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Wednesday July 18, 2018
09:00Judge slams FBI for improper cellphone search, stingray use
Enlarge / The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hangs on a wall before a news conference at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. ...   Ars Technica
Tuesday July 17, 2018
23:11Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day deals happening right now...
Update (7/17/2018 8:10pm ET): Prime Day is nearing its end, so we've made one last update, adding deals on Logitech mice, Netgear Arlo security cameras, and more. We've also included a section with quick links to any last-minute Lightning deals that may arise before things come to a close. Now if you'll excuse us, the Dealmaster needs to grab a stiff drink. ...   Ars Technica
18:57Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian...
Enlarge / Lake Huila records centuries of environmental change in the Quijos Valley. (credit: Nicholas Laughlin) On the slopes of northern Ecuador's Quijo Valley, perpetual clouds shroud the canopy of a seemingly pristine tropical forest. But the beauty of the cloud forest hides a violent, tragic history. ...   Ars Technica
17:30Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for...
Enlarge / Here, have some antibiotics. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) Popular urgent care centers may be the biggest—and most overlooked—culprits in the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in clinics, according to a new analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. ...   Ars Technica
17:01Investors are worried that Netflix is getting as big as it can get
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. (credit: JD Lasica) Netflix missed its subscriber growth targets by about a million subscribers in the three months ending in June, sparking concern among investors that there might be a saturation limit for the streaming platform. ...   Ars Technica
16:00Google resurrects Google Now’s predictive cards, sticks them in the...
Google There's a big update coming to the Google Assistant for iOS and Android today. Google is resurrecting the predictive Google Now cards that used to exist in the pre-assistant era, and the company is sticking them in the Google Assistant interface. Before the transition to the Google Assistant and the Google (News) Feed, Google Now was one of the best parts of Android. ...   Ars Technica
15:41Microsoft is making the Windows command line a lot better
The Windows 7 console didn't support VT codes, so it completely garbles the output of applications that depend on VT codes. The Windows 10 console, however, does support VT codes, making it much more capable. ...   Ars Technica
15:00Ars on your lunch break: Robert Green on what darkness lurks in our DNA
Enlarge / No matter how many times you stick your head in a microwave, this probably won't happen. (credit: 20th Century Fox) This week we’re serializing yet another episode of the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists and tends to be very tech- and science-heavy. ...   Ars Technica
14:36Chinese space official seems unimpressed with NASA’s lunar gateway
Enlarge / ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer joined Chinese colleagues in Yantai, China, to take part in their sea survival training on August 19, 2017. (credit: ESA) This week, the European and Chinese space agencies held a workshop in Amsterdam to discuss cooperation between Europe and China on lunar science missions. ...   Ars Technica
14:28Bill to save net neutrality gets first Republican vote in US House
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Linda Braucht) The congressional bill to reinstate net neutrality rules has finally received support from a House Republican. US Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) today announced his support for the bill. ...   Ars Technica
14:21Dealmaster: The best non-Amazon deals if Prime Day doesn’t matter to...
Update (7/17/2018 11:20am ET): We've updated our anti-Prime Day deals list with new discounts on the Nest Learning Thermostat, Google Pixelbook, Samsung 860 EVO SSD, and a nice sitewide discount code from eBay that slashes devices like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, and 9.7-inch iPad down to new lows. Have a look for yourself below. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Tempest 4000 finally lives after delays, legal threats—but what’s up...
