Sony is launching its 360-degree audio format this fall

From The Verge: Sony has announced that its new 360 Reality Audio technology will launch in late fall with several partners. The format involves object-based spatial audio that places various elements of a music track around the listener in a virtual spherical environment. The experience is designed to replicate live music, with instruments and vocals coming from different directions.

Huawei manages to sell a whole bunch of phones despite US ban

From CNET: Huawei is still on shaky ground in the US, but that hasn't stopped the embattled Chinese phone maker from shipping 185 million phones in the first three quarters of 2019. That represents a year-on-year increase of 26%, the company said in a Tuesday release.

The electronics heavyweight also generated revenue of 610.8 billion yuan ($86 billion) -- a 24.4% increase year over year -- even after predicting a $10 billion sales reduction for its phone division during the summer as a result of its blacklisting by the US Commerce Department.

Realme’s X2 Pro has a 90Hz screen and Snapdragon 855 Plus for under $400

From The Verge: Realme has made a major splash in 2019 with a series of impressively low-priced devices, but now the company is releasing its first phone that could seriously be described as high-end. The X2 Pro has Qualcomm’s fastest processor available, a screen with a high refresh rate, and a quad-camera array including a giant 64-megapixel sensor. All of this means it’s Realme’s priciest phone to date, but the spec sheet keeps it extremely competitive.

Microsoft's Project xCloud Preview Is Now Live

From PC Mag: Microsoft's game streaming service Project xCloud is live, and those who registered for the Preview should now be playing Xbox games on Android devices. That's assuming they're lucky, of course.

When Microsoft opened registrations for the Project xCloud Preview it also warned gamers there would only be a limited number of spots and a lot of interest. Registering was no guarantee of getting one of those spots, with invites potentially not going out for "several months" such was the anticipated demand.

Patriot P200 512GB Review (Page 1 of 11)

One interesting thing I find with media consumption services is how they can seemingly predict your preferences. This can be seen in YouTube or Spotify, where they may recommend new videos or music, respectively, based on what you have previously consumed. As such, my YouTube recommendation list is filled with a whole smattering of topics, from baking and cooking to video games and ending with airplanes or short informative videos. Similarly, my Spotify suggested music is primarily albums from Christian artists, a bunch of classical and cover artists, followed by some K-pop and EDM. If I am being honest, even though these are supposedly curated based on what these companies think my interests are, I generally do not find myself clicking on these recommended lists, unless I have no idea what to listen to. Even so, it is pretty interesting to see how technology is able to learn these things and even suggest new things that are similar in style or interests. On the other hand, I wonder how this would translate into suggestions for products. For example, if a user is looking for some sort of fast storage option that is still cheap, what suggestions would appear? Patriot hopes to provide an answer to this question today with their offering of their P200 SSD lineup. Today, we have their 512GB model in for testing, so let us see how this cost-effective solid-state drive is able to perform, especially in comparison with what else is out there!

Microsoft Adds Office and Emoji Keys to New Keyboards

From PC Mag: If you're about to buy a new keyboard, be aware that Microsoft's latest keyboards come with a couple of extra keys you may, or may not appreciate.

As The Verge reports, Microsoft lists two new keyboards for pre-order on its online store, both of which include a dedicated key for Microsoft Office, and another for emojis. The two keyboards in question are the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard.

Hyundai, Kia reach $760M settlement over engine fire lawsuit

From CNET: Following years of scrutiny and even US investigations over vehicle engine fires, Hyundai and Kia have stumped up a substantial amount for vehicle owners, to the tune of three quarters of a billion dollars. The automakers, which are part of Hyundai Motor Group, said on Friday they've reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit surrounding the troublesome powertrains.

CORSAIR Updates Headset Lineup with New VOID ELITE and HS PRO Headsets

From Corsair Press Release: CORSAIR today announced the new VOID ELITE and HS PRO series of gaming headsets, updating the celebrated VOID and HS Series with improved audio, microphones, and comfort.

Whether you’re looking for immersive 7.1 surround sound, multi-platform compatibility, low-latency wireless, dynamic RGB lighting, or any combination thereof, you’ll find it in one of the many new CORSAIR headsets now available.

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