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Sony 360 Reality Audio is a brand new paradigm for music


It’s easier to experience 360 audio than you’d expect, with popular streaming services offering support later this Fall.

What you need to know

  • 360 Reality Audio allows artists to place individual voices and instruments in virtual 3D space for a unique experience.
  • Over 1,000 songs will be available at launch on Amazon Music HD, Deezer, nugs.net and TIDAL later this Fall.
  • You can use your existing headphones and smartphone to experience this; no new equipment is necessary.

The never-ending quest for better sounding music continues, and it’s evolving into a new direction faster than we’ve seen before. Recent trends have focused on the fidelity of the music itself, often times pushing higher bitrates or more advanced codecs to deliver high-resolution audio to our ears. But Sony’s new 360 Reality Audio pushes the envelope like never before by moving into the 3rd dimension with spatial 3D audio.

Sony’s 360 Reality Audio works by giving artists the tools to physically place different sounds in virtual space, meaning audio sources sound as if they are physically present in the world around you. Anything from vocals to individual instruments and sounds can be placed in a physical space, and that gives artists a powerful new way to demonstrate the visions of grandeur in their heads.

You might have heard a description like this before. That’s because it sounds very similar to how Dolby Atmos works, another surround sound technology that’s built for television and movies but is also present on many popular smartphones.


People love going to music concerts for many reasons, but one of them is to hear their favorite songs in a way they simply cannot at home. The fidelity of concert hall-grade speakers simply cannot be matched at home, and the spatial depth that a live music brings to the experience is unparalleled. Simply put, listening to music that’s been recorded in Sony’s 360 Reality audio sounds more like being in a concert hall than listening to flat pre-recorded audio.

Sony is partnering with several music labels, including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, as well as Live Nation, to deliver plenty of content going forward. Live Nation, in particular, could provide a unique way to experience concerts and other live performances remotely in a virtual environment without having to spend the time, gas, or airline miles to get there.

This new music experience will be available in late Fall 2019 in the U.S. and Europe through four different services: Amazon Music HD, Deezer, nugs.net and TIDAL. You can expect over 1,000 songs to be available at launch, including songs from the likes of Mark Ronson, Pharrell Williams, Billy Joel, and Bob Dylan, so it’s not just new music that’s going to be available.

Surprisingly, you won’t need special headphones to enjoy the new style, just an app from the supporting services. If you’d like proper spatial audio in your home or elsewhere though, you will need to pick up one of the Sony-certified set of speakers to begin your journey into the land of hyperdimensional audio.

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Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW

Back in May, Verizon announced the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW, a phone compatible with Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband and lowband networks.Now Verizon has come back with the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW, a far more affordable smartphone than the flagship S20 while still bringing 5G connectivity.SpecsThe A71 5G UW features:A 6.7″ Super AMOLED Infinity-O DisplayA quad-camera rear array with a 64MP main module, a 12MP Ultra Wide lens, a 5MP Macro lens, and a 5MP Depth CameraA 32MP front cameraA 4,500mAh battery8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storagePricing and availabilityThe Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW has a retail price of $649.99, which breaks down to $27.08 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment.However, if you activate a new line on any Premium Unlimited Plan, you can get the device for $15 a month or $20 a month online.Preorders for the Galaxy A71 5G UW start tomorrow, July 9 here. The phone will be available in stores starting July 16. During the preorder period, users can get 25% off cases and screen protectors.Verizon also launched three additional phones, the Samsung Galaxy A11 and A21 and the Orbic Journey L.

How to create and share WhatsApp QR code for groups

WhatsApp recently released a feature that allowed you to share contacts using a QR Code. This allowed for users to share their own and scan other QR Codes, saving users the trouble of exchanging mobile numbers or contact details. A new feature lets you share WhatsApp QR Code for groups, allowing you to invite others to join your private groups.The feature is currently in beta, but once it becomes public will maintain the same steps.A pre-requisite to this step is being the Admin of a group. This helps prevents members of the group from abusing the feature.In addition, the QR code is static. Anyone with access to the QR code can join the group, so be careful who you share it with.Step 1.If you are the admin of a group, tap on your group settings. You can quickly access this by pressing the header of your group.Alternatively, you can also press the three dots at the top right of the group window, and tapping on Group info.Step 2.Tap on Invite via link. You’ll see a lot of options here, but there will be a new option for QR Code, tap on that.WhatsApp will generate a QR code for that group.Step 3.If you’re looking at scanning the code, go back to your main screen on WhatsApp (where all your chats are located).Press the 3 dots at the top right of the screen and choose Settings. Look to the right of your name and status to see a QR Code icon.Once you tap on it, swipe to the right and you’ll get the option to scan a WhatsApp QR Code.If you’re looking to share the code, you can take a screenshot of the QR code and send it to the person for them to scan via their computer screen using their phone.Alternatively, if the person is in physical distance, they can also scan the code directly from your phone screen.The feature is currently in Beta, and might not be available to all users. You’ll have to wait patiently for the feature to become public.With the help of QR codes, adding people to a group is now further streamlined. You no longer have to add a person as a contact to add them to a group.Errors, omissions? Be sure to let us know what might be wrong and we’ll make an adjustment.

Just $89.95, the MagiMask is the future of AR

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two topics which have been kicking around for quite some time, with the former dating back decades. And thanks to the advances in phones and consoles, they both continue to get better. And cheaper.Augmented Reality really took off with the launch of Pokemon Go, ushering in an exciting and fun way to blend the real world with collectible characters. Over on the retail front, places like IKEA and Amazon are making AR an instrumental part of their shopping experience.What does the future hold for AR technology? It looks an awful lot like what MagiMask is doing today.Whereas most conventional AR accessories have an image that’s viewed via split-screen, the MakiMask is a singular full-screen experience. What’s more, it’s four times the resolution as compared to today’s common experience. That means fewer headaches and less eye strain.Beyond the AR aspect, the MagiMask is a fun way to enjoy movies and games on your handset. Paired with a Bluetooth controller, you’ll have more fun gaming with popular such as Fortnite. Or, simply take in a cinema-like experience from the comfort of your hammock.As we’ve seen time and again, innovations like these get their start on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. It should come as no surprise to learn that the MagiMask was successfully backed on both outlets (Kickstarter, Indiegogo).Magimask BundleMagiMask: Full resolution 4x higher than split-screen VRsMagiTools: Physical tracker objects that allow you to easily interact w/ the digital worldUniversal phone mount: Adjusts to your AR-compatible smartphoneRecommended Portable Cinema Viewing Apps: Netflix, HBO, Hulu, VLC, YouTube, YouTube 360, & Amazon PrimeRecommended Augmented Reality Apps: Sketchfab, Augment, Kubity, IKEA, Alone, Holo, Sketch AR, Geogebra AR, Jig Space, Civilizations AR, Visible Body AR, Dinopark AR, & Enter the roomGaming & Drones: Grand Theft Auto (With Bluetooth Controller), Fortnite (With Bluetooth Controller), DJI (Navigate Drone With Controller, Connect To DJI app)Ludenso Create: Create 3D models & view your masterpiece in AR on the MagiTile with your iPad.Buy it Today!Normally, the MagiMask retails for $129.99; however, AndroidGuys readers can snag the MagiMask plus a bundle of props for $89.95. That’s 30% off its regular price, plus the goodies.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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