QuickTime 4 Preview with Open Source & Final Cut -- Sporting enhanced features and a radically revised brushed-metal facade, a public preview of Apple's QuickTime 4 has appeared, along with the completed version of Apple's $1,000 video editing application Final Cut Pro. QuickTime 4's main attraction is its capability to stream live video and audio over the Internet, but it also features an improved suite of readable file formats, including Macromedia Flash and MPEG-1 layer 3 (MP3) data. Apple also announced a new open source project, Darwin Streaming Server, intended to let third-party developers create media servers for QuickTime content. The QuickTime 4 preview is available for Macintosh and Windows 95/98/NT; on the Mac, it requires System 7.1 and a 68020 processor or better with at least 8 MB of RAM, although many features are available only for PowerPC-based systems. The preview release uses a 375K installer which then downloads additional components based on your choice of QuickTime functionality (Basic Playback, Deluxe Playback, QuickTime Authoring, or a custom set). Completed installations weigh in anywhere between 5 MB and 15 MB. [JLC]
View Extra Bluetooth Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, Option-click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar to view a few additional items in the Bluetooth menu. Specifically, it enables you to open three utility applications: Bluetooth Explorer, Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility, and PacketLogger. These are likely of interest primarily to experts, but if you're having troubles with Bluetooth, the Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility in particular may be useful. (These tools are available only if you've installed Apple's Developer Tools.)
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