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This new Livescribe smart pen does something Apple left out of iPadOS 14

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It’s been a little while since we last heard from the folks at Livescribe, but today they’re back with a new smart pen. Dubbed Symphony, this new pen is unique not only because it can transcribe the notes you take digitally, but because those notes can be paired with audio that was captured at the time you wrote them down.

Obviously, though, the main draw of the Symphony is the fact that it can digitally transcribe those notes in the first place. According to Livescribe, Symphony can transcribe notes in as many as 27 different languages, and it can also capture drawings and mindmaps in addition to text. Users can upload that captured writing to a number of different cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneNote, and Evernote.

When used with the Livescribe+ app, you’ll be able to “play back” your notes so you can see how they were written down. “If there was a song playing in the background or someone speaking as you wrote, the Symphony links that audio to your digital text,” Livescribe said today. “Letting you relive those moments of inspiration again and again.”

The functionality sounds a lot like what we saw yesterday with the new handwriting features that are coming to iPadOS. Even then, it seems like the Symphony has a leg up on iPadOS in that it can capture audio and that it’s also self-contained – you don’t need an iPad to tap into the smart pen capabilities of the Symphony, you just need the pen itself and some of Livescribe’s paper.

It sounds like you won’t need to constantly sync the Symphony either, as Livescribe’s website says that it can store up to 1,200 A4 pages locally before those notes need to be synced. The Symphony, like all of Livescribe’s smart pens, can be used with the company’s dot paper, and apparently the battery that’s inside of the Symphony is good for 90 days of standby time.

Of course, a pen that can sync to the cloud and capture audio is going to cost a significant amount more than your standard ballpoint pen will, and if you want to own one of these Symphony pens, you’ll have to shell out $109.95. You’ll find the Symphony on offer at Livescribe’s website beginning today.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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