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Monday December 11, 2017
13:00SpaceX has a momentous launch this week
Enlarge / The rocket launching Tuesday first flew on June 3, 2017, and then (shown here) landed back on the Florida coast. (credit: SpaceX) SpaceX will attempt to launch its 17th mission of 2017 on Tuesday, a cargo supply flight to the International Space Station. ...   Ars Technica
12:00The 2017 Ars Technica gadget gift guide: Gaming edition
Enlarge / “May you be as joyful as a Mario in boxer shorts and an oversized boxing glove hatî -Ancient proverb (credit: Nintendo) It’s the holidays, which means it’s once again time to rack your brain in search of the right gifts for the right people. If someone on your list is into tech, though, we’ve got your back. ...   Ars Technica
00:00Every classic Street Fighter will land in a huge anthology in May 2018
Enlarge (credit: Capcom) During a major annual tournament for the fighting game Street Fighter V, the series' creators at Capcom announced the biggest anthology ever for the series—if not for Capcom as a game maker. ...   Ars Technica
Sunday December 10, 2017
19:30NASA and Amiga history meet in an eBay listing
eBay seller vrus If our 11-part series on the history of the Amiga and our (in-progress) seven-part series on the history of the Apollo program don't give it away, we happen to be unabashed fans of a certain computing platform and a certain space program around the Ars Orbital HQ. ...   Ars Technica
18:30Energy Secretary Perry agrees to extension on pro-coal, nuclear...
Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as Secretary of Energy, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Capitol Hill January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aaron P. ...   Ars Technica
16:30Uber settles second US lawsuit filed by India rape victim
(credit: Flickr) According to Friday court filings, Uber has settled a lawsuit filed by an unnamed woman who said her medical records were improperly accessed by an Uber executive after she was raped by her driver in India in 2014. That driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015. ...   Ars Technica
13:30A sea of calm behind the wheel: The 2018 Audi Q5, reviewed
Enlarge (credit: Marlowe Bangeman) The Q5 has long been one of Audi’s best-selling models in the US. And what’s not to like? It’s a respectable-looking and functional mid-size crossover, slotting in between the bite-size Q3 and the three-row Audi Q7. ...   Ars Technica
Saturday December 9, 2017
21:20Top-selling handgun safe can be remotely opened in seconds—no PIN...
Enlarge (credit: Two Sixes Labs) One of Amazon's top-selling electronic gun safes contains a critical vulnerability that allows it to be opened by virtually anyone, even when they don't know the password. The Vaultek VT20i handgun safe, ranked fourth in Amazon's gun safes and cabinets category, allows owners to electronically open the door using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app. ...   Ars Technica
18:53Ajit Pai jokes with Verizon exec about him being a “puppetî FCC chair
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at Fox Studios on November 10, 2017 in New York City. (credit: Getty Images | John Lamparski ) On Thursday night in Washington, DC, net neutrality advocates gathered outside the annual Federal Communications Commission Chairman's Dinner to protest Chairman Ajit Pai's impending rollback of net neutrality rules. ...   Ars Technica
17:20Looks like a rough flu season ahead. Here are answers to ALL your flu...
Enlarge / Influenza virus. Image produced from an image taken with transmission electron microscopy. Viral diameter ranges from around 80 to 120 nm. (credit: Getty | BSIP) The 2017-2018 flu season is off to an early start, potentially hitting highs during the end-of-year holidays. Data so far suggests it could be a doozy. ...   Ars Technica
17:00The Grand Tour season 2: the one where Hammond nearly dies… again
Enlarge (credit: Amazon) Warning: this post contains some spoilers about the first episode of the new season of The Grand Tour. Some say it's the greatest car show... in the world. Others say it started well but had a very patchy first season. All I know is that The Grand Tour came back to Amazon Prime on Friday for a second season. ...   Ars Technica
15:30Judge orders man to serve 29 months after he pleads guilty to online...
Enlarge / This real Mercedes-Benz GL450 was one of the cars that Vlad Diaconu tried to trick people into believing that he was selling. (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) It’s like your parents always told you: if something’s too good to be true, it probably is. ...   Ars Technica
13:00In Thelma, suppressing facts—whether it’s your identity or power—is...
