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Wednesday June 28, 2017
20:25Judges refuse to order fix for court software that put people in jail...
Enlarge / The Supreme Court of California’s headquarters is also home to the 1st District in San Francisco. (credit: Coolcaesar) On Wednesday, a California appeals court denied efforts to overturn a county court’s decision not to intervene in an ongoing dispute between the public defender’s office and the administrative arm of the Alameda County Superior Court itself. ...   Ars Technica
19:30Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much...
Enlarge / Code in Tuesday's attack, shown on the left, was altered to permanently destroy hard drives. (credit: Matt Suiche) Tuesday's massive outbreak of malware that shut down computers around the world has been almost universally blamed on ransomware, which by definition seeks to make money by unlocking data held hostage only if victims pay a hefty fee. ...   Ars Technica
19:19Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court Review: A renewed thirst for blood
Enlarge / The Ancestor is still a total jerk in new cutscenes and narration. (credit: Red Hook) Darkest Dungeon's first-ever DLC, The Crimson Court, is going to be a hard sell for many players. That's not just a pun on the expansion's extreme difficulty, either, although there is plenty of that here. ...   Ars Technica
19:00Our furry friends are getting fat just like us; 1 in 3 are overweight
Enlarge / Who’s a good little fatty? (credit: Getty | phatthanit_r) Our loyal companions are packing on the pounds in step with us, a new study finds. Surveying about 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats in the US during 2016, a group of researchers found that about one in three were overweight or obese. ...   Ars Technica
18:40Man drives into Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas Capitol, streams ...
(video link) This is one way to break the Ten Commandments. An Arkansas man was arrested early Wednesday after police said he rammed his vehicle into a newly installed stone monument of the Ten Commandments at the Arkansas Capitol grounds. The man also streamed the toppling of the one-day-old structure live on Facebook. Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments   Ars Technica
18:30Google must alter worldwide search results, per orders from Canada’s...
Enlarge / An employee walks in a hallway at Google Canada's engineering headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. (credit: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A small Canadian firm has acquired an injunction against Google from the Supreme Court of Canada that is being called the first global de-indexing order. ...   Ars Technica
18:15The digital tools that designed the Tesla Model 3 and crash-tested...
Enlarge (credit: Tesla) Understandably, the focus of a lot of our car coverage here at Ars has been on things like hybrid and electric powertrains, autonomous vehicles, and the rise of the connected car. But there are other interesting technology stories in the auto industry that are a little more hidden from the average driver. Take Gordon Murray's iStream idea, for example. ...   Ars Technica
16:30Verizon illegally denied Charter access to utility poles, complaint...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | WIN-Initiative) Charter Communications has filed a complaint against Verizon, saying the telco violated New York state's public service law and regulations by denying access to utility poles. ...   Ars Technica
16:10Facebook’s secret rules mean that it’s ok to be anti-Islam, but not...
Enlarge / CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook's 2016 'F8' conference. (credit: Facebook) This article originally appeared on ProPublica on June 28, 2017. In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a US congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of 'radicalized' Muslims. 'Hunt them, identify them, and kill them,' declared US Rep. ...   Ars Technica
15:56London police arrest four in Windows support scam bust
Enlarge / Customers of the telecommunications and Internet provider TalkTalk are among those who have been targeted in a Windows support scam operation in the UK. London Police announced the arrest of four suspected of involvement with the ring today. ...   Ars Technica
14:49John Romero’s Doom II floppy disks sell for over $3,000
Enlarge / Back in my day... (credit: eBay / John Romero) If you want to play the original version of Doom II, the game will set you back just $1.24 during the current Steam sale. If you want a boxed copy of the original floppy disk version, circa 1994, there's a copy available on eBay right now for $75. ...   Ars Technica
14:39WEN hair loss scandal exposed dirty underbelly of personal care...
Enlarge (credit: Getty | PeopleImages) The pharmacy in any corner drug store brims with carefully formulated, tested, and regulated drugs. But aisles packed with personal care products—shampoos, makeup, lotions—are a different story. For the most part, these products aren’t regulated at all. ...   Ars Technica
14:29Why is Jeff Bezos building rocket engines in Alabama? He’s playing to...
