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Wednesday December 12, 2018
13:35New 17-inch LG Gram laptop weighs 2.9 pounds, has nearly 20-hour...
LG We're just a few weeks away from 2019's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and some companies are drumming up hype by revealing some new products early. LG is one of them, as it announced the newest devices in its Gram family of thin-and-light laptops. ...   Ars Technica
13:34Surprise! Intel reveals 10nm Sunny Cove CPU cores that go deeper,...
Long criticized for reusing old cores in its recent CPUs, Intel on Wednesday showed off a new 10nm Sunny Cove core that will bring faster single-threaded and multi-threaded performance along with major speed bumps from new instructions. ...   PC World
13:29Intel promises big boost to integrated GPU, breaks teraflop barrier
Enlarge / 64 little grey boxes means 64 execution units, up from 24. (credit: Intel) Intel is promising a huge improvement to the performance of its integrated GPUs. Its generation 11 ('Gen11') GPU will more than double the execution units from (usually) 24 to 64, and in so doing boost the number-crunching performance to more than 1 trillion floating point operations per second. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove
OK, it's not all that sunny, but it's a nice picture of a cove. (credit: Neil Williamson) In 2019, Intel will release Core and Xeon chips built around a new architecture: the chips will add a bunch of new instructions to accelerate certain popular workloads such as cryptography and compression, with the company demonstrating 75-percent improvement in compression performance relative to ...   Ars Technica
13:00Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory
Enlarge / P1274 is Intel's name for its high performance 10nm process. P1222 is its 22FFL (22nm, FinFET, Low Power) process, which is optimized for much lower current leakage. As well as the Foveros connection between the compute and I/O modules, the product will use conventional stacked Package-on-Package memory. ...   Ars Technica
12:00The 2018 XPS 13 Developer’s Edition—Have it your way on “just worksî...
Valentina Palladino It has been six years since Dell first introduced its XPS Developer Edition moniker, which refers specifically to the company's XPS laptop models that ship with Ubuntu Linux (and not Windows) pre-installed. Ever since, Dell has been producing some of the best Linux 'ultrabooks' in recent memory. ...   Ars Technica
11:30Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything...
Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. (credit: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images) At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, members of Congress grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a variety of topics, from user privacy to the possibility of a censored Chinese search engine. But the focus of the hearing was political bias. ...   Ars Technica
11:15Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord
Enlarge / The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her new companions face a familiar foe in the season finale of Doctor Who. (credit: BBC) The BBC's Doctor Who wrapped its 11th (or 37th) season Sunday night, with Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) in the iconic role—the first woman to portray everyone's favorite Time Lord. ...   Ars Technica
10:30Razer Phone 2 review: Still the best gaming phone
The Razer Phone 2 is a gaming powerhouse. Under the hood it’s running the latest hardware, features a giant battery, and offers a viewing/listening experience that is unmatched—on top of a near-stock version of Android. ...   PC World
10:04Sapphire Gearbox review: This affordable external GPU dock offers...
Gaming isn’t restricted to big, bulky PCs anymore. The rise of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3’s blisteringly fast data transfer speeds can now transform ultraportable laptops and diminutive desktop systems into full-blown gaming rigs when they’re connected to an external graphics card dock (eGPU). PC makers have been scrambling to meet the demand for this new hardware category. ...   PC World
10:00Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable review: Listen to your vinyl...
Vinyl records are making a major comeback, but digital recordings are better suited to mobile pursuits. Audio-Technica's USB turntable gives you the best of both worlds.   PC World
01:30Not dusted for good? There’s a sequel in the works for Doctor Strange
Enlarge / Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Doctor Strange, despite the events of Avengers: Infinity War. (credit: Marvel Studios) Avengers: Endgame doesn't hit theaters for several months, but sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that a Doctor Strange sequel is already in the works. Spoilers follow for Avengers: Infinity War and Doctor Strange. ...   Ars Technica
01:00Doctor, once hired by clinic that sees Tesla workers, just lost his...
