Samsung might soon launch new Voice Note app to replace Sound Recorder

Samsung is in the process of renaming and/or replacing some of its apps that come pre-installed on most of the Galaxy smartphones. Recently, the South Korean company filed a trademark for something called “Samsung Voice Note.”

The description confirms that it’s a “computer software that enables users to record audio,” which is exactly what the Sound Recorder app does at the moment. Unfortunately, we can’t say for sure whether this is a brand new app that will be part of the Galaxy S9, or it’s meant to replace the current Sound Recorder app on many Galaxy smartphones.

Hopefully, …

Best Bluetooth speakers comparison (2017): sound quality and price

Looking for the best Bluetooth speaker in a mid size form factor?
We take a look at the top Bluetooth speaker options in late 2017 and highlight the speakers that shine with great sound, battery life and additional features. Of course, the price of a speaker matters as well.
So which Bluetooth speaker should you buy if you had to shop today? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for each one of them right below.

JBL Charge 3Top battery life, super loud and water-proof make it our top choice

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Wireless, ultra lightweight, HD dynamic sound: meet the Legato Arc earphones by Spigen

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Bluetooth headsets have been around for awhile, but they seem to have been picking up in popularity over the past year. Yes, this does coincide with the fact that more and more manufacturers are making the decision to scrap the 3.5 mm headphone jack on their smartphones, but, to be fair, wireless earbuds also happen to be getting better and better.

As …

HTC U11 Plus to be water-resistant, Edge Sense and Boom Sound also on board

In the last several days, we’ve heard a lot about the
unannounced HTC U11 Plus, a new smartphone that will likely be officially
unveiled on November 2 (possibly marketed as U11+). In addition to what we
already knew about the HTC U11 Plus, we’re now hearing that the handset will be
dust- and water-resistant, thanks to an IP68-certified body. The info was shared
today on Twitter by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), who is almost always right when
it comes to leaks.   


With an IP68 certification, the U11 Plus will be more
water-resistant than the already launched HTC U11 (IP67). …

Once you enable audio on Instagram, sound now continues until you close the app

A change to Instagram rolled out to the app recently and this is how it works. When you open the picture and video sharing app, videos will autoplay with the sound off. But when you tap on the screen to turn the volume on one video on, all other videos will autoplay with the sound on for the remainder of your Instagram session. We’d say that makes common sense. And if you tap on the screen again turning the audio off on the current video, all of the subsequent videos will go silent. If you disable the sound on your Instagram videos, they will remain off when you finish your session and start up …

Finally! Google will kill video and ads sound autoplay in next Chrome update

There’s nothing more annoying on the web than autoplaying vids with sound to your unsuspecting ears and colleagues while you simply browse for a pair of sneakers instead of actually working. Hey, the latest studies show you are more productive because of those breaks! Some sites are worse than others in that respect (looking at you, CNN, blasting videos at full volume with each refresh!), but Google has a solution to this first-world problem.

Starting with the next big Chrome update, likely version 64 that is arriving in January, Google’s experimental …

HTC U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording, new video teaser suggests

HTC wants us to get excited about its upcoming flagship smartphone – the HTC U 11. The handset will be officially announced next week, on May 16, but, before that, HTC released a new video teaser to keep our interest piqued.

HTC’s new video – embedded above – is quite short, and is accompanied by a “360 real-life recording” caption. From this, we can conclude that the U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording – or maybe 360-degree video recording, too? This is the second U 11 feature that HTC is (kind of) confirming, after the phone’s squeezable frame – apparently …

Update to Google Play Music allows users more control over sound quality

The latest update to Google Play Music gives users more control over the quality of the music stream on their phone. Before the update, users could adjust the playback quality of wireless streaming only. Following the update, users can control wireless streaming quality, Wi-Fi streaming quality and download quality. The Wi-Fi streaming quality is set on “Always High” by default. Other options include “Low,” “Normal,” and “High.” The problem with having the quality on high is that you might see more buffering than normal.

Download Quality has three choices which are “High,” “Normal,” and …

Google Home now allows you to command Neato vacuums with the sound of your voice

If you ever found yourself wishing for a day in which you could shout some words at a white, cylindrical object in order to get a robot to clean your home for you, today is your lucky day. Neato, the company behind the Botvac vacuum cleaner, has just announced that owners of a Google Home are now able to control its entire array of devices just by speaking a few words to the Google Assistant.

Neato’s Botvacs are very similar to the popular Roomba line of robot vacuum cleaners, and Google Home can control the Botvac Connected, Botvac D5 Connected, and Botvac D3 Connected. Amazon’s …

Looking back at the HTC Surround, with the slide-out surround sound speaker

One of the first Windows Phone 7 models to launch, the HTC Surround received its name from a specific feature. The phone was equipped with a slide-out Dolby speaker that presented surround sound with the tap of a button. Released in the U.S. on November 8th, 2010 as an AT&T exclusive ($199.99 with a two-year contract), the Surround came equipped with a 3.8-inch LCD display carrying a 480 x 800 (WVGA) resolution. Under the hood was the Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250 chipset containing a single-core 1GHz Scorpion CPU and the Adreno 200 GPU.

The Surround came with 448MB of RAM and 16GB …