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Apple levels up streaming with Lossless Audio, Spatial Audio

Coming in the next iOS update!

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Everyone loves music, from classical to modern hip-hop, we have different preferences of the music we love. Now, Apple wants to rock your world with a new addition to the Apple Music streaming service — Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio.

Spatial Audio

Any user with AirPods or Beats headphones equipped with the H1 or W1 chip will be able to experience the immersive sound produced by audio engineers. The progression to produce Dolby Atmos tracks only on Apple Music is on the move.

By the launch date, thousands of Dolby Atmos tracks will be available, with Apple slowly adding new tracks over the next few months. To differentiate the albums that are available in Dolby Atmos, a small badge will be provided for easier discovery. You can enjoy the songs from different genres in the likes of classical, Latin and pop just to name a few.

Apple-Dolby initiative

Apple and Dolby are taking charge by doubling Dolby-enabled studios in the massive market of the music industry. They now provide educational programs for improving one’s skills, and resources for independent artists, ensuring equal opportunity. This is a huge step for Apple as they are not only improving their streaming services, this also helps other labels and studios create better quality music.

Lossless audio

The goal is to preserve the original audio file of the music you listen to. This is made possible by Apple’s new ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec). Subscribers will be able to share the identical audio experience with their favorite performers.

With the release of iOS 14.6 next month, users will be able to modify the quality of  music using the settings menu. After the update, subscribers will then see a new audio quality section available. To locate, go to settings > music > audio quality. Finally, you can select the audio qualities that you desire.

The various audio qualities offered starts with CD quality, and the options are 16bit at 44.1kHz (kilohertz), and 24bit at 48kHz — this is exclusive to Apple devices. Additionally, if you really love music, there is another quality you can select and that is the Hi-Resolution Lossless which is 24bit at 192kHz.1. You can choose different resolutions for your connections such as cellular, Wi-Fi or download.

Lossless audio will be readily available to 75 million songs in the Apple Music app on launch day.

Availability

Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio will be available simultaneously with the iOS 14.6 update by June 2021 with no additional cost.

If you are not yet subscribed to Apple Music, check out their website as they offer a free trial. In fact, you can also access apple music through various devices including android and samsung tv!

Why only take one when you can take four! With Apple One, you can have premium access to Apple Music and various apps including iCloud. Available for individual and family packages.

 

 

 

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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