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Friday February 23, 2024
12:00Dell XPS 16 (2024) review: Performance nearly smothered in costly style
At a glanceExpert's Rating ProsSleek design and sturdy buildWonderful OLED displayExcellent CPU performanceGreat battery lifeConsGPU performance hampered by designMinimal ports for the sizeExpensive for the partsOur VerdictThe Dell XPS 16 is a speedy machine and gentle on the eyes, so are plenty of much cheaper machines that don’t have as frustrating a keyboard or such a lacking ...   PC World
10:00How to test your VPN speed
VPNs, or virtual private networks, are a great way to protect your privacy and keep your activities anonymous while online. Unfortunately, they also tend to slow down your internet connection while in use. This comes down to the very nature of how a VPN works. By connecting to a VPN, your data is rerouted through the VPN’s server(s) and encrypted. ...   PC World
09:30Must-use Windows software: 17 PC apps you need to try in 2024
Last year was dominated by artificial intelligence. The release of Chat-GPT in autumn 2022 triggered such huge hype that every software manufacturer rushed to integrate real or supposed AI functions into their products and advertise them heavily. ...   PC World
09:00Get 13 Excel courses for $35 this week only
Understanding how to work with data is one of the important skills you can have in the modern workplace. So, give your professional life a boost with The Complete Excel, VBA, and Data Science Certification Training Bundle. This week only, you can get it for an extra $15 off at just $34.97. This bundle includes 13 courses and more than 50 hours of training from Mammoth Interactive (4. ...   PC World
08:30ExpressVPN’s split-tunneling returns to Windows after a DNS leak issue
Just the other week, ExpressVPN, one of the industry leading VPN services, had to take its split-tunneling feature down for Windows users due to a DNS leak issue. The problem is believed to have first begun with version 12.23.1 way back in May of 2022, but wasn’t noticed until recently. ...   PC World
07:00Save $40 on two 6-in-1 charging cables this week only
Tired of charging cables wearing down or breaking? Sick of carrying multiple cables around to meet all of your charging needs? The InCharge® X Max 100W 6-in-1 Charging Cable resolves both of those issues and you can get two for less than the price of one this week only. The 5-foot X Max is built with precision and convenience in mind. ...   PC World
Thursday February 22, 2024
16:04‘Nvidia App’ beta unifies Nvidia Control Panel and GeForce Experience
Windows users with Nvidia graphics cards will be familiar with the Nvidia Control Panel, a somewhat clunky menu interface for the more advanced functions of its GPUs. Nvidia has also been publishing GeForce Experience, a more modern front-end for game settings and driver installations, for the last few years. ...   PC World
14:14Sony is officially bringing its VR headset to PC
Last summer we reported that some enterprising modders were trying to make Sony’s PlayStation VR2, the company’s second-gen headset for the PS5, work with standard Windows PCs. It turns out that modders weren’t the only ones with the idea. Sony itself is working on allowing PS VR2 owners to plug into a PC and play virtual reality games, no console necessary. ...   PC World
14:12Our favorite antivirus, Norton 360 Deluxe, is 80% off right now
PCs need security software and if you want wider protection than what Windows offers, Norton 360 Deluxe is one of the best antivirus suites available. Not only does it guard against online threats like malware, ransomware, and network attacks, but you get extras like a password manager, VPN access, dark web monitoring, parental controls, and cloud storage in a centralized interface. ...   PC World
13:47How to clone a hard drive on PC and laptop
What’s the most effective way to replace a hard drive without losing data? Undoubtedly through a 1-to-1 copy, and disk cloning software can help do that without any hassle. ...   PC World
13:00JBL Quantum Stream Studio USB mic review: Great sound with little...