Enlarge / Meet Thelma. Medical professionals can't seem to nail down what's happening in her brain... (credit: Fantastic Fest / Thelma) You might not see a more stunning film in 2017 than Director Joachim Trier’s Thelma, Norway’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. ...   Ars Technica
Friday December 8, 2017
20:10Bad news: Warmest climate models might also be most accurate
Enlarge / Be cautious out there. (credit: Bill Green) Some people who reject the conclusions of climate science claim that the existence of any remaining uncertainty means few or no actions need be taken to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. In reality, though, uncertainty is ever-present in science, and it's not necessarily our friend. ...   Ars Technica
18:17The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looks absolutely...
Enlarge (credit: Universal) The trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is here, and it looks simultaneously ridiculous and self-important. This trailer is audiences' first look at the film—very little information about the plot and few images were revealed previously. ...   Ars Technica
17:27Ars Technica’s ultimate board game buyer’s guide
The holiday gift-buying season is upon us, and that can mean only one thing: it's time to buy way too many board games. For this year's board game buyer's guide, we went big—close to 10,000 words big. We split the guide into categories for easy reading, with around five solid choices for each type of gamer. ...   Ars Technica
17:22New Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer provokes fan theories with its...
Enlarge (credit: Lucasfilm) The official Star Wars Twitter account shared one final short trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi yesterday, commemorating 'VIII days' until the movie's premiere. It's only 30 seconds long, and it's in that infuriating social video aspect ratio, but the new teaser does include some perplexing new material. ...   Ars Technica
16:53Nvidia’s new graphics card is $3,000, painted gold, and not meant for...
Enlarge (credit: Nvidia) Although Nvidia launched its 21 billion transistor Volta GPU architecture back in May, until now the chip has been used exclusively in compute cards—specifically, the Tesla V100 cards, which cost about $10,000 for the PCIe version. ...   Ars Technica
16:45Is Bitcoin a bubble? Here’s what two bubble experts told us
Enlarge (credit: Thomas Claveirole) Is Bitcoin a bubble? It's a natural question to ask—especially after Bitcoin's price shot up from $12,000 to $15,000 this week. So we decided to ask a couple of experts on bubbles what they thought: Brent Goldfarb is a business professor at the University of Maryland, and William Deringer is a historian at MIT. ...   Ars Technica
15:44Public outcry causes Google to rethink banning powerful...
Enlarge A month ago, Google started warning developers about a coming crackdown on apps that use the Android accessibility APIs for things other than accessibility. ...   Ars Technica
14:40“Face reality! We need net neutrality!î Crowds chant across the country
Enlarge / Protestors waved signs saying 'Say no to corporate control' and 'StopTheFCC.' (credit: Cyrus Farivar) Protestors across the nation rallied in support for network neutrality on Thursday, a week before the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to take a historic vote rolling back network neutrality regulations. ...   Ars Technica
14:28Fortnite developer: Players “deserveî cross-console play
Enlarge / Artist's conception of Sony fighting off the developers and players demanding cross-platform play for their games. Amid all the pre-scripted announcements and canned trailers at last night's Game Awards extravaganza, there were a few unexpected moments to the evening. ...   Ars Technica
14:21Elon Musk confirms Tesla is building its own chips for Autopilot
Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2016. (credit: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) Tesla is building its own custom AI chips, CEO Elon Musk acknowledged on Thursday night according to reports from CNBC and the Register. 'Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world,' Musk said at a Tesla-organized party. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Enter for a chance to win games, hardware, and more in the 2017 Ars...
Enlarge / In addition to that sweet mixtape, here are just some of the prizes you could win by entering this year’s sweepstakes. It's that special time of year when we give you a chance to do well by doing good. That's right—it's time for the 2017 edition of our annual Charity Drive. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Teaser: Our Apollo celebration continues with part 2, launching Tuesday
Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) For the first episode in 'The Greatest Leap,' we focused on the Apollo 1 fire and NASA's return to flight after that tragic accident. Without that turnaround, the United States might never have landed on the Moon during the 1960s, or at all. ...   Ars Technica
04:21The utterly perplexing beauty of Death Stranding’s Game Awards trailer
When Hideo Kojima announced Death Stranding at E3 2016 as his first post-Konami project, the images of a naked Norman Reedus cradling a tiny baby left us with more questions than answers. A new trailer for the game at The Game Awards Thursday night showed us a lot more of the world Kojima is planning, but it probably increased the number of questions we have about what's going on. ...   Ars Technica
Thursday December 7, 2017
21:45Dubious claim of week: Air Force’s “EMP missileî could disable N....
