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Monday January 21, 2019
23:50How to watch the 2019 Super Bowl without cable
Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.   PC World
22:29Report: Toyota and Panasonic to create an electric car-battery spinoff ...
Enlarge / This photo taken on June 5, 2009, shows Toyota Motors' third-generation Prius hybrid vehicle battery module displayed at Panasonic's EV Energy headquarters in Kosei, Aichi, prefecture. ...   Ars Technica
17:58Elon Musk has been pitching cheap tunnels from The Boring Company to...
Enlarge / Plans for a potential tunnel connecting Sydney, Australia, to the West. (credit: Jeremy Buckingham) Elon Musk—CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company—has been pitching his new tunnel-boring capabilities to curious elected officials as well as the director of CERN (the organization that owns and operates the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland). ...   Ars Technica
17:30Russia tries to force Facebook and Twitter to relocate servers to...
Enlarge / A smartphone folder labeled with the Russian word for 'community.' (credit: Getty Images | Kirill Kudryavtsev ) The Russian government agency responsible for censorship on the Internet has accused Facebook and Twitter of failing to comply with a law requiring all servers that store personal data to be located in Russia. ...   Ars Technica
17:15Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square
Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people—including one sitting US Congressperson—gathered online to watch a marathon stream of someone playing Donkey Kong 64. The most notable thing about this, perhaps, was just how little organic interest in Donkey Kong 64 actually had to do with much of the gathering. Let me back up a little bit. ...   Ars Technica
16:26Google must pay €50 million for GDPR violations, France says
Enlarge / Google's main headquarters. (credit: Cyrus Farivar) Google has been fined €50 million (~$57 million) by French regulators, the first major penalty under a sweeping new European Union privacy law known as GDPR, which took effect last year. According to the French government agency, known by the acronym CNIL, Google is still in breach of the law. ...   Ars Technica
15:58Why Uber wants to build scooters and bikes that can drive themselves
Enlarge (credit: Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Uber is looking to hire people to help it develop autonomous scooter and bike technology, according to Wired-editor-turned-robotics-entrepreneur Chris Anderson. The goal would be to allow bikes and scooters to 'drive themselves to charging or better locations.' People interested in joining the project can fill out this form. ...   Ars Technica
15:45Dealmaster: A bunch of Sonos speakers are discounted for the Super Bowl
Enlarge / The Beam is more of an entry-level soundbar for smaller rooms and TVs than a true Playbar or Playbase replacement. (credit: Sonos) Super Bowl season typically brings an uptick in deals for TV tech. True to form, Sonos has announced discounts for a handful of its home theater devices. ...   Ars Technica
14:05This massive rocket creates a fireball as it launches, and that’s by...
About five seconds before liftoff, fire consumes the Delta IV Heavy rocket cores. [credit: United Launch Alliance ] Anyone who watched the launch of United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday was treated to an up-close view of the liftoff. ...   Ars Technica
14:00Abode’s new Gen 2 gateway comes with 4G cellular and Z-Wave Plus
The latest iteration of the Abode home security system includes the Z-Wave Plus technology.   PC World
10:45Hands on: The Kensington SD7000 dock turns a Surface tablet into a...
For years, Microsoft Surface fans have wondered two things: First, would Microsoft ever sell a standalone version of its massive Surface Studio display? And second, when would the company update its Surface Dock? The Kensington SD7000 Surface Pro Docking Station answers both questions...sort of. ...   PC World
10:30Google may have finally committed to making Wear OS a true competitor...
The battle over your wrist just got way more interesting. Late last week Fossil announced that it was selling $40 million worth of its smartwatch technology to Google, giving the Wear OS purveyor a serious stake in the wearable hardware game.The deal may be a relatively small sum compared to the billions Google spent on Nest, but it could be just as important. ...   PC World
Sunday January 20, 2019
18:00Old Gods and New Gods prepare for war in new trailer for American Gods
Second trailer for American Gods season 2, which debuts on Starz March 10. We're less than two months away from the second season debut of American Gods, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel, and Starz has rewarded fans' patience with a shiny new trailer. (Spoilers for first season below. ...   Ars Technica
15:00Intrepid scientist corrects physiology in Gulliver’s Travels after 300 ...
