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Saturday July 22, 2017
14:00German energy company wants to build flow batteries in old natural gas ...
Enlarge (credit: EWE) A German energy company recently announced that it’s partnering with a university to build a massive flow battery in underground salt caverns that are currently used to store natural gas. The grid-tied battery, the company says, would be able to power Berlin for an hour. The technology that the project is based on should be familiar to Ars readers. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Why are so many pre-existing IPs turning to TV? It’s complicated
Enlarge / Welcome to the nerdiest, most-inside-baseball TV event this side of network upfronts. (credit: Nathan Mattise) AUSTIN, Texas—Familiar IP (intellectual property) runs rampant on TV these days no matter where a viewer turns. ...   Ars Technica
12:30You still cannot vape on US inbound, outbound flights
Enlarge (credit: Linday Fox) A divided federal appeals court is upholding a President Barack Obama-era regulation that barred e-cigarette smoking—also known as vaping—on both inbound and outbound US flights. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Teleportation is murder: Old trope gets new twist in The Punch Escrow
The Punch Escrow releases on July 25. (credit: Inkshares) The teleportation accident is an all-too-common trope of science fiction. The moral quandary of teleporters as 'suicide boxes' and as potential human duplicators has been grist for many science fiction and speculative fiction writers, from George Langelaan's 1957 short story 'The Fly' to China Miéville's 2010 novel Kraken (and yes, ...   Ars Technica
11:00Human liver cells seeded in mouse expands 50-fold to functional...
Vascularized engineered human liver tissue that has self-organized into a lobule-like microstructure. (credit: Chelsea Fortin/Bhatia Lab/Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research) Being able to grow your own new organs may be in reach—with some cellular assembly required. ...   Ars Technica
08:00Family of dead AlphaBay suspect says he was a “good boyî
Enlarge / Alexandre Cazes, in an undated photo posted by his stepmother, Kathy Gauthier. (credit: Kathy Gauthier) The stepmother of the late Alexandre Cazes told Ars that she and her husband have a hard time believing what American and European authorities have said about their son as a criminal suspect. ...   Ars Technica
Friday July 21, 2017
19:41This week in games: Call of Duty WWII's spooky zombies, Doom Guy...
Christmas in July? More like Halloween in July, as we are inundated with horror trailers this week—Evil Within II, Observer, and Call of Duty: WWII's spooky new zombies.That, plus John Romero reveals who served as inspiration for the iconic Doom cover art, American Truck Simulator closes down Pacific Coast Highway, and StarCraft II adds skins, sprays, and other Overwatch-style fodder. ...   PC World
18:55Senator blasts FCC for refusing to provide DDoS analysis
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Valery Brozhinsky) US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) criticized the Federal Communications Commission for failing to turn over its internal analysis of the DDoS attacks that hit the FCC's public comment system. ...   Ars Technica
17:55Microsoft’s secret weapon in ongoing struggle against Fancy Bear?...
Enlarge (credit: Harald Deischinger) On Friday, representatives of the notorious hacking entity known as Fancy Bear failed to appear in a federal court in Virginia to defend themselves against a civil lawsuit brought by Microsoft. ...   Ars Technica
15:55Best Buy is currently selling the HDHomeRun Connect for $70
If you've been thinking about going the cord-cutter route, consider this a sign. Best Buy is selling the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Connect for $70 right now. This external TV tuner features two tuners, allowing you to watch over-the-air (OTA) broadcast TV on two sets or to record one show while watching the other. ...   PC World
15:24Verizon accused of throttling Netflix and YouTube, admits to “video...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | MrsWilkins) Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix's speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network. ...   Ars Technica
15:14Google denies claims of a desktop Google.com revamp
Enlarge / Yahoogle. Google's homepage has been a stark white page for basically ever, with little more than a search box and a few buttons to get users to a search results page as fast as possible. Yesterday, a report from The Guardian claimed this would be changing, and Google would be adding a 'news feed' to 'Google.com. ...   Ars Technica
14:38Paying people to preserve forests really seems to work
Enlarge (credit: Kate Evans for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)) We’re trashing the world not because it’s fun, but because it pays to do so. People respond to financial incentives. So, how do you provide an incentive to stop trashing the world? One idea is to use cold, hard cash. ...   Ars Technica
14:02Mario Kart director philosophical about need for the blue shell
Enlarge / Love it or hate it, Mario Kart's director see the blue shell is a necessary part of the Mario Kart formula. (credit: YouTube / ZaziNombies) Since its introduction in Mario Kart 64, the blue shell has become a universal shorthand for the perils of video game rubber-banding; an item I called 'scourge of the skillful and the great white hope of the novice' in my own Mario Kart 8 ...   Ars Technica
13:34Yes, ancient civilizations on Mars sounds crazy. And yet…
Enlarge / Crater water ice on Mars at Vastitas Borealis, seen by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. (credit: ESA) This week we all had a good laugh at the expense of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who asked NASA scientists during a committee hearing whether it was possible that a civilization existed on Mars thousands of years ago. 'Would you rule that out?' he asked. ...   Ars Technica
13:24Amazon will pay full price to US retailers to boost its inventory...