Enlarge / Exterior view of the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (credit: Mason Trinca / Washington Post via Getty Images) A doctor who once worked for a Fremont, California, medical clinic contracted to treat injured workers at Tesla's nearby factory has just lost his medical license. Dr. ...   Ars Technica
Tuesday December 11, 2018
19:41Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down
Artist's rendering of a rocket car screaming across the desert. (credit: Bloodhound SSC) Sad news, everyone. Bloodhound SSC, the British project to shatter the land speed record, is dead. Breaking the 1,000mph barrier with a ground vehicle is neither an easy feat nor a cheap one, and it was the funding side of things that proved to be an insurmountable hurdle. ...   Ars Technica
19:05macOS Mojave’s dark mode is coming to Google Chrome
Enlarge / Google Chrome in macOS Mojave. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple added dark mode to macOS with its Mojave software update in September. Since then, third-party apps have been adding dark themes to go along with it, but there have been a handful of notable outliers, like Slack and Google Chrome. ...   Ars Technica
18:13Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard review: Smart design, steep...
Microsoft lets you know right up front its aim for the Sulpt Ergonomic Keyboard wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo. It re-imagines the shape of our most-used computer peripherals to prevent or reduce the effects of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.Behind the scenes, Microsoft dubbed the keyboard “Manta Rayî for obvious reasons. ...   PC World
17:58Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found
Enlarge / A letter posted by Supermicro executives today announcing that an audit had found no evidence of claims of espionage implants in the company's servers, part of a campaign by the company to counter a report by Bloomberg in October. ...   Ars Technica
17:47Net neutrality bill 38 votes short in Congress, and time has almost...
Enlarge / The dome of the United State Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Phil Roeder) Legislation to restore net neutrality rules now has 180 supporters in the US House of Representatives, but that's 38 votes short of the amount needed before the end of the month. ...   Ars Technica
17:31What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes
Enlarge / The middle image shows the painting as it now appears, with close-ups of four centuries of damage and wear on the right. The asterisks mark the locations of Caselli and her colleagues' samples. ...   Ars Technica
16:35Getting Vulcan up to speed: Part one of our interview with Tory Bruno
Enlarge / NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen, left, and President and CEO for United Launch Alliance Tory Bruno shake hands after viewing the ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA's Parker Solar Probe in August. (credit: NASA) After a long career in the development of space and missile programs, Salvatore T. ...   Ars Technica
16:35Record live HD TV for less with this deal on Amazon's Fire TV Recast...
We all know December can get busy, and for cord-cutting TV fans, it can be hard to squeeze in time to watch all of your favorite shows. The Amazon Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR lets you record live HD broadcasts do you can watch whenever you want, and today Amazon's running a great sale: you can grab a two tuner for $190 or a four-tuner one for $230Remove non-product link, down from a list ...   PC World
16:23Samsung embarrassingly partners with “counterfeitî version of Supreme
Enlarge Samsung had a product launch in China earlier this week, where it seemingly announced a partnership in China with the skateboard fashion brand Supreme. Branding partnerships are usually pretty boring, but this one has some spice to it. ...   Ars Technica
15:41Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | TwilightEye) A small Massachusetts town has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network. Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. ...   Ars Technica
15:29The Sun in its rearview mirror, Voyager 2 is in interstellar space
Enlarge / The Plasma Science Experiment, and the change in the solar wind it detected as Voyager 2 reached interstellar space. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT) On Monday, NASA announced that one of its longest-running experiments has started a new phase. Five years after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, its sibling, Voyager 2, has joined it there. ...   Ars Technica
15:10Uber manager in March: “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000...
