Apple Hearing Study Insights Reveal How Many Are at Risk of Hearing Loss

Apple on Tuesday shared insights from the Apple Hearing Study, ahead of World Hearing Day today. The study shares findings from long-term hearing health data gathered with the participation of thousands of Apple Watch and iPhone users in the US. Insights included how many experience a daily average environmental sound exposure higher than the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended limit, how many work in a loud workplace, and average weekly headphone exposure, among others. The company on the occasion of World Hearing Day also shares tips and tools to better manage their hearing health.
Findings of the Apple Hearing Study were detailed in a blog post by the company. The study was conducted by Apple through its Research app, in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Data from the study is being shared with the WHO’s Make Listening Safe initiative. WHO estimates that by 2050, more than 700 million people globally will experience profound hearing issues.
Apple notes that a quarter of the study’s participants experience a daily average environmental sound exposure higher than the WHO recommended limit, and that more than 50 percent of participants now work, or have previously worked, in a loud workplace. The study also highlighted that for one in 10 participants, the average weekly headphone exposure was higher than WHO’s recommended limit. Apple says 10 percent of the participants were diagnosed with hearing loss by a professional, and only 25 percent of those used a hearing aid or a cochlear implant.
Based on the hearing data however, 20 percent of the participants qualify for having hearing loss as per WHO standards, 10 percent of which have signs of hearing loss that are consistent of being caused by noise exposure. Almost half of the participants from the study haven’t had their hearing tested a professional in the last 10 years. Nearly a quarter of the participants experience ringing in their ears a few times a week which could indicate hearing loss.
In its blog post, Apple notes, “Reduced hearing can affect a person’s health and well-being in many ways, such as contributing to reduced communication, feelings of isolation, loneliness, and withdrawal.” It suggests ways in which users can avoid hearing loss in today’s world. These include using the Noise app on the Apple Watch to be aware of your environment’s noise levels, with alerts when they exceeds safe levels. The Health app on the iPhone will help users similarly, showing if headphone or environmental noise has exceeded safe levels, while also keeping a track of exposure history.

Google Chrome 89 Enables Web Sharing on Desktop, Redesigned Discover Feed, and More

Google Chrome 89 stable version is now rolling out for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, the company has announced. The Chrome update brings features like customisable profiles and a work-in-progress Privacy Sandbox, along with a few features that have been in development for a long time such as native web sharing on desktop and Phone Hub for Chrome OS. These updates were previously seen on the beta version of the browser. Google says that Chrome 89 update will be rolled out for Android as well as for desktop in the coming weeks.
Google announced the stable release of Chrome 89 for Android as well as desktop via separate blog posts. Google says that Chrome 89 includes many stability and performance improvements as well as new features. While Google has not published detailed changelogs yet, we can take hints from the Chrome 89 beta release announcement that lists all the features coming with the new update.
One of the key features that Google Chrome 89 brings is customisable user profiles that we reported earlier. The feature allows users to customise their Google Chrome profiles within the browser using colours and backgrounds, which will make recognising and switching between different profiles a lot easier.

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The second major feature is Web sharing on desktop (Windows and Chrome OS). This essentially means that users will now be able to share website links through a native sharing menu — just like it’s on Chrome for Android. If a website supports the new Web sharing feature, pressing the Share button on the website will open a native sharing menu that will show all the apps installed on your device. This will allow you to not only share website links with the social media platforms integrated on the website, but with any app on your device that supports it. As noted by Android Police, developers will not have to add any code for the functionality to work on Windows and Chrome OS.
Google is reportedly also introducing Phone Hub for Chrome OS that allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your Chromebook. It will let you see your phone notifications on the desktop, control some features of your Android device from your computer, and sync Google Chrome tabs between the devices.

WhatsApp Messenger Gets New Animation for Voice Messages and Disable Receipts on iOS With Latest Update

WhatsApp Messenger has been updated on iOS and it brings some new features like a new animation for voice messages and disables receipts for them, depending on the read receipt setting. WhatsApp has been updated to version 2.21.40 and the update is live on the App Store, though the changelog does not show what is new. This update only brings minor tweaks to WhatsApp. Back in November last year, WhatsApp added the disappearing messages feature to iOS.

While the App Store has not been updated (at the time of writing) with the latest changelog for WhatsApp since version 2.21.30 arrived last month a report by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo shows version 2.21.40 brings only a couple of small tweaks to the messaging service. There is a new progress bar animation for voice messages. Once a voice message progress bar reaches the end, it jumps back to the start. The report points out that this animation is only available on iOS 13 and beyond.

