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Friday January 18, 2019
10:00Creative Super X-Fi review: A 'holographic audio' eargasm
Few things in technology are guaranteed to bring you actual joy, but Creative’s Super X-Fi just might qualify for that list.In short, the Super X-Fi distills decades of audio work into a tiny, portable dongle no bigger than a USB thumb drive that transforms smartphone, laptop, or PC audio with “holographic audio,î according the company. ...   PC World
02:13Get a Lifetime Of Adobe CC Training For Just $39 (90% Off)
Whenever see a billboard while driving down the highway or see a stylish animation on your favorite website, you have experienced graphic design firsthand. Behind each of these beautiful designs is a graphic designer trying to catch your attention through art. ...   PC World
01:00Google Play malware used phones’ motion sensors to conceal itself
Enlarge (credit: Andri Koolme / Flickr) Malicious apps hosted in the Google Play market are trying a clever trick to avoid detection—they monitor the motion-sensor input of an infected device before installing a powerful banking trojan to make sure it doesn’t load on emulators researchers use to detect attacks. ...   Ars Technica
Thursday January 17, 2019
22:03Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay as seen by a ‘90s arcade rat
Enlarge / Scorpion has come a long way in Mortal Kombat 11, but he's still a golden ninja with flaming powers, so it works for me. I was 15 when Mortal Kombat first hit the arcades in 1992. It was a different era then—no social media, no modern Internet to speak of, and we didn't have year-long teaser campaigns for new games. ...   Ars Technica
21:12Leaked Android Q build shows off dark mode, improved privacy controls
Ready for a new version of Android? If you remember last year, Android P, the pre-release version of what eventually became Android 9 Pie, dropped in March. So we're probably not that far away from a preview of the next version of Android, which will is expected to be called 'Android Q. ...   Ars Technica
20:39Woman sues T-Mobile after employees allegedly snoop on racy private...
Enlarge / A T-Mobile logo on the window of a retail store in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) A New Jersey woman has sued T-Mobile in state court last week for sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, and other counts. ...   Ars Technica
20:25Google buys $40 million worth of smartwatch tech from Fossil Group
Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Wearables have brought Google and the fashion-focused Fossil Group closer together. Today, Fossil announced it will sell intellectual property related to smartwatch technology to Google in a deal worth $40 million. Upon news of the deal, Fossil Group shares jumped about 8 percent today. ...   Ars Technica
20:25'Collection #1' reveals 773 million email addresses, passwords in one...
Data breaches are becoming increasingly more common, but today’s is a doozy: 1,160,253,228 unique passwords and email addresses have been attributed to a breach that’s being called “Collection #1. ...   PC World
20:11The Motorola Razr is coming back as a smartphone
Enlarge / The Motorola Razr V3. (credit: Remy Overkempe / Flickr) Lenovo, the current owner of Motorola Mobility, will release a new version of the iconic Razr cell phone, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal citing sources familiar with the matter. Like a similar phone announced at Samsung's 2018 developers' conference, the new Razr will feature a foldable screen. ...   Ars Technica
19:57Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad...
Enlarge / Glasswort bush (Salicornia europaea), Chenopodiaceae. (credit: De Agostini/Getty Images) On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 in Abu Dhabi embarked on a roughly seven-hour flight to Amsterdam with its tank full of a mixture of jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel was derived from oil pressed out of Salicornia plants, which require saltwater to grow. ...   Ars Technica
19:33Ars community gives more than $20,000 in annual charity drive
Enlarge A month ago, I asked readers to donate to our 2018 Charity Drive sweepstakes. All told, Ars Technica readers donated $20,210.66 to Child's Play and the EFF through the charity drive. That brings our total donations over 12 years of charity driving over the $300,000 mark! Well done, Arsians! Thanks to everyone who gave whatever they could. ...   Ars Technica
19:20Lawmakers seek harsh penalties against ZTE and Huawei
Enlarge (credit: Getty | SOPA Images ) Washington policymakers sought to ratchet up pressure on Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE on Wednesday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation that would ban exports to companies caught violating US sanctions laws. ...   Ars Technica
19:05Dealmaster: Get a 5-port Anker wall charger with a USB-C PD port for...
Enlarge (credit: TechBargains) Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on Anker's PowerPort I desktop charger, the black model of which is currently down to $35 on Amazon. Typically, it retails in the high $40 or low $50 range. ...   Ars Technica
18:09Here’s the action-packed first trailer for John Wick: Chapter...