Enlarge / Title page of the first edition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, relating the fictional adventures of one Lemuel Gulliver. (credit: Meisei University Library, Tokyo, Japan) Gulliver's Travels is justly regarded as one of the best satirical novels of all time, although its author, Jonathan Swift, claimed he wrote the book 'to vex the world rather than divert it. ...   Ars Technica
14:30Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any costî is the new “unsafe at any...
(video link) If there's one person outside of government who has stood against Facebook's crashing wave, it's Ashkan Soltani. Late last year, the independent privacy researcher was suddenly called to speak before the UK Parliament about Facebook's privacy practices, simply because he happened to be in London and, in his own words, 'was just a dick on Twitter. ...   Ars Technica
14:00Western Digital’s Black SSD is now focused on gaming, can come with a...
The WD Black SN750 without a heatsink. [credit: Western Digital ] Western Digital has begun shipping the WD Black SN750, the latest in its popular Black line of performance-oriented, solid-state hard drives. The company is also pivoting the Black brand to be primarily focused on gamers; this is part of an ongoing trend that high-end PC hardware is getting categorized as gamer gear. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Withings Pulse HR review: A longer-lasting competitor to Fitbit’s Alta
Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Withings has returned as its own company after a short stint under Nokia, and it's brought out some new fitness trackers to take on the top contenders. The $129 Withings Pulse HR looks and acts much like Fitbit's Alta HR: its svelte, rectangular module tracks heart rate all day and night as well as daily activity and workouts. ...   Ars Technica
Saturday January 19, 2019
21:40The iPhone SE is available on Apple’s online Clearance Products store...
Apple’s 4-inch affordable iPhone is back, in a way. And you can buy one now.   PC World
17:50How Buke and Gase built a huge indie rock career—and its own guitars,...
L-R: Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform as Buke and Gase in November 2018. Each holds one of the band's titular, custom-built instruments: a baritone ukulele and a guitar-bass fusion. ...   Ars Technica
17:06Hermit crabs evolved longer penises to keep their shells from being...
Enlarge / An adult male hermit crab of the species Coenobita compressus ambling along on a leisurely stroll. (credit: Mark Laidre) Hermit crabs protect their soft, curved abdomens from harm by scavenging seashells and turning them into portable homes. That poses a challenge when it comes time to mate, since a rival can steal the shell while its occupant is, shall we say, otherwise occupied. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Even with the Google/Fossil deal, Wear OS is doomed
Enlarge / Wear OS seems nice, but it lacks apps and decent hardware. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Google and Fossil Group were involved in some kind of acquisition deal yesterday. Despite being a fashion brand, Fossil is probably the biggest remaining seller of Android Wear OS hardware. ...   Ars Technica
12:00Damning court docs show just how far Sacklers went to push OxyContin
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) With the opioid epidemic raging, you may at this point be familiar with Purdue Pharma. It makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin and has been widely blamed for igniting the current crisis. ...   Ars Technica
11:00Review: Toyota Sienna minivan mixes the solid with the subpar
Enlarge / The Sienna resplendent in an elementary school parking lot. In the early 2000s, I was in the market for a big car. We needed something that could ferry our daughter and stuff around, carry drywall and other home-improvement stuff, and feel comfortable on cross-country trips to visit my family. Neither our Ford Taurus nor Saturn SL1 fit the bill, and we weren't feeling the SUV love. ...   Ars Technica
Friday January 18, 2019
21:43“Our worst fears have come true,î VW Group exec wrote to Audi exec
Enlarge / A sign for car service for Audi and VW is pictured on January 09, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (credit: Photo by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images) On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, indicted four Audi executives for playing a role in the diesel cheating scandals that rocked parent company Volkswagen Group in 2015 and 2016. ...   Ars Technica
19:34Verizon offers free robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and...
Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Verizon yesterday said it will make spam and robocall blocking features free for all wireless customers starting in March, about two years after AT&T and T-Mobile began offering free robocall blocking. ...   Ars Technica
19:13Facebook may be hit with “record-setting fineî by FTC, report says
Enlarge (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) According to a Friday report by The Washington Post, federal regulators have discussed imposing a 'record-setting fine against Facebook' for violating the company’s 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. ...   Ars Technica
19:07PCWorld is streaming Atlas on Twitch and YouTube!
Ahoy, mateys! For today’s Player Ready gaming livestream on PCWorld’s Twitch and YouTube channels at 12:00 p.m. Pacific, PCWorld’s Adam Patrick Murray and Macworld’s Leif Johnson will be sailing the seven seas in the piratey survival MMO Atlas.Nor is this a humdrum noobie show where you end up watching someone punch trees and rocks for an hour. ...   PC World
19:00This week in games: Call of Duty's battle royale is free-to-try, Steam ...
This week, the spring release season begins in earnest. “But Hayden, didn’t we just finish up the holiday release season?î Yeah, tell me about it. But the Resident Evil 2 remake next Friday kicks off about a month and a half of non-stop games, from Total War: Three Kingdoms to Far Cry: New Dawn to The Division 2 and Anthem and more. ...   PC World
17:44VR headsets, augmented windshields, and multiscreen infotainment at CES
Enlarge / Yes, I am wearing VR in the backseat of an electric car. Yes, this is Peak CES. (credit: Aurich Lawson) LAS VEGAS—I'd been on the ground for less than twelve hours before I strapped on the virtual reality headset. It was only 8pm but felt far later thanks to time zones and air travel. ...   Ars Technica
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Tuesday January 22, 2019
07:08Red Sounds releases This Is Phat! 808 Engine For Kontakt
Red Sounds has released This Is Phat! 808 Engine For Kontakt which features 44 rich, hand-crafted presets, and a simple GUI. This Kontakt library is inspired by Hip-Hop producers... Read More   KVR Audio
07:07Revealed Recordings releases Sylenth1 Signature Soundset Vol. 4
Revealed Recordings has announced the release of Sylenth1 Signature Soundset Vol. 4, a new soundset for Sylenth1. Assorted within 8 categories, the 128 preset Sylenth1 Signature... Read More   KVR Audio
07:06Igor Vasiliev releases SynthScaper LE - Lightweight version of...
Igor Vasiliev has released SynthScaper LE a lightweight version of SynthScaper synthesizer that lets you easily create and modify your own multi-timbral pads and atmospheric soundscapes.... Read More   KVR Audio
Monday January 21, 2019
13:08Press Play releases EnveLover - free MIDI-triggered gate plug-in
Press Play has released EnveLover, a free MIDI-triggered gate effect plug-in for macOS and Windows. EnveLover has the potential to speed up your musical workflow by giving you... Read More   KVR Audio ALK2 comes to Windows February 11th have announced they will release a Windows version of their flagship looping DAW ALK2 next month. Both the full version and their lite version ALK2 Solo will be available to... Read More   KVR Audio
10:29NUGEN Audio announces SigMod update incorporating VST3 hosting
NUGEN Audio has announced a new SigMod update which incorporates VST3 hosting, launching at NAMM on 21 January 2019. It's on introductory offer for $29 ($49 reg.) until 28 February, 2019,... Read More   KVR Audio
09:56Channel Robot releases Ambicon - Presets for UVI Falcon
Channel Robot has announced the immediate availability of Ambicon, a collection of presets for UVI Falcon. Ambicon is a set of Ambient/Atmospheric presets built to offer ever... Read More   KVR Audio
Friday January 18, 2019
18:05Synthblitz Audio updates Nitroflex 2 - 64-bit for Windows
Synthblitz Audio has released 64-bit version of Nitroflex 2, wavetable synth VST for Windows. Nitroflex 2 is a wavetable synthesizer that offers a virtually unlimited number... Read More   KVR Audio
18:00Soundiron releases Cathedral of Junk 2.0 upgrade for Kontakt with...
