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Pearl Jam Open ‘New Doors Creatively’ on Single ‘Dance of the Clairvoyants’

Song appears on upcoming 11th studio album, Gigaton

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Mecool M8S Plus W TV Box Sells for Less than $15 (Promo)

Mecool M8S Plus W is just another Amlogic S905W based Android 7.1 TV box fitted with 1GB RAM, and 8GB eMMC flash. I would certainly not recommend this device for the best user experience, but if…

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Here’s why the Pixel 4a will be a better phone without Soli

Using a Pixel 4 XL without Soli makes it very obvious just how frivolous the feature really is.

When Google launched the Pixel 4 and 4 XL last year, it spent a considerable amount of time showing off Motion Sense, a gesture system that lets you control the phone by waving your hand over the display. While that sounds incredibly cool, the final implementation was far from perfect. All you could do with the feature was dismiss calls, snooze alarms, and control media playback on select streaming services.

Motion Sense is still very limited in its capabilities, and there just isn’t a good enough reason to use it.

Three months after its launch, Motion Sense is still limited in its capabilities. There isn’t any compelling reason to use the feature, and that makes it all the more frustrating because it was due to Motion Sense that Google didn’t launch the Pixel 4 in India.

Motion Sense relies on specialized radar hardware that Google developed over the last four years — called Soli — and because it works over the 60Hz frequency, Google needed to get permission from global markets. It failed to do so in India and ultimately decided to not launch the phone in the country. That’s not all; Motion Sense is geo-restricted, so regardless of where you buy the Pixel 4, the feature is automatically disabled the moment you start using the phone in a country where it isn’t available.

I used the Pixel 4 XL for over a month in the U.S., and I wanted to see what it was like to use the phone in a country where Motion Sense doesn’t work. One thing, in particular, stood out in the two weeks I used the Pixel 4 XL in India: battery life. The battery life on my Pixel 4 XL was horrid, but with Soli disabled, I’m consistently getting a day’s worth of use without any issues.

Soli is Google’s Bixby — the Pixel 4a will be a better phone for not having the radar hardware.

That brings me to the crux of my argument: By focusing so much on getting Soli to work, Google once again ignored key areas where it could have improved the hardware. For all of its advances in computational photography, Google continues to lag behind its rivals in basic hardware features like biometrics, charging technologies, and memory configurations.

I’m now looking forward to seeing what Google does with the mid-range Pixel 4a. If recent leaks are any indication, the Pixel 4a will have a similar design aesthetic as the Pixel 4, but with a single camera at the back and a hole-punch cutout up front. The presence of a traditional fingerprint reader at the back all but confirms that Pixel 4a will not feature Soli hardware, and that means the phone has a shot at launching in more markets around the world.

Lately, I’ve been more interested in Google’s mid-range efforts than its flagship offerings. Google doesn’t have a shot against Samsung and Huawei in the premium segment — the Pixel 4 XL is just not worth $900 — but it could carve out a niche for itself in the mid-range category. We’ve already seen that with the Pixel 3a series, and Google now needs to deliver meaningful updates with the Pixel 4a to continue its momentum in this segment.

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How to update the software on your Huawei phone

Updating any phone is hugely important. Software updates bring improved security, new features, and sometimes even a complete visual overhaul through new Android platform versions. Everyone likes getting updates, and often your phone will notify you of them automatically. On Huawei phones, the process for updating is as simple as it is on most Android devices. Here’s how to handle updates on your Huawei or Honor device.

How to update the software on your Huawei phone

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Tap System.
  3. Tap Software update.
  4. Tap Check for updates to manually see if there’s an available update.

If you want even more control over your software updates, tap the settings icon in the upper-right corner of the update page. Here, you’ll find settings for automatically downloading updates when connected to a Wi-Fi network, along with an option to have updates install to your phone automatically overnight (between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m.).

Before you head to the route of manually update, it’s important to note that some models of Huawei and Honor phones may not update without a SIM inserted. If you’re expecting an update to be available but don’t see one, try inserting a SIM and repeating the steps above. Other than that, the update process is as smooth as butter.

Manually updating

There are times when certain models or territories don’t get an update, as was the case with the EMUI 10 update. Regardless of the reason, don’t give up hope just yet, as manually updating your Huawei phone is very likely a viable option. This step is much more complicated than the previous one and, as such, we would only recommend going this route if you have a reasonable level of computer knowledge.

For this guide, we used the Huawei P30 Pro. While we will not be linking to individual files for every phone, these update files can normally be found on the XDA Developers Forum. While an incorrect update will normally be automatically rejected during the update process, there’s always the chance something could go wrong and you could brick your device. Please exercise responsibility in following these steps.

For this first step, you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • A USB drive or an SD card that’s greater than 4GB in capacity
  • A way to plug that USB drive or SD card into your Huawei P30 Pro.

In my case, I used a USB drive along with the USB-A to USB-C adapter that comes with a Google Pixel, although any USB-A to USB-C adapter should work.

Please note: This update method will delete everything on your phone. Make sure to back up any photos, videos, or other important information before continuing. Also, make sure your phone’s battery is fully charged to avoid any unpleasant issues during the updating process.

First, you’re going to need to find your specific model number and region code.

  1. Go to System settings by pulling down the notification shade and click the gear icon, or go to your app drawer and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and select System.
  3. At the top of the system section, select About phone.
  4. Make note of the Model.
  5. In the Build number section, make note of the three numbers after the C. For instance, this one is a C431. Common region codes include C431, C185, C605, and C636.

