One of Apple’s innovative QuickTime 6 software is the breadth of formats it supports and its basis on standards. But it seems those very qualities have bogged down QuickTime 6’s release. Here’s the somewhat complex explanation from Apple: “Although the QuickTime 6 software is complete and ready for release, Apple is delaying its release until MPEG-4 video licensing terms are improved. The MPEG-4 licensing terms proposed by MPEG-LA (the largest group of MPEG-4 patent holders) includes royalty payments from companies, like Apple, who ship MPEG-4 codecs, as well as royalties from content providers who use MPEG-4 to stream video. Apple agrees with paying a reasonable royalty for including MPEG-4 codecs in QuickTime, but does not believe that MPEG-4 can be successful in the marketplace if content owners must also pay royalties in order to deliver their content using MPEG-4.”
This story comes to us from Tim Ipostino. Congratulations to Tim and Paul Dixon! Tim sends along this press release: “The Editors Guild announced this year’s ACE Eddie Awards last week and among them is “My Louisiana Sky”, edited by Paul Dixon, A.C.E. The Made-for-Cable Film is the first Final Cut Pro project to receive such a prestigious nod. Dixon was supplied the system by ipostini (‘the post people’), a Post facility that uses Apple’s sleek DV Edit software exclusively.
Expanded wireless internet capabilities via mobile phone companies have largely remained vaporware here in the United States. That makes VoiceStream‘s acquisition of 802.11b providerMobileStar all the more intriguing, especially when considering VoiceStream’s existing services. Meanwhile, that AT&T Wireless ‘mLife‘ seems to be nothing but hype.
If you have ever wondered at the difficulties and grief that seem to be created as a matter of fact by the ever changing standards landscape of the computer industry, maybe the following story can give hope that newer doesn’t mean automatically trashing your perfectly good, but slightly out-of-date hardware. I thought that I would write about a recent experience connecting legacy hardware to a recent iMac, in the hopes it might help out some of your loyal readers.
It’s rumor-quashing time again: Apple’s Greg Joswiak, Senior Director of Hardware Product Marketing, tells MacCentral that Apple is “set for some months now” on its hardware line, having updated PowerBook, iBook, Power Mac (dual 1GHz), and, of course, iMac in the last two months.
The phrase ‘What’s on your PowerBook’ takes on chilling meaning when an Apple laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged. We’re dependent on our computers as our life and livelihood, and homeowners insurance may not provide the kind of comprehensive coverage and quick replacement we need. We want to know what insurance you use, and if you’ve ever tested its coverage when disaster hits. Click on the feedback link and let us know. In the meantime, here are some ideas to get you started.