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The next Samsung Galaxy Buds could be beans – MobileSyrup



Yup, you read that right. Beans.

According to details from WinFuture’s Roland Quandt, the next generation of Samsung Galaxy Buds are already in the ‘evaluation’ phase with a full redesign and sporting the codename ‘bean.’ And for good reason.

Quandt shared several renders of the new Galaxy Buds based on 3D designs and sketches. The Buds are shaped like kidney beans and are all together bizarre. Like the recently released Galaxy Buds+, the new Beans are true-wireless earbuds. And that’s where the similarities end.

The new design is much more compact than the Galaxy Buds+ and doesn’t feature the rubber tips seen on Samsung’s current earbuds. Quandt says the Beans will measure in at about 2.8cm long and will be inserted into the ear with the lower part resting in the ear canal while the upper part fills the earcup. WinFuture includes a render of the Beans in someone’s ear to illustrate how the design works.

Samsung’s new design is definitely more compact than other earbuds on the market. Further, the Beans don’t stick out of the ear like Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro. Instead, they look more like hearing aids.

Quandt’s sources report that the new earbuds sport model number ‘SM-R180.’ Additionally, the Bean Buds will have two small speakers, one for highs and mids and the other for lows. There will be several built-in microphones as well, likely used for phone calls and for transmission of external noise. However, the Beans’ noise cancellation capabilities will likely be reduced by the lack of silicon tips to seal the ear canal.

Further, the Beans feature a sensor to detect if they are in the ear or not.

Quandt notes that currently, details like battery size aren’t available. This is because the Beans are still in the early phase of testing. As such, much of the design could still change in the coming months, and Samsung could choose to scrap the product entirely. It’s not clear when Samsung would launch the Beans, if the company even decides to release them. However, Quandt suggests we could see a summer launch alongside the Galaxy Note 20.

Source: Roland Quandt, WinFuture

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Residents being advised of potential coronavirus exposure at Halifax store –



NSHA Public Health is advising customers of a building supply store of potential exposure to COVID-19.

They say the risk of contact with the virus happened at Rona on 6055 Almon St., Halifax on May 23, 25 and 28.

“Public Health is directly contacting anyone known to be a close contact of the person(s) confirmed to have COVID-19. While most people have been contacted, there could be some contacts that Public Health is not aware of,” NSHA said in a statement on Saturday.

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According to NSHA, anyone exposed to the virus on the announced dates at this location may develop symptoms up to 14 days from the last date they were at this location. This would be up to, and including, June 11, 2020.

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People are being asked self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever (chills, sweats, etc.)
  • Cough (new or worsening)
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Hoarse voice
  • DiarrheaUnusual fatigue
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Red, purple or blueish lesions, on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause

If an individual has any COVID-19 symptoms, they are being asked to call 811 for assessment, to self-isolate until they receive 811 advice on what to do next and not to go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so.

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Sony CEO Opens Up on PlayStation 5 Pricing Strategy – Essentially Sports



Sony is finally opening-up on its next-gen console, PlayStation 5, after having kept mum for most of the year. With a game reveal showcase now confirmed for June 4, we can expect further news to start flowing in. While next week’s showcase is sure to give us something about the console itself, do not expect too much. Sony is bound to continue keeping its cards close to its chest. However, Sony PlayStation’s CEO, Jim Ryan, did touch upon a few elements regarding the console in a sit-down with

The reports, mostly unconfirmed, about PlayStation 5 have surely given the console’s loyal community a bit of anxiety. The first half of the year has more or less been about how Sony has run into trouble due to the pandemic ravaging our globe. Be it a possibility of a delay, or the disturbance in the production capacity of the new console, the news was pretty grim until this month.

The biggest letdown was perhaps the news report claiming the launch price of the console could be around $450-500. A Bloomberg report claimed the high production cost of the units would force Sony to hike up the launch price. But would that work for them? After all, back when it hiked up the launch price for PS3, it suffered dearly.

However, this month has brought in a much-needed sense of relief among the fans. The tech giant’s financial reports confirmed the console launch was on track. Moreover, we also got an official word of a “compelling lineup of games.”

PlayStation 5 CEO assures “best possible value proposition”

In his chat with, Jim Ryan did brush upon the subject of the price, unsurprisingly, though, refrained from giving us an estimate. He did admit that times are a bit unusual, and vowed to offer the “best possible value proposition.”

“Now, who knows how this recession is going to look, how deep it will be and how long it will last.

“I think the best way that we can address this is by providing the best possible value proposition that we can. I don’t necessarily mean lowest price. Value is a combination of many things. In our area it means games, it means number of games, depth of games, breadth of games, quality of games, price of games… all of these things and how they avail themselves of the feature set of the platform.”

While this sounds quite noncommittal, let’s hope the PS3 debacle compels them to keep the price on the lower end of the spectrum. However, there is a good possibility that Sony will hike the price up from the PS4 launch ($399). Unless, of course, it is ready to bear some significant initial losses.

“Increase in development budgets”

Ryan admitted that the new-age graphical capabilities of the PlayStation 5 will also increase the game-development costs.

“I think, to the extent that the technology enables the graphics side of it to become more interesting and life-like, (the games) will become slightly more human-intensive and capital intensive to produce. So yes, we think there probably will be an increase in development budgets. We don’t see it as being a massive increase, and that’s why we want to do more faster than we have ever done before, to provide a fertile install base for people who make games to be able to monetize against.” 

We better expect the next-gen console and games to put a strain on our wallets. Well, at least in the initial phase. But then again, it has never really been all that cheap, has it?

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Microsoft 'to replace journalists with robots' – BBC News



Microsoft ‘to replace journalists with robots’ – BBC News

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Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report.

The curating of stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for the MSN site is currently done by journalists.

Artificial intelligence will perform these news production tasks, sources told the
Seattle Times

Microsoft said it was part of an evaluation of its business.

The US tech giant said in a statement: “Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.”

Microsoft, like some other tech companies, pays news organisations to use their content on its website.

But it employs journalists to decide which stories to display and how they are presented.

Around 50 contract news producers will lose their jobs at the end of June, the Seattle Times reports, but a team of full-time journalists will remain.

“It’s demoralising to think machines can replace us but there you go,” one of those facing redundancy told the paper.

Some sacked journalists warned that artificial intelligence may not be fully familiar with strict editorial guidelines, and could end up letting through inappropriate stories.

Twenty-seven of those losing their jobs are employed by the UK’s PA Media,
the Guardian reports

One journalist quoted in the paper said: “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs – now it’s taken mine.”

Microsoft is one of many tech companies experimenting with forms of so-called robot journalism to cut costs. Google is also investing in projects to understand how it might work.

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