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Windows 10 Preview 20206 focuses on input with Voice Typing, Emoji Search

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There has been a lot of talk about Windows 10’s upcoming new look but looking at screens isn’t the only thing you do at your computer. Even if just browsing content, there will always come a time when you will have to type in something, be it a website address or a response to a message. In line with upcoming changes to Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10’s input methods are also getting a major upgrade, including the ability to type without typing at all.

Windows has long had a dictation feature but, while already useful, it was basic as basic can be. With a new “Voice Typing” name, Microsoft is giving the feature not only a visual refresh but new features like automatic punctuation and, more importantly, the promise of an improved backend for a more reliable and accurate speech to text translation. The new voice typing supports English, French, German, and even Simplified Chinese, among others at launch.

Some things, however, are better said not with words but with pictures. And as far as expressive pictures go, emojis and GIFs definitely take the cake. Windows 10 will feature a new emoji picker that also lets you search for those whimsical animated GIFs as well. The latter is powered by Tenor and, therefore, requires an active Internet connection to work.

In addition to these completely new features, Microsoft is also giving its good old touch keyboard some new features and a new look, one that will match Windows 10’s more colorful palette. From integrating the new emoji picker to adding a voice typing button to making the virtual spacebar an ad hoc touchpad for cursor movement, the new touch keyboard promises to make typing on a screen a bit less painful.

These new input features are available in the Preview Build number 20206 for Windows 10 Insiders, though some may see unannounced features that others can’t. When these will land on stable will probably still depend if they make it through testing without a hitch and whether Microsoft will roll it out in the upcoming “maintenance” update around October.

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The Price Of More Clarity

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Interestingly, the WH-1000XM5 join, rather than replace, the 1000XM4’s. The former go on sale at $399.99; the latter remain on shelves for $50 less than that, though fairly regular promotions mean you can usually find them cheaper still.

As for which you should buy, that’s not the clear answer you might expect. Yes, Sony’s newest headphones have slightly better ANC performance, but the audio changes will definitely come down to personal taste and the styles of music you listen to the most. The updated design, meanwhile, feels sleek and sturdy, but can’t match that of the old version for travel convenience. And both persist with the annoying Sony foibles, like no USB-C audio and no waterproofing.

Anyone thinking about upgrading from the fourth-generation can probably sit tight until generation six arrives, while Apple’s AirPods Max still have the edge in premium feel (even if they’re considerably heavier and more expensive in the process). Road warriors looking for the tidiest bag might want to stick with the old WH-1000XM4 for their compact folding, but if active noise cancellation is — understandably — your primary concern, then the Sony WH-1000XM5 have the edge.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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