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Tuesday May 21, 2019
13:00Pre-E3 2019: Oculus wants you to paddle a stealth VR kayak—and it’s...
Enlarge / Are you telling me you don't pack remote-detonation explosives, a dozen clips full of bullets, and a silenced pistol on your family kayak trip? Phantom: Covert Ops, a VR stealth game coming later this year to Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift, would like to have a word with your camping-trip organizer. ...   Ars Technica
13:00Observation review: Old science fiction meets New Weird in this 2001:...
The camera whirs into focus. Distorts. Whirs into focus again. Scanlines and static make the scene hard to process at first, but they slowly fade. There’s an astronaut here—Emma Fisher, one of your crew. She sounds worried. “That wasn’t good. SAM, run your self diagnostic procedure. What errors are you showing?îYou check, one memory module at a time. ...   PC World
12:25For the fifth year in a row, a named storm has formed early in the...
Enlarge / Subtropical Storm Andrea, about 475km southwest of Bermuda, isn't much to look at. (credit: NOAA) On Monday evening, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center determined that a low pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean had sustained winds of 40mph, and therefore should be named Subtropical Storm Andrea. ...   Ars Technica
12:17Amazon's huge one-day PC sale slashes prices on laptops, mice,...
Amazon’s current one-day sale is one you don’t want to miss if you’re on the lookout for fresh PC gear. The online retailer is dropping prices on laptops, gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, and moreRemove non-product link. Some of these deals are up to 50 percent off, according to Amazon. ...   PC World
12:00Vizio 2019 product showcase: The value-oriented manufacturer has an...
Vizio TVs and soundbars get better every year while maintaining down-to-earth prices, which is great news for consumers.   PC World
11:05General Motors designs a new “brain and nervous systemî for its...
Enlarge / An illustration of the new Cadillac CT5 with the electrical systems highlighted in teal. (credit: General Motors) A common criticism of the increasingly digital nature of new cars and trucks is that all these new features are being shoehorned into systems that were not designed with features like connectivity in mind. ...   Ars Technica
09:46Windows Sandbox: How to use Microsoft's simple virtual Windows PC to...
Microsoft may be positioning its upcoming, easy-peasy Windows Sandbox within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update as a safe zone for testing untrusted applications, but it’s much more than that. Windows Sandbox, and sandboxing PC apps in general, give you a solution for trying a “utilityî that may be malware, or a website that you’re not sure about. ...   PC World
09:45We probably don’t descend from Australopithecus sediba
Enlarge / According to Du and Alemseged, A. sediba is probably not our direct ancestor. (credit: Brett Eloff courtesy Profberger and Wits University) Sometime around 2 million years ago, a group of bipedal hominins in Eastern Africa gradually evolved into something that looked and acted enough like us to be part of our genus, Homo. ...   Ars Technica
09:00How Google's Huawei license ban could change Android and smartphones...
A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services. ...   PC World
Monday May 20, 2019
21:40Microsoft publishes first Edge for macOS preview, promises to make it...
Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) One of the most important ways that Microsoft wants to make the new Chromium-based Edge different from the current EdgeHTML-based Edge is in its support for other platforms. ...   Ars Technica
21:17World of Warcraft Classic beta testers are reporting vanilla WoW...
Blizzard has released a few images of World of Warcraft Classic that cater to players' nostalgia. Certainly, a select few dedicated vanilla WoW players will remember trying to take down Ragnaros. ...   Ars Technica
21:03Massive 2015 natural gas leak caused by microbial corrosion, report...
Aliso Canyon methane leak 6. (credit: Earthworks / Flickr) A massive natural gas leak at a storage facility in Southern California was caused by microbial corrosion of well equipment, according to a new independent report from analysis firm Blade Energy Partners. ...   Ars Technica
20:47BrandPost: Use GPU-accelerated VideoProc to easily process 4K video,...
More and more people are using mobile phones, 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) cameras, GoPro action cameras, drones, and other devices to shoot exciting video. But when it comes to sharing and displaying the output, the results can often be disappointing, lacking the polish of professional footage. ...   PC World
19:19Google Glass still exists: Meet Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2
Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. These are the safety-goggles version. [credit: Google ] Google Glass is not only a product that still exists inside Google, but today, Google is announcing a new version of Google Glass, called 'Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.' It has a new design, new specs, and a $999 price tag. We can't believe it either. ...   Ars Technica
17:48A disillusioned Aaron Paul longs for someone “realî in Westworld S3 tra...
HBO released the first teaser for Westworld season 3 right before last night's Game of Thrones finale. HBO took advantage of the record number of viewers tuning in to the Game of Thrones finale last night to release the first teaser for season three of Westworld. ...   Ars Technica
17:06Need a dragon fix after Game of Thrones’ finale? Head to Elder Scrolls ...