Enlarge / Sen. Richard Shelby, right, welcomes Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson to Huntsville, Alabama, this week. (credit: Huntsville/Madison County Chamber) This week the governor of Alabama announced that Blue Origin would build a factory in Huntsville, Alabama, for its new BE-4 rocket engine. ...   Ars Technica
14:1630 small ISPs urge Ajit Pai to preserve Title II and net neutrality...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | designer491) A group of small Internet service providers yesterday urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to preserve the FCC's net neutrality rules and the related classification of ISPs as common carriers. ...   Ars Technica
14:06Google News website gets redesigned, now looks like something from...
Google Google is launching a major redesign for Google News, bringing the site more in line with Google's company-wide 'Material Design' guidelines. A gray background and white cards around each story bring the site more in line with what Google has been doing on Android and makes it look a lot like Google Now. ...   Ars Technica
13:42AMD, Nvidia coin mining graphics cards appear as gaming GPU shortage...
It’s damned near impossible to buy a reasonably priced graphics card right now. First AMD’s Radeon cards disappeared, then GeForce cards began to dry up too. The culprit? Cryptocurrency miners chasing price bubbles in Etherium, Zcash, et cetera. But new mining-dedicated graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia’s hardware partners might help ease the dearth of gaming hardware. ...   PC World
13:23Qualcomm, Vivo show off slow but convenient under-display fingerprint...
Enlarge / THIS is actually the most accurate finger angle for the tall, skinny fingerprint reader. The problem is this is not really comfortable. (credit: Ron Amadeo) The next wave of fingerprint readers on smart devices could be more inconspicuous than they are now. ...   Ars Technica
12:50A touch of Cocoa: Inside the original iPhone SDK
Enlarge / Web apps, declared Steve Jobs. All the original iPhone needs is Web apps! (credit: Jacqui Cheng) When 2016 was over, Apple announced that its app store business generated well over $28 billion in sales that year. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Tales from the very first iPhone line
Enlarge / Steve Ballmer and my buddies Jason and Matt. Matt doesn't really have anything to do with this story, but he was in the picture with Jason so he gets to be in the intro image, too. (credit: Aurich Lawson) June 29, 2007 is hot. Texas hot. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Keyloggers: Beware this hidden threat
The American television series Mr. Robot introduces its viewers to a lot of hacking attacks, techniques, and tools. Most of it is based on actual methods and hardware, even if it is presented as far easier to do on the show than in real life. One thing the show portrays as a common, almost pedestrian attack technique is keylogging. ...   PC World
10:00Samsung’s fiery Galaxy Note 7 to rise from the ashes as the “Fandom...
There have been whispers for some time that Samsung is planning to resurrect the fallen Galaxy Note 7, and now the ever-reliable Wall Street Journal has come out with a report detailing Samsung's plan. The existing, non-exploded Note 7 carcasses will be refurbished into the 'Galaxy Note 7 FE. ...   Ars Technica
09:00Akitio Node Cabinet review: Real, affordable graphics for your laptop
The Akitio Node external GPU cabinet is here to give your Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptop a big boost. This affordable unit—basically, a big steel box with a 400-watt PSU and a fan in front—lets you drop in most modern AMD or Nvidia graphics cards and then connect it to a laptop using PCIe over Thunderbolt 3/USB-C. ...   PC World
05:2510% off Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones With Heartrate...