Enlarge Amazon sells a wide variety of products, but you can't buy anything and everything through the online retailer. The company is reportedly trying to change this by sacrificing huge profits in favor of efficiency—according to a CNBC report, Amazon contacted thousands of third-party retailers via e-mail about taking part in a new program in which Amazon would buy their inventory at ...   Ars Technica
12:15Doom's free DLC unleashes hell on hard drives as a ludicrously large...
Thank goodness I didn’t have Doom installed. Earlier this week we reported on Bethesda’s sort-of magnanimous gesture to give away all of Doom’s DLC for free—the catch of course being that Doom only had DLC for its lackluster multiplayer mode. Still, it’s free right? So what’s the problem?It’s a 34GB update, give or take. ...   PC World
12:11FDA not amused by coffee laced with Viagra-like drugs, issues recall
(credit: N i c o l a) A cup of this brew will certainly get you up in the morning. But the Food and Drug Administration is not having it. The agency announced a second voluntary recall of a coffee product laced with a Viagra-like drug. The latest recall affects the uniquely named “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffeeî product, distributed by Bestherbs Coffee LLC. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Surface Laptop is just a laptop, making it Microsoft’s most baffling...
(video link) After several years of building systems that compete with, but aren't quite, laptops, Microsoft has built a plain old laptop: the Surface Laptop. I think there's a good chance that the Surface Laptop will become Microsoft's best-selling piece of PC hardware. This is such a straightforward proposition: it's a regular PC laptop. ...   Ars Technica
11:21The best PC co-op games to play with your friends
Battle buddiesImage by UbisoftIt’s good to have friends. That goes doubly so when you’re facing down a zombie horde or coordinating an attack on a Klingon warship.Here we’ve rounded up 12 games that are better in every way to play with friends. Yeah, you could play some of them alone. ...   PC World
10:30Spectacular visuals, cheerfully silly tone rescue Valerian film
Enlarge / Valerian and Laureline, seen here looking like they're trying their best to imagine a romantic plotline that makes more sense than what they were given. (credit: STX Films) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets could be the most enjoyable 2017 film destined to win a Razzie award. Some of its disparate elements deserve a 'bad,' 'poor,' or even 'embarrassing' rating. ...   Ars Technica
10:00Five to Try: Google's VR Expeditions goes solo, and the Nintendo...
Here are this week's most intriguing new and updated Android apps.   PC World
09:30Best password managers of 2017: Reviews of the top products
We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain “123456î and “passwordî), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become out biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good password manager essential. ...   PC World
09:00Sticky Password review: Strong features behind a bare-bones interface
Sticky Password may not be as familiar as LastPass or 1Password, but it boasts features that rival both of them, albeit in a much less polished package. It doesn’t quite rise to the top tier of password managers, but it’s more than capable of getting the job done.When you download Sticky Password—there’s no web version of the app—it will prompt you to create a master password. ...   PC World
03:42Electronic music superhero Aphex Twin unearths massive, free music...
Enlarge / Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin, is careful about his likeness being photographed, but Warp Records swears that this is him. (credit: Warp Records) Many of the greatest electronic musicians also happen to be computer and technology geeks. Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin, is no exception. ...   Ars Technica
Thursday July 20, 2017
23:53Microsoft 4Q17: Office 365 revenue surpasses traditional licenses
(credit: Julien GONG Min) In the fourth quarter of its 2017 financial year, Microsoft posted revenue of $23.3 billion (£17.9 billion), up 13 percent on a year ago, with an operating income of $5.3 billion (up 73 percent), a net income of $6.5 billion (up 109 percent), and earnings per share of $0.83 (up 112 percent on the same quarter last year). ...   Ars Technica
23:50Microsoft's Office sales soar and Windows Phone fades in cloud-happy...
