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Why I know the reason but still can’t make a good slideshow?
How to balance design needs (audience’s perspective) and “design efficiency” (producer’s perspective)?
How can we improve the efficiency of slideshows besides improving the design ability?

We have clearly understood that the most important thing to get the “slide design” right is to put yourself in the “audience’s” shoes and think about how to design it to better convey the message. Theoretically, this is the best way to achieve the best results as long as your design thinking is correct.

However, when we go back to being speakers – or rather slide makers – and start to do slide design, we find that the reality is not so simple, but there are many limitations. I will simply divide them into two main categories.

Limitations in ability
Although we have a clear idea of what is a good slide design in general, it is still a rather abstract concept. In practice, if you don’t have design experience, lack the appropriate design skills, or are not familiar with the functions of the software, you still don’t know how to use PPT to make slides that conform to the “design thinking”, even though the concept is correct. This part of the limitation is exactly the problem that this column will solve for you. In the following chapters, I will bring you to understand what kind of “design thinking” you should have for each slide design scenario, and how to make use of PPT’s software functions to implement “design thinking” into the production of slides.

Time constraints
In an ideal situation, we can make more designs for slides that fit the memory model to improve the efficiency of understanding and stimulate emotional resonance; however, in reality, our time is quite limited. Even if you have the right design direction and are very familiar with the software and various design techniques, you will have to spend a lot of time to make a better design. This is a very impractical thing for people in the workplace. So, in the face of time cost constraints, we need to make the appropriate trade-offs.

The so-called “trade-off” does not mean that we don’t do design if we have little time, but rather “how much time to do how much design”. This is actually very similar to the concept of “minimum viable product” in the marketing field, and we can use this concept to think about the whole slide production process.

First, let’s briefly introduce what is “minimum viable product (MVP)”. It refers to the simplest product that can satisfy the core needs of the target users in the process of new product development. It has three characteristics.

Completely tailored to the needs of the target user
The simplest and least costly form
Imperfect and requires constant iteration

The most common illustration of this concept is the example of building a car at the bottom. The core demand is “travel for transportation”, at this point we need to do, not like the first half of the painting, starting from building wheels to slowly build a car; but first make a skateboard that can get around, and then slowly iterate out of the bicycle, motorcycle, car.

Now, let’s apply this concept back to the production of slides, you will find that “target users” are the “audience”, “needs” are the “information” in the slides, and “products” are the “presentation” composed of slides. What we should do is not to make the best design for each page of the slides (build a car); instead, we should return to the theme of expression (user needs) and make a presentation (slide) that can fully convey the message first, and then do further optimization and iteration according to our ability and time. This is the most feasible “efficiency thinking” in practice from the perspective of slide makers.

In fact, the most common presentation scenarios we encounter are not so much about the design of the slides, but about making a simple and focused PPT in a short period of time, in which case we only need to master the basic software operations and follow the three guiding principles of “design thinking” as much as possible in the general direction of slide design, which is quite enough.

Therefore, what we want to do next is to take into account the audience-oriented “design thinking” and the “efficiency thinking” of the slideshow maker, and propose a set of methodology as a guide for slideshow design, which is the next three stages of “slideshow design” to be shared.

The Three Stages of Slide Design
Before we start talking about the three phases, let’s review the three guiding principles of slide design.

Establishing a “logical framework”: Start by establishing a complete “logical framework”, condensing as much information as possible into three to four modules.
Create a “visual hierarchy”: Create “front-attention features” for visual elements (color change, enlargement, boldness, even animation, etc.) to achieve an instantly recognizable effect.
Use “image elements”: Use visual information such as “image elements” as much as possible to accelerate the audience’s understanding, trigger empathy, and even prompt action.

With these three principles in mind, let’s move on to a question: what are the starting point and the end point in the process of creating a slideshow?

The starting point is of course the “information” itself, which is generally abstract “verbal information”, such as spoken words or plain text descriptions; while the ending point is the slides presented by the “visual information” after the “information” has been processed (designed). As for how far you can influence the audience in the final presentation, it depends on how far you can go to the end (how much design you have done).

From the introduction of the memory model in the previous article, we can see that the more graphic and even empathy-inducing the design is, the more it can invoke the long-term memory area, which in turn deepens the memory and motivates action. Therefore, we can consider the “design level” of slides as a spectrum from “verbal information” to “visual information”. The higher the proportion of initial information such as text, the faster it is done and the lower the degree of design, and the more time it takes for the audience to understand it; conversely, the more images, the more time it takes to do it and the higher the degree of design, but it is the most intuitive, emotional, and impressive for the audience.

With the starting point, the end point, and the changes in the process, we can roughly launch how to advance the process of “slide design” step by step. To facilitate your understanding, I will first directly divide the whole process into three major stages: structured, pictorial, and scenario-based.