Enlarge / This is a 2018 title screen, we swear. (credit: Atari / Llamasoft) Ever since 1994's Tempest 2000, British game developer Jeff Minter has been inextricably linked to Atari. ...   Ars Technica
08:003D-printed gun lawsuit ends after 3+ years—in gun publisher’s favor
A still from Cody Wilson's latest video shows this example of 3D-printed handguns (these are mock-ups pictured, not actual handguns). (credit: Defense Distributed) Defense Distributed, the 3D-printing gun activist group, has secured a settlement with the Department of State that will enable it to legally distribute its CAD files of firearms on its DEFCAD website, putting an end to a ...   Ars Technica
Monday July 16, 2018
22:29Developer faces prison after admitting admin software was really a RAT
A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he developed, marketed, and provided technical support for a 'remote access trojan,' or RAT—that is, software he knew customers used illegally to take control of other people’s computers. ...   Ars Technica
21:50The Essential Phone at $250 is the best smartphone deal of the year
It's Amazon Prime Day, and that means a large collection of deals that may or may not be a great value. We have a big post covering much of the tech stuff, but I wanted to highlight this insane Essential Phone deal that lets you have a 2017 flagship smartphone for $250. Less than a year ago, this phone was $700. A comparable Snapdragon 835 phone from Samsung (the Galaxy S8) is $500. ...   Ars Technica
21:18News of Trump passing cognitive test may make it harder to detect...
Enlarge / US President Donald Trump answers questions about the 2016 US election during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. ...   Ars Technica
20:30Dangerous plutonium stolen from rental car in a hotel parking lot
(credit: Alex Proimos / Flickr) Two workers from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory lost an undisclosed amount of plutonium and cesium from a rental car parked overnight in a San Antonio, Texas, hotel parking lot in a neighborhood known for car break-ins and other crimes, according to an article published Monday by the Center for Public Integrity. ...   Ars Technica
20:15D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum system
Enlarge (credit: D-Wave Systems) D-Wave's hardware has always occupied a unique space on the computing landscape. It's a general-purpose computer that relies on quantum mechanical effects to perform calculations. And, while other quantum-computer makers have struggled to put more than a few dozen qubits together, D-Wave's systems have already scaled to more than 2,000 addressable bits. ...   Ars Technica
19:25Suspect behind bitcoin exchange that “catered to criminalsî ordered to...
Enlarge / Courts in Thessaloniki, Greece, rules extradition of the Russian bitcoin master suspect Alexander Vinnik to France after the French authorities request. ...   Ars Technica
18:54Microsoft killing off the old Skype client, adding built-in call...
Enlarge / Skype 8.0. (credit: Microsoft) Skype's development history is a bit checkered; a wide range of clients has been developed with disparate features and a lack of clarity over direction. ...   Ars Technica
18:25Ajit Pai deals major setback to Sinclair/Tribune merger
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media Company has run into a major roadblock at the Federal Communications Commission. ...   Ars Technica
12:10Britain joins the microlaunch space race with a new rocket and...
Orbex/Anders Břggild The United Kingdom has entered the race to develop low-cost, high-volume rockets for small satellites. Orbex, a British-based company with subsidiaries and production facilities in Denmark and Germany, announced Monday that it has raised $40 million from public and private sources to develop what it is calling the 'Prime' launch vehicle. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Roku wants to grab audiophiles with its new wireless speakers for Roku
Roku Roku focuses heavily on its licensing programs, which allow OEMs to make TVs, soundbars, and other devices that use Roku software and work seamlessly with Roku devices. But now, Roku's getting into the audio business with an in-house product: the company announced the Roku TV Wireless Speakers today, a set of two HomePod-esque speakers designed to work exclusively with Roku TVs. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise!...
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.   PC World
09:00Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini
Amazon and Google are both trying to get a foot through your door with their smart speakers. Here's what you need to consider before buying one.   PC World
Sunday July 15, 2018
13:00After indictment, Russian hackers’ lives “changed forever,î...