At a glanceExpert's Rating ProsStylish and well-builtEasily accessible controlsGood right out of the boxCan be mounted in several waysConsUSB-C to USB-A cableNo software for MacOur VerdictThe JBL Quantum Stream Studio is a USB microphone that sounds great right out of the box. ...   PC World
12:33DDR6 RAM: The next-gen memory standard, explained
The DDR5 memory standard, which was officially finalized in July 2020 with AMD Ryzen 7000 (“Raphael”) and Intel Core 13000 (“Alder Lake”), only really started to slowly replace its DDR4 predecessor in the desktop over the past two years, but the upcoming DDR6 memory is already knocking on the door. ...   PC World
12:32Meet Only Office: This free Microsoft Office rival is delightfully...
Microsoft Office may offer a lot of functions, but it costs money. The open source alternatives are free. We present the little-known Only Office in detail. After installing and opening the program, you can start a new text document, spreadsheet, or presentation from the menu on the left. However, there is no database counterpart for Microsoft Access. ...   PC World
09:00Build your own chatbots and more with this bundle — $125 off this week
You’ve probably heard of ChatGPT by now, and heard about some of the impacts that artificial intelligence is having on the working world. AI is shaping the future, but humans still shape AI, and if you want to know how, then The Ultimate AI ChatGPT & Python Programming Bundle is for you. This week only, it’s on sale for just $29.97. ...   PC World
07:00Apply for thousands of jobs with a click with $90 off LazyApply
If you’re looking for a new job this year, you’re probably already dreading filling out applications over and over again on sites with slightly different requirements. Finding a new job is an enormous headache, but the LazyApply Job Application can make it easier. This week only, you can get a lifetime subscription for $90 off. LazyApply has earned a 4. ...   PC World
Wednesday February 21, 2024
16:00Best wireless keyboards 2024: Top Bluetooth and USB models
In 2024, there’s no reason you can’t have a wireless keyboard anymore. From the most complex mechanical boards to the sleekest designer sets to the flashiest gamer machines, and everything in between, there are plenty of options for wireless excellence. ...   PC World
14:19AMD’s FSR 3 and Intel’s XeSS come to Starfield
Bethesda’s shiny new spacefaring RPG Starfield has had something of a tumultuous launch, arriving to tepid responses from both critics and gamers alike. But the company hasn’t left its fledgling franchise lost in space. ...   PC World
13:00How do I remove malware from my PC?
Every device you use is under attack. And malware isn’t just a prank that slows down your PC anymore — it’s big business. Modern malware is the domain of organized crime, from ransomware that holds your files hostage to keyloggers and Trojans designed to capture your online banking credentials and steal your money. ...   PC World
11:3014 Windows tools and tricks that save you serious time
Writing documents, surfing the internet, watching videos, or playing games: You want to use your PC and spend as little time as possible on the technology behind it. The operating system only provides the basis for the useful applications. It should be as stable as possible and preferably run unnoticed. ...   PC World
10:30MSI Raider GE78 review: Big, bold, and powerful
At a glanceExpert's Rating ProsExcellent CPU and gaming performanceFlashy RGB lighting is manageableGreat coolingGood value, even for the priceAn easy-to-install AI art creatorConsRear-mounted power port can be finickyHeavy and may not fit inside some backpacksPoor battery life, as expectedClunky utility softwareLoud fan noise at max performance settingsOur VerdictMSI’s Raider GE78 ...   PC World
09:00Upgrade to Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for $80 this...
