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Sunday March 18, 2018
14:00Unstable climate forced early humans to be more social and creative
Enlarge / images from the prehistoric site of Olorgesailie, Kenya (credit: Human Origins Program, Smithsonian) Three new studies suggest that early humans in East Africa started doing much more complex things—making more sophisticated tools, trading with neighboring groups for better stone, and maybe even using symbols to communicate—in order to survive rapid climate shifts 320,000 ago. ...   Ars Technica
13:00People’s Republic of Desire film review: Yes, Black Mirror is already...
Enlarge (credit: ITVS) AUSTIN, Texas—If you've ever asked yourself how long a Black Mirror episode might take to turn into real life, the new documentary People's Republic of Desire has an answer: roughly four years. ...   Ars Technica
12:00VR headsets have become the new arthouse—the best of SXSW’s fantastic...
After roughly three years of commercial viability, virtual reality seems to have excelled within a different realm than the one I typically wonder about: the film festival. Events like Sundance, Tribeca, and South By Southwest already overflow with weird, not-quite-accessible films about real-world drama, emotions, and nonsensical stories. ...   Ars Technica
Saturday March 17, 2018
16:30Staring at Firefly Aerospace’s hot rocket-engine flames in a Texas...
Pro tip: If you just want to see the raw engine fire, skip ahead to the ~3:15 mark. (video link) CEDAR PARK, Texas—'Last time you came out here, it was just a pile of dirt,' Firefly Aerospace CEO and rocket scientist Tom Markusic tells me. I looked it up afterwards—he's not lying. ...   Ars Technica
14:00Rum and Bones: Second Tide—A piratical tabletop MOBA
Enlarge (credit: Charlie Theel) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at—and let us know what you think. Rum and Bones: Second Tide is a board game that combines pirates with ideas drawn from Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs). ...   Ars Technica
12:00Fortnite brings out the 10-year-old fort builder in all of us
Enlarge / I'm king of the mountain! Fortnite: Battle Royale hasn’t quite grabbed me. While the game is at least accurately named, the gunplay—originally designed to let players mow down hordes of mostly mindless AI bots—isn’t as suited for culling other human players in a Battle Royale mode. ...   Ars Technica
10:48Surviving Mars review: Spreading humanity to the stars isn't easy
Redundancy. After spearheading humanity’s first-ever Martian colony, I’ve realized redundancy is critical. You’re building one pipe between the oxygen pump and the habitation dome? Build two. Your power grid is clustered together? Make two or three groups of solar panels instead, and throw a few wind turbines into the mix for when the sun goes down. One farm? Try four. ...   PC World
Friday March 16, 2018
23:16Adrian Lamo, former hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning, dead at 37
Enlarge / Lamo, left posing with fellow hacker friends Kevin Mitnick and Keven Poulsen circa 2001. (credit: Photograph by Matthew Griffiths) Adrian Lamo, the former hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to US authorities for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records, has died at the age of 37, according to a family Facebook post and a report from ZDNet, which cited ...   Ars Technica
21:30Microsoft tries forcing Mail users to open links in Edge, and people...
Right now, the fall 2018 edition of Windows 10 will open links within email via Microsoft Edge—and boy, are some people mad. Windows 10 Build 17623, part of the “Skip Aheadî track that will debut in the “Redstone 5î release in the fall, will begin testing a change that will make Edge the default browser for reading email links, Microsoft said Friday. ...   PC World
20:54Sega announces Sonic Mania Plus, hints at new Sonic “racingî game
AUSTIN, Texas—Sega hosted a South By Southwest 2018 panel about all things Sonic the Hedgehog, and the panel began with good news for anyone wanting a physical version of last year's tremendous 2D throwback, Sonic Mania. Their wishes will be granted in the form of Sonic Mania Plus, a physical release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in 'summer 2018' for $29.99. ...   Ars Technica
19:53Apple’s App Store mysteriously went dark in Iran yesterday
Enlarge / Tehran, the capital city of Iran. (credit: A.Davey via Creative Commons) Yesterday, users in Iran lost access to Apple's App Store. When users attempted to connect or download apps, they received a message saying that the App Store was 'unavailable in the country or region' in which they resided. ...   Ars Technica
18:40Avengers, assemble! Marvel drops new Infinity War trailer
Enlarge (credit: Marvel Studios) Marvel Studios is on quite the roll. Black Panther has already grossed over a billion dollars and doesn't look like it's done making money, and the studio's accountants must be rubbing their hands with glee as thoughts turn to the next tentpole release, Avengers: Infinity War. ...   Ars Technica
18:15Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application fetches $174,000 at auction
Enlarge (credit: RR Auction) A handwritten job application from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has sold for more than $174,000, according to auction house RR Auction. The company told Reuters that the winning bidder is an Internet entrepreneur from England who doesn't want to be publicly identified. The single-page document, dated to 1973, doesn't identify what job Jobs was applying for. ...   Ars Technica
18:00This week in games: Shadow of the Tomb Raider confirmed, Witcher 3's...
