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      Man open-sources the self-repairable AirPods Pro case that Apple won’t make

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 26 July, 2023 - 19:19

    Consumer tech has faced scrutiny over the years around "planned obsolescence": making devices so difficult to repair that shoppers have to buy new products and toss devices sooner than they'd like. Now, one do-it-yourself-er is on a mission to prove that it doesn't have to be this way. And he's starting with the (original) Apple AirPods Pro.

    Ken Pillonel is no stranger to tweaking popular designs in the name of user convenience and sensibility. We've covered other projects of his, like a $38 part for making the AirPods Pro case self-serviceable and support USB-C, and adding Apple's Lightning port to a Samsung Galaxy A51 . He has also modded the iPhone to use USB-C .

    Today, the technologist revealed his latest concoction: an AirPods Pro case with a user-replaceable battery, USB-C port, and open source designs.

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      Blue Microphones branding is going away after 28 years

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 9 June, 2023 - 17:47 · 1 minute

    Blue Snowball Ice microphone

    Enlarge (credit: Logitech/Amazon )

    If you were to search among tech review sites for a USB microphone recommendation, you'd almost definitely see a Blue product listed. Founded in 1995 and gaining consumer recognition with distinct designs, like the Snowball and Yeti, Blue Microphones branding has become well-known, from audiophiles to newcomers looking to launch their first podcast. But moving forward, the Blue Microphones brand will be no more.

    Logitech announced its Blue Microphones acquisition in 2018, 23 years after jazz musician Skipper Wise and audio engineer Martins Saulespurens created the company. At first, Blue Microphones fixed mics from the '50s and '60s but eventually started creating gear for the recording industry, as the Los Angeles Times reported in 2009.

    It was Apple that encouraged Blue to enter the computer microphone space, its founders told LA Times. Its global supply manager at the time reportedly encouraged Blue to make an affordable microphone for music recording software. Apple at the time was readying its GarageBand software. The result was the Blue Snowball USB mic, and once it became available in Apple's stores, it really took off. A more accessible, affordable option than paying for a studio session, the mic became popular among growing musicians.

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      Movim 0.21 - Whipple

      Timothée Jaussoin · pubsub.movim.eu / Movim · Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 - 21:43 · 4 minutes

    Movim 0.21, codename Whipple, is finally out!

    Party GIF

    Let's have a look of all the new and improved things that you can find in this big #release 🥳

    Message replies

    You can now reply to messages thanks to the implementation of the XEP-0461: Message Replies.

    Message replies in action

    More and more clients in the XMPP ecosystem supports this feature, including Slidge, new XMPP gateways project that is allowing you to bridge Movim with Telegram, Discord and many others chat platforms.

    Push Notifications

    Movim now integrates WebPush. Never miss a message, even when Movim is closed. This feature is also working when you install Movim as a Progressive Web App on your Android or iOS device.

    Configure your Push Notification from the new panel

    Improved account configuration

    The configuration panel has been redesigned to be more accessible.

    You can now block contacts directly from your Movim instance and manage your block-list from the panel.

    Microphones and webcams can also be configured and tested from the Audio & Video configuration tab.

    Audio and Video configuration

    New emojis

    This version brings the support of Unicode 14 and many new emojis that you can use in your messages, posts, replies and reactions.


    Movim is following the #Material Design guidelines since 2014. This release is bringing a fresh redesign of the components and animations based on Material 3.

    The main menu was reorganized to clarify the navigation and hide the second-level pages in a sub-menu that appears when hovering the account item.

    Following this redesign Movim accounts can now set a banner next to their avatars.

    A profile with a banner

    Share and Send To

    The Send To feature, that allows you to send articles to contacts was completed by a Share feature allowing you to share the article in a new publication on your personnal blog on in a Community that you're in. Useful to share things around !

    Sharing an article

    Audio messages

    Movim can now play and record #audio messages.

