Apple tops profits, Jobs opera, XEffects, video organiser, biggest turbines, Shairwaves for audio

Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking — Apple once again has claimed the top spot in global profits, according to Fortune’s annual ranking of U.S. companies shaping the world. In Fortune magazine’s 63rd composition of the list of Fortune 500 companies, Apple has seized the third spot in revenue, behind only Walmart and Berkshire Hathaway. However, ranked by profitability, the company destroys all challengers, reaping $45.7 billion in profit and handily dispatching second place JP Morgan Chase with $24.7 billion. [That’s where cutting the affiliate payouts got Apple?]

Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two years of preparation — Almost two years after the Santa Fe Opera commissioned The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the narrative, music and rehearsals are complete and the production is set to open this Saturday as part of a limited six-show run. [The only rhyme that springs to mind in all this is ‘crapple’.]

XEffects 3D Video Walls plugin released for Final Cut Pro X — FxFactory has released a new Final Cut Pro X plugin called XEffects 3D Video Walls. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, it allows the user to add moving video or still images to video walls in 3D space. A video editor can use a single panel positioned in 3D space with reflections and depth of field or put together a tumbling panel of 15 cells in three rows. 3D Video walls is launched at a discounted price of US$49 for a month.

Videux is a new video organiser/player for macOS — Half8Fish has introduced Videux, an organiser, player, and workflow assistant for macOS. It’s designed for use with video collections. The full version of Videux Pro launches with an introductory offer of NZ$149.99/US$99.99. Its requires macOS or higher and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo is available from the Half8Fish website. (Play LT at NZ$7.49 is different in that it includes primarily only the player portion of Videux, along with the ability to pick/cull, rate and sort video.)

Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the area — Regulators have cleared Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest, reports the Portland Business Journal.

Shairwaves makes it easy for Macs to share connected audio devices — Coolatoola’s Shairwaves is an HD audio device sharing app that provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices. Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although it’s similar to Apple’s AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn’t use AirPlay’s protocols. Shairwaves supports macOS and higher. Pricing starts at US$5.