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Clubhouse has a new Music Mode that could make it the place to play



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Clubhouse has a tremendous amount of competition from big companies that want to own the live audio space; but it may be getting out ahead in one specific way.


The company’s launching a new Music Mode that could make it a better place to play — and listen — to live music; ahead of Amazon’s reported entry into that space, and as Twitter has begun rolling out “ticketed spaces” where musicians could host shows as well.


Spotify has its own live audio app, too.


If you’re a musician on Clubhouse; or you love listening to live music on the app, the new Music Mode “optimizes Clubhouse to broadcast your music with high quality and great stereo sound,” according to the company’s blog post.


Clubhouse doesn’t say what it means by high quality, but it does also mention that you can now hook up professional equipment, like a USB mic or mixing board, and use it during your broadcast.


Clubhouse already added spatial audio in late August, which makes conversations sound more like a room full of people than a flat audio call.




You can easily turn on Music Mode by tapping the three dots in the top right corner of a room; selecting Audio Quality, and then choosing Music.


If you just want to listen to the performance; however, you won’t have to do any of this — just sit back and enjoy stereo audio from your headphones, speakers, or your phone itself.


Clubhouse also noted that its recently introduced Clips feature — which lets you capture a 30-second recording — will support stereo sound as well; so if you decide to save a snippet of a performance in Music Mode, the audio quality will stay the same.


Music Mode will initially only be available on iOS, but Clubhouse says that the rollout to Android will follow shortly behind.


Aside from Music Mode, Clubhouse has also updated its search feature.


The platform will now display the search bar in a more convenient location at the top of your hallway. And as an added plus; you’ll also be able to Wave to friends right from the search bar, a feature that lets you quickly invite friends to a live audio room.


Amazon is far from Clubhouse’s only competition for live audio.

Clubhouse likely learned its lesson this past year, when Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Spotify made their own versions of audio-only chatrooms.


All of this came at a time when Clubhouse was still in an invite-only state, making it harder for the app to grow. But now that the app is thriving; Clubhouse wants keep as many advantages as possible.


Book revealing ‘integral part of our history’ donated to schools across SA



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Thousands of copies of a book revealing the power struggles and secret talks that led to formal negotiations between the ANC and the apartheid government have been donated to high schools in SA.

The publisher, Penguin Random House SA, through sponsorships, has donated 7,000 copies of the book Breakthrough which was published in September.

Breakthrough is an accessible and authoritative account of the power struggles and secret talks that led to the formal negotiations between the ANC and the National Party government. It is written by Mac Maharaj and Z Pallo Jordan, two ANC veterans who were close to these events,” the publisher said.

“Because the book [covers] an integral part of our history, the authors approached potential sponsors to make it available to a high school audience. Through their generous sponsorship, and with the approval of the national and provincial education departments, every high school in SA was sent a copy of the book to be placed in their school library so pupils, teachers and staff can access it.”

Maharaj and Jordan were close to events around the historic negotiations.

“The authors would like to thank the following sponsors who made this donation possible: Sivi Moodley of Macrocomm, Loganathan Naidoo of the Capital Hospital Group, Vikash and Anju Narsai from VNA Consulting, Abdool Karim (AK) Khan of Merit Clothing and Suresh Naidoo of Accensis.”



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Visa launches crypto consulting services in push for mainstream adoption



Visa launches crypto consulting services in push for mainstream adoption



Visa is launching new consulting and advisory services to help its clients navigate the world of cryptocurrencies.


The payments processor said Wednesday its crypto advisory practice, housed within its consulting and analytics division; will offer advice to financial institutions, retailers and other firms on everything from rolling out crypto features to exploring non-fungible tokens.

Visa named American bank UMB as a client that’s already using its crypto advisory services.


The move marks Visa’s latest attempt to push deeper into the crypto industry. From Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021; the company processed $3.5 billion in digital currency transactions through its crypto-linked card schemes, according to Nikola Plecas, Visa’s European crypto lead.


“Some of these leading exchanges have millions or, in some instances, tens of millions of users,” Plecas told CNBC, adding that the company allows users to spend their crypto at over 80 million merchants.


The company is also developing products geared toward stablecoins — virtual tokens tied to the value of sovereign currencies, typically the dollar — and central bank-issued digital currencies.


Visa hopes its crypto consultancy can help further mainstream adoption of bitcoin and other digital currencies.


Like rival Mastercard, the credit card giant sees cryptocurrencies as a key growth opportunity as it expands into areas beyond card payments.

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Major payment networks have faced increased competition from an influx of new financial upstarts in recent years. Emerging trends such as open banking; which aims to open up consumer bank information and payment capabilities to rival fintechs, threaten to disrupt their business model.


Meanwhile, Visa is also under pressure from large tech companies. Amazon last month said it would stop accepting Visa credit cards in the U.K. due to the company’s “high fees.”


The e-commerce titan has taken similar steps against Visa in Australia and Singapore.


“Crypto for us is a huge new vertical and growth opportunity. And we will be continuing to focus on growing this business moving forward,” Plecas said.


A study released by Visa Wednesday said 94% of people now have some level of awareness of crypto; while nearly one third have used it as an investment or medium of exchange. More than 6,000 people globally were surveyed for the research, which was conducted in partnership with marketing services firm LRW.

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Couple, Two Others Killed As Nigerian University Students Organise Car Racing Contest



A couple and two students have been killed during a car racing contest embarked upon by some students of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to Daily Trust, the incident occurred around 9pm at Ijalala Junction on Monday inside the university campus when the couples were heading home.

The wife was a non-teaching staff of the university from the Faculty of Communication and Information Science (CIS) whose name was given as Mrs Shakirat, while her husband was said to be a shuttle bus operator within the university.

The accident involved a Toyota Lexus Saloon, the bus and another car driven by another student who is presently at large.

It was learnt that the Toyota Lexus had a head-on collision with the bus resulting in the death of the couple, the driver of the Lexus and another student inside.

The other vehicle they raced with and students inside are still at large.

A National Youth Service Corps member and another student inside the bus were said to have sustained injuries.

A joint release by the president and public relations officer of the university’s Students Union Government (SUG), Toafiq Waliu Opeyemi and Olabode Stephen Opeyemi, respectively, said the unfortunate incident happened as a result of excessive speeding.

The University in a statement by the Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, in a statement, said that the management received the news with sadness.

“We hereby enjoin all vehicle users to strictly abide by traffic rules and regulations, especially as they concern speed limits,” the statement added.


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