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Monday October 22, 2018
20:49NASA brings a Hubble gyro back to life after a seven-year hibernation
Enlarge / Hubble Space Telescope above Earth, photographed during STS-125, Servicing Mission 4, May 2009. (credit: NASA) After NASA's Hubble Space Telescope entered 'safe' mode about two weeks ago, its operations team has been scrambling to bring a balky gyroscope back online. Now, the space agency says it believes it has fixed the problem. ...   Ars Technica
20:1212 days after hurricane, Verizon says Florida network is back to normal
Enlarge / PANAMA CITY, Fla. - OCTOBER 19: Mark Mauldin hangs a sign near the front of his property expressing his dissatisfaction with his Verizon cell phone service following Hurricane Michael, which slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10. ...   Ars Technica
20:01LEGO DC Super-Villains is more of the same, and that’s just fine
Enlarge / Never fear, the... Justice Syndicate is here? (credit: Traveller's Tales) Traveller’s Tales has been developing licensed Lego games for more than a decade now, and though the series has made some leaps and bounds, the core formula remains the same: jump into a familiar pop-culture universe, embody Lego-fied versions of your favorite characters, and play through a story that ...   Ars Technica
19:34Report: Intel is cancelling its 10nm process. Intel: No, we’re not
Media reports published today that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are untrue. We are making good progress on 10nm. Yields are improving consistent with the timeline we shared during our last earnings report. — Intel News (@intelnews) October 22, 2018 Earlier today, it was reported that Intel is cancelling its troublesome 10nm manufacturing process. ...   Ars Technica
19:21Learn how to (legally) hack wireless networks with this 45+ hour...
Private data is worth more than diamonds these days, which makes high-profile companies primary targets for hackers and identity thieves due to their wealth of user information. If industry giants like Facebook and Equifax are vulnerable to hackers, what can a company possibly do to defend themselves and their users' private info?Strangely enough, the answer is to fight fire with fire. ...   PC World
17:58SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring
Spotcam's new indoor/outdoor camera keeps tabs on your home's security as well as environmental changes.   PC World
15:45Feds shut down self-driving school bus pilot in Florida
Enlarge (credit: Transdev) The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to regulating self-driving cars, but on Friday, federal regulators decided that one self-driving car project had gone too far. ...   Ars Technica
14:58Grand Theft Auto V hack exposed single-player games to malicious trolls
Over the years, we've written a lot about the apparently easy-to-hack Grand Theft Auto Online and Rockstar's many, many, many attempts to prevent cheaters from ruining the online experience for legitimate players. ...   Ars Technica
14:37Latest adaptation of Haunting of Hill House will haunt your dreams
Enlarge / Literature's most famous haunted house is back for the best adaptation yet. (credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix) The quintessential ghost story is back to haunt your dreams with the recent debut of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix's new miniseries adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 gothic horror novel. ...   Ars Technica
14:14Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation
Enlarge / Crowded conditions at the Andersonville POW camp. (credit: US National Archives) 'It is hard on our men held in Southern prisons not to exchange them, but it is humanity to those left in the ranks to fight our battles.' – General Ulysses S. Grant, August 18, 1864. ...   Ars Technica
13:32Upgrade your gaming rig with these smoking-hot graphics card deals
It’s a great time to upgrade if you’re looking to score a new graphics card for cheap. With Nvidia’s high-end GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti now available, we’re starting to see some seriously enticing discounts on graphics cards for lower budgets too—a merciful situation after a year of cryptocurrency-induced price inflation. ...   PC World
13:22Black Friday has arrived at Monoprice with 20 percent off nearly...
The jack-o-lanterns are barely on the stoop, Thanksgiving is over a month away, and Christmas isn't even on the radar, but that's not going to stop Black Friday. ...   PC World
12:49Relativity hires senior Tesla manager to help automate rocket...
Enlarge / Can this 3D printer really make rocket parts? No one could argue that a company like SpaceX doesn't have one of the most cutting-edge rocket factories in the world, as the company builds some of the most advanced boosters launching today. And yet much of the manufacturing is still done by hand at various work stations. Humans remain integral to building rockets. ...   Ars Technica
11:20Elon Musk tweets a date for the opening of his first Los Angeles tunnel
Enlarge / An image of the Hawthorne test tunnel under construction. (credit: The Boring Company) On Sunday night, Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk tweeted 'The first tunnel is almost done,' adding that the tunnel will open December 10. 'The first tunnel' refers to the initial tunnel that The Boring Company has been digging under the streets of Hawthorne. ...   Ars Technica
10:00Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart...
