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Tuesday April 23, 2019
22:12Review: Avengers Endgame is three of Marvel’s best films, rolled into...
Enlarge / The beginning of the End... game. (credit: Marvel Studios) Ars Technica takes spoilers seriously. This Avengers Endgame review has been written with a bare minimum of plot details, for those interested in seeing the film completely fresh-eyed starting on Friday, April 26. The buzz word 'inevitability' comes up a few times during the three-hour course of Avengers Endgame. ...   Ars Technica
21:41Swirling patterns in Starry Night match those in gassy star nurseries
Enlarge / The bold blue and yellow swirls of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night (1889) share turbulent properties with the molecular clouds that give birth to stars. (credit: Museum of Modern Art/Public domain) In 2004, NASA published an image by the Hubble Space Telescope of turbulent eddies of dusty clouds moving around a supergiant star. ...   Ars Technica
21:26Crap artists rejoice! MS Paint is getting a last-minute reprieve
Enlarge / Who needs Aurich's artistic talents, anyway? (credit: Peter Bright) Long, long ago, Microsoft quietly announced that it was going to remove the venerable mspaint.exe from Windows 10. ...   Ars Technica
21:12Millimeter-wave 5G isn’t for widespread coverage, Verizon admits
Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. (credit: Verizon) Verizon's early rollout of millimeter-wave 5G is producing high speeds and throughput, but the high-frequency spectrum isn't suitable for widespread coverage, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said today. ...   Ars Technica
20:10Twitter shuts down 5,000 pro-Trump bots retweeting anti-Mueller report ...
Enlarge / The since-suspended account for the empty 'news site' The Globus was at the center of a 5,000 bot Twitter army denouncing the Mueller campaign and posting pro-Trump (and pro-Saudi) messages. (credit: Twitter. ...   Ars Technica
19:30Intel puts 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 5GHz turbo option in a laptop...
Enlarge / An eight-core/16-thread Coffee Lake die. (credit: Intel) The first processors to include Intel's ninth-generation Core branding came out last year with a limited line-up: just a handful of high-end desktop processors in the Coffee Lake family. Today, the company has unveiled a bumper crop of new ninth-gen chips. ...   Ars Technica
19:06Listen up: We’ve detected our first marsquake
Enlarge / An artist's rendition of the InSight lander operating on the surface of Mars. The seismometer is in the foreground. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) After landing on Mars last November, the InSight probe first deployed a suite of meteorological equipment and then began to check the health of its science instruments. ...   Ars Technica
18:05Best smart sprinkler controller
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.   PC World
17:24The OnePlus 7 (and 7 Pro) are launching May 14
OnLeak's OnePlus 7 Pro renders. Check out that pop-up camera! [credit: OnLeaks x PriceBaba ] OnePlus is gearing up to release a new smartphone, the OnePlus 7, and it has reached the point in its hype cycle where the company has started a slow drip of information every few days. The latest news is the launch date itself. ...   Ars Technica
16:55Check out Batman’s and Marty McFly’s rides at the Petersen Museum
The BTTF DeLorean DMC-12 has actually been on display at the Petersen for a while now. That doesn't make it any less cool. [credit: The Petersen Museum ] A new exhibition will open shortly at Los Angeles' wonderful Petersen Automotive Museum. ...   Ars Technica
16:53Microsoft Paint has been given another reprieve
After previously warning that Microsoft Paint would go away, it appears that Microsoft has instead saved the venerable program once again.In 2017, Microsoft warned that it would deprecate Paint within Windows 10. The company later backed off, saying it would instead make Paint a downloadable app, available to whoever wanted it. ...   PC World
16:23Dealmaster: Save on a bunch of PC accessories in Amazon’s Gold Box sale
Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a number of deals on PC gear and accessories over at Amazon, which has them all rounded up in its latest one-day Gold Box sale. ...   Ars Technica
15:20Amazon drops the price of the Orbi Wall-Plug Wi-Fi System with two...
