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Sunday May 20, 2018
23:40China takes a critical first step toward landing on the far side of...
Enlarge / The far side of the Moon. No robotic spacecraft has ever made a soft landing here. (credit: NASA) China's space agency has taken a critical first step toward an unprecedented robotic landing on the far side of the Moon. On Monday, local time, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launched a Long March 4C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. ...   Ars Technica
15:55Elon Musk tweet-announces a $78,000 performance Model 3 with all-wheel ...
Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 26: Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) On Saturday night Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a few announcements via Twitter about new options for the Tesla Model 3. ...   Ars Technica
12:15Small group of iOS devs form “The Developers Unionî to request App...
Enlarge (credit: Apple) A small group of developers for Apple platforms has banded together to request new features and policies from Apple, and its members say they have ideas for ways to make it easier to make a living on the platform, Wired reports. ...   Ars Technica
11:17Who Is Arthur Chu?: When Jeopardy ended, the real puzzles of online...
Trailer for Who Is Arthur Chu? Some 50-plus years in, Jeopardy’s cultural impact seems definitive. The iconic game show has fans of all sorts: Drake listeners, scholars of classic cinema, local-pub-trivia diehards. ...   Ars Technica
Saturday May 19, 2018
17:00Blunder burns unicorn attack that exploited Windows and Reader
Enlarge (credit: Lisa Cooper / Flickr) It’s not every day someone develops a malware attack that, with one click, exploits separate zero-day vulnerabilities in two widely different pieces of software. It’s even rarer that a careless mistake burns such a unicorn before it can be used. ...   Ars Technica
14:15FCC investigates site that let most US mobile phones’ location be...
Enlarge / Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), as seen on April 18, 2018. (credit: New America / Flickr) The Federal Communications Commission has taken preliminary steps to examine the actions of LocationSmart, a southern California company that has suddenly found itself under intense public and government scrutiny for allowing most American cell phones’ locations to be easily accessed. ...   Ars Technica
13:00A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger...
On May 13, 2005, Star Trek: Enterprise ended its four-season run with the controversial two-part finale, “These Are the Voyages… î The finale infamously brought in cast members from The Next Generation to tell the final chapter in Enterprise’s story, and it was viewed by some as a disrespectful and ignominious end to 18 almost-unbroken years of Trek on the small screen. ...   Ars Technica
11:39PdxCon 2018: Paradox reveals Imperator Rome, Age of Wonders:...
Paradox hasn't been shy about the fact it's working on a new grand strategy game. It's been two years since Stellaris and Hearts of Iron IV, and despite the usual trickle of post-release DLC for each game it's felt like maybe time for something new. Paradox said as much in February, hinting we'd see more at Paradox Con—and that it would not be the long-awaited Victoria III. ...   PC World
11:00Peek at LEGO’s upcoming sets: Star Wars crafts, Hogwarts, Ninjago...
Valentina Palladino NEW YORK—Upon walking into a gray, bricked-facade gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea area, color immediately flooded my eyes. LEGO chose an unassuming location to show off some of the more than 100 new sets coming out in time for the 2018 holiday season. ...   Ars Technica
Friday May 18, 2018
20:37Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy amidst “siegeî of negative...
Enlarge / A view of 597 5th Ave, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Cambridge Analytica LLC, the American arm of the London-based data analytics firm of the same name, filed for bankruptcy in federal court in New York on Friday. ...   Ars Technica
20:20Utilities, Tesla appeal federal rollback of auto emissions standards
Enlarge / Charging at night. (credit: Jordan Golson) A coalition of utilities and electric vehicle makers, including Tesla, filed a petition with a US Federal Appeals Court to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its recent work to roll back auto emissions standards. ...   Ars Technica
18:35A perfect time for Fahrenheit 451 remakes; HBO’s version falls short
Enlarge / Do you get it? It's the temperature at which a book burns. (credit: Michael Gibson / HBO) Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for HBO's Fahrenheit 451. Media and entertainment have been stripped of thought and reduced to quick dopamine hits. ...   Ars Technica
18:00This week in games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets battle royale,...