Ron Amadeo The latest entry to the Google Home ecosystem is called the Google Home Hub. The Home Hub marries a screen with the Google Assistant-powered voice command system, allowing users to call up recipes, utilize smart home controls, or watch YouTube videos. We've seen this software before—there's presently a whole device category out there known as 'Google Smart Displays. ...   Ars Technica
10:00Google Home Hub review: The least-expensive smart display is one of...
Google definitely got the price right, even if the Google Home Hub can't make video calls.   PC World
09:00Logitech Harmony 665 review: The best standalone remote for most...
Logitech's standalone Harmony 665 universal remote offers great value, with plenty of flexibility and power for entertainment buffs.   PC World
08:535 reasons to consider the Honor 8X over the Google Pixel 3, LG V40,...
While Android fans are debating whether to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on the LG V40, Huawei Mate 20 Series, or Google Pixel 3 this season—with the OnePlus 6T still waiting in the wings—there's another phone out there that deserves some consideration. ...   PC World
06:41How to export PDF files from Acrobat to Excel, and Excel to Acrobat
You have just a few choices when working with PDFs and Microsoft Excel compared to everything you can do with PDFs in Microsoft Word. You cannot import PDFs from Adobe Acrobat directly into Excel 2016. However, you can export PDFs from Excel to Acrobat, and you can export from Acrobat to Excel. We'll show you how.Export from Excel to Acrobat 1. ...   PC World
06:31How to export PDF files from Acrobat to PowerPoint, and PowerPoint to...
You have just a few choices when working with PDFs and Microsoft PowerPoint compared to everything you can do with PDFs in Microsoft Word. You cannot import PDFs from Adobe Acrobat directly into PowerPoint 2016. However, you can export PDFs from PowerPoint to Acrobat, and you can export from Acrobat to PowerPoint. We'll show you how.Export PDFs from PowerPoint to Acrobat 1. ...   PC World
06:12How to edit PDFs in Microsoft Word
Working with PDFs has become as common as working with Word docs, but to get the full editing capabilities in Adobe Acrobat you must shell out $449 for the desktop Pro 2017 version, or almost $180 per year for a Pro DC subscription. While there are plenty of alternative PDF editors, the simplest solution might be a tool you already use: Microsoft Word 2016. ...   PC World
Sunday October 21, 2018
17:00Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert
Enlarge / A general view of Laguna Colorada located near the border with Chile, in the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia. The Uyuni Salt Flats are estimated to contain 100 million tons of lithium, making it one of the largest global reserves of this mineral, according to state officials at the Bolivian Mining Corporation. ...   Ars Technica
13:00The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly...
Ars chats up The Guilty writer/director Gustav Möller in a particularly Ars-y (and dark) karaoke room at Fantastic Fest 2018 (produced/edited by Nathan Mattise; transcript available). ...   Ars Technica
12:00First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts
Enlarge / Here lies an expert (maybe). (credit: Nicolas Raymond / Flickr) There is a Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. Take a moment to consider the implications of that fact. The inhabitants of what, under other circumstances, would be an obscure academic backwater need legal defense. ...   Ars Technica
Saturday October 20, 2018
18:45Hack on 8 adult websites exposes oodles of intimate user data
Enlarge / One of the hacked websites,, as it appeared on October 12. (credit: Internet Archive) A recent hack of eight poorly secured adult websites has exposed megabytes of personal data that could be damaging to the people who shared pictures and other highly intimate information on the online message boards. ...   Ars Technica
13:15Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it...
Enlarge / Windows 10 during a product launch event in Tokyo in July 2015. (credit: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images) It's fair to say that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has not been Microsoft's most successful update. Reports of data loss quickly emerged, forcing Microsoft to suspend distribution of the update. ...   Ars Technica
12:30Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise
Enlarge / The Cambodian city of Angkor was once the largest in the world until vast swathes of the population decamped in the 15th century. Its famous temple, Angkor Wat (above), survived. (credit: Stefan Irvine/LightRocket/Getty Images) The Cambodian city of Angkor was once the largest in the world... ...   Ars Technica
11:00Review: Istanbul: The Dice Game rules the bazaar
Enlarge (credit: Nate Anderson) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at When it comes to gaming, I am a man of simple pleasures. I need no boxes of sculpted minis, no hour-long setup, no manuals the size of novels. ...   Ars Technica
04:08Another Defender bites the dust as Netflix cancels Luke Cage
Enlarge / Luke Cage (Mike Colter) will have to put another dollar in the swear jar when he hears the news. (credit: Netflix) Just one week ago, Netflix surprised us all by canceling Iron Fist after a much-improved second season. Now we can add Luke Cage to the casualties. Netflix unexpectedly pulled the plug on a third season today. ...   Ars Technica
Friday October 19, 2018
21:23This week in games: Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Hitman 2...
