The audio social networking app Clubhouse is launching a new Music Mode that could make it a better place to play and listen to live music.
As per The Verge, the new Music Mode "optimises Clubhouse to broadcast your music with high quality and great stereo sound". Clubhouse doesn't say what it means by high quality, but it does also mention that you can now hook up professional equipment, like a USB mic or mixing board, and use it during your broadcast. Clubhouse already added spatial audio in late August, which makes conversations sound more like a room full of people than a flat audio call. You can easily turn on Music Mode by tapping the three dots in the top right corner of a room, selecting Audio Quality, and then choosing Music. If you just want to listen to the performance, however, you won't have to do any of this -- just sit back and enjoy stereo audio from your headphones, speakers, or your phone itself.
Clubhouse also noted that its recently introduced Clips feature -- which lets you capture a 30-second recording -- will support stereo sound as well, so if you decide to save a snippet of performance in Music Mode, the audio quality will stay the same.
Music Mode will initially only be available on iOS, but Clubhouse says that the rollout to Android will follow shortly behind.
Aside from Music Mode, Clubhouse has also updated its search feature. The platform will now display the search bar in a more convenient location at the top of your hallway.
Facebook rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat backups to WhatsApp
WhatsApp's end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android are here!
As per The Verge, social media giant Facebook announced that the company has started rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups to WhatsApp, on Thursday. Facebook has offered end-to-end encryption for chats for years, but with this new change, users will be able to get the same level of encryption with their backups too.
Reportedly, the feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app. The backed-up WhatsApp chats get stored in iCloud or Google Drive, but that could be handed over by Apple or Google to law enforcement if compelled.
However, with the new change, the users will be able to secure their WhatsApp cloud backups with a password or a 6-4digit encryption key, which means that no third person but you will be able to access the backup. Last month, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg had taken to social media to announce that WhatsApp will be adding another layer of privacy and security which would be rolling out soon.
Furthermore, he stated, "WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems."
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