There are few things as annoying as Wi-Fi dead spots, but a satellite-based router system can help put those frustrations to rest. Today, you can grab the Orbi whole-home plug-in Wi-Fi system with two satellites for just $200Remove non-product link, $100 off its list price and just one cent away from its all-time low.To read this article in full, please click here   PC World
15:09Nintendo issues DMCA takedown for Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 port
Enlarge / The Commodore 64 version of Super Mario Bros. that Nintendo doesn't want you to see! Late last week, a retro computer developer going by the handle ZeroPaige culminated what he said was seven years of development on Super Mario Bros. 64, a complete and highly authentic port of the original NES side-scroller for the original Commodore 64 computer. ...   Ars Technica
14:33AT&T’s fake 5G icons aren’t going away despite settlement with Sprint
Enlarge / A smartphone with AT&T's '5G E' network indicator. (credit: AT&T) AT&T will reportedly get to keep using its misleading '5G E' marketing for its 4G network after settling a false advertising lawsuit filed by Sprint. ...   Ars Technica
13:02Russia may soon decommission the world’s most historic launch pad
Enlarge / A Soyuz rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 2012. (credit: NASA) Site no. 1 in dusty Baikonur, Kazakhstan, is where it all began. In October 1957, an R-7 missile launched the first satellite, Sputnik, into space. Less than four years later, Yuri Gagarin reached orbit from this launch pad, and the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, followed two years later. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Amazon's awesome one-day PC accessories sale offers blowout deals on...
Amazon's one-day PC sales are always filled with great deals, but today's might be the best we've ever seenRemove non-product link. There are a whole bunch of deals to be had in basically every category, and many of them are well under their previous all-time lows. Here are our top three picks from the sale:To read this article in full, please click here   PC World
12:05Razer revamps the Blade Pro 17 with 9th-gen Intel Core and Nvidia RTX...
The Razer Blade Pro 17 is one of the first laptops out of the gate with two shiny new parts: Intel’s 9th-gen Core i7 mobile chip, with 6 cores and 12 threads of processing goodness; and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 with Max-Q. Further improvements include a trimmer overall package, narrow bezels, and connectivity to spare. Prices start at $2,499, and product will start shipping in May. ...   PC World
12:00Nvidia's mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti give affordable...
The GTX 1060’s years-long reign over the mainstream gaming laptop market is ending. On Tuesday, Nvidia announced that its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 GPUs are coming to gaming notebooks, where they’ll join the more powerful mobile GeForce RTX options introduced earlier this year. ...   PC World
10:00Keychron K1 Wireless Keyboard review: Mechanical RGB magic beats...
The Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard may as well be the anti-butterfly keyboard. It’s thicker than Apple’s MacBook and Magic Keyboard. It has wild RGB lighting. It has an 87- or 104-key layout. And most importantly, its keys don’t get stuck. ...   PC World
09:00Igloohome Smart Deadbolt 2S review: The industry’s most handsome lock...
The smart lock maker shrinks down its beautiful deadbolt, but it remains a frustrating experience.   PC World
00:21Windows 10’s “Setsî tabbed windows will never see the light of day
Enlarge / Microsoft's inspiration, evidently. (credit: Jerry / Flickr) For two periods last year, those using preview builds of Windows 10 could access a feature called Sets: a tabbed interface that was eventually to allow tabs to be put in the titlebar of just about any window. ...   Ars Technica
Monday April 22, 2019
20:55Bug in French government’s WhatsApp replacement let anyone join Élysée...
Enlarge / Around the same time French President was greeting firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from fire, a security researcher was burning a new 'secure' chat application for French government officials intended to keep them off WhatsApp and Telegram. ...   Ars Technica
20:38Loose online lips sink hack targeting governments and embassies
Enlarge (credit: Frank Lindecke / Flickr) Security researchers gave mixed grades to a recently discovered hacking campaign targeting government finance authorities and embassies. On the one hand, the attacks used carefully crafted decoy documents to trick carefully selected targets into installing malware that could gain full control of computers. ...   Ars Technica
20:22Millimeter-wave 5G will never scale beyond dense urban areas, T-Mobile ...
Enlarge / T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. (credit: T-Mobile) 5G mobile networks have started arriving but only in very limited areas and amidst misleading claims by wireless carriers. While all four major nationwide carriers in the United States have overhyped 5G to varying degrees, T-Mobile today made a notable admission about 5G's key limitation. ...   Ars Technica
17:20Time travel and Black Lives Matter mix in new trailer for See You...
High school BFFs C.J. and Sebastian build a backpack to travel through time in the Spike Lee-produced See You Yesterday. Two teenaged science nerds in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn build a makeshift time machine to right a tragic wrong in See You Yesterday, a new film from Spike Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. ...   Ars Technica
16:50Tesla has three of the 11 most popular cars shared on Turo
Enlarge (credit: Turo) In honor of Earth Day, the folks at Turo got in touch to tell me about the rising popularity of electric vehicles on the car sharing platform. For the uninitiated, Turo is a site that lets people rent out their vehicles when they're not using them—and yes, it includes insurance in case the renter does something they're not supposed to. ...   Ars Technica
16:40NIH, FBI accuse scientists in US of sending IP to China, running...