Soundiron has announced the 2.0 upgrade for Cathedral of Junk, An unorthodox collection of metal, scrap heaps, various junk and much more recorded at Vince Hannemann's Cathedral of Junk... Read More   KVR Audio
15:19MeldaProduction releases MRatioMB (free) and updates all plugins to...
MeldaProduction has updated its plugins to 12.11, which features several improvements, features and fixes. Additionally MRatioMB, a powerful crossfader between the main input... Read More   KVR Audio
14:52Cherry Audio Releases Voltage Modular 1.2
Cherry Audio releases Voltage Modular 1.2, a major upgrade to the Voltage Modular platform. There are a host of new features available that greatly increase the speed and workflow of Voltage... Read More   KVR Audio
13:44Initial Audio releases Reverse for Mac & Win VST & AU
Initial Audio has announced the release of Reverse, an effect plugin which plays back the audio in reverse. Reverse rewinds your mixes, instruments, vocals and effect channels... Read More   KVR Audio
13:35Kilohearts announces Phase Plant - Hybrid Synthesizer
Kilohearts has announced the forthcoming launch of Phase Plant, a flexible virtual instrument for Mac and PC that they say 'takes the company's Snapins eco-system to new heights'.... Read More   KVR Audio
11:16Bitwig announces Bitwig Studio 3
Bitwig has announced Bitwig Studio 3, a mjor new version of the music production software that combines linear and non-linear sequencing on Windows, macOS and Linux. Bitwig... Read More   KVR Audio
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Monday January 21, 2019
21:20Derrick Walker releases Multi Track Song Recorder v3.1.5
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Multi-Track Song Recorder is a premier 4 track recording app. MTSR allows you to record up to 4 tracks with a simple and easy to use interface. Designed with a simple tape recording style and with many features for creative and more advanced music...   440Software
Sunday January 20, 2019
21:32Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd. releases Touch Tuner ...
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: 〓 Intuitive, enjoyable operation 〓 Elegant, customisable interface 〓 Fast, accurate pitch response â—é Developed for musicians by a leading musical instrument manufacturer. â—é Designed for iOS 10, with a clean, elegant interface....   440Software
15:05Amazing Noises releases DubFilter v2.1
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: The Dub Filter is a dual low-pass/high-pass 24/48 dB filter, with resonance and the exclusive Overlap parameter! It contains a completely redesigned stereo sample player with LFO and scrubbing capabilities. Main Features: Audiobus and Inter-App Audio...   440Software
09:10Scruff Monkey Productions Ltd releases BeatSpeak v2.6.0
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: BeatSpeak - the talking metronome. More than just a metronome, BeatSpeak not only keeps the beat but counts the beat for you! BeatSpeak is so easy to use - all the controls are just a finger-tap away. Ideal for drummers who not only want a solid time-keeper,...   440Software
03:15Olympia Noise Co. releases Patterning : Drum Machine v1.3.5
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Rythme Mach. & Loops: App Store Best of 2015, Runner Up: App of the Year. As beautiful as it is powerful, Patterning is a deep and flexible drum machine unlike any youâ€ôve encountered before. With its elegant circular interface, Patterning transforms the...   440Software
Saturday January 19, 2019
21:20Roni music releases Amazing Slow Downer Lite v6.1.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: If you're a musician who likes to learn new songs and techniques by listening to the same piece of music over and over but wish that the music could be played a little slower, then you'll enjoy Amazing Slow Downer Lite. You can repeat any section of the music...   440Software
Friday January 18, 2019
21:34OopsFactory releases Repeater v1.8.6
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: Repeater is the audio player which supports 'A-B Repeat' function. The player uses the media files in iTunes Library. You can use it for a simple music player because it easily adds songs in your iTunes Library to a playlist or deletes songs from a playlist....   440Software
13:06IK Multimedia releases SampleTank CS v2.0.11
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Multi-Instruments: SampleTank 2 for iOS is a professional, fully featured mobile sound and groove workstation that brings the sound, power and features of desktop virtual instruments to your iPad and iPhone â€î without compromise. It is designed for professional...   440Software
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