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Sunday September 23, 2018
19:30Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US
A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster) The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017. ...   Ars Technica
16:30Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of...
Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. ...   Ars Technica
15:30Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.
Enlarge / A road to nowhere? (credit: Robert B.D. Brice/Wattway) Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. ...   Ars Technica
14:30OnePlus takes just 45 days to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6
Enlarge (credit: Google Android) OnePlus continues its trend of getting better and better at updates. Earlier this year, it finally released a formalized update plan for its devices, and now it's releasing one of its fastest device updates in recent memory. The OnePlus 6 is being updated to Android 9 Pie. This release comes just 45 days after Google's release of Android 9 Pie. ...   Ars Technica
14:00“Rainbowî weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors...
Enlarge / The colorful spots of a rainbow weevil (left) as seen through a bright-field light microscope (right) (credit: Bodo D. Wilts) There are many insects that boast one or two bright colors on their cells. But the so-called 'rainbow weevil' is unique because it has many different colored spots. ...   Ars Technica
13:50Cody Wilson arrives back in the States, enters US Marshals custody
Enlarge / In addition to a press release, USMS sent an updated wanted poster to media. (credit: USMS) In a late evening press release on Saturday, September 22, US Marshals announced they have received and taken custody of Cody Wilson at the International Airport in Houston. The 3D printed guns activist is charged in nearby Travis County for the alleged sexual assault of a female minor. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store...
Enlarge / This is probably the TPR pedals' best angle—looks almost like a race car engine. (credit: Lee Hutchinson) Specs at a glance: Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder pedals Manufacturer Thrustmaster Device type Flight simulator rudder pedals with toe brakes Axes Three Sensor type 3D Hall effect magnetic Controller precision 16-bit (all axis) Interface USB type-B Price $499. ...   Ars Technica
12:00AI learns to decipher images based on spoken words—almost like a...
Enlarge / Given this picture and audio of the word 'airliner,' a neural network identifies the portions of the image where there's an airplane (indicated by the red lines). The software learned to do this entirely by looking at 400,000 pictures, each paired with a brief, free-form spoken description of the scene. (credit: David Harwath et al.) Babies learn words by matching images to sounds. ...   Ars Technica
09:0010 years ago we met the world's first Android phone, and it didn't...
It all started with a slide-out keyboard. Long before camera notches, wireless charging, and confectionery-themed code names, Android was a humble operating system that ran on a single phone: the Google-HTC T-Mobile G1, later known as the HTC Dream. And we got our first look at 10 years ago today. ...   PC World
Saturday September 22, 2018
14:53Destiny 2: Forsaken review: There's a reason to play Destiny every day ...
There are numerous ways to judge a Destiny 2 expansion, but I’ve found it’s easiest to count the days I kept playing. After Curse of Osiris, I stuck around for about two weeks. After Warmind, it was about two days. But Forsaken? It’s been the better part of a month now, and I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon. ...   PC World
13:00Review: Founders of Gloomhaven groans beneath its own weight
Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. “In the age after the Demon War, the continent enjoys a period of prosperity. Humans have made peace with the Valrath and Inox. Quatryls and Orchids arrive from across the Misty Sea looking to trade. ...   Ars Technica
11:30Post-Cody Wilson’s arrest, few know what’s up with his company or...
Enlarge / At Defense Distributed's nondescript space among the North Austin business parks, it was business as usual on September 21, 2018. (credit: Nathan Mattise) AUSTIN, Texas—On the surface, everything appears to be normal at Defense Distributed, the firearms company founded by 3D printed guns activist Cody Wilson. Employees have been reporting to work as usual. ...   Ars Technica
10:45Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow
Enlarge / Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, gestures from the balcony of Ecuador's embassy in London. (credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Friday report by Reuters. ...   Ars Technica
10:34Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery
Enlarge / The original letter in which Galileo argued against the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. (credit: Royal Society) Renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the Catholic Church. ...   Ars Technica
01:35Garmin Dash Cam 45 review: Compact, clever and Wi-Fi-enabled, but...
Garmin’s Dash Cam 45 shares all the advanced features found in its Dash Cam 55 and Dash Cam 65W siblings, such as driver alerts, Wi-Fi offloading via an app, integrated GPS, and red light camera tracking. It also sports the same compact design and a clever magnetic mount. ...   PC World
Friday September 21, 2018
20:11This week in games: Telltale hit with major layoffs and THQ continues...
THQ Nordic bought up the rights to Alone in the Dark this week, so the betting's on. Which once-great-but-now-disgraced-or-discarded series will be next? Eternal Darkness? Fez? Alan Wake? Metal Gear Solid? Jade Empire? So many possibilities. ...   PC World
18:52Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game...