Now that you have your Model and region code written down, head on over to this thread at XDA Developers if you have a P30 Pro. This particular post includes the original factory images for EMUI 10 (based on Android 10) for the Huawei P30 Pro. Not using a P30 Pro? Head on over to the XDA Developers Forum and find your Huawei phone in the list. Firmware downloads are typically found in the “ROMs, Kernels, Recoveries & Other Developments” grouping under each phone’s section.

In the list, match up the model number and region code that you wrote down earlier and click the link to download the file. For example, the phone we’re using for this guide is listed as Huawei P30 PRO VOG-L29 C431. Once you have the Zip file (which should be around 4GB in size), follow these steps:

  1. Insert the SD card or USB drive into your computer that you wish to use for the update.
  2. Format the drive using an NTFS or exFAT file system.
    • Formatting will erase all information on this USB drive or SD Card. Be sure you’ve backed up any info you don’t want to lose.

If using Windows 10:

  1. Open up File Explorer and locate the SD card or USB drive you plugged in.
  2. Right-click on the drive in File Explorer and select Format.
  3. Select either NTFS or exFAT under the File system drop-down (either is fine).
  4. Press Start.

  1. After the drive has been formatted, locate the Zip file you previously downloaded and extract its contents to the SD card or USB drive you just formatted.
  2. Once finished, you should have a folder called dload on your drive.
  3. Inside of that folder should be a set of three zip files: update_sd_base.zip, update_sd_cust_VOG-L29_hw_eea.zip, and update_sd_preload_VOG-L29_hw_eea_R2.zip.
  4. Remove the SD Card or USB drive from your computer
  5. Plug it into the USB-C adapter, then plug that into your phone.
  6. You should have something that looks like the picture below.

Now that you’ve got your phone in your hands and the USB drive or SD card plugged into it, it’s time to finish the last steps.

  1. On your phone, press and hold the volume up, volume down, and power buttons.
  2. Keep these held until you see a white EMUI update screen (see above picture), then let go of the buttons.
  3. The phone will automatically detect, extract, and install the update.
  4. Once everything is done, the phone will reboot, and you should now be the proud owner of a Huawei P30 Pro with EMUI 10!

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The Huawei P30 Pro is a perfect example of why Huawei phones are so special. The gorgeous design draws you in with interest and excitement, and as you start using the phone, it gets you to stick around thanks to its impressive camera setup, great performance, and outstanding battery life.

from Android Central – Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers www.androidcentral.com/how-update-software-your-huawei-phone
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GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet Review – Part 1: Unboxing and Charging Dock

GOLE F7 is a rugged Windows 10 Pro tablet with a 10.1″ touchscreen display, an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor,  and “triple-proofed” with resistance to shocks,…

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NUGEN Audio releases SEQ-S version 1.3.0.7

NUGEN Audio has updated SEQ-S to version 1.3.0.7. This free maintenance release includes the ability to save match presets and a new resizable interface.

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GOLE F7 is a rugged Windows 10 Pro tablet with a 10.1″ touchscreen display, an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor,  and “triple-proofed” with resistance to shocks,…

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PSA: Don’t update Twitter for Android right now; app crashing constantly

The latest Twitter for Android update is crashing immediately upon launch.

What you need to know

  • Twitter rolled out an update that’s causing the app to immediately crash.
  • You’re advised to hold off from installing the update while Twitter investigates the issue.
  • If you’ve already installed the app, you’ll have to clear the cache or storage to get it to work again.

It’s uncommon to find wide-ranging bugs affecting a lot of users, but that’s exactly what’s going on with the Twitter for Android app right now. The company rolled out an update to its first-party app today — bringing it to version 8.28 — but the update is now causing the app to immediately crash upon launch.

Twitter is now advising users to hold off from installing the update until it fixes the issue:

If you’ve already installed the update and are not able to use Twitter, you can go to the app’s info page and clear data and storage to get it working again. Here’s the flow: Settings -> Apps -> Twitter -> Storage & cache -> Clear storage -> Clear cache. Doing so will reset settings like dark theme, and you may also have to log back into the service.

If you haven’t installed the update just yet, make sure you disable apps from automatically updating on the Play Store. Here’s what you need to do: Play Store overflow menu (three horizontal lines at the top) -> Settings -> Auto-update apps -> Don’t auto-update apps.

from Android Central – Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers www.androidcentral.com/psa-dont-update-twitter-android-right-now-app-crashing-constantly
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[WATCH]Oprah Says Her Pulling Out Of Russell Simmons Exposé Is “Not A Victory Lap For Him”

After months of flack from millions of people via social media, media mogul Oprah Winfrey has coincidentally withdrew her involvement with the On The Record documentary, which is an exposé about sexual harassment in the music industry, with a large focus on Hip Hop pioneer Russell Simmons.

Several Hip Hop figures such as 50 Cent condemned Winfrey for supporting such a project while remaining silent on white public figures like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.

Oprah asserted her position during today’s interview with her friend Gayle King on CBS This Morning, claiming that Simmons attempted to “pressure” her into backing out of the Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering directed documentary. Winfrey added, “I cannot be silenced by a Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”

The post [WATCH]Oprah Says Her Pulling Out Of Russell Simmons Exposé Is “Not A Victory Lap For Him” appeared first on The Source.

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Analogue Solutions Vostok 2020 Pre-Orders Open

Tom Carpenter’s semi-modular masterpiece takes some of the best parts of its iconic Vostok V2 and V3 Deluxe predecessors and brings them together as an augmented analogue semi-modular monster.… Read More Analogue Solutions Vostok 2020 Pre-Orders Open

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