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Tuesday February 20, 2018
21:20AT&T’s attempt to buy Time Warner suffers a blow in court
Enlarge (credit: Mike Mozart) AT&T's court defense of its merger with Time Warner Inc. suffered a blow today, as a judge ruled against AT&T's attempt to find evidence that President Trump meddled in the government's merger review. AT&T claims that its merger is being singled out by the Department of Justice because of Trump's hatred of CNN, which is owned by Time Warner. ...   Ars Technica
21:06Five frigate finalists fingered for FFG(X) fight by Navy
Lockheed Martin The US Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced the award of development contracts to five contenders for the FFG(X) program—a 20-ship class of 'next-generation' guided-missile frigates intended to fill the gap in capabilities left by the retirement of the 1980s-era FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class and not quite filled by the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) ...   Ars Technica
20:22The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is at its cheapest price yet
Today's a great day for a deal on some crazy fast SSD storage. Amazon, B&H Photo, and Newegg are all selling the 500GB Samsung 960 Evo NVMe M.2 module for $200.The 960 Evo features V-NAND flash memory, sequential read speeds up to 3,200MB/s, and write speeds up to 1,900MB/s. We didn't review the consumer-grade Evo variant of this drive, but we did review the Samsung 960 Pro and loved it. ...   PC World
19:59This Canadian city is plagued by an obnoxious humming—and it’s getting ...
Zug Island, from across the Detroit River. (credit: Gary Elrod) Years before diplomats in Cuba were assailed by grating noises and left with baffling brain injuries, the residents of a Canadian city began hearing maddening hums and rumbles. The deep noises mysteriously wash in and out of their neighborhoods and homes, hitting the ears of some but not all residents. ...   Ars Technica
19:42Inching closer to a DNA-based file system
Enlarge (credit: Wyss Institute, Harvard) When it comes to data storage, efforts to get faster access grab most of the attention. But long-term archiving of data is equally important, and it generally requires a completely different set of properties. ...   Ars Technica
18:53Spotify plans to join the hardware race, but what can it offer?
Enlarge (credit: Spotify) Job listings recently posted by Spotify suggest that the company is close to launching one or more connected hardware products. Currently open job listings relevant to the company's hardware ambitions include Operations Manager – Hardware Product, Project Manager – Hardware Production & Engineering, Product Analyst – Hardware Products, and Senior Project ...   Ars Technica
18:21Tesla cloud resources are hacked to run cryptocurrency-mining malware
Enlarge (credit: Scott Olson | Getty Images) Add Tesla to the legion of organizations that have been infected by cryptocurrency-mining malware. In a report published Tuesday, researchers at security firm RedLock said hackers accessed one of Tesla's Amazon cloud accounts and used it to run currency-mining software. ...   Ars Technica
16:48Swype pioneered a new way to type on smartphones—now it’s dead
Enlarge (credit: Swype) Swype, the influential smartphone keyboard, is dead. XDA Developers is reporting that Swype's owner, Nuance Communications, is discontinuing development of the popular keyboard app. While it might still exist in the iOS and Android app stores for now, it will be left to rot. ...   Ars Technica
15:58Samsung crams 30TB of SSD into a single 2.5-inch drive
Enlarge / The 30TB Samsung PM1643 SSD. (credit: Samsung) If you need to pack more storage into your enterprise systems, then boy has Samsung got the SSD for you. The new PM1643 boasts a capacity of 30.72TB in a standard 2.5-inch drive. ...   Ars Technica
15:03Where will the first full hyperloop track be built? Maybe India
Enlarge / The proposed route between Mumbai and Pune. (credit: Virgin Hyperloop One) Virgin Hyperloop One signed an agreement with the Indian state of Maharashtra to conduct a feasibility study and build a demonstration track that could lead to the construction of a hyperloop system between two of the state's major city centers: Mumbai and Pune. ...   Ars Technica
14:50Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here’s what experts actually...