Enlarge / If today's news about Telltale Games' closure is true, that 'final' season description may prove more accurate than Telltale originally intended. (credit: Telltale Games) Update, 5:49 p.m. ET: Telltale Games has issued a statement to Ars Technica confirming that the game maker has begun taking steps to shut down completely. ...   Ars Technica
18:25Potential buyers for largest coal plant in the Western US back out
Enlarge / Navajo Generating Station and Navajo Mountain. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) Two investment companies that had been negotiating a purchase of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) outside of Page, Arizona, have decided to end talks without purchasing the coal plant. The 2. ...   Ars Technica
18:12Skype support coming to Alexa later this year
Enlarge / Skype calling on Alexa hardware. (credit: Microsoft) Later this year you'll be able to say 'Alexa, call Mom on Skype' and have Amazon's digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft's messaging network. Microsoft and Amazon have been working to integrate their technology. ...   Ars Technica
17:54PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying he “promoted hateî
Enlarge / Alex Jones in Cleveland in 2016. (credit: Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images) Payment processing giant PayPal has cut off the account of Alex Jones—the latest in a long line of technology companies to cut ties with the radio host and online provocateur. ...   Ars Technica
16:53Intel's 905P Optane reaches a tempting 1.5TB, but drive prices remain...
Intel just introduced its largest Optane-based SSDs yet, but the shocker may be that one comes in the rarely seen U.2 interface.Intel on Thursday announced its Optane 905P drives with three flavors: A 905P in PCIe add-in card, or if you’re into the nomenclature thing: HHHL (half height, half length) trim. It’ll come in capacities of 960GB and 1.5TB. A 905P M. ...   PC World
16:40iFixit’s iPhone XS and XS Max teardown: Like the iPhone X with a...
iFixit When we went hands-on with the iPhone XS and XS Max, we were mainly struck by how similar they felt to the iPhone X—particularly the iPhone XS. But it turns out that inside, it's the iPhone XS that diverges with an unusual new battery design. iFixit tore down both phones and provided analysis and gorgeous pictures as always. ...   Ars Technica
16:02NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net...
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks to the media after the vote to repeal net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong ) The New York Times has sued the Federal Communications Commission over the agency's refusal to release records that the Times believes might shed light on Russian interference in the net neutrality repeal proceeding. ...   Ars Technica
15:24Keep your phone powered up at home or on the go with Amazon's awesome...
Whether you're waiting for the FedEx truck to bring your shiny new iPhone XS Max or are just trying to get a squeeze more months out of your Galaxy S7, there's one thing you both have in common: the charger that comes in the box isn't good enough. ...   PC World
15:15Drugged puppies blamed for spreading diarrhea superbugs in multi-state ...
Enlarge / I don't feel so good. (credit: Getty | Christopher Furlong) Puppies given a startling amount of antibiotics have spurred a multi-state outbreak of diarrhea-causing bacterial infections that are extensively drug resistant, federal and state health officials report this week. ...   Ars Technica
15:06Lenovo Legion Y920 review: A hefty gaming laptop with buttery graphics ...
The Lenovo Legion Y920, with its full-on GTX 1070-calibre graphics, a bright 17-inch screen, and a mechanical keyboard, makes for a solid—and quite hefty—gaming laptop. Besides its premium mechanical keyboard, the Y920 boasts some enticing amenities that its competitors lack, such as a one-touch Turbo mode and Dolby Atmos sound.It’s a good machine, but shop wisely. ...   PC World
14:58Taiwanese authorities arrest Cody Wilson, intend to deport him
Enlarge / Cody Wilson speaks at the 2015 SXSW Conference for the premiere of the documentary, Deep Web. (credit: Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW) Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson was arrested at a hotel in Taipei City's Wanhua District at around 6pm local time in Taipei today, according to reports in Taiwanese outlets The Liberty Times (Chinese, Google Translate) and United ...   Ars Technica
14:30Valkyria Chronicles 4 review: Same as it ever was
Enlarge / Once you take aim, behind-the-scenes math takes control. Turn-based tactics with an action game twist: that’s the simple, potent blend that made the original Valkyria Chronicles so immediately striking back in 2008. Now, two PSP sequels and one ill-conceived pseudo-spin-off later, that formula returns to consoles in Valkyria Chronicles 4. ...   Ars Technica
14:10Apple's dropping Back To My Mac Remote Access. Here's an Alternative,...
Apple is dropping the Back To My Mac remote access feature, and in a recent support document they urge you to be prepared by looking for alternatives.RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is 90% off or just $6. ...   PC World
13:50Get ready for a flood of new exoplanets: TESS has already spotted two
Enlarge (credit: NASA) NASA's successor to the Kepler mission, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is already paying dividends. The satellite was only launched in April and spent time undergoing commissioning and calibration. But it has now started its science mission, and researchers have already discovered two new planets. ...   Ars Technica
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Saturday September 22, 2018
14:54Seaweed Audio updates Fathom Synth to v2.20 with Solidtrax Bass Preset ...
