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Google’s Experimental ‘I/O Braid’ Headphone Wire Controls Music with a Squeeze

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Google’s Experimental ‘I/O Braid’ Headphone Wire Controls Music with a Squeeze

We have seen Google come up with some unique technologies over the years (even killed many of these projects). But, We believe that the company’s latest creation entirely changes the game for user interfaces (UIs). The “I/O Braid”, which the corporate developed recently, is basically a braided cable that could be squeezed, pinched and twisted to manage various functions of an electronic device.

Google, in making the “I/O Braid”, implemented the machine learning (ML) together with interactive textiles to enable the utilization of continuous and discrete gestures. This allows the textile-based interactive cord to find and recognizes various gestures to control different functions of electronic devices.

Now, the “I/O Braid” is employing new technology, what Google is calling, a “Helical Sensing Matrix (HSM)”. It is a braid that contains two kinds of yarns — electrically insulated conductive textile yarns and passive support yarns, both of which enable the cord to sense and take gesture inputs from users.

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The best-case scenario is that the Mountain View-based tech giant was able to achieve with the HSM technology is the detection of the rotational gestures. This might be the most challenging element in the “I/O Braid”. However, the corporate was able to accomplish it by placing the two axial columns in an HSM that contains a mutual set of electrodes opposite to each other at 180-degrees. This activates a group of electrodes and allows tracking relative motion across the columns.

As per Google, although the project remains in its early stages of research and development, once it gets commercialized, This could be implemented in numerous electronic devices and even clothing. As an example, in the future, the “I/O Braid” could be used to make drawstrings in hoodies and jackets that may connect to smartphones and control various functions by squeezing, tapping, or twisting the drawstrings itself.

You can look into the official blog post by Google to understand all about the “I/O Braid”. There is also a video (below) demonstrating the entire tech briefly.

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Beware Of Fake TikTok Pro App; It Could Be Spyware Or Malware

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Many short video apps have come to limelight after the govt of India banned 59 China-based apps, including TikTok. ByteDance’s TikTok was one in all the most used short-video creating and sharing apps with countless active users. Some cybercriminals are now using this situation to push spyware dubbed as TikTok Pro that supposedly offers videos and also allows users to make new content just like TikTok. This message together with an URL is being forwarded on various messaging apps and here is why you should not fall for this online scam.

There is Nothing Called TikTok Pro App Do note that, there is nothing called a TikTok Pro app and the link shared is probably to contain spyware and malware that can steal your data or can even damage your smartphone by installing virus-infested apps that may seem like a TikTok app. Just by clicking on that link could damage your smartphone and you’ll permanently lose some of the some or perhaps all the data stored on your device.

Even if you receive a message that says something like this, then don’t forward to anyone, as some unaware people might actually click on the link to get back to TikTok. Instead, one can for a TikTok replacement app, like Chingari, Roposo, or perhaps something like the Firework that provides a tonne of short videos. The company is currently in talks with the govt. of India and it could resolve the problem and might actually make a comeback.

This is one of the oldest tricks used for cybercriminals and most of the innocent people even fall for this plot. As an iPhone doesn’t support third-party app installation outside the App Store, Android users are most vulnerable, especially if third-party app installation is enabled or if the smartphone has root access. There is no official app from TikTok called TikTok Pro and don’t click on any link that claims so.

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Samsung Galaxy M41 Spotted Online with Massive 6,800mAh Battery

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A few weeks ago, we heard reports that Samsung will ditch the Galaxy M41 entirely out of its M-series in favor of the upcoming Galaxy M51. However, this information might not be valid anymore. This is because the latest certification has surfaced online and it points on to the Samsung Galaxy M41.

As per a report by GSMarena, the Samsung Galaxy M41 3C certification had been cleared last week on June 28. If we pass the certification, which may be a very reliable indicator that the phone remains alive, we also spot some specifications of the upcoming M-series phone. This includes a huge 6,800mAh battery powering the phone. That’s 800mAh larger than even Samsung’s recent M series phones.