Frying computers like a CHAMP? (credit: Boeing) On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean missile launch. ...   Ars Technica
20:50Chrome 63 offers even more protection from malicious sites, using even ...
Enlarge / You might need more of this stuff if you want to use Chrome's new Site Isolation mode. Well, not this stuff exactly; it's RAM from a very obsolete VAX computer. ...   Ars Technica
19:30Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell laptop with a Core i7 CPU for $470
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. The discounts have officially calmed down a bit since the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bonanza, but there are still a few items worth noting. Today's list includes a 15-inch Dell Inspiron laptop with a Core i7-7500U chip, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD for $470. ...   Ars Technica
19:16ISP disclosures about data caps and fees eliminated by net neutrality...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Nicholas Rigg) Hidden fees that show up on broadband bills after customers sign up for service have long been a source of frustration for Internet users. ...   Ars Technica
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Monday December 11, 2017
09:53Zero-G release Heavy Industry: Intense Cinematic Atmospheres and FX
Zero-G has released Heavy Industry, a collection of powerful atmospheres, transitions, ambiences, drones and effects that lean towards the darker side of the cinematic soundscape genre. These [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:26Intua updates BeatMaker to v3.0.8
Intua has updated BeatMaker to v3.0.8. Overall improvements: Song position readout, in the transport bar, can be switched between BAR:BEATS, MM:SS.MS and SMPTE, simply by pressing it. Support [Read More]   KVR Audio
Sunday December 10, 2017
16:01audiostrom updates LiveProfessor to v2.1.5
audiostrom has updated LiveProfessor to v2.1.5. Changes in 2.1.5: Graphics issue where the UI would get cut of at the bottom. Audio Cues would not load when adding many cues. Changes in 2.1.4: [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:29Lively Audio updates free "Maxwell Smart" true peak limiter to v3.0
Lively Audio has updated their free Maxwell Smart true peak limiter to v3.0. Maxwell Smart is a transparent true peak limiter with look-ahead. It's designed to bring the audio to a desired level [Read More]   KVR Audio
Friday December 8, 2017
17:03Hidenori Matsuoka updates Chord NOTE to v6.9 for iOS
Hidenori Matsuoka has updated Chord NOTE to v6.9. This version supports multitasking, Split View and Slide Over. Chord NOTE shows all objects suitable place and size in any conditions on any [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:30Rast Sound releases All Bundle with intro pricing
Rast Sound has announced the release of All Bundle, containing all RS commercial libraries, with limited time intro pricing of 249 Eur. (Value 420 Eur.). Libraries: Persian Vocals. Kemenche. [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:19HY-Plugins releases HY-RPE Grid Sequencer VST Plugin for Mac & Win
HY-Plugins has released HY-RPE, a block base grid sequencer VST plugin for macOS and Windows. There are both full and free version available. Main features: 8 grid sequencer tracks. 8 block [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Monday December 11, 2017
11:59John Nastos releases Harmonomics Ear Training v2.0.4
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Harmonomics is an ear training tool for all musicians, from beginners to professionals The creator of the innovative metronome Metronomics has created an ear training app flexible enough to help YOUR ears, whether you are a beginner learning...   440Software
10:11TAKAHIRO AYA releases Perfect Chord Guitar v1.0.8
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: This game is made in japan. It is an application that can be measured guitar technique. It is an application that can measure the speed to play the guitar. Good of the guitar, you can measure the poor. You can contribute to the improvement of the...   440Software
08:22TAKAHIRO AYA releases Perfect Chord Bass v1.0.9
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: This game is made in japan. It is an application that can be measured bass technique. Good of the bass, you can measure the poor. You can contribute to the improvement of the bass playing. Let's up the level of bass playing tempered bass pitch....   440Software
06:34Michael Eskin releases Hohner Cajun Mini-SqueezeBox v4.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Winds: Hohner announces the introduction of an amazing new app for the iPhone/iPod Touch: The Hohner Cajun Mini-SqueezeBox. Exactly matching the layout of Hohner's Cajun IV diatonic accordion in the key of C, this intuitive virtual accordion app feature a super...   440Software
