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actor or filmmaker. In order to find regular work and make a successful career out of it, it really helps to learn the ropes from someone who has experienced it firsthand. It certainly takes a lot of hard work to be successful, as Michael Buffo knows. After all, not only has he found success as an actor and filmmaker, but he also began two production companies and a school to share his knowledge with the next generation of young actors and filmmakers. The MCOE site features a Digital Media Lab with computers and state of the art editing software, a black box theater, a high definition television studio with professional control rooms and a radio station designed for broadcast as well as podcast production. ...Read More »
# 19 "Only 78" Documentary Filmed With Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras Project Profile By none Jawad Mir is a Toronto based filmmaker who owns and runs two production companies: Film-Style Weddings and Sky Blue Productions. Film-Style Weddings offers high end wedding videography services, while Sky Blue Productions focuses on commercials and films. Jawad's passion for story telling is evident in both companies' productions. He aims to tell simple but meaningful stories in an insightful and powerful way. Jawad recently learned of a small coastal community in Nova Scotia, which is at risk of becoming uninhabitable on account of a deteriorating seawall. He has set out to make a documentary about the issue of various coastal communities. To tell the story of "Only 78," Jawad and his crew used two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
# 20 AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Project Profile By none Awarding-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including "Chiko", "Blutzbrüdaz", and "Boy7" as well as documentaries like "Violinissimo" and "Cosmic Encounters 3D." Bolliger's latest documentary venture, "The School on Magic Mountain," recounts the story of one American teacher's mission to equip a group of students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders. The principal shooting of the documentary, directed by Radek Wegrzyn and produced by Detailfilm, started in autumn 2014 in Switzerland and Sweden. ...Read More »
# 21 StuffIt Deluxe 16 Product Review By Ko Maruyama While you might think that there isn't a whole lot that you can say about compressing your files, there are a bunch of us old macheads that remember our first, Stuffit. Smith Micro recently brought out StuffIt Deluxe 16, which is long overdue, but still a welcome addition to your Mac toolkit, and yes, it does '.zip' formats as well. ...Read More »
# 22 Digital Juice Pilot Pro Product Review By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. The Pilot program is similar to a beta launch phase, but you're not on your own, Digital Juice Community embedded in the subscription will help everyone out. ...Read More »
# 23 VideoCopilot Element 3D Product Review By Ko Maruyama It's been about 2 years since VideoCopilot introduced the Element 3D plugin for After Effects. Now, Version 2 is out, delivering more control over the ability to integrate 3D models, textures, lights, and animation using many of the Adobe After Effects controls that you're already familiar with. ...Read More »
# 24 2014 RoundUp Product Review By Ko Maruyama As 2014 comes to an end, there are some products we've seen this year that continue to look good, moving forward into 2015. Although we'll see lots of new tech at CES 2015, there are some great products that you can get without waiting. Beacon Audio has a small bluetooth speaker that you can take with you wherever you want to enjoy audio. ...Read More »
# 25 MAXON'S NEWEST Product Review By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
# 26 Pinnacle Studio 18 Product Review By Ko Maruyama Pinnacle has been around for a long time, and, as the version number implies, Pinnacle Studio has undergone several changes since it was first launched. Pinnacle Studio 18 is a robust consumer editoral system for anyone who is interested in getting into video editing. Moreover, it contains other tools to help create and publish your editorial content. ...Read More »
# 27 RED GIANT OFFLOAD Product Review By Ko Maruyama It's a media copy application for easily backup and - hey - OFFLOADING your footage from a removable camera media card to somewhere else. Simple enough for almost anyone on set to use. ...Read More »
# 28 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 »
# 29 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 »
# 30 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 »
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