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Wednesday January 17, 2018
00:12Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious
Enlarge (credit: ICEBRG) Researchers have uncovered four malicious extensions with more than 500,000 combined downloads from the Google Chrome Web Store, a finding that highlights a key weakness in what's widely considered to be the Internet's most secure browser. Google has since removed the extensions. ...   Ars Technica
Tuesday January 16, 2018
21:48The Windows 10 control panel modernization continues: Fonts get some...
Enlarge / The Settings app is gaining new powers to control your PC's settings. (credit: Thurrott.com) The Windows user interface has a certain archaeological quality to it. While the upper layers tend to be new—using the styling and conventions of the day—dig a little deeper and you can find elements that are decades old. ...   Ars Technica
21:15Epic admits that Fortnite’s success may seal another F2P game’s fate
Enlarge / Paragon sure can look cool, but in terms of gameplay, fans argue that updates have left something to be desired. (credit: Epic Games) Epic Games' Fortnite proved to be one of 2017's weirdest gaming success stories. ...   Ars Technica
20:53DNA from an escaped slave who ended up in Iceland ID’d in his...
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Hans Jonatan left Denmark in 1802 and eventually started a new life as an immigrant in Iceland. But he was an unusual Icelander. Unlike most Icelanders—and even most immigrants to Iceland—Hans Jonatan was mixed-race and a former slave. ...   Ars Technica
20:1721 states sue FCC to restore net neutrality rules
Enlarge / FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn addresses protesters outside the Federal Communication Commission building to rally against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. ...   Ars Technica
20:05A little more power and a lot more battery for the BMW i8’s mid-life...
Jonathan Gitlin DETROIT—Although we've been covering the auto industry for almost four years, probably my favorite car remains one of the first that we reviewed here at Ars: the BMW i8. ...   Ars Technica
19:44Hackers seem close to publicly unlocking the Nintendo Switch
Enlarge / At the 34C3 conference, hacker Derrek shows the soldered FPGA setup that helped him find the decryption key necessary to unlock the system's binaries. (credit: Chaos Computer Club / YouTube) When it comes to video game consoles, it's only a matter of time before even the most locked-down system gets unlocked by hackers for homebrew coding (and, potentially, piracy). ...   Ars Technica
19:19Chromecast and Google Homes reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi
Enlarge / The Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, and the Google Home Max. (credit: Google) Users on the Google help forums and Reddit are reporting that Google Home and Google Chromecast devices are causing issues with their Wi-Fi networks. Users say hooking up these Google hardware products leads to an unstable Wi-Fi network or a network that goes down entirely. ...   Ars Technica
18:10Dealmaster: Get a new 15-inch Dell laptop with a Core i7 for $580
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, the Dealmaster has returned from his weekend break with another list of sweet, beautiful deals in tow. For a relatively random Tuesday in January, today's crop of deals is surprisingly strong: For one, we've got the latest iteration of Dell's Inspiron 15 5000 laptop down to $580. ...   Ars Technica
17:47Bitcoin plunges—now down 47 percent from December peak [Updated]
Enlarge (credit: Pxhere) Bitcoin's value plunged on Tuesday, falling to $10,300—the lowest value the virtual currency has seen in 2018. Bitcoin's value is down almost 25 percent over the last 24 hours, and down 47 percent from December's all-time high of around $19,500. Bitcoin's fall was part of a broader crypto-currency selloff. ...   Ars Technica
17:31Steam is selling Papers, Please for $2 today
Yearning to smuggle drugs or participate in other questionable antics on the border of an imaginary Eastern Bloc-esque country? Today's Steam Daily Deal is for you. Right now, the online gaming retailer is selling Lucas Pope's Papers, Please for $2. You've got quite a while to get this deal as Steam's 'daily deal' ends just before 9AM on Wednesday Pacific time. The game is usually $10. ...   PC World
17:00The interface to send out a missile alert in Hawaii is, as expected,...