04:46Michael Eskin releases Hohner B/C Mini-Accordion v4.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Winds: Hohner announces the introduction of a series of revolutionary new apps for the iPhone: The Hohner Button Accordions. Mimicking the layout of Hohner's iconic Erica Double-Ray diatonic button accordion, these intuitive virtual accordion apps feature a super...   440Software
02:58TOVA STUDIO releases Virtual Drum Pad Kit v9.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Drums: Epic Drums Master is a fun musical instrument that you can take with you anywhere! Download on multiple devices and create your own band! Remember to unmute your device and turn the sound all the way up!   440Software
Sunday December 10, 2017
23:22Learn To Master releases Voice Training - Learn to Sing v11.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: App plays a note or phrase of notes, and you sing to it. The app shows which note you should sing and which pitch you are currently singing. Keep track of progress and gain stars for great singing. Designed in collaboration with professional singing teacher....   440Software
21:34Intelligent Gadgets releases OASIS - Samples from Songs v3.0
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: The songs in your iTunes library are a rich source of sound for samplers, mash ups, and sound effects. OASIS extracts samples from any audio file anywhere. A built in pitch detector tags the sounds so they can be loaded into wavetable synths like our Auto...   440Software
13:54Sonoma Wire Works releases GuitarTone v3.0.2
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Guitar amps and effects for iPhone and iPad. Inspired by the ultimate collection of legendary and boutique amps and effect pedals, GuitarTone offers a vast array of high quality tones. Sonoma passionately created tonal interpretations of essential vintage...   440Software
11:33Carlos Campaña releases Vox Tools: Learn to Sing v1.1.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Do you want to learn to sing or make better use of your voice? For free?! Vox Tools offers this and much more. App programmed directly by certified Speech Level Singing vocal technique teachers of Vox Vocal Studio. We want to share our knowledge of vocal...   440Software
09:11Pablo Prieto releases Learn how to play Drums v1.0.12
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: This is the free version. It is an ideal app for those who want to learn to play basic concepts of contemporary music styles on the Drum Set. It includes seventy lessons on the following contemporary music styles: Rock (15) Blues (15) Jazz (5) Funk (15)...   440Software
06:49Herbert Dapper releases Compás Builder Lite v1.14
iPhone, iPad / Tools / ToolBox: Flamenco tool to play solo compás, with enhanced metronome and guitar tuner. Create your own accompaniment for your guitar, dancing and singing concerts in HiFi quality.   440Software
04:27TAKAHIRO AYA releases Piano Perfect Chord v1.1.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: The basis of Karaoke improvement is pitch. Let's train the sound by wearing a sense of pitch. I can not sing well unless I can get the key. Let's practice the foundation if you are not good at it. Test your perfect chord pitch(absolute chord pitch)....   440Software
02:06Dr. Garbers Softwareentwicklung releases SolFa Mode-Go-Round Lite v2.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: A unique musical instrument. An interactive music theory medium. An amazing solmization machine. All in one. Choose tonic and mode. Watch the keyboard change. Play and listen to the 'do re mi fa so' singing. Follow the tutorials. Play and grasp music!...   440Software
Saturday December 9, 2017
23:44Digital Arkitekt releases Mopho Control v1.0.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: The Mopho control app allows you to control all the major functionality of a Mopho or Mopho desktop from your iPad. Particular attention has been paid to making the controls intuitively laid out and never too fiddly to adjust easily. A Mopho or Mopho Desktop...   440Software
21:22Crescendo Technologies releases Pulse - Haptic Metronome Watch v2.24
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Pulse is a sleek minimalist metronome with haptics and Bluetooth syncing for iPhone and Watch. Simple, intuitive interface Tap for BPM Playlists Custom colors and click sounds Tempo syncing across devices with Bluetooth Haptic vibrations Subdivisions Time...   440Software
16:44Vidya Multimedia releases iTabla Pandit Lite v5.0
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Percussions: iTabla Pandit is the smallest and most realistic Digital Tabla, Tanpura and Shruti Maestro. With it, you don't need anymore your electronic tabla or tanpura. It will become your favorite accompaniment tool of your musical practice and your concerts of...   440Software