Take your workout to the next level with Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones. A built-in heart rate sensor makes it easy to track your performance without missing a beat of your music. The sensor measures your heart rate directly from your ear, delivering a highly accurate reading without interfering with your workout. ...   PC World
Tuesday June 27, 2017
21:50Rick Perry talks nuclear energy research investment, Paris Agreement
Enlarge / US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry addresses employees for the first time at the Department of Energy’s headquarters in Washington, DC, March 3, 2017. Image courtesy Ken Shipp/US Department of Energy. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke briefly this afternoon to a group of reporters to address topics in energy. ...   Ars Technica
21:04New Star Trek series will abandon Gene Roddenberry’s cardinal rule
Enlarge / Sonequa Martin-Green plays protagonist Michael Burnham, first officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou, on new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. (credit: CBS) Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a lot of strict rules for writers on his shows. ...   Ars Technica
20:00Valkyria Revolution trades in cult-classic status for wasted promise
Enlarge / Every so often, you get a flash of what the game was going for—and it could have been interesting! Valkyria Revolution, despite its name and approximately similar art style, isn’t really a sequel to 2008’s incredible Valkyria Chronicles (or its slightly less incredible PSP sequels). ...   Ars Technica
19:40Black-hole mergers may reveal dark past of cannibalism
Enlarge (credit: A. Bohn et al.) Now that we can detect gravitational waves, a new generation of stargazers is turning its attention to the Universe and using observatories that can be disrupted by a passing rabbit. Gravitational-wave detectors are going to give us an entirely new view of our place in the cosmos. ...   Ars Technica
18:53Raspberry Pi projects: 10 insanely innovative, incredibly cool...
A heaping helping of PiImage by Brad Chacos/IDGThe Raspberry Pi’s very existence can be chalked up to creativity. Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation created the $35 mini-PC to inspire students to learn computer science and enable tinkerers to dream up wild projects without breaking the bank.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here   PC World
18:47Microsoft bringing EMET back as a built-in part of Windows 10
Enlarge / The new security analytics dashboard. (credit: Microsoft) The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include EMET-like capabilities managed through a new feature called Windows Defender Exploit Guard. Microsoft's EMET, the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, was a useful tool for hardening Windows systems. ...   Ars Technica
18:35Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic...
Enlarge / Ow. (credit: Getty | Paul Bradbury) Chronic, aching pain after an injury or operation may be all in your head. Researchers now think they’ve figured out exactly how brain wiring goes haywire to cause persistent pain—and how to fix it. ...   Ars Technica
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Wednesday June 28, 2017
16:30Scuffham updates S-Gear to v2.7
Scuffham Amps has updated S-Gear to version 2.7. The release includes new 4x12' speaker cabinet models created using a modern Mesa cabinet with V30 and G12M20 speaker configurations. In addition [Read More]   KVR Audio
14:11Zero-G release Sound Bites Voice-Over Collection
Zero-G has announced the release of Sound Bites, a voice-over collection with almost 1,000 samples ranging from 'the grittiest to the hilarious, seamy to steamy'. Zero-G say the enormous stylistic [Read More]   KVR Audio
13:40Rob Papen updates Predator 2 to v1.0.3
Rob Papen has updated Predator 2 to v1.0.3. Changes: Option for big 'User Waves' screen. Sample Analyze option, to create waveforms. New parallel mode for the filters, selectable in Osc-3. New [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:00NuSpace Audio updates Muze to v1.1.2
NuSpace Audio has updated Muze to version 1.1.2 which adds a third reverb algorithm, called Twister. New Features: Twister: an amplitude-delay modulation effect for mixing sound reflections into [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:26Native Instruments releases "Street Swarm" Maschine Expansion inspired...
Native Instruments has released Street Swarm, a new Maschine Expansion featuring the razor-sharp acoustic drums, sliced 70s cinemascapes, vintage funk instrumentation, and raw grooves that typified [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:17Presonus updates Studio One to v3.5.1
Presonus has updated Studio One to v3.5.1 featuring improved latency for virtual instruments and overall CPU performance. The new Mix FX Softube Tape works in 64-bit now. Presonus also released [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:19120+ Products added to KVR Marketplace
Thanks to all in the KVR community for your support of the KVR Marketplace. It's exceeded our expectations, and we're grateful to our developers who are already selling through it, and to musicians [Read More]   KVR Audio
Tuesday June 27, 2017
18:054drX updates VirtualKeyboard to v1.3.1 for Win & Mac - incl....
