Spaciousness of Bass: Is Stereo Bass a Myth or Reality?

Stereo Bass- Myth or fact? A must have feature for some, but neglected by most. In this article Audioholics will explore the concept of stereo bass, introduce are preferred term of bassiousness (base-shush-ness), and provide some guidance on maximizing it’s effect. We also provide our own take on how we choose to incorporate stereo bass into our own systems, or not due to inherent tradeoffs. To find out what we think, read on.

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Sony may launch its first 5G-enabled flagship phone at MWC 2020

Sony is expected to launch a new mid-range phone as well at the upcoming event.

What you need to know

  • Sony will reportedly launch a new flagship phone with a 4K display at MWC 2020 next month.
  • The smartphone is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 flagship mobile chipset.
  • Unlike Sony’s previous phones with a 4K display, the upcoming flagship will come with 5G connectivity.

Sony sent out press invites for its MWC 2020 press conference last week, confirming that it will be launching new smartphones at the upcoming trade show in Barcelona. Now, reports suggest the star of the show could be the company’s very first flagship phone with 5G connectivity.

Just like last year’s Sony Xperia 1, the upcoming flagship phone is expected to feature a 4K HDR OLED display with an ultra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio. However, the display size is rumored to be slightly larger at 6.6-inches. Under the hood will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor, paired with a Snapdragon X55 5G modem.

Previous rumors had suggested the next Xperia flagship could come with a quad-camera setup at the back, with a 48MP or 64MP primary sensor. Along with the primary sensor, the phone could also include a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 12MP telephoto lens, and a ToF camera for portrait shots. The phone is said to support 8K video recording as well, similar to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20 Ultra.

According to Chinese media, the phone is expected to be priced above 6,000 yuan ($867) in the country, which suggests it may not carry a significant premium over last year’s Xperia 1.

Sony Xperia 1

$949 at Amazon $948 at Walmart

Sony Xperia 1’s unique selling point is undoubtedly the gorgeous 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The Snapdragon 855-powered flagship phone also comes with an impressive 12MP triple camera system, Dolby Atmos audio, IP68 water resistance, and a long-lasting battery with 18W fast charging.

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Apple may have ditched encrypted backups, but Google hasn’t

Google offers end-to-end encryption for Android backups, and it won’t be able to decrypt the data if you lose access.

A bombshell report from Reuters suggests Apple ditched end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups at the behest of the FBI. Citing several former Apple employees and FBI officials, the publication notes that Apple planned to switch to end-to-end encryption for iCloud — putting it on the same level as iPhones and iPads — but reversed course after consulting with the FBI.

iCloud data is also encrypted by default, but Apple holds a key to decrypt it. So in a scenario where an iCloud user is locked out of their account for whatever reason, Apple has the ability to decrypt the contents of that iCloud library. It is this reasoning that Tim Cook gave in defence of the move last year:

We do this because some users lose or forget their key and then expect help from us to get their data back.

According to Reuters, Apple was considering switching to end-to-end encryption wherein it won’t be able to recover data even when served with a court order. However, the company ultimately decided to not do so:

More than two years ago, Apple told the FBI that it planned to offer users end-to-end encryption when storing their phone data on iCloud, according to one current and three former FBI officials and one current and one former Apple employee.

Under that plan, primarily designed to thwart hackers, Apple would no longer have a key to unlock the encrypted data, meaning it would not be able to turn material over to authorities in a readable form even under court order.

In private talks with Apple soon after, representatives of the FBI’s cyber crime agents and its operational technology division objected to the plan, arguing it would deny them the most effective means for gaining evidence against iPhone-using suspects, the government sources said.

When Apple spoke privately to the FBI about its work on phone security the following year, the end-to-end encryption plan had been dropped, according to the six sources.

It isn’t clear if FBI was able to persuade Apple to not switch, or whether the company decided of its own volition. What is clear though is that Apple has the means to provide law enforcement agencies access to your data should a court require it.

Here’s where Google comes in. The search giant quietly enabled end-to-end encryption for Android backups back in 2018, with a Titan security chip housed in Google’s datacenter ensuring data integrity. The system ensures that only you have access to your data, and should you lose your client device (your phone), there won’t be any way to recover the information as Google doesn’t hold a decrypt key. Here’s how the system works:

Starting in Android Pie, devices can take advantage of a new capability where backed-up application data can only be decrypted by a key that is randomly generated at the client. This decryption key is encrypted using the user’s lockscreen PIN/pattern/passcode, which isn’t known by Google. Then, this passcode-protected key material is encrypted to a Titan security chip on our datacenter floor.

The Titan chip is configured to only release the backup decryption key when presented with a correct claim derived from the user’s passcode. Because the Titan chip must authorize every access to the decryption key, it can permanently block access after too many incorrect attempts at guessing the user’s passcode, thus mitigating brute force attacks.

The limited number of incorrect attempts is strictly enforced by a custom Titan firmware that cannot be updated without erasing the contents of the chip. By design, this means that no one (including Google) can access a user’s backed-up application data without specifically knowing their passcode.

Basically, your phone PIN or passcode acts as a decryption key for the Titan module, and without it you won’t be able to access your data. So if you are looking for end-to-end encryption for backups, Google is the way to go.

A key distinction here is that the system only works for application backups and not content stored in your Google Drive. If you want to secure your data in Drive, you should look at Cryptomator or try rclone if you like to tinker.

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New Photo Of Tekashi 6ix9ine Surfaces Online; House Arrest Denied

Incarcerated and hated rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has managed to remain relevant on the outside, despite the fact that his request to commute his sentence was denied. Maybe that explains the look on his face.

Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is finishing a 24 month federal sentence for his role in a racketeering conspiracy with the Brooklyn-based Nine Trey Blood gang. An image of the troubled rapper and his girlfriend surfaced online, showing the “Get The Strap:” emcee sporting a white prison issued fit and a serious mug for the cameras.

Last week, Tekashi’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro filed documents to have the disgraced rapper commute the rest of his sentence to home confinement due to security concerns, with the judge citing that Tekashi must “reflect the seriousness of his crimes.”

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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:,, and
  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!

Our top equipment picks

If you’re looking for a Huawei phone, you can’t do better right now than the P30 Pro.

Oh so good

Huawei P30 Pro

From $690 at Amazon

Lots of cameras and great battery life

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.

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NUGEN Audio releases SEQ-S version

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


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