Enlarge / Choose wisely. (credit: Getty | Mario Tama) There are more than 90,000 vitamin and dietary supplement products sold in the US. They come in pills, powders, drinks, and bars. And they all anticipate some better versions of ourselves—selves with sturdier bones, slimmer waist lines, heftier muscles, happier intestines, better sex lives, and more potent noggins. ...   Ars Technica
14:11Samsung's 30TB SSD crams massive capacity into an ultra-fast 2.5-inch...
The solid-state drive pictured above may look like any other, but don’t be fooled: Samsung’s PM1643 crams a staggering 30.72 terabytes of storage into the traditional 2.5-inch SSD form factor. That’s enough room for 5,700 full HD movies, Samsung says. ...   PC World
14:08War Stories: Thief’s intuitive stealth system wasn’t intuitive to...
Video shot by Justin Wolfson, edited by Lee Manansala. Click here for transcript. Older PC gamers who were playing games in the late '90s and early 2000s likely have a soft spot in their hearts for Looking Glass Studios. ...   Ars Technica
14:00Facebook has been sharing our data for months to help study income...
Enlarge / Scenes of daily work and life at Facebook, Inc. USA Headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Facebook employees and visitors walk along the main 'Hacker Way' pathway between the buildings. ...   Ars Technica
13:32Amazon uses cash back benefits to entice Prime members to Whole Foods
(credit: Rachel Murray / Getty Images) Amazon's latest grocery push focuses on enticing Prime members to shop at Whole Foods with cash back. Amazon announced that Prime members using the company's Rewards Visa card will now get 5 percent back on Whole Foods purchases. ...   Ars Technica
13:20NASA spends $1 billion for a launch tower that leans, may only be used ...
Enlarge / The space agency's mobile launch tower is leaning slightly to the north. (credit: NASA) On Tuesday and Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Kennedy Space Center in Florida to tour facilities there and participate in the second meeting of the National Space Council. ...   Ars Technica
13:17Save Hundreds On The Lifetime MCSA Windows Server 2016 Bundle
As any IT professional will tell you, certifications are essential for climbing the career ladder. The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification demonstrates an individual's ability to administer networks and reduce IT costs, which can open the door to a high-paid position as a network or computer systems administrator, or computer network specialist. ...   PC World
12:59Get a 299-Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit For $12 Today
This full-fledged, easy-to-tote first aid softpack is designed to save time and frustration in the midst of an emergency. It's compact and portable, but contains 299 physician-recommended supplies. ...   PC World
12:45Doom on Switch may have changed everything with new motion controls
Enlarge (credit: id Software) id Software and partner studio Panic Button rolled out a patch to the Nintendo Switch version of Doom on Monday, and players dug in, hopeful for fixes to a few glaring issues. Indeed, we saw updates to issues like frame-rate snags and audio bugs. But the patch's most interesting effect was a complete surprise: a new 'motion control' toggle. ...   Ars Technica
12:09$27 For Two Etekcity Smart Plugs With Alexa Compatibility - Deal Alert
With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. Rated 4. ...   PC World
11:15Bitcoin’s transaction fee crisis is over—for now
Enlarge (credit: Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images News) The median daily transaction fee on the bitcoin network fell to $0.79 on Sunday, a six-month low. That represents a dramatic 97-percent decline from the peak of $34 reached on December 23. The median daily bitcoin transaction fee was more than $10 from mid-December until mid-January but has been declining steadily since then. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Ivacy VPN review: A competent VPN that doesn't mind cryptocurrencies
Ivacy in brief:P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: SingaporeNumber of servers: 459+*Number of country locations: 55Cost: $40 (billed annually)VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default)Data encryption: AES-256-CBCData authentication: MS-Chap v2Handshake Encryption: SHA-II* Includes virtual server locationsWhen you look at VPN services for regular users, you don’t often see purpose-based server ...   PC World
09:05The best video editing software: Reviews, buying advice, and more
Video editing software ranges from free versions that are pretty bare-bones to feature-packed prosumer versions. Indeed, they vary as much as the reasons why people take up video editing—whether to make home videos, to become YouTube stars, to create VR experiences, and more. ...   PC World
08:29Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra review: Ahead of the pack, especially ...
Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra is a prosumer video editor that aims to bring every feature under the sun, including multiple versions of the proverbial  kitchen sink, to a video editor that is accessible and affordable. It’s largely successful—there’s nothing else in this price range that brings you this many well-implemented features. Accessibility is where it falls a little short. ...   PC World
08:25Magix Vegas Pro 15 review: Major overhaul makes it one of the best
Vegas Pro 15 represents a major overhaul of the software that was originally developed by Sony but taken over by Magix. The company’s first post-sale version 14 in 2016 fixed many compatibility issues and bugs neglected by the prior owner.With Vegas Pro 15, the software is once more competitive with other prosumer video editing suites. ...   PC World
00:18Cryptocurrency-mining criminals that netted $3 million gear up for more
Enlarge / Money. (credit: AMC) Researchers have uncovered what they said is one of the biggest malicious currency mining operations ever, with more than $3 million worth of digital coin. Now, the operators are gearing up to make more. The unknown criminals generated the windfall over the past 18 months. ...   Ars Technica
Monday February 19, 2018
23:12Apple updates all its operating systems to address Indian Telugu crash
Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple has released software updates for all four of its consumer operating systems—iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS—to tackle an issue that allowed usage of the Indian Telugu character to cause those devices to crash. The updates are labeled iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2.6, and macOS High Sierra 10.13. ...   Ars Technica
19:55Ancient DNA sheds light on what happened to the Taino, the native...
Enlarge / Reconstruction of a Taino village in Cuba. (credit: Michal Zalewski) The Caribbean was one of the last parts of the Americas to be settled by humans, although scientists don’t agree on when the first settlers arrived or where they came from. ...   Ars Technica
19:33Woman billed $17,850 for dodgy pee test. Alarmed experts say she’s not ...
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Frank Bienewald ) In 2015, a college student in Texas named Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery to correct a painful spinal abnormality. The procedure was a success, and her surgeon followed it with just a short-term prescription for the opioid painkiller hydrocodone to ease a speedy recovery. ...   Ars Technica
18:39Facebook’s secret weapon in the fight against foreign meddling?...
Enlarge / Mock-up of expected returns from Facebook’s postcard campaign. (credit: Alexey Nikolsky / AFP / Getty Images / Aurich Lawson) A Facebook executive has announced a new plan designed to mitigate foreign influence in political ad buys on the social media platform. It involves a technology your grandparents would recognize—postcards. ...   Ars Technica
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Tuesday February 20, 2018
20:47PlugInGuru releases "Northern Impakt V1" for Omnisphere 2.1
PlugInGuru.com has released Northern Impakt V1 for Omnisphere 2.1 (or later). Weighing in at 964 Patches / Multis & Soundsources (over 950MB!), this is designed to be a huge wealth of inspiring [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:09Magix updates Vegas Pro 15 to build 311
Magix has updated Vegas Pro 15 to build 311. This patch addresses many issues that were keeping some of you from using the new So4compoundplug, and it will make that much more stable for you. [Read More]   KVR Audio
13:28Red Sounds releases Vox Engine 2 - Kontakt instrument for chopped...
Red Sounds has released Vox Engine 2, a Kontakt instrument for chopped vocals. Red Sounds say Vox Engine 2 is bigger, better and has more interesting and useful controls, but is still very simple [Read More]   KVR Audio
12:43Akai Pro updates MPC Software to v2.1
Akai Pro has announced that its MPC Software has been updated to v2.1. This major update for both LIVE/X Standalone Firmware OS and MPC Desktop Software introduces a number of new workflow enhancements [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:33TC Electronic releases Clarity M Plug-in v2.0 / Clarity M Desktop...
TC Electronic has released version 2.0.0 of the Clarity M Plug-in. The firmware for the Clarity M Desktop Loudness Meter has been updated to v2.0.3. The Clarity M Desktop Loudness Meter software [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:21Acoustica updates Mixcraft 8.1 to Build 412
Acoustica has updated Mixcraft 8.1 to Build 412. Changes in Mixcraft 8.1 Build 412: New splash screens. Fix for ASIO driver that reports a recommended size but doesn't allow for it with a new [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:15Audiority releases Tube Modulator - Vintage Analog Modulations plugin...
