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Saturday April 29, 2017
19:00Toxic algae on the rise as our oceans warm
Enlarge (credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Global ocean temperatures have been rising, but the consequences of these increases are not fully clear. A recent paper published in PNAS clarifies one of them by showing that harmful algal blooms have already become more intense. Some types of algae naturally produce toxins. ...   Ars Technica
18:10The Handmaid’s Tale is the most horrific thing I have ever seen
Enlarge / The handmaid June (Elizabeth Moss) must wear regulation red, with a bonnet covering her face, to signify that role as a slave designated to bear children for a prominent man. (credit: The Handmaid's Tale / Hulu) One of the most exciting new science fiction shows on the Web right now isn't exactly fun. ...   Ars Technica
17:00Public defender lambastes judicial ruling to not fix flawed court...
Enlarge / The René C. Davidson Courthouse, at 1225 Fallon Street, in Oakland, hosts the Alameda County Superior Court. (credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr) The public defender’s office in Alameda County, California, has recently appealed a local judge’s recent rejection of its demands to fix an upgraded court software. ...   Ars Technica
15:30No bones needed: ancient DNA in soil can tell if humans were around
Enlarge / Neanderthals and Denisovans probably enjoyed the view from Denisova cave, too. (credit: flickr user: loronet) Humans, modern and otherwise, have lived in Denisova Cave in Siberia for tens of thousands of years, where they left behind a treasury of archaeological artifacts. The cave is famous for giving its name to Denisovans, a species of human closely related to Neanderthals. ...   Ars Technica
14:00The LEGO has landed: New set allows you to build the Moon rocket
LEGO In 2014, Felix Stiessen and Valerie Roche proposed the idea for Saturn V rocket on the LEGO Ideas website. About a year later, their concept received the 10,000 votes necessary for formal consideration by LEGO. The company green-lighted the idea in 2016, and now we have our first look at this set. As a full disclaimer, I am a lifelong fan of LEGOs and a lifelong fan of spaceflight. ...   Ars Technica
13:00How a Slack UI change sparked the Ars Technica civil war
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) Something strange happened at work the other day: internecine warfare broke out over emoji use on Slack. The psycho-nerdism level was at 11, and it happened among a geeky staff that included someone who had recently merged a toy teddy bear with Amazon's Alexa Voice Service. The things you can do with that freaky device are probably illegal in several states. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Speed of poop: Big or small, mammals drop a deuce in ~12 secs, study...
Enlarge (credit: Brandon Weeks) In 2015, mechanical engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology calculated that all mammals take about the same amount of time to empty their bladders: roughly 21 seconds of urinating. With the finding, they won an Ig Nobel prize—parody Nobel awards given to comical, yet interesting research. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Gloomhaven review: 2017’s biggest board game is astoundingly good
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at Our intrepid heroes find themselves in a pickle. Gloomhaven, the new cooperative, campaign-driven dungeon crawl board game from designer Isaac Childres, is big. Really big. ...   Ars Technica
09:30Amonkhet review: A gleaming Egyptian city where humans are fattened...
©2017 Wizards of the Coast LLC in the USA & other countries. Illustration by Sam Burley. Magic: The Gathering dives into classic Egyptian mythology in Amonkhet, its second expansion set of the year after Aether Revolt. The new set is released today, April 28, and you're strongly encouraged to go along to your local game store (or open up Magic Online) and give it a whirl. ...   Ars Technica
Friday April 28, 2017
22:35Yik Yak is finally relegated to the dustbin of Internet history
Enlarge / Tyler Droll, CEO of Yik Yak (L) and Brooks Buffington, COO, of Yik Yak, won the Fastest Rising Startup award at the TechCrunch 8th Annual Crunchies Awards at the Davies Symphony Hall on February 5, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (credit: Steve Jennings / Getty Images News) Well, it’s official. On Friday, the Yik Yak app officially closed up shop. ...   Ars Technica
22:23NSA ends surveillance tactic that pulled in citizens' emails, texts
The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer sift through emails, texts and other internet communications that mention targets of surveillance.The change, which the NSA announced on Friday, stops a controversial tactic that critics said violated U.S. citizens' privacy rights. ...   PC World
20:57NSA ends spying on messages Americans send about foreign surveillance...
The NSA's 'upstream' collection system taps into Internet traffic and searches for content based on 'selectors' identifying targets. Now, the NSA won't check Americans' traffic for those selectors unless they're in the 'to' or 'from' field of messages. ...   Ars Technica
20:00Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything you need to know, all in one place
The release of the latest Galaxy S phone is always a major event, and with good reason. Samsung’s premium flagship practically defines our expectations for high-end, high-price Android phones for the year to come. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ deliver a smorgasbord of features, top-tier hardware, a great camera, and bleeding-edge design. ...   PC World
19:33Stealthy Mac malware spies on encrypted browser traffic
A new malware program that targets macOS users is capable of spying on encrypted browser traffic to steal sensitive information.The new program, dubbed OSX/Dok by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies, was distributed via email phishing campaigns to users in Europe. ...   PC World
18:43Microsoft reinstates My People for Windows 10, connecting you to your...