You want the best software for your PC, but you don’t necessarily want to pay the premium prices. Well, now’s a good time to upgrade your Microsoft toolkit because this week only we’re offering The All-in-One Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for Windows: Lifetime License + Windows 11 Pro Bundle for just $79.97. ...   PC World
07:00Unlimited cloud web hosting for life is just $90 this week only
Running a website can get expensive fast with web hosting fees. Rather than pay hundreds or even thousands every year, lock in a lifetime of hosting for a one-time price during this limited-time sale on iBrave Cloud Web Hosting. ...   PC World
02:30Ombar 4K Dash Cam review: Detailed front captures for a great price
At a glanceExpert's Rating ProsVery good day and night front capturesNice design and interfaceAffordable for a two-channel dash camConsRear captures lack detail, especially at nightNo GPSOur VerdictThis 4K dash cam takes very good daytime captures, and good night captures from the front. It’s also slim, good looking, easy to install, and easy to use. ...   PC World
Tuesday February 20, 2024
18:32Adobe adds its own AI-powered PDF tools, following the pack
With AI services like Microsoft Copilot and Google Bard claiming to be able to easily summarize PDF documents at the drop of a hat, it’s a little surprising that Adobe itself hasn’t supplied AI tools itself. But now it has. Adobe on Tuesday announced AI Assistant, a free, beta conversational engine inside of Adobe Reader and Acrobat. ...   PC World
17:21One of Windows’ worst apps, Sticky Notes, just got a bit better
Microsoft said Monday that one of Windows’ worst applications, Sticky Notes, is receiving an upgrade that’s intended to help make it serve as an annotation tool of sorts for other applications. It’s a niche that Sticky Notes could survive in, though it could still use some additional features. ...   PC World
16:00Acer Swift laptops debut AMD Ryzen 8000 CPUs, AI apps
Acer is refreshing its Swift Edge 16 and Swift Go 14 laptops, showcasing one of the first instances of AMD’s latest Ryzen 8000 mobile family of processors as well as a new AI app which Acer is preloading on the PCs. Acer will shift its updated Swift Edge 16 beginning in March, for $1,299 and up. ...   PC World
15:13The spectacular RTX 4060-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is $600 off
If you’re looking to pick up a powerful laptop with Nvidia graphics inside, you’ve come to the right place. Best Buy’s selling the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 for just $999.99, which is a massive savings of $600. Not only is this rig rocking an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU, but it also weighs under four pounds, which is considerably lightweight for a gaming laptop. ...   PC World
14:29Nightingale removes AMD’s FSR 3 pre-launch for crashing too much
AMD’s performance-boosting FidelityFX Super Resolution 3 (FSR 3, to its friends) has been around since September. So why isn’t it showing up in more games? To date the high-tech upscaler is available in less than ten titles, while its Nvidia competitor DLSS 3 seems to be spreading much faster. A developer update might give us a clue. ...   PC World
13:59Frostpunk 2 preview: Icy survival meets profound societal decisions
Frostpunk 2 plays a bit like House of Cards. We are Kevin Spacey, aka President Frank Underwood, but instead of a simple “Democrats versus Republicans” our battle is more “Technocrats versus arch-conservatives” who think: “Oh, we’ve been making fertilizer with human excrement for 30 years. ...   PC World
13:00Corsair K65 Plus Wireless review: The new leader for 75% gaming...
At a glanceExpert's Rating ProsSolid hardware Great value for wirelessTons of customization optionsConsNo wrist rest slightly awkward default layoutOur VerdictThe K65 Plus Wireless is up against stiff competition in its segment, but it edges out great keyboards like the BlackWidow 75% with its excellent all-around hardware and superior value. ...   PC World
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Friday February 23, 2024
11:47Nektar releases Panorama CS12 Channel Strip and Plugin Controller for...
Nektar has announced the release of Panorama CS12, a dedicated DAW channel strip controller initially supporting Logic Pro 10.7.8 or higher. The compact desktop controller's... Read More   KVR Audio
11:09Samplicity releases "Classic Reverbs" Plugin (VST, AU & AAX)
Samplicity has released Classic Reverbs, a reverb plugin featuring presets from well known hardware units with full modulation control, saying: Classic Reverbs faithfully recreates... Read More   KVR Audio
09:28accSone updates crusher-X to v10.44
accSone has announced a free update of crusher-X to version 10.44. In case of troubles with plug-in validation on macOS Sonoma, please consider to update. Changes:... Read More   KVR Audio
08:24Wavelet Audio releases Secunda - Throat singing and cinematic...