Stage 1: Structuring
At the beginning, we only have “linguistic information” such as spoken words or plain text. According to “Principle 1: Establishing a logical framework”, we need to sort out these “linguistic information” first, so that they have a “logical framework” that is easy to understand and remember. You can use sticky notes to arrange the information or draw a mind map according to your personal habits. After sorting into categories, according to the logical relationship of the content, in the horizontal structure, use the “rule of 3” to summarize the key points at the same level to help the audience remember; in the vertical structure, distinguish the core topics, first level headings, second level headings and content descriptions to make a logical tree diagram with well-defined levels.

However, trying to present a large amount of content information to the audience, it is obviously not enough to only create a logical framework, because there is no focus on it visually. This is where we need to use “Principle 2: Create Visual Hierarchy”. The way to do this is very simple, that is, to do layout for the content in the slide, using visual forms to distinguish the logical hierarchy, for example: change the color of headings, subheadings, enlarge, bold to layer, or underline the key words, key paragraphs and other text to emphasize, in order to guide the audience’s line of sight.

At this point, we have completed the “minimal viable product” for the presentation. There is no need to spend time looking for diagrams, no need to do much design, just sort out the information, do a good layout, and you are done quickly. Although there is still a lot of text in the slides, they are at least easy to read and relatively well understood.

Stage 2: Visualization
After “structuring”, we have sorted out the “logical framework” and captured the key information in the text content. How to improve it further? As mentioned above, we gradually convert the “verbal information” into “visual information”, that is, “Principle 3: Use of image elements”. It is simple to find out the key information or keywords after “structuring”, and then replace them with appropriate image elements according to the type of information. For example, in the case of the two major branches of economics above, we can omit a lot of text to become an oral presentation, and find suitable illustrations to replace the descriptions in it, which not only makes the content more concise and easy to understand, but also makes the design more beautiful.

It is important to note here that “replacing image elements” is not arbitrary, but “based on the type of information”. In the field of product design, there is a saying that “Form follows function”, and this is also true for slideshow design. Therefore, when we want to show a specific thing or scene, we should use “pictures”; when we want to present data, we should use “charts”; and when we want to illustrate a logical relationship or abstract concept, obviously the first two are not appropriate, but should use “shapes” and “icons” to match. We will elaborate on this part later when we introduce the chapter of “Image Elements”.

Stage 3: Scenario-based
After “picturization”, we have made the content information concrete as images. However, the images in this stage still follow the typographic logic of text, but with a more intuitive replacement. The “scene-based” stage, on the other hand, is to turn the image into the main, so that all the image elements, further blend into a complete “scene”, so that the text content relegated to the picture of the auxiliary instructions. For example, the picture below is a design we did for TalkingData Data Intelligence Summit. We directly used a street map as the “scene”, and then arranged the text into the street as an auxiliary description, so that the text information and the scene map can be integrated to create a “sense of scene”.

So what should we do? On the one hand, we have to improve our “aesthetics” on a daily basis, read more excellent graphic design works, learn how designers handle image elements, and think about how to apply them to slide design; on the other hand, we can start from the technology, learn to build scenes with pictures or videos, use PPT’s own animation or even 3D function to simulate dynamic or display objects, etc.

After completing this stage, the slides convey more than just “information”, but also “atmosphere” and “emotion”. By shaping the scene, the speaker can better “tell the story with pictures” and complete a brilliant and impressive presentation.

Tips to improve the efficiency of slideshow production
The above “Three Stages of Slide Design” is a methodology that can be followed in the general direction of slide design to address the problem of “limited time”. However, if you have a lot of content to deal with, you may not even be able to do the “structuring” stage properly. Therefore, we also need to develop efficient software operation habits in the daily production of slides, in order to help you save more time, so that you can have more room for good “slide design”.

So, what are the techniques that can significantly improve the efficiency of slideshow production? The more scenario-specific features, such as layout alignment, theme setting, slide mastering, etc., will be explained in subsequent chapters in the context of Design Thinking. Here we will mainly mention two features that can help you save a lot of tedious operations: Quick Access Toolbar and Shortcut Keys.

“Using the “Quick Access Toolbar
What is the “Quick Access Toolbar”? Simply put, it is a toolbar that allows you to put frequently used functions into the same toolbar. Once you set it up, you can improve the efficiency of your PPT operations once and for all.

When you open PPT and see the top left corner, the default functions are “Save”, “Undo Typing”, “Repeat Typing” and “Start from the beginning”, which is the initial “Quick Access Toolbar” of PPT. Our next task is to put all the most frequently used functions into this toolbar.

How do I add a frequently used feature to the Quick Access Toolbar? Simply move your mouse over the feature you want to add and click “Right click – Add to Quick Access Toolbar” to add the feature to the Quick Access Toolbar.