Keanu Reeves is on the run with his trusty canine companion in first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum. Everyone's favorite reluctant assassin is on the run with a $14 million bounty on his head, and few allies, in the action-packed first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum. (Spoilers for first two movies below. ...   Ars Technica
17:38Windows 10 October 2018 Update is at last being pushed automatically
Enlarge / Who doesn't love some new Windows? (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr) The ill-fated Windows 10 October 2018 Update has hitherto been offered only to those Windows users who manually sought it, either by using the dedicated upgrade and media creation tools or by manually checking for the update in Windows Update. ...   Ars Technica
17:12Verizon blames school text provider in dispute over “spamî fee
Enlarge / A Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone is displayed for sale at a Verizon store in Brea, California, on Monday, January 22, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) After being criticized for charging a new fee that could kill a free texting service for teachers and students, Verizon is trying to deflect blame over the possible shutdown. ...   Ars Technica
16:23Anti-vaccine nonsense spurred NY’s largest outbreak in decades
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Mel Melcon) Health officials in New York are cautiously optimistic that they have a large measles outbreak under control after tackling the noxious anti-vaccine myths and unfounded fears that fueled the disease’s spread. Since last fall, New York has tallied 177 confirmed cases of measles, the largest outbreak the state has seen in decades. ...   Ars Technica
16:00How running websites has changed in the last two decades (for an Ars...
The Pit, a BBS door game. In this shot, Lee Hutchinson was attacking these guys. Or, maybe they're attacking him. (credit: Lee Hutchinson) I was a true nerd growing up in the 1980s—not in the hipster way but in the 10-pound-issue-of-Computer-Shopper-under-my-arm way (these things were seriously huge). I was thoroughly addicted to BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems) by the time I was 10. ...   Ars Technica
15:52If we stopped upgrading fossil-fuel-using tech, we’d hit our climate...
Enlarge / This refinery would be replaced by a green alternative once it reaches the end of its lifetime. (credit: Eni An Energy Company) Because climate change is such a complex, globe-spanning problem, it’s hard to really wrap your head around possible future scenarios. ...   Ars Technica
15:33Bethesda confirms bans for visiting hidden Fallout 76 “developer roomî
Video showing the contents of the hidden 'developer room' in Fallout 76. Fallout 76 developer Bethesda has confirmed it is issuing temporary bans to players who access a hidden 'developer room' full of lucrative and unreleased items for the online game. ...   Ars Technica
15:00Relativity Space to launch from historic Florida site
A rendering of the Terran 1 rocket lifting off from Launch Complex 16. [credit: Relativity Space ] A company that aspires to 3D print almost the entirety of its rockets has reached an agreement with the US Air Force to launch from historic facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ...   Ars Technica
14:35Store all the things with SanDisk's gargantuan 400GB microSD card for...
Boosting your storage is always a good idea, and today, gobbling up a lot of gigabytes doesn’t have to be expensive. You can grab the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card for just $83.98 on Amazon, down from a list price of $250 and a crazy low price for such a substantial amount of storage. ...   PC World
14:02This 43-inch 4K HDR television with Amazon Fire TV built-in is on sale ...
If you haven’t upgraded to the glorious 4K HDR life yet, now’s the perfect time to see what you’re missing for cheap. Best Buy is selling a 43-inch 4K HDR Toshiba Smart TV with Amazon’s Fire TV built-in for $200Remove non-product link. That price beats Amazon’s all-time historical low by $50 and the current Amazon price by $100.To read this article in full, please click here   PC World
11:55Monster 773 million-record breach list contains plaintext passwords
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Have I Been Pwned, the breach notification service that serves as a bellwether for the security of login credentials, has just gotten its hands on its biggest data haul ever—a list that includes almost 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords that were used to log in to third-party sites. ...   Ars Technica
11:35It’s the drag that helps the humble hagfish slime predators so quickly
Courtesy of University of Wisconsin, Madison. The homely hagfish might look like just your average bottom feeder, but it has a secret weapon: it can unleash a full liter of sticky slime in less than one second. That slime can clog the gills of a predatory shark, for instance, suffocating it. ...   Ars Technica
11:30System has four stars and a planet-forming disk oriented vertically
Enlarge / Artist's conception of the B binary in the quad-star system HD 98000. (credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick.) Models and observations indicate that both stars and planets form as a cloud of material collapses into a disk. If the process proceeds in an orderly manner, then the planets will all form from the same disk and thus orbit in the same plane. ...   Ars Technica
10:45Quicken Deluxe 2019 review: Master your money
Quicken is still the king of personal finance software, but the last several years have brought a legion of challengers to its throne. Just glance at our personal finance software guide to see how stiff the competition has gotten. ...   PC World
10:30Arteck HB030B Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard review: A multi-device...
