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Sony WH-1000XM4 leak shows support to pair more than one device

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Sony is planning to launch the new WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth headphones with an over-ear design. The new model is the successor of the popular Sony WH-1000XM3, which, together with the Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones II, are probably one of the best ANC headphones in the market at the moment.

Now, new information about the Sony WH-1000XM4 has leaked online from Sony’s own headphone companion app APK teardown by a Twitter user @justplayinghard. According to XDA’s findings, the new Sony WH-1000XM4 headset would allow users to connect more than one device at a time. The headset can quickly switch from one device to another without disconnecting the Bluetooth each time.

On the WH-1000XM3, it is essential to disconnect the device from the headset before reconnecting it to another. You can now switch from smartphone to PC with just one click. However, if this simultaneous multi-pairing mode is active, you cannot use the high-quality LDAC codec. In addition, the WH-1000XM4 will also come with a new feature called “Smart Talking”. With this function, the headphones will deactivate the active noise reduction and thus allow the user to perceive ambient noise when voices are detected.

Smart conversation

The user will be able to hear the conversation without having to take off his headset. After a few seconds without hearing a response, the noise reduction mode will be reactivated. The duration of the period during which noise cancellation is deactivated can be configured via the companion application. Similarly, the sensitivity of the option depends entirely on the choices of the owner.

According to the source, Sony will allow the audio sensitivity to be set between “automatic, high or low”. The headset will also change certain audio settings automatically based on your geographic location, collected via Google Maps. Sony will allow users to configure predefined settings according to their position. For example, if you go to the library, the headphones will automatically activate noise reduction.

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Finally, the headset will come equipped with new technology to improve the quality of an audio file, DSEE Extreme. A feature that is already found on the WH-1000XM3 under the name, DSEE HX. However, the new DSEE Extreme should be able to scale up a sound source to better quality via AI.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch tipped for 5 August

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Once again, there are strong rumours of Samsung launching Galaxy Note 20 series on August 5. We’ve heard about the possible launch timeline before. And now, reliable tipster Ice Universe suggests this will be the official date. He has tweeted saying ‘August 5, TheNextGalaxy’. So it’s most likely the new Galaxy Note series and slew of other devices will be launching exactly one month from now.

This date falls in line with Samsung’s annual timeline for the mid-year Galaxy event. This year, we’re likely to see the Galaxy Note 20, Note 20+ and possible Note 20 Ultra. In addition to these, Galaxy Fold 2, the new Galaxy Watch, and maybe the new Galaxy tablet will also be unveiled. South Korea’s local media portal, Dong-A Ilbo, reported in June that the event would be held online.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 expected features

As per the previous leaks and rumors, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20-series could feature the Samsung Exynos 992 SoC instead of the Samsung Exynos 990 SoC used on the Galaxy S20 series. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will be the highest variant of the series and the most expensive. The device could have a 4500 mAh battery and a 108MP primary camera with 50X digital zoom. Reports suggest Note 20 series will also be the first to use the new Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset.

The Galaxy Note 20 would come apparently come with Full HD+ resolution and a conventional refresh rate of 60Hz. While the Note 20+ and Note 20 Ultra will be arriving with 120Hz LTPO displays that will offer Quad HD+ resolution.

We have already seen indications of a similar rectangular camera setup on the top left corner in past leaks. Inspecting the design we can see a triple camera setup along with a dual-LED flash unit and another sensor. The renders also showcased the S PEN with the usual nib, button, and more.

In terms of pricing, expect the Galaxy Note and Note 20+ to cost between Rs 65,000 to Rs 80,000. While the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could end up being the pricier of the lot with a sub 1 lakh price tag.

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Google Meet in India now supports noise cancelling feature

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Google Meet users in India are getting a new feature this week. The popular video conferencing platform now supports noise cancellation feature in the country. Using this feature, people will be able to reduce background noise while attending video or audio calls on Google Meet.

The feature made its global debut in April, and now users in India can enjoy its benefits. It works on Meet web version for now, and mobile users will get very soon. Google says the noise cancellation feature is rolling out to Australia, Brazil, Japan and India in the coming weeks. You can enable the new feature by heading to Settings, Audio on Google Meet and turn on noise cancellation.

The other popular video conferencing platform to support the feature is Zoom. With Zoom, the noise cancellation works when users are not speaking, canceling out unnecessary ambient noise. However, Meet’s feature works regardless of whether you are speaking or not. So when you are talking, the sound of a dog barking or even you slamming away on your keyboard can be cancelled out.

Noise cancellation is usually associated with headphones or other audio gear. And with video calling now the preferred mode of communication, changes are welcome.

Google Meet free for everyone

Google had announced that its premium group video calling app – Google Meet – is free for everyone. The platform currently hosts 3 billion minutes of video meetings and is adding roughly 3 million new users everyday. The company rolled out the free availability of the Meet app globally, including India. And if you use Gmail or Google Calendar, you’ll be able to easily start or join from there as well.

In addition to this, since early May, anyone with an email address is able to sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to business and education users. List of some of these features include scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including an expanded tiled view, added Google in its blog.

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Ethical hacker claims DuckDuckGo tracks user data history

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DuckDuckGo is one of the best alternatives to Google. This American search engine claims to be safer than Google by not saving personal information or sharing it with third parties. They also don’t use tracking to display personalized ads. However, the search engine is now caught to track the visits made by the user.

Ethical hacker Cowreth revealed through GitHub how the DuckDuckGo browser could be accessing user history without their consent. According to @cowreth, the browser filtered users’ browsing information to their servers through the favicon. This failure occurs in the mobile version of DuckDuckGo for Android.

DuckDuckGo Android app privacy failure

The failure is that the DuckDuckGo application for Android collects all the domain information that the user visits. When we visit a website, the website calls its own server or checks the computer’s local user cache to download the favicon. Showing on the user’s screen either of the two, which is being more recent.

However, in the Android app, instead of requesting the favicon through the visited website or the local cache of the browser, it makes a call to its own server. With this, it transfers the user’s browsing history to their servers without having permission to do so. In July last year, the company said that this behavior was normal. “We should trust them because they do not collect or share personal information, as it is in their privacy policy.”

The problem is that none of this is a convincing reason to store the data of the websites that users visit in a service other than the local cache of the browser. With the data, the app can organize user profiles based on their preferences. Moreover, they can also find out the IP addresses from which those pages are visited.

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After the rain of criticism, the founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg, affirms that it is the first time he knew about this failure. And they will fix it immediately by going to store the favicons locally on the mobile.

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