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Thursday June 22, 2017
23:31Unexpected Viking toilet discovery leads to controversy
Museum Southeast Denmark Archaeologists excavating at an ancient Viking settlement in southeast Denmark thought they were dealing with a typical country town from the Middle Ages. Then a single toilet changed everything. Museum of Southeastern Denmark archaeology researcher Anna Beck was digging up what she thought was a semi-subterranean workshop, only to find that she was knee-deep in... ...   Ars Technica
22:55How the CIA infects air-gapped networks
Enlarge / A configuration screen found in the Drifting Deadline exploit. (credit: WikiLeaks) Documents published Thursday purport to show how the Central Intelligence Agency has used USB drives to infiltrate computers so sensitive they are severed from the Internet to prevent them from being infected. ...   Ars Technica
22:45Pizzagate shooter sentenced to four years in prison
Enlarge / Sign outside Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC. (credit: Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) A man who barged into a Washington, DC, pizzeria with an AR-15 rifle to 'self-investigate' an Internet conspiracy theory was sentenced to four years in prison today. ...   Ars Technica
22:30Steam Summer Sale’s best discounts, chosen by Ars’ cost-cutting...
Enlarge / Ooh, AND stickers?! Those are fun, but we're here for the savings. (credit: Steam) Sun? Beaches? Rooftop parties? Pish-posh! It's time to hide with your favorite acronyms—WASD, AC, 4K—as a discount-minded, summer-vacationing PC gamer. The annual Steam Summer Sale has returned just in time to keep you occupied and indoors. ...   Ars Technica
21:30Shareholders fail to oust Mylan board, but down-voted massive salaries
Enlarge / Robert J. Coury of Mylan (L) and Mylan CEO Heather Bresch will remain on the board. (credit: Getty | Gilbert Carrasquillo) Mylan shareholders today did not unseat the drug maker’s board of directors, despite calls for an ouster over the EpiPen pricing scandals and remarkably large executive salaries. ...   Ars Technica
20:49Judge rips lawyers in IP rift over viral Facebook childbirth video
(credit: A year ago, the US Supreme Court announced guidance to lower courts in determining whether the prevailing party in a copyright lawsuit should be awarded attorney fees. Under US law, the losing side of a copyright suit can be ordered to pay the legal costs to the winners—no matter which side originally brought the case. ...   Ars Technica
20:25Scammer who made 96 million robocalls should pay $120M fine, FCC says
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Besjunior) The Federal Communications Commission today said that a scammer named Adrian Abramovich 'apparently made 96 million spoofed robocalls during a three-month period' in order to trick people into buying vacation packages. ...   Ars Technica
20:14Steam Summer Sale gems: 15 great games under $5
A cornucopia of richesSteam Summer Sales are a great time to pick up top-notch PC games for rock-bottom prices. Case in point: There are nearly 20,000 games on discount during Valve's 2017 sale, and nearly half of those are under $5.But a lot of those games are junk. So we spent hours sifting through the Summer Sale’s stock to find 15 great games that cost less than a fiver. ...   PC World
19:35Valve tries to one-up Oculus Touch with five-finger “Knucklesî VR...
Valve / SteamVR We first heard about Valve's plans for a new SteamVR controller back in October when a few pictures and basic impressions started leaking out of the press-free Steam Dev Days conference. Now we're getting more details about the upcoming VR hardware—code-named Knuckles—thanks to documents posted on SteamVR's Knuckles Dev Kit group page. ...   Ars Technica
19:20House lawmakers endorse reusable rockets for military purposes
Enlarge / SpaceX launched its first military payload on May 1. Now the US House of Representatives said the military should consider reusable rockets. (credit: SpaceX) The US Congress has begun the 'markup' process to consider budget appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and on Thursday, the House subcommittee overseeing Strategic Forces held a hearing for the National Defense Authorization ...   Ars Technica
19:06So far, Beyond Good and Evil 2 prototype looks like No Monkey’s Sky
Enlarge / Fly, monkey, fly! (credit: Ubisoft) Ubisoft Creative Director Michel Ansel took to YouTube on Thursday to finally show the world that, yes, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is more than an unplayable cinema sequence. However, anybody expecting to see gameplay that resembled the game's incredible E3 2017 reveal may be disappointed. ...   Ars Technica
18:20Distilled entanglement brings long-distance quantum communication...