However, when you add more and more functions, you will find a whole column of tools crammed at the top of the PPT, and you have to move your mouse to the top to switch to find them, which is not convenient. At this point, you can pull the inverted triangle menu “Customize Quick Access Toolbar” on the far right of the Quick Access Toolbar and find “Show below ribbon” at the bottom, and move this whole column of tools to the bottom of the ribbon. This way, the functions you’ve added can be displayed in a full row, and you can shorten the distance you have to move your mouse to click on them.

In addition, in the “Customize Quick Access Toolbar”, you can click “Other Commands” to further adjust or export this toolbar. In this screen, you can adjust the order of each function in the toolbar, and add or remove functions against the ribbon on the left.

What you need to do here is to categorize each function as well as possible and put functions of the same category together, e.g. text box and modify text formatting category, align and evenly split functions put in the same category …… etc. This will avoid the inconvenience of using the toolbar due to its confusing ordering.

After setting up the Quick Access Toolbar, you can export your own Quick Access Toolbar to a custom file in “Other Commands – Import/Export”. This allows you to import this file directly when you use PPT on another computer without having to set up the Quick Access Toolbar again.

Here is a brief summary of the key points for setting up the Quick Access Toolbar.

Add the most frequently used functions
Adjust the display to the bottom of the ribbon
Place similar functions in close proximity to each other

The use of “Shortcut Keys
We all know that in the process of doing PPT, there are many frequently used but trivial operations, such as: copy and paste, change the color and bold of the text, enlarge the picture in equal proportion …… etc. If we only rely on the mouse to click back and forth, it will often take a lot of time. But if we know which shortcut key to use when operating the mouse, we can complete the original three or four steps to achieve the effect in one step.

Speaking of shortcuts, you must have seen a lot on the Internet, a direct list of a bunch of shortcuts table. However, this kind of list looks rich, but there is nothing practical. Few people will really follow the table to practice and remember, and there is no need to remember so many tedious shortcut keys in practice. Therefore, I mainly introduce, mostly with the mouse can be completed with the operation, relatively good to start, respectively: Ctrl, Shift and F4.

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As a macOS user, local music management has always been a headache for me. Although I spend most of my time on macOS, my current music library is organized on Windows using Musicbee, with a folder structure of: artist/album/single, and custom playlists of various types (m3u format), all of which are synced across devices via the Synology NAS.

Most of the library is imported from CDs, which has the advantage that it is easy to grab the correct song title, track information and album art. Music downloaded from the internet can be a bit confusing, but I do organize it manually when importing, so more than 90% of the music in the library is organized and has album art.

Neither iTunes nor Apple Music support direct import of Flac format files in macOS, but need to convert to ALAC or WAV format to use, which is very tedious. This planted the seed in my mind that I needed to find a new application.

Before looking for native music software, I used Audio Station, the official music suite provided by Synology. There is also a corresponding app on iOS to access the library for online playback. However, Audio Station does not have a desktop software, so it can only be accessed through a browser, which is not very convenient, and remote access to music inevitably encounters network problems, which is not as convenient as direct local storage.

So I wanted to find a good music software to solve these problems, and in summary, I had these ideas for it.

- The ability to import music files in a given location and not have to copy them to another location or disrupt the order of the original files.
- Compatibility with most common music formats.
- The ability to import m3u format playlists and correctly associate music files.
an elegant interface display with the possibility of showing album covers
- Reasonable price and long-term upgradeability with the latest systems.
- If it works with HomePod is a plus.
With these needs in mind, I set out to find the right software for me. But to my surprise, although these requirements seem very simple, but really can perfectly solve these problems does not really seem to have, I tried some of the software recommended by users, but as of now have not been able to make a decision, so I can say that it is not a successful exploration, but I still want to record the process, share to everyone, this content is not for each software in-depth review, but The first impressions of light use, interested partners are welcome to continue reading.

Doppler

One-time buyout, with support for subsequent permanent upgrades. Can be used on multiple computers, default single device activation, need to email official free upgrade the number of authorized devices.

Software Introduction
Doppler was first launched for iOS, and the macOS version was just launched in July this year. It was also introduced in Minority’s previous article “Pie Review | Recent Apps to Watch – August 2 Date”. The official press release says: Doppler is a smart, beautiful and easy-to-use software for users who like to buy and manage music locally. Doppler also supports last.fm integration and the ability to transfer music and playlists between devices.

Trial Experience
Doppler is very “light”, with no complicated functions except for playback and organization, resulting in a simple and refreshing interface and a smooth and lag-free operating experience. It’s a great way to support the Apple ecosystem. This is something that no other software has.

For example, after selecting the library folder, the software can automatically search and import music files, but it can’t automatically import playlists, and there is no manual import option in the menu.

