Apple Spatial Audio’s music turns 1 year old: How did I live without Dolby Atmos with head tracking?

The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison, the first commercial compact disc was released in 1982 (Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, Interestingly), Spotify was founded in 2006 and Apple Music launched its proprietary Spatial Audio music streaming outlet with Dolby Atmos in June 2021.

These are key consumer audio moments now recorded in time or, to blatantly quote one of my favorite tracks from Coheed and Cambria, cuts marked in the march of man.

Much-needed video update comes to Quest 2, but only for game developers

Meta has finally unlocked a number of new native video recording settings for the Quest 2 VR headset, including 4K resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The only problem is that the options are only available to developers.

The new developer hub update – which is only downloadable by those with an Oculus Developer account – has enabled several recording options. There is still the default 1:1 setting, 1024p @ 36fps, but now developers can choose between 1080p, 1440p or 2160p resolutions, each of which can be recorded at 36fps or 60fps.

Starfield’s space combat is taking cues from a beloved indie game

Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield is taking inspiration from the beloved FTL standalone spaceship simulator, and its in-game footage has given us a solid understanding of how exactly that happens.

Inspired by the indie game, Starfield’s space combat will involve redirecting energy to your ship’s various subsystems mid-flight. Game director Todd Howard said IGN (opens in new tab) in early June you will be switching power between various modules on your ship to keep your weapons and systems running.

When will Top Gun: Maverick come to streaming services?

To everyone’s surprise (except perhaps lead star Tom Cruise), Top Gun: Maverick blew up the global box office to become the biggest movie of the year (so far) and one of the most successful Hollywood sequels in recent memory.

Director Joseph KosinskiThe action-packed story of an aging aviation ace won over critics and audiences alike – we gave the film five stars in our brilliant review – and served as a timely reminder that Netflix and marvel movies are not the only order of the day in 2022.

Windows 11 update copies popular Android feature – and we couldn’t be happier

After removing it in an earlier version, Microsoft brought back the redesign of the ‘Open With’ dialog box for Windows 11, allowing you to open files in an app other than the one you set as the default.

This new design finally removes the confusion surrounding the message box since Windows 8, with dialog boxes not making it clear whether the file would open with a new default application in the future or if it was just for that one time.

Windows 11 continues to struggle to attract new users

Windows 11 is still hampered by a weak pace of adoption, looking at the latest figures assessing the market share of Microsoft’s desktop operating system.

The report on Windows versions and their respective market share compiled by AdDuplex (opens in new tab) for June 2022 shows that Windows 11 is now on 23.1% of PCs included in the company’s numbers. (These are Windows machines running Microsoft Store apps that display AdDuplex ads).

Infinix’s ultra-fast charging tech could give Realme and OnePlus a run for their money

Smartphone maker Infinix, known for low-end and entry-level Android phones, has announced that its next flagship phone will come with support for 180W fast charging. If that happens, the company’s next phone will surpass the Realme GT Neo 3 and OnePlus 10R as the phones with the fastest charging technology.

Both the Realme GT Neo 3 and OnePlus 10R come with support for 150W fast charging and the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge has 125W fast charging.

In the official announcement, the company revealed that the phone equipped with 180W charging support – called Thunder Charge Technology – will come with a 4,500mAh battery and can be charged from 1% to 50% in just 4 minutes. Although the company declined to reveal the time it takes to fully charge the phone.

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Explaining the technology further, Infinix says the phone uses dual batteries rated 8C – the maximum charge rate for rechargeable lithium batteries in the industry today. The charging power of each battery is only 90W while charging. These batteries are custom made to ensure they do not heat up while charging.

Samsung’s folding budget could cost as much as the Galaxy S22

Samsung has been one of the only brands so far that has managed to release multiple iterations of its collapsible smartphones. And it looks like the South Korean tech giant is ready to test the waters for more budget models.

according to one report (opens in new tab) by the Korean technology publication Naver, Samsung began work on the development and design affordable folding devices. The report states that the project was initiated by Samsung Electronic’s Mobile Experience (MX) division. There have been previous reports that the company was targeting a 2024 release.

Samsung aims to bring an affordable Z Flip and Z Fold version to the international market. In India, we can see smartphones available for approximately Rs 60,000. Samsung’s folding lineup of the Z Flip 3 is priced at Rs 84,999 while the Z Fold 3 is priced at Rs 1,49,999. And these were just the base model prices.

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If Samsung is really working to bring the price down by more than 20%, then there will certainly be some differences in the hardware. It was also previously suggested that Samsung will add these foldables to the A-series smartphones. These would introduce the essential features that complement the foldable device and its software. The most premium features will remain exclusive to premium Z-series products.

1Password’s Latest Feature Can Solve Your Biggest Password Frustration

There are plenty of password managers out there to choose from – services that can remember all the passwords you use online – and some browsers, like Google Chrome, have this feature built into them. But most of them have a flaw that 1Password hopes to fix.

When you sign up for something, you can take one of two routes. There is the typically longer process where you provide the site with your email address, a password, and possibly some other data to create an entirely new account. Alternatively, you can choose to sign up using your account details from another service, a generally faster option. Unfortunately, the second option will not be remembered by your password manager.

Back 4 Blood update: everything you need to know about Tunnels of Terror DLC

With the latest Back 4 Blood update comes the first expansion, Tunnels of Terror, bringing a whole new host of horrors to Fort Hope. There are new cleaners, new weapons, new cards, and more, as well as changes to balance and a slew of bug fixes.  

Back 4 Blood’s new expansion is a well-needed shot in the arm for the co-op shooter and good news for anyone looking for their four-player fix.