This update also tweaks the read receipt system for voice messages. If WhatsApp users on iOS have disabled read receipts, a contact that sent a voice message will not be notified when the user listens to it. Read receipts can be disabled by going to WhatsApp Settings > Account > PrivacyThe report adds that this feature has not made its way to Android yet so it is unclear if WhatsApp will push it to Android as well or remove it from iOS in the next update.

In November, WhatsApp added the disappearing messages feature to iOS and Android that allows users to automatically erase a WhatsApp messages after a certain period of time – seven days to be exact. It has to be enabled for individual chats and can be done by going to the particular chat on Android, tapping the menu icon on the top right, selecting View contact, and turning on Disappearing messages. iOS users can open a chat, tap on the profile icon, scroll to Disappearing Messages and turn it on.

Realme C21 Set to Launch on March 5, 5,000mAh Battery Teased

Realme C21 is all set to launch on March 5. The phone is arriving first in the Malaysian market, and the teaser poster published on social media also confirms that it will pack a 5,000mAh battery. The Realme C21 is a successor to the Realme C20 that launched in January this year. While the batter specifications remain the same between the two models, its safe to speculate that the upcoming Realme C21 sill see upgrades in camera and processor when compared to its predecessor.

The company took to its Malaysian Facebook page to announce the arrival of the Realme C21 in the market. The phone is all set to launch in Malaysia this Friday, March 5. The teaser poster gives us a glimpse of the internals of the phone. The battery capacity is teased to be at 5,000mAh and the company notes the Realme C21 can last for up to 47 days on standby.

Furthermore, the post claims that with just five percent battery charge on Realme C21, users can operate 1.43 hours of WhatsApp, 4.78 hours of Spotify, and 1.36 hours of YouTube. Realme looks to unveil details of the phone at 12am midnight on March 5. Apart from this, there is little else that we know of the phone, and the company should unveil pricing and detailed specifications, including design later this week.

Samsung Galaxy M12 Reportedly Launching in India in March, Price Tipped

Samsung Galaxy M12 is set to launch in India as early as March, according to a new report. The new Samsung phone surfaced in Vietnam earlier this month. As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy M12 is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy M11 and is the newest model in the company’s affordable Samsung Galaxy M series. The Samsung Galaxy M12 India price details have also been tipped online, though Samsung is yet to make an official announcement about the upcoming phone.
News agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) has reported that Samsung is planning to expand its Galaxy M series in the country with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy M12 in March. Tipster Mukul Sharma has also corroborated the report with a tweet posted on Friday. The developments hint at an imminent India launch of the new smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy M12 price in India (expected)
Samsung Galaxy M12 price in India will be set around Rs. 12,000, IANS reported. Sharma, however, said that the new Samsung phone will be available under Rs. 12,000 price.

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Gadgets 360 has reached out to Samsung India for clarity on the launch and will update this story when the company responds.
Samsung Galaxy M12 specifications
The Samsung Galaxy M12 silently emerged on the Samsung Vietnam site earlier this month, in Attractive Black, Elegant Blue, and Trendy Emerald Green colour options, though it was pulled later. Nonetheless, the official online listing revealed key specifications of the phone.
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Samsung Galaxy M12 specifications (expected)
As per that listing, the Samsung Galaxy M12 runs on One UI Core based on Android and features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) TFT Infinity-V Display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by an octa-core SoC, which is rumoured to be the Exynos 850. It includes 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options.

Oppo Find X3 Series Price and Colour Options Surface Online, Tipped to Launch on March 11

Oppo Find X3 series is expected to launch soon and a fresh leak suggests that the lineup may include three phones – Oppo Find X3 Pro, Oppo Find X3 Neo, and Oppo Find X3 Lite. The European prices and colour options of the three phones have surface online as well. The phones are expected to launch on March 11 with pre-orders beginning from March 31. Oppo Find X3 Pro, the most premium model of the lot, will reportedly be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Oppo Find X3 series price (expected)
91Mobiles, in collaboration with tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore, brings word of the possible variants, colour options, and prices, of the Oppo Find X3 series. Oppo Find X3 Pro 5G is tipped to be priced between EUR 1,000-1,200 (roughly Rs. 89,000 – 1,07,000) for the 12GB + 256GB storage model. It is reported to come in Black, Blue, Orange, and White colour options. The next in line Oppo Find X3 Neo could be priced between EUR 700-800 (roughly Rs. 62,000 – Rs. 71,000) for the 12GB + 256GB storage model. It is rumoured to be made available in Black and Silver colour options. The third model, and the most affordable one, Oppo Find X3 Lite 5G could be priced between EUR 400-500 (roughly Rs. 35,600- Rs. 44,600) for the 8GB + 128GB storage model. It is tipped to come in Black and Blue colour options.