The second one is that when viewing music under single song view, I can’t quickly locate to “Artist” or “Album” by single song, I have to go to the related view to re-locate. This is very inconvenient for me, because it’s very common to want to browse the album a song belongs to while listening to it, or to see other music by the same artist. This operation is supported in the other two applications in this article

In the view of all single songs, only sorting by artist name is currently supported by default, no sorting method is supported.
During playback, Doppler only provides time tracks and cannot switch between different display modes. Officially, we recommend the compatible third-party plug-in “Sleeve” to solve this problem.

Sleeve (buyout price: $5) supports Apple Music, Spotify, and Doppler, providing them with a deeply customizable playback and control interface. The Doppler buyout price is very reasonable and easy for me to get started, and as long as the developers keep it updated, it’s worth a try.

JRiver MediaCenter

Master license buyout price: $79.98 – for full platform activation on Windows, Mac and Linux. Single platform buyout license price: $59.98 – select one of Windows or Mac or Linux platforms. Can be used on multiple computers, quantity limit unknown. Licenses are limited to updates within the same major version, with the ability to upgrade to subsequent major versions at a discounted price, usually one major version per year.

Software Introduction
Jriver MediaCenter, first released in 1999, is an old media management software. It is called “media management” because the software supports not only all kinds of music formats, but also video and image management. In the official description, MediaCenter is described as “the most comprehensive media player, the solution for the entire family of music, movies, TV and photos. , it offers.

More file format compatibility than any other player.
Support for connections to Last.fm, Netflix, Hulu and Youtube, and the ability to post content to Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.
more devices for cell phones, MP3 players, DLNA, etc. than any other player.
Powerful management tools as well as a database.

Trial Experience
I downloaded the latest version of Media Center 30 recently released by the developer team in the forum to try it out. I feel that it is full of “old school” style, which is reflected in the design (which can also be felt from the style of their website) and the function settings of the software. Although MediaCenter has powerful features, the multi-level menus and settings are very unfriendly to newcomers, and when I first started, I found everything very uncomfortable.

The main window of the software can open multiple tabs to browse different contents, which also reflects the complexity of using this software.

In terms of design, the interface looks like a modern patch to the Windows 95 software, from the proportions to the fonts, which always feel a bit incongruous, and in macOS the whole window is only “maximized” and not “full screen” mode. The image and movie management are redundant for me, but these modules can’t be removed from the interface (at least I haven’t found a way yet), so they don’t feel clean and intuitive.

The software can recognize other devices in the unified network environment and put the content on them. In order to test the actual effect of casting, I imported a few videos that I found on the fly, and they can be played on my TV box normally.

Media Center is not cheap, but you can get a genuine license for about $200 from a domestic software licensee, which is quite friendly. Considering the subsequent upgrades, the average annual cost of a few hundred is affordable, but it is basically at the limit of my expectations.

Audirvana Origin

At least 2 years of macOS compatibility upgrades and at least 1 annual feature upgrade per year until 2025.

Software Introduction
Audirvna is a software company founded in Paris in 2011. Its sole purpose is to create a high quality digital music playback experience. Over time, our team has carefully developed and improved a unique technology to craft the ultimate technical solution for all music professionals and enthusiasts.

Trial Experience
In terms of software design style Audirvna I think is the most sophisticated among several software. The black, white and purple color scheme is very nice, and the dark color as the background also highlights the visual effect of the album cover (forgive me for being visual), but for some reason when scrolling up and down, the album cover lags a bit and takes time to load out.

The right side of the play bar, as well as the settings screen can choose to switch output devices, but again, HomePod is not supported, only my host as well as the monitor can be recognized.

Audirvna Origin has some negative comments on the Internet, mainly focusing on two points, one is that many users think that replacing the previous digital version series with the Origin version (which is no longer updated, the last version is: Audirvana 3.5.50) is an act of charging twice for the same software, which is not very generous.

Another thing is that Audirvna Origin has all sorts of little bugs, one example I encountered during my use: in the playlist view, double-clicking the mouse does not play the song I selected, but plays a random song of something else. I don’t know if this is a logical error (double-clicking doesn’t play a single song but the list, which is currently in random play mode, so a single song is randomly selected) or just a bug that makes people confused. For example, in the screenshot below, two songs appear in the purple selected state, the top one is double clicked and the bottom one is actually played.

But what I found most unacceptable was the not-so-cheap buyout price of the software, and the clear message that subsequent support updates are very limited. After all, computer systems are still upgraded every year, so the “lifetime use but no continuous updates” of the software has no real value to me. The price of the subscription version is not in my consideration.

VOX

Player software available for free download and use. Premium membership: $4.99/month Provides cloud storage space and other services.