Enlarge / Atoms are always up to something. (credit: Jurgen Appelo / Flickr) This seems to be a good week for talking about quantum memories and distributing qubits. The thing about working with quantum states, though, is that you don't have much room to avoid messing it up. And, afterwards, figuring out when you've made a mistake is difficult. ...   Ars Technica
18:05Trump plans to dismantle Obama-era “Startup Visaî
Enlarge / US President Donald Trump during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security in January. (credit: Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A regulation from the Obama administration that would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise investor cash to build their startups in the US won't be allowed to go into effect. ...   Ars Technica
17:04Rhode Island bill sees highway surveillance cams ticketing uninsured...
Enlarge (credit: Jef Nickerson) A Rhode Island legislative committee has approved a bill that would greatly expand the surveillance state through the deployment of license plate readers. For the first time in the US, these devices would be attached along Rhode Island highways and roads for the stated purpose of catching uninsured motorists from any state. Jacquard. ...   Ars Technica
16:54Nintendo: Switch shortages are “definitely not intentionalî
Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Since the days of the NES, people have accused Nintendo of intentionally underproducing hardware in order to drive an artificial feeding frenzy of demand in the marketplace. With the Nintendo Switch remaining nearly impossible to find at retailers nationwide, those same accusations of 'false scarcity' have been bubbling up in certain corners. ...   Ars Technica
16:31Steam's Summer Sale kicks off with a $15 Steam Link, game discounts...
School’s out, and you know what that means: Time to draw the blinds and catch up on the games you’ve missed this year. Or, if you’re a working adult...well, business as usual I guess. But hey! The Steam Summer Sale is back for yet another year of discounts, running from today until July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific. ...   PC World
16:18Comcast accused of cutting competitor’s wires to put it out of business
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | BackyardProduction) A tiny Internet service provider has sued Comcast, alleging that the cable giant and its hired contractors cut the smaller company's wires in order to take over its customer base. ...   Ars Technica
16:14Virgin Mobile has a $120 discount on an instantly unlockable 32GB and...
Virgin Mobile is becoming America’s first iPhone-only carrier, and to celebrate its collaboration with Apple, it’s launched heavy deals on a year’s worth of cell service and the purchase price of a new iPhone SE. ...   PC World
15:39Waymo tells judge: Uber’s ex-CEO knew about Google files
Enlarge / Travis Kalanick, ex-CEO of Uber Technologies. (credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Uber's recently fired CEO, Travis Kalanick, knew that his top self-driving car engineer had Google files in his possession in March 2016, according to newly filed court documents. The admission was made by Uber lawyers as part of a response to Waymo discovery demands. ...   Ars Technica
14:22Surviving Mars captures the excitement and dread of launching a colony ...
Last month when Paradox and Haemimont announced Surviving Mars, I didn’t know what to compare it to. Here was a semi-realistic, science-based “colony builderî from the same studio that makes the satirical and somewhat grim Tropico series. It was a departure, for sure.But after getting a bit of hands-on time with Surviving Mars at E3, it’s feeling a lot more familiar. ...   PC World
14:06Charter promised more broadband but didn’t deliver, now must pay fine
Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter) Charter has agreed to pay $13 million to New York State after failing to complete broadband construction that was required as part of its purchase of Time Warner Cable. Charter can get $12 million of that back if it completes the buildout under a revised schedule. ...   Ars Technica
13:42Air Force clears F-35 to fly again—with caveats—after hypoxia scares
Enlarge / An F-35 Lightning II performs a maneuver Sept. 12, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. After a temporary grounding, the F-35 has returned to the skies at the base, but with some restrictions on how pilots fly the aircraft. ...   Ars Technica
12:52Apple may want to lower record label payout from Apple Music
Apple Music on iOS 10, with Senior VP Eddy Cue. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Changes may be coming to Apple Music, but for record labels rather than subscribers. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple may be looking to reduce how much it pays to record labels whose music populates the company's music-streaming service. ...   Ars Technica
12:37Heat can kill and we’re turning up the thermostat
Enlarge (credit: Jorge Quinteros) ‘Tis the season for heatwaves in the Northern Hemisphere, as folks across Europe and parts of the US west have been reminded this week. In addition to providing weather to complain about—seemingly a necessary component of human communication—heatwaves can be straight up deadly. ...   Ars Technica
12:20Amazon Prime Gets You 50% off Razer Wildcat Controller for Xbox One,...