Enlarge / MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. (credit: Getty | Aurora Fierro) MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas has forced out three senior researchers with ties to China. ...   Ars Technica
16:35Charter avoids getting kicked out of New York, agrees to new merger...
Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter) Charter Communications won't be kicked out of New York after all. Nine months after a New York government agency ordered Charter to leave the state over its alleged failure to comply with merger conditions, state officials have announced a settlement that will let Charter stay in New York in exchange for further broadband expansions. ...   Ars Technica
16:20Google cuts the Pixel 3 price in half for Project Fi’s birthday
The Pixel 3 XL. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] We're on the lookout for the mid-range Pixel, which is expected to bring some of Google's flagship smartphone goodness to a lower price range. ...   Ars Technica
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Tuesday April 23, 2019
10:33Xhun Audio releases Stage Drawers (expansion) for LittleOne synthesizer
Xhun Audio has released Stage Drawers, a collection of 68 multi-genre presets for LittleOne, representing a sound designer's quick access to a world of ideas for both studio compositions... Read More   KVR Audio
10:30Sample Fuel releases Wave-Lite - Free wavetable synthesizer for HALion
Sample Fuel has announced the release of Wave-Lite for HALion, HALion Sonic and the free HALion Sonic SE. About Wave-Lite, Danny Lux, owner at Sample Fuel, says:... Read More   KVR Audio
05:56Puremagnetik releases Eidolon - Spectral Ensemble Machine
Puremagnetik has released Eidolon, a multi-effect device that brings together a bucket-brigade delay ensemble, spectral effects, a tap delay and tremolo. It is capable of smudging, smoothing... Read More   KVR Audio
05:36Touch The Universe releases "Harmonic Stars" Soundset for DUNE 3
Touch The Universe has announced the release of Harmonic Stars, a new soundset that contains 78 presets for Synapse Audio's DUNE 3 synthesizer suitable for any contemporary electronic and... Read More   KVR Audio
Monday April 22, 2019
20:35Syntheway releases Magnus Choir for Windows (v2.5) and macOS (v3.5) -...
Syntheway has updated Magnus Choir to version 2.5 for Windows and v3.5 for macOS. Changes in Windows v2.5: Added: VST3 Plugin format. Added: Amplitude range parameters... Read More   KVR Audio
20:31Felicia Hummel updates PresetMagician to v0.6.1 for Windows
Felicia Hummel has updated PresetMagician to version 0.6.1. PresetMagician is an application to automatically create NKS Presets from your non-NKS compatible VST plugins. You... Read More   KVR Audio
19:55HY-Plugins updates HY-SEQ16x3v2 to v1.1.73 and HY-Delay4 free to...
HY-Plugins has updated HY-SEQ16x3v2 to version 1.1.73 and HY-Delay4 free to v1.0.45. Changes for HY-SEQ16x3: Fix: Sequencer speed doesn't recall correctly in some situation.... Read More   KVR Audio
17:06ToneLib updates ToneLib-Zoom to v3.7.2 for Win/Mac/Linux
ToneLib has updated ToneLib-Zoom to version 3.7.2, adding support for: Zoom G1/G1X Four (firmware 1.0, 1.10); Zoom B1/B1X Four (firmware 1.0, 1.10); Zoom G3n/G3Xn/B3n (firmware 2.10);... Read More   KVR Audio
16:19thIIIrd updates Fang Synth to v1.5 for Android
thIIIrd has updated Fang Synth, the motion modulated Android synthesizer based on control through accelerometer information, to v1.5. New features: Each step of a sequence... Read More   KVR Audio
14:23discoDSP releases Pad Love 3 sound bank for Discovery Pro synth
discoDSP has updated the Pad Love sound bank for Discovery Pro. Changes: Preset number has been raised to 80. Almost every program has a multi-layer setup. Price:... Read More   KVR Audio
Sunday April 21, 2019
14:44Channel Robot releases Orchestral Dust - Orchestral Underscore Tool...