Remember when Microsoft touted Windows Mobile during earnings calls? Now, Microsoft's Windows Phone business is 'immaterial,' while Office, Azure, and other cloud and services products continue to propel the company to profitability. ...   PC World
21:50Augmented reality wins big in 1st Amendment legal flap
Enlarge (credit: Candy Lab) A judge on Thursday declared as unconstitutional a local Wisconsin ordinance mandating that the makers of augmented reality games get special use permits if their mobile apps were to be played in county parks. The law—the nation's first of its kind—was challenged on First Amendment grounds amid concerns it amounted to a prior restraint of a game maker's speech. ...   Ars Technica
20:57Google drops the boom on WoSign, StartCom certs for good
(credit: Michael Rosenstein) Last August, after being alerted by GitHub's security team that the certificate authority WoSign had errantly issued a certificate for a GitHub domain to someone other than GitHub, Google began an investigation in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation and a group of security professionals into the company's certificate issuance practices. ...   Ars Technica
19:36Trump wants a talk-radio host to be the USDA’s chief scientist
Enlarge / Sam Clovis, then newly appointed national co-chairman of the Trump campaign, speaks during a news conference with Donald Trump. (credit: Bloomberg / Getty Images) Yesterday, the Trump administration formally named its candidate for the Department of Agriculture's undersecretary of research, education, and economics, a post that serves as the agency's chief scientist. ...   Ars Technica
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Saturday July 22, 2017
00:00YummyBeats releases AmberWood Drums for Kontakt with Introductory Price
YummyBeats has released AmberWood Drums for Kontakt. AmberWood Drums features Natural woodstick percussion; organic atmospheres; reversed, metal and glass sounds to complement any modern music [Read More]   KVR Audio
Friday July 21, 2017
15:41Beatskillz launches Reelight Tape Emulation plugin
Beatskillz has released Reelight Tape Emulation plug-in. Reelight is a tape saturation plugin designed for getting an authentic tape vibe and some of the desirable artifacts associated with tape. [Read More]   KVR Audio
11:10PreSonus Ships Quantum Thunderbolt Interface
PreSonus is now shipping its top-of-the-line Quantum Thunderbolt 2 interface. A great choice for a wide variety of recording environments, the 26x32-channel Quantum is the company's fastest [Read More]   KVR Audio
11:07Physical Audio updates PA3 Derailer to v0.2.1 with support for the...
Physical Audio has updated Derailer, their modular physical modelling synth for Mac AU, to v0.2.1. Features: Support for note per channel MIDI devices such as the ROLI Seaboard. Updated to the [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:57Zynewave updates Podium to v3.2.7
Zynewave has updated Podium to v3.2.7. Changes: Updated VST plugin loading system. Previous Podium versions could make the UI unresponsive when loading large sample-based plugins. A progress [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:53GoldWave updated to v6.29
GoldWave, the audio editor application for Windows, has been updated to v6.29. Changes include: Added Loudness effect (LUFS based). Added Amplitude Statistics tool. Replaced old MP3 decoder. [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:17IK releases Syntronik (incl. Free version) and updates SampleTank to...
IK Multimedia has announced that Syntronik is now available and shipping from the IK Online Store and select IK resellers for for $/€299.99, and $/€199.99 cross grade** price (excluding [Read More]   KVR Audio
Thursday July 20, 2017
09:07Steinberg Nuendo 8 Trial Version Now Available
Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of the Nuendo 8 trial version. Nuendo 8 introduces Game Audio Connect 2 and the Sound Randomizer for game sound design and composing, continuing [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:58Korg updates Gadget for Mac to v1.2.0 and Gadget for iOS to v3.2.0
Korg has updated Gadget for Mac to v1.2.0 and Gadget for iOS to v3.2.0. Until August 20th, all Korg music-production apps and software are available at up to 50% off. The sale also applies to [Read More]   KVR Audio
Wednesday July 19, 2017
21:45Audioblast release AcidBox for Mac OS X, Windows & Linux VST & AU
Audioblast has released the AcidBox plug-in for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux in VST, AudioUnit formats and standalone application. AcidBox is a bassline synthesizer, recreation of the Roland TB-303, [Read More]   KVR Audio
18:37Monocasual Laboratories releases Giada v0.14.1 for Linux, Windows and...
Monocasual Laboratories has released a new version of Giada, codenamed Book of Shadows: a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion [Read More]   KVR Audio
16:00Uppercussion releases "Powerhouse" Electro House and ...