Rumors and leaks, rumors and leaks. Seems like every single 2018 release will be revealed by one or the other. This week it’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider, probably one of the worst-kept secrets, which Square finally confirmed is arriving later this year. Oh, and those rumors about Geralt of Rivia coming to Soulcalibur VI also turned out to be true. ...   PC World
17:51New York power companies can now charge Bitcoin miners more
Enlarge / Cryptocurrency mining in operation. (credit: Getty Images) On Wednesday, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled that municipal power companies could charge higher electricity rates to cryptocurrency miners who try to benefit from the state's abundance of cheap hydroelectric power. Over the years, Bitcoin's soaring price has drawn entrepreneurs to mining. ...   Ars Technica
17:30US spy lab hopes to geotag every outdoor photo on social media
Enlarge / Take a selfie in front of your new hideout? IARPA's Finder program aims to turn that photo into a kaboom. (credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jacob Krone) Imagine if someone could scan every image on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, then instantly determine where each was taken. ...   Ars Technica
16:45Entire broadband industry will help FCC defend net neutrality repeal
Enlarge / Net neutrality supporters rally for Title II reclassification of broadband in front of the White House in November 2014. (credit: Stephen Melkisethian) The biggest lobby groups representing broadband providers will help the Federal Communications Commission defend the repeal of net neutrality rules in court. ...   Ars Technica
16:15The Samsung Galaxy S9 hits stores today
Enlarge / Here's the whole camera assembly. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Samsung's perfectly adequate flagship, the Galaxy S9, is out in stores today. There are two versions: the Galaxy S9, with a single rear camera and a smaller screen for $719.99, and the Galaxy S9+, which adds a second rear camera and a bigger screen for $839.99. ...   Ars Technica
16:05Students and teachers are the focus of Apple’s surprise March 27 event
Enlarge / The 10.5-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) On the heels of opening up registration for its annual WWDC event, Apple will hold an education-focused event on March 27 that will highlight 'creative new ideas for teachers and students,' multiple reports indicate. Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago will host the event at 10am CDT on March 27. ...   Ars Technica
15:55Star Wars: Battlefront II’s new update axes “pay-to-winî upgrades
Enlarge / Storm troopin' across the universe... Nearly four months after shutting down micro transactions over widespread fan outrage, EA has announced a new 'Progression Update' for Star Wars Battlefront II that will bring real-money purchases back to the game on March 21—but only for cosmetic items. ...   Ars Technica
15:40Was the Connaught Type-D the best car never built?
For reasons known only to my subconscious, I woke up this morning thinking about a car you've almost certainly never heard of: the Connaught Type-D. It was an intriguing little thing—light years ahead of its time and wildly ambitious for a tiny British startup that had taken its name from a maker of racing cars that went bust in 1957. ...   Ars Technica
15:25Part of the Great Barrier Reef exposed to more CO?; results are grim
Enlarge / Water carrying a dye and added CO? is bubbled over the Great Barrier Reef. (credit: Aaron Takeo Ninokawa ) Coral reefs are not just pretty and cool—beyond tourism dollars and once-in-a-lifetime diving experiences, they provide real utility to human society. They provide homes to about a quarter of the world’s fish, which many people rely on as a food source. ...   Ars Technica
14:45Pfizer CEO gets 61% pay raise—to $27.9 million—as drug prices continue ...