The Razer Wildcat controller is compatible with both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. An elite level controller developed for tournament play with feedback from the best eSports athletes, it features four additional fully-programmable buttons for a personalized layout, a well thought out ergonomic shape and weight, reduced trigger travel distance for rapid fire, and much more. ...   PC World
11:50Sand worms and lightning: Aven Colony takes city-building to exoplanets
Enlarge (credit: NASA/Getty Images) Humans have consumed our world’s resources as if they were infinite. Earth remains, however, a finite planet. Without significant structural and behavioural change—the sort that is difficult to effect en masse— the long-term consequences of our self-sabotaging choices appear grave. ...   Ars Technica
11:30The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations
Enlarge / In retrospect, perhaps our favorite port logo. (credit: Flickr user jeremybrooks) The rise and fall of FireWire—IEEE 1394, an interface standard boasting high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer—is one of the most tragic tales in the history of computer technology. The standard was forged in the fires of collaboration. ...   Ars Technica
11:20How to transform your laptop into a gaming powerhouse with an external ...
My desire to power up a laptop with an external graphics card began in 2015, when I set out on a quest to get back into PC gaming—a beloved pastime I’d neglected since childhood.But the only PC I had at the time was a 2011 Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. That just won’t cut it for proper PC gaming. ...   PC World
10:38Dell XPS 15 (2017) review: Kaby Lake and a 4K display make a difference
Dell’s XPS 15 is proof that iterations—no matter how small—still matter. Externally, even owners of the previous XPS 15 would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between new and old.The ports are the same, the keyboard and the trackpad are the same and, well, just about external thing with the XPS 15 looks identical. ...   PC World
10:00Citrix isn’t just for telecommuting, Red Bull Racing uses it at the...
Enlarge / Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing prepares for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix. (credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images for Red Bull) 'Big Data' has been all the rage for the last few years. But the sport of Formula 1 racing caught that bug a long time ago, certainly in the days predating that buzzword. ...   Ars Technica
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Thursday June 22, 2017
21:59Homegrown Sounds releases AirWaves for Kontakt 5.6
Homegrown Sounds has released AirWaves for Kontakt 5.6. AirWaves is a Synthesizer which uses 24 XY Motion Sequencers to build collages using Short Wave Radio signals as its Sound Source. The [Read More]   KVR Audio
19:08MAAT Reincarnates TT DR Meter
MAAT Incorporated has released DRMeter, a metering plug–in for stereo bus masters. DRMeter, a recreation of the TT DR Meter for modern production environments, is designed to address needs [Read More]   KVR Audio
12:27HY-Plugins updates HY-MBMFX to v1.0.5
HY-Plugins has updated HY-MBMFX, a multiband multi effect plugin, to version 1.0.5. Changes: Now band width knob works properly. Removed master width knob. Fixed noise issue of RingModulator. [Read More]   KVR Audio
11:00HoRNet releases DeeLay Plus - Creative Digital Delay
HoRNet Plugins has released DeeLay Plus, a 'creative digital delay' plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows that can be used to create space, moving sounds and weird effects. The core of the plugin [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:41Stagecraft announces MPE Compatibility for Synths
Stagecraft Software has announced Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) support for its Addiction subtractive synth and soon-to-be-released sample-based synth, Infinity Synth. In case [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:00Native Instruments releases Kinetic Toys – Vintage Toy Kontakt...
