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Thursday February 21, 2019
13:33Grab our favorite RTX 2070 graphics card with a free game for less...
We loved the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Windforce when we reviewed it in November, and today this Editor’s Choice-winning graphics card is available at a solid price. Newegg is selling Gigabyte's RTX 2070 for $480 after applying checkout code EMCTVVU23Remove non-product link. This is a great card, and it’s $20 cheaper than the lowest priced RTX 2070 we saw on Amazon today. ...   PC World
13:10The first private mission to the Moon may launch Thursday night
Enlarge / An artist's concept of the Space IL lunar spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. (credit: SpaceIL) SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday night, and while it may not be the primary payload, a small Israeli lunar lander is by far the mission's most intriguing payload. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Guidemaster: The least-awful Android phones
Enlarge / These two got new phones, and look at how happy they are! (credit: Ron Amadeo) So you want to buy an Android phone, eh? It's often said that a strength of the Android ecosystem is the sheer number of manufacturers out there producing devices, but that also means there is an absolutely intimidating amount of devices to pick from. ...   Ars Technica
12:00The Full Nerd ep. 85: Is it RTX's time finally? Intel to KFC chips and ...
With Direct Ray Tracing now enabled in Metro Exodus and DLSS support pushed out for Battlefield V, is Nvidia's GeForce RTX series of GPUs finally 'winning?' That's just the first thing the Full Nerd crew talks about.Next order of business was Intel's leaked 9th gen KFC chip, leaked laptop 9th-gen chips, and a Core i9 so hard to get—even OEMs have to enter an auction to get one. ...   PC World
11:30Playtime to the max: Snapshots from the 2019 New York Toy Fair
Welcome to the 2019 New York Toy Fair, the happiest place on Earth for both adults and kids! [credit: Valentina Palladino ] Every year, despite frigid temperatures and threats of snow, toymakers from across the country gather at New York City's Javits Center to show off their newest playthings. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Four ways Samsung’s Galaxy S10e blows away the iPhone XR (and four...
Samsung’s Galaxy S10e is clearly a response to the iPhone XR, Apple’s new lower-cost handset. But how does it stack up?   PC World
10:32Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? How to freeze panes ...
Can Excel show column headers on every screen? Yes, in Excel it’s called Freezing Panes, which can be applied to columns or rows (or both), and it’s super-simple. We’ll also show you how to split screens, a similar feature. Both options make it easier to navigate big spreadsheets without losing track of basic data. ...   PC World
10:30Samsung Galaxy Fold: Will it have an ugly display seam? (And 3 other...
I attended Samsung Unpacked with a singular mission: to go hands-on with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. With a 4.6-inch display on the front, and a 7.3-inch display tucked inside, it looks to be a revolutionary smartphone—assuming the phone is as elegant in the hand as it was during Samsung’s scripted dog-and-pony show. ...   PC World
10:00KEF LSX review: These small but mighty wireless speakers deliver sound ...
They're expensive, but you get what you pay for; in this case, exquisite sound in a compact package.   PC World
Wednesday February 20, 2019
23:40Montana legislator introduces bills to give his state its own science
Enlarge / The Montana State Capitol building, site of a rather unusual hearing. (credit: Montana.gov) It's no secret that some of our federal legislators don't have a firm grip on scientific evidence; it only takes watching a session of the House Science Committee, where one member suggested the climate-driven rise of the oceans might instead be caused by rocks falling into the ocean. ...   Ars Technica
22:55Dreams will finally launch this Spring on PS4 for $30—in “limited...
Enlarge / This Spring, Media Molecule's latest 'play, create, share' game could be yours... once we figure out what they mean by 'limited early access.' (credit: Media Molecule) Dreams, the first major PS4 exclusive from longtime PlayStation developer Media Molecule, is finally almost here. But if you think its protracted development cycle is anywhere near over, think again. ...   Ars Technica
22:40US sues contractor for allegedly over-billing on now-defunct MOX fuel...
Enlarge / Construction at the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility before the project was stopped. (credit: MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility) Last week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint against a company called CB&I Areva MOX Services and its subcontractor, Wise Services, for allegedly billing the US government for supplies that were never delivered. ...   Ars Technica
22:30Hands on: How to use Wireless PowerShare on the Galaxy S10 to charge...