VOX Music Player is a digital audio player developed by Coppertino for macOS and iOS. First released in 2013, it focuses on lightness and support for a wide range of lossless music.

support for almost all common formats and playback of high resolution audio up to 24bit/192kHz.
The ability to import personal and itunes music libraries.
Support for 30,000+ Internet radio stations.
VOX is very clearly positioned as a “player”, so it doesn’t have too many “display” and “management” features. Simplicity and usability are its biggest selling points. But it basically doesn’t meet my needs. So after downloading and installing it, I gave up after a brief trial.

Roon

Subscription price: $9.99/month (annual), $12.99/month (monthly). Buyout price: $699.99.

The Roon team is committed to creating the best possible experience for people who love music and sound. Since creating and releasing its first music product in 2004, Roon has been pursuing new technologies to bring more music into people’s lives. After working with Sooloos, Meridian Audio and HP to develop music software, Roon Lab was founded in 2015. Roon is much more than just playback software; it is a complete music system in its own right, with three main components: Roon Core, Roon Remote and Roon Arc. Roon is far more than just playback software.

Roon Core is the brain of the system and can be understood as music server software. It manages music files, streaming services, and audio devices, and Roon Core can be installed on Mac, Windows, Linux, and devices such as QNAP and Syology NAS.
Roon Remote is a server reading and management software for browsing and playing music from your library on your home LAN, and can be installed on iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones, Mac and Windows devices.
Roon Arc is the software that allows access to the server over the network, so you can browse and play music from anywhere, regardless of geographic location. It is available on iOS and Android.

Through the official website and other user reviews can see that Roon is a powerful and highly playable system, and with $700 to solve their own music system once and for all this solution makes me a little tempted, but in the end reason still stopped me from chopping, I know that my current needs and equipment can not play the real strength of Roon.

After a round of understanding, I was most impressed by Doppler and Roon, the two cheapest and lightest and expensive but can be a one-step idea. Although I still haven’t made a decision on which software to use so far, I still want to share the information I gathered and the problems I encountered during the process. I hope it can be helpful to the partners who have the same problem.

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New features are not well perceived. Old experiences stand still: BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II experience review.

Under the surprised eyes of my neighbors, I pulled out of the long line that had been in line for ten minutes and finally came to the first place. Then, relieved, he threw himself into the couch next to him and pulled out the BOSE QuietComfort noise-cancelling earbuds that had been sitting in the pocket of his jeans and pants before he could put them on.

The long line in front of you is still the same long line, but the gossip of the neighbors, the children’s fighting, and the loud complaints of friends with foreign accents are like old movies that have withdrawn from the color. In a world where people no longer bluff by shouting, yelling, or whispering in each other’s ears, the passage of time seems to slow down; Everyone who was talking, their eyes, their usual distractions from words, began to tell me other stories that were the same or very different from their voices.

Only the occasional leak of child frolicking into the ear tries to break this perspective, but Spotify’s “Weekly New Discovery” is no longer obvious after it rings in the ear. So surrounded by couches and music, I simply opened the Feishu document and changed the beginning of the originally written article.

Off-the-wall remarks
This leather sofa is placed on the wall of the entrance hall on the first floor.

After moving, I would occasionally put down my things on the arm of the sofa and rest when I had too many things in my hands and needed to wait for the elevator. Every day I go upstairs and downstairs, come and go, and I’ve never sat on this couch. But that day was a little different.

In the morning, because of some work chores, I can’t eat breakfast on time, which is very mentally disturbing for obsessive-compulsive disorder that is used to everything in life going according to the predetermined plan; After the meeting, I rushed to the supermarket downstairs to buy my favorite kind of bread, but I didn’t expect to find that the nucleic acid I had just made was invalidated because of the start of a new round of “three days and two inspections”. With the pop-up window, I couldn’t go into the supermarket to buy breakfast.

Things to do at work during the day are not on the table for the time being. All I know is that I want that bread.

So in the afternoon out of the queue for an hour to do nucleic acid, the queue process (starting at 6 p.m. but everyone is used to queuing in advance) came a middle-aged man, he ran to the front of the line by asking the time, after asking the question stood and did not go, and completed the queue operation. Usually, I would like to complain to my wife on Whatsapp at most, but at this time, a grandmother in a wheelchair pushed by her family behind me said “the front one is lined up.”

It wasn’t loud, but I heard it behind the uncle, and he probably didn’t hear it. So I plucked up the courage to ask the medical staff when the registered paramedics came out at 6 o’clock:

“Hello, is there no need to queue up to make nucleic acids here?”

“Why don’t you have to wait in line?”

“This comrade didn’t?”

This comrade – see that I call him comrade for the time being when he cooperates with our epidemic prevention work, at this time he turned around and blushed:

“Why didn’t I line up, when they asked your line to move this way, they were re-queuing.” I came over and asked!”