Enlarge / NTSB officials inspecting the vehicle that killed Elaine Herzberg in a March crash in Arizona. (credit: NTSB) On March 19, the world learned that Uber had a serious safety problem when a prototype self-driving car struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona. But signs of Uber's safety problems were evident to company insiders even before the crash. ...   Ars Technica
14:00Technical tour-de-force traps positrons
Enlarge / An abstract illustration of high-energy subatomic particles colliding. (credit: Girolamo Sferrazza Papa | Getty Images) We don’t often play with them, but plasmas are a central part of modern life. The plasmas that we can create on Earth, however, are unlike some of the plasmas that are thought to exist in space—the ones in space appear to include antimatter. ...   Ars Technica
13:51The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is the height of overkill—and I totally ...
OnePlus may be a company known for crafting phones with premium specs and affordable prices but that doesn’t mean it can’t bust loose once in a while. And nothing says busting loose like a partnership with one of the fastest and most recognizable Formula One car makers in the world, McLaren. ...   PC World
13:10Amazon's affordable Fire HD 10 tablet is $50 off today
Somewhere between 2010 and 2018, tablets became about as exciting as a new couch. Still, just like run-of-the-mill desktops and laptops, these “home computing appliancesî are still useful devices to have. Today, Amazon’s selling the base model of the Fire HD 10 Tablet for $100. That’s $50 off and the same sale price we saw on Black Friday. ...   PC World
13:00Testing WireGuard with an early-adopter VPN service
Enlarge / We don't recommend specific VPN solutions, but we sure like analyzing them. (credit: Pixabay) Following our earlier WireGuard coverage, commercial VPN provider IVPN's chief marketing officer reached out to me to let me know his company was adding WireGuard support to its offering and asked if I'd be interested in covering the launch. ...   Ars Technica
11:48The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet
A USB-C hub is quickly becoming an indispensable piece of gear. Though we like to mock Apple for its rat’s nest of wired dongles for connecting legacy peripherals, more and more PC laptop and tablet makers are adopting USB-C, making it a headache to connect devices like older hard drives or mice. ...   PC World
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Wednesday December 12, 2018
07:44inouï samples releases Stac & Slap Sax - The Baritone for Kontakt with ...
inouï samples has announced the release of Stac & Slap Sax - The Baritone, a new Kontakt Instrument designed for: Media composers. Live/album composers (big-band, musical,... Read More   KVR Audio
07:17Applied Acoustics Systems releases the String Theory sound pack for...
Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the release of the String Theory sound pack for the String Studio VS-3 and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with polish sound designer Adam Pietruszko.... Read More   KVR Audio
06:36Hidenori Matsuoka updates Guitar Kit to v7.2 for iOS
Hidenori Matsuoka has updated Guitar Kit to v7.2. This change will make Sheet View more useful. Changes in 7.2: Made it easy to see position labels of each string in... Read More   KVR Audio
02:42Vienna Symphonic Library releases "Steinway & Sons D-274" virtual...
Vienna Symphonic Library has released their new Steinway & Sons D-274 virtual concert grand. This is the second piano that was recorded at their refurbished recording facility Synchron Stage... Read More   KVR Audio
Tuesday December 11, 2018
16:15Applied Acoustics Systems releases "String Studio VS-3" String...
Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the official release of String Studio VS-3—an all-new version of its string oscillator synthesizer for Mac OS X and Windows. String... Read More   KVR Audio
16:00Arturia releases Pigments - Software Synthesizer
Arturia has released the Pigments software synthesizer. Combining two worlds, it is designed to add cutting-edge wavetable synthesis to Arturia's virtual analog technology.... Read More   KVR Audio
14:04Toontrack releases Custom Shop EZX for EZdrummer 2 and Superior...
Toontrack announced the release of Custom Shop EZX, a new sound library expansion for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3 featuring some of the most rare, hard-to-come-by and unique handcrafted... Read More   KVR Audio
14:00Decomposer releases Sitala 1.0 Beta 1 - Free, simple, 16 pad drum...