Samsung is so confident in the Galaxy S10’s battery that it’s letting you give away some of your precious percentage points. A new feature called Wireless PowerShare lets you literally turn your S10 into a wireless charging mat so you can power up another Qi-enabled phone just by laying it on the back of the S10. It works on all three models. ...   PC World
22:25Microsoft culls secret Flash whitelist after Google points out its...
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) In 2017, Microsoft changed its Edge browser so that Flash content would be click-to-run (or disabled outright) on virtually every site on the Web. A handful of sites were to be whitelisted, however, due to a combination of Flash dependence and high popularity. ...   Ars Technica
21:48Florida inmate says prison sold him $569 of music, then took it away
Enlarge (credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images) Florida inmate William Demler says that since 2012, he has spent $569.50 on digital music via a proprietary digital music service sponsored by the Florida prison system. Demler listened to his music on a prison-sponsored music player he purchased for $99.95. ...   Ars Technica
21:27How did Yoshi’s Island music end up in an official US gov’t Web game?
Enlarge / A shot from the EPA's Recycle City Challenge. Not shown: The Yoshi's Island DS music that played in the background of the game. (credit: EPA.gov) A flash game available on the Environmental Protection Agency website since at least early 2017 made surprising use of copyrighted music from Nintendo's 2006 game Yoshi's Island DS. ...   Ars Technica
21:07Hubble images show a Neptune moon that may have been repeatedly reborn
Enlarge / An artist's concept of the tiny moon Hippocamp. (credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Olmsted) As the Voyager probes moved through the outer Solar System, they compiled a massive record of discovery. Among the newly found objects and phenomena were a large collection of small moons orbiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. ...   Ars Technica
20:34The Samsung Galaxy Fold goes on sale April 26, but I already want the...
It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s here. Samsung has unveiled its first foldable smartphone that isn’t a pie-in-the-sky concept or carefully concealed prototype. In fact, you’ll be able to buy the Galaxy Fold on April 26 for the low price of $1,980.And you thought the iPhone XS Max was expensive. ...   PC World
19:15Samsung refreshes wearables line, including new Galaxy Watch Active
Samsung's new Galaxy Watch smartwatch. [credit: Samsung ] Along with the S10 smartphones and the new Galaxy Fold handset, Samsung officially announced new wearables in its Galaxy family at its Unpacked event today. ...   Ars Technica
18:35Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e hands-on: A crowded lineup brings...
With the screen off, the Galaxy S10+ is virtually indistinguishable from the Galaxy S9+. It’s not until you turn it on that you notice just how different it is.You’ve no doubt read about the camera hole in the Infinity-O display, Samsung’s answer to the dreaded notch. Well, it’s just as awkward in person as it is in pictures. ...   PC World
18:32Samsung officially debuts Galaxy S10 smartphone after weeks of rumors, ...
The starting prices for the S10e ($749), S10 ($899), and S10+ ($999). [credit: Samuel Axon ] Today is Samsung's big launch event, and the company has made the thoroughly leaked Galaxy S10 official. The company announced the S10 and S10 Plus smartphones onstage today at Samsung Unpacked 2019 after it unveiled the impressive and incredibly expensive Galaxy Fold foldable handset. ...   Ars Technica
18:3010 Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ features that actually surprised
At long leak, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has arrived. And, well, it’s pretty much exactly what we thought it would be, with three sizes, a hole in the display for the front camera, and all sorts of new color options. Here’s a quick look at the specs before we start:S10e Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm Display: 5. ...   PC World
18:20Forget Airwolf: One of these is the Army’s next assault “helicopterî
The Army's future 'helicopter' takes shape. A transcript of this video can be found here. (video link) The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and its many variants have been the backbone of the US Army's helicopter force for decades. Designed during the Army's last major helicopter procurement push in the 1980s, the Black Hawk now flies in some form in all of the military services. ...   Ars Technica
18:09Samsung’s foldable phone is finally official—meet the Galaxy Fold
Samsung's first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold. [credit: Samsung ] After years of teasing, Samsung on Wednesday took the wraps off its first foldable smartphone: the Galaxy Fold. The device will start at a whopping $1,980 and arrive on April 26. It'll hit Europe on May 3 and start at €2,000. ...   Ars Technica
18:06Ajit Pai says broadband access is soaring—and that he’s the one to...