Wavelet Audio has announced the release of Secunda, a new instrument for Kontakt Player. Here's what they say: Secunda is a massive toolkit for Kontakt... Read More   KVR Audio
00:09killihu releases Advanced Toolbar Buttons 2 for Ableton Live
killihu has released version 2.0 of Advanced Toolbar Buttons for Ableton Live. Advanced Toolbar Buttons adds new buttons/controls and new features to work with Ableton Live.... Read More   KVR Audio
Thursday February 22, 2024
19:06SampleScience releases Mellow Harmonics (VST/AU)
SampleScience has announced the release of Mellow Harmonics, a new plugin that mixes the sound of the Mellotron and a 1970s string synthesizer. Mellow Harmonics features 40... Read More   KVR Audio
17:00Babylonwaves updates Art Conductor to v10 - Articulation Switching...
Babylonwaves has updated Art Conductor 10, a collection of over 11,500 articulation-switching maps available for Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer, Studio One, and Cakewalk.... Read More   KVR Audio
13:51GForce Software and Oberheim release Oberheim OB-EZ
GForce Software has announced the release of Oberheim OB-EZ, featuring the FAT Oberheim 8-Voice Sound of OB-E in a new, focused interface. It was developed for producers... Read More   KVR Audio
13:09MonkeyC releases Rando – Randomizing Sampler Plugin
MonkeyC Audio has announced the release of Rando, a randomizing sampler plugin and standalone application for Mac and PC designed to encourage a new perspective on a user's collection of... Read More   KVR Audio
12:58Jamahook releases Sound Assistant Offline Agent
Jamahook, the AI-powered sound-recommendation tool, has released Sound Assistant Offline Agent, describing it as 'the first and only plugin that puts the power of AI into the hands of music... Read More   KVR Audio
11:13HoRNet Plugins releases Sleek - Advanced Resonance Suppressor Plugin...
HoRNet Plugins has announced the release of Sleek, a plugin designed 'to elevate audio clarity to new heights'. Featuring automatic resonance suppression technology,... Read More   KVR Audio
09:07Fanan Team releases Kitton 3 - Free GM Compatible Drum Machine for...
Fanan Team has released Kitton 3, a free GM compatible drum machine for windows. They say: The evolution continues. Kitton 3, the 3th generation... Read More   KVR Audio
03:36Ronan Fed updates Pneuma Pro to v1.1.2 for Windows
Ronan Fed has updated Pneuma Pro to version 1.1.2. Change Log: Instrument Oscillators CPU usage optimization. Fixed bug loading Instruments. Fixed unwanted Instrument... Read More   KVR Audio
Wednesday February 21, 2024
21:41NAMM 2024: Bringing back the Buzz
This year the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) made an effort to reach out to social networks, YouTube channels, and TikTok Creators to stay in the forefront of modern music... Read More   KVR Audio
18:34Orchestral Tools releases Arkanum for Drones with Promotional Offer
Orchestral Tools has released Arkanum, an update to Drones featuring 33 entirely new patches meticulously crafted by Alexander Hacke. In light of this update, a special discount... Read More   KVR Audio
13:31Tom Wolfe releases "Ambient Pads" soundbank for u-he Diva
Tom Wolfe has released Ambient Pads, a new soundbank of atmospheric ambient pad presets for u-he Diva. Here's what he says about the release: Experience serenity with Ambient... Read More   KVR Audio
08:48Bjt2 updates free Crescendo programmable VST plugin to v1.0.111 for...
Bjt2 has updated the free Crescendo plugin to version 1.0.111 with various enhancements and bug fixes. Changes in 1.0.111 from 1.0.103: Added textual... Read More   KVR Audio
08:23u-he releases Zebralette 3 Beta
u-he has announced the release of Zebralette 3. Currently in open beta, Zebralette 3 is free to download and use. Like its predecessor, it features a single oscillator plucked from the... Read More   KVR Audio
Tuesday February 20, 2024
18:10Crocus Soundware releases "Liminal: Vocal Textures Volume 2" for Kontak...