    Record and send audio messages

    Gallery Communities

    When creating or configuring your Communities you can now set a Community type. The Gallery Community forces the publications to contain at least one image and display them as a grid.

    A Gallery Community

    This feature is the result of a long clarification and standardization work made on XMPP Pubsub with the pubsub#type attribute, the introduction of a new XEP based on that change called XEP-0472: Pubsub Social Feed and the support of pubsub#type in ejabberd (related ticket).

    Performances, memory consumption and stability

    A very important work was done to limit the Movim processes memory consumption.

    The daemon and subprocesses are now using PHP Opcache to load and share only once lots of files that were previously loaded multiple time during the Movim runtime. PHP modules are also loaded using a predefined whitelist to limit the usage of useless modules in memory.

    DotEnv configuration

    The old configuration system has been moved to the DotEnv standard. This change merges all the previous configuration (database, daemon and paths) into an unique .env file.

    They can also be set using environment variable directly in your Docker Compose, or Web Server (using SetEnvin Apache for example).

    The official Movim Docker image was also updated to fit those changes.

    Migration from Movim 0.20

    If you are planning to upgrade your current Movim instance please follow those few steps:

    1. Copy and rename the .env.example file in .env and complete the few configuration variables in it. They should be the same as the one you set in the previous db.inc.php file and your daemon parameters.
    2. Remove the db.inc.php file
    3. Remove all the daemon.php parameters from your init.d, systemd services or other scripts. The daemon launch command should look this way: $ php daemon.php start.

    ...and as always, don't forget to run the migrations (php composer.phar movim:migrate) and restart your daemon.

    XMPP Pubsub node security and restrictions

    Movim 0.21 is not trusting anymore posts, likes and comments that are not containing the explicit identifier (Jabber ID) of the publisher and therefore now rely on this part of the XEP-0060: Pubblish-Subscribe - 12.16 Associating Events and Payloads with the Generating Entity.

    All the existing likes and comments might be not counted anymore or seen as "Non trusted" ones. All the new published ones will be configured properly.

    Migration from Movim 0.20

    On ejabberd

    You can update all the existing stored node configuration to force the new default configuration using the following SQL request. You might do a backup of your database before doing such changes:

    update pubsub_node_option set val = `publisher` where name = `itemreply` and val = `none`

    ...and load those changes without restarting ejabberd:

    $ ejabberdctl clear-cache

    On Prosody

    Ensure that you have the expose_publisher = true set in your configuration, see the related documentation.

    What's next?

    Movim 0.22 should include two big projects.

    OMEMO rewrite ?

    The cleanup, rewrite and refactoring of the OMEMO support that is quite buggy and not opmized. We are not promising anything on this side, OMEMO is always a complex beast to handle.

    Multi-part audio and video-conference feature

    The audio and video conferencing features were already introduced a few years ago in Movim. Some preparation work has been done in this 0.21 release to be able merge back the pop-up video-conference window inside the main window for the upcoming release.

    The multi-part audio and video-conference feature is also one of the main feature that miss in Movim and is requested quite often by our users. Let's see if Movim 0.22 finally include this long awaited #feature.

    Regarding the amount of work that need to be done regarding those features it might be possible that specific funding will be requested for it to free up enough time to work properly on their integration.


    A big thanks to the #Movim community that is growing more than ever. You can find us on our main support chatroom movim@conference.movim.eu.

    If you find issues or if you want to contribute to the project you can find everything on our Github page.

    And if you want to support us, fund the development of new features and help us pay our servers, domains and communication we are actively looking for supporters and sponsors on our Patreon.

    That's all folks!

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      Apple Music subscribers will get lossless and spatial audio for free next month

      Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 19:26

    Today, Apple announced that its Apple Music streaming app will get two major new audio features next month: lossless audio support and spatial audio with Dolby Atmos for a wide range of supported headphones and speakers.

