Daily Deals: $150 Samsung sound bar system, $250 Moto G5s Plus, and more

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iDB’s Daily Deals post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

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Phiaton BT 150 NC review: Great sound and noise canceling in an affordable package

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Taking a step away from fitness-oriented audio, I have recently spent some time with Phiaton’s BT 150 NC noise canceling earphones. This is aimed at traveling professionals who want to have great noise canceling without breaking the bank. Phiaton manages that with the $ 150 BT 150 NC, all while providing very good sound quality and comfort.

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Disgruntled HomePod owners say firmware update alters sound quality

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A number of HomePod owners are airing their dissatisfaction over Apple’s first firmware update for the device, saying the new software tweaks the speaker’s sonic fingerprint, a specific sound for which customers paid a hefty premium.
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GarageBand adds TrueDepth facial control for sound effects as Clips gains new Pixar scenes & more

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Apple today has pushed updates to both Clips and GarageBand on iOS. The updates include new TrueDepth features, a variety of new content, and more. For GarageBand, the update brings the app to version 2.3.3, while Clips is now at version 2.0.3…

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‘SKALAR’ explores how light and sound affect our emotions

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Photons have no mass, but in an exhibition at the CTM electronic music festival in Berlin, artist Christopher Bauder treated light as a moldable, solid substance. The installation was married to a complex soundscape by musician and composer Kangding…
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Creator of Mac startup & iPhone camera sounds talks Apple sound history

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In a newly-published interview, former Apple sound designer Jim Reekes discusses the history of the sound cues he created for the company’s devices, such as the famous Mac "beep" and startup chords, and the camera shutter used on devices like the iPhone.
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Former Apple Sound Designer Discusses History Behind ‘Sosumi’, Mac Startup Tone, and Camera Click

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In the late 1980s Jim Reekes began working as a sound designer for Apple, creating some of the Mac’s most iconic sounds like the “Sosumi” beep, startup chord, and camera/screenshot click. In a new interview with CNBC, Reekes discussed the origins behind each of these sound creations, and what he thinks about the current audio design of Apple devices. Reekes has touched upon these topics before, but they remain interesting for anyone who might not have heard about this part of Apple’s history.

Reekes explained that the reason for the name “Sosumi” began with a lawsuit from The Beatles’ record label, also named Apple. At the time, Steve Jobs promised that his company would stay focused on computers and not get involved with music, so that the two similarly named companies could coexist.


After Macs added support for audio recording and MIDI (a standard that connects musical instruments to computers), The Beatles sued and forced Reekes to rename any sound effect that had a “musical-sounding name.”

Reekes’ frustration with the lawsuit eventually led him to the name “Sosumi,” because it sounded like “so sue me.” Today, Sosumi is still available as an alert sound in the Mac System Preferences.

One of his beeps, originally called “Xylophone,” needed a new name. “I actually said I’m gonna call it ‘let it beep’ and of course you can’t do anything like that, but I thought yeah, ‘so sue me.’ And then I thought that’s actually the right name,” Reekes said. “I’ll just have to spell it funny, so I spelled it Sosumi.”

He told the lawyers it was a Japanese word that didn’t mean anything musical. “That’s how that Sosumi beep came around,” Reekes explained. “It was really me making fun of lawyers.”

Reekes also looked back on the Mac’s original startup tone, which annoyed him “immensely” because the Mac crashed so many times that it was easy to equate the tone with a frustrating situation. Although he didn’t have permission to change it, he recorded a new c-major chord in his living room and used The Beatles song “A Day in the Life” as inspiration.

Jim Reekes and the keyboard he used to record the original Mac startup sound via CNBC

Eventually, Reekes managed to sneak the sound into the original Macintosh Quadra computer.

Some engineers at Apple were not happy with the change. “Our excuse was it’s too risky to take it back out at this point because something could crash,” he said. “We just made up some bulls—.”

It stuck, and years later Apple even trademarked the start-up sound. It’s one of the few sounds that’s trademarked, along with the NBC chimes and the Intel signature sound. “Kind of silly right?” Reekes smirked. “I’m playing a c-major chord and it’s famous and it’s a copyright.”

On the topic of startup sounds, Reekes voiced his disappointment in the lack of any startup chimes on most Macs today, and gave his opinion on the company’s current overall sound design. “I haven’t really seen much interesting audio coming out of Apple for a while,” he said. Reekes left Apple in the late 1990s and is now a consultant and “out of the sound design business.”


There are plenty of other tidbits from Apple’s sound design history in the interview, including the origins of the camera click heard on Mac screenshots and in the iPhone’s camera app, taken from Reekes’ old 1970s Canon AE-1. To read more from the interview, visit CNBC‘s website.

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Could Google’s ‘Smart Sound’ be more than just a gimmick?

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Welcome to your living room, the latest battleground for tech companies vying for your allegiance. What started as Amazon staking its claim with the Echo line of smart speakers now includes competition from Google and Apple, too. It's not just smart…
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Google Chrome’s next update will finally block autoplay videos that have sound

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Google is finally getting serious about blocking annoying autoplay videos that start with the sound blaring. The next update to Chrome (version 66) will include changes to autoplay videos that mean the browser will only play them automatically if the sound isn’t playing by default, or if you click and interact with the site, or have previously “shown an interest in media on the site.”

These changes were originally scheduled for Chrome 64, which arrived in January with an option to permanently mute annoying websites that abuse autoplay videos with the sound on by default. Google delayed the additional autoplay changes to Chrome 66, but they’re now appearing in the beta channels of Chrome ahead of a public release next month. Google’s…

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Chrome to completely block videos from autoplaying with sound

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Google Chrome stopped autoplaying videos with sound on specific websites with a right-click option when version 64 was launched. Today the company posted the code, introducing a new set of criteria that sites should meet in order to be able to play videos with sound. The list is so long that practically no tab will autoplay with sound once Chrome 66 is released. According to Chromium Blog, the user must have tapped or clicked on the site while browsing in order to begin autoplay with sound. On mobile, the site has to have been added to the Home Screen. Desktop users has to have…

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