4drX has updated VirtualKeyboard (plug-ins and standalone) to v1.3.1. This version uses less memory and loads SFZ sounds more quickly. In particular, the same instrument can be loaded to several [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:14Kush updates Electra DSP to v1.0.7
Kush has updated Electra DSP to version 1.0.7. With version 1.0.7, Kush has fixed an issue which incorrectly reported latency at certain sample rates; and Electra now maps more effectively to [Read More]   KVR Audio
11:55Audio Damage releases Kombinat Tri
Audio Damage has released Kombinat Tri, a complete top-to-bottom rebuild of the Kombinat series. With 13 different options in each of the three distortion engines (plus pass-through), Kombinat [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:37EastWest announces Hollywood Choirs
EastWest/Quantum Leap has announced Hollywood Choirs, due for release this fall / autumn. Produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, Hollywood Choirs is the follow-up to 1999's Voices of the Apocalypse [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:43Best Service releases "The Orchestra" by Sonuscore
Best Service and Sonuscore have released The Orchestra, an all-in-one 80 player orchestral library whose heart is the Best Service Ensemble-Engine. Sonuscore say: 'We found a way to revolutionize [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:25MIDIMood releases Kameleono - MIDI Multi Effect and Basic Synth -...
MIDIMood has released Kameleono, a MIDI Multi-FX Plugin that includes: Arpeggiator, Sequencer, Note Hold, Note Gate, Quantizer Module, Basic Synth, etc. MIDIMood say Kameleono is a new kind of [Read More]   KVR Audio upgrades ALK to v1.0.32 - Ableton Link and V3 Audio Units has updated ALK, a looper/sequencer/DAW music performance software application for Mac, to version 1.0.32. The news version features bug-fixes and and the full incorporation of Ableton [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:06Sensomusic releases Usine HollyHock 3
Sensomusic has announced the release of Usine HollyHock 3, featuring a host of new features and a new and improved GUI design. Summary of new features: New tutorial as YouTube videos. New modular [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:01PinkNoise Studio releases Virology 2 Kontakt Edition
PinkNoise Studio has released Virology 2 Kontakt Edition, a Kontakt sound library based on the sounds of the Access Virus C synthesizer. Features: Ergonomic user interface. New re-scaled faders [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:21UVI and VI Labs release Ravenscroft 275 Piano for iOS
UVI and VI Labs have teamed up to release Ravenscroft 275 Piano for iOS, a virtual piano for iPad and iPhone, including Audio Unit V3 plugin, comprehensive MIDI support and more. UVI say: 'Ravenscroft [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:17GuDa Audio updates EnvelopR to v1.2
GuDa Audio has updated EnvelopR to v1.2, adding group selection and background oscilloscope: Group selection, with moving and resizing, makes creating good envelopes easier and faster. Background [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:14Audio Assault releases "The Punch" Plug-in for Mac & Win - Free until...
Audio Assault has released The Punch, a new effect plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows in VST2, VST3, AU, RTAS & AAX formats. The Punch uses its own algorithm to make tracks sound punchier and [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:08Channel Robot releases "Red House - Slice 4.1" for Kontakt 5.5+
Channel Robot has released Red House - Slice 4.1 for Kontakt 5.5+, a further collection of matched loops for the Slice loop engine, this time taking the House genre as inspiration. Version 4.1 [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:55Avid updates Pro Tools to v12.8
Avid has updated Pro Tools to v12.8. Enhancements Native Dolby Atmos Support - Pro Tools HD Only: 7.1.2 and 7.0.2 Track, Plug-in, and Bus Support. 3D Panner with Height Controls for adjusting [Read More]   KVR Audio
Monday June 26, 2017
05:49IK announces ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone
IK has announced the new ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone, which will be available for shipping in July 2017. ARC 2.5 is an acoustic correction system that combines a highly accurate MEMS [Read More]   KVR Audio
01:30Adam Monroe Music releases Version 2 of Adam Monroe's Slap Bass
Adam Monroe Music has released version 2 of Adam Monroe's Slap Bass, a virtual instrument plugin sampled from a Fender Jazz bass. The new version features completely new samples as well as features [Read More]   KVR Audio
Sunday June 25, 2017
19:35PSP releases 2445 EMT v. 1.3.0 with new routing feature
PSPaudioware has released version 1.3.0 of PSP 2445 EMT. PSP 2445 EMT is a reverb processor plug-in inspired by two legendary early digital age reverberators: the EMT 244 and the EMT 245. PSP [Read More]   KVR Audio