If last week was the week of E3 rumors, this is the week of delays. Phoenix Point, Metro: Exodus, and Skull & Bones were all pushed back this week, meaning the first few months of 2019 are already looking busy. ...   PC World
17:23EVGA moves its motherboard drivers to reusable flash drives, finally...
Say it with me: Finally. EVGA is bucking the trend and embracing the new normal by shipping the drivers for its new motherboards on a tiny flash drive instead.“No more driver DVDs in future EVGA motherboards including the new H370,î EVGA product management director Jacob Freeman tweeted late Thursday. “Instead you get the drivers on this small 8GB flash drive. ...   PC World
16:45Clean air, water on voters’ agenda, but not Congress’
Enlarge / Congressman Mo Brooks wanted to know if scientists were including the influence of rocks falling into the ocean when they calculated sea level rise. A poll came out this week indicating that huge majorities of the US public think that the federal government isn't doing enough to protect the environment. ...   Ars Technica
14:19Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay world premiere: Pixar’s magic even works on...
Enlarge / This is not a pre-rendered cut scene. This is how Pixar-perfect Kingdom Hearts 3 looks in the middle of its zany action-RPG battles. (credit: Square Enix / Disney-Pixar) SANTA MONICA, California—Through Japanese interpreters, the director and co-director of Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series introduced the first-ever playable version of Kingdom Hearts 3 by talking about the ...   Ars Technica
13:59Nvidia's first 4K G-Sync HDR monitor is available to preorder, with a...
The first round of G-Sync HDR displays is almost here after nearly a year of delays and they look awesome, with a specification sheet that checks virtually every box a monitor nerd could dream of. ...   PC World
13:54Get your home ready for summer with $50 off Nest, Ecobee smart...
Smart thermostats are a great way to regulate your home's temperature and control your budget. Right now, two of our top-rated smart thermostats, the Ecobee4 Thermostat with Sensor and the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in white, are both $200, $50 off their list prices on Amazon.To read this article in full, please click here   PC World
13:11The $1,200 Red Hydrogen One phone is coming to Verizon and AT&T this...
Carriers can make or break a phone release. As we’ve seen with Huawei’s debacle earlier this year, selling a new handset in the U.S. pretty much requires retail support of at least one major carrier, namely Verizon or AT&T, and generally both. And getting it isn’t always an easy task. ...   PC World
12:59NASA asks for Europa lander science experiments—and that’s a big deal
Plumes of water vapor on Europa? A lander could tell us much more. (credit: NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI) NASA is in various stages of planning two multi-billion dollar missions to Jupiter's intriguing, ice-covered moon of Europa. ...   Ars Technica
12:38Get a sleek Asus laptop with an 8th-gen Core i5 CPU and USB-C for $479 ...
Sometimes people buy laptops for its trendy or sleek looks. A lot of times, however, a bigger concern is value. Today, there's a sleek Asus laptop on Amazon that covers both of those bases. The Asus VivoBook F510UA with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 is just $479. This is the all-time low price for this laptop, which has been selling between $510 and $550 in recent months. ...   PC World
10:15Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 world’s first hands-on: Tight core, tons of...
Enlarge / Treyarch's David Vonderhaar (left) and Dan Bunting speak at the CoDBLOPS4 reveal event. (credit: Sam Machkovech) LOS ANGELES—'Treyarch has never shied away from breaking away from convention. ...   Ars Technica
09:30Roccat Horde Aimo review: This 'membranical' gaming keyboard explores...
We’ve seen two attempts at a hybrid mechanical/membrane keyboard so far: Logitech’s G213 Prodigy with its “mech-domeî switch and Razer’s Ornata with its “mecha-membrane.î And I would’ve been happy if that were it, forever. Neither was that great, and it’s hard to convince me to buy an “upscaleî membrane keyboard when true mechanical keyboards are so cheap these days. ...   PC World
09:00The best CPUs for gaming
Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. ...   PC World
03:58Elon Musk talks proof-of-concept tunnel parallel to the 405 in Los...