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Ajit Pai says the Federal Communications Commission's annual broadband assessment will show that his deregulatory policies have substantially improved access in the United States. ...   Ars Technica
17:06Report: Trump officials tried to fast-track nuclear tech transfer to...
Enlarge / President Donald Trump is intent on a deal that allows Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud's government to purchase nuclear technology built by US companies. There's a small problem with that: it's against the law. ...   Ars Technica
15:03Give your dumb devices brains with a 2-pack of Anker's Eufy smart...
Smart plugs add extra control to any device, smart or not, and today you can grab a pair at impulse prices. A two-pack of Anker’s Eufy smart plugs are on sale for $26 at Amazon today, a huge drop from a list price of $40.These plugs are designed to bring some basic brains to lamps and other “dumbî appliances. ...   PC World
15:00Users alarmed by undisclosed microphone in Nest Security System
Enlarge / You can't see it, but there is actually a microphone in here. (credit: Nest) Google's Nest smart home brand is in hot water this week after news surfaced (via Daring Fireball) that its home security system, Nest Secure, shipped with an undisclosed microphone. ...   Ars Technica
14:54Microsoft, Paradox allow open game modding on Xbox One for the first...
Enlarge / Surviving Mars will be the first Xbox One game to allow the upload of user-created mods without pre-approval. In a console industry first, Paradox Interactive and Microsoft are allowing Xbox One players to get direct access to game modifications created on the PC without any pre-approval from the console maker or publisher. ...   Ars Technica
14:16Master Machine Learning and AI For Just $14
You’re probably familiar with the terminology, but do you understand what data science is and how it fits in the big technological picture? Discover its secrets with the Machine Learning and Data Science Certification Training Bundle, marked down to just $35 for a limited time. Use code PREZDAY60 today and get it for just $14. ...   PC World
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Thursday February 21, 2019
09:47Eplex7 DSP releases Cinematic Metal Drums 1 – plug-in instrument for...
Eplex7 DSP has released Cinematic Metal Drums 1, a VST and AU plug-in instrument for Windows and MacOS, that can also be used as an expanding library in the free Eplex7 Player or in Eplex7... Read More   KVR Audio
09:44Bunker Samples releases Bunker Strings Vol. 1 - a new approach to...
Bunker Samples has announced the release of Bunker Strings Vol. 1 for Kontakt, which they say offers a new approach to string textures. Conceived and recorded deep underground... Read More   KVR Audio
09:24All FabFilter plug-ins updated - added side chain triggering to Pro-Q 3
FabFilter has released an update for all FabFilter plug-ins, containing various bug fixes and improvements. In addition, Pro-Q 3 now has the option of triggering dynamic bands on the external... Read More   KVR Audio
09:12forward audio updates free faSampleDelay Plug-in to v1.00.4
forward audio has updated faSampleDelay to version 1.00.4. Changes: Fixed: a bug that crashed the text edit fields if you type in non-ASCII characters. Fixed: a bug that... Read More   KVR Audio
Wednesday February 20, 2019
21:03Westgatesounds releases Anomaly XXVII - Dark Textures
Westgatesounds has released Anomaly XXVII - Dark Textures in both SFZ/WAV and sf2 (SoundFont) formats. Anomaly XXVII - Dark Textures is a new soundset made from the source sounds... Read More   KVR Audio
13:29Gospel Musicians releases FM TiNES 2.0 - 30GB sample library of FM...
Gospel Musicians has released FM TiNES 2.0, an exhaustive 30GB sample library representing a vast collection of nothing but FM electric piano sounds. FM TiNES 2.0 is on sale for an introductory... Read More   KVR Audio
11:10Sample Logic releases Drum Fury - Apocalyptic Drums for Kontakt with...