Enlarge / A morning view of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen on January 13, 2018. Social media ignited on January 13, 2018 after apparent screenshots of cell phone emergency alerts warning of a 'ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii' began circulating, which US officials quickly dismissed as 'false. ...   Ars Technica
16:45Found: New Android malware with never-before-seen spying capabilities
Enlarge (credit: portal gda) Last year, researchers found what at the time was quite possibly the world's most sophisticated espionage app ever written for the Android mobile operating system. ...   Ars Technica
16:31“Rocketî Madsen formally charged with murder of Kim Wall aboard sub
Enlarge / The UC3 Nautilus in early sea trials in 2008. (credit: Frumperino) Today, Peter Madsen—the inventor, engineer, and owner of the world's largest amateur-built submarine and head of the eponymous 'Rocket Madsen Space Lab'—was formally charged with murdering Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist who had been writing an article about Madsen. ...   Ars Technica
15:33All Democrats and one Republican support net neutrality bill in Senate
Enlarge / Democrats vs. Republicans. (credit: Getty Images | Linda Braucht) A Senate bill to restore the recently repealed net neutrality rules now has support from 50 of 100 senators and would pass if one more Republican backs the effort. The measure has backing from all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including 47 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Sen. ...   Ars Technica
14:46Apple’s iOS 11.2.2 Spectre patch probably won’t slow down your iPhone, ...
There are reports that Apple's iOS 11.2.2 Spectre security update is slowing down some older iPhones. That shouldn't be the case for most people, but here's what to do if your phone is affected.   PC World
14:28Neuron cascade may be akin to neutral selection in evolution
Enlarge (credit: Miguel Navarro / Getty Images) 'I am sorry, but your brain suffers from avalanches' is a diagnosis that should be a thing. The cure should involve a St. Bernard digging neurons out from under piles of neurotransmitters. Unfortunately, everyone's brain suffers from avalanches. Indeed, I can safely diagnose anyone who does not suffer from avalanches as dead. ...   Ars Technica
13:08Final Fantasy XV's PC port needs up to 155GB of storage space
Final Fantasy XV fans better clear some room on their drives, because they’re the latest victims of ballooning video game install sizes. And it’s really big this time.The previous record holder was Forza Motorsport 7, which arrived last October with a 99GB footprint. ...   PC World
13:01Beware a bottled booger blast—they can blow up your throat, doctors...
Enlarge / Picture shows a woman about to sneeze holding a handkerchief in her hand. (credit: Getty | Bettmann) Ah… AHHH… Choose wisely when it comes to handling that impending sneeze. Holding one in can lead to some serious damage, British doctors report Monday in BMJ Case Reports. ...   Ars Technica
11:30An appreciation of games that click back and change the gamers who...
Don't worry, no Ouya games snuck into this discussion. (It just happens to have a timeless, sleek controller because famous designer Yves Béhar came up with the concept.) Warning: This piece contains mild spoilers by referencing plot points for The Dig, Mass Effect, and Pillars of Eternity. ...   Ars Technica
11:15Destiny 2 keeps on failing to bring me back
Enlarge / I'm sorry, it's just not doing it for me anymore guys. I don't know what to tell ya... (credit: Activision) It’s the second week of January and I’m playing Suikoden II, which turns 20 this year. That’s not completely absurd in the lull between the holiday season and the next glut of big new releases that demand my immediate attention. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Artist transforms herself into a virtual assistant and obeys your...
Courtesy of Lauren McCarthy We love to talk about how our virtual assistants fail us. They allow parrots to order fire on Amazon and play porn channels to kids. Obviously, it's going to be quite some time before these machines will be as good as human assistants. That's why the quest to create personalities for assistive technology is a serious business. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar review: A taste of immersive audio in a...
The first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X technology is impressive, but it's not perfect.   PC World
10:00JBL Pulse 3 review: This weatherproof Bluetooth speaker puts on a fun...
An IPX7 weatherization rating means this speaker can survive a dip in the pool, but it's audio performance left us wanting.   PC World
Monday January 15, 2018
23:55Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out...