It's the week before Red Dead Redemption 2's release, which means a) there's a launch trailer and b) almost everyone else is avoiding the black hole-style news vacuum.So this week's news wrap-up is a bit thin. ...   PC World
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Monday October 22, 2018 updates Vee One Suite to v0.9.3 for Linux has announced the End of Winter'18 release of the Vee One Suite version 0.9.3 of the old-school software instruments for Linux. The Vee One Suite are, in order of... Read More   KVR Audio
14:30UJAM Instruments announces Virtual Bassist Product Line
With the beginning of the 2018 AES show in New York City, UJAM Instruments, makers of Virtual Guitarist, are announcing their new Virtual Bassist product line of instrument plug-ins (VST,... Read More   KVR Audio
11:15Best Service releases Emotional Violin for Kontakt Player
Best Service has announced the release of Emotional Violin for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player. Emotional Violin has been recorded throughout in a musical context to capture... Read More   KVR Audio
11:12HoRNet releases HCS1 - Vintage Guitar Compressor and Sustainer
HoRNet has released HCS1, a recreation of a famous guitar pedal effect that was produced from the mid seventies to the mid eighties. It's designed to give more sustain to your guitar, which... Read More   KVR Audio
10:39Steinberg launches HALion Partner Program with Cinematique Instruments ...
The HALion Partner Program has newly been initiated by Steinberg to encourage providers to offer content for its virtual sampling and sound design system. The content libraries are supplied... Read More   KVR Audio
10:33Boz Digital Labs releases Pan Knob - Solution to Outdated Panning
Boz Digital Labs has announced the release of Pan Knob, a 'one-of-a-kind solution to outdated panning methods'. Here's what they say: Traditional panning doesn't... Read More   KVR Audio
10:27Roland Virtual Sonics releases JX-3P Plug-in - Roland Cloud Legendary...
Roland Virtual Sonics has announced the addition of the iconic JX-3P to Roland Cloud's Legendary series. Originally released in 1983, the JX-3P was one of the earliest programmable preset... Read More   KVR Audio
10:20Blue Cat Audio updates PatchWork to v2.3 and Axiom to v1.11
Blue Cat Audio has released updates for PatchWork, with drag and drop support, several performance improvements and impulse responses support in the built-in EQ pug-in, and Axiom, fixing... Read More   KVR Audio
08:51Vir2 announces MOJO 2: Horn Section with intro price
Vir2 has announced MOJO 2: Horn Section, a huge upgrade from their successful MOJO: Horn Section. They have fully redesigned the instrument, and recorded all brand new samples. MOJO 2... Read More   KVR Audio
07:46Acon Digital releases new Mastering Suite for Maximum Transparency...
Acon Digital has released the new Mastering Suite consisting of five plug-ins for audio mastering. The plug-ins were designed for maximum signal transparency and an intuitive workflow.... Read More   KVR Audio
Sunday October 21, 2018
22:16SKYLIFE releases SampleRobot 6 Multi-X and a new trial version
Just a few weeks after the launch of SampleRobot 6 Pro SKYLIFE has released the budget-priced version SampleRobot 6 Multi-X, which offers a lot of professional auto-sampling features from... Read More   KVR Audio
13:39CWITEC releases TX16Wx Software Sampler and TX16Wx Professional v3.0
CWITEC has announced the release of TX16Wx Software Sampler and TX16Wx Professional v3.0.0. This is a major update, adding many long asked for features and additional platforms.... Read More   KVR Audio
08:21New Sonic Arts updates Granite to v1.6004
New Sonic Arts has updated Granite to version 1.6004. Improvements: New PatchCloud browser for browsing official content, including in-app installation of SoundPacks.... Read More   KVR Audio
Saturday October 20, 2018
19:14Fracture Sounds releases Frozen Percussion: Crotales for Kontakt -...
Fracture Sounds has released the first instalment of their new Frozen Percussion series - a set of deep sampled bowed crotales. Specifications/Features: Deep sampled... Read More   KVR Audio
Friday October 19, 2018
14:17Le Sound releases SpaceMotors - Futuristic sci-fi vehicle sound...