Decomposer has announced the release of the first beta of Sitala, a free, simple, 16 pad drum sampler for macOS, Windows and Linux in standalone and VST and AU plug-in formats.... Read More   KVR Audio
01:47Cherry Audio releases Voltage Module Designer
Cherry Audio has released Voltage Module Designer, a companion development tool created to facilitate the development of modules for use in their Voltage Modular modular synthesis platform.... Read More   KVR Audio
Monday December 10, 2018
21:33Audiofier releases Riffendium Volume 1 for Kontakt
Audiofier has released Riffendium Volume 1, a themed sample library collection for modern producers and composers, for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.8+. Riffendium Volume 1 is... Read More   KVR Audio
17:04Adam Szabo updates Viper to v1.0.4
Adam Szabo has updated Viper to version 1.0.4. Changes: Resizable GUI. Loading soundbanks directly from browser. Renaming presets in browser. Fixed some parameter bugs.... Read More   KVR Audio
15:15Roland Cloud SRX Dance Trax Now Available
Roland Virtual Sonics has announced the release of SRX Dance Trax, the latest addition to Roland cloud. Here's what they say: In the early 2000s, Roland's SRX series... Read More   KVR Audio
14:47Blue Cat Audio updates PatchWork, Axiom, Late Replies and Destructor
Blue Cat Audio released updates for Axiom (1.12), Destructor (1.41), Late Replies (1.31) and PatchWork (2.31). These new versions mainly bring performance improvements and a... Read More   KVR Audio
14:39Line 6 updates Helix Native to 1.71
Line 6 has updated Helix Native to 1.71. New Features: Block Drag and Drop—Individual blocks in Helix Native can now be dragged and dropped between it and HX Edit or... Read More   KVR Audio
14:17Bremmers Audio Design updates MultitrackStudio for iPad to v3.1
Bremmers Audio Design has released version 3.1 of MultitrackStudio for iPad. New in version 3.1: Pro Extension: fader/knob movements can now be recorded as automation.... Read More   KVR Audio
12:38Thenatan and Global Audio Tools release "Poizen" Trap Instrument...
Thenatan and Global Audio Tools have announced that Poizen, a new Trap instrument plug-in for Windows and macOS (AU/VST/VST3), is available for pre-order at the introductory price of $24.75.... Read More   KVR Audio
11:44Cinematique Instruments releases Ensemblia 2 Orchestral - A Modern...
Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Ensemblia 2 Orchestral for Kontakt. Ensemblia Orchestral is the sound of a modern chamber orchestra. It sounds warm, intimate... Read More   KVR Audio
11:34Voxengo releases CRTIV Reverb 2 and updates CRTIV Tape Bus to v1.2
Voxengo has released version 2.0 of CRTIV Reverb, a stereo reverberation effect plug-in, and updated CRTIV Tape Bus, a reel-to-reel tape saturation plug-in, to v1.2. CRTIV... Read More   KVR Audio
08:38Bolder Sounds announces fiddle! V2 release for Kontakt
Bolder Sounds will release fiddle! V2 on December 15th, 2018, for Kontakt with a free update for those who purchase fiddle! V1 prior to the release date of V2. fiddle! V2 features... Read More   KVR Audio
Sunday December 9, 2018
12:01Synapse Audio releases DUNE 3
Synapse Audio has released DUNE 3, a major overhaul of their polyphonic flagship synthesizer that combines VA/subtractive, Wavetable and FM synthesis with an extensive modulation system,... Read More   KVR Audio
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Wednesday December 12, 2018
10:51Kooapps releases Sonata - Classical Music Radio v2.0.19
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Best place for Classical Music on the App Store Change Your Life with classical music Reviews & ratings: 'I use this when I need to work/concentrate. Always works like a charm.' 'Very cool app. I play it while I work and find myself more...   440Software
07:28Music Paradise, LLC releases Real Guitar Instrument v7.1.4
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Guitars: Variety of professional GUITARS Precise strings TUNER Keeping the rhythm with METRONOME Real Guitar Instrument app's features: Huge chords library Great instrument choice: 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar or banjo Metronome to improve your...   440Software
04:06AmoriyA releases MIDI Score v1.4.8