ZeniMax Online either has an impeccable sense of timing, or it’s so lucky that all its employees should go buy lottery tickets this second. The smoke and memes have barely cleared in the aftermath of last night’s series finale of Game of Thrones, and yet, mere hours later, ZeniMax is kicking open the gates of early access for Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr expansion ahead of its ...   PC World
15:47Baltimore ransomware nightmare could last weeks more, with big...
Enlarge / Days after Mayor 'Jack' Young took over for disgraced Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, ransomware took down Baltimore City's networks. It may be weeks or months before things return to normal—and 'normal' wasn't that great, either, based on the city's IT track record. ...   Ars Technica
15:32Making industrial chemicals “greenî requires a lot of renewable...
Enlarge / Huntsman Olefins petrochemical industry, manufacturer of ethylene and propylene, Wilton, Teesside, UK. (credit: Photo by Photofusion/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) When we think about climate change, we most often think about emissions from two sectors: energy and transportation. But industry makes a big contribution to climate change, too. ...   Ars Technica
15:02Optical neural network at 50zJ per op? Nope, but it’s still a good idea
Enlarge (credit: BeeBright/Getty Images) Artificial intelligence (AI) has experienced a revival of pretty large proportions in the last decade. We've gone from AI being mostly useless to letting it ruin our lives in obscure and opaque ways. We’ve even given AI the task of crashing our cars for us. ...   Ars Technica
14:45Ajit Pai OKs T-Mobile/Sprint merger, “requiresî 5G rollout that’ll...
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) T-Mobile and Sprint are one big step closer to getting the US government's approval to merge, as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced his support for the deal combining two of the four largest US mobile carriers. ...   Ars Technica
14:36Save $100 on the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling ...
A solid set of noise-cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver in offices, commutes, homes, and all the other noisy places you spend your life. And today, you can get one of our favorite pairs, the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling wireless headphones, for $300 on Amazon. That’s down from a list price of $400 and the lowest we’ve ever seen them. ...   PC World
14:09Report: Sony employees caught off guard by Microsoft cloud partnership
Enlarge / The kinds of Azure server racks that could soon play host to Sony content under a recent cooperation deal. Following Microsoft and Sony's surprising announcement of a cloud gaming partnership last week, Bloomberg has a bit of behind-the-scenes analysis that uses unnamed insider sources to explain how the deal came about. ...   Ars Technica
14:07Google pulls Huawei's Android license: 5 reasons not to panic (yet) if ...
The future just got a little dicey for millions of Huawei fans. Following a Trump administration Executive Order last week that put Huawei in the U.S. government’s crosshairs, Google has reportedly pulled its Android app, search, and Play Store license from the smartphone giant, leaving future phones in doubt and current handsets in limbo while the details get sorted out. ...   PC World
12:59Logitech's couch-friendly K600 TV keyboard has never been this cheap
If you’ve been pining for a couch-friendly keyboard with an integrated trackpad for the living room, today’s your lucky day. Amazon dropped the price of the Logitech K600 TV keyboard to $50. That’s down from a $70 list price, and the $60 street price this keyboard recently hovered around.The keyboard has a 15 meter wireless range using an included USB dongle. ...   PC World
12:53NASA’s full Artemis plan revealed: 37 launches and a lunar outpost
Enlarge / A Blue Moon lander, built by Blue Origin, with an ascent vehicle (built by another company) on top. (credit: Blue Origin) In the nearly two months since Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return to the Moon by 2024, space agency engineers have been working to put together a plan that leverages existing technology, large projects nearing completion, and commercial rockets to ...   Ars Technica
12:00The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch...
This battery-powered dimmer retrofits toggle switches controlling Philips Hue and other Zigbee smart bulbs, so they can’t be turned off by accident.   PC World
10:07FileShadow review: 100GB of free online storage plus local data backup ...
