Tag: Plugged

CDs are the most under-appreciated music format, fight me

Vinyl is booming, streaming services are more popular than ever, and we’re all depressed. This means one thing and one thing only: it’s time to reassess CDs. Yes, friends, you read that correctly. The humble compact disc has been unloved for far too long. And I’m here to change that. And your opinion. After this […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound solution aims to improve wireless audio on smartphones

Chipmaker Qualcomm is launching a new end-to-end audio solution called Snapdragon Sound to bring high-quality wireless audio on phones. Smartphone audio is not always at its best when you’re listening to music or playing games through wireless earbuds. You might experience quality drops, glitches, or latency issues. Snapdragon Sound aims to solve all these problems […]

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Redmi Note 10 Pro first impressions: The screen is the star

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is a much-celebrated line in the world of affordable phones. Today, the company launched the latest generation — Note 10 series — globally. It also launched the same series in India with some slight rebranding in names. While there are multiple phones in this series, I’ll mostly concentrate on the Redmi […]

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How to transfer your iCloud photos to Google Photos

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Apple has quietly launched a service that allows you to automatically transfer your iCloud photos and videos to Google Photos. The company detailed this new tool in a service document, saying […]

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Twitter will ban you for spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

As vaccines are rolling out across the world, Twitter wants to curb misinformation related to it by introducing a new strike system. The company said repeated offenders — accounts with five strikes against them — will get banned permanently. Last December, Twitter said that it’ll start removing tweets with harmful misinformation related to the coronavirus […]

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How to stream Spotify at the best possible quality

I recently wrote that you shouldn’t have huge expectations about sound quality improvements when upgrading from Spotify Premium to the upcoming lossless HiFi tier. The gist of it is that the vast majority of people — including audio enthusiasts — cannot tell the difference between lossless audio and ‘lossy’ encoded at a high enough bitrate […]

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How to always join a Zoom call on mute

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. All of us take a ton of Zoom calls as part of the new normal. A few days ago, I joined one while I was “chatting” with my cat. I […]

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An ode to portable CD players — you were ugly in a beautiful way

This is adapted from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it here. Hey, P— Hey, P— Hey, P— Fuck. Let me stand still for a second… Hey, Plugged In is back again, and this time we’re talking about portable CD players.  Longterm readers will know I’m a man of many “phases” and, currently I’m in what I’d call my Compact Disc Renaissance™. I’d like to […]

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Before you pay for Spotify HiFi, try to pass this lossless audio test

Spotify yesterday announced a ‘HiFi’ upgrade tier for its streaming service that provides lossless audio, promising music free of compression artefacts. Although it won’t be available until later this year, Spotify HiFi promises “CD-quality” audio and aims to steer audiophiles away from other lossless streaming competition like Tidal and Deezer. But even if you consider yourself […]

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Xiaomi packs active noise cancellation into its $25 neckbuds

After marking its vast territory in the smartphone market in India,, Xiaomi has released plenty of affordable audio products in the country, including a smart speaker and truly wireless buds. Today, the company announced a new 16W Bluetooth speaker and the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro — and I’m interested in the latter. Why, do you ask? […]

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