19:34BigWerks releases Dark Energy - Kontakt Library
BigWerks has released Dark Energy, a Kontakt library with more than 300 instruments (16 categories) designed for multiple genres of music. Features: Over 300 Presets. Arpeggiation, & 2 FX [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:46Audiority updates Deleight to v1.1
Audiority has updated Deleight, the stereo delay plugin, to version 1.1 featuring panning for each delay tap. The plugin can be updated by downloading and installing the demo version from its [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Wednesday June 28, 2017
20:24RubyCell releases Violin Magical Bow v20170622
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Strings: Violin: Magical Bow is a beautiful, fun, free and ' real ' Violin app. It will help you play any Violin song right on your phone, with a simulated bow on the screen. Play With Notes: press notes on Fingerboard, you can select a Violin Scales to free-play...   440Software
14:08TwistedWave releases TwistedWave Recorder v1.20
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: A very easy to use audio recorder. TwistedWave allows you to save your audio in one of many formats, such as WAV, AIFF, CAF and AAC, ALAC, FLAC and MP3. You can export or send your audio through iTunes file sharing or by email. It is possible to unlock full...   440Software
Tuesday June 27, 2017
16:37Studio Six Digital releases Generator v4.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: A high-quality audio Signal Generator for the iPhone. Now you can have a professional grade signal generator for your iPhone. Create sine waves, square waves, white noise, and pink noise. Don't let the well-worn look of this classic audio must-have fool you,...   440Software
Monday June 26, 2017
20:23Avid releases Avid Scorch v1.5.6
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: The Avid® Scorch® app transforms your iPad mobile device into an interactive music stand, score library, and sheet music store. With this powerful app, viewing beautiful scores is just the beginning. Thanks to the award-winning...   440Software
12:58Audeonic Apps releases FreEWI v1.4
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: Virtual inline MIDI event mapper for iOS FreEWI (pronounced free-wee) was designed as a free add-on for MidiBridge for EWI players, but can be used by anyone who needs to map MIDI events between apps. For mapping to/from external MIDI interfaces (or CoreMIDI...   440Software
10:37House New York releases Viola Tunerââ€û¢ v1.8.3
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: For the ones among us who's life revolves around the instrument that we love. Viola Tuner by M-lab provides the accuracy you need with gracefulness. Simple and intuitive viola reference-tuner. This reference tuner does not 'listen' to your tune, instead it plays...   440Software
05:56Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl) releases AUM - Audio Mixer v1.2
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: AUM is the flexible audio mixer, recorder, and connection hub for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Connect hardware inputs and outputs, Audio Unit extensions, Inter-App Audio apps, Audiobus, soundfile players, built-in signal processing and filters,...   440Software
03:36Line 6 releases Firehawk Remote v1.3.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: Firehawk Remote is the control app for the Line 6 Firehawk devices. Firehawk FX is a multi-effect pedal and Firehawk 1500 is an all-in-one stage amp, making it easier than ever to create the perfect guitar tone. From your phone or tablet, you can craft...   440Software
Sunday June 25, 2017
17:02Ingo Wandschneider releases Country Backing Tracks Creator v1.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Music Writing: Country Backing Tracks Creator Backing Tracks Creator is easy to use, sounds excellent and makes lots of fun. This is the Country Version of Backing Track Creator With Backing Tracks Creator you can easy write down your chords and let them play by...   440Software
14:05Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl) releases AudioShare v2.7.4
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: A sound file manager with powerful import and export abilities. If you are using music-making apps, then this tool is a must-have! Organize all your soundfiles and midifiles on your device. Record, trim, convert, normalize, transfer, export, import, zip,...   440Software
11:08Achilleas Sourlas releases LoAdKer v1.5.2
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: LoAdKer is a novel rhythm event generator that is based on fractal sequences. Unlike most other drum-mahines, LoAdKer has the ability to create complex patterns that evolve over time, sounding similar but not exactly the same. The result can be anything from...   440Software
02:52Icecream Screen Recorder
09/30/16 - Take screenshots and capture on-screen video.   CNET Download Windows
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