    Apple Music will play songs in Dolby Atmos automatically when users play the music over the built-in speakers in "the latest versions" of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as through a connected Apple TV 4K or AV receiver. Songs will also automatically use Atmos when played on AirPods or Beats headphones that have Apple's H1 or W1 chips. Users will be able to manually enable Atmos on other headphones by tweaking the app's settings.

    Spatial audio will be limited to certain songs, but Apple says "thousands of songs" across numerous genres "including hip-hop, country, Latin, pop, and classical" will support it at launch, with more to come.

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      Super High-Fidelity Mario: The quest to find original gaming audio samples

      Kyle Orland · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 5 February, 2021 - 20:12 · 1 minute

    One of many Super Mario World tracks that have now been remastered from their original, high-fidelity audio samples.

    Classic-gaming archaeology doesn't always revolve around digging out rare and unreleased games. Sometimes, it's about taking well-known relics and reconstructing them from newly unearthed and higher-fidelity original component parts. As a result, this week, one of the biggest games of all time now sounds completely different .

    Remastering the Super Mario World soundtrack in this way means diving deep into the world of compressed video game audio samples. These were most common in the late cartridge era; they were nestled between the literal bleeps and bloops of the earliest video game sound chips and the CD-quality audio of the optical disc. Games in this era would frequently chain together brief snippets of recorded audio and replay them over and over with different effects, as if they'd been loaded into an electronic keyboard.

    The game cartridges couldn't store much data, of course, so the original synthesizer samples usually took a heavy hit in fidelity during the transition to game soundtracks. "The composer [often felt] obligated to sacrifice sound quality to get their music running without any lag and fit into the cartridge," said Michael, a video game music source investigator from El Salvador (who didn't share his last name). "Especially if all the audio work is made by the CPU (like on the Nintendo 64), this limitation can distort how the music sounds. In some ways, this isn't the best take of the game's music."

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      Hushboard For Linux Mutes Your Microphone While Typing

      news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Saturday, 30 January, 2021 - 10:47

    The PyGTK3 application sits in the tray, waiting for you to type, and as soon as you start typing it mutes your microphone. The Hushboard microphone icon displayed as a tray/appindicator changes depending on your microphone state: enabled or muted. The tray also allows you to pause Hushboard and quit the application.

    I'm going to try this out as my mechanical keyboard is especially loud when typing. It's working fine on Manjaro Linux for me and I see there is a Snap install too.

    See https://www.linuxuprising.com/2021/01/hushboard-mutes-your-microphone-while.html

    #technology #linux #opensource #audio #mute

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      Test du casque 3D Pulse pour PS5 : immersion totale, produit cheap

      Maxime Claudel · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Monday, 16 November, 2020 - 15:49

    Avec sa PlayStation 5, Sony commercialise un casque audio baptisé 3D Pulse, chargé de mettre en avant sa technologie d'immersion sonore. Pour moins de 100 euros, le produit est convaincant. [Lire la suite]

    Abonnez-vous à notre chaîne YouTube pour ne manquer aucune vidéo !

    L'article Test du casque 3D Pulse pour PS5 : immersion totale, produit cheap est apparu en premier sur Numerama .

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      L’enceinte Panasonic avec Google Assistant est à moitié prix sur Cdiscount

      Benjamin Cabiron · news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Saturday, 31 October, 2020 - 11:00 · 1 minute

    Les assistants vocaux prennent de plus en plus de place dans notre quotidien. Panasonic n’est pas en reste et propose plusieurs modèles intéressants, dont le SC-GA10EG. On le retrouve aujourd’hui dans une promotion généreuse, à moitié prix. En profitant du code promo au moment de votre commande, l’enceinte Panasonic SC-GA10EG est à 54,80 euros au lieu de 109,61 euros.

