WhatsApp beta for Android makes audio recording easier

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp is rolling out a new beta on Android that includes a much requested feature, an option to record voice notes hands-free within the app. After installing the update, when the user presses and holds on the mic button to record audio, another option appears on screen where they can swipe up to lock the recording. After doing that, the app will continue to record the voice note without you having to press and hold the mic button. You can still cancel the recording and delete the file without sending. The update is out now on Android through the beta channel….

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Apps and Tools for Recording High-Quality Music on Your iPhone

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In our latest video, available over on our YouTube channel, we took a look at apps and tools that are designed to help musicians use their iPhones and iPads to work on their craft and record high-quality music while wherever they are.

This is a bit of a niche video, but it is suitable for new musicians and those who want to find tools to better take advantage of their mobile devices.

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Apple’s GarageBand is the first app you’ll want to delve into if you’re new to making music on the iPhone, as it’s loaded with different instruments for you to experiment with.

Music Memos, an app that’s always gone under the radar, is super useful for recording song lyrics or making notes on your compositions. There’s a one-tap record button so it’s easy to get started, and Music Memos will record the exact notes you’re playing so you can come back to your work in the future.

For actually recording high-quality audio that’s similar to what you’d get in a studio, the iPhone’s microphone just isn’t good enough. You’re going to want an accessory like iZotope’s Spire Studio, which is basically a miniature recording studio that can go anywhere. It’s not cheap at $349, but it can capture great sound.

There are tons of other apps and tools out there, so if you’re a musician who records with an iPhone or iPad, make sure to let us know which accessories and apps you prefer to use in the comments.
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Samsung Exynos 7 Series 9610 10nm processor with AI features, 1080p 480fps slow-mo recording announced

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Samsung today introduced Exynos 7 Series 9610 processor, successor of Exynos 7885 that powers the latest Galaxy A8 and A8+. It is based on the 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, and has eight-core CPU with four of Cortex-A73 CPU cores along with other four Cortex-A53 cores. It also supports slow motion video recording at 480 frames per second (fps), and has AI features such as vision image processing unit based on a deep-learning technology and image processing with a neural network engine for more intelligently enhanced face detection, as well as single camera out-focusing and augmented low-light images.  It also has advanced face detection feature that enables the camera to recognize faces that are either not facing forward or partially covered with objects like hair or a hat. With smart depth sensing, bokeh or out-focused portraits can be taken with a single camera. Through cleverly merging multiple frames, vision and image processing enhances the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and brightness that can improve pictures taken in low-light environments. Highlights of Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Based on the 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology Octa-Core CPU with 4x 2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 cores and 4x 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1, LPDDR4x RAM Advanced ISP and MFC with …
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Leaked Huawei P20 video teases slow-mo recording

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It seems that the Huawei P20 Pro camera will join the slow-mo competition as this leaked teaser reveals. It shows a guy doing a backflip and time slows down to a crawl as the three circles appear – you know, Huawei’s constant reminder of the triple camera on its upcoming flagship. Unfortunately, the teaser doesn’t say anything about frame rate or resolution. Now, if we were Isaac Newton, we could probably make a guess. But since we’re not, we’ll just say that the Mate 10 (which uses the same chipset as the P20) can shoot 1080p @ 120fps video. Slooow moootion #ImmaginaOOOltre #HuaweiP20…

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This app makes your headphones sound like a pro recording studio

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Spend some time shopping for headphones, and you’ll quickly grow tired of devices claiming to present music “as the artist intended,” despite sporting vastly different sound. But what if your favorite cans actually could sound like the recording studio where your favorite music was mixed? Enter SonarWorks, a company I’m guessing you’re not familiar with, as it’s best known in audio engineering circles for tuning professional studio speakers. Now SonarWorks is turning its attention to something more mainstream by calibrating headphones to sound like those same studios. The concept is simple. First you tell SonarWorks’ software, called True-Fi, which headphones…

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August’s smart doorbells now include 24 hours of video recording

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Video doorbells are great for spotting visitors, but their live footage only goes so far. What if you don't pay extra for cloud storage and miss an important guest, or (perish the thought) a burglar? With August, at least, that shouldn't be an issu…
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August upgrades all Doorbell Cam owners with 24 hours of free video recording

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August on Thursday announced that all versions of the iPhone-connected Doorbell Cam, including the current Doorbell Cam Pro, will automatically get free video recordings of activity detected in the last 24 hours.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 4K 60fps Video Recording Comes With A Limitation That iPhone X Doesn’t Have

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs Apple iPhone X 4K 60fps video recording feature compared. Here are the details on it.

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Android P to prevent background apps from accessing the camera and recording via microphone

Google’s next Android upgrade is just months away, and we already learned that the Android P would embrace iPhone X top-notch design. Although we don’t have the core features of Android P, XDA Developers are now discovering tidbits thanks to Android’s open source commit.  According to the commits, new rule-sets in Android P will now prevent idling background apps from accessing the camera and recording you via microphone. This move is aimed at preventing the increasing number of malicious malware apps and trojans in taking control of your smartphone when the screen is turned off. The new API rules change targets apps (User IDs), the identifiers Android assigns each application at install time, and they’re unique to each app, and they don’t change as long as an app remains installed on your phone or tablet, it’ll retain the same app ID. In Android P, when the camera service detects any app UID is idle that is Doze mode and background running apps limited access to access to CPU and network intensive services, it will now generate an error and close access to the camera and any subsequent camera requests from the inactive UID will generate errors. In the same way, Android P will also impose limitations on idle …
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The Go Mic Mobile Is a Powerful Recording Studio on the Go

At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, I recorded videos live from the show floor, using the Go Mic Mobile ($ 249.99) from Samson. It was a great way to feel like I had a full mobile recording studio with me, when I was really all alone! 

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The kit includes a professional quality microphone that connects wirelessly to the included receiver. The receiver plugs in to numerous devices using a digital or analog connection, including Lightning for iOS devices or microUSB for Android. There is also a port for charging both the receiver and the connected phone simultaneously. You can also connect a headphone to make sure audio is being recorded as desired.

My only complaint is how the receiver clamps on to the smartphone. Since I was using a selfie stick at the same time and they both try to clamp on in the same manner, it was a little unsteady. Next time, I might want to connect the receiver to an iPhone case using some industrial-strength velcro instead. Other than that, the Go Mic Mobile was a really great way to record professional audio with wireless freedom.

Pros

  • Professional-quality microphone
  • Wireless freedom
  • Numerous connection options (digital and analog)
  • Works with iOS, Android, and DSLR cameras
  • Charges while in use

Cons

  • Clamp mechanism could be more flexible

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a recording accessory, look no further. The Go Mic Mobile from Samson should meet your needs. 

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