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Wednesday March 22, 2017
18:30Apple and Amazon take fight from smart home to hotel room
Amazon’s Alexa has successfully challenged Apple on your home turf—literally. The Echo and other various Alexa-equipped devices are rapidly becoming the go-to when you need assistance at home, though Apple’s HomeKit has the edge when it comes to automation and security standards. But the real battle comes down to Alexa vs. ... Mac Central
17:34Google will now let you share your location with friends in Maps
Google is on a Maps mission in 2017. Since the beginning of the year, it has added some pretty great features to make it easier to get where you’re going, including Uber integration, parking availability, and saved places. Now it wants to help your friends know where you are.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Mac Central
17:20Instagram will let you book appointments to become more like Yelp and...
Need to book an appointment? Soon you won’t even need to leave the Instagram app to do that.In the next couple of months, Instagram is planning to give its users the ability to book appointments in-app, according to Bloomberg. Instagram hopes this new feature will give users more of an incentive to interact with business profiles. ... Mac Central
16:05Hackers threaten to wipe millions of Apple devices, demand ransom
A group of hackers is threatening to wipe data from millions of Apple devices in two weeks if the company doesn’t pay them $150,000. The group, which calls itself Turkish Crime Family, claims to have login credentials for more than 627 million icloud.com, me.com and mac.com email addresses. These are email domains that Apple has allowed for users creating iCloud accounts over the years. ... Mac Central
16:00Facebook live videos take aim at Twitch with streaming software,...
YouTube’s already muscling in on Twitch’s territory, and now Facebook’s going after hardcore game streamers, too. Alongside news that live videos can now be shot on standard PCs, not just mobile devices, Facebook also revealed today that personal accounts are now able to live stream videos funneled through streaming software or external streaming hardware. ... Mac Central
12:44LinkedIn's Trending Storylines aims to broaden users' news horizons
In an effort to become to be its users’ professional news feed, LinkedIn has launched a new feature aimed at providing a broad set of perspectives on relevant business news. A new Trending Storylines feature will show users a set of curated feeds based on key news of the day. For example, a recent storyline rounded up all of the Apple product announcements from Tuesday morning. ... Mac Central
Tuesday March 21, 2017
21:17iTunes 12.6 update will let you watch your iTunes movie rentals across ...
While Apple’s new products announced on Tuesday grabbed all the attention, Apple also made an update to iTunes that movie renters will enjoy. iTunes 12.6 is now available, and it has a new feature that the company dubs as “rent once, watch anywhere.î If you rent a movie on your iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV, you can now watch the movie on all those devices. Prior to the 12. ... Mac Central
20:12New Apple Watch buyers face limited band selection
When I decided to buy an Apple Watch Series 2, I knew exactly which model I wanted: rose gold with the pink and midnight woven nylon band. It was a combination Apple highlighted on its website, but I wasn’t sure how many the store would keep in stock. Luckily, I snagged one of the few remaining at the SoHo Apple Store and wear it almost every day. ... Mac Central
19:07iPad Pro, iPad, and iPad mini 4: What are the differences?
When Apple released a new iPad on Tuesday, the company also simplified the iPad lineup: instead of four iPad models, there are now three. This makes it easier to decide which iPad to buy, though there are still a lot of factors to consider. Let’s take a look at the major features you should think about when picking an iPad. ... Mac Central
17:11Google adds handy shortcuts to help with searching in Google app update
The Google app has always been a fantastic way to get quick info about the things we’re most interesting in, but now Google is making it even easier to find out what’s going on. Along with the search bar and cards, the latest update to the app brings a set of shortcuts that put relevant and timely info right at your fingertips. ... Mac Central
16:35Every new product Apple just announced: iPad, red iPhone 7, Apple...
Surprise!Image by AppleApple surprised everyone with an early Tuesday morning news drop of new devices, accessories, and apps. From a special edition iPhone 7 and fresh 9.7-inch iPad to new Apple Watch band colors and an iMovie-esque iOS app, Apple’s announcements covered the gamut of hardware and software. Here’s everything you missed if you overslept. ... Mac Central
14:35Alexa gets Prime Now integration
You knew it was going to happen at some point. Amazon just integrated Alexa with its Prime Now program, allowing members of the cut-rate shipping program to order items with their voice and get them a few hours later. ... Mac Central
14:07Apple expands Swift Playgrounds to five new languages
Swift Playgrounds on the iPad is already a fantastic way for kids to get acquainted with code strings and variables, and now Apple is opening it up to even more young minds. Announced alongside the more affordable iPad, the app will now be available in five new languages, expanding it beyond English speakers for the first time. ... Mac Central
13:39Apple refreshes Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases with new colors for ...