Enlarge / Elon Musk speaking to a crowd in Los Angeles On Thursday evening in Los Angeles, Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk laid out plans for The Boring Company to start building longer tunnels under the city. The first step? A 2.7 mile north-south test tunnel parallel to one of the city's most congested freeways, the 405. ...   Ars Technica
01:15Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.   PC World
01:00Tripp Lite TLP1008TEL review: Good protection for 10 outlets at a...
This is the right choice for a 10-outlet surge protector with spacing that allows maximum deployment of plugs.   PC World
Thursday May 17, 2018
23:40North Korea-tied hackers used Google Play and Facebook to infect...
Enlarge Researchers said a team of hackers tied to North Korea recently managed to get the Google Play market to host at least three Android apps designed to surreptitiously steal personal information from defectors of the isolated nation. The three apps first appeared in the official Android marketplace in January and weren’t removed until March when Google was privately notified. ...   Ars Technica
23:01The next Halo game will require no less than a 130-inch, 4K arcade...
As pre-E3 hype ramps up, fans have reason to anticipate new sequels and entries from their favorite game series. Today brings a surprise announcement of a brand-new Halo game—the kind of news you might expect as an E3-keynote surprise. ...   Ars Technica
22:50All of’s alleged co-owners arrested on extortion charges
Thomas Keesee (left) and Sahar Sarid (right) were arrested in Florida on Wednesday and await extradition to California. (credit: Palm Beach Sheriff's Office / Broward Sheriffs' Office) Two alleged owners of—Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee—have been arrested in south Florida on a recently issued California warrant. ...   Ars Technica
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Saturday May 19, 2018
13:32Ivosight updates Soundop Audio Editor to v1.5.2.0 for Windows
Ivosight has updated Soundop Audio Editor, a Windows application for audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering, to version Changes: Improved Compressor effect along with side-chain [Read More]   KVR Audio
Friday May 18, 2018
15:37AudioThing updates Outer Space to v1.2 - 30% new intro price
AudioThing has updated Outer Space to version 1.2. Changes: Improved: All additional controls are now available in a drop-down panel. Improved: CPU performance on both Echo and Reverb sections. [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:35Deskew Technologies updates Gig Performer to v2.3
Deskew Technologies has released version 2.3 of Gig Performer, its flagship cross-platform VST/AU audio plugin host for live performance touring and session musicians. Updates: The MIDIIn Block [Read More]   KVR Audio
11:00HoRNet releases ThirtyOne - 1/3 Octave Spectrum Analyzer and EQ with...
HoRNet has announced the release of ThirtyOne, a single package that includes a spectrum analyzer and a graphic equalizer, both have the standard 31 one third octave bands. This pair of tools [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:35SSL Native v6 Plug-ins Now Available
Solid State Logic has released version 6.0 of its SSL Native Plug-ins, which includes: Channelstrip, Bus Compressor, Vocalstrip, Drumstrip, X-Phase, X-EQ, X-Comp, X-ValveComp, and X-Saturator. [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:33Bram Bos releases Perforator - Rhythmic Gate Mask Effect for iOS
Bram Bos has released Perforator, a Rhythmic Gate Mask Effect for iOS priced at $3.99 in the App Store. Perforator lets you add rhythm to simple sustained sounds. It's a rhythmic gating audio [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:48New Loops releases Empyrean u-he Zebra Presets
New Loops has released a new sound bank for u-he Zebra. Empyrean features 116 Zebra presets, 22 custom oscillator presets, and 18 MSEG presets and makes good use of Zebra's new wavefolder and [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:27Mod Devices launches in-app Plugin purchase plan for MOD Duo
MOD Devices has announced the launch of a new plugin purchasing plan inside its hardware platform. In addition to free plugins, MOD Duo users will now have access to paid plugins from audio [Read More]   KVR Audio
Thursday May 17, 2018
11:00Fred Anton Corvest releases FAC Envolver Envelope Follower for iOS
Fred Anton Corvest has released FAC Envolver, an envelope follower AUv3 for iOS. It's available in the App Store for $6.99. Summary: Detection of the contour of the input signal and output of [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:17Sensomusic updates Usine Hollyhock to v3.0.171