Enlarge / Ian Read, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) As drug giant Pfizer Inc. hiked the price of dozens of drugs in 2017, it also jacked up the compensation of CEO Ian Read by 61 percent, putting his total compensation at $27.9 million, according to financial filings reported by Bloomberg. ...   Ars Technica
14:30Quantum computing’s future is almost semi-here—are we ready for it?
Enlarge / The future of computing is... a big metal tank? If it turns out there's just a guy with a laptop in there doing Google searches, I'm going to be very disappointed. (credit: John Timmer) YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY—I'm in a room with one possible future for computing. The computer itself is completely unimposing, looking like a metal tank suspended from the ceiling. ...   Ars Technica
13:45Why the first state with a net neutrality law isn’t scared of lawsuits
Enlarge / Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, Washington. (credit: Getty Images | Richard Cummins) Washington, the first US state to pass a net neutrality law after the repeal of federal rules, might have to get ready for a court battle. ...   Ars Technica
13:37Record your travels for cheap with this $30 dash cam
Dash cams may not seem like a necessary car accessory to people outside a few accident-prone countries, but for insurance reasons alone they can be a valuable addition to your safety measures while driving. The problem: Many models can be pricey. Not today’s deal. ...   PC World
13:15Congress debates allowing tens of thousands of cars with no steering...
Enlarge / GM hopes to start manufacturing this car, with no steering wheel, gas, or brake pedals, next year. (credit: General Motors) In January, General Motors unveiled the Cruise AV, a car designed to have no steering wheel and no gas or brake pedals. It seems like science fiction, but GM is completely serious about the project. ...   Ars Technica
12:40Smarten up your dumb devices with this $20, two-for-one smart plug deal
Listen up Echo fans! Today’s a good day to smarten up your outlets at a steal of a price. B&H Photo and Video is offering a two-pack of the Keewifi kisslink Wi-Fi smart plug mini for $20. This plug usually sells for $20 each.Simply insert these plugs into your existing outlet and follow the set-up instructions on your smartphone using Tuya’s Smart apps for Android and iOS. ...   PC World
11:22Raspberry Pi projects: Insanely innovative, incredibly cool creations
A heaping helping of PiImage by Brad Chacos/IDGThe Raspberry Pi’s very existence can be chalked up to creativity. Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation created the $35 mini-PC to inspire students to learn computer science and to enable tinkerers to dream up wild projects without breaking the bank.To read this article in full, please click here   PC World
10:45How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order—with a simple...
AUSTIN, Texas—The five-person team behind a simple WordPress plugin, which took three hours to code, never expected to receive worldwide attention as a result. ...   Ars Technica
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Sunday March 18, 2018
02:16Orange Tree Samples releases "Evolution Jumbo 12" for Kontakt Player...
Orange Tree Samples has released Evolution Jumbo 12, a Taylor 355 12-string acoustic guitar sample library powered by Native Instruments' Kontakt Player. Evolution Jumbo 12 was developed in collaboration [Read More]   KVR Audio
Saturday March 17, 2018
19:52Audio Helper Project updates Samplism to v1.3.0 for Mac
Audio Helper Project has updated Samplism to version 1.3.0. New Features: Supports the manual tag matching feature: Now a user can manually change tags of samples via the menu or simply drag [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:34Planet-H updates G-Stomper Studio for Android to v5.7.1 - Ableton Link ...
Planet-H has updated G-Stomper Studio for Android to v5.7.1. Check out the related Documentation. See the full list of changes in the release notes. Pattern Lock The Pattern Lock prevents Patterns [Read More]   KVR Audio
05:34Ample Sound releases AGF Funk Extension and updates AGF to 2.55
Ample Sound has released the AGF Funk Extension, which aims to reproduce the sound of the 1950's Fender Stratocaster guitar. It is sampled on the Middle and Bridge pickup. Changes: Supports expansion [Read More]   KVR Audio
Friday March 16, 2018
14:46JUCE updated to v5.3.0 - 30 new tutorials, OBOE support (Android) and...