Seaweed Audio has updated Fathom Synth to v2.20, featuring Solidtrax Bass, a new Fathom preset bank of 32 all bass presets from their sound design team in the Netherlands. Designed... Read More   KVR Audio
Friday September 21, 2018
09:38Yuri Turov updates Xynthesizr for iOS to v1.6
Yuri Turov has updated Xynthesizr to version 1.6. What's new: Reworked Inter-App Audio sync. Ableton Link Start Stop Sync support. Updated Audiobus SDK to 3.0.5. Fixed... Read More   KVR Audio
Thursday September 20, 2018
14:01zplane updates elastiqueAAX/tce to v2.1.2
zplane has updated elastiqueAAX/tce to v2.1.2. This free update is recommended for all elastiqueAAX and elastiqueAAXtce users. The following issue has been fixed in this version:... Read More   KVR Audio
12:59Acustica Audio releases Viridian Suite with Intro Offer
Acustica Audio has released Viridian, a plugin suite based on iconic '60s and '70s units. Viridian aims to bring you the tone of some of the world's most exclusive British... Read More   KVR Audio
08:35Rodolphe Bourotte releases UPISketch for iOS
Rodolphe Bourotte / The Centre Iannis Xenakis has released UPISketch, a free app for iOS that can run on iPhones or iPads from iOS 9.3. UPISketch is a sound composition tool,... Read More   KVR Audio
08:21Tsugi updates GameSynth to v1.1 with sound particles, vocal effects...
Tsugi has updated GameSynth to v1.1, a new version of its sound design system for games, interactive applications and real-time film-making. GameSynth 1.1 comes with several... Read More   KVR Audio
08:14VSL releases "Vienna Smart Orchestra" with Intro Offer
The Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of Vienna Smart Orchestra, a complete and powerful, yet resource-saving package. The new library product offers a large... Read More   KVR Audio
08:00Steinberg releases Nuendo Live 2 Multitrack Recording Solution
Steinberg recently released Nuendo Live 2, a new version of the multitrack live recording system. Conceived, designed and developed to record live events ranging from corporate... Read More   KVR Audio
07:57FXpansion updates Cypher2 to v2.4.9.0
FXpansion recently updated Cypher to v2.4.9.0, which addresses a number of issues, most notably fixing a memory leak. As well as bug fixes, they've also included 22 new synth brass presets,... Read More   KVR Audio
07:47Synchro Arts releases Revoice Pro 4
Synchro Arts has announced the release of Revoice Pro 4, a major new version of the toolbox for timing and pitch adjustment offering new features and improvements including much improved... Read More   KVR Audio
07:42Overloud releases Studio Sessions II - Studio Reverb IRs
Overloud has announced the release of Studio Sessions II — a collection of 180 IRs and 100 individual presets. The included presets were created during actual studio mixing sessions with... Read More   KVR Audio
07:41eXtream Software Development updates Audio Evolution Mobile Studio for ...
eXtream Software Development has updated its mobile DAW, Audio Evolution Mobile Studio, to version 2.0.4, featuring automation for busses and improved MIDI MPE support. Changes... Read More   KVR Audio
07:38Image Line updates FL Studio to v20.0.4
Image Line recently updated FL Studio to v20.0.4 introducing significantly improved CPU performance plus you can now transpose multiple Instrument Channels or Patterns. YouTube.com/watch?v=1PYHsZgYZfE... Read More   KVR Audio
07:31Toontrack releases Movie Scores – Action EZkeys MIDI pack and Action!...
Toontrack has announced the release of the Movie Scores – Action EZkeys MIDI pack and the Action! EZX and the Action Drums MIDI pack for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3.... Read More   KVR Audio
07:08TC Electronic releases DVR250-DT - Digital Vintage Reverb Plug-in with ...
TC Electronic has released DVR250-DT, a reverb unit that aims to bring 'vintage reverb, glistening sway and sweet character' to your DAW. TC Electronic say, with its fusion... Read More   KVR Audio
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Saturday September 22, 2018
15:19Song Zhang releases Notation Pad-Sheet Music Score v1.6.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: A great sheet music notation app on iOS. For any music lover, Notation Pad gives you the ability to read, compose, edit, playback scores and write lyrics. With it you can be a talented composer and great musician anywhere. As long as you have a...   440Software
01:16CHEEBOW releases BPM v3.03
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: 'BPM' is an application that displays the tempo when the button is done in the tap. When 'Average mode' is made 'on', the mean value of the tempo in which the tap is done is displayed. When it is 'off', the tempo of each tap is displayed. If the tap is not done...   440Software
Friday September 21, 2018
20:35Contact Plus Corporation releases Trumpet Pro Lite v5.5
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Learn your scales, ear training and master your fingerings with Trumpet Pro Lite. Trumpet Pro Lite was designed by a semi-pro trumpet player for real trumpet players who want to improve their ear training, fingering technique, accuracy and speed. Beginners...   440Software
Thursday September 20, 2018
20:21JH Labs releases Tunebook v3.1.16
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: Tunebook is now identical to the Tunebook for iPad application - don't buy both! I keep both on the App Store because it's not possible to provide an upgrade path to a single app without forcing some users to pay twice. Tunebook is a viewer for...   440Software
12:11Nexogen Private Limited releases Garage Virtual Real Drum v1.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Drums: Feel the beat of drums with your fingers, Garage Virtual Real Drum is the fastest and most realistic drum app in the store. You can use this perfect app for sounds in lame jokes or puns or making your own genuine sounds. The only single app with jam out your...   440Software
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