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Google Meet Gets AI Noise Cancellation Feature

Back in April, Google announced that it would be introducing a noice cancellation feature to its video conferencing app. Now as we have it, we get to see the feature being showcased via a demo video by G Suite’s director of product management, Serge Lachapelle, which means users should anticipate the release very soon as its still currently a work in progress. The feature, also referred to as the 'Denoiser' uses a machine learning model that is capable of understanding the difference between noise and speech. In the video, Lachapelle also revealed that the noise-cancelling feature can also filter out other background distractions such as dogs barking, kids crying, and applause. To filter out background noise, users voice is sent from the device to a Google data centre, which is where it goes through the machine learning model. Once the processing is completed, it gets re-encrypted and sent back to the Google Meet call. The feature will be made available by the end of June and is expected to roll out first to Web users, followed by Android and ios users. Users are to enable noise cancellation on Google meet by going to > Google Meet > settings > select audio > tap on noise cancellation toggle to enable or disable.

Samsung Galaxy A51 to receive One UI 2.1, April Security Patches

Launched last year with One UI 2.0 based on Android 10, reportedly the Samsung Galaxy A51 will be getting the new One UI 2.1 software update, rolling in with April 2020 security patches. For now the update is rolling out in select countries but will steadily get across other countries in due time. The new firmware sports version A515FXXU3BTD4 and it brings along new features including an improved AR Emoji, Quick Share for local file sharing, Music Share, and updated Gallery app and Samsung Keyboard. However, it is stated that the update doesn't bring all One UI 2.1 features to the Galaxy A51. Users will get notified about the software update on their device but you can manually check for it by going to Settings > Software update. The update will be available in the download size of 1.25GB.

You can now share WhatsApp Status on Facebook Story

Back in June, WhatsApp started testing a way to let users share their status to Facebook and Instagram. Well, it seems it has been achieved as the option to share whatsapp status to facebook story is now available. So if you are currently on the recent version of WhatsApp, you should have already received the feature. Now when you post a WhatsApp status, you'll see a 'Share to Facebook' option under your status that let's you share directly to your Facebook story. If you tap the share button, you'll also see a couple of apps that you can share your status with. If you've received this feature, let us know your thoughts on it.

You can now sign into Google with your Fingerprint

Google has rolled out an update that now lets users log into its web services using fingerprint based verification instead of a password. The feature is built on a “FIDO2” standards, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP, and are designed to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences. The benefit of Google’s authentication feature is that it allows the same credentials be used by both native apps and web services. This means you only need to register your fingerprint with a google service once and it will work on both apps and web services To register your fingerprint, open google chrome and access passwords.google.com. Once on the site, you will be required to authenticate your identity using your phone’s fingerprint sensor. However, you can still decide to sign into google services using other authentication methods – pin, password or pattern. The update will be available to all Pixel devices and devices running on Android 7 (Nougat) operating system and above. But your phone must have a fingerprint verification functionality for this to work.

Get ready to start unlocking WhatsApp with your Fingerprint

Right now, the feature is only available to those using WhatsApp Beta App. Although around February, WhatsApp rolled out the authentication feature for iOS users, making it possible to unlock the App using Touch ID. Android Beta users running version 2.19.221 can now catch in on the feature by going to Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock to enable the new feature.  When enabled, you will then be able to unlock WhatsApp with your fingerprint. Enabling this new feature provides extra security for your chats, and WhatsApp uses Android biometric authentication APIs, which means you don’t have to worry about Facebook or any third party app having access to your fingerprint data. When the feature is enabled, you will need to use your fingerprint to unlock WhatsApp every time you launch the app, however, you can set a timer for it to lock automatically – you can either set it to after 1 minute or after 30 minutes. Also, the fingerprint lock feature has a Show Content in Notification option that enables users to answer WhatsApp calls, preview and respond to messages or hide messages from the notification panel even when the Fingerprint lock is enabled.

IPhone 11 rumoured to go on sale on 20th September

It wasn't that long ago that we told you guys that iPhone 11 is scheduled for release in September, well now, rumour has it that the 2019 iPhone models might drop on the 20th of September. We don't know if the date has been confirmed, but iPhone lovers, get ready to load off some cash as the price tag of these devices may have you breaking the bank. And, not to bombard you with rumors, however it's also been predicted that 2021 iPhone models will bring back the Touch ID feature. Stay with us for more tech news and updates!

Gallery Go – A simplified version for Google photos

Yesterday, Google launched a new Go App - Gallery Go - a lightweight and offline version of Google photos for people who use or can only afford low budget smartphones that run on less powerful hardware, low RAM and limited internet connection; Google revealed that Gallery Go is a light and fast gallery app designed to work offline and uses machine learning to automatically organize photos on your Android Go phone. Much like Google Photos, Gallery Go comes with features that lets you find, edit, manage and organize photos, without connecting to the internet. Images on the app are also synced and displayed in chronological order; and the interface has separate category tabs for screenshots, documents and videos as well as content-based groupings. The App is only 10mb in size and supports SD cards so you can manage and share photos without slowing down your phone. Gallery Go is available today on Google Play for Android devices running version 8.1 (Oreo) or higher and will come pre-installed as the gallery app on two local Android Go phones Itel S15 and Itel A55 and also in future Android Go edition phones.

Apple plans to launch an iPhone with Under Display Fingerprint in China

The Chinese Media are claiming that Apple intends to launch a cheaper iPhone model exclusively for the Chinese market; the phone is said to come with an Under Display Fingerprint Sensor instead of the Face ID feature. Now, for the past two years, Apple’s flagship devices have been relying on an advanced authentication method - Face ID, as means for bio-metric verification, and now that report has it that the company has decided to launch a cheaper device with a fingerprint sensor, it however won’t be available globally. We do not understand the reason for this, but perhaps Apple is trying to cut down on some expenses as we heard they have recently been experiencing a decline in sales.

WhatsApp tests feature to enable sharing of status to Facebook story

Isn't this exciting? WhatsApp is testing a feature that will allow users to share their status directly to their stories on Facebook and on other Facebook owned apps including; Instagram, Gmail, and Google photos. This doesn’t imply that your WhatsApp ID will be linked to your Facebook account, as the company is making use of the standard iOS and Android data-sharing APIs. So when sharing is done on Facebook and other apps, data is only being transferred, which means that your posts will be regarded as separate events in Facebook’s systems, and will not be linked. Also, this sharing integration feature is not automatic but will be activated manually, meaning, it is left to users to decide whether they want to use the feature or not. The sharing option however will be placed underneath your status on WhatsApp.

Realme working on a 64MP Smartphone

The highest camera Megapixel we have seen so far is the 48MP which has been the drift this year -2019. But it seems recent moves from Realme will outmatch this as it just announced that it will be launching a phone which will feature a 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor with 1/1.72-inch sensor and a 1.6-microns pixel size. This will be the world’s first Smartphone with such camera attribute. There are no other specific details about the phone or when it will be in the market, but the news is that India will be the first to capture astounding images with the 64MP smartphone.