You don’t have to buy the special-edition Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 2 to get your hands on that breathable perforated Sport band anymore. Apple just refreshed its accessory lineup for spring, and the $49 Nike option is a highlight for athletes. ... Mac Central
13:00Apple's new iPad lineup slashes prices, the iPad Air, and iPad mini...
While we’re still waiting for a fresh iPad with barely-there bezels to make an appearance, Apple has returned to its roots with a new 9.7-inch model simply called iPad. And if you had previously balked at buying an iPad Air 2 because the price was too high, you might want to take notice.Apple hasn’t technically added a new model to the iPad lineup, but it has bolstered the low end. ... Mac Central
12:53Apple's bold new red iPhone 7 turns upgrading into a philanthropic...
Apple just made upgrading to an iPhone 7 a philanthropic decision by adding a red special edition to the lineup. The new red aluminum finish, which is available to order for both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in-store and online on March 24, is a fundraising effort for the Global Fund. Apple will contribute a portion of red iPhone sales to the fight against AIDS and HIV. ... Mac Central
09:45Buzz Aldrin in hologram form, a zero-gravity VR chair, and other SXSW...
Every March, downtown Austin transforms into a bustling hub filled with the latest, art, tech, music, and film, taking on an almost “Spring Breakî like vibe as out-of-towners flock to the Texas capital to take it all in. ... Mac Central
09:30A lesson on making the perfect meme with Jerry Media, Instagram’s...
You’ve probably seen the work of Elliot Tebele—more commonly known by his handle, f*ckjerry—floating around Instagram. His account curates many of the funniest memes and trending pieces of comedy from around the internet. (You know all of those Joe Biden jokes? Yeah, lots of them came from f*ckjerry. ... Mac Central
09:00How to monitor your kids' Nintendo Switch gaming habits with your...
Nintendo’s new Switch offers the best of both worlds when it comes to gaming hardware. It’s a home device that you can easily drop into a dock and play HD games on your television, but it’s also a portable system that can be played anywhere you are, or even propped up with a kickstand for on-the-go multiplayer showdowns. ... Mac Central
Monday March 20, 2017
22:33Buzz Aldrin’s hologram will take you on a dazzling virtual mission to...
The VR film “Cycling Pathways to Marsî is coming to Steam and HTC’s Viveport on March 17. Mac Central
13:00Disney Magic Kingdoms swaps the magic for monotony
Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). ... Mac Central
10:00Lessons from SXSW: Life without Uber is mostly fine
The biggest tech story heading into South by Southwest was Uber—and not just the company’s desperate need for a COO or its issues addressing sexual harassment claims. Last year, the city of Austin started requiring ride-hailing companies to fingerprint the drivers to ensure passenger safety. Uber and chief rival Lyft decided to leave the city in protest. ... Mac Central
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Wednesday March 22, 2017
11:15D16 Group updates Repeater to v1.1.0
D16 Group's Repeater has been updated to version 1.1.0. This is a maintenance update including fixes for bugs and issues reported and confirmed so far: Fixed - Wrong I/O configuration when channel [Read More] KVR Audio
11:03Synth Presets releases "Pro Expansion Vol.2" for Valhalla VintageVerb
Synth Presets has released Pro Expansion Vol.2, which contains over 200 presets for Valhalla VintageVerb. Pro Expansion Vol.2 had been designed to coexist alongside Vol.1, for 430+ presets between [Read More] KVR Audio
10:46Audiobus 3 announced (Audiobus 2 updated to v2.4)
Audiobus 3 for iOS has been announced and will be released in late March. The main features that are going to be interesting for existing Audiobus 2 users: A totally new way to set up MIDI connections [Read More] KVR Audio
10:17Image-Line updates FL Studio to v12.4.2
Image-Line has updated FL Studio to v12.4.2. This is a maintenance and bug-fix update. Changes: FL Studio Mobile - plugin version updated. Razer Chroma - Support for Ornata Chroma ZGameEditor [Read More] KVR Audio
Tuesday March 21, 2017
13:36Matthieu Brucher updates Audio Toolkit to v1.5.0
Matthieu Brucher has announced an update to Audio Toolkit, a BSD-licensed audio processing library based on a pipeline concept. This release evolves around new preamplifiers optimizations. It [Read More] KVR Audio
08:10VidPlayVST Multi-Format Video Player Plug-in Released For Beta Test
VidPlayVST.com have released for Beta Test their new Multi-Format Video Player for Audio Workstations. The plugin plays video synchronised to the host transport, and supports 150 different formats. [Read More] KVR Audio
Monday March 20, 2017
22:14Widisoft updates WIDI Audio To MIDI VST & AU to v1.3 - incl.64-bit
Widisoft has released version 1.3 of both the AU and VST versions of WIDI Audio To MIDI for Windows and Mac OS X. WIDI Audio To MIDI is a plug-in that transcribes an arbitrary polyphonic audio [Read More] KVR Audio
15:442nd Sense Audio updates WIGGLE Dynamic Waveshaping Synthesizer to...