Sample Logic has released Drum Fury, an extensive 11 GB collection of over 100 apocalyptic Kontakt drum instruments. Drum Fury was recorded at multiple locations; from the... Read More   KVR Audio
11:08RJ Studios releases "SideMinder" Dynamic Stereo Width Maximizer
Raising Jake Studios has released SideMinder, a Dynamic Stereo Width Maximizer plug-in for macOS and Windows. SideMinder is a tool that can increase (or decrease) the stereo... Read More   KVR Audio
07:44Plughugger releases "House 101" for TAL-Bassline-101
Plughugger has announced the release of House 101, a collection of House and EDM sounds for the TAL Bassline 101 synthesizer. The soundset was inspired by the One Synth Challenge... Read More   KVR Audio
Tuesday February 19, 2019
07:34Agitated State updates MenuMagic to v2.3.1 for Cakewalk by BandLab
Agitated State has updated MenuMagic for Cakewalk by BandLab to v2.3.1. Notable Changes Categorization tab: Fixed issue with GUI where in some cases the status... Read More   KVR Audio
Monday February 18, 2019
16:46Ample Sound releases Ample China Pipa v2.0
Ample Sound has released Ample China Pipa version 2.0, including many updates requested by users since its first release in October 2018. New functions and samples have been added based... Read More   KVR Audio
15:49GuDa Audio releases SynthR for Mac & Win VST & AU
GuDa Audio has released SynthR, a synth plug with drag and drop modulation routing, lots of modulation sources and built-in effects. Features: Three oscillators with... Read More   KVR Audio
15:01Seaweed Audio releases Fathom Mountain Climber Presets
Seaweed Audio has announced the release of Mountain Climber, a new set of presets for Fathom. This new preset bank contains all the original presets used to create the Fathom... Read More   KVR Audio
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Thursday February 21, 2019
09:16Musikeys releases Scales Tutor v2.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: Scales Tutor by MusiKeys offers both step by step instruction for beginners with some musical knowledge, and brush up reviews for those who are a bit rusty in their knowledge of major and minor key signatures and scales. Users can easily navigate...   440Software
Wednesday February 20, 2019
14:14CutDek Productions releases SolFi Ear Trainer 3 v3.33
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: VIDEO > SolFi Ear Trainer 3 is an ear training application for students of music to improve their listening skills. It contains some basic exercises used by many schools to teach their students. It assumes the user has...   440Software
10:51LIU HAO releases LH Grain Pad v2.2
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: LH Grain is a two channels synthesiser for live. Generates granular synthesis textures. OSC message support. Note: No AudioBus. No Audio Input. No Audio Files Import Samples location control.Grain waveform selector.Trends keyboard.Frequency...   440Software
07:29KbMouse Labs releases Drums - Choice For Drummer v2.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Percussions: YOUR SEARCH ENDS HERE, GUARANTEED FUN Play Drums like original. DOWNLOAD NOW. The size of drum very from larger to smaller. It creates better sounds which surely loved by your ears. The app contains drums and sticks which can be played without any...   440Software
04:06The Way of H, Inc. releases Guitar Lessons: Rock Prodigy v2.3.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: If you’re learning guitar and can’t get over the hump, Rock Prodigy is for you. Learn guitar with us: Rock Prodigy app puts you in the band to learn guitar. You'll hear what it sounds like to be in a band, helping you learn faster,...   440Software
Tuesday February 19, 2019
03:23Ricardo Santos releases Double Kick Drum Kit v4.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Drums: Double Kick is a high performance studio quality drum kit. Customise the kit layout to suit your playing style. Double Kick - Pro Drum Kit - turns your iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch into a rocking beat machine. Have fun making music with a full drum kit at your...   440Software
Monday February 18, 2019
03:15Astrocode Pty Ltd releases Autochords v3.0.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: Autochords is the ultimate songwriting cheat sheet. It's the easiest songwriting app and shows you how to play chords on guitar and piano. Just pick a progression style and a key that you're comfortable playing in, and Autochords will show you what to...   440Software
Sunday February 17, 2019
21:20ILLOM releases Tune My String v1.1.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: ================ 'A Killer Tuner with an adaptable UI for beginners and advanced musicians!' (Apps4iDevices) ================ Tune My String is a chromatic tuner for stringed instruments. Professional musicians will appreciate the high accuracy of the tuner, the...   440Software
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