FileShadow is a free backup program that's grown up. It started as a very nice cloud storage consolidator with advanced search and sharing abilities. It could transfer from various online storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive to its own facilities, as well as tag photos and perform OCR on your PDFs. Good stuff, but not PC backup. ...   PC World
09:00How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control
Siri can control your Apple TV with hands-free voice commands. Here's how.   PC World
05:29Here is our super spoiler-y review of the Game of Thrones series finale
Enlarge / The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones proved to be the most polarizing and controversial yet. (credit: HBO) The series finale of Game of Thrones defied pretty much all the predictions as to who would emerge triumphant and sit on the Iron Throne, in what has proved to be the most polarizing and controversial season yet. ...   Ars Technica
Sunday May 19, 2019
20:50Required gamer viewing: The history of M2’s Japanese retro-port empire
You may not know Japanese game studio M2 by name, but you've probably played one of its retro-revival projects. [credit: My Life In Gaming ] If you speak a certain language about classic video games, you probably know about M2, a Japanese game studio responsible for dozens of impressive arcade and console ports to newer home consoles. ...   Ars Technica
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Monday May 20, 2019
15:39Fracture Sounds releases Dulciano for Kontakt with intro sale
Fracture Sounds has released Dulciano, a concert grand piano performed with Dulcimer hammers, for Kontakt. This unique hybrid instrument produces a similar timbre to a dulcimer... Read More   KVR Audio
15:34Soundiron releases "UFO 61" vintage '70s synthesizer for Kontakt with...
Soundiron has announced the release of UFO 61, a classic '70s vintage synthesizer library for the full version of Kontakt 5.5.2 or later. UFO 61 is a vintage five-octave electronic... Read More   KVR Audio
15:33Cherry Audio updates Voltage Modular to v1.3. ...
Cherry Audio has updated Modular to v1.3.13, and is offering new bundles. Free Voltage Core Modules Owners of the Voltage Core package will find two new modules - for free... Read More   KVR Audio
15:30Devious Machines releases Duck – Instant Sidechain Pumper with Custom...
Duck can pump, LFO, trance gate, rhythmize and more Devious Machines has announced the release of Duck, an instant sidechain pumper with custom curves, dual-band and triggering,... Read More   KVR Audio
15:04HY-Plugins updates HY-Delay4 to v1.1.21 for Win and Mac
HY-Plugins has updated HY-Delay4 to v1.1.21. Changes: Added dark skin mode. Some minor changes. Read More   KVR Audio
Sunday May 19, 2019
19:50Venomode updates all their plugins
Venomode has updated all their plugins. This update fixes various bugs, removes false positives when scanning with Virus Total, and improves VST3 handling. All the updates... Read More   KVR Audio
Saturday May 18, 2019
23:10xoxos releases resyn 2.0
xoxos has released version 2.0 of the free spectral resynthesizer resyn for Windows VST. Version 2.0 expands sample memory, analysis and resynthesis parameterization, allowing... Read More   KVR Audio
14:21Synapse Audio updates The Legend to v1.3, introducing an 8-voice mode...
Synapse Audio has updated The Legend to version 1.3, with numerous improvements: Pro Tools AAX version added. 8-voice mode for higher polyphony. Host Tempo sync switch added for... Read More   KVR Audio
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Tuesday May 21, 2019
12:10Pablo Prieto releases Learn how to play Guitar PRO v1.0.5
iPhone, iPad / Education / Courses: This is the ad-free version with additional contents: 'Guitar Notes' 'Reading Guitar Sheet Music' It includes seventy lessons on the following contemporary music styles: Rock (15) Blues (15) Jazz (5) Funk (15) Latin Music (15) Fusion (5) Each lesson is...   440Software
04:21Warm Me Up releases Warm Me Up! v1.73
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Warm Me Up! is the most comprehensive and varied vocal warm up tool available to today's singer. Tailored to your voice type, there are 50 vocal warm up exercises split over five different categories, specifically designed to guide you through a warm up that...   440Software
Monday May 20, 2019
20:32Michael Eskin releases Cyborg GCF v3.2
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Controllers: The Hohner MIDI SqueezeBox is a 31-button three-row diatonic Button Accordion CoreMIDI control surface for the iPad. The app doesn't produce any sound on it own, it is designed for playing hardware and software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via a CoreMIDI...   440Software
15:16IMobilTec releases Calypso Score v5.0.2
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: +++ The sheet music & fake book reader / organizer for your iPad +++ This feature rich music score tool provides you with some unique capabilities: • intelligent layout of your scores as you play • no page turnings required and no...   440Software
10:33IWriteMusicProject releases iWriteMusic for iPad v3.0.18
iPhone, iPad / Education / Sheet Music & Tablatures: Music Notation is easy and fun when you use iWriteMusic! Have you ever been frustrated by Music Notation Apps because “They are too complicated to learn?' or ​“It takes forever to finish writing?â€Â? ​We've been...   440Software
Saturday May 18, 2019
20:35Stephan Babotai releases Sound Control v1.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / ToolBox: Measure the time of music, sounds and ambient noise Sound Control detects the ambient noises and sounds using the built-in microphone of the iPhone/iPod touch. If noises are detected over a selectable volume, the counter starts and it can be determined how long the...   440Software
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