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Spatial Audio makes headphone sound 3D

publishedabout 2 months ago
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Issue #30 -- Spatial Audio makes headphone sound 3D


Spatial audio is surround sound for headphones.

A major benefit of watching a movie at a theater is the sound. You're able to be immersed in the movie because the sounds are accurate. The theater gives you sounds from above, in front and to the sides.

This same surround sound tech is available on headphones.

Spatial audio has been available to the masses for a couple years.

You don’t hear much about spatial audio but it's the future of music and movies. It took off with VR (virtual reality). More people are using headphones to watch and listen to content.

How you hear sounds

Your brains processes the sounds you hear.

The sounds around you go around your ear and into your ear hole. The sound travels around your ear depending on how low or high pitched they are. If the sound is behind you, your shoulders and head make the sound lower in volume to let your brain know the sound is behind you.

Then your brain processes how loud a sound is and the pitch to let you know where the sound is coming from.

How Spatial Audio works

Spatial Audio is mixed the same way as surround sound in a theater or in your home.

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Service providers liable for piracy

There’s been a fight for years over Music piracy.

The way it works is the industry spends ton of money tracking people downloading pirated music. Then the industry reps send a notice to the ISP (Internet Service Provider) informing the ISP of the violations.

The problem is there’s no way for the ISP to verify anything happened. So, the ISP is supposed to cancel their subscribers based off unverifiable information.

In 2019, Cox was liable for $1 billion in damages to the music industry.

The industry sued Charter for not canceling subscribers. This past week Charter settled a lawsuit with the music industry. This is setting up to be a much bigger issue within the laws and liability. Other companies better start taking head. This could turn into lawsuits in other industries being liable for damages because of their products.

Is McDonald’s liable because they know their food is unhealthy?

Is the Internet private?

A security researcher did some digging into DuckDuckGo's web browser to check their privacy claims.

He found DuckDuckGo allows tracking from Microsoft's Bing and LinkedIn. This isn't the 1st time DuckDuckGo was caught allowing tracking from Microsoft. These kinds of things are all too common.

The problem stems from users having a lack of technical ability.

I'm not saying it's the fault of the end users.

But these companies know the majority can't dig in and understand what the company is doing. Instead, the user has to take their word for it. This is a major problem.

Most users don't have the time to learn how to find these lies. So companies take advantage of it.

Heed this advice. Assume nothing is private when using technology.

Some company is tracking you somewhere in the pipeline. Because company's get money for tracking you.

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