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You can now hum to find a song on YouTube Music for Android

2024-05-24 21:00:37| Engadget

YouTube Music for Android is finally releasing a long-awaited tool that lets people hum a song to search for it, in addition to singing the tune or playing the melody on an instrument, according to reporting by 9to5Google. The software has been in the testing phase since March. All you have to do is tap the magnifying glass in the top-right corner and look for the waveform icon next to the microphone icon. Tap the waveform icon and start humming or singing. A fullscreen results page should quickly bring up the cover art, song name, artist, album, release year and other important data about the song. The software builds upon the Pixels Now Playing feature, which uses AI to match the sound to the original recording. The tool comes in a server-side update with version 7.02 of YouTube Music for Android. There doesnt look to be any availability information for the iOS release, though its most likely headed our way in the near future. You don't need to be @KidCudi to use Hum to Search. Hum a song into your Google app, and we'll identify it for you. Test it with your favorite songs, or use it to figure out the song that's been stuck in your head and find your new favorite. pic.twitter.com/MluVNesTpE Google (@Google) December 21, 2020 This type of feature isnt exactly new, even if its new to YouTube Music. Google Search rolled out a similar tool back in 2020 and the regular YouTube app began offering something like this last year. Online music streaming platform Deezer also has a hum to search tool, released back in 2022.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/you-can-now-hum-to-find-a-song-on-youtube-music-for-android-190037510.html?src=rss

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Russia can reportedly jam Ukraines access to Starlink at will

2024-05-24 20:36:43| Engadget

Russia has reportedly found new, more effective ways to knock out Ukraines Starlink service. The New York Times said on Friday that the increased interference has disrupted communications at critical moments and is posing a major threat to Ukraine, putting the country further on its heels more than two years into the war. How Russia is jamming Elon Musks satellite internet terminals is unclear. The New York Times said Russias ability to jam communications has thrown off Ukraines ability to communicate, gather intelligence and conduct drone strikes. Ukrainian soldiers told the paper that jammed Starlink service stunts their ability to communicate quickly, leaving them scrambling to send text messages (often extremely slowly) to share intel about incoming or ongoing Russian maneuvers or attacks. The jamming was reportedly repeated across Ukraines northern front line, often coinciding with Russian advances. The new outages are the first time Russia has jammed Starlink reception that widely and frequently. If it continues, it could mark a tactical shift in the conflict, highlighting Ukraines dependence on SpaceXs internet technology. Without competing choices of similar quality, Volodymyr Zelenskyys democratic nation is left without many options that could work at the scale Ukraine needs. Russia has tried to disrupt Ukraines comms since the war began, but Starlink service has reportedly held up well in the face of them. Something has changed. Ukraines digital minister, Mykhailo Federov, told The New York Times this week that Russias recent jamming appeared to use new and more advanced technology. Federov told The NYT that Vladimir Putins army is now testing different mechanisms to disrupt the quality of Starlink connections because its so important for us. The digital minister didnt specify the exact weapons Russia has been using, but a Russian official in charge of the countrys electronic warfare told state media last month that its military put Starlink on a list of targets and that it had developed ways to disrupt the service. Ukraine President Volodymyr ZelenskyyArmed Forces of Ukraine The disruptions highlight the power that one mercurial billionaire can have over the pivotal Eastern European war. Ukrainian officials have reportedly appealed directly to Mr. Musk to turn on Starlink access during military operations ahead of crucial drone strikes, and he hasnt always obliged. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that concern has grown that Musk could harbor at least some degree of Russian sympathies. He has posted comments on X that could be viewed as taking a pro-Russian stance, and disinformation experts worry that the way he runs the social platform could be friendly to Russian interference in the pivotal 2024 elections, including those in the US. Musk spoke out earlier this year against the US sending more aid to Ukraine. Putins army also reportedly began using its own Starlink service, although Musk says he wasnt aware of the terminals being sold to the Slavic nation. Ukrainian officials raised concerns earlier this year that Russia was buying Starlink tech from third-party vendors. However, the Pentagon said earlier this month that the US has been heavily involved in working with the government of Ukraine and SpaceX to counter Russian illicit use of Starlink terminals, and a departing space official described SpaceX as a very reliable partner in those operations.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/russia-can-reportedly-jam-ukraines-access-to-starlink-at-will-183642120.html?src=rss

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The UK passes its version of the EU's Digital Markets Act

2024-05-24 19:56:42| Engadget

The UK has passed a bill that's the country's version of the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA). Legislators fast-tracked the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers (DMCC) Bill before parliament dissolves on May 30 ahead of a general election in July. The overarching aim of the DMCC, which is set to become law once it receives Royal Assent, is to regulate and increase competition in digital markets. It will come into force later this year. The bill is broadly similar to the DMA, which led to the EU designating several large tech companies' services and products as "gatekeepers" and imposing stricter rules on them. The DMCC grants the Digital Markets Unit (DMU), a division of the Competition and Markets Authority, the authority to label companies with substantial and entrenched market power and a position of strategic significance as having Strategic Market Status (SMS). Among other things, SMS companies will have to adhere to codes of conduct as determined by the DMU. Those will be based on the foundations of fair trading, openness and trust and transparency. The DMU has a broad canvas for defining the conduct requirements for each business. If a company breaches its code of conduct, it faces a fine of up to 10 percent of its global revenue. There have been suggestions that the likes of Meta and Google may be forced to pay UK news publishers for using their work in the likes of Google News (and perhaps even for AI products). Others have suggested that Apple may be required to allow sideloading and third-party app stores on iOS, as in the EU. Companies may also be prohibited from prioritizing their own products and services in search results. However, the specific requirements for each SMS haven't been detailed yet.  The DMCC also has implications for things like subscriptions, junk fees, fake reviews, ticket resales, mergers, antitrust and consumer protection. For the first time, the CMA will have the power to impose a hefty fine if it determines a company has violated a consumer law and it won't have to go through courts to do so. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-uk-passes-its-version-of-the-eus-digital-markets-act-175642166.html?src=rss

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