ROLI / The JUCE Team have updated JUCE to v5.3.0 with 30 new tutorials, OBOE support (Android) and hosted plug-in parameters. Tutorials and documentation Updated learning resources includes a [Read More]   KVR Audio
14:44Seaweed Audio updates Fathom Synth to v2.9.4
Seaweed Audio has updated Fathom Synth to v2.9.4, a bug-fix release. Changes: Fixed Bug 0098 Signal flow object mode cannot be changed in Mac Sierra. Fixed Bug 0099 Detune save default not being [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:52Monade Sounds releases Pure707 - TR-707 Plugin Emulation
Monade Sounds has announced the release of Pure707, a a sample-based emulation of the classic Roland TR-707. At its core, Pure707 use a pristine set of TR-707 samples recorded at 24-bit, 44.1 [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:41Fuse Audio Labs updates Bucket-500 and VCL-4 to v1.1
Fuse Audio Labs has updated Bucket-500 and VCL-4 to v1.1. These new installers fix automation problems in Pro Tools and offer a wide variety of pagetable layouts. They also finally support factory [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:36Rast Sound releases "Elements Collection" for Kontakt for film & game...
Rast Sound has released Elements Collection, a new sample library that focuses on mood setting and sound design tools aiming to enrich the workflow of film and game composers. Elements offers [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:33Midi Madness Software announces MIDI Madness 3 Final Beta
MIDI Madness Software has announced the final beta version of MIDI Madness 3. This update is the release candidate, and includes a whole list of bug fixes. MIDI Madness 3 is an algorithmic melody [Read More]   KVR Audio
04:13Ivosight updates Soundop Audio Editor to v1.4.6.0 for Windows
Ivosight has updated Soundop Audio Editor, a Windows application for audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering, to v1.4.6.0. Changes: Added Loudness Meter panel. Added Export command for [Read More]   KVR Audio
Thursday March 15, 2018
15:05UVI releases Augmented Piano - Creative Piano Workshop
UVI has released Augmented Piano, a creative piano workshop including 24 preparations, 3 mixable mic sources, deep controls and more. Augmented Piano is a one-of-a-kind piano workshop including [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:12IK releases Total Studio 2 MAX - at special intro pricing
IK Multimedia has announced the release of Total Studio 2 MAX, a huge music creation software suite that gives you 94 products, 16,800 sounds, 39 mixing/mastering processors and over 350 gear [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:57Steinberg releases Metro Heights for Groove Agent
Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Metro Heights, the latest expansion set for Groove Agent. Consisting of 12 drum kits that contain more than 17,400 samples, the exclusive [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:22G-Sonique releases PsyKick AK1 x64-bit c. and Psytrance Tutorial by...
G-Sonique has released a 64-bit version of PsyKick AK1, a psytrance / goatrance / darkpsy / hitech trance kick drum generator / synthesizer, VST instrument plug-in for Windows. PsyKick AK1 allows [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:08discoDSP updates Windows installers for Bliss, Corona, Discovery,...