Uppercussion has released Powerhouse and Littlehouse, two new expansion packs for Maschine, MPC, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Kontakt and more. Both packs have a large variety of genre specific drum [Read More]   KVR Audio
11:00HoRNet releases Tape - Analog Tape Machine Simulation Plug-in
HoRNet has released Tape, a plug-in simulation of the effect that magnetic tape applies to the signal recorded on it. What Tape does is to apply the distinct saturation of analog tape to your [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Saturday July 22, 2017
16:03Gismart releases Metronome - Perfect Beats and Tempo v2.8.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Hurry up! The only metronome app on the store to give you PRO features for FREE! Meet Real Metronome - a quartz-accurate digital mobile metronome app precisely crafted by professional musicians that lets you experience a real metronome as close as it gets! Keep...   440Software
12:07HUGO RENE GARCIA releases Pan Flute ! v1.5
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Winds: It is a beautiful Pan Flute with 22 pipes modeled in 3D detail with the actual sounds of the flute. It is the Virtual Pan Flute where you can actually play your favorite melodies as if you were playing the real instrument and that you can always bring with you!...   440Software
08:10WebPractice releases Arban Triple Tonguing Exercises 1-4 v2.0.3
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: THE way to practise triple tonguing. A combination of Arban's Exercises and eto Music Practice Tools. Practising with the Beat Counter and the recorded sound will ensure your triplets are absolutely even. This will make your playing clear and crisp when you...   440Software
Friday July 21, 2017
20:21Tiv Studio releases Beat Twirl v4.0.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: Beat Twirl is a 'beat slicer' app. The app lets you analyze existing sounds and detect their rhythm with its note onset algorithms. With Beat Twirl you can work with drum loops and rhythm patterns, easily enhancing them with additional percussion sound, or...   440Software
08:17SmartUtils releases FastChords v2.3
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: Quickly map chord symbols to piano keys with this unique piano chords calculator. Features familiar calculator-style interface customizable keys to match chord symbols vast library of over 300 chord symbols ability to construct slash chords easy...   440Software
Thursday July 20, 2017
16:37SoundTop releases soundtop v1.0.6
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: This Chinese-English bilingual app, AMP PLAY, can be used to adjust in total six channel's high/low pass, band EQ, gain, delay, etc. It requires wifi connection with hotspot established by the wifi modules of our DSP amplifiers. You can DIY configurations...   440Software
09:52Techné Media releases Guide Track v2.0.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / ToolBox: From the US Store: Songwriter's pre-production tool extraordinaire! by Mythmongrel - Version - 1.2.0 - Oct 31, 2014 The best app for easily laying out the form of a composition. It's does exactly what it's meant to do and it keeps getting better. Highly recommend...   440Software
06:30Olympia Noise Co. releases Ribbons : Expressive Electronic Instrument...
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: Ribbons is an extraordinarily fun and expressive musical instrument for iPad. Inspired by early electronic instruments such as the Ondes Martenot and the Theremin, Ribbons (formerly 'Ondes') emulates the fluid playing style of those classic instruments...   440Software
Wednesday July 19, 2017
17:39SmartUtils releases Note by Note - Lead Sheet Music Player v1.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Easily enter the melody notes and chords of any song and watch it play on a simulated piano keyboard. Perfect for quickly learning to play new songs. New to the piano? Just play the chords on the left hand and the melody on the right. Build your music...   440Software
15:18Virtual Sheet Music Inc. releases Music Drawing Notation v3.3
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: The Music Drawing Notation by Virtual Sheet Music has been specifically designed to write music by putting notes on a music staff, the easiest way. Any musician will be easily able to put down melodies 'on the go.' You can write music by simply using your...   440Software
12:58Lifestyle Guru, LLC releases Chinese Guzheng Play v2.1.4
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: Traditional strings instrument - GUZHENG 2 MODES: free play or prepared chords Improvise and enjoy ETHNIC music HOW TO USE: Just choose your mode first. If you want just to play something intuitively - pick solo mode, it you would like to play some melody -...   440Software
10:37RoGame Software releases Quincy Lite v1.5.4
iPhone, iPad / Misc / Unclassifiable: Quincy is a musical explorer of Life, a cellular automaton created by J.H.Conway and Quincy Lite is the full version for iPhone. Conway’s Game Of Life has long been of great interest to musicians specifically as a pattern generator. Quincy is a full...   440Software
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