Le Sound has announced the release of SpaceMotors, a sci-fi vehicle sound synthesizer to easily create complex dynamic engine sounds such as podracers, tron, transformers, etc.... Read More   KVR Audio
12:24Ueberschall releases Synthetic Soundtracks 3 (Elastik soundbank)
Ueberschall has announced the release of Synthetic Soundtracks 3, a new Elastik soundbank that aims to deliver a sense of foreboding. Ueberschall say: 'With heavy impacts and... Read More   KVR Audio
12:17Rast Sound releases Ethnogroove V2.0 for Kontakt, WAV & AIFF
Rast Sound has announced the release of Ethnogroove V2.0 with additional patterns, natural and cinematic solo instruments. The new version is available with an intro price of... Read More   KVR Audio
12:11Soundsdivine releases 'Tomorrow's World' for Waldorf Largo
Soundsdivine has released Tomorrow's World, which features 372 presets for Waldorf Largo. This collection of sounds explores futuristic dystopian / euphonic worlds. It includes... Read More   KVR Audio
12:10Ivosight updates Soundop Audio Editor to v1.6.0.0 for Windows
Ivosight has updated Soundop Audio Editor, a Windows application for audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering, to version Changes: Added support for burning... Read More   KVR Audio
11:02IK announces Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection for AmpliTube - Pre order...
IK Multimedia has announced the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection for AmpliTube. This new collection features models of the exact gear used by 'Dimebag' Darrell Lance Abbott on Pantera's... Read More   KVR Audio
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Monday October 22, 2018 releases Fretuoso - Ukulele Edition v6.3
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: An educational game to learn the location of notes on the fretboard of the ukulele. Ten instruments are available, including guitar (acoustic and electric), bass guitar, mandolin and banjo. You are presented with a random note on the fretboard, and are...   440Software
15:18David Powell releases Music History Flashcards v3.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Music History Flashcards is a set of virtual flashcards covering the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. The app is intended to be a study aid for students preparing for the Royal Conservatory of Music's Level 9 and...   440Software
05:54Sugar Bytes releases Turnado v1.5.4
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Turnado is a revolutionary multi-effect tool, crafted especially for massive real-time audio manipulation. It combines unique and dynamic effects with the most intuitive and immediate control you can imagine. Just turn it on and crank it up. Take it to...   440Software
Sunday October 21, 2018
02:15Gismart releases Guitar - Chords, Tabs & Games v3.11.0
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Guitars: Playing the guitar has never been easier with #1 guitar playing app! Learn chords and create music right on you device!
 You’ve just come up with the greatest riff of all time and can’t wait to rock it out. But your trusty Gibson Les Paul...   440Software
Saturday October 20, 2018
20:20Luis Martinez releases SuperMetronome Groovebox Pro v2.11
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: The best metronome for iPhone, is also an intuitive and powerful groove box / drum machine with high definition sounds and an amazing tempo practice tool, now with Audiobus compatibility! Very easy to use, you can set any measure, rhythm, drum beat or pattern...   440Software
15:18Learn To Master releases Piano Scales & Chords v12.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: • Piano app to Learn Scales, Chords and How to Improvise in any key. • Learn Scales and Chords by viewing as a reference or playing back. • Follow Chord progression suggestions when improvising. • Improvise to backing tracks or...   440Software
10:37Nonlinear Educating Inc. releases Course For Logic Pro X - 10.1 v7.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: This 12-tutorial FREE first look, by Logic expert David Earl, gives you a high-level intro to some of the coolest new stuff. Join David as he takes you on this FREE flyover of Logic’s 10.1 update! Table of Contents: 1. Drummer Enhanced 2. Drum Machine...   440Software
05:55Pascal Douillard releases DM2 - The Drum Machine v1.8.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Pianos: DM2 is a synthesis-based drum machine with a dedicated graphic editor, for the creation and manipulation of sound. Yeah, blah blah blah… let’s start again. Your lucky stars have all aligned. There are blue skies and smooth sailing ahead. So...   440Software
01:14Studio Six Digital releases Generator v5.2
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
Friday October 19, 2018
20:32Alexander Andrews releases Waay: Learn music theory v2.3.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Reference: Music theory can be empowering, exciting, and one of the biggest tools in your creative arsenal. Whether you already play an instrument or are just learning, Waay teaches you how to stitch notes together into melodies, chords, and even songs. Read what experts...   440Software
14:05Yasar Bozdag releases Dybos Violin Tuner v4.2
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: Violin Tuner is a tool for tuning musical instrument violin. It can listens to instrument sound with your iPhone microphone and measures the sound frequency produces sample reference sounds when touching the strings on screen gives directives like TIGHTEN...   440Software
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