Monday, March 8, 2021

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Spotify shares its ambitions between podcasts and music. For the latter, it is tease high fidelity service coming later this year, an idea the company has been testing since 2017. Spotify’s current maximum audio bitrate is 320kbps, but bitrates for lossless audio can be considerably higher – think about 1411kbps – allowing music files to reproduce the nuances of the recording.

Spotify will join services like Tidal and Amazon Music, which already have a high-fidelity audio offering, but it’s unclear exactly how much the new service will cost. Instead of even more Premium Spotify, the company calls it Spotify HiFi.

Spotify

During the Spotify Stream On event yesterday, the company also revealed that it had Exclusive rights to a new podcast from former President Barack Obama and musician Bruce Springsteen. The eight-part series, called Renegades: Born in the USA, will explore topics such as “race, fatherhood, marriage and the future of America”. The first two episodes are now available on Spotify.

These may be the two major stories for Engadget readers, but the company also announced that it plans to enter 85 new markets, which could bring the service to more than a billion more people. Faced with threats from some of the world’s biggest tech companies, Spotify wants to expand into more countries and, if it can match local tastes, beat the richer and more powerful competition.

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And some new images from Mars.

Rover Mars Perseverance

NASA

After showing perseverance on the surface last week, the agency released video footage of the critical moments of the landing. It all starts seven miles above the surface of Mars, as Percy’s heat shield (yes, that’s the rover’s nickname) falls during the descent. And if you ever wanted to know what the surface of Mars looked like, the rover was also able to send a few seconds of audible breeze from the Red Planet.
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In “the next few days,” Facebook will restore Australian posts.

Just days after blocking Australian editors and residents from sharing news content, Facebook reversed the policy. Initially, Facebook said, “We will now prioritize investments in other countries, as part of our plans to invest in new licensing programs and news experiences.”

According to , Australian politicians have confirmed additional changes to the information trading code to “further clarify how the code is supposed to work.” According to , the amendments include a two-month mediation period, which will give the parties time to strike deals with the media that may mean Facebook must not operate by code.
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The new phone will cost almost $ 2,800 and could be exclusive to China.

Huawei

Huawei

Huawei has unveiled its third-generation foldable phone, the Mate X2, which looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Huawei has moved the foldable display inside the fold, with a relatively large 6.45-inch single OLED display up front. The new phone’s array of four Leica cameras includes a 50-megapixel wide-angle main camera (a step up, at least on paper, from the 40-megapixel lens on the Xs) and a slew of options. telephoto lens.

That’s all desirable hardware, yes, but still not from Google Apps or the Play Store. Huawei says the phone will run on its Android 10-based EMUI 11 software, adding that the new foldable will be among the first to be updated to its internal HarmonyOS, which is expected to appear in April.

This may not be the only obstacle to buying. In China, where it goes on sale on February 25, the 256GB model will retail for 17,999 yuan (around $ 2,785), making Samsung’s foldable phones almost inexpensive by comparison. There is no word on a Western launch yet.
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Lenovo’s lightest ThinkPad has yet another major drawback.

ThinkPad

Lenovo

For such a light laptop, the X1 Nano is impressively capable, says Cherlynn Low, review editor. Lenovo has sacrificed surprisingly little to make the lightest ThinkPad to date and has even managed to improve its display and speakers. Of course, battery life is a big compromise, but if you’re looking for something to throw in your book bag that doesn’t make it too heavy and doesn’t need something that lasts all day, then the ThinkPad X1 Nano is worth considering. Just know that at $ 1,399, it has quite a few competitors.
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Samsung finished 2020 in the lead, but struggled for most of the year.

iPhone 12

Apple shipped more phones in the last quarter of 2020 than any other manufacturer. Estimates of suggest the company shipped around 80 million iPhones in the previous quarter. This performance, one of Apple’s best to date, pushed it beyond Samsung for the first time since 2016 – the era of the iPhone 7. In 2020, Apple released four models of iPhone, from iPhone 12 mini to iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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