Native Instruments has released Kinetic Toys, a new instrument for creating evocative leads, ethereal sound beds, rhythmic musical parts, evolving loops, and unconventional sound effects. Kinetic [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:59Tek'it Audio updates "8kut" Free Frequency Cutter Plug-in to v2.2.0
Tek'it Audio has updated 8kut, a free frequency cutter effect, to version 2.2.0. This update adds Save/Undo all changes on the preset manager and brings some enhancements to the user interface. [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:13Inear Display updates Regressif free LoFi Plug-in to v1.1 (Win & Mac,...
Inear Display has updated Regressif for Mac OS X and Windows to version 1.1. Changes: User interface and workflow enhancements. [Read More]   KVR Audio
04:10Kawa releases "kawaChord2" and "kawaChord2 Free" for Mac ...
Kawa has announced the release of the Mac OS X versions of kawaChord2 and kawaChord2 Free, which support VST and VST3 plugin formats. The current version is now 2.0.2 for Mac and Windows. Kawa [Read More]   KVR Audio
Wednesday June 21, 2017 updates Vee One Suite for Linux to v0.8.3 has announced a new official beta release of the Vee One Suite version 0.8.3 of the old-school software instruments, for Linux. The Vee One Suite are: synthv1 - a polyphonic subtractive [Read More]   KVR Audio
12:45Studio Major7th releases "MT-Piano" for Kontakt
Studio Major7th has released MT-Piano for Kontakt, a 'mute piano library that pressed the piano string with a finger and played'. Details: Full Retail Version of Kontakt 4.2 (or higher) Required. [Read More]   KVR Audio
12:22Max for Cats releases Pallas Semi-Modular Synth for Live
Ableton has announced the release of Pallas, a new Semi-Modular Synth from Max for Cats. Available now in the Packs store, Pallas is a semi-modular, analog-modelling synthesizer that has been [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:53Steinberg releases Nuendo 8
Steinberg Media Technologies today released the eighth iteration of its advanced audio post-production system after first announcing Nuendo 8 at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:49Waves updates Nx Virtual Mix Room with Headphone EQ Calibration
Waves Audio has announced an update to the Waves Nx Virtual Mix Room plugin – a new headphone EQ calibration feature. Added in response to popular demand, this new feature allows users to select [Read More]   KVR Audio
Tuesday June 20, 2017
16:14Mercuriall Audio Software updates "Greed Smasher"
Mercuriall Audio Software has updated Greed Smasher to v1.1. Greed Smasher v1.1 the following improvements and changes: Improved modeling. Improved stability. Fixed bug when Greed Smasher was [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:19oeksound updates soothe - Dynamic Resonance Suppressor to v1.1.2...
oeksound has updated soothe for Mac OS X and Windows to v1.1.1 v1.1.2. Starting from 1.1.0, soothe uses a new licence management system that allows storing an activation to USB-drive, and deactivating [Read More]   KVR Audio
15:13Line 6 releases Echo Farm 3.0 64-Bit AAX Native Plug-in for Windows
Line 6 has announced the release of the Windows version of Echo Farm 3.0, a 64-bit AAX Native plug-in that offers classic delay and echo effects for Pro Tools systems running software version [Read More]   KVR Audio
14:25KV331 Audio updates SynthMaster to v2.8.9 - adds resizeable UI support ...
KV331 Audio has announced a new update for their flagship software synthesizer SynthMaster. This update brings the following new features: Resizeable UI: All of the default KV331 skins are now [Read More]   KVR Audio
14:22Matthieu Brucher releases Audio ToolKit 2.1.0
Matthieu Brucher has updated Audio ToolKit to 2.1.0 with a major refactoring of the Python wrappers and extensive testing of them. New filters were also added to support more complex pipelines [Read More]   KVR Audio upgrades ALK incorporating new UI feature and more bug-fixes has updated ALK, a looper/sequencer/DAW music performance software application for Mac, to v1.0.30, featuring bug-fixes and a new audition recording feature. Features: Always audition [Read More]   KVR Audio
Monday June 19, 2017
20:56apulSoft updates apTrigga3 to v3.3.1
apulSoft has updated apTrigga3 to version 3.3.1. Changes: New 'precise' trigger algorithm added, suited well to drum pads directly connected to audio inputs. Bright & Dark color schemes and [Read More]   KVR Audio
13:35Audio Assault releases Dominator High Gain Amp Simulator Plug-in
Audio Assault has released Dominator, a high-gain guitar amp simulator designed from the ground up for metal. Dominator includes 10 stomp boxes, a 2 channel high-gain amp, 4 fully adjustable [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:55Waves releases "Brauer Motion" Spherical Auto-Panner Plugin with Intro...
