Microsoft Office Is Planning to Replace Calibri as Its Default Font Soon, Introduces 5 New Font Families

Microsoft is adding five new fonts to its Office Suite. The Redmond-based technology giant is planning to replace Calibri as its default font for the first time since 2007 when it changed it from Times New Roman. Microsoft also announced that one of the five new fonts — Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite — will eventually replace Calibri and is asking for users’ opinion in selecting the next default font over the coming months. All five font families are available to download through Microsoft Support website.

Through a post on its blog, Microsoft announced five new font families for its Office Suite apps. Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite are various styles of sans serif fonts and are available to download through Microsoft’s Support website. Microsoft is also asking its users to contribute feedback and provide comments on Twitter. The company also mentioned that if users don’t like the chosen default font, they can change it from the preferences in any of the Microsoft Office Suite apps.

Beirstadt is a “precise, yet contemporary sans serif typeface inspired by mid-20th-century Swiss typography,” while Grandview has been designed to be “legible at a distance and under poor conditions,” as per the company. Seaford is described as “rooted in old-style serif text typefaces and evokes their comfortable familiarity.” Skeena “typeface inspired by mid-20th-century Swiss typography.” Tenorite has the “overall look of a traditional workhorse sans serif, but with a warmer, more friendly style.”

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Office 2021 and Office 2021 LTSC versions will be released sometime this year. However, Microsoft hasn’t given an exact rollout timeline nor has it given any details about any new features. It is a successor for Office 2019 and the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) version will bring dark mode support across multiple apps like Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.


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Realme Buds Q2 With Up to 20 Hours Playback, Environmental Noise Cancellation Launched

Realme Buds Q2 true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds have been launched in Pakistan. These succeed the Realme Buds Q that were launched last year and come with a kaleidoscope-like finish to give it a unique design. The earbuds come with up to 20 hours of total playback with the charging case and supports environmental noise cancellation (ENC) for calls. Realme Buds Q feature a dedicated game mode that offers low latency of 88ms, offering seamless connectivity.

Realme Buds Q price, sale

Realme Buds Q2 come at an introductory price of PKR 3,999 (roughly Rs. 1,900). After the discount period is over, the earbuds will be available at PKR 5,999 (roughly Rs. 2,900). It isn’t clear until when the introductory period is expected to last. The earbuds are available in Blue and Black colour options. The earbuds are up for grabs via a Pakistani retail site.

Realme Buds Q features

Coming to the features and specifications, Realme Buds Q offer 20 hours of playback with the charging case. Each earbud claims to offer 5 hours of playback. The company claims that 10 minutes of charge offers 120 minutes of playback. Realme Buds Q2 have an in-ear design and integrate 10mm dynamic drivers with polymer composite diaphragm and new Bass Boost+ enhancement technology.

Realme Buds Q2’s Game Mode offers low latency of 88ms, enabling seamless sync between audio and video. The earbuds support touch controls to play or pause music, answer or end calls, and enter or exit gaming mode. As mentioned, the earbuds support environmental noise cancellation (ENC) for calls. Realme Buds Q2 have a kaleidoscope-like surface finish to give the earbuds a unique look. The charging case is egg-shaped and has LED indicators to let the user know when the battery is about to die.


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Facebook Marketplace Monthly Active Users Now at 1 Billion, Shops Crosses 250 Million Mark: Zuckerberg

Facebook Marketplace has more than 1 billion visitors each month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in the company’s Q1 earnings call on Wednesday. He also shared that Facebook Shops that was launched last year, now has more than one million monthly active Shops and over 250 million monthly Shops visitors. Facebook Marketplace was launched in 2016 to allow users to buy and sell with their community. Shops is relatively new, launched just last year, and the section provides businesses with a new way to prominently display the products they are selling on their Page.