Crocus Soundware has released Liminal: Vocal Textures Volume 2 for Kontakt, a sample library of closely recorded human vocalizations. They Say: The library's articulations... Read More   KVR Audio
15:55Nightfox Audio releases Analog Electrics and Pad City and updates...
Nightfox Audio has announced the release of version 1.2 of its suite of virtual instruments: Grand Piano Suite, Plucks & Mallets, and String Central, alongside... Read More   KVR Audio
15:23Toontrack releases Classic Rock Organ EZkeys MIDI pack
Toontrack has announced the release of the Classic Rock Organ EZkeys MIDI pack, a new MIDI expansion inspired by classic rock from the late '60s, the '70s and the '80s. Here's... Read More   KVR Audio
13:00Xhun Audio updates RawPrime Vintage Hybrid Synthesizer to v1.1. ...
Xhun Audio has updated RawPrime, its modeled vintage hybrid synthesizer to version 1.1.0. In addition to several fixes on the DSP / glue logics side, this update... Read More   KVR Audio
11:45JELSTUDIO releases "Polly Molly" - Polyrhythmic VST MIDI-Sequencer...
JELStudio has announced the release of Polly Molly, a 36-note poly-rhythmic MIDI-sequencer plugin for live performance or song / sound-creation use. Some key-points:... Read More   KVR Audio
11:00Softube releases Widener and Clipper plug-ins with a two-for-one offer
Softube has announced the release of Widener and Clipper, new plugins designed to enhance audio tracks by expanding their stereo width and optimizing loudness levels, respectively.... Read More   KVR Audio
08:13The Very Loud Indeed Co. releases Mobilis Ultimate: Hybrid Scoring...
The Very Loud Indeed Co. has released Mobilis Ultimate: Hybrid Scoring Percussion, their first sample library for Native Instruments' free Kontakt Player. Mobilis Ultimate combines... Read More   KVR Audio
08:11Backpullver Software Updates Vatanator Drum Machine to v1.6.1 Adding...
Backpullver Software has updated the Vatanator drum machine for iPadOS & macOS to version 1.6.1. New features in Version 1.6.1: Added macOS support... Read More   KVR Audio
07:54Backpullver Software updates "Electrogene" Bit-crusher audio effect for...
Backpullver Software has updated Electrogene, a bit-crusher audio effect for iOS and macOS with AUv3 support. New features in Version 1.1: Fixed bug regarding recording... Read More   KVR Audio
Monday February 19, 2024
16:15DirektDSP releases MakeItLoud - Free Compression and Distortion Effect ...
DirektDSP has released MakeItLoud, a new plugin designed specifically for sound designers and mixing engineers in search of an easier and faster workflow. MakeItLoud combines... Read More   KVR Audio
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Thursday February 22, 2024
09:15Alexander Zolotov releases SpectrumGen v1.3e
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: SpectrumGen is a spectral synthesizer with a minimalistic pixel interface. It's a bit like the PixelWave, but now you can draw the spectrum of sound! Key features: • it is possible to draw the spectrum and play it at the same time; • export to WAV;...   440Software
Wednesday February 21, 2024
21:30OopsFactory releases Repeater v1.8.8
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: Repeater is the audio player which supports 'A-B Repeat' function. The player uses the media files in iTunes Library. You can use it for a simple music player because it easily adds songs in your iTunes Library to a playlist or deletes songs from a playlist....   440Software
09:10Alexander Zolotov releases Nature - Oscillator v1.2.1c
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: The world around us is an endless source of visual information, the flow of the fractal code of life. 'Nature - Oscillator' is one of the attempts to translate this code to sound, using spectral synthesis algorithm of the Virtual ANS engine (software simulator of...   440Software
Monday February 19, 2024
21:30B77 Entertainment releases Piano Master FREE v3.00
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Follow the falling tiles on the screen and you'll be able to play many famous songs. More than 200 songs, grouped in 7 collections: Classic collection: classic and popular melodies like 'Moonlight Sonata', 'Happy Birthday To You', and many others....   440Software
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