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Streaming on Twitch? These are the best microphones in 2020

Clean audio is one of the most important aspects of a successful stream. If your sound quality is horrible, it's hard for views to subject their ears for an entire stream. Check your volume levels, use a pop filter for those sharp sounds, and, most importantly, make sure you have a quality microphone. They need not be expensive to start, but you get what you pay for. Here are some of the best microphones for Twitch.All around qualityHyperX QuadCastStaff PickThis easy-to-use USB microphone marks all the boxes: Anti-vibration mount, tap-to-mute sensor, convenient gain adjustment. And with four selectable polar patterns, no matter what you are streaming, you will sound great.$140 at Amazon$140 at BestBuyTake it proBlue Spark SLThis XLR microphone takes things to the next level. You can expect this large-diaphragm studio condenser to give clear, transparent sound. Expanding on the original Spark, the Spark SL has a high-pass filter and -20dB pad to offer greater versatility.$200 at Am…

LG's next high-end phone will have a 'Raindrop' camera, curved edges

LG's upcoming V-series flagship phones will likely use the same design language.What you need to knowLG has revealed a new minimalistic design language for its upcoming smartphone.Key highlights of the new design language include a "Raindrop" camera and front-back symmetrical curves.The phone will also offer a more natural feeling in the hand, thanks to the new "3D Arc Design."For the last few years, LG hasn't made any significant changes to the design of its flagship phones. Even though the number of cameras on the back has increased, the design language has remained mostly unchanged. The company's next phone, however, will feature a completely new design.Cha Yong-duk, head of LG's Mobile Communications Design Lab, said in a statement:Our upcoming smartphone will draw on the rich history of classic LG designs which have always been distinctive at first touch. This handset will be a first-look at the competitive edge we will be bringing to every LG …

Google forbids its employees from using Zoom over security concerns

Google says Zoom does not meet the security standards for apps used by its employees.What you need to knowCiting security vulnerabilities, Google has banned its employees from using the Zoom app.Multiple security flaws in Zoom came to light recently, after its user base grew from 10 million to 200 million amid the COVID-19 crisis.Google employees can still use Zoom to connect with friends and family through a web browser or via mobile.Last week, Elon Musk's SpaceX banned its employees from using the Zoom app over privacy and security concerns. As per a report from BuzzFeed News, Google too has now banned its workers from using the popular video conferencing app on their devices, which happens to be a competitor to its Meet app.In an email sent to its employees last week, Google warned that the Zoom client installed on their corporate computers would stop working starting this week. A Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the company has "long had a policy of not allowin…

Daily Coronavirus updates: Google bans employees from using Zoom

The coronavirus has spread to 181 countries around the world, and it shows no signs of abating. The pandemic has proved particularly devastating in recent weeks, with total confirmed cases crossing 1.3 million and fatalities of over 76,500 globally.The virus has effectively shut down all sporting leagues around the world, major gatherings including tech events and music festivals, and closed down restaurants and malls. It also put a major dent in the airline industry, and is causing panic-buying across the globe, leading to severe food shortages.The coronavirus has also had a huge impact on the tech industry, affecting the global supply chain and causing interminable product delays. Here's the latest on the coronavirus and how it's affecting not only the tech industry, but also the world at large.April 9, 2020: Google bans Zoom usage over security fearsZoom has emerged as the go-to videoconferencing service over the last two months, but a spate of privacy and security issues h…

Google may completely kill the Hangouts brand pretty soon

The classic Hangouts app was shuttered earlier this year and bifurcated into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.What you need to knowThe Hangouts brand may be going to the Google graveyard soon.Based on changes in the company's communications, it seems like Google will be dropping the "Hangouts" from Hangouts Meet.Whether the change will be replicated with Hangouts Chat, and signify the end of the Hangouts brand entirely, remains to be seen.Hangouts, as a product, has had a troubled history since the beginning. Envisioned as Google's end-all, be-all chat and video calling solution to take on iMessage and FaceTime, it never really caught on with as many customers as Google would have liked.So, the company decided to shutter the classic app and split the product into two earlier this year: the consumer-focused Hangouts Chat and an enterprise-oriented video conferencing tool, Hangouts Meet. The latter, at least, may soon be dropping the Hangouts in its name, as some sleuth…

A brief history of OnePlus: Looking back at all OnePlus phones since 2014

Take a walk down memory lane and see all the phones OnePlus launched over the last six years.OnePlus burst onto the scene back in April 2014. Its first phone was released in partnership with Cyanogen, and from the very beginning, OnePlus set itself apart by focusing on its user community. Whereas other manufacturers flooded the market with phones, OnePlus released just two flagships a year, with the brand laser-focused on the value category.Six years and 18 phones later, OnePlus is a dominant player in the smartphone industry. OnePlus defined the value segment for several years, and its penchant for delivering the best possible performance has led to some of the fastest phones money can buy. OnePlus also managed to turn its OxygenOS user interface into one of the best skins on Android.With the OnePlus 8 set to be unveiled on April 14, I thought it would be interesting to see how OnePlus phones have evolved over the years. While OnePlus has switched to more exotic materials in recent y…
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