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Beats Solo Pro (Apple’s 1st on-ear, noise-cancelling headphones)

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Beats has finally joined the on-ear, noise-cancelling (NC) headphone fray, as these are the first from the Apple’s-owned audio brand to feature NC in this form factor.

Apple has shifted more than 30 million Solo headphones, and these are available in the usual array of natty colours one might expect from Beats. You can opt for six options comprising dark blue, light blue, red, black, ivory and grey.

The Solo Pro’s sound profile is supposedly an evolution of Beats’ Solo3 Wireless headphones, but this time with refined drivers and lower harmonic distortion. Two beam-forming mics and updated speech detection should help with voice and video calls as well as bossing about your digital assistant.

Concerning the active noise cancelling, the Solo Pros features the Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling tech from Beats Studio3 Wireless, with an updated tuning to compensate for the on-ear form factor. This new tuning can apparently also deal with leakage caused by hairs, earrings, ear shapes and movement of ones head.

A ‘transparency’ function allows you to activate the external mics for a more natural filter on the ANC so you can better hear outside noises such as traffic or conversations. The mode button on the left ear cup switches between Pure ANC and Transparency. Other controls are housed on the right ear cup where you can answer/end calls, play/pause music, skip songs, control volume and activate voice command. Another nice touch is the Solo Pros have no power button as they are turned on when you unfold the headphones then powers down when you fold them up.

Apple’s Solo Pro is promises up to 22 hours on Pure ANC or Transparency and up to 40 hours with them turned off. Recharge times are three hours of playback with a 10-minute charge. Sadly there’s no USB-C just lightning.

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Google Stadia soon to launch

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Google’s new streaming platform, goes live in about a month, you’ll be able to sign in starting November 19 and start buying games. Then seconds later you’ll be playing those games because of the way Stadia works, there’s no download necessary.

This upcoming cloud gaming service operated by Google and is integrated with YouTube. Its “state share” feature allows viewers of a Stadia stream to launch a game on the service on the same save state as the streamer. It is said to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high dynamic range, to players via the company’s numerous data centers across the globe, provided they are using a sufficiently high speed Internet connection.

You’ll recieve an email when your Founder’s Edition package is shipped. Some may have gotten the Premiere Edition instead but shipping will happen in the order that pre-orders were received. With both editions you get three months of Stadia Pro and Destiny 2: The Collection, just to try out the Stadia gaming experience before paying for any games.

Pro subscribers will also have access to lots of free games. The Founder’s and Premiere Editions come with the Stadia Controller and a Chromecast Ultra, allowing you to play on your TV. Some keyboards and mouse will be supported too for those seeking a PC gaming experience.

And for those who would love to play on the go, the first phones that support Stadia are the Pixel 3, 3a and 4. Some tablets too (Pixel Slate and Acer Chromebook Tab 10), plus the HP Chromebook X2 laptop. If you have several compatible devices, you’ll be able to switch between them seamlessly in the middle of a game. For more information you can checkout Stadia webpage.

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Google Reveals New Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL Phones

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL

Google Reveals New Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL Phones With Impressive Features

At its Made By Google Press Event, Google officially announced the Pixel 4 alongside its larger sibling, the Pixel 4XL.

The phone comes in two sizes, featuring bright 5.7-inch or 6.3-inch OLED displays depending on the model. Both feature 6GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage and run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processor.

They also have a Google-built “Pixel Neural Core” processor that allows the phones to run complex AI software, such as the new audio recorder which automatically transcribes speech and tags sounds so you can search your recordings for a specific part later on.

Another new software feature was live caption, which provides closed captioning for video podcasts and audio messages across any app. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are available for $799 and $899 respectively and come in Just Black, Clearly White and Oh-So-Orange, with an October 24 shipping date.

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