Online music streaming services crossed 350 million subscribers in 2019, up 32% YoY: Report

The online music streaming services in the world enjoyed a good year in 2019, with the number of paid subscribers growing by 32% YoY, crossing 350 million. Driving this growth was exclusive content offerings like podcasts and originals, price cuts in subscriptions in emerging markets and bundled offers from telecommunication companies.

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Apple acquires AI startup Voysis in a bid to improve Siri

Apple’s voice assistant, Siri often falls short in functionality and natural language processing capabilities when compared to the Google Assistant. In a bid to improve Siri’s shortcomings, Apple has decided to acquire Voysis, which is a company that has developed an AI based platform for digital voice assistants to understand natural language.

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Google Phone app may get Flip to Silence gesture soon

With the launch of the Pixel 3, Google introduced a gesture of flipping the phone on to its screen to enter a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND) mode. Now, with Google Phone 47 beta, they appear to be testing a more traditional use for the same gesture: silencing incoming calls. Along with this, Google is also testing a feature to answer a call with 1-way video.

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iOS 14 code hints at home screen widget support and new wallpaper settings

Apple has been working on redesigning its wallpaper settings for its upcoming iOS 14 for quite a while now. In a supposed new leak, twitter user DongleBookPro has tweeted images of the new iOS wallpaper settings panel and its implementation.

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Google shuts down Neighbourly beta app due to low user interaction

Google Neighbourly

Google launched the Neighbourly app beta back in 2018 as a local information sharing and Q&A app for select cities in India. However, it looks like that app will never leave beta as Google has announced that it is shutting down the app completely due to low user growth.

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Amazon to launch game streaming service, several massively multiplayer online games

The gaming industry has been on a steady growth with some spiked increases in the last few years. Now, Amazon is planning its entry into game development next month with the launch of its first science-fiction shooter game called Crucible. Along with Crucible, it plans to launch “New World” which is a massively multiplayer online game.

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Apple AirTags hinted in Apple Support YouTube video

Earlier this year, popular Apple Analyst Ming Chi Kuo mentioned a possible new product that Apple is planning to release this year, which utilizes Ultra Wide technology (UWB) technology. With the name Airtags, the product is seemingly confirmed as it appeared on a video that was uploaded on Apple’s support page.

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Facebook launches Messenger desktop app for Windows and macOS

It is video chatting season for everyone in quarantine and with Zoom rising to popularity, Facebook has decided to enter the fray with a desktop app for its Messenger, both for macOS and Windows. It features group videos calls, chat sync across, dark mode and more.

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ASUS introduces 7 new ROG laptops with Intel 10th Gen H Series CPUs and NVIDIA RTX 2080 / 2070 Super GPUs

Right as Intel announced its latest 10th Gen Core H-Series processors, ASUS has updated its ROG lineup with 7 new laptops, with GPU options that go up to a GTX 2080 Super. Some features in these laptops include 300Hz refresh rate displays with Pantone calibration, liquid metal cooling and even a second screen.

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Razer Blade 15 with up to 8-core Intel 10th Gen CPU, up to RTX 2080 Super Max-Q and 300Hz display announced

Razer has announced yet another update to its Blade lineup of laptops, continuing its confusing name with the latest one called Blade 15 (Early 2020). It is powered with Intel’s latest 10th Gen Core i7 H-series processors, and can be configured up to NVIDIA’s latest RTX 2080 Super with Max-Q and even has an option for a 300Hz display.

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Lenovo Legion 7i and 5i with 10th gen Intel Core processor, up to RTX 2080 Super Max-Q and RTX 2060 respectively announced

Lenovo has announced two new laptops as part of its gaming-focused Legion laptops, of which the more premium Legion 7i will have up to a RTX 2080 Super Max Q design while its sibling 5i will be powered by up to RTX 2060. Both laptops will also have Intel’s newest 10th Gen H-series processors.

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YouTube reportedly developing ‘Shorts’ to rival TikTok

TikTok has blown up in popularity around the world for being the go-to short form video sharing app. Now YouTube is apparently interested in entering that market as it has been reported that they are working on their version, called ‘Shorts’.

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Sony WF-XB700 truly wireless earphones and WH-CH710N Noise Canceling Headphones announced

Sony has launched two new products in the US which are the WF-XB700 truly wireless earphones and the WH-CH710N Noise Canceling Headphones.  Among its features, the truly wireless WF-XB700, being part of the ‘XB’ family has excellent bass reproduction while the WH-CH710N claims good noise cancellation with its Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancelation (AINC).

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HUAWEI P40 Pro rear and front cameras top DxO Mark benchmark score

HUAWEI’s P series flagship smartphones have always performed well in the camera department and its newest P40 Pro smartphone is no slouch either. As of today, it holds the highest score in DxO Mark’s camera benchmarks for both the rear and front camera, with 128 and 103 respectively.

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