Enlarge / Entrance of Hernan Cortes into Mexico (credit: Kurz & Allison) In the wake of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521, waves of epidemics slammed Mexico. By 1576, the population, which had been more than 20 million before the Spanish arrived, had crashed to two million. ...   Ars Technica
21:22Shell invests in Nashville solar firm, but it’s no less an oil company
Enlarge / This photo represents a previous project completed by the Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch partnership. The 52 MW ac solar energy plant in Hazlehurst, Georgia incorporates 633,600 solar modules. (credit: PRNewsfoto/Silicon Ranch Corporation) On Monday, Royal Dutch Shell announced that it is going to acquire a 43. ...   Ars Technica
20:25BitTorrent users beware: Flaw lets hackers control your computer
Enlarge (credit: Tavis Ormandy) There's a critical weakness in the widely used Transmission BitTorrent app that allows websites to execute malicious code on some users' computers. That's according to a researcher with Google's Project Zero vulnerability reporting team, who also warns that other BitTorrent clients are likely similarly susceptible. ...   Ars Technica
20:05Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get...
Enlarge (credit: Simon Smith) Applications, operating systems, and firmware all need to be updated to defeat Meltdown and protect against Spectre, two attacks that exploit features of high-performance processors to leak information and undermine system security. The computing industry has been scrambling to respond after news of the problem broke early a few days into the new year. ...   Ars Technica
19:20Whatever causes fast radio bursts is sitting in an intense magnetic...
Enlarge / The fast radio burst in question, FRB 121102, is located in the top-right portion of the image. On the left is a large supernova remnant. (credit: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (DeepSkyColors.com)) The Arecibo Observatory may be suffering along with the rest of Puerto Rico, but some of its data made a big appearance in last week's edition of Nature. ...   Ars Technica
17:24Perfect Wi-Fi energy harvester gathers scant bounty
I am pretty nutty when it comes to energy efficiency. It upsets me to know that if the morons who built my house had used the latest information available at the time, my house would require almost no heating. One thing that really gets me excited is the prospect of reusing waste energy. ...   Ars Technica
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Wednesday January 17, 2018
00:49Universal Audio hsips Arrow Desktop Audio Interface For Music Creators
Universal Audio has released the Arrow Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows. Featuring two Unison mic preamps, Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing, and Universal Audio conversion, this [Read More]   KVR Audio
Tuesday January 16, 2018
23:17Arturia announces MiniBrute 2S - Analog Synth/Sequencer
Arturia has announced the MiniBrute 2S. MiniBrute 2S is an analog monosynth sharing the signal creation, sound shaping power, and modular capabilities also found in the MiniBrute 2, but with [Read More]   KVR Audio
11:16Fuse Audio Labs releases the VCL-4 Vintage Opto Leveler plug-in for...
Fuse Audio Labs has announced the release of the VCL-4 Vintage Opto Leveler plugin. Available for Mac OS and Windows in AAX, AU, VST2.4 and VST3 in 32 and 64-bits, it's on sale for $39 until [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:34Best Service announces Emotional Violin, The Orchestra v1.1 and Chris...
Best Service has announced Emotional Violin, The Orchestra V1.1 and a free update adding 8 new instruments for Chris Hein Solo Strings. Emotional Violin After the success of 'Emotional Cello' [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:21PreSonus announces Studio 1810 and Studio 1824 USB Audio/MIDI...
Following up on its Studio 26 and Studio 68 ultra-high-definition recording solutions, PreSonus has announced the Studio 1810 and Studio 1824 USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces. The new interfaces [Read More]   KVR Audio
Monday January 15, 2018
08:59Intua updates BeatMaker to v3.0.9
Intua has updated BeatMaker to v3.0.9. The update is now available on the App Store. Overall improvements: Parameters controlled by a macro will now act as macro knobs themselves, rather than [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:53Waves updates plug-ins to v9.92
All Waves plugins have been updated to version 9.92. This across-the-board update offers improvements and bug fixes. Changes: Added: Waves instruments now allow saving presets in the preset menu [Read More]   KVR Audio
01:13Audio Helper Project updates Samplism to v1.2.2 for Mac
Audio Helper Project has updated Samplism to version 1.2.2. Enhancements: The Samplism app's window position and layout are automatically saved and restored at launch: you can also disable this [Read More]   KVR Audio
Sunday January 14, 2018
22:13Mabelton/Crafted Sound releases integration packs for Ableton Push and ...