Channel Robot has released Orchestral Dust, a dual voice ROMpler aimed at orchestral pad and under-score sounds. Orchestral Dust features version 2.5 of granular engine AGRA and uses granular... Read More   KVR Audio
12:00GuDa Audio releases FiltR - Free Filter Plugin
GuDa Audio has released a free filter plugin, FiltR, which features the same filters found in SynthR in a separate free plugin. Transistor ladder, K 2 Pole and Diode ladder... Read More   KVR Audio
Saturday April 20, 2019
09:53Planet-H releases G-Stomper Producer for Android - Fast and flexible...
Planet-H has released G-Stomper Producer, a Music Sequencer and Digital Audio Workstation, designed for use in live performance as well as for production. It comes with a powerful Drum... Read More   KVR Audio
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Tuesday April 23, 2019
20:20Justin Okun releases Keep Time v4.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Are you a musician who wants to improve your playing? Metronomes are a great way to work on your speed, timing, and accuracy, no matter what instrument you play! Keep Time is a free, fully functioning metronome with a strong visual component. Featuring:...   440Software
02:23Daikyouju releases Viola Tuner v3.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: Tune your viola instantly with precision and ease! · The most accurate - displays the exact sound frequency in Hz. · Calibration for A: 392Hz, 415Hz, 432Hz, 440Hz, 441Hz, 442Hz, 443Hz, 444Hz, 466Hz. · Instant load and fastest tuning! - Optimized for latest...   440Software
Monday April 22, 2019
20:31Masih vahida releases Turkish Baglama v1.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: This app is a Turkish Baglama or Baghlama musical instrument simulator with real sound recorder samples The app has Arabic / Turkish music scales such as: ALSABA - NAHAVAND, ALRAST, ALNAVA ASAR - HOZAM - HEJAZ - HEJAZ KAR and etc The Baglama sound is real...   440Software
04:13Alain Kong releases 1 learn sight read music tutor v3.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Solfa. Learn to sight read music notes. Sight read in G & F Clef. Notes above and below staff. Span 6 octaves. Applies to any instrument. Notes generated randomly and not limited to a repeating set. Switch between clefs for even more fun. Answer key for...   440Software
Sunday April 21, 2019
20:20Better Day Wireless releases Drums with Beats v1.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Drums: Now you can rock the beat anytime and anywhere on your iPhone or iPad! Ever wonder what it would be like to play drums live on stage at a rock concert? In no time you’ll sound like a pro with the free drum beats included in this amazing app. Learn to...   440Software
17:52Pablo Prieto releases Guitar Notes PRO v1.0.6
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: This is the ad-free version. On the GUITAR NOTES SECTION you can click on the strings and frets of the Guitar to see the corresponding note on the staff, its name and its pitch. It has exercises so you can practice recognizing the notes of the...   440Software
15:44Frozen Ape releases Metronome: Tempo Lite v4.1.2
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Tempo, the premier metronome app for iOS is now available as this free Lite version. Tempo was featured as 'New and Noteworthy' and 'Staff Favorite' by Apple on the main iTunes landing page. Now you can enjoy Tempo's core features before upgrading to its full...   440Software
13:36Andreas Wagner releases Spektroskop v4.2.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: Add precision to your pocket! Spektroskop is an easy-to-use yet powerful real-time spectrum analyzer, which takes accuracy seriously. Analyze, measure, compare and save sound spectra captured with the internal microphone or any other audio source connected to...   440Software
11:28Andreas Schweiger releases DrumSetlist Manager v2.5.2
iPhone, iPad / Tools / ToolBox: DrumSetlist Manager is an advanced setlist manager for musicians who have to play many songs in a row and possibly also in several bands / ensembles. The main advantage is the storage of song presets which then can be added in chains to provide a setlist for live...   440Software
00:48Nicola Canali releases Acoustic Blues Guitar -Lessons v1.85
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Learn to Play the Acoustic Blues in the style of great Bluesmen such as Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House and others. The video course is divided into 5 sections: 1. Blues Shuffle 2. Delta Blues 3. Slide Guitar 4. Fingerstyle 5. Full Songs For each...   440Software
Saturday April 20, 2019
22:40Markus Sigg releases OttOrgan v6.9
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: OttOrgan lets you play the Ott-Orgel sampleset of Christian Datzko on a MIDI keyboard attached to your iOS device. The Ott organ is a house organ with five ranks at one manual plus attached pedal. If you would like to use the sampleset with other software, you...   440Software
20:32Daniel Farrelly releases Progressions v2.0.5
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: Have you ever arrived at a performance only to discover that the singer has decided to change the key at the last minute? Sure, you could sit down and transpose your prepared charts, but that takes time: time that you might not have available at that...   440Software
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