Audiority has released Tube Modulator, an analog modeled collection of modulation circuits ranging from late 50s tube amplifier tremolo to late 60s vibrato pedal effects. Tube Modulator replaces [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:05Exponential Audio updates all plugins
Exponential Audio has released updates for all its plugins. Changes include: Fixed: VST3 users were sometimes experiencing a hang during plugin scanning. Fixed: The 3D plugins were confused by [Read More]   KVR Audio
Monday February 19, 2018
15:57Cockos updates REAPER to v5.75
Cockos has updated REAPER to v5.75. Changes FX: ensure no feedback loop created when building multichannel routing on a folder. fix channel behavior when loading FX chain via SWS resources. fix [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:48Native Instruments launches Expansions - genre-specific sound packs...
Native Instruments has announced the release of Expansions. Based on the Maschine Expansions series, these 50+ genre-based sound packs contain everything a musician needs to create a full track [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:24Acousticsamples releases the Strategy Guitar
After Sunbird, GD-6, Telematic and UKU, there's now a new member of the Acousticsamples guitar libraries family, Strategy Guitar, based on a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Features: Strumming [Read More]   KVR Audio
Sunday February 18, 2018
20:15Krotos Audio releases Weaponiser - Weapon Sound Design Tool
Krotos Audio has released Weaponiser, an all-in-one solution for weapon sound design for Mac OS and Windows. Weapon sounds are some of the most commonly used sound effects in AAA games, major [Read More]   KVR Audio
Saturday February 17, 2018
22:04Future Audio Workshop updates Circle to v2.1.1
Future Audio Workshop has updated Circle to v2.1.1. Changes: Updated to latest Juce 5.2 - benefits from a fix that allows Circle to load correctly as an AAX plug-in in Pro Tools 12. Generated [Read More]   KVR Audio
21:44Voxengo updates PHA-979 to v2.6
Voxengo has updated PHA-979, a track phase and time alignment audio plugin, to version 2.6. Changes: Added Pro Tools 12+ AAX-64 support. Added 175% visual scale. [Read More]   KVR Audio
21:24Autodafe updates Mega Drum Machines Collection for Kontakt to v2.0
Autodafe has updated Mega Drum Machines Collection for Kontakt to v2.0. New in v2.0: Multi-Out option for all kits (a much requested option, now each group can be routed to its own output in [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:12Planet-H updates G-Stomper Studio for Android to v5.7 - MIDI Import...
Planet-H has updated G-Stomper Studio for Android to v5.7. V5.7 comes with a new MIDI Importer, a major upgrade of the existing MIDI Exporter, a new Time Signature Wizard, and a lot of tweaks [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Tuesday February 20, 2018
11:33DaWei Chou releases MAP-1200HD 64bit v1.3.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / ToolBox: The MAP-1200HD home audio system brings you the advanced Generation D technology, is a functional,easy-to-install, highly compatible, expandable, and used-friendly audio distribution system. Few simple steps to install, it provides up to 50W power by class D...   440Software
06:50Patrick Q. Kelly releases Maestro XL v6.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: An audible and VISUAL metronome that inspires musical expression rather than mechanical execution. When practicing with this metronome, the animated beat patterns will reinforce the peripheral vision used when following a conductor. Be able to practice without...   440Software
02:07Pawel Krzywdzinski releases Audio RTA v2.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: Audio RTA is a real-time octave RTA analyzer. It gives you a visual representation of an acoustic signal. It can be used to measure the frequency response of audio equipment or to analyze the sounds of musical instruments. Features Octave RTA analyzer: bands -...   440Software
Monday February 19, 2018
17:05Mooseok Bahng releases Real Drums! v1.15
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Drums: Looking for a realistic drum playing application? Want to arrange drum components as you like? Want sliding and playing functions with great responsiveness? Meeting above needs all at the same time? Here is a perfect solution for your ideal drum. Real Drums...   440Software
13:114Pockets.com releases Meteor Multitrack Recorder v2.25
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Meteor is a digital multi-track recorder DAW designed specifically for the iPad, featuring up to 32 high quality audio or MIDI tracks, complete with built in Mixer and Multi-FX Processor. Key Features: •Record up to 16 tracks (upgradable to...   440Software
09:17Yamaha releases Song Beats v2.1.6