    Retrouvez l'enceinte Panasonic SC-GA10EG à 54,80 euros sur Cdiscount
    Code promo : AFFAIRE50

    La Panasonic SC-GA10EG en détail

    Avec son enceinte connectée GA10, Panasonic vous permet de profiter d’un son de bonne qualité tout en bénéficiant de l’aide intelligente de Google Assistant. Le son se veut puissant et enveloppant, avec une puissance de 40 W. Pour les basses, on retrouve un boomer de 8 cm en bass-reflex. Côté aigu, l’enceinte propose deux tweeters de 19 mm. Bref, de quoi vous offrir un résultat équilibré et une fidèle retranscription de vos musiques préférées avec une diffusion omnidirectionnelle du son.

    L’enceinte GA10 est bien sûr capable de se connecter à tous vos appareils compatibles. Téléphone, tablette, télévision ou ordinateur, vous pourrez faire la jonction avec cette enceinte intelligente par le Bluetooth 4.2 ou le Wi-Fi (2,4/5 GHz). Si vous prenez deux modèles, sachez que le jumelage stéréo est disponible ! Enfin, une entrée auxiliaire jack 3,5 mm a été incluse.

    Google Assistant sera capable de répondre à la moindre de vos demandes, que ce soit rappel de rendez-vous, questions diverses ou stream de la musique de votre choix. La technologie Chromecast a également été intégrée à la Panasonic SC-GA10EG. Pour rappel, elle vous permet de diffuser facilement du contenu depuis une centaine d’applications différentes. Vous n’avez qu’à brancher et connecter votre appareil, et vous pourrez streamer en toute liberté votre contenu multimédia.

    On appréciera également l’apparence discrète de cette enceinte connectée. Le modèle SC-GA10EG, ici proposé dans son coloris noir est discret et dispose de dimensions relativement compactes (100 x 284 x 100 mm).

    Retrouvez l'enceinte Panasonic SC-GA10EG à 54,80 euros sur Cdiscount
    Code promo : AFFAIRE50

    L’enceinte Panasonic avec Google Assistant est à moitié prix sur Cdiscount

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      Netflix va vous permettre de suivre vos séries… sans regarder l’écran

      Remi Lou · news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Wednesday, 28 October, 2020 - 19:45 · 2 minutes

    Crédits : Kon Karampelas via Unsplash

    Qui n’a pas laissé une série ou un film en fond sonore tout en faisant autre chose, sans forcément regarder son écran ? Netflix semble l’avoir bien compris et préparerait une fonction qui permettrait de nous faciliter la vie tout en économisant de l’énergie. Comme l’a repéré XDA Developers , la plateforme de vidéo en streaming testerait actuellement une fonctionnalité qui permettrait de poursuivre la lecture audio d’un film ou d’une série en arrière-plan. Concrètement, cela ferait office de « mode audio » , permettant d’écouter sa série tout en effectuant d’autres tâches sur son smartphone, ou bien tout simplement pour la suivre sans avoir nécessairement l’écran devant les yeux.

    Néanmoins, si cette nouvelle fonction a du potentiel – notamment pour permettre à la firme de prendre des parts de marché sur le secteur du podcast – elle n’est pour l’instant testée que sur la version Android de l’application, note XDA Developers . Sur l’app Android, deux lignes de codes ont été repérées : l’une évoque l’arrêt du chargement de l’image, dans le but d’économiser des données, tandis que l’autre évoque très explicitement l’exécution du son, sans l’image. Bien sûr, ce type de fonctionnalité n’est pas pensé pour tous les programmes. Elle pourrait néanmoins avoir du sens lorsqu’on regarde pour la énième fois un programme ou qu’on découvre un documentaire ou un spectacle de stand-up, qui fleurissent de plus en plus sur la plateforme et qui peuvent parfois se consommer sans son. Qui sait, peut-être que Netflix prévoirait aussi des contenus exclusivement audio à venir sur sa plateforme ? Rien ne nous dit que la firme de Reed Hastings y travaille, d’autant plus qu’il n’est absolument pas certain que cette fonctionnalité – en test chez un panel restreint d’utilisateurs Android – voit réellement le jour.

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