The thin-and-light Arteck HB030B Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard arms road warriors with a single input for their devices. Supporting the four major commercial operating systems (Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android), this keyboard provides a fairly comfortable typing experience and a little pizzazz with multicolored backlighting.Note: This review is part of our best wireless keyboard roundup. ...   PC World
10:00In defense of smart TV snooping
Data collection on smart TVs reveals an ugly truth about streaming video.   PC World
02:21How to watch the 2019 NFL Conference Championships and the Super Bowl...
Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.   PC World
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Thursday January 17, 2019
21:39PreSonus upgrades Notion to v6.5 - New features and improved...
PreSonus has announced Notion 6.5, a major update to the company's music notation software. With version 6.5, PreSonus has further integration between Notion and PreSonus' Studio One 4... Read More   KVR Audio
15:12Xenakios updates PaulXStretch plugin to v1.2.3
Xenakios has updated PaulXStretch to v1.2.3. Changes: Captured audio buffers can optionally be saved as files on disk for later recall. Added varispeed (resampling speed... Read More   KVR Audio
13:00UVI releases beta version of UVI Portal - Downloading desktop app
UVI has announced the public beta testing of UVI Portal - their new desktop app that lets you download, install, register, activate and update all your UVI products in a single, convenient... Read More   KVR Audio
09:55VB-Audio releases “Voicemeeter Potatoî Virtual Audio Mixer
VB-Audio has announced the release of Voicemeeter 8 (a.k.a. POTATO), finalizing the Voicemeeter Series with an 'ultimate virtual mixing console application', offering 5 Physical I/O and... Read More   KVR Audio
09:26Plughugger releases "Toys After Dark" for Spectrasonics Omnisphere
Toys After Dark from Plughugger, is a new sound expander for Omnisphere 2.5 based on circuit-bent toys and musical instruments, such as math toys, old Casio keyboards and talking toys such... Read More   KVR Audio
09:01Deskew Technologies announces Gig Performer 3 at Winter NAMM 2019
At this year's NAMM show, Deskew Technologies will be debuting Version 3 of Gig Performer, their VST/VST3/AU live performance plug-in host for Mac and Windows systems. At the... Read More   KVR Audio
08:36VSP releases "Atmospheric Hues" for Arturia Pigments with 25% Intro...
VSP has released Atmospheric Hues, a collection of presets for Pigments with a focus on Pads and Atmospheres. Every preset includes deeply programmed instruments that take advantage of... Read More   KVR Audio
08:11Raising Jake Studios releases "Telephone" VST Plugin for Windows
Raising Jake Studios has released Telephone VST2/VST3 plug-ins for Windows (x64). Telephone emulates the complex sound of a classic analog telephone in one simple plugin. Telephone... Read More   KVR Audio
Wednesday January 16, 2019
22:14Big Fish Audio releases 808 Earthquake
Big Fish Audio has announced the release of 808 Earthquake, featuring 50 various styles of 808 loops, all made with the modern producer in mind. 808 Earthquake is made in the styles of... Read More   KVR Audio
14:57Rast Sound releases Sounds of Mars for Kontakt
Rast Sound has released Sounds of Mars, a sample library for Kontakt, designed by 20+ sound artists collaboratively, that comes with an engine that can play itself. The Sounds... Read More   KVR Audio
10:31Audio Modeling at Winter NAMM Show 2019
Audio Modeling will be present at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim from 24 to 27 January. At booth #10616, Hall A (see it on the map) you can find both the SWAM virtual instruments... Read More   KVR Audio
Tuesday January 15, 2019
21:472getheraudio releases Cheeze Machine 2 - Free String Machine...
2getheraudio has released Cheeze Machine 2, a free-of-charge string machine plugin. Inspired by Big Tick Audio's Cheeze Machine string machine plugin, Cheeze Machine 2 includes... Read More   KVR Audio
17:00McDSP announces 6060 Ultimate Module Collection
McDSP will be heading to NAMM 2019, held January 24-27, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Visit booth number, 14905, located in the North Hall to check out the... Read More   KVR Audio
16:03Wusik updates Wusik Station, Wusik 8008, Wusik EVE and Wusik One
Wusik has released updates for Wusik Station (v9.1.4), Wusik 8008 (v1.1.4), Wusik EVE (v5.0.4), and Wusik One (v1.1.4). Changes for all products: Improved the Wavetable... Read More   KVR Audio
14:48The Ableton LiveStyle - An interview with Craig Schuftan at Ableton...