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: [MIDI Score] is an app that converts MIDI files to sheet music. While you are listening to music, you can see musical notes synchronized. Features Converts MIDI files to sheet music Plays the sheet music with the synchronization Supports...   440Software
Tuesday December 11, 2018
21:20Exact Editions Ltd releases Opera Magazine v12.0.0
iPhone, iPad / Misc / Unclassifiable: Recently described (in The Daily Telegraph) as ‘the bible of the industry’, OPERA has been the world’s leading commentator on the lyric stage for almost 60 years. The free Opera application includes access to selected pages from the...   440Software
17:05Dante Varnado Moore releases SP Multitrack Songwriting v2.1
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Pro Songwriting tools + Multitrack Recording Studio + Beats The triple threat mashup that will keep you inspired and propel you from concept to completed song in no time! Write it. Pro Songwriting editor with rhyming dictionary, synonyms and...   440Software
13:10Jonathan Bell releases Learn Tapping for Guitar v15.42577589
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Some users have reported no sound because the sound on their device is muted. To unmute either push the mute button next to volume controls on the side of the device (iPhones and older iPads) or disable silent mode by tapping the bell icon in the control centre...   440Software
01:26Plastaq Software releases Scythe v2.10
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: Scythe is a new iPad synthesizer that makes designing new sounds easier than ever before. Just tap the bend button and sculpt your new sound directly in realtime. Scythe is capable of making a wide range of sounds, from traditional analog favorites to...   440Software
Monday December 10, 2018
21:31Ryo Okamoto releases Pyxis - BPM Counter v2.32
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Pyxis is a simple but elegant manual BPM detector, especially designed for DJs. You can guess the BPM (Beats Per Minute) by tapping the round counter button continuously with the sophisticated analogic tempo calculation algorithm. Once your finger goes...   440Software
16:16Amazing Noises releases GliderVerb v2.2
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: GliderVerb is a “Reverberator with Glissandosâ€Â? simulating a room gradually changing its shape. It is an expanded version of an algorithm created by James McCartney for his Supercollider 2 programming language. The original algorithm had no...   440Software
Sunday December 9, 2018
21:20Hans Petter Selasky releases MIDI Player Pro v2.0.0
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MidiFiles: MIDI Player Pro is the software you need to be able to play any kind of music in seconds with your fingertips. MIDI Player Pro has been developed to allow beginners as well as experts to have an easier way to play the piano. The program has multiple...   440Software
11:36TAKAHIRO AYA releases Tap DoReMi Fast v2.2.4
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: ※※ Celebrating 400,000 Users ※※ This app tests your perfect pitch (absolute pitch) abilities. Perfect Pitch Fast Tap • It will help you to have perfect pitch through playing the game. • You can see where you...   440Software
02:13Apptrax releases Clarinet Pro HD v2.0
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Winds: Experience the “Clarinetâ€Â? in a unique App sampled with high definition audio technology from the best musicians around the world. Change scales, notes and share your own melodies online. You can also enjoy our new Inter-App Audio features and make...   440Software
Saturday December 8, 2018
21:31Sergiy Korchan releases Functional Ear Trainer v1.1.16
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Have you (or maybe one of your friends) ever wanted to learn to transcribe or play music by ear? It is so important for a musician to know what you are hearing. A good musical ear helps when you are composing, improvising, transcribing melodies, or...   440Software
17:39Learn To Master releases Guitar Tutor v12.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Over 700 Riffs and Songs to learn from different eras and genres. Choose between Classical or Electric Guitar (clean / distortion). Play Chords or Solo with support to improvise in any key. Learn Scales, Chords and Modes in any position. Exercises to test...   440Software
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