Microsoft’s feature for connecting you to close friends, known as My People, may have been cut from the Creators Update, but it has resurfaced as part of the latest Windows Insider build (16184) for Windows 10 PCs.With the Creators Update finished, Microsoft is now working on the next major update of Windows 10, known as Redstone 3. ...   PC World
18:22This overclocked EVGA GTX 1050 Ti costs less than reference models
Today’s deal is one for the budget PC builders: Right now, Amazon’s selling an EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming graphics card for $116. That’s $34 off MSRP for this factory overclocked model, and one of the best prices we’ve seen. It’s also the most hassle-free price available—Newegg is also offering a discount on the same card, but for $140 after a $10 mail-in rebate. ...   PC World
18:21Google's Chrome will soon start warning you more about HTTP pages
A Google effort to push websites to implement encryption is expanding. Starting in October, the company will roll out new warnings to flag HTTP connections as insecure in its Chrome browser.For users, it means Chrome will display the words “not secureî in the browser’s address bar whenever they type any data into web pages that connect over HTTP. ...   PC World
18:17Why is Microsoft trying to turn its Surface business into the next...
At first glance, it's easy to mistake the Surface Pro 4 for the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft's third-quarter financial results were published yesterday, and they had many high points: cloud revenue is growing well (though we have some misgivings about how the numbers are reported), Windows outperformed the PC market, and Office 365 passed 100 million corporate seats. ...   Ars Technica
18:00This week in games: Forza Horizon 3 gets Hot Wheels, Terry Crews gets...
Take a deep breath. It’s been one of the most crowded spring release schedules I’ve ever seen, and we’re not quite done—Prey releases next week. But we’re almost done, and then you’ll have a solid four months to catch your breath before we head into fall. I’m looking forward to finally getting around to NieR Automata, Sexy Brutale, and finally finishing off Snake Pass. ...   PC World
17:48Trump order helps offshore drilling, stops marine sanctuary expansion
Enlarge / Walruses on floating ice, Chukchi Sea. (credit: Keren Su/Getty Images) In an executive order signed on Friday, President Trump directed his secretary of the interior to review current rules on offshore drilling and exploration. ...   Ars Technica
16:48Legal war with Apple hits Qualcomm's revenue projections
The legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm on licensing modem technology is turning uglier every day.Apple has filed lawsuits against Qualcomm in countries like the U.S., U.K., China, and Japan, accusing the chipmaker of using its dominant market position to overcharge licensing fees.The iPhone maker itself doesn't pay licensing fees directly to Qualcomm. ...   PC World
16:19“Out of his mindî surgeon plans human head transplant, revival of...
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Anadolu Agency) Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero will undertake the first human head transplant later this year in China, the doctor told German magazine Ooom in an article published Thursday. And, following that effort, he will revive a cryogenically frozen brain and transplant it into a donor body within the next three years. ...   Ars Technica
16:09After Nintendo Switch, does the 3DS have a future?
Nintendo has recently said that its portable 3DS still has 'has a long life in front of it' and that it will 'coexist just fine in the marketplace' alongside the recently launched hybrid Switch. Last night's announcement of a new 2DS XL redesign also suggests Nintendo might not be done supporting its aging portable platform, despite the Switch's monumental market success so far. ...   Ars Technica
15:12The economics of energy generation are changing; more metrics favor...
A solar thermal plant in the US. (credit: SolarReserve) It’s not always a simple task to compare the value of electricity generation resources. Coal, natural gas, solar, wind, and so on have different strengths and weaknesses, so when it comes time to build or replace energy capacity, economists look at the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), which divides the total cost of an installation ...   Ars Technica
14:30Russian spy ship sunk by sheep barge; sheep (and sailors) unhurt
A veteran of the Cold War and a recent participant in Russian operations off Syria has been sent to the bottom of the Black Sea by a boat full of sheep. The 47-year-old Russian intelligence collection ship, the Liman, sank on April 27 after a collision in the Black Sea with a Togo-flagged livestock carrier carrying sheep from Romania to Jordan. ...   Ars Technica
14:20Google Fiber building in Louisville despite lawsuit from AT&T and...