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The report also tips the pricing and colour options of two upcoming Oppo A-series phones. Oppo A94 5G is expected to be priced between EUR 300-400 (roughly Rs. 26,700 – 35,000) and come in Black and Blue colour options. Oppo A54 5G, on the other hand, may be priced between EUR 200-300 (roughly Rs. 17,800 – Rs. 26,700) for the Black and Purple colour options.

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Oppo Find X3 series launch timeline (expected)
A tweet by tipster Jon Prosser suggests that Oppo Find X3 series could be launched on March 11. Pre-orders may begin on March 31 and sales may commence on April 14. The company has confirmed that the series will have the Snapdragon 888 SoC, though leaks suggest that the processor will be exclusive to the premium model – Oppo Find X3 Pro 5G. Oppo has made no official announcements on the launch of the Find X3 series.

Telegram Update Brings Auto-Delete Feature, Home Screen Widgets, Expiring Invite Links, and More

Telegram has a new auto-delete feature for messages, home screen widgets, expiring invite links, and more with the latest update. The auto-delete feature will allow users to set an auto-delete timer for messages they send in any chat (presently this feature is available on Telegram for its secret messages option). The home screen widget allows you to access your chats faster and the expiring invite links system lets you make a created link inactive after a certain time. The features have been rolled out to Android and iOS versions of the Telegram app.
Telegram was the most downloaded app globally in January, according to a recent report. The latest update for the Android and iOS versions of the app brings features like auto-delete messages, home screen widgets, expiring invite links, and unlimited members. The update also improves the chat importing experience and reporting system, as well as adds more animated emojis.
As per its official blog post, the auto-delete messages feature in Telegram can automatically delete messages either after 24 hours or seven days after they have been sent. Once a user selects the auto-delete feature, messages from there on will be automatically deleted after the time period chosen by the user. In case of a group chat, only admins can enable or modify the timer and messages from everyone in the group will be deleted after the set time. To do this on Android, tap on the menu icon on the top right in a chat, select Clear History and then choose the time frame. On iOS, tap and hold a message, tap on Select, then tap on Clear Chat in the top left of the chat and select Enable Auto-Delete and select the time frame.

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Home screen widgets will allow users to see a preview of recent messages or only the names and profile pictures of contacts. On Android, the widgets can be expanded to take up more of your screen and will always be up to date. The home screen widgets for iOS will only get fresh data “occasionally”, which the company says is due to system limitations.
The Telegram update also brings expiring group invite link that can be made inactive after a certain time. Additionally, groups that are close to the 200,000 members limit can now convert into Broadcast Groups that do not have any members limit. However, only group admins can send messages in these groups.
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Talking about other improvements in the latest Telegram update, the chat import feature that was added last month has been updated to show imported messages sorted by their original date. This is only valid for Telegram chats that are new or have fewer than 1,000 messages. Also, specific messages can now be reported and users can add comments when reporting. Lastly, the update brings new animated emojis to Telegram.

Samsung Galaxy M62 With Quad Rear Cameras, 7,000mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

Samsung Galaxy M62 has been launched in Thailand and the company’s website has been silently updated with the new model. The Galaxy M62 is a rebadged version of Samsung Galaxy F62 that was launched in India last week. The phone comes with a quad rear camera setup and a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. It is backed by a massive 7,000mAh battery and is offered in a single RAM and storage configuration. The Galaxy M62 comes in three colour options.

Samsung Galaxy M62 availability
Pricing for Samsung Galaxy M62 has not been shared yet but it does come with a buy option on the Samsung Thailand website. The phone seems to only come with 128GB storage as per Samsung Thailand’s purchase page, but the specifications page shows 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Galaxy M62 is offered in Black, Blue, and Green colour options.

Interestingly, the Galaxy M62 has been teased in Malaysia as well through a listing on e-commerce site Lazada. The phone will officially launch in the country on March 3. This could probably be the date when it becomes available in Thailand as well.

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Samsung Galaxy M62 specifications
Samsung Galaxy M62 features a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Super AMOLED Plus display. It is powered by an unnamed octa-core SoC that, considering it is a rebadged Galaxy F62, is most likely the Exynos 9825 SoC. The Galaxy M62 is listed with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 1TB).

In terms of optics, the quad rear camera setup on the Galaxy M62 includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, a 12-mgepixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 lens, and two 5-megapixel sensors with f/2.4 lenses. At the front, there is a 32-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens housed in a central hole-punch cutout.

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Connectivity options on the Galaxy M62 include 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the phone. Samsung Galaxy M62 has been equipped with a 7,000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. The phone measures 163.9×76.3×9.5mm and weighs 218 grams.

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