Mabelton/Crafted Sound has released integration packs for Ableton Push and Xfer Serum and Ableton Push and Arturia V Collection 6. With the Serum Pack the user can browse, load and control all [Read More]   KVR Audio
14:05Channel Robot and Divergent Audio Group release Recirculate for...
Channel Robot and Divergent Audio Group have announced the release of Recirculate, a Kontakt 5 ROMpler filled with cinematic synthetic sounds. Recirculate features a dual layer architecture, [Read More]   KVR Audio
Saturday January 13, 2018
17:04MOK updates Waverazor to v1.0.4 - Linux and Audio Input support
Media Overkill (MOK) has released version 1.0.4 of the Waverazor synthesizer. The update includes the following features and fixes: Linux VST is now supported. Audio Input is now enabled. A new [Read More]   KVR Audio
17:02Wagsrfm releases sound library for Thorn
Wagsrfm has released 150 brand new sounds for Thorn. The collection contains: 15 ARP. 10 Bass. 10 Bells. 10 FX. 15 Glitch SEQ. 10 Keys. 20 Leads. 20 Pads. 10 Plucked. 15 SEQ. 15 Synths. Listen [Read More]   KVR Audio
14:32Adam Monroe Music releases AAX Versions of Adam Monroe's Rotary Organ
Adam Monroe Music has released AAX versions of Adam Monroe's Rotary Organ for Windows and OS X. Adam Monroe's Rotary Organ is modeled after the sound of a Hammond B3 played through a Leslie speaker. [Read More]   KVR Audio
14:30QuikQuak releases Copula speed and pitch shifting software as a stand...
QuikQuak has announced the release of Copula, speed and pitch shifting software for Mac and Windows. Features: Changes time and pitch independently. Can freeze time and run backwards at any speed, [Read More]   KVR Audio
12:20Triple Spiral Audio releases Pagan IV for Iris 2
Triple Spiral Audio has announced the release of Pagan IV for Iris 2, the next installment in the Pagan series with a focus on the mystique and mysterious side of sound design (and with a bit [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Wednesday January 17, 2018
01:27Yuan Ruan releases Dot Drummer - Drum with Beats v1.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Rythme Mach. & Loops: It can't be easier to make beats with Dot Drummer. FEATURES: Include 12 beautiful sounds. Up to 12 layers of sound at a time. Use one measure, 16 steps long. Run great on any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. Auto save your progress.   440Software
Tuesday January 16, 2018
18:38Patrick Q. Kelly releases Fingering Strings for iPhone v6.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Reference: The highest rated and most comprehensive fingering charts available for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (Simandl and Rabbath). Now, with double stops! See which hand position would be best for the written interval. Pick a written note (touch the staff)...   440Software
16:16IK Multimedia releases SampleTank v2.0.9
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Multi-Instruments: New available instrument collections: neil peart drums and terry bozzio drums SampleTank 2 for iOS is a professional, fully featured mobile sound and groove workstation that brings the sound, power and features of desktop virtual instruments to your...   440Software
13:54Ernest Properties releases Piano * v1.5.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Thanks for making us the number one piano music app in dozens of countries!! Play as the notes fall towards the piano... or as sheet music!! This is the only app that let's you learn the melodies with the fingers you would use on a real piano. Want to...   440Software
11:32ASK Video releases AV for FL Studio 101 v7.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Power-user Andrew Aversa is here with his in-depth introductory video tutorial course at what makes FL Studio 11 such an innovative DAW. In this course, we collaborated with FL expert Andrew Aversa to create an in-depth introduction to this very deep software....   440Software
02:05Liavante, LLC releases Music DJ v6.1.2
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / DJ: Play your music like a professional DJ! Great for ballroom dance events, parties, weddings. Automates some of the most useful DJ tasks freeing you to enjoy the party. Voice-over Announcement Feature - automate announcements at the beginning of a song....   440Software
Monday January 15, 2018
23:43Moog Music releases Animoog v2.4.10
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: Animoog, powered by the new Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE), is Moog Music's first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed exclusively for the iPad. ASE allows you to move dynamically through an X/Y space of unique timbres to create a constantly...   440Software