“Can you come over and ask and cut in line?” Do you have to take advantage of this cheap?”

“What am I going to do?”

Maybe today is really too bad, looking at the horizontal flesh of his face and I am ready to go further. I didn’t expect that the grandmother in the wheelchair behind me had actually opened her mouth again at this time.

“Don’t fight, don’t fight, let’s make nucleic acids quickly.”

She said don’t argue.

After making the nucleic acid, I still couldn’t go into the supermarket to buy the kind of bread I wanted to buy in the morning. I have to do it again tomorrow.

So I decided to go home. Coincidentally, the two elevators that the property will never be repaired will break again today – this is the peak period for the nearby kindergarten to pick up the children to go to school, noisy children, old people who buy vegetables to go home, young people with tired eyes and people who have just finished nucleic acid and are full of expectations for tomorrow, everyone has withdrawn from different lives and regathered only one step away from home. Outside the only elevator, there was a long line like nucleic acid.

After about 15 minutes in this queue, when the elevator was right in front of me, I saw the sofa next to me…

Give you comfort in the noise
Sitting on this sofa, my biggest feeling is two things: I didn’t expect this sofa to be so comfortable, and I didn’t expect to have such a comfortable moment today.

I thought that today was the kind of “bad day” that Alan Moore described in “Batman: The Deadly Joke” that could make a normal person lose his mind, but I finally found a little comfort in this quiet and rest.

People have their own lives, I don’t have a connection with their joys and sorrows, I don’t want to feel the noise, noise-cancelling headphones can help us plug our ears.

This is the biggest improvement of the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II, and normal conversation, even if it is close to the kind of speech at a regular volume, can be blocked to the point where it is difficult to hear even if you are concentrating. If there is music playing, it is even more inaudible.

However, will this new BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II be another essential gadget just like App Uninstaller is the essential tool for my Mac? FYI: App Uninstaller by AppUninstaller.com is the best Mac app uninstaller I have ever used. Alternatively, if you prefer using the app uninstall utility on both Windows and Mac computers, you can also use UninstallService, which is also very good and the most budget friendly.

In the scene mentioned at the beginning, in front of a whole crowd in the entrance hall, when I was completely turned on to cancel noise and play music at a low volume, only one or two children’s screams could occasionally leak into my ears. But it was also this moment that made me realize that although BOSE QuietComfort Noise Canceller II has changed a new name mixed with Chinese and English, its most beautiful and important part still remains—the part that can make you withdraw from the noise at any time (for quiet) and seek inner peace in the world of music (for comfort).

At this point we can almost get out of the emotional scene.

According to the instructions and BOSE official description, while wearing the headphones, the headphones will pick up the reflection of the boot sound effect in the ear canal through the built-in microphone, so as to adjust and optimize the noise cancellation performance and the in-ear sound field, so as to achieve “thousands of people and thousands of ears have a different” listening and noise reduction experience.

This technology is called CustomTune, and although many bloggers in early reviews have expressed affirmation of BOSE’s algorithmic differentiation on this generation of headphones, the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II still give me a feeling of being too ethereal in this regard: it does not provide any switches in the companion APP, and only runs automatically after wearing and playing the boot tone, so it is difficult to control variables and compare effects.

However, as a user of the WF-1000XM4, which also has another TWS active noise reduction ceiling, I can still give the conclusion that “BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II can still sit on an equal footing with Sony’s noise reduction beans” based on the experience of the actual scene. BOSE this time can give me a quieter listening experience in most daily use scenarios, and the wearing experience is better (although the practice of separating the stable ring and the ear tips has become cumbersome), but the violent practice of Sony’s sponge earbuds squeezing the ear canal is still too cheating, and in the face of the bear child’s loud noise, Sony’s blocking effect on high frequency will be a little better, just a little.

So if you are choosing TWS headphones with the ultimate noise reduction experience, BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II and WF-1000XM4 can still choose one of the two – as for how to choose, in addition to Sony’s exclusive Android device LDAC high-quality transmission, the following mentioned experiences can also be referenced.

Stuffy, stuffy, or stuffy!!
As a complaining user of the WF-1000XM4, I had to talk about the calling experience. Don’t talk about the sound quality.

One of the things Sony has always confused me about is that their active noise-canceling headphones, whether it’s previous generations of noise-canceling beans or Linkbuds S, which have experienced a long time this year, have a “partially transparent during call” setting. Sony earlier replied in user feedback that this is because part of the microphone used for noise reduction is called during the call to meet the call sound quality, but the call sound quality of these generations of noise reduction beans has not improved significantly, and now that the number of microphones has become more, Sony still can’t spare more to take into account the noise reduction and sound quality effects.

For people who have online meetings every weekday, I also really don’t like using Sony’s TWS headphones for this reason. And if you wear a headset to answer a phone in the subway, bus scene, the effect is not as clear as directly choosing the mobile phone handset.

The BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II do not have this strange setting.

At first, I was very happy with the calling experience of BOSE, not only did it not force transparency mode to be turned on involuntarily during the call, but also enabled hands-free configuration (HFP) correctly when connecting a Windows computer to play Apex, which took into account both in-game sound and in-game voice.

In this scenario, Sony’s noise-canceling beans will not only force me to listen to the water-cooled roar of the chassis, but the sound quality of the game will also completely lose its three-dimensional sense – another old problem that has fallen into disrepair.

But over time, I also realized that the call experience for the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Canceller II wasn’t as good as I thought at first. Although there is no setting such as call forced noise cancellation, the noise cancellation earbuds of BOSE QuietComfort II are so powerful that when I enter a voice call or online meeting with noise cancellation fully turned on, my judgment of my own voice will become blurred. After losing the precise perception of “how loud I am currently speaking”, the whole call process is like being locked in a water tank, the surrounding is very silent, the voices of others are clear, but my own voice is always muffled.

In response to this problem, BOSE provides a function called “self-service voice” volume adjustment in the companion application, which provides four settings of off, low, medium and high to adjust the sound feedback effect during the call. There is a difference between the closed and high two gears in the actual experience, but the perception is not obvious, and most of the sounds that can be heard in the closed state may come from bone conduction, and after turning the “self-help voice” volume to high, you can hear a little more plastic in your voice.

In addition, the setting of the “self-service voice” function is hidden a little deeper, the naming is not intuitive, and there is a little threshold for new users to find the same problem after encountering the same.

The same stuffiness is also reflected in the usual listening experience. While my level hasn’t given me enough confidence to talk about sound quality in the Headphone Experience article, the default tuning style of BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II is also a word, stuffy. After Beats in high school, I really haven’t heard such an emphasis on low-frequency headphones for a long time, it used to be “Motion Times”, BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II is a vigorous “Moving Movement” here – if you don’t see much in the headphone review, it can take you to feel what is called “bang”.

Although the practice of low-frequency tuning has become more and more popular in recent years, BOSE completely gave me a feeling of outrageous this time. So I still recommend that you simply feel it and then change EQ to “bass aside” in the supporting application.

Good to wear, but not so easy to use
Now that we’ve talked about EQ, let’s talk about two more companion apps. After all, most of the current headphones want to unlock the full experience can not bypass the supporting applications, bad supporting applications can also completely destroy the actual experience of a good product (such as Redmi AirDots and Xiao Ai classmates).

Like the first generation of “Big Shark”, BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II is directly printed on the box with its “fruit powder” identity, under the concept of “built for iDevices, compatible with Android devices”, as an Android user, I am not satisfied with the supporting APP experience seems to be expected.

In 2022, there is still no complete switch to modern interface design (such as the status bar or the big black bar) This detail is not pressed for the time being, and the biggest problem with BOSE supporting applications is the response lag.

Taking the use of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra as an example, in the case that the headset is connected or in use, when opening the BOSE companion app, it will first prompt you that “the device connection has been lost”, and then start to circle, search, and finally load the connected device. Even after keeping the app open, but the phone’s lock screen re-unlocks for a while, this process will be repeated in front of you.

Although the waiting time is not long, the experience is really not elegant enough, and the iOS version of WeChat must prompt you to “receive a message” every time you open, it is not harmful and insulting. In addition, many settings such as whether to remember the last use of noise reduction mode, the current volume state, etc., seems to be saved in the cloud rather than local, so every time I open the corresponding setting project, the first time I see the switch state is likely to not represent the real setting state of the current headset, and after it loads for a period of time, you will find that the setting that has just been opened suddenly becomes closed – to exaggerate, the BOSE companion application sometimes makes me suspect that it is a browser shell application.

While the response speed is slow, the experience of using BOSE companion applications is less intuitive. This is directly related to the QuietComfort noise cancelling earbud II product.

For example, the noise reduction mode no longer directly provides an intensity slider of 1 to 10 levels like the first generation of “Big Shark”, but instead includes 4 kinds of noise reduction mode configurations including quiet and adaptive to two preset modes, and the familiar noise reduction intensity slider can be seen when adding the other two modes, but the corresponding mode name and picture can not be customized, and can only be selected from the built-in scene.

In other words, although the concept of “mode” is introduced, the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II essentially provides a 1~10 level noise reduction intensity memory function, since the pattern name cannot be customized, then why do you want to use the name of “Custom” to do a set of mode design that is not intuitive and does not have a scenario-based and intelligent switching function like Sony?

