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July 12, 2020 - Volume 3, Issue 13

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  1. Apple To Acquire Spruce Technologies
  2. Sonic Partners With HP
  3. HHB Communications Announces 4.7GB DVD-R General Discs
  4. JVC Ships Flat Screen Television/DVD Combo
  5. Ulead Offers Support For Panasonic's DVDBurner

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Apple To Acquire Spruce Technologies

Apple has announced that it will acquire Spruce Technologies, the maker of DVD authoring hardware and software for the Windows NT platform. While Apple's senior manager of the DVD product line Mike Evangelist was not at liberty to comment about Apple's specific plans for Spruce's product line, he did say that "We've acquired the company, and we're working on a plan so that Spruce users can use Macintosh computers." Evangelist noted that at this writing, the deal is "signed but not closed." Products in Spruce's DVD software line include DVDMaestro, DVDVirtuoso, DVDConductor, DVDPerformer, SpruceLink, SpruceUp, and Premaster Tool. Industry experts have speculated that Spruce's to date NT-specific products may be adapted to Apple's forthcoming UNIX-based OS X platform. The Spruce acquisition gives Apple ownership of a broad range of DVD authoring and premastering products, including the Spruce line and its own professional and consumer Mac tools, DVD Studio Pro and iDVD.

(Apple Computer, Inc., One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014; 888/295-0648, 408/996-1010; Fax 800/505-0171; http://www.apple.com. Spruce Technologies, Inc., 1054 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95129-3553; 408/861-2200; Fax 408/863-9701; http://www.spruce-tech.com)

Sonic Partners With HP

Sonic Solutions has announced that it will provide Hewlett-Packard Company with MyDVD software for recording and authoring DVD-Video discs. Under an agreement between the two companies, Sonic will be the exclusive supplier of DVD-Video authoring software to be bundled with HP's DVD+RW drive.

(Sonic Solutions, 101 Rowland Way, Suite 101, Novato, CA 94945; 415/893-8000; Fax 415/893-8008; http://www.sonic.com. Hewlett-Packard Company, 800 South Taft Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537; 800/752-0900; Fax 970/635-1610; http://www.hp.com)

HHB Communications Announces 4.7GB DVD-R General Discs

HHB Communications has introduced a new brand of DVD-R disc, the HHB DVD-R 4.7GB. The discs are designed for version 2.0 general-use DVD recording, and are compatible with recordable drives of up to 2X speed. "As DVD-Recordable drives become increasingly widespread in personal computers, the audio and video industries are presented with a convenient high-capacity medium up which to store and exchange files," says David Beesley, president of HHB USA.

(HHB Communications USA Inc., 1410 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025-2501, USA; 310/319-1111; Fax 310/319-1311; http://www.hhbusa.com)

JVC Ships Flat Screen Television/DVD Combo

JVC has announced that its "Real Flat Stereo DVD Combo Television" (AV-20FD22) is now shipping. The AV-20FD22 is housed in a silver cabinet, and combines a 20-inch flat screen television with a DVD player. The device's INVAR Shadow Mask reduces ambient light reflections and eliminates corner-to-corner distortions. Rear and front AV input allows for connection to other devices.

(JVC Americas Corporation, 1700 Valley Road, NJ 07407, USA; 973/315-5000; Fax 973/315-5010; http://www.jvc.com)

Ulead Offers Support For Panasonic's DVDBurner

Panasonic and Ulead Systems, Inc. have announced that Ulead's VideoStudio 5.0 DVD Edition supports Panasonic's new 4.7GB combination DVD-RAM/R drive, DVDBurner. Ulead is also offering a downloadable version of its DVD plug-in that will enable VideoStudio 5.0 and MediaStudio Pro 6.0 users to record directly to the DVDBurner drive.

(Panasonic Industrial Company, 1600 McCandless Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035, USA; 408/945-5600; Fax 408/262-4214; http://www.panasonic.com)

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