2nd Sense Audio has released version 1.1.9 of its dynamic waveshaping synthesizer WIGGLE. The new version has improved some waveform painting performance and added 20 new factory presets. WIGGLE [Read More] KVR Audio
15:18New Sonic Arts updates Nuance to v1.6601
New Sonic Arts have updated their Nuance sampler plug-in to version 1.6601 for Mac OS X and Windows. The update features the following enhancements: Added 3 new filter modules: Notch, LP24 and [Read More] KVR Audio
12:16Synthblitz Audio updates Nitroflex2 VST Wavetable Synth for Windows to ...
Synthblitz Audio has updated Nitroflex2, a wavetable synth designed for the production of house music and all kinds of EDM, to v2.3. From this version the sound is more fat and the preset change [Read More] KVR Audio
10:53Audacity updated to v2.1.3
Audacity, the free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing, has been updated to v2.1.3. Audacity has only partial support for Mac Sierra. The team found [Read More] KVR Audio
10:43Kazrog announces ValvEQ – Baxandall inspired tube emulation EQ for...
Kazrog has announced ValvEQ, a Baxandall-inspired mastering and mixing EQ with Kazrog's Thermionik vacuum tube emulation built in. The EQ features lo cut, hi cut, lo shelf, and hi shelf bands [Read More] KVR Audio
08:29Inear Display updates Cruelle Distortion Plug-in to v1.2 (Win & Mac,...
Inear Display has updated Cruelle for Mac OS X and Windows to version 1.2. Changes: New: Additional LFO Sync Values. New: Many User Interface Improvements. [Read More] KVR Audio
05:51Particular-Sound releases Modularium V1.0 for Kontakt
Particular-Sound has released Modularium V1.0 for Kontakt. Modularium is a four layer instrument with different ways to modulate the waveforms using synchronized effects and modulations from [Read More] KVR Audio
Sunday March 19, 2017
19:18Autodafe releases CHPT-1 - Chiptune Drums for Kontakt
Autodafe has released CHPT-1 - Chiptune Drums, a Drum Machine for Kontakt based on samples of old retro-computers, video games, and circuit bent toy keyboards. The Main Instrument has 5 vertical [Read More] KVR Audio
08:16Muletone Audio releases Brazilian Series "Berimbau" and "Caxixi ...
Muletone Audio has released Brazilian Series: Berimbau and Caxixi & Agogô for Kontakt 5.5. The Berimbau consists of an arched rod made of wood or polyester with an approximate length of [Read More] KVR Audio
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Wednesday March 22, 2017
19:01Alexander Zolotov releases PixiTracker v1.5
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: No time to delve into the big and serious music apps? PixiTracker is what you need! It is a simple and fun tool to quickly create musical sketches, chiptunes and sound experiments. Without requiring a lot of musical knowledge! [ Key features ]... 440Software
11:09Chris Allinson releases Allinson v3.3
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: Help keep time with this metronome! FEATURES: Sound toggle Vibration toggle (iPhone only) Apple Watch acts as a controller (iPhone only) Easy to see, especially in your peripheral vision 440Software
07:13XU LIU releases Happy Piano - Solfeggio and Free Play! v2.0.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: This music game is intended to be simple and professional, with unlimited solfeggio practices and piano songs. Happy Piano is used for Solfeggio practice and Piano play. It's a professional music training game. You can do ear training and... 440Software
05:15Liner App releases Analog Metronome v1.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Metronomes: This application will bring you back to the traditional way of counting beat!! 'Analog Metronome' - is old style metronome which musicians used before digital metronome we use today!! Cool features:- Tempo is controlled by finger, so very easy to change... 440Software
03:17Denis Kutuzov releases Navichord Lite - intuitive chord sequencer...
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Music Writing: Navichord is a musical instrument and a songwriting tool. Play rich sounding chord progressions easily on the harmonic grid. Play along on the classic piano keyboard below. Save chord progressions to pads and recall anytime. Edit and loop progressions in chord... 440Software
01:19Holderness Media releases Johnny Mini - Multiwave Tremolo Effect v1.1.4
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Johnny Mini is a powerful and versatile stereo multiwave tremolo effect designed for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, perfect for adding everything from classic guitar amp style tremolo to pulsating, rhythmic multiwave modulation effects for guitar, synths,... 440Software
Tuesday March 21, 2017
23:21Holderness Media releases Johnny - Multiwave Tremolo Effects Processor ...