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Drums: Song Beats is a new application from Yamaha that makes it easy to play the drums along with your favorite songs! A fabulous drum performance support tool for iPhone or iPod touch! Song Beats supports your drum performance by visualizing which drums to hit and...   440Software
05:22JS900 releases Electric Guitar Songs v4.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Learn To Play More Than 300 of your favourite Electric Guitar Songs with this series of easy to follow tuitional videos. It's simply a must for all guitarists as it will teach you how to expand your repetoire and also your techniques. Lessons include: Led...   440Software
01:28JS900 releases Learn To Play Slap Bass Guitar v4.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: This app has 140 video lessons dedicated to teaching you how to learn to play 'slap' bass guitar! Lessons: Triple Slap Rockabilly Upright Bass - Essential Rockabilly Lick How-to do a drag triplet Double bass slap The Human Rocket-Slap Bass Slap Boogie in C Joe...   440Software
Sunday February 18, 2018
21:34Craig Gonci releases Rhythmic Dictation v1.42.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Test and work your dictation skills by arranging randomly generated rhythmic blocks (Quarter Rest, Quarter Note, Eighth Notes, Triplet, Sixteenth Notes). Choose from three different tempos and beat lengths of 4, 8 or 16. Challenge yourself by limiting...   440Software
16:19Alexander Gross releases Music Studio v2.9
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Music Studio offers a complete music production environment for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch with features and a sound quality previously only known to desktop applications and expensive audio hardware. It combines a piano keyboard, 123 studio-quality...   440Software
11:38Newforestar co,.ltd releases ShakeGuitar HD v1.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Guitars: The ShakeGuitar HD is an interactive music application for the iPad. You can feel like a professional guitar player with this app, even if you are musical novices. Shaking your iPad or dragging your finger over the screen, the guitar-melody difficulty smoothly...   440Software
02:16Tak Mitsuhashi releases CueZy 9 Pad Sampler v2.5.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: Play your music dramatically. CueZy is a 9 pad sampler (sample player) app. You can select songs from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch library and play with the features right away. Different arrangements are possible through the four play modes, looping, two group...   440Software
Saturday February 17, 2018
21:35TwistedWave releases TwistedWave Audio Editor v1.33
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: A very easy to use audio editor and recorder. With TwistedWave, you can: Copy and paste your audio, Undo/redo instantly, Apply effects, such as fade in/out, delay, compressor/limiter, pitch shifting/time stretching, amplify or normalize the audio to...   440Software
18:22Codelle releases MidiPad 2 v2.0.3
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: MidiPad is the most customizable Midi Pad Controller you will ever find! Using MidiPad you can send notes, program changes or controller events to Core Midi capable devices. The pads are velocity sensitive and you can add as many of them as you wish. Still not...   440Software
15:45Arlo Leach releases Mouth Harp v1.2
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: The mouth harp is a small folk instrument also known as a jaw harp or jew's harp. When you hold it to your mouth and change the size of your mouth cavity, the sound of the instrument changes, similar to a guitar played through a 'wah wah' pedal. To play the...   440Software
13:07Allen & Heath releases Qu-Pad v1.92
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: Allen & Heath Qu-Pad Description Qu-Pad release V1.92 for iPad. This version is for Qu mixers running V1.9 firmware. Qu-Pad is an engineer’s live mixing tool providing wireless mobile control for the Allen & Heath range of Qu digital mixing consoles....   440Software
07:53CutDek Productions releases SolFi Ear Trainer 3 v3.29
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: VIDEO > SolFi Ear Trainer 3 is an ear training application for students of music to improve their listening skills. It contains some basic exercises used by many schools to teach their students. It assumes the user has...   440Software
05:15Super Kiddo Studio releases Sight Reading HD Lite v2.3.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: The only sight reading app that can train all 88 keys with sharp, natural, flat in the context of all key signatures. Fantastic!! - 'This is really helping me. I have tried other apps but find this one the most helpful….' - by S.Voix Surprisingly...   440Software
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