Waves has announced the release of Brauer Motion, a spherical auto-panner plugin for Mac and Windows that enables you to create a world of movement inside your mixes, designed with top mixer [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Friday June 23, 2017
04:15IMusicAlbum releases Master Record - Tape simulation recorder &...
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Tape simulation recorder, player and effect for Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. Easy to use application with convenient control brings the richness and warmth of analog tape machines to your instrument, voice or final tracks. Not only as an effect but...   440Software
Thursday June 22, 2017
05:56Fantastocrats releases StudioMini XL v2.2.3
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: The recording app used by multi-platinum band Gorillaz on their album 'The Fall' StudioMini XL is a powerful yet easy to use recording studio for your iPad with pro quality audio, pro audio loops & much more! PRO AUDIO QUALITY: Records in 44.1 kHz /...   440Software
01:15Yongerp releases Celestial Piano v1.74
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: View MIDI file as falling notes! You don't need to know how to read sheet music. As you watch the animation, it MIDI out to physical sound module e.g. Volca Keys etc Enjoy playing songs right on the iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, add a MIDI keyboard...   440Software
Wednesday June 21, 2017
15:16Korg releases KORG iM1 v1.0.6
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: A complete reproduction - and more - of the legendary M1 that defined an era. Mobile Digital Synthesizer for the iPad. ââ€îÂ? Selected by Apple as 'App Store Best of 2015' ââ€îÂ? Ranked #1 on the App Store on Top Paid Music category in more than 20...   440Software
10:33FreeAppsTeam releases Loopacks - Music Maker, Loop Machine & DJ Beats...
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Rythme Mach. & Loops: Loopacks FREE Drum & Loop Machine, a GREAT Music app for all iOS devices! There’s no need to have a musical background to create your own awesome remix! You can start right away and create your own Music with Loopacks. Want to create...   440Software
05:49JunkoHonma releases SolfeHearingB v1.6
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: This is a full-scale melody hearing collection of problems written down on a music sheet. There is a 60 problem songs of Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels. Being able to set up the number of times of reproduction freely from 1 time to 8 times,...   440Software
01:06Liu Jie releases Super Music Changer Pro v1.8
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Super Music Changer is a professional voice change software, which support voice changer, recording and playback.You can use file sharing to get all the changed files. You also can make funny music,which can used for chat, telephone ringing and so on....   440Software
Tuesday June 20, 2017
15:18Inqbarna releases Deej v6.0
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / DJ: The only DJ mixer with 'Phrase based synch and seek' Interactive tutorial for beginners to make it easier for them their first steps as a DJ! Become a real DJ with deej. The fully featured turn table for iPhone and iPad. Now with Loops & Effects and the...   440Software
10:37Black Cat Systems releases Audio Spectrum Analyzer v1.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: Spectrum Pad turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch into an audio spectrum analyzer. Frequencies up to 20 kHz can be displayed. You can control the displayed frequency span, as well as the FFT size, from 1024 to 262144 bins. A logarithmic display of the entire 10...   440Software
05:56Leonard Sisterson releases Piano Workout v1.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Piano Workout contains the scales and arpeggios you need to practice regularly to hone and establish a good piano technique. All major and minor keys are available as well as rhythmic variations for the scales. There is a beginners set of scale exercises to...   440Software
01:15Matjaz Marolt releases SPL Spectrum Analyzer PRO v1.0.2
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Analysis: SPL Spectrum Analyzer PRO measures and analyses sound pressure level (SPL) and sound frequency spectrum in real time (RTA) using FFT. It is accurate and very fast with refresh rate more than 10 Hz. RTA analyzer can work on 2 separate channels. User can later...   440Software
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