Sensomusic has updated Usine Hollyhock to v3.0.171. Improvements: New SDK 7.01.006. New recreateParam procedure. New ptBitwise parameter's type. Bugs: Inlets text settings don't work properly. [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:42Universal Audio announces UAD-2 Live Rack MADI Effects Processor
Universal Audio has announced the UAD-2 Live Rack for live sound engineers. UAD-2 Live Rack is a 16-channel MADI effects processor, allowing users to apply Realtime UAD Processing with MADI-enabled [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:26Steinberg announces "VST 2 coming to an end"
Steinberg has announced that 'VST 2 coming to an end'. Here's what they say: Late 2013 we announced that the Software Development Kit (SDK) for VST 2 would no longer be maintained and would only [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Sunday May 20, 2018
23:54VirSyn releases Cube Synth v1.5.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: Cube Synth is a groundbreaking new software instrument giving you the power and flexibility of additive synthesis together with easy editing and morphing capabilities. Macro parameters allow you to control this beast with unequalled ease. Intelligent...   440Software
20:33Wimbledon Sound releases Idiotic v1.8
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Multi-Instruments: Idiotic is a fun, sound recording, pitch changing music keyboard for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. With lots of crazy built-in sounds and the ability to record your own, start making Idiotic music today! Slide the Pitch Control to make the...   440Software
04:15AppBC releases touchAble v3.3.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: touchAble is THE controller app for Ableton Live. 'A controller that rivals the Push in the hardware space, and almost completely leaves the competition behind in the app space.' DJ TECHTOOLS touchAble 3 offers a vast array of new and improved features and...   440Software
Saturday May 19, 2018
20:23Joseph Broms releases APTuner v3.1.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: APTuner takes one of the most widely used chromatic tuners and places it in your mobile phone and tablet. Built around an improved version of our pitch recognition engine, APTuner allows you to quickly and accurately tune your instrument using your phone's built-in...   440Software
02:27Loop-Sessions.LLC releases Multi Wave Oscillator v1.4.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: This app generates the audio signal of 6 channels. [Features] There are 4 types of waveform. (Sine, Triangle, Squire, Saw) It can adjust the volume of each channel (Input) and set OFF / ON that, and can change the 6-channel mixer volume the (Output) in the bottom...   440Software
Friday May 18, 2018
20:36G-Men Productions releases Blues Masters #1 Lite v4.4
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: Sample app for Blues Masters #1. “...seeing [this] app made my jaw drop for the first time in a decade.â€Â? â€â€?HP Newquist, former Editor-in-Chief, GUITAR magazine An encyclopedia for all those eager to learn the basics of blues...   440Software
16:03Crescendo Technologies releases Pulse - Metronome & Tap Tempo v2.33
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Pulse is a sleek, minimalist, free pro metronome app with haptics and Bluetooth syncing for iPhone and Watch to help you keep a steady tempo and beat during practice. Simple, intuitive interface Tap for BPM Playlists Custom colors and click sounds Tempo...   440Software
08:11Karaoke Music Coach App releases Sing Sharp v3.2.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Everyone can sing better with the 1st Gamified Learn to Sing Training Program for FREE! Sing Sharp helps you Learn+Practice, Train+Track, Anytime+Anywhere! Sing Sharp's What You See Is What You Singââ€û¢ technology detects and display your singing pitch...   440Software
04:15Eventide releases H9 Control v3.2.3
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: This is a controller app for the Eventide H9 effects pedal.   440Software
Thursday May 17, 2018
14:08Supertintin releases Pitch Analyzer v6.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: Pitch Analyzer is a tool for analysing sound's absolute pitch. It detects any sounds input from mic,and analyse the sound's frequency, note name, MIDI number,and cent tolerance... It can help singers or music students to exercise perfect pitch, and help tuners or...   440Software
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