In the Q1 2021 earnings call with Facebook investors, Zuckerberg touched upon how commerce is growing steadily on the platform. He announced that Marketplace has more than 1 billion visitors each month and Shops already has 250 million monthly visitors in just one year of launch. “Commerce has been growing on our services for a while, but it has become a lot more important as the pandemic has accelerated a broader shift towards businesses moving online. In the last year, we’ve seen online storefronts stay open even when physical stores closed, and going forward online commerce will continue to offer an increasingly personalized and convenient experience,” Zuckerberg told his investors.

To build better tools for commerce and improve on it, Zuckerberg said that they are looking to “investing more in building out better customer support for our products.” Facebook aims to build a full-featured commerce platform across services. “This modern commerce system is going to bring together a number of areas where we either already have strong offerings – like in ads, community tools, and messaging — with areas like Shops, business messaging, and payments that we’re focused on ramping up now,” he explained.

Facebook reported $26.2 billion (roughly Rs. 1,93,860 crore) in revenue, an increase of 48 percent from last year. Daily active users grew to 1.88 billion, up 8 percent or 144 million compared to last year. DAUs represented approximately 66 percent of the 2.85 billion monthly active users in March. MAUs grew by 250 million or 10 percent compared to last year.

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Samsung Galaxy Book (2021), Galaxy Book Odyssey With Fast Charging Support Launched: Price, Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) and Galaxy Book Odyssey were launched at the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event on Tuesday alongside the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. The new Galaxy Book models are not as high-end as the new Galaxy Book Pro versions, but nonetheless, Samsung has provided a list of features to make both Galaxy Book (2021) and Galaxy Book Odyssey compelling options at this time when demand of value-oriented laptops is at peak thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021), Galaxy Book Odyssey price

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) price starts at $549 (roughly Rs. 40,900) for the Wi-Fi only variant and $649 (roughly Rs. 48,300) for the LTE model. The Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey will be available with a price tag of $1,399 (roughly Rs. 1,04,200). On the other hand, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 models start at $999 (roughly Rs. 74,400).

The new Galaxy Book (2021) will debut in Mystic Blue and Mystic Silver colours, while the Galaxy Book Odyssey will come in a single Mystic Black colour option. Both laptops will go on sale in select markets from May 14.

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) features a 15.6-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) LCD panel and is powered by an 11th-generation Intel Core processor (going up to Core i7), along with up to Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The laptop also offers a maximum of 1TB NVMe SSD storage.

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Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD display
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For input, the Galaxy Book (2021) has the Pro Keyboard that Samsung has also offered on its Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 models. The laptop also comes with an optional fingerprint reader.

Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, two USB Type-C, two USB 3.2, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The laptop also has an option for LTE support that comes along with a nano-SIM card slot.

The Galaxy Book (2021) includes Dolby Atmos audio and packs a 54Whr battery that supports fast charging through the bundled 65W USB Type-C charger. The laptop measures 356.6×229.1×15.4mm and weighs 1.55 kilograms.

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey specifications

Just like the Galaxy Book (2021), the Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey carries a 15.6-inch full-HD LCD panel and is powered by up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. It comes with Nvidia GeForce RTX3050Ti Max-Q and Nvidia GeForce RTX3050 Max-Q graphics options. The laptop has up to 32GB of DDR4x RAM and up to 1TB of NVMe SSD.

The Galaxy Book Odyssey comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.1 wireless connectivity options. It also has two USB Type-C, three USB 3.2, an HDMI, RJ45, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is the Pro Keyboard along with a fingerprint reader-equipped power key. The laptop also has Dolby Atmos audio.

Samsung has provided an 83Whr battery that supports fast charging through the bundled 135W USB Type-C charger. The laptop measures 356.6×229.1×17.7mm and weighs 1.85 kilograms.


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Sony Has Sold 7.8 Million PlayStation 5 Consoles Since Launch, 3.3 Million in Q4 2020

Sony in its annual earnings report for FY2020 on Wednesday announced that it has sold a total of 7.8 million units of its PlayStation 5 console since its launch in November last year. In comparison, the Japanese technology company sold 5.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide in the entire financial year. It also said that there were 47.6 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, and 109 million PlayStation Network users in the fourth quarter of the financial year.