discoDSP has updated Windows installers for Bliss, Corona, Discovery, Discovery Pro and Vertigo. What's new: All URLs are HTTPS now. Dialog to confirm installation folder for 32 and 64 VST2 plugins. [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Sunday March 18, 2018
05:22Jazz Apps Mobile LLC releases iImprov-Chord/Scale Compendium v1.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: iImprov - Chord/Scale Compendium Overview The iImprov - Chord/Scale Compendium is an easy to use reference app that provides a visual and audio representation of the most useful scale to chord choices for jazz improvisation. In addition to being a...   440Software
Saturday March 17, 2018
21:33SoundTower Inc. releases Mopho Desktop Sound Editor v2.1.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: Mopho Desktop Sound Editor is a fully-featured Editor and Sound Development tool created specifically for Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop synthesizer. It requires the DSI Mopho Desktop synthesizer. Mopho Desktop Sound Editor provides the ultimate editing...   440Software
09:10Corey hoggard releases Learn Guitar Chords Plus v2.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: Guitar Chords Plus offers the most used guitar chords needed to play most songs. This application offers major, minor, 6th, and power chords. All this is offered in an easy to use application. Below is a complete list of the chords included. Chords...   440Software
03:16MellowMuse releases VMidi v1.4
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: VMidi The wireless (or wired) velocity sensitive midi drum controller for your iPhone or iPad. Play your mac's midi drum and percussion instruments, with velocity sensitive expression, and minimal latency using midi over wifi or with super low latency in wired...   440Software
Friday March 16, 2018
21:21Vinicius Mello releases Breathless MIDI Controller v3.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: Breathless MIDI Controller is a new kind of musical instrument with a configurable fingering system that uses four fingers of each hand. The default fingering is familiar to recorder, flute or sax players, the main difference is that octave change is done by...   440Software
17:39Abhijit Patait releases TaalMala v5.0.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: TaalMala provides personalized accompaniment of Tabla, Pakhawaj, Manjeera, Tanpura, SwarMandal and Lehra/Nagma on Santoor and Harmonium. Use TaalMala for your daily riyaaz or live concerts. With high-quality Tabla, Pakhawaj, Manjeera, Tanpura, SwarMandal,...   440Software
07:36Pablo Prieto releases Drums Sheet Reading PRO v1.0.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: This is the ad-free version with additional contents: “Drum Set Notes' “Drums Sight Readingâ€Â? It includes: seventy lessons seventy quizzes These exercises correspond to several contemporary music styles for the Drum Set: Rock Pop Blues...   440Software
04:15Daniel Clelland releases Howl: A formant synthesizer v2.2
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: HOWL is a simple vocoder/synthesizer. It uses formants to simulate the human voice and a pitch-space keyboard to help you find interesting melodies. Features: • Simple synthesizer (just a sawtooth wave nothing too complicated okay) • Simple...   440Software
00:548 Beats Softwares Inc releases Music analyzer for DJ v1.3
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / DJ: Hey DJ, you need tools to take decisions for your DJ sets? You want to raise your skill at a next level but you have no time or no devices to prepare your DJ set for tonight! Check this out: Music analyzer is the best tool for you. Nowadays, Pro DJs use some...   440Software
Thursday March 15, 2018
21:33TOON,LLC releases Audio Tone Generator Lite v3.2
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: 'Audio Tone Generator Lite' is a high quality Audio Signal Generator Free app for iPhone, which creates the audio reference signals as Sinewaves, Sinewave Sweep, White Noise and Pink Noise. 'Audio Tone Generator Lite' will help you to make the sound benchmark for...   440Software
17:38Liner App releases Analog Metronome v1.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: This application will bring you back to the traditional way of counting beat!! 'Analog Metronome' - is old style metronome which musicians used before digital metronome we use today!! Cool features:- Tempo is controlled by finger, so very easy to change...   440Software
10:54Plastaq Software releases Scythe v2.9
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: Scythe is a new iPad synthesizer that makes designing new sounds easier than ever before. Just tap the bend button and sculpt your new sound directly in realtime. Scythe is capable of making a wide range of sounds, from traditional analog favorites to...   440Software
04:10Jonathan Bell releases Learn Tapping for Guitar v15.17327933
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: Learn Tapping for Guitar Build amazing solos with the shred guitar technique of fretboard tapping with 48 separate licks and lessons. Each lick is shown in guitar tab with rhythmic notation and includes audio played both fast and slow. Each lesson can be...   440Software
00:48Ryo Okamoto releases Pyxis - BPM Counter v2.31
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Pyxis is a simple but elegant manual BPM detector, especially designed for DJs. You can guess the BPM (Beats Per Minute) by tapping the round counter button continuously with the sophisticated analogic tempo calculation algorithm. Once your finger goes...   440Software
Wednesday March 14, 2018
21:26Music Paradise, LLC releases Real Guitar Instrument v7.0.6
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Guitars: Variety of professional GUITARS Precise strings TUNER Keeping the rhythm with METRONOME Real Guitar Instrument app's features: Huge chords library Great instrument choice: 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar or banjo Metronome to improve your...   440Software
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