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MediaTek and Intel team up to bring 5G networking to laptops and PCs

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In April of this year, Intel cancelled its 5G-modem building plans. This week, it’s announcing that they’re back on the table—but this time, with system-on-chip vendor MediaTek building the hardware.

The partnership has Intel setting the 5G specifications, MediaTek developing the modem to match, and Intel optimizing and validating it afterwards. Intel will also lend its marketing and integration muscle to convince OEMs to use the new hardware and help them make sure it works well in final products. This also means Intel will be writing operating-system-level drivers for the modems.

The partnership looks like a sensible one for both parties: Intel has been struggling to get its own 10nm hardware out the door on time, so getting this hardware design task off its plate may relieve some pressure there, while still keeping the company in an emerging market. MediaTek, on the other hand, can definitely benefit from Intel’s software development expertise and deep integration with OEM vendors in the PC space.

Specifically, the companies will be adapting MediaTek’s existing Helio M70 5G modem for use in PC hardware. The M70 modem is already being built into MediaTek’s Dimensity family of ARM System-on-Chip (SoC) designs; the new partnership gives MediaTek a whole new platform to market to and gives Intel a foot back into the door in 5G. It also may represent a way for Intel to push back against ARM-based Windows hardware like Samsung’s Galaxy Book S, built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx platform.

The Helios M70 is a 5G FR1 modem only—meaning sub-6GHz communication, which shares RF characteristics (and, in a broad sense, most performance characteristics) with existing 4G technology. 5G FR2, which operates in the millimeter-wave spectrum, is where the most jaw-dropping performance improvements come from—but it’s also where the most operational problems come from, since it requires a very clear line of sight from transmitter to receiver.

The Intel/MediaTek collaboration is a long-term project, and we expect to see the resulting hardware shipping some time in 2021.

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https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/11/mediatek-and-intel-team-up-to-bring-5g-networking-to-laptops-and-pcs/

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Google Maps for iOS gets Incognito Mode

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You no longer need an Android phone if you want to keep your Google Maps activity (mostly) private. Google is rolling out Incognito Mode to iOS users as of today, giving you the same ability to search for and navigate to locations without leaving records behind on your account or Location History. Again, this won’t affect Assistant queries or prevent outsiders from theoretically snooping on your Google Maps traffic — this is mainly so that Google (and anyone with access to your phone) won’t know what you’ve been looking for.

Android users are getting an additional privacy control of their own. There will soon be a bulk delete option for your Timeline so that you can quickly remove a group of places you’ve visited without venturing into Maps’ settings and specifying date ranges. This could be particularly helpful if you’ve been looking for gifts and would rather not spoil the surprise when your partner borrows your phone. The feature will miss the holidays with its January rollout, but hey — it’ll be ready for next year.

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https://www.engadget.com/2019/12/09/google-maps-incognito-mode-ios/

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Google now wants users to chat within Google Photos app

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Yesterday, we wrote about how you can now upload your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos. Today, Google announced another feature that adds even more functionality to its photo management service — the ability to chat within the Google Photos app.

When users share a photo or video within Google Photos, they can now add them to an ongoing conversation in the app where they can easily like and comment on them. Users can even save photos and videos from these conversations to their own gallery without any loss in image quality.

No, this feature is not designed to replace your existing chat apps, and all conversations are private. This just adds a subtle usability tweak to the app and encourages users to share photos with close family and friends more often.

This Google Photos chat feature is gradually rolling out over the next week, and it will work across Android, iOS, and web apps.

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https://www.androidauthority.com/google-photos-chat-1062403/

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How to put lyrics on your Instagram story along with a snippet of a song

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You can share up to 15 seconds of your favorite songs and put the lyrics on your Instagram story for your followers to enjoy for the next 24 hours.

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  • After you’ve added a photo or video to your Instagram story, swipe up on the screen and select “Music” to add a particular song and its lyrics, which you can customize the display of.

Since 2016, Instagram has allowed users the option to create Instagram stories and share them for 24 hours with followers, similar to Snapchat. Instagram stories also allow users to create polls and share music from various platforms, such as SoundCloud and Spotify .

However, earlier this year, Instagram announced that users can now add the lyrics to their favorite songs to their Instagram story as well. Here’s how to do it.

How to put lyrics on your Instagram story

1. Launch the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android phone.

2. On the home screen of Instagram, click your profile picture in the top-left corner to add (or create) an Instagram story.

3. Add a picture (or video) you want to feature with the music lyrics.

4. Before you publish the story, swipe up and select “Music.” If you do not see it on your screen, tap on the search bar and type “Music.

How to put lyrics on Instagram storyTaylor Lyles/Business Insider

5. Select a song you wish to add the lyrics from to your Instagram story. You can scroll through the songs suggested to you, or tap the search bar and search for a song.

How to put lyrics on Instagram storyTaylor Lyles/Business Insider

6. After you select the song, choose a snippet of the song and the corresponding lyrics will appear. You can feature up to 15 seconds of the song and the lyrics from the timestamp will appear on the screen.

  • For songs that have lyrics available, you’ll have four different lyric-formatting options to choose from by tapping any of the available “A” icons.

7. After you select the snippet of the song, press “Done” in the top right-hand corner of the screen and proceed to position or resize the lyrics as you’d like, then upload the story.

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https://www.pulse.ng/bi/tech/how-to-put-lyrics-on-your-instagram-story-along-with-a-snippet-of-a-song/eq58hdq

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