15:47Birnimal APP releases robick Audio Player v2.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: Robick is an audio player for listening to music deeply. Repeat playback, change key and tempo with wheel interface and you can control visually. Robick can repeat the selected point of the music many times and play with all keys. This is a tool helping with...   440Software
07:58WaveMachine Labs releases Auria - Music Production v2.16
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Auria - Mobile Music Production. Redefined. 'This is the first mobile mixing (AND recording AND post production) app that I've ever used that is truly professional. Just Wow!' - David Kahne (Grammy winning producer/engineer for Paul McCartney, Tony...   440Software
05:21The United Academy of Music releases Musical Terms with Quiz v2.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Many music student find learning musical terms very boring, Many music student find learning musical terms very boring, they often drop this part in the examination. With this app, learning musical terms will be fun. If you are a music lover, music...   440Software
02:45ForScore, LLC releases TuneWave v1.1.3
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: Sleek, efficient, and responsive, TuneWave is the no-nonsense utility that lets you tune your instrument quickly and easily. TuneWave uses a beautiful sine wave animation to give you a visual sense of focus by reducing amplitude as you zero in on your note. It can...   440Software
00:09Anatoly Kuzmenko releases Baby DJ v3.0.5
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / DJ: Baby DJ is a fun educational music game for kids and their parents. â€â€? Bright, fun and user-friendly beatbox interface for beginner DJ â€â€? 22 children's songs in our own 9-track format â€â€? Vinyl mode and scratch â€â€? Original loops and...   440Software
Sunday January 14, 2018
21:32Sugar Bytes releases Effectrix v1.1.7
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Effectrix is a professional multi-effect sequencer for the iPad. The game-changing tool for creative and effective music production is now available on the App Store: scatter 14 intelligent effects across a sequencer matrix and create unheard-of sound...   440Software
19:10MusicTheory releases Tenuto v4.0.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: Tenuto is a collection of 24 highly-customizable exercises designed to enhance your musicality. From recognizing chords on a keyboard to identifying intervals by ear, it has an exercise for you. Tenuto also includes six musical calculators for...   440Software
17:21Korg releases KORG cortosia v1.6.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: Korg cortosia, the tuner app that makes it enjoyable to practice the basics Learn “good soundâ€Â? and enjoy “good performanceâ€Â?! This app can evaluate only flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, saxophone, trombone and euphonium...   440Software
01:00Daikyouju releases Electric Guitar Tuner - LP Tuner Pro v3.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: Tune your guitar instantly with precision and ease, within seconds! · The most accurate - it displays the exact sound frequency in Hz. · Instant load and fastest tuning! - the only tuner optimized for 64 bit. · Highest responsiveness and sensitivity. ·...   440Software
Saturday January 13, 2018
23:11Daikyouju releases Electric Guitar Tuner - LP Tuner Lite v3.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: Tune your electric guitar instantly with precision and ease! · The most accurate - it displays the exact sound frequency in Hz. · Instant load and fastest tuning - the only tuner optimized for 64 bit. · Highest responsiveness and sensitivity. · Intuitive...   440Software
21:22Volkeman releases QANUN v3.01
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Strings: Thıs applıcatıon allows you to play the Turkısh and arabıc classıcal ınstrument qanun on your ıphone. ıt ıs very easy to use and ıs just the same as playıng the classıcal ınstrument ın real lıfe. the sound...   440Software
16:18Ngo Minh Ngoc releases iFretless Bass v3.6.5
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Guitars: iFretless Bass is a professional virtual instrument that provides bass and guitar players with an expressive fretless playing surface. The layout is like a nine string bass guitar with the notes colored black and white like the keys of a piano. Although it...   440Software
11:37Vanya.otvorij@gmail.com releases Brain Equalizer v3.1.4
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: Self-programming Binaural Auditory Beats tool with 3 independent frequency generators. This App helps you to develop your own audio sessions following the concept of the Harmonic Binaural Beats, which is based on the idea of creating progressive Binaural Beats...   440Software
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