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Bluetooth headphones to improve performance and audio sharing

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Bluetooth headphones to improve performance and audio sharing

Coinciding with the Consumer Electronics Show, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced new updates. The announcements on Tuesday stated Low Energy (LE) Audio that is to roll out soon. The LE Audio will facilitate better sharing of audio as well as will also serve the people having difficulty hearing.

With the rolling out of the LE Audio, several people will be able to connect to the same audio source. Therefore, the update will facilitate people to sync to a particular source based on location. For instance, family or friends of the users will be able to watch movies, hear audios together.

This will benefit the students in lecture halls significantly. The students can tune in to the earplugs to eliminate interruption and disturbances in the lecture halls.

The current features allow users to connect to 2 different or the same devices for a single source at most. But, the new updates brought in will allow connecting more types of devices to a unique product.

Furthermore, the LE Audio will enhance the quality of the audio even while streaming with low rates of data. Hence, according to reports, the audio quality will remain high even when the source file is not of high quality.

Moreover, the introduction of Bluetooth hearing aids will benefit people with hearing defects to a large extent.

Stefan Zimmer, the Secretary-General at EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association) applauded the advancements.

Zimmer stated that the coming of LE Audio to the market is a significant development for the people who find difficulty in hearing. The audio system will henceforth allow people with hearing defects to access gadgets like phones and televisions. Therefore, this will contribute to these people for better hearing experiences.

According to reports, the LE Audio will be available early, in the first six months of the year.

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Music Industry plans blackout day in support of George Floyd protests

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Music Industry plans blackout day in support of George Floyd protests

Apple Music is also participating, saying it cancelled its regular Beats 1 radio schedule and steering users toward a streaming station that celebrates the best in Black Music. It will also host a playlist designed to unite users, with regular intermissions explaining the protests and movement. Deezer and Tidal Music also tweeted support.

Meanwhile, event organizer Live Nation will close its offices today, while ViacomCBS channnels MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central will “go dark,” the company said. Def Jam Recordings, Interscope, Sony Music and others will also participate. Artists expressing support include Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Quincy Jones and Billie Eilish.

However, some have criticized the day, saying it’s unfocused and doesn’t address the protests and Black Lives Matter movement directly. Don Giovanni Records owner Joe Steinhard told Rolling Stone that the movement is “misguided” and that labels should be supporting existing initiatives like Black Lives Matter. Others noted that the industry is sacrificing little for the blackout day, while Tony! Toni! Toné’s Raphael Saadiq said record labels should pay artists more.

It’s also unclear what level of action the labels are taking. While Columbia records said that today is “not a day off” but rather a way to reflect, Warner Music CEO Steve Cooper wrote that “everyone can take a day out from their jobs.” Some labels, including Capitol records, promised to make donations to black rights organizations, but haven’t provided specific calls to action for employees.

On their website, however, Thomas and Agyemang did address the industry’s inequality. “[It is] an industry that has “profited predominantly from black art,” the site states. “It is the obligation of these entities to protect and empower the black communities… in ways that are measurable and transparent. This is not just a 24 hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. A plan of action will be announced.”

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Android 11’s first beta lands early for some Pixel owners

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Google delays the Android 11 Beta announcement as protests roil US cities

Some Google Pixel owners have received the Android 11 Beta early, revealing yet more details about this year’s version of Android. In a tweet, Mishaal Rahman from XDA Developers said that two Pixel 4 XL users reported having received the update, revealing new details about Android 11 features like the power button menu, three new icon shapes, and auto-generated app suggestions in the home screen dock.

Google planned to announce the Android 11 beta on June 3rd but decided to delay the launch. “Now is not the time to celebrate,” the company said without linking it directly to national protests about police violence that have since gone global. The company is yet to set a new date for the announcement, so it’s unclear when this beta software may be more widely available.

The beta software shows off a number of features that are under development for Android 11. There’s a new option for developers to move their app’s media controls from the notifications panel into the Quick Settings menu, freeing up space for other notifications. The playback options appear to the left of the minimized menu, and 9to5Google notes that it expands across the top of the screen when the menu is fully opened.

The Pixel Launcher has also been updated as part of the beta, allowing Google’s software to automatically populate the bottom row of the Pixel’s home screen with app suggestions. These suggestions previously sat at the top of the app drawer, but now you can have them directly on your home screen. App icons are generally getting a bit of a face lift, with three new icon shapes

offering more customizability.

These features build on a host of other functionality that we’ve learned about over the past few months of developer releases. There’s a new settings menu for the previously-revealed chat “bubbles,” which let you keep conversations accessible via a floating bubble on your screen, and another menu shows how you’ll be able to customize the payment options and smart home shortcuts in the revamped power button menu.

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Yandex updates its self-driving tech on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata

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Yandex updates its self-driving tech on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata

Today, the Russian internet giant Yandex revealed its fourth-generation self-driving car, a collaboration with Hyundai. This generation brings Yandex tech to the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. By the end of this year, Yandex plans to add 100 Sonatas to its self-driving fleet, which includes a robo-taxi service in Innopolis, Russia, and vehicles in Michigan.

As part of the upgrades, Hyundai’s Mobis team modified the Sonata’s electric control units to interface more effectively with Yandex’s self-driving control tech. For its part, Yandex improved the cameras, radars and lidar. Engineers added three additional cameras with different focal lengths, moved the radar system from beneath the bumpers to the roof and repositioned the front fender lidars to provide a wider, overlapping field of view. Yandex says these changes make it easier for the vehicle to “see” pedestrians and vehicles in tricky situations, like when they’re exiting an alley or driveway, or turning onto a busy street.

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