The 6,800mAh battery is really like the batteries employed in larger tablets. Considering this is an M-series device, the Samsung Galaxy M41 might be priced at around Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in India. Hence, it’ll remain as of now, the only phone with such an outsized battery within the segment. There is also an image of the massive battery on the safety Korea website.

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The information points to the very fact that Samsung may have found how to resolve its OLED panel supply issue. We heard Samsung was about to implement an OLED panel that was made by a third-party company on the M41. This might have contrasted other Samsung phones that use OLED panels made by the corporate itself. This third party was believed to be TCL’s China Star Optoelectronics Technology. However, in later development, Samsung had apparently canceled the plan and ditched the Galaxy M41 altogether.

In other news, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra just leaked on Online. The accidental leak showcases what appears to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in its full glory. This includes the new copper color, the rear camera setup, and a few elements regarding the design

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PUBG Mobile Update 0.19.0 with Livik Map Coming on July 7

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PUBG Mobile devs released the name and even teased the upcoming Livik map for update 0.19.0. And now Tencent Games has announced that the new update with the Livik map will arrive on July 7. This has been announced in multiple tweets from the official Twitter handle. PUBG Mobile has even teased photos of the upcoming Livik map.

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But for the most part, the Livik Map has been revealed, since it’s available in Beta. As for the details that are confirmed, PUBG Mobile Season 14 will bring the new Livik map. This was only available in closed beta and the devs made it official recently on social media. PUBG Mobile confirmed that the secret map is named Livik Map. And now the developers have shared a tweet that announces that the upcoming update 0.19.0 is going to be released on July 7.

We have played the new secret map which we expect to be the Livik map and though it absolutely was not the final version of the map. We found the map rather small and would bring some tight action. From what we’ve played it’s apparent that the map is quite small, and will be 2x2km in size. This might make it the smallest map yet.

When experiencing the gameplay of Livik Map which will be added with update 0.19.0, right off the bat you’ll notice that it’s elements from all the other four maps in each corner. There are some new weapons on this map also, these include the P90 SMG also as the SPAS-12 shotgun. The inclusion of these weapons alongside how abundantly guns are available goes to point out that the devs want this to be an action-packed map.

The Livik map is full of buildings and obstacles. These also will help in combat by providing cover while engaging the enemy. There are some new buildings on the map also. Plus there are some which show that some buildings from the other maps are also being employed here.

Though this is a particularly small map there are some vehicles. These will still be useful to rush players and take cover behind. The old vehicles just like Buggy, Bike, and the UAZ are present. Besides these, there’s a brand new monster truck within the map that may run over anything. This vehicle goes over boulders and other cars. The Livik Map is playable right now on the open beta version of PUBG mobile which features the update 0.19.0.

Ancient Secret Event: Leaked details

A match in the Ancient Secret Event mode starts off like all other matches on the Erangel map. But suddenly from a huge structure, a titan made from sand rises out. The skies are covered in a sandstorm and the titan invokes three ancient Egyptian buildings. These buildings then disappear and reappear in several parts of the map. The buildings are the same as ‘Ruins’ on the Sanhok map but are clearly ancient Egyptian. These buildings when people land on them start flying high in the sky.

The loot in these buildings is top tier, and there are puzzles to get even more loot. Players can defeat a mummy to get the best guns and armor within the game. Players need to jump off these buildings and use parachutes to succeed in land or other floating buildings around.

Besides this, other details about the following season have been leaked by Mr. Ghost Gaming on his YouTube channel. The supposed trailer of the upcoming season has also been leaked. As stated in the leaks the upcoming season is about to feature the Royale Pass called ‘Spark The Flame’.

Some of the sets leaked seem to be inspired by Egyptian mythology. The posters, frames, also as the rewards are showed in the video. There are new skins, costumes, headgear coming with the following season. As for the trailer, it seems to show the character skins that are leaked which suggest that it’s possibly real.

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