As per Sony’s earnings report of FY2020, the company sold 3.3 million PlayStation 5 consoles in the fourth quarter that ended on March 31. Previously, in its financial report for Q3 2020, the Japanese company shared that it sold 4.5 million PlayStation 5 units since its launch in early November. Furthermore, out of total 5.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles, Sony sold 1.4 million in Q3 2020, and a million units in Q4 2020.

In terms of software and titles, Sony sold 338.9 million full game software (PlayStation 4/ PlayStation 5), and 58.4 million first party titles in the entire FY2020, with 61.4 million and 7.9 million sold in the Q4 2020, respectively. Additionally, Sony had 47.6 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, and 109 million monthly active users in Q4 2020. In terms of revenue, Sony’s Game & Network Services (G&NS) segment, which consoles, games, and network services, brought in a revenue of JPY 2,604,713 million (roughly Rs. 1,78,060 crores).

Sony recently announced through its PlayStation account on Twitter that PlayStation Now users will soon be able to stream certain games at 1080p resolution. PlayStation Now is Sony’s cloud streaming subscription service that allows PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC users to play PS4, PS3, and PS2 games. PlayStation Now costs $9.99 (roughly Rs. 750) per month or $24.99 (roughly Rs. 1,900) for three months. There is also an annual plan that costs $59.99 (roughly Rs. 4,500), and it is available in Europe, the US, Canada, and Japan.


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No frills mid-range headset for gamers

Verdict

Priced at Rs 8,249, the Alienware 310H offers decent value for money. It has a robust build and comfortable fit, allowing gamers to play for hours on end without any overbearing discomfort. The headset isn’t the best-sounding for FPS games since the gunshots sound too boomy, however, for other genres of games the headset is pretty competent, with good imaging and dynamic sound.

Alienware 310H gaming headset detailed review

Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen today, with brands pushing to bring their own offerings into this lucrative market. Additionally, gaming headsets are being produced across a wide range of price points, to ensure that every demographic has one adequate for its needs. Alienware is a brand that is renowned in the gaming world and the company has a good lineup of gaming headsets, across several price points as well. A good gaming headset would be classified as one with a robust build, to be able to endure even rage-inducing gaming sessions; a comfortable fit, to allow for hours of gaming; a good microphone, to converse with teammates on Discord or Teamspeak; and immersive sound, to plunge you into the fictional gaming world. Here we are reviewing the Alienware 310H stereo gaming headset which is a mid-range, wired gaming headset, priced at Rs 8,429, but available for Rs 7,999 on Amazon. Let’s see if the headset offers the basics of what makes a good gaming headset.

Build and comfort

Alienware 310H Gaming Headset

The Alienware 310H gaming headset isn’t a flashy one when it comes to the aesthetics. The headset is all-black and has a matte texture which feels uncannily like the outside of an eggshell. The Alienware logo is embellished on the back on the headband extenders on either side and has a glossy finish, which adds a tad bit of contrast. 

Alienware 310H Gaming Headset

The earcups are a hybrid of plush memory foam, sports fabric, and leatherette. These materials are meant to optimise cooling and comfort while maintaining noise isolation. In our tests, we found that the material was adequately breathable and was extremely comfortable to don. The ear cups are well-padded and the clamping force isn’t too tight as well. The cups can also be rotated 90-degrees to sit flat on your chest or on a surface.

Alienware 310H Gaming Headset

The headband can be extended on both sides to quite a degree, so most heads should find the headset comfortable to wear. The extenders aren’t exposed and are tucked away neatly within the plastic build. The headband is padded as well and sits comfortably on the head. The padding was a bit too hard for our liking, but it doesn’t get overly uncomfortable at any point. 