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Johnny is a highly versatile stereo multiwave tremolo effect designed for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, perfect for adding everything from classic guitar amp style tremolo to pulsating, rhythmic multiwave modulation effects for guitar, synths, voice and... 440Software
21:23Holderness Media releases Caramel Mini - Crunch and Crusher Effect...
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Caramel Mini is a stereo distortion, crusher and fattener effect designed for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio. Caramel is perfect for adding lo-fi grit and punch to drums, bass, synths, guitar and more. In addition to Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, Caramel... 440Software
09:17Power Music, Inc. releases PowerMusic1 v3.1.1
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Audio Editing: Power Music 1 is a FREE App designed for Professional Fitness Instructors by the worlds #1 Fitness Music Company, Power Music. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a music player with the ability to adjust the BPM (Beats Per Minute) of any song in your library, instantly on the fly!... 440Software
Monday March 20, 2017
18:51Holderness Media releases Caramel v1.3.4
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / Effects: Caramel is a stereo distortion, crusher and fattener effect designed for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio. Caramel is perfect for adding lo-fi grit and punch to drums, bass, synths, guitar and more. In addition to Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, Caramel can... 440Software
16:43BeepStreet releases Sunrizer synth v3.5
iPhone, iPad / Instruments / Synthesizers: Limited time sale! 50% off! 'This really is the synth that keeps on giving! Inspiration and intuition truly blend together in this musical instrument.' Alan Parsons Sunrizer Synth is a virtual analog synthesizer that takes the definition of iOS... 440Software
14:35Asoft.iOS releases G-Chord (Guitar Chord Finder) v3.8
iPhone, iPad / Education / Chords and Scales: G-Chord is a chord book for guitar. This app displays guitar chords, or how to hold down the strings. In-App Purchase(unlock all): Ã¢â€“Â Disables ads Ã¢â€“Â Browse all chords available Ã¢â€“Â Store 40 memos per page, up to a total of 30 pages... 440Software
12:27Joel Clifft releases Music Theory Pro v2.1.0
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Music Theory Pro provides dynamic drills to help you gain musical fluency. If you know a little music theory but really want to go pro, this app is for you. You will be presented with a note, key signature, interval, chord, scale, or tempo. Your challenge is... 440Software
10:19ReSounds, LLC releases Strike a Chord v3.4.3
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Music Writing: The Creative Approach to Mastering Music Theory Learn to read chord symbols and how to improvise on piano by composing and recording your own music in simple 5 minute sessions. Basic concepts such as letter names of the keys and how to build intervals and... 440Software
01:465 Diamond Music Services, Inc. releases Bass Note Workout v1.6
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: The Bass Note Workout Application provides a bassist with the ability to practice locating notes on the bass guitar. The ultimate goal is to develop a mental mastery of the bass guitar's fretboard while away from the instrument. 440Software
Sunday March 19, 2017
21:30TAKAHIRO AYA releases Tap DoReMi Fast v2.1.6
iPhone, iPad / Education / Games, Ear Trainig: â€»â€» Celebrating 400,000 Users â€»â€» This app tests your perfect pitch (absolute pitch) abilities. Perfect Pitch Fast Tap â€¢ It will help you to have perfect pitch through playing the game. â€¢ You can see where you... 440Software
17:044Pockets.com releases Meteor Lite Multitrack Recorder v2.20
iPhone, iPad / Portable Studio / MultiTracks: Meteor is a digital multi-track recorder DAW designed specifically for the iPad, featuring up to 32 high quality audio or MIDI tracks, complete with built in Mixer and Multi-FX Processor. Key Features: â€¢Record up to 12 tracks (upgradable to... 440Software
13:09Ovelin releases GuitarTuna v4.0.5
iPhone, iPad / Tools / Tuners: GuitarTuna is the easiest, fastest and most accurate tuner app in the world! The ultimate tuner for guitar, bass, ukulele and all popular string instruments. GuitarTuna has been downloaded over 20 million times and is used by beginners and experts! Why is it the... 440Software
09:13Learn To Master releases Guitar Tutor Pro - Learn Songs, Scales and...
iPhone, iPad / Education / Training: Over 600 riffs and songs to learn from different eras and genres. Choose between classical or electric guitar (clean / distortion). Play chords or solo with support to improvise in any key. Learn scales, chords and modes in any position. Exercises to test... 440Software