14:36Racjin Co.,Ltd. releases iPhrase v2.3.2
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Music Writing: About iPhrase iPhrase is an application for your iPhone or iPad and iPhoneX that allows you to easily create a great melody you happen to come up with or create an original composition in Piano Edit Mode. If you don't know what a chord is or think composing...   440Software
12:29UK Music Apps Ltd releases SessionBand Original v2.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Rythme Mach. & Loops: Anyone can create pro-quality music in minutes with the world's only chord-based audio loop app. And with this new upgraded version it just got a whole lot better! With over 80,000 perfectly played, copyright-free audio loops created by the UK's...   440Software
10:21NovLegLLC releases ProStudioApp 2 v3.2
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Music Recording Artist & Aspiring music industry Must Have App!!! ProStudioApp 2 is a Mobile multi-Track Recording Studio in your Pocket. Import any instrumental from your Music Libary on your Device. Email importing Audio directly into...   440Software
08:13Asoft.iOS releases VC-Chord v4.3
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: VC-Chord is a chord book for Venezuelan Cuatro. This app displays venezuelan cuatro chords. In-App Purchase(unlock all): â–  Disables ads â–  Browse all chords available â–  Store 40 memos per page, up to a total of 30 pages â–  Add...   440Software
03:58Alexander Andrews releases hearEQ: Ear training for EQ v2.3.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: hearEQ builds your EQ skills to professional levels using custom ear training exercises, created just for you from your favorite songs. Simple, powerful, and fast, hearEQ is perfect for ear training on the go. Named one of 'The best iPhone and iPad...   440Software
01:50Markus Schiessl releases GuitarTab - Tabs & chords Pro v2.8.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: GuitarTab is a guitar tab viewer and player which provides access to more than 800000 free tabs. It includes free Guitar pro tabs, Guitar tabs, Bass tabs, Chords and Drum tabs. Additionally YouTube music videos and guitar lessons can be played....   440Software
Friday December 8, 2017
23:43Davut Engin releases Tulum II v2.1.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Winds: Tulum is an asian(blacksea) ethnical instrument which has similarities with Bagpipe. It's sound is more dramatic then BagPipe. It is a harmonic instrument. It can sound 2 notes simultanously. It is the most different wind instrument in the world. With this app...   440Software
21:35Alessandro Benedettini releases Laser Harp v2.0
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: Try a completely new, original, fun, exciting and relaxing music and game experience with the sounds of your Laser Harp! Compose your songs or play the music game. Two apps in one! Are you ready for this great music experience? Some features: Play Music or...   440Software
18:02Scorio GmbH releases Music Notator v2.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: Write down melodies, lead sheets with chords and lyrics, arrangements, and full blown scores with the brand new scorio Music Notator app. Follow your inspiration - on a bench in the park, in a bar, in the subway, wherever you have internet...   440Software
15:06Guitar Tricks Inc. releases Guitar Lessons - Guitar Tricks v1.3.8
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Get the FREE guitar lessons app from and learn to play guitar the EASY way! Guitar Lessons by Guitar Tricks is for everyone, from beginner guitarists that have never picked up a guitar, to advanced guitarists that want to perfect their...   440Software
06:15Frozen Ape releases Tempo - Metronome with Setlist v4.1.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Tempo is the bestselling and most accurate metronome on the App Store. Featured as 'New and Noteworthy' and 'Staff Favorite' by Apple on the main iTunes landing page. Same price as upgrading a free alternative. If you're going to demo free apps, why not give...   440Software
03:18Herbert Dapper releases Compás Builder Lite & Play v1.14
iPhone, iPad / Tools / ToolBox: Flamenco tool to play solo compás, with enhanced metronome and guitar tuner. All palos are supported.   440Software
00:21Charles Martin releases PhaseRings v1.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: PhaseRings is a musical instrument for performing expressive music with touch gestures. Anyone can create a beautiful piece of music with our sound schemes and generative composition engine! Each ring on the screen represents a different pitch, and you can tap...   440Software
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