The two modes of preset Quiet and Adaptive are available, the former corresponds to 10 levels of full noise cancellation, and the latter corresponds to the transparency mode. Manual editing is not supported in either mode, but an additional switch for ActiveSense is available in the options for adaptive mode. ActiveSense can be understood as a more intelligent transparency mode, in which the headphones will adjust the transparency effect according to the ambient volume, giving priority to ensuring the music listening experience, which is a comprehensive upgrade to Sanyang’s favorite “big shark” details (temporarily turning on noise reduction to protect hearing when detecting sharp sounds).

However, the actual wearing experience of the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II is still good. Although the separate design of the stability ring and ear tips brings more trouble in the actual selection and matching process, once determined, it can still bring comfort, isolation and stability to the “shark fin” sense of peace of mind.

In addition, the touch gestures of the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II always give the illusion that they are assisted by other sensors – it is really too sensitive and reliable. In the past, when I used the touch gestures of other headphones, I always had a sense of uncertainty such as “Did I succeed in double-clicking this time” and “Will the first click not be recognized”, but the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II did not have this feeling at all – even if I felt that the touch area seemed to be a little off, the strength and position seemed to be a little out of place, and the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II could accurately give the feedback I wanted to operate.

This may also be related to changes in the design of the headphones. The touch area has changed from a “big shark” rectangle to a long bar that can be completely covered by the index finger, which can also improve the success rate of touch gestures to a certain extent.

The biggest problem with the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II in wearing is the material, because only the black version is currently on sale, and every time you take off the headphones, you will find that the top is shiny.

While the companion app experience is still flawed, the noise cancellation capabilities and wearing experience of BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II remain reliable. So if you’re torn between the WF-1000XM4 and it, the differences you can consider should be wearing comfort, sound quality, and price.

So I think BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II in general only corrected the problems that were more obvious in the “Big Shark” two years ago, such as the headphone box is too large, the headphone cavity is too large, etc., but the supporting application experience is still bad, the old TWS connection scheme is still used, the prompt tone is ugly and somewhat crazy, the multi-device connectivity is zero, the tuning style is even somewhat degraded.

The old “Big Shark” users may feel that the perception is obvious when they upgrade it, but if they want to win users with the personalized adjustment of the ear canal and the noise reduction effect with a small gap, BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II, as a product that is regarded by many users as the “active noise reduction ceiling”, has become less and less obvious.

In conclusion, this newer BOSE QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II is just not worthy of the pricing tag. You might consider the older version, which does offer a better pricing.

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If you have upgraded your Chrome browser to version 69, you may care this: Chrome 69 silently introduces some changes related to account sign-in and clearing cookies.

Some users have found that they were forced to login to Chrome after logging into Google.com or one of Google services. And it is also be discovered that Chrome 69 still keeps Google’s cookies after you clear your browser data. In other words, every cookie can be deleted like that, except for authentication cookies created by Google.

If you are sensitive to privacy protection, you may feel uncomfortable with these changes. According to Google’s privacy policy, once you are signed in to Chrome browser, your personal browsing data is saved on Google’s servers and synced with your account, including browsing history, bookmarks, tabs, passwords and auto-fill information, as well as other browser settings, like installed extensions.

Anyhow, the fact worries many users that Google could forcibly sign you into the browser without your permission. Seemingly the sync feature will not be enabled automatically when you are forcibly logged into your Google account, but its is not clear whether other information may be collected by the authentication process.

To disable being forced to login to Chrome, do the followings:

- Type chrome://flags/#account-consistency in the address bar and press enter
- Set the flag “Identity consistency between browser and cookie jar” to Disabled
- Relaunch the browser when Chrome prompts you to do so

What makes things worse, a fact was discovered first by a Twitter user that if you are logged into Google and try to clear all cookies, “the Google authentications would not be removed, or if they were removed, were quickly recreated”. Even when you head to the list of all cookies and click Remove All button, Google authentication cookies seem to be restored after you refreshing the Cookies screen. In response to this complaint, an engineer of Chrome team pointed out that users will need to firstly sign out of Google and then clear the cookies, to permanently remove Google cookies.

Since the release of Chrome 69, the sign-in consistency in Google has aroused many users’ concerns. After receiving criticism on the Internet, Google announced that Chrome 70, which is planned to release in middle of October for Mac, Windows, and Linux, will allow users to control automatic login and delete Google cookies.

Chrome product manager Zake Koch confirmed in a blog entry that Chrome 70 will add an “Allow Chrome sign-in” toggle setting, which allows users to sign into a Google website without having to sign into Chrome. Meanwhile, a user’s sign-in and sync states will be displayed with clearer indicators, and the browser will delete all cookies including Google’s when users are trying to delete all cookies in Chrome 70.

Are you satisfied with Google’s explanation and response? What other web browsers are you using? If you wanna switch to another browser, or roll back to the older version of Chrome, you could uninstall Chrome 69 from your devices.

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