Enlarge / US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rosenstein announced indictments against 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking computers used by the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other organizations. ...   Ars Technica
12:00The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen
Enlarge (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Over the last few years, the failed biomedical startup Theranos has become synonymous with some of the worst aspects of Silicon Valley. ...   Ars Technica
Saturday July 14, 2018
16:30A look at Chrome’s new tab design
Chrome is getting a major redesign soon, and this week new changes have started to land in Chrome's nightly 'Canary' build. Google is launching a new version of Material Design across its products, called the 'Google Material Theme,' and, after debuting in Android P and Gmail.com, it's starting to roll out across Google's other major products. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas
Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Altiplano—or, as it is affectionately known 'round these parts, “the llama gameî—displays a hobby in rude creative health. ...   Ars Technica
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Tuesday July 17, 2018
12:59Native Instruments releases "Polar Flare" Expansion
Native Instruments has released Polar Flare, a new Expansion focusing on organic, glacial electronica. Inspired by the natural world, Polar Flare captures an otherworldly sound heard in a broad [Read More]   KVR Audio
10:11Crave DSP updates "Crave EQ" to v1.2 for Windows and Mac
Crave DSP has updated Crave EQ to version 1.2. New in version 1.2: Automatic Gain Compensation: Automatic gain compensation adjusts the output gain to compensate for the effect of filtering on [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:44VSL releases Synchron Chamber Strings
The Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of SYNCHRON-ized Chamber Strings, a totally overhauled and remastered version of their popular Chamber Strings I Collection, re-edited for [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:05AAS updates Strum GS-2 to v2.2.2 - VST3 support plus fixes and...
AAS just released an update for its acoustic and electric guitar plug-in. Strum GS-2 v2.2.2 includes support for the VST3 plug-in format as well as various fixes and enhancements. The update [Read More]   KVR Audio
07:50BBE Sound releases "Stomp Board"
BBE and Plugivery Development have announced the release of BBE Sound's 'Stomp Board', a standalone host application/plug-in including a guitar preamp section and 8 guitar effect pedals taken [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:14Thomas Mundt updates free LoudMax to v1.22 for Win, Mac, Linux and...
Thomas Mundt has updated LoudMax to version 1.22 for Mac OS, Windows and Linux. The Winamp version has also been updated. Changes: Fixed compiler-dependent rounding errors on all platforms. Slightly [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:01Sample Fuel releases Pad Motion - Cinematic Pads with Movement
Sample Fuel has announced the release of Pad Motion for HALion, HALion Sonic and the free HALion Sonic SE. Danny Lux, owner at Sample Fuel, says: 'Pad Motion is our most powerful Virtual Instrument [Read More]   KVR Audio
Monday July 16, 2018
15:33Flux:: Sound & Picture Development releases EVO.IN Phase & Drive
Flux: Sound & Picture Development has announced the release of EVO.IN Phase & Drive. EVO.IN, the second plug-in in the Yves Jaget designed EVO series, provides two of the most important [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:10bismark updates bs-16i for iOS to v3.1.1
bismark has updated bs-16i for iOS to v3.1.1. Changes: Improved AUv3 UI. On importing from iCloud, multiple files can be selected (Multiple file selection can only be used with iOS 11 and iCloud [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:06Sonic Visualiser for Mac, Win & Lin updated to v3.1
Sonic Visualiser, a free application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, has been updated to version 3.1 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Changes: Add Plugins tab to [Read More]   KVR Audio
09:02VCV releases Rack 0.6.2
VCV Rack 0.6.2, the open-source virtual modular synthesizer, has been released with the following new features: Added module presets. Added command line arguments for setting Rack directories. [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:51Zynaptiq updates Intensity to v1.2.0
Zynaptiq has announced that Intensity has been updated to version 1.2.0. This free update is available now and recommended for all users. The update is accessed through the product's downloads [Read More]   KVR Audio