Enlarge / Google Fiber equipment boxes in a Kansas City home in 2012. (credit: Google Fiber | Bloomberg) Google Fiber is getting ready to build a long-awaited network in Louisville, Kentucky despite recent layoffs at the ISP and lawsuits filed against Louisville's local government by AT&T and Charter. ...   Ars Technica
14:17Network management vulnerability exposes home cable modems to hacking
Hundreds of thousands of internet gateway devices around the world, primarily residential cable modems, are vulnerable to hacking because of a serious weakness in their Simple Network Management Protocol implementation.SNMP is used for automated network device identification, monitoring and remote configuration. ...   PC World
14:14Radeon owners rebel when AMD drivers stealth drop Quake Champions...
AMD graphics card owners rebelled against Radeon graphics drivers that forced ads for unrelated software onto users on Thursday, after the new Radeon 17.4.4 drivers automatically plopped a tracking code-infused shortcut to the Quake Champions website onto desktops during installation—with no warning or no way to opt out.The Internet exploded in outrage. ...   PC World
14:10Internal Uber e-mail reveals Levandowski stepping down from...
Enlarge / Employees inspect an Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh last year. (credit: Getty Images) Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski will be stepping back from his position as head of the company's self-driving car project. Levandowski is at the heart of a heated trade-secrets lawsuit that Google's Waymo division filed against Uber in February. ...   Ars Technica
14:00Inhaled nanoparticles can clog up our arteries, spur cardiovascular...
Enlarge (credit: Getty | AFP) Air pollution is a big killer. Researchers estimate that smog—particularly the tiniest particles in the mix—contributes to the early deaths of up to 7 million people worldwide each year. Harm to fog-filled lungs is an obvious concern, yet air pollution is notably linked to cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and stroke. ...   Ars Technica
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Friday April 28, 2017
11:00Xhun Audio announces LittleOne v3.0 for Mac and Windows in VST2, VST3, ...
Xhun Audio has announced version 3.0 of LittleOne, a complete reboot for its analogue modeling software. After several years under continuous development - the research stage started in 2013 [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:29Sinevibes releases Emission "Artificial Reverb" for Mac
Sinevibes has released Emission, a Mac Audio Unit plugin for creating unreal, out-of-this-world space effects. At Emission's core is a smooth reverb engine based on a traditional 'feedback delay [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:49IK releases iRig Recorder 3 for Android - redesigned with new effects, ...
IK Multimedia has announced the release of iRig Recorder 3 for Android. New professional audio effects iRig Recorder 3 now comprises an expandable collection of up to 17 effects such as Normalize, [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:29Steinberg updates Cubase to v9.0.20
Steinberg has updated Cubase to v9.0.20 for the full Cubase product family. This update includes improvements and resolves issues in different areas of the application. AudioWarp: Fixed an issue [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:55Propellerhead announces Reason 9.5 - VST Support - Free Update
Propellerhead has announced Reason 9.5, which will be released at the end of May with their number one feature request implemented - VST plugins are coming to Reason. This is a free upgrade [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:44Ueberschall releases Chillstep (Elastik soundbank)
Ueberschall has announced the release of Chillstep, a new Melodic Dubstep soundbank for their free Elastik Player. Chillstep takes the mellow musical tastes of chill and lounge music and seasons [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:30Homegrown Sounds releases Motion for Kontakt with a Group Buy
Homegrown Sounds has released Motion, an advanced vector synthesizer for Kontakt designed to create evolving landscapes and atmospheres with little effort due to a series of 8 tuned global randomizers [Read More]   KVR Audio
Thursday April 27, 2017
18:43Monocasual Laboratories updates Giada to v0.13. ...
Monocasual Laboratories has updated Giada to v0.13.4, codename 'Gimbal Lock', for Windows, Linux and OS X. The release offers an improved MIDI editing experience, especially on the Piano Roll [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:27Detunized releases Cappa Duemila Live Pack and Universal Instrument...
Detunized has announced the release of Cappa Duemila as a Live Pack and a Universal Instrument library. Cappa Duemila features a selection of producer Jacob Korn's favourite sound sets from an [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:33Le Sound By AudioGaming releases Reshape - Gesture-based multi-effect...
Le Sound By AudioGaming has announced the release of Reshape, a touch-to-play sound design tool based on exploring gesture usage to give new expression means to sound creators. It comes in 2 [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:31audioD3CK updates o-clip for Mac & Win to v1.8 and announces sale
audioD3CK has updated o-clip to v1.8. Changes: Added new clipping algorithms (noisy, clean, cleanII). Brought ceiling control to main UI. Improved inline help system. Many other UI improvements. [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:16Vienna Symphonic Library releases Synchron Percussion I - Multi Audio...
Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of a new library of orchestral percussion instruments: Synchron Percussion I was recorded at the company's newly revitalized scoring stage, [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:01Roland releases GO:MIXER Compact Audio Mixer for Smartphones
Roland has announced the availability of GO:MIXER, a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, GO:MIXER connects digitally via an included [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:44Image Line releases vectorial (and bug-fix) updates for many plug-ins
Image Line has announced vectorial (and bugfix) updates for the following VST plugins: Autogun. DrumSynth Live. Edison. Gross Beat. Harmless. Harmor. Juice Pack. Maximus. Ogun. Slicex. Sytrus. [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:36UVI releases Digital Synsations Vol. 2 - 3-Instrument Suite of Digital ...
UVI has released Digital Synsations Vol. 2, a 3-instrument suite picking up where the first library left off, delivering over 500 new patches designed on vintage digital synthesizers from [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:22lmdsp updates Superchord to 1.0.2 with new pricing
lmdsp has updated Superchord to version 1.0.2. The price is now 99€, down from the original 149€. This free maintenance update includes the following improvements and bug fixes: Refined user [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:00Best Service updates Chris Hein Solo Violin to v1.2 - Now With Two...
Best Service has announced that Chris Hein Solo Violin has been updated to v1.2, now with two different violins. Naomi and Chris Hein decided to record another violin: 'The Italian Violin'. Chris [Read More]   KVR Audio
Wednesday April 26, 2017
07:02Joey Sturgis Tones releases Soar Tape Delay Plugin for Mac & Win VST2, ...
Joey Sturgis Tones has announced the release of Soar, a tape delay plugin offering a hybrid approach to using tape delay in the box, combining features from both analog and digital delays. In [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:50apulSoft updates apTrigga3 to v3.3.0
apulSoft has updated apTrigga3 to v3.3.0. Changes: 10-step undo/redo support. The retrigger algorithm (threshold independent triggering) has been much improved. Added numerical displays for [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:24Autodafe releases Mega Drum Machines AU/VST for Mac and Windows
Autodafe has announced the release of Mega Drum Machines, the Mac/Win Version of the Mega Drum Machines Collection for Kontakt. After the success of the original Kontakt library, an AU/VST version [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Saturday April 29, 2017
06:07HorNet releases HoRNet SongKey v2.0.2
Mac, Pc / Audio Production / Plug-ins & effects: Key detector. Reduced CPU usage Removed CPU spikes on windows   440Software
06:02Steinberg releases Cubase Pro v9.0.20
Mac, Pc / Audio Production / Sequencers: Digital audio workstation. Cubase version history   440Software
05:57Sinevibes releases Emission v1.0
Mac, Pc / Audio Production / Plug-ins & effects: Artificial reverb. Emission is a special processor for creating unreal, out-of-this-world space effects. At its core is a smooth reverb engine based on a traditional 'feedback delay network' design, but it breaks out of ordinary with what's inside...   440Software
Thursday April 27, 2017
10:37Harmonicdog releases MultiTrack DAW v4.3.3
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: The power of a digital audio workstation in the palm of your hand. Release your creativity with up to 24 high quality audio tracks. Record multiple takes, harmonies, solos, and experiments. No more worrying about bouncing - each instrument can have...   440Software
05:56Manoj Kunthu releases Guitarina - Guitar in a Phone v2.0
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Guitars: A virtual guitar for you. The chords, it knows more than a few. Play with your headphones on, until your battery's gone, or even while taking a poo.   440Software
01:15WebPractice releases Arban Study No. 1 v2.0.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 - Play along with the performance. Slow it down, choose to practise a few bars over and over again until you’re practice perfect. So convenient to have it in your Phone or iPad. This iconic study has been practised and...   440Software
Wednesday April 26, 2017
20:34DMYTRO DENYS releases Organ v1.8.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: Organ is full 88 keys virtual organ designed specifically for the iPad & iPhone. You can now play the organ on your device everywhere! Features: • 88 keys • 12 instruments • Key labels (C-D-E, do-re-mi, Ă?´Ă?Âľ-Ñ€Ă?µ-Ă?ÂĽĂ?¸,...   440Software
17:22Massimo Biolcati releases GuitAfrica v1.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: '…I love it!…that’s the funkiest stuff ever!â€Â? - John Scofield 'GuitAfrica is a wonderful app: it enables you to discover the richness and beauty of Pan-African music. African guitar playing is a real science and GuitAfrica gives you its...   440Software
14:45MusicTheory releases Theory Lessons v2.5
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Theory Lessons features 39 music theory lessons from, presented in their original animated versions. Complete lesson list: • The Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines • Note Duration • Measures and Time Signature • Rest...   440Software
12:07Xiao Yixiang releases Guitar Toolkit v3.0.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / ToolBox: EUMLab's Guitar Master is an all-in-one toolkit for aspiring guitar players: 1. Professional tuner. 2. Extremely precise metronome. 3. Strumming patterns. 4. 157 drum loops to jam along with. 5. 108 different scales, from Jazz to Japanese! 6. Interactive chord...   440Software
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