Alienware 310H Gaming Headset

The cups isolate external noise pretty well, however, due to the noise isolating fit they do get hot at times, especially when you’re in a non-air-conditioned room in a humid city like Mumbai. The left ear cup houses a retractable boom microphone, which slides in and out with ease. The mic can be bent and adjusted as needed, to produce the best sound possible. 

The Alienware 310H is a wired headset which comes with a 3.5mm audio cable. The company has also provided a Y-splitter cable in the box as well. According to Alienware, the headset comes with cross-platform compatibility and can be used with PCs, laptops, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. We used the headset with a PC for this review. 

Alienware 310H Gaming Headset

The headset also has a small in-line remote control with a volume controlling scroll wheel. There’s also a pretty discreet microphone mute switch on the back on the module that can be flicked down to mute the mic and flicked up to unmute.

Overall, the headset is comfortable and robust, however, it is certainly lacking a gaming aesthetic that is prevalent on a lot of gaming headsets these days. There’s no RGB or accents that make the headset stand out visually. Still, it serves the purpose of comfort, which is pretty adequate for us.

Features

The Alienware 310H isn’t feature-rich, by any means. It is a simple, yet functional wired, stereo gaming headset without frills such as 7.1 surround sound, USB or wireless connectivity, software support, and game sound modes. However, it does come with a Discord-certified microphone, which in our testing, proved to be pretty commendable for the price point. The voice was relayed clearly and it didn’t sound distorted or distant as some entry to mid-range gaming headset microphones do. However, a fair amount of external sounds are picked up by the microphone and relayed to your teammates, so ensure to sit in a relatively quiet room to get the best experience.

Alienware 310H Gaming Headset

As mentioned before, there’s also cross-platform compatibility, which is pretty common now but is a nice feature to have nevertheless. The quick mute switch on the inline remote is also pretty useful and works well, in a jiffy. All in all, the Alienware 310H ditches the frills and sticks to the basics.

Performance

Equipped with custom-tuned 50mm drivers for Hi-Res Audio, the Alienware 310H have a frequency response from 20Hz to 40kHz. The headset employs Alienware’s Immersive Audio Technology to power its gaming performance. The headset has pretty decent sound quality for gaming, however, there are some issues. 

First, let’s talk about the positive. Soundtracks and songs within games sound pretty good on these headphones. Sounds such as explosions are impactful as well. The imaging on these headphones is pretty stellar, and you’ll be able to pinpoint the direction the enemy is coming from based on cues such as footsteps. Do keep in mind that these are stereo headphones, so you won’t get a surround sound effect.

Alienware 310H Gaming Headset

However, the bass response is pretty exaggerated on these headphones, so in FPS games gunshots sound slightly boomy and due to that it can be slightly difficult to pinpoint the location. Being closed-back headphones, the soundstage is slightly limited and the immersiveness is cut down because of this shortcoming. We played Valorant using this headset. The experience was decent, however, we wish that the gunshots sounded a bit more impactful.

Listening to music and watching TV shows or films with this headset is a decent overall experience. The sound is dynamic and lively, however, the exaggerated bass response can make the headset sound a bit too dark and broody at times. Overall, it is a decent sounding mid-range headset, especially if you don’t play a lot of FPS games.

Verdict

Priced at Rs 8,249, the Alienware 310H offers decent value for money. It has a robust build and comfortable fit, allowing gamers to play for hours on end without any overbearing discomfort. The headset isn’t the best-sounding for FPS games since the gunshots sound too boomy, however, for other genres of games the headset is pretty competent, with good imaging and dynamic sound. The soundstage is a bit narrow, but that is expected due to its closed-back design. If you want a mid-range gaming headset with a minimalist look, this headset is a decent option. Another compelling option at this price range is the JBL Quantum 400 which comes with slightly better sound quality and software support.