08:00FabFilter releases Pro-Q 2 as AUv3 for iPad, starts Summer Sale
Pro-Q 2 now available as AUv3 plug-in for iPad FabFilter has announced the release of Pro-Q 2 as AUv3 plug-in for iPad, so you can now use the EQ in popular host apps such as Cubasis, AUM and [Read More]   KVR Audio
06:02New Sonic Arts releases Nuance 2.0
New Sonic Arts has updated Nuance - the instrument and drum sampler - to version v2.0101. Nuance 2.0 Overview The update includes the following new features and enhancements: User Samples and [Read More]   KVR Audio
Saturday July 14, 2018
12:46HY-Plugins updates HY-Slicer, HY-SEQ16x3v2 and HY-Filter3
HY-Plugins has updated HY-Slicer to v1.1.0, HY-SEQ16x3v2 to v1.1.5 and HY-Filter3 to v1.1.0. Changes (HY-Slicer): Fixed playback speed doesn't work correctly when host samplerate is changed. [Read More]   KVR Audio
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Wednesday July 18, 2018
04:14Avid releases Avid Scorch v2018.4.1
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: The Avid® Scorch® app transforms your iPad mobile device into an interactive music stand, score library, and sheet music store. With this powerful app, viewing beautiful scores is just the beginning. Thanks to the award-winning...   440Software
Tuesday July 17, 2018
14:08Shazam Entertainment Ltd. releases Shazam Encore v11.10.1
iPhone, iPad / Misc / Unclassifiable: Shazam Encore - the best of Shazam without the ads! Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by more than 100 million people each month to identify music, get song lyrics, and now to discover the music that artists discover themselves....   440Software
08:16ObjectGraph LLC releases Cow Piano Free vcom.objectgraph.cowp
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Fun: Enjoy playing piano with cow sound effects. Play REAL music now! It's useful as sound effect machine too. [Features] Multi Touch 12 notes Multiple Sounds at same time Intuitive and Simple Interface Realistic Pitch Quick Response Keys High Quality Sound Effects...   440Software
Monday July 16, 2018
20:32Evgeny EGOROV releases Polyphony synthesizer with a low delay v3.1
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: Video: A microtonal capable distortion synthesizer with an 11-string bass guitar layout with extremely low latency. This App gives you: Too much octave range The ability to play totally out of tune A small amount of help on...   440Software
12:07Ultimate Guitar USA, LLC releases Ultimate Guitar Tabs v4.7.8
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: Get the world's largest catalog of guitar, bass & ukulele chords, tabs, and lyrics to learn your favorite songs! Search for any song by type, difficulty, tuning, and rating. Focus on guitar techniques or discover songs for particular moments with...   440Software
04:14O-G-SUS releases Elastic Drums v2.1.9
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Rythme Mach. & Loops: Featured 170 times on App Store category pages! Comes with Ableton Link synchronization and Ableton Live Set Export. Machinedrum: 'It's awesome, a lot of fun to work with and very easy to get something going. I love the sound presets too.“...   440Software
00:18Achilleas Sourlas releases LoAdKer v1.5.6
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Others: LoAdKer is a novel rhythm event generator that is based on fractal sequences. Unlike most other drum-mahines, LoAdKer has the ability to create complex patterns that evolve over time, sounding similar but not exactly the same. The result can be anything from...   440Software
Sunday July 15, 2018
20:22Line 6 releases Firehawk Remote v1.3.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: Firehawk Remote is the control app for the Line 6 Firehawk devices. Firehawk FX is a multi-effect pedal and Firehawk 1500 is an all-in-one stage amp, making it easier than ever to create the perfect guitar tone. From your phone or tablet, you can craft...   440Software
02:24TablEdit releases TEFview v2.4
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: TEFview for iOS is an app that allows you to view, print and play tablatures created in TablEdit Tablature Editor on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. TEFview allows you as well to view and listen to ASCII tabs,.ABC tunes, MIDI, PowerTab,...   440Software
Saturday July 14, 2018
20:32Richard Bao releases Real Pianoââ€û¢ Classic v4.2.3
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Pianos: Note: If you are new to Real Piano, we suggest you get the full version Real Pianoââ€û¢ instead of this Classic version, which is primarily for updating existing customers to the latest Real Piano technology. Take your grand piano with you anywhere. Glide...   440Software
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