Craig Shuftan On the eve of the NAMM Show it would be a good time to point out another completely different event recently held in Los Angeles. While the Woolsey Fire raged... Read More   KVR Audio
08:27Babylonwaves updates Art Conductor Articulation Sets and Expression...
Babylonwaves has released version 5.0 updates for Art Conductor, its collection of Logic Articulation Sets and Cubase Expression maps. The new version adds over 800 templates... Read More   KVR Audio
Monday January 14, 2019
18:55u-he releases Twangström, a flexible spring reverb featuring a shake...
u-he has announced the release of Twangström (Mac / Windows / Linux), their new spring reverb. Much more than a simple blast from the past for Dub Reggae fans, twangy guitar... Read More   KVR Audio
16:17Fuse Audio Labs releases VCL-864U Vintage Tube Limiter/Compressor...
Fuse Audio Labs has released the VCL-864U plugin, a faithful emulation of a classic 50s tube limiter/compressor. Fuse Audio Labs say: 'The VCL-864U is an uncompromising recreation... Read More   KVR Audio
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Friday January 18, 2019
05:13JR Innovation AB releases Pro Guitar Tuner Lite v1.0.9
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: Developed by the team behind the popular online guitar tuner site We have been working hard to bring you the best Guitar Tuner App on iOS. The interface is similar to the tuner on but optimized for iOS-devices. The app...   440Software
Thursday January 17, 2019
21:20Elliott Garage releases EGDR808 Drum Machine HD v3.1.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Rythme Mach. & Loops: EGDR808 v3.0 is here with full AU3 Audio Unit support! ElliottGarage presents EGDR808, a drum machine that emulates the vintage hardware from the 80's. Its realistic and clear interface recalls the analog machine from the past, for all the...   440Software
09:16Hideyuki kubo releases ReelToReelLikeMusicPlayerFree v2.0.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: This APP Is a music player that the reel-to-reel tape image. The reel-to-reel tape unit rotate, and volume of tape will continue to increase and decrease. Along with the playback function as a music player, it can also be used as interior. it is possible to...   440Software
Wednesday January 16, 2019
17:03VirSyn releases Tap Delay v1.1.1
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Back in the “old daysâ€Â?, producers and engineers created delay and echo effects using tape machines. Tap Delay combines the warm sound of vintage tape echo machines with a modern, step sequencer-like tapped delay engine which continues the...   440Software
13:06Amazing Noises releases Limiter - Audio Processor v2.9
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Audiobus and Inter-App Audio Effect. A brickwall peak limiting app, for the complete control of your audio volume. New Sampler! Now you can use the app as a standalone. The Amazing Noises Limiter it has a wide range of dynamic processing: from very gentle...   440Software
09:10Guy Cockcroft releases Tune My Cello v1.3
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: This simple app is designed to help you tune your cello by ear. Touch a string to let the note ring out as you tune up. You can also switch to a pure 'tuning fork' tone, pitched an octave above. Tap to the left of the strings to stop the tone.   440Software
05:13Masih vahida releases DJ Istanbuli Turkish Instrumnt v2.0
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: The only Turkish Dance Music DJ in the world.....!!! Don't you believe it? OK. see this video: this app has 196 TURKISH / ARABIC loops with 4 variation for each loop you can mix the loops easily and the app will...   440Software
01:17Karin Ristow releases Learning Ukulele In 7 Days v1.2.5
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: This app only contains english language. A complete learning course. â€Â?Learning Ukulele – In 7 Days â€Â? is the ideal start to learn to play ukulele. You don´t need any knowledge to use this app. You just have to have a ukulele. You can use...   440Software
Tuesday January 15, 2019
21:20Masayuki Akamatsu releases Echochops v2.1.0
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: The extreme delay machine that you've never heard before. In short: This is a Karaoke echo machine. Words spoken in the iPhone's microphone will come back a few seconds later. It's like the echo effect you can hear at a mountain. You can get various...   440Software
Monday January 14, 2019
16:18Pixel Research Labs releases Ringer - Ringtone Maker v2.0
iPhone, iPad / Misc / RingTone Makers: Ringer is the premiere ringtone creation app on the app store. Make a personal ringtone from any unprotected song in your iTunes Library, video in your photo library, or direct recording. Ringer lets you easily make a ringtone from 2 to 40 seconds long....   440Software
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