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AKG K245 Studio Headphones Review: Affordable professional studio monitors

One of the oldest brands in the headphones business, AKG was first established in the 1940s in Vienna, Austria. The brand’s parent company, Harman International, was then acquired by Samsung and ever since AKG has boasted a more modern identity. Priced at Rs. 9,999 on Amazon, the AKG K245 are open-back, wired headphones in AKG’s range of foldable studio monitors, which also include the K175 and K275. This open-back version is touted to be more suitable for long listening sessions since the open-back nature reduces listening fatigue and also doesn’t fall prey to the users’ ears becoming red hot over a period of time. Let’s look at how these relatively affordable, professional studio monitors fared in our tests.

Build and design

The AKG K245 is predominantly black and looks sufficiently elegant. The AKG logo is located at the back of each ear cup along with the model name and the words ‘Professional Studio Headphones’. The words are etched in white and silver and look quite attractive. The earcups house finely perforated metal, which gives the headphones its open-back quality. It looks technically designed but also doesn’t compromise on style. They employ a couple of different materials in the construction – leatherette cloth for the headband, plastic for the headband straps, and metal for the earcups.

The headband sports a unique construction with the band moving along two straps to adjust to heads while the frame stays still throughout. The result of this is that the headphones are extremely easy to adjust even when they’re firmly placed over the user’s head, something not many headphones are capable of. 

The headband, however, doesn’t sport the customary memory foam padding. Still, wearing them over extended periods of time, surprisingly, doesn’t create a hotspot on the head. The earcups, on the other hand, do have soft, plush memory foam that enveloped the reviewer’s ears excellently, providing a comfortable fit. However, for larger ears, these earcups definitely seem a bit too inadequate. If you have larger ears, you may feel a bit cramped when you have these headphones on. 

The headphones are also supremely flexible and malleable. The earcups can be folded inwards for some added portability. They also rotate 180-degrees which ensures that the cups sit flat on a table or on your chest, when not in use. Additionally, we tugged the earcups apart and they have a considerable amount of flex without the signs of any creaks. 

The product comes along with a spiral cable with a mini XLR plug that connects to the headphones and a gold-plated 3.5mm audio jack on the other end. The cable extends quite a bit and avoids tangles like the plague, however, it does feel a bit bulky. 

Performance

Packing sizeable 50mm transducers, the AKG K245 definitely lean more towards the bass and lows than the mids and highs. The bass reproduction, while exaggerated, is not muddy or boomy though. Instead, the bass notes are reproduced with precision. Despite the punchy bass response, they do a good job at not masking the mids. 

The sound profile is not as neutral as traditional studio monitors, still, the frequencies sound pretty balanced overall. The mids are quite detailed and tracks such as Shine On by Pink Floyd sound pristine. The intricacies in the mid-ranged instruments and the vocals are well-maintained. However, the upper-mids can, sometimes, get a bit peaky, which is odd since the treble is quite lacklustre on these.

The treble on these headphones is their only major weakness. This frequency range sorely lacks drive and enthusiasm causing treble-heavy tracks such Around the World by Kings of Leon sound dreary and lacklustre. 

The soundstage, as expected from open-back, studio monitors, is quite wide and features some decent height as well. The headphones have an airy auditory quality which makes tracks, regardless of genres, sound pleasant. The imaging is very accurate as well as heard in crowded tracks such as Selkies by Between the Buried and Me.

Being open-back it is understandable that the passive isolation of these is sorely lacking. These headphones aren’t meant to be daily drivers and using them during commute is not advisable at all, since the external sounds will definitely hamper your listening experience. Fortunately, the leakage is extremely controlled for open-back headphones, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your deskmates too much.

Bottomline

The AKG K245 open-back studio monitors are quite a competent pair of headphones and sport a relatively affordable price tag as well. They look aesthetic and professional, however, the fit might be a bit cramped up for those with larger ears. The sound quality is not neutral, it is definitely bass-boosted, however, this nature doesn’t hamper the mids as expected. The treble performance, however, is lacklustre. Overall, these headphones are quite good for sound professionals, since they are mostly sonically accurate and do not fatigue the user even over extended periods of usage.

 

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Paytm, CRED Launch Initiatives to Tackle Oxygen Shortages From COVID-19 Crisis

Paytm has announced a fundraising campaign to fight the shortage of oxygen in India that has been caused by the coronavirus second wave. The company, through its philanthropic venture Paytm Foundation, is raising Rs. 10 crores to donate oxygen concentrators across the country. The initiative is called “Oxygen for India” and is aimed to directly help the people who are in need of oxygen. Fintech startup CRED is also trying to help with oxygen supplies and has partnered with healthcare fundraising platform Milaap to procure and distribute oxygen concentrators in the country. The company says it plans to distribute a billion litres of the life-saving gas through this partnership.

Under the Oxygen for India programme, Paytm is urging users to donate money through a dedicated portal and in return promising to match each contribution made.

“All the contributions made through Paytm will be directly transferred to Paytm Foundation. Paytm Foundation will buy oxygen concentrators and distribute to needy,” the company wrote on its FAQ page.

Contributions made for the Oxygen for India campaign are not exempted from income tax according to the FAQ page, though the company has promised to provide contribution receipts in a few days.

Paytm Foundation says it will import over 3,000 oxygen concentrators to India by working with its sourcing partners. The company is also claimed to have already raised over Rs. 1.5 crores and placed an order for 1,000 oxygen concentrators worth Rs. 4 crores.

 

In a similar vein, CRED is working with Milaap to procure and distribute oxygen concentrators. The Bengaluru-based company is asking its users to donate their loyalty points, called CRED coins.

“For every 10,000 CRED coins our members redeem, we will distribute 1,000 litres of oxygen via these concentrators,” the company said in a blog post.

However, unlike Paytm, CRED has not provided any details on how much amount it is planning to raise through the CRED coins it will receive from its users. The company is also showing the contributors the amount of oxygen that it would be able to distribute through the oxygen concentrators it will source, which means it’s not entirely clear how much of an impact your donation would make. On the other hand, since these are loyalty points, it is very easy for users to contribute without having to spend anything extra, which might encourage more people to participate.

“CRED will fund the entire administrative fee and support Milaap in making sure that the contributions reach those who need it most,” the company said.

 

Milaap has promised to provide the details of how it will deploy the funds that it receives from CRED for procuring and distributing concentrators through a microsite by May 3, ensuring transparency for the process. The contributors will also get an update about the deployment through an email.

CRED is additionally open to fund ideas that can make hospitals self-sufficient in oxygen through oxygen generators on-site or equipping other containers to move oxygen. The company has also set up an in-house COVID task force to collate resources from various sources to help its full-time employees, contractors, and interns in the pandemic. Moreover, it has announced a Partner Fund to help small and independent businesses requiring assistance.

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Spotify Teams Up With Facebook to Let Users Play Music, Podcasts on the Social Network App

Spotify on Monday said it has partnered with Facebook to allow listeners to play music and podcasts directly from the social network’s iOS and Android apps.  

Facebook last week said it planned to launch several audio products, including Clubhouse-style live audio rooms and a way for users to find and play podcasts.

The new integration is rolling out in 27 markets, including the US and Canada, with additional markets to follow in the coming month, Spotify said in a statement.

Spotify’s paid subscribers would be able to access full playback without advertisements and without leaving the Facebook app.

Apple last week said it will launch podcast subscriptions, which will let users pay to unlock new content and additional benefits like ad-free listening, intensifying competition with Spotify.

Both Spotify and Facebook have been fighting Apple on different fronts, from privacy changes on iOS devices to the 30 percent fee levied on app developers to use the iPhone maker’s in-app purchase system.

Apple has said its App Store helped Spotify to benefit from hundreds of millions of app downloads to become Europe’s largest music streaming service.

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