PRESS RELEASE: Frank Ocean cancels headline set at this weekend’s FYF Fest in Los Angeles


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#AceMediaNews – Aug.21: Frank Ocean has cancelled his performance at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest this weekend, with Kanye West announced to replace him as headliner.

A press release delivered by the festival on Thursday afternoon confirmed that “Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance”. It was hoped that Ocean would debut material from his forthcoming new album during the headline performance on Saturday (August 8). The announcement continued: “With a line-up that already includes Morrissey, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.” Getty Ocean was expected to release a new album called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ in July, the follow-up to his 2012 major label debut ‘Channel Orange’ and 2011 mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’. However, the LP has yet to surface. In November 2014, he released new song ‘Memrise’. It’s not yet known whether the track will feature on the upcoming album. The R&B musician angered fans in April when it was announced that he would be “joining” the line-up of James Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur tour. Ocean was instead simply covering the gigs for his new magazine and failed to grace the stage.

Original Article: http://www.nme.com/news/frank-ocean/87741

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Make your ultimate chiptune jam with this neat Web app


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#AceSoftwareNews – Aug.21: The twinkly notes of 8-bit music, also known as ‘chiptune,’ are a definite nostalgia-stirrer. Whether you remember the cheery tunes of the first ‘Super Mario Bros.’ or the looping melody of the Namco arcade classic “Rally-X,” chiptune brings all of the feelings of old-school gaming in a way other electronic music can’t match.

Now, you can make your own chiptune beat simply and easily with PulseBoy, a Web-based application (also available for PC download) under the Creative Commons License that is geared towards 8-bit music newbies.

Developed by musician and developer Roger Hicks, PulseBoy’s simple interface will help lessen the learning…

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Microsoft has no plans to tell us what’s in Windows patches


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#AceSoftwareNews – Aug.21: Microsoft has now released three cumulative updates for Windows 10. These updates combine security fixes with non-security bug fixes, and so far, Microsoft hasn’t done a very good job of describing the contents of these cumulative updates.

While the security content is quite fully described, explanations of the non-security fixes have been lacking.

Many, including your author, feel that this is undesirable, and that a key part of the Windows-as-a-Service concept, in which Microsoft releases a steady stream of fixes and functional improvements, is clear explanation of what those updates are.

This is a new approach for Microsoft, and reassuring users and administrators that issues are getting fixed—and that functional changes are clearly described—seems like it should be important.

This is doubly important in those unfortunate situations that a patch has a problem. Microsoft will tend to update such